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Old 04-21-06, 08:57 AM   #1
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Default how to strap down car on trailer

Hello,

Haven't trailered our STI yet, just wondering if anyone can offer some tips on
where to attach the straps onto the car chassis when trailering the car to events. Are there locations for T-hooks? or other fairly strong chassis pieces? We don't have straps that attach to the tires, so that's not an option. I don't have the car to look at right now, just thought I'd toss this help question out to the forum. Thanks !
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Old 04-21-06, 09:29 AM   #2
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pm Ben I am sure he has done it at least once in his beast of an STi
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Default How to strap down car on trailer

So, Reviving this 8 year old post that failed the first time. Not much wisdom in that!
Anyway, here goes:
I searched what I could lookng for advice on trailering your STi ( not pulling a trailer, which is all that comes up when you google or search) .
I will be trailering mine for this first time this year and was looking for some suggestions/tips. I see there are 4 attachment points at the 4 corners that are attached to the underframe. It seems likely these will be used. Any other suggestions?
Do you leave the car in gear or neutral?
Do you need any other straps other than the 4 tie down points, like around the wheels?
What about protecting the nose from stones being kicked up by the pulling truck?

Any experienced help is appreciated
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Old 04-17-14, 10:41 AM   #4
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We've always used axle straps through the wheels or through a couple spokes of a wheel.

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We've always used axle straps through the wheels or through a couple spokes of a wheel.

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I've used MAC's through the wheel tie downs with great success. Usually cross them. Car in 1st gear and park brake applied. No movement whatsoever. My trailer is steel deck open. Have not noticed stone impingement. But plan to add a tire rack this year and may include a deflector.

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I leave the car in neutral with the e-brake pulled for towing and use ratchet straps with enclosed hooks, to better ensure they stay connected. If your trailer doesn't have D-rings, I highly suggest having some installed. Using the sides of the trailer is sketchy in many cases. Running straps through the wheels works if you don't have any tie-down points, but I don't prefer it myself. Be sure to check tightness of the rear straps every time you make a stop, as they typically loosen up during the trip.

***For GR/GV owners, there are two tie-down points for the rear, but they're hidden just fore of the rear wheels. I latch onto those and then cross the rear straps to my trailer D-rings, in order to keep the angle appropriate. Not sure why Subaru hid them way up there, but I had no idea of their existence at first.
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Old 04-17-14, 12:49 PM   #7
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Default Re: how to strap down car on trailer

Coincidentally I skimmed across this recently while going through the FSM. It's in there if you have one you can find the specifics. I remember they show the front straps crossed and the rears going straight back.
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I remember they show the front straps crossed and the rears going straight back.
I would definitely prefer to have the rears not crossed, but the GR's tie-down points necessitate it, based on the funky angle they're at.
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Default Re: how to strap down car on trailer

Id leave the car in neutral with the parking brake on. Bouncing around in all the freeplay in the driveline cant be good. Whenever i put my quad in the pickup i leave it in neutral too
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I also leave the car in neutral as well as cross the front straps and leave the rears straight.
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