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Bolted on bits, factory and aftermarket accessories Discussion of after-market extras: winches, bull bars, tow bars (and Towing), roof racks, snorkels, and other cool stuff

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Does anyone know how to go about upgrading the ball weight specs on an existing towbar?
I have a 1998 NL 3.5l auto lwb with a Hayman Reese heavy duty tow bar fitted. The bar has a 50x50 hitch connection but no compliance plate on it. Probably worn off with time.
There is a sticker on the inside of the drivers door showing tow capacity of 2500 kg and ball weight of 120 kg.
Problem is my van is 1640kg gross with a ball weight of 135kg. I canít get it any lower unless I rip out the oven in the kitchen, and I donít need an earbashing from the better half.
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I don't think the hitch is the problem and should be rated to take that ball weight easily. But the car itself, if that has a compliance plate saying it's 120kg maximum, then I don't think there's not much you can do about it, short of getting the car specs upgraded and that means big dollars, even if it's possible.

I just did a quick search and turned up the specs for the NL model......https://www2.pajeroclub.com.au/forum...hread.php?t=78

That indicates a max of 135kg on the ball.
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I donít think it is actually the vehicle, because if I fitted a new towbar it would it would have a 2500kg tow capacity with a 250kg ball weight.
Looking at the the tow bar that is attached to the vehicle at the moment it is no different from a newer heavy duty tow bar for this model.
I have read somewhere on the forum that the ball weight can be upgraded but canít find any specific information.
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I do use a 600lb wdh, a bit over over kill but it came with the van. Have just been down to a tow bar place nearby, $620 to supply a new bar.
I suppose I could stick my head in the sand and accidentally rub off the sticker as it is the only evidence that the ball weight is supposed to be 120kg.
There is nothing else to show that the tow rating at the ball isnt 10% of the tow bar making it 250kg.
I came across a reference in one post that MM had amended the ball load rating but can not locate that post again.
MM is as helpful as ever stating basically that if it’s in the handbook then it’s set in stone, which doesn’t explain how if I fit a new Hayman Reese HD towbar rated at 2500kg it has a ball rating of 250kg.
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MM, some time ago, released a statement upgrading the towball weight on all Gen2 models to 250kg (Providing the 2500kg towbar is used).
I do have a copy somewhere but, can't locate it at the moment.
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It took several emails to MM and a lot of ďwhat is in the manual is set in stoneĒ replies from them but finally I got what I was looking for. It wasnít easy.
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