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    I'm leaning to the VeeDub springs. I occasionally tow a small trailer and I also have an aluminum cargo rack rated for 500lbs. I might put 150lbs. on it but no more. In any case my Mirage squats below level using either and I don't like that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallythacker View Post
    I'm leaning to the VeeDub springs. I occasionally tow a small trailer and I also have an aluminum cargo rack rated for 500lbs. I might put 150lbs. on it but no more. In any case my Mirage squats below level using either and I don't like that.
    I just took home 1/4 yard of traffic bond in my trailer (half a normal skid steer bucket). That doesn't sound like much but for the Mirage to manage on a trailer, it's not trivial either. I wouldn't have wanted to try that without the VW Beetle (Moog) springs. I've been really happy with them. The only thing I would be careful about is backing over kerbs. If you have to reverse up a suburban kerb daily, say, to get into your driveway, I'd be mindful that lifting the rear affects the geometry of the trailing arm becoming pointed more steeply downward, getting "tripped" forward when trying to mount a significant obstacle. The car will still do it, but it may be harder on bushings and wheel bearings.
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    I towed my Burgman 400 (weight about 550lbs wet) on a converted camper trailer, (est. weight about 350 lbs), with another 250-300 lbs of stuff onboard and all was fine except for the squat. I estimate a 75 lb. tongue weight which is pretty moderate IMO so the VeeDub springs sound perfect. Thanks for the heads up about reversing.
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    I did some quick napkin math and yeah, we were both pulling more than half the mirage's weight and it wasn't really a problem. I really need to get my trailer to a scale; I know it's something ridiculous in the mid-hundreds of pounds despite being just large enough to carry 1 moped.
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    Yet there's the 140lb. Northern Tool aluminum trailer. That trailer would give us about 1000lbs. of cargo. So sweet.
    No Northern Tool anywhere near me, sadly.
    Zero, 2014 ES Plus 5MT, written off but not forgotten.
    Zero II, 2014 SE, 5MT, climate She's HOME now!
    Shelby AKA "Cute", 2017 ES 5MT, A/C.

    Mirage owners look at the world differently than everyone else, but in a better way
    We're driving the Beetle of the 21st century, the greatest small car now available!

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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2017 Mirage ES PLus 1.2 manual: 39.0 mpg (US) ... 16.6 km/L ... 6.0 L/100 km ... 46.8 mpg (Imp)


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    Hey bzacon, what size tire are you running?


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