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ok guys I have a 2001 accent l hatchback 5-speed and I might be getting a very small boat in a few days. now for the last few months I have been doing alot of landscaping around my house and I have made several trips to home depot and brought back 600lbs of rock in the back of it and it still didn't bottom out the suspension, which suprised the heck out of me. anyway while I did notice the weight in the back I didn't notice any major issue when braking, and that was with my old brakes which are being changed out next week. ok so my questions are:
-will there be any major difference in having a 600lbs payload or a 400lbs trailer when driving?
-where can I get a cheap hitch? can I use a universal? and which one?
-does DAP or pepboys sell any upgraded brake pads for our cars?
-last thing is it a hex bolt or an allen bolt that holds the calipers on an accent?
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I actually have a hitch that was on my turbo car when I bought it from gimp. He was going to use it for pulling a tire trailer when going to bigger events but never got to the point where he used it.

I took it off the car when I was trying to drop weight. I fit on his x3 very well but i'm not sure if it would fit on the newer accents. It just tied into the rear tow hook and rear bumper support.

I would think the accent could handle some towing weight. I know i've had a 2.5 mazda v6 and trans(400 lbs or so) in the trunk of my old escort when I had ground controls on it and never bottomed out the suspension. With the accent fully loaded with 2 people in back and another 200 pounds in the trunk it tucked the stock 13s but never ran out of travel in stock trim. If you run into problems with bottoming out just run a stiffer spring on the car.

As for braking, ebc offers performance pads which should give you a better bite and running some good fluid makes a world of difference. I use valvoline synthetic dot4 because its cheap and has a pretty high boiling point. In the end your still going to be stuck with economy car brakes that just don't have a big enough heat sink to handle heavy braking. A tiburon front conversion is always an option.

Your going to have to worry about your clutch and the abuse it will take. In the past I had to replace 2 clutches in our isuzu rodeo when pulling our 4000 pound 18' rec boat and trailer. As long as your not trying to pull too much I don't see a problem.

lastly, it is a 12mm for the caliper slide bolts and 17mm for the caliper bracket bolts. Just spray the rotor/hub down because hyundai rotors like to seize themselves to hubs because of tight clearances.

If you have questions about the hitch/receiver I have just ask and i'll try to help.
 
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