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Based on all the posts I have read on the ROC about the Gen2 and towing, the only thing you will need to be mindful of, that you did not have to pay as much attention to in the Gen1, is transmission temperature. Honda's 6AT has a nasty habit of overheating, particularly in slow moving stop and go traffic. When traveling, do what you can to keep the torque converter locked-up to help keep the heat down.
Pardon my ignorance, but can a transmission cooler (probably the wrong term) be added, whether from Honda or aftermarket?
 

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Pardon my ignorance, but can a transmission cooler (probably the wrong term) be added, whether from Honda or aftermarket?
I think @Venphic has added an auxiliary cooler to his trans.

If I planned on towing near max capacity often, I wouldn't hesitate to add an auxiliary cooler. As of now, it is strictly a DIY project, or find a trans shop that does custom work. Room is limited for overall size of cooler. You will need to decide if you want to add a thermostat, or monitor trans temp with something like ScanGauge and activate the cooler yourself when needed.
 

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I'm considering adding the Try-Cool Max 6"X23"X3/4" unit. Looks like there is plenty of room behind the lower grill......but all that plastic removal to do the install makes me nervous. Seeing 195F+ tranny temps, not towing, makes me think the tranny could use a little bit of help.

Here is my experience. The bumper is a 10min job and 2 people make it way easier!
 

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If the Ridgeline is certified to tow 5000lbs under the conditions of J2807 standards, one might assume that it could handle more weight under less stringent conditions.
Well, yes, of course. If you have to reduce the requirements of the test in order to get a better score, that would demonstrate that the pickup is already doing the absolute most it can under the industry standard test. ;-)
 

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The pics of the bumper already removed are appreciated......but maybe just a little more info regarding bumper removal to help the dummy (me)????

Also, the upper end of the external tranny filter, is that where tranny fluid enters or exits? Thanks.
 

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Pardon my ignorance, but can a transmission cooler (probably the wrong term) be added, whether from Honda or aftermarket?
The Ridgeline already has a transmission cooler, in front of the radiator. Its design suggest it is not quite as good as the factory one on the Gen1, but that is a guess based on pictures of its design. Regardless, adding another cooler or increasing the size of the existing cooler does not mean the transmission will be cooler. A big part of how hot or cold the transmission becomes has to do with the computer's programming in addition to the Gen2's ability to deal with the heat. So increasing cooling ability is just one step in resolving a problem like this. Also, you do not want the transmission to get too cool either; this is why Honda has a transmission pre-heater as well as a cooler. In other words, it is complicated. Note the TSBs on overheated torque converters and Honda's instructions on how to fix it.
 

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Where’s the 2WD Rigi tranny cooler?

FWIW, just returned from a 30 min 9 mile round trip stop-n-go, not towing, 35 mph tops, 92F ambient. CT 190F, TFT 198F, IAT 112F.🤷‍♂️
 

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Where’s the 2WD Rigi tranny cooler?

FWIW, just returned from a 30 min 9 mile round trip stop-n-go, not towing, 35 mph tops, 92F ambient. CT 190F, TFT 198F, IAT 112F.🤷‍♂️
Now that I think about it some more, I don't think the 2WD version comes with a transmission cooler nor does it come with a trailer wiring harness. The 2WD is not really setup to tow.
 

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Now that I think about it some more, I don't think the 2WD version comes with a transmission cooler nor does it come with a trailer wiring harness. The 2WD is not really setup to tow.
I believe that you are correct, with the 2WD towing capacity at only 3,500 pounds.

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I did install/finish, where Honda quit, (thanks Honda bean counters for being cheap) the trailer light harness with a Tekonsha unit. The connector behind the back seat was fun getting to (thanks again Honda). The 34K BTU Tru-Cool tranny cooler will be next in what I consider to be the minimum necessary items (along with tranny temp monitoring) in proper tow-prep.

Have there been any reports of a 2WD Rigi tranny overheating, like the AWD Rigi?
 

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... Have there been any reports of a 2WD Rigi tranny overheating, like the AWD Rigi?
No I have not, but there are so few 2WDs and the transmission overheat, although common, does not happen to everyone; so it makes statistical sense to me that we have not heard of a transmission overheat on 2WDs on this forum yet, at least not one that I have read about.

Are you looking to tow 3,500 lbs or less with your 2WD? If you are looking to get close to the 5,000 lbs tow mark with your 2WD, keep in mind that part of Honda's AWD design was sharing the torque load between the front and rear axles when towing. So if you try to tow ~5,000 lbs and put all that strain on the front axle, you may break something.
 

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Something tells me that the actual number of overheats may be 1 or more zeros to the right of the decimal as a percentage of total built.....regardless of FWD or AWD.

No plans to tow anywhere near 5K lbs......but don't care to see 200F fluid temp not towing either. IMO, 264F fluid temp, when the warning supposedly illuminates, is a little toasty.:eek:

Just curious, but are the FWD front components different from the AWD front components (not including transfer case)?🤷‍♂️ Is the front/rear split 50/50? Sorry.....inquisitive newbie.
 

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Something tells me that the actual number of overheats may be 1 or more zeros to the right of the decimal as a percentage of total built.....regardless of FWD or AWD.

No plans to tow anywhere near 5K lbs......but don't care to see 200F fluid temp not towing either. IMO, 264F fluid temp, when the warning supposedly illuminates, is a little toasty.:eek:

Just curious, but are the FWD front components different from the AWD front components (not including transfer case)?🤷‍♂️ Is the front/rear split 50/50? Sorry.....inquisitive newbie.
Statistically it is kind of high, that's why Honda published the TSBs on it.

When not under load (cruising at speed not under load) all the torque is sent to the front axle but power is always going to all four wheels. When under load (that includes towing at speed), up to 100% of available torque is sent to the rear axle but not all the time. The CPU is constantly figuring out which axle and wheel needs the most torque and distributes it accordingly.

From a parts list perspective, I can't really tell how different the front axle components are between the 2WD and the AWD. All I can tell you is what Honda tells perspective buyers and owners that 3,500 lbs is the max for 2WD.
 

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I have ordered a Forest River Mini Lite 2109s with a dry weight of 4172 lbs. we will keep the load light. How do you think my 2018 E G2 Ridgeline will do pulling it? I know It will be better than my G1 which struggled a bit the a 4150 lb Sea Ray and a 1000 lb trailer. The G2 has way more power.
I'm towing a Rockwood Roo which has a dry weight of 4100 pounds with a 2007. It's been fine but I don't think I'd want to take it cross country and over the Rockies.... You should definitely consider a weight distribution hitch. I use the Equalizer and it helps reduce the rear end squat and has anti sway which helps a lot at highway speeds. You'll need a break controller too. You also need to see what your tongue weight is on your trailer... Mine was 600 pounds and the factory tow hitch was only rated for 500 so I bought a aftermarket Hidden Hitch rated for 750. Your factory hitch should have a sticker on it which shows you the weight rating... You engine is going to scream some going up grades and on steeper ones you'll see 4500 rpms needed to maintain 50 mph, at least that's been my experience but your transmission may be geared differently...
 

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OP, I have the same trailer (2109S) and tow it with a first gen (2011). The truck has plenty of power to tow, but it is a major load on the vehicle. I obviously can’t speak to any G2 issues, but you have a better motor and trans than I do. I towed into the mountains (yes, Texas has mountains!) from Houston in late spring, a trip of abt 1500 miles. My truck has a 5 speed, and it spent most of its time in 3rd or 4th gear. Yes, the motor was really revving to maintain speed. I drove at 60mph for most of the trip, a little faster downhill, a little slower up steep grades. My average mpg was 7.8, worst was 4.6, best was 9.5. I had to plan ahead for my gas stops, as they can be spread out in W TX. The truck did fine, no overheating, accelerated well on entrance ramps, even rode fairly well. You most definitely want a Weight Distribution Hitch, and make sure your (electric) trailer brakes work well. I installed a Tekonsha brake controller on mine. Just take it easy, plan ahead, and you’ll be fine!
 

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A couple more tips: do Not fill your fresh water tank before leaving home. You don’t want to tow 250# of water! Put a few gallons in - in case you want to use the head or wash your hands. Then use the park‘s water, or if you‘re boondocking, fill up as close to your destination as possible.
Put as much gear as possible in the truck, the weight rides better there than in the trailer.
The OEM tires on TTs are crap. Plan on replacing them in the first two years, with real tires - I bought Goodyears. I had two blowouts within 10 miles on my return trip. I didn’t run over anything, was doing 60mph, and the TT was only 3 years old, with low miles. I am not the only person this has happened to.
 

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I towed a 6 x 12 enclosed U-Haul trailer with a Honda Valkyrie in the back and some other gear .. it towed it to 80 MPH with minimal struggle but I watched the MPG drop to less than 5MPG .. it was kinda a test drive to see how it would haul a few bikes up in to the Mountains .. I deceide it was just a bit too much .. I had no over heating problem but it did stay in 4th most of the time ..
 

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I have ordered a Forest River Mini Lite 2109s with a dry weight of 4172 lbs. we will keep the load light. How do you think my 2018 E G2 Ridgeline will do pulling it? I know It will be better than my G1 which struggled a bit the a 4150 lb Sea Ray and a 1000 lb trailer. The G2 has way more power.
If not already stated... if your G2 is AWD it should have a transmission cooler and is rated for 5K pounds. I tow a boat/trailer combo that is around 3500 lbs. dry and not sure wet-weight and it does fine. I do notice (and not sure if it is just my perception or reality) that the truck works a little harder for the first few miles and then seems to figure out it is towing a load and shifts better/smoother, and doesn't seem to rev like the first few miles. Again, may or may not be the 1600 computer chips learning as I drive or not... good luck but if AWD I think you'll be really good to go!
 
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