Videos are provided As a guide only. Refer To manufacturer
installation instructions And specs For complete information.
This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.
Draw-Tite's Tested Tough program provides testing standards far superior to those outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the go-to source for engineering professionals.
Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.
In addition, Draw-Tite performs static testing on a simulated automobile, as opposed to the rigid fixture used for SAE testing, resulting in a more true-to-life scenario.
At etrailer.com we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.
2010 - 2016 Subaru Legacy All Models
2013 - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon All Models
2010 - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon excluding Sport
Video of Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"
Videos are provided As a guide only. Refer To manufacturer
installation instructions And specs For complete information.
Today on our 2016 Subaru Legacy, we'll be installing the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver Class II - 1-1/4". It's part number 36493. As you can see, this is what our 2016 Legacy looks like once we have the hitch installed. Pretty clean installation, very minimal amounts hanging down from the vehicle. We don't have much stuff showing where it attaches to the frame. We just have the horizontal crossbar coming here and the actual inch and a quarter receiver itself. This each has a 3500 pound max gross trailer weight rating. It has a 300 lb.
max gross tongue weight rating. As always, you'll want to refer off 00:00:40 your owner's manual and go by whichever number is less. You don't want to exceed the capacity of your vehicle or the capacity of your hitch. As you can see here, our hitch has a half inch diameter pinhole which we can use for bike racks, cargo carriers, ball mounts, things of that nature. We have 2 really easy to get to safety chain loops here for hooking up the safety chains on our trailer. They're a nice, round style.
You don't have to fight with getting any hooks in there or anything like that. It'll be real easy to hook up anything. Now for a few measurements to help you choose any hitch mounted accessories you may need, such as a ball mount, bike carrier or a cargo carrier. You're looking at 9 and 1/2 inches from the ground to the top of a inch and a quarter receiver and about 4 and 1/2 inches from the center of the 1/2 inch diameter hitch pinhole to the back edge of the bumper. The first thing we're going to want to do in order to install our hitch is temporarily lower the exhaust down, spray the hangers with some lubricant to help make 'em slide off slightly easier. There's 2 on either side of the vehicle just above the mufflers. There's a third 1 just in front of your rear axle.
Then we can pry 'em off with a pry bar, just like that. For the rear hangers, we'll do the same thing and pry against the hook right there. There's 2 more in front of the mufflers on either side. We need to spray those down as well. Now we need to remove our heat shields above both of our mufflers. To do that, there's 4, 10 millimeter bolts. Make sure we've set our bolts to the side.
We will be re-installing them later. We'll do the same on the other side. There's 4 rubber plugs and some holes in the frame rail. We're just going to pop them out. There's 1 on each side in front of where the muffler was, and 1 towards the back of it. With those removed, we can set them down. We will not be re-installing 'em. We can always keep 'em in case we decide to take our hitch off at some point. We do the same on the other side. Now we measure back from our existing hole to mark the location that we're going to drill for our new hole. As always, when drilling in the middle, I highly recommend wearing safety glasses and gloves to protect you from metal shavings. Now that we've enlarged our hole to the inch and 1/8th diameter, our spacer plates slide in nicely. We're going to repeat the process on the other side. Now we'll take our fish wire here, put it through the forward 00:03:47 hole, bring it down through the access hole we drilled; take our 3 inch long spacer block; put it on the wire; push it up inside the frame rail; thread our carriage bolt onto the fish wire; push it up inside like so. Pull it on down. Now we'll do the same thing on our rear hole, but using the 2 inch long spacer block. Pull it down and we'll repeat the same process on the other side. Now that we have all of our bolts fish wired to the frame of the vehicle, we need to prep our hitch for installation. There's a flat washer that goes in the floor bolt hole between the hitch and the body of the vehicle. In order to ease the installation, I'm going to tape it into place on our hitch, just so we don't have to worry about it falling out of position or getting in the way while we install the hitch. Then, we can poke a hole in the tape, so the bolt easily goes through. Now it won't slide around any. We can easily position the hitch into place with the necessary spacer. I'll do the same on the other side of the hitch Now, with the help of an assistant, we can grab out hitch, slide it into position. Now with it 00:05:11 in position, take our conical tooth washer, teeth facing the hitch, install our nut; do the same for the other 3 bolt holes. We'll just loosely install 'em so we can slide our hitch around into position. Here's another tech 00:05:29 tip. We didn't run down our bolts all the way for our hitch yet. We left them slightly loose so we can loosely install the 4 bolts that go through the hitch that hold the exhaust heat shield in place. That way, the hitch doesn't harshly block any of the holes for those. Then we can tighten up the 4 bolts that hold our hitch into position. Okay, with them done on the passenger side, we can do the same thing on the driver's side. Now with the 4 screws in place that hold our exhaust heat shield in, we can actually tighten down the bolts that hold our hitch to lift the vehicle. With our bolts snug down on the hitch, we can torque 'em to the manufacturer's specification now. Now for our heat shields, we need to trim them a little bit, so our bolt heads for our hitch sit flush against the heat shield and our heat shield won't rattle. We're just going trim out this section here on the right hand side. Then the left hand side, we'll do the same thing, slightly different. We need a pair of tin snips and cut this out. We'll do the same thing on the other heat shield. All right with our hitch torque down, we can remove the 4 bolts that we loosely installed to help align the hitch and re-install our exhaust heat shield and make sure we slide the heat shield over the exhaust hanger. We can install the 4 screws that hold it into place. We'll tighten 'em down. We'll do the same thing on the other side of the vehicle. Now, on the exhaust hangers, you'll want to have 'em . the hangers on the muffler and attach 'em to the body of the car, not the other way around, otherwise you'll be fighting yourself. The ones towards the front of the car, those are a lot easier to get into. You can actually get your hand on 'em real easy. Just continue working at it until you get all 5 of them back on. That completes the installation of the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver Class II - 1-1/4" Part Number 36493 on our 2016 Subaru Legacy.
Average Customer Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (55 Customer Reviews)This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.
by: Tim H.06/03/2013
Excellent. Very well constructed. Fit perfect on 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon. Instructions were very clear. Would love to share a picture but didn't think to take one and it's on my daughters car not in the area. Shipped promptly. Installed in a couple of hours by myself with no issues what so ever. The "mouse" they include to fish the bolts in to place in the frame worked exceptionally well. Great product!! 83038
by: Curt P.02/03/2012
I just finished installing the hitch. It was delivered last night, as was promised. I bought a new Outback recently and I needed a way to transport bikes w/o having to get the bikes on the roof - it's pretty high. So a hitch mounted bike carrier is the way I wanted to solve that problem. I bought the hitch and a Thule carrier from etrailer. Both the hitch and the carrier are much sturdier than I imagined. the hitch install went exactly as described in the excellent instructions/video; fit perfectly. It took longer to install than 1 hour though. Working by myself it was a challenge to support the hitch while I secured that first bolt but the wire guides helped a lot. It's a good system especially for this novice. I also hope use the hitch to do some light duty towing occasionally - moving applicances, trips to the waste transfer station, maybe even tow a small tent trailer. I have not used the hitch yet but I plan to in the near future. 30976
by: Dan M08/28/2012
What a deal! Ordered my hitch & wiring and two days later it arrived! The instructions/videos on this site and with the hitch made it a breeze to install. I'm 70 yrs. old and had NO problems. Just make sure you have a proper and sharp METAL hole saw and your tools laid out. My Outback is new, so, I just removed the muffler, then drilling and fishing the bolts were easy! It took about half an hr. for the actual install. My wife even helped. I highly recommend E-TRAILER for everyone and will be back for anything else I need. 53296
my wife's 2011 subaru outback. very fast shipping, and the parts are as described. installed it on the floor with the car jacked up on the driver side in 1 hour. very easy install after watching video on etrailers site. the coolest thing on the install was having my wife under the car with me to put it in place at least for 5 min. she might be sophisticated, but i got that extra set of hands to line it up. lol. 16891
my wife's 2011 subaru outback. very fast shipping, and the parts are as described. installed it on the floor with the car jacked up on the driver side in 1 hour. very easy install after watching video on etrailers site. the coolest thing on the install was having my wife under the car with me to put it in place at least for 5 min. she might be sophisticated, but i got that extra set of hands to line it up. lol. 16892
by: Mark C.04/26/2011
Delivery was quick. The installation on my 2011 Subaru Outback was as advertised and relatively painless for a novice. The instructions and wiring video were very helpful. I would definitely recommend etrailer for anyone else that is installing a hitch. 12421
by: Sean Hanlon05/11/2015
Over all I could not be any happier with my hitch / cargo basket buying and install experience. A huge thank you to Chris and George on the etrailer team. All of my pre-order questions were answered promptly, and everything arrived as scheduled. The boxes were a little banged up, but after reading the reviews, that was to be expected. The install of the Class III hitch on my 2012 Legacy 3.6 could not have gone smoother. The videos really help to set expectations, and lets you know exactly what you need to do. My Legacy 3.6 has a dual exhaust set-up so there was a little more work involved with dropping the exhaust and another heat shield needed to be trimmed, but other than that the instal is exactly the same as the video that shows you how to instal the larger Class II hitch. A few tips, when dropping the exhaust, you will need remove the rubber hangers that support each muffler and the next rubber hanger located right before the exhaust splits from one pipe into two. This will allow you to lower the exhaust far enough out of the way. I had the car supported by jack stands and used a small jack to support the exhaust (see picture). As for drilling the access holes, I did it from under the car and had zero problems. All said and done from the time the car was put on jack stands to the time it was ready to be lowered was exactly two hours. Again, zero complaints! Thank you etrailer! -Sean 191719
by: Chris B03/18/2015
First off I'd like to thank the previous reviewers that mentioned that they had gotten the wrong size nuts in the bag of installation hardware. On inspection PRIOR TO BEGINNING I too had the wrong size nuts so it was simply a matter of a quick run to the hardware store beforehand. So, CHECK YOUR NUTS BEFORE YOU START!! This is the 2nd time I've bought a hitch from trailer.com & as usual the parts arrived quickly & with little to no damage in transport. The installation went exactly as shown in the great video only I chose to drill the access hole from the inside the trunk area rather than underneath as another reviewer mentioned. I feel there will be less of a chance of rust developing in the frame using this method. I happened to have a couple of plastic plugs left over from something & used them to plug the 1 1/8" holes after a little touch-up paint on the bare metal. BTW, save those rubber plugs!! You may need them for a future job! Go the Mrs on a creeper to help me get it in place. The funniest part was watching her get up & off that wheeled beast. Did the job in the garage with just the rear end on jack-stands in 2 hours taking me time. 179581
by: Randy C.03/17/2014
The hitch was shipped and received in an expedite manner. The box as always was manhandled by UPS but the hitch itself was safe. Hint to shipping (bubble wrapping the hitch would help avoid scratch damage). I opted to enlarge the front hole present in the trunck area from within as the easiest way to pull the bolts through. Least amount of body damage without pulling the bumper off. The top sheet metal is much thinner than the bottom rail and there is a hole already directly above the front hole the bolt will travel through. In fact there is a hole directly above the rear bottom bolt hole as well but I opted to leave it alone and use the bolt threaders for these. A simple rat tail file and half moon rasp and about ten minutes was all that was needed to enlarge these two holes. Gorilla tape sealed them back over after it was finished. I noted that the 3 inch front bolt spacer fit perfectly perpendicular to the rail but the rear one did not so it sits parallel with the rail. This should not be an issue however because the rail at this point is double walled. I installed this hitch by myself in about 2 hours taking my time. I would also like to point out that instead of cutting the heat shield I decided to mark the position of the rear trailer bolt to the shield with a little grease on the bolt and drill a 1 1/4 inch hole in the heat shield over the marked spot with my hole saw. This worked out much cleaner than cutting the entire shield and was much easier than using snips. Over all quite an easy job. The only regret I had was not buying some undercoat while I had the heat shield off to add to what Subaru does not coat bit If the weather warms up the muffler will come off with just as much ease as before. The real test will be attaching the bike hitch and bikes. 120912
by: John T.04/24/2011
The box arrived pretty beat up, but the hitch was fine. I watched the installation video, which was excellent, then read the printed instructions as I did the job. I did the job with the tires still on the ground, and only lifted it a few inches with a jack under the differential just to give myself more working room. Everything went exactly as shown on the video, but it took me 2-1/2 hours to complete the job. I'm sure it would go faster doing it a second time, but how many customers will be doing that on the same car? The wire fish was really slick, and the metal plates and bolts pulled into the bolt holes perfectly. Hard to believe who well they worked. I used my jack to help lift the hitch up so that I could get the first two nuts on, since I was working alone. Having some way to temporarily grip the bolts, perhaps a spring clip, would help assure they don't get pushed back up into the mounting rail. This would be a nice addition to the installation package. But working carefully I got the first two nuts on. The other two went on easily at that point. I left all bolts loose and threaded in the two heat shield bolts that go through the hitch, since the clearance holes were pretty small, then tightened all four bolts on the hitch. Then I removed the two heat shield bolts, trimmed the heatshield and put it back on. All in all, the job went very smoothly, just took a lot longer than the video suggested. 12288
by: Steve G.04/15/2014
This is my third Draw-Tite hitch from e trailer. The others have held up well. The install is as easy as it appears in their videos. However, this time I didn't drill into the frame to install the bolts. I had to replace the bumper cover on the car so while I had the old one off, it was only 8 nuts to remove the bumper and get access to the channel in the frame. The fishing wire was even long enough to reach the front holes. On past installs, I always took the time to paint the drilled holes to prevent rust. 125244
Etrailer was great to work with. Again, the hitch and wiring harness arrived in good shape and on time. The installation instructions were adequate but it was the videos which simplified the whole process. At the suggestion of other reviewers I accessed the frame bolting from the top. It was really no big deal and I liked the idea of not compromising the integrity of the frame. Thanks Etrailer. 151700
I was not home at the time of delivery, and when seeing the shape the package was in, would probably have refused delivery. The container was open in two locations, with the hitch poking out. Upon inspection, everything appeared to be OK. Checking the package containing all the bolts, washers, nuts etc., I discovered that the 7/16" nuts were actually 3/8" and would not fit the supplied bolts. (As was described by a previous poster). Upon calling to describe the fubar, I was politely told a replacement set would be sent out, forcing me to wait an extra week or purchase the 4 nuts myself, if I wanted to finish the job. The hitch itself was of sound construction, with all welds being of good quality. It seems that when a quality control issue surfaces (wrong nut size on more than one occasion) steps should be taken by either the mfg. or the outfit retailing it, to correct the problem and prevent not only a repeat of a bad situation, but also negative reviews. 179439
by: Barry D.07/09/2013
Fit well. Fairly easy to install with 2 people and a large drill bit. I used a step bit which worked great.. Hitch was scratched through to bare metal in a number of places when it arrived although the box was fully intact (I repainted the hitch). It came with a ball mount - I wasn't aware it would. Overall decent product. 88510
The construction materials and workmanship of hitch look fine but the installation was awful. Required dropping muffler, drilling two 1-1/8 inch holes in the steel frame, removing and cutting heat shield, topped off with the wrong nuts provided - 3/8" for 7/16th" bolt!!! Close to 10 hours of work - don't attempt this unless you are a professional with professional tools. 140465
This trailer hitch fit my 2010 Subaru Outback perfectly. I didn't like the idea of drilling new holes in the exterior (which is what the instructions specify), because we get a lot of road salt in this area every winter. I also didn't like the idea of pulling off the rear bumper, for fear that I might not get it back on correctly. So, I went in fro above. I had to remove the spare tire cradle and some other items but it was simple and straightforward. I had to enlarge the pre-drilled holes but it was a simple job. I have pulled my utility trailer and my 1800 pound camper with no trouble at all. 244153
by: Jim S04/06/2015
The hitch looked great, but the bolt holes on the muffler side were off just enough to give us a hard time. Eventually got the bolts to come down through the holes crooked and tighted them that way. I hope they do not come loose. Also the printed instructions did not match the video on line and neither mentioned the spacers that should have been inserted in the installation. Packing and shipping seemed insufficient. I think our allignment problem could have been due to a slight bend in the hitch during shipping. Time will tell if the hitch performs. I would not self install another. 183398
by: Andrew V. (Osprey)02/24/2015
My rating would be much better, except for one problem. The four nuts provided by the manufacturer were too small. Imagine being under the car holding up the heavy unit with knees and elbows making sure not to knock the bolts up into the car frame while trying to screw a nut on with your remaining limb. Check the nut size prior to installing the bolts in the car frame! 175966
by: Joe E.10/07/2011
Ordering was easy.Delivery arrived on time. Instructions made the job easy.It took me about 90 minutes to install, working with the car on the ground. Everything fit together very well. The wiring harness was a cinch to install .I saved about 400 dollars vs factory hitch. I WOULD NOT HESITATE TO RECOMMEND YOUR PRODUCT . GREAT JOB. 25251
Took about half a weekend day to install. Laid parts out night before which helped. Backed car up ramps to start. Also had some extra muscle to lift hitch in place. Punching holes in frame took longer than expected. Parts for install were very easy to work with. Video was very helpful. Depended on printed directions during install. Thanks. 191883
The web site made shopping, ordering, viewing instructions and product information very efficient, and user friendly.I got a very good deal on the products I ordered, and had my delivery even quicker than predicted.Installation was painless, and exactly as stated.Product quality and satisfaction are excellent.Nice job guys 24098
by: Neal B.12/14/2013
Arrived 3 days after ordering. box was a little beat up. Some padding on the side rails may prevent that and protect rail from paint removal. Installation was easy. I drilled through the top instead of bottom. Fishing wires worked great. Wiring harness was perfect. Good instructions for both products. 110108
Excellent product and the instructions were great. I decided to gain entry from the top and after pulling the panels off from the wagon area I was able to enlarge the existing holes and feed the retainer and bolt down from the top. This meant that I did not need to drill into the frame. 36499
The install was easy and took about an hour myself. The video was very helpful. 64202
by: Mike Binder09/12/2012
Part arrived quickly and with free shipping! It fit well and was only moderately difficult to attach. But that was not due to the part...it was due to the vehicle construction limitations. I'll try to take and send a picture in the near future. Thanks, Mike B. 54485
by: Greg L.08/07/2015
I'd get hitched to it if I could ! Feel in love with it at first sight, well made , easy to install (with a little help from a friend) quick delivery and a great youtube install video that took away my fears of a DIY project. Highly recommended. 217525
So easy to install. Though it did take me 2 hours to install, but it was my first time installing one of these. I even got a cat nap while laying under the car....maybe that is why it took me 2hrs to install :P 253114
by: Paul S07/06/2016
Hitch was very easy to install. I decided to drill the hole from the inside. Found that ... had 1 inch plastic plugs that were actually 1 1/8 inch that fit exactly, after painting to seal the bare metal. 268795
by: Paul H04/28/2012
This is the second hitch I have ordered and installed from etrailer. The online tutorials are excellent and extremely helpful. If you can turn a wrench, you can install a hitch and wiring from etrailer! 38685
by: John A04/14/2015
Perfect! I had it installed on my new Subaru Outback by my mechanic. I don't think I could have installed it myself but it is exactly what I needed to use my bike rack. 185253
by: Ron P.08/28/2014
Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch is made of solid metal construction. I'm using it to support by bike rack. I'm very pleased with this product and would recommend it to others. 149012
by: Linda L.08/25/2013
Delivered quickly! Install was done by my service mechanic in less than 1 hour...very easy (he said) and quality throughout. Great product, great price!!! 96806
by: Phillip K06/03/2013
Quickest install ever!! Looks great. Only catch is the drill bit you need to make the large hole is not a common size.. other than that great product. 83148
Have made several purchases on etrailer and would not hesitate to do so again. Great prices, fast shipping, easy installation. Highly recommended. 217896
by: J Smith02/06/2015
Very good pricing, easy order process, good followup and fast shipment and delivery. Very satisfied with the transaction 172621
by: John T.08/10/2015
Awesome! This is probably the most straight forward work I have ever done on a car. The video makes it a piece of cake. 218182
by: John m06/23/2016
Easy installation great install video provided received my order within a couple of days good job guys at etrailers 264132
by: Jeff P03/10/2016
The products I purchased fit well and are still working great! Thanks for the great service and parts! 240461
by: mark russo05/06/2012
Excellent video on how to install. Went just as described. Would definitely purchase here again. 39591
Product was as described . Installation was easy and fit was precise . No issues. Great product 126210
by: Michael R.01/20/2014
Recieved item in good condition and in excellent time, will do business again with them. 114304
by: Aaron R.05/04/2015
Just what I wanted. It is actually built thicker and stronger than I expected. 189833
by: Lane G.06/20/2016
great product. Great install. Video was very helpful. all good scores here. 262708
I followed the instructions and had no problem installing the hitch. 150775
by: Steve L05/21/2014
Good fit and quality, local mechanic installed in just over an hour 131550
by: joel k.06/14/2016
Excellent hitch, good price, and fast delivery. Thank you. 261137
beautiful fit. solid construction great price 34100
straight forward, easy install, good pr ice 262437
by: Vince M.09/27/2013
Perfect fit and easy installation. 101737
by: Bill C05/07/2015
Great product. Easy to install. 191248
Ask the Experts about this Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch
At etrailer.com we guarantee:
Highest quality trailer hitch for the best price.
Real product know-how.
Most detailed, accurate trailer hitch information available.
Information for this part was:
Installations, made easy.
Personalized service for life.
Trusted since 1946.
Info for this part was:
At etrailer.com we provide the best information available about the products we sell. We take the quality of our information seriously so that you can get the right part the first time.