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Video of Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"
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Today on our 2016 Subaru Legacy we'll be installing the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, Class 3 2" receiver, part number 75673. As you can see, it's a very clean look, very minimal amount is showing. You don't have any crossbars coming down that supports the frame really, you just have the main two body of the hitch and the actual 2" receiver itself. As you can see, our hitch as two holes on it. The larger one is for the 5/8" diameter pin, the smaller hole is for our J-Pin device, and that is a device that is inserted to help reduce the rattle and shake in the receiver tube for your accessory that's inside of it that's provided if your accessory doesn't already have its own anti-rattle device built into it Now, this 2" Class 3 receiver hitch has a 4,000 pound max trailer weight rating and it has a 600 pound max tongue weight rating. Obviously, you'll want to consult with the owner's manual of your vehicle and go by whichever one's lower before you decide to use a cargo carrier or tow a trailer, that way you don't exceed the limits of the hitch or the vehicle.
This hitch is not compatible with weight distribution setups. Now for a couple of measurements to help you choosing any hitch-mounted accessories you may need, such as ball mounts, bike carriers or cargo carriers, you're looking at a total of around 10 1/2" from the ground to the top of the 2" received, as well as about 6" from the center of the 5/8" diameter hitch pin hole to the back of our bumper. First thing we want to do in order to install our hitch is temporarily lower the exhaust down, spray the hangers with some lubricant to help make them slide off slightly easier. There's two on either side of the vehicle just above the mufflers and there's a third one just in front of the rear axle and we can pry them 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. Now there's two more in front of the muffler on either side, so we'll spray those down as well.
Now, we need to remove our heat shields above both of our mufflers. To do that, there's four 10mm bolts. Make sure we set our bolts to the side because we will be re-installing them later. We'll do the same on the other side. Now, there's four rubber plugs and some holes in the frame rail. We're just going to pop them out.
There's one on each side in front of where the muffler was and one towards the back of it. With those removed, we can set them down. We will not be re-installing them, but we can always keep them in case we decide to take our hitch off at some point. We'll do the same on the other side. And now we'll measure back from our existing hole to mark the location that we're going to drill for our new hole.
As always, when drilling into metal, I highly recommend wearing safety glasses and gloves to protect you from metal shavings. Now that we've enlarged our hole to the 1 1/8" diameter, our placer plates slide in nicely. We repeat the process on the other side. Now we take our fish wire here, put it through the forward hole, bring it down to the access hole we drilled, take our 3" 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, pull it on down. Now we'll do the same thing on our rear hole, but using the 2" long spacer bar. Pull it down. We'll repeat the same process on the other side. Now that we have all our bolts fish wired to the frame of our vehicle, we need to prep the hitch for installation. Now, there's a flat washer here that goes on the forward bolt hole. But here's a little tech tip, so you don't have to worry about holding the washer in place, put a piece of tape on it like so and tape it into position on our hitch, wrap it around and you can poke a hole in it and our bolt will go through nice and easy. We'll do that to the other side of the hitch as well. Now, when you get ready to install the hitch, just make sure that you have your exhaust lowered. If you have to lower it a little bit further, you have it supported by a strap so it doesn't cause any damage further up in the system. Now with the help of an assistant, we'll raise the hitch into position and we'll install our conical tooth washers facing the hitch with the teeth and then we'll use our nuts to secure it and do the same on the back side, just like so. Little tech tip here, if we re-install our exhaust heat shield bolts in the holes, just loosely for right now, we can easily align the hitch properly before we tighten it down. That way the hitch won't cover up any of the bolt holes and we'll be able to install our heat shields real easily. With our heat shield bolts temporarily in place, we can snug down our hitch using 11/16" socket. Now with 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. Just going to trim out this section here on the right-hand side, for the left hand side we'll do the same thing, slightly different. So we use a pair of tin snips and cut this out. We'll do the same thing with the other head shield. With our head shield trimmed, we can remove our bolts that we loosely put into it, we'll slide over the exhaust hanger there. We install one of our bolts. We'll add the other three. With our four bolt loosely installed, we can snug them down and we can repeat the process for the other side. With our hitch up, torque our bolts down to the manufacturers' specification, which you can find in the instruction manual and repeat the process for the other three bolts. Now we can raise our exhaust back into position. Now we can reinstall our exhaust hangers, push it on the stud, maneuver the muffler into place. We have that one done. Now we have four more to do. Perfect. With that done, we have all our exhaust hangers reinstalled. Make sure to remove our strap belt that we used to help support the exhaust and that completes the installation of our Draw-Tite Max-Frame Receiver Class 3 with 2" Receiver, part number 75673 on our 2016 Subaru Legacy.
Average Customer Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars (51 Customer Reviews)Fully welded vehicle trailer hitch is strong and durable. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. The combination of an e-coat base and a powder coat finish provides excellent rust protection.
by: Kevin K.06/29/2016
I found that the packaging for the hitch itself, as well as the instructions and video, were well done. I was careful and spent far more than an hour (or two hours) installing it, however, on a Subaru Outback 2011. Two hopefullly helpful installation tips to add to what others have already posted: 1. If you have a Subaru Outback 2011, take off the rear most rubber exhaust hanger entirely before mounting the hitch. You'll have to anyway - it won't fit through the hole that's provided. Much easier before (rather than after) you already have the hitch up into position. Then put it on when you're finally ready to put the exhaust back on -- but not before. Much easier to slide the exhaust hanger onto both at once than just to reattach it early and fit those annoying rubber pieces. 2. Instead of cutting off a portion of the heat shield, use the same drill bit to put one hole in the heat shield that will fit nicely over the newly installed bolt and nut holding the hitch up on the driver's rear side. Much cleaner looking (not that anyone will look under there, but whatever). Like many others, I also went in via the cargo compartment instead of drilling up through the bottom, figuring there would be less corrosion that way. Even a 7/8" hole with an extra 1/4" hole next to it will easily fish the plates and bolts in. I did use a "grabber" and help from a friend to get the fishing done to put the bolts in place. Removing the fishing attached to the bolts prior to putting the hitch in place was a bit painful - you really don't want to knock one of the loose bolts back up into the frame of the car. I propped the hitch up inch by inch by myself until it was ready to go. This is a nice looking hitch that will more than do the job. I've installed this same brand of hitch before on a Rav4 and a Nissan Xterra - both of these together were easier than on a Subaru Outback, but the final product looks good. For a Subaru Outback, I think this is about the best hitch you can consider. 266516
by: Steve F.10/29/2013
My new DrawTite hitch for a 2014 Outback surprisingly arrived without any boxing or wrapping. Just a shipping label wrapped around the receiver, which had the bag of parts tucked into it. I called eTrailer out on this, and they said it was packed up correctly when they sent it. UPS was the culprit. It was fine and unharmed nonetheless. Installation was fairly easy, and having the video was really helpful. I drilled 4 holes down from inside the back of the car behind the wheel wells with a 1-1/8" hole saw, instead of up through the frame, and it made it really easy to see the pre-drilled frame holes right below them to pass through the fish wires with the bolts. And now there are no extra holes underneath the car for rust and corrosion to attack. I covered the new holes I made with a couple of layers of metal HVAC tape, then put all the Styrofoam pieces back in place. Also, I reattached the whole heat shield after cutting the corner piece off, and then torqued the main bolts down. Having access to a lift at my local garage also made this a piece of cake. Lastly, I will mainly be using the hitch for a 4-bike Thule rack, which won't see much action throughout the winter. I put a fitted piece of the HVAC metal tape over the back of the receiver opening. If you put a cover on one end to keep out dirt and moisture, why not cover the other end as well??? 105601
by: Scott C.05/27/2014
Ordered this from the really helpful folks at etrailer and it came very promptly and exactly when they said it would. I installed it on a 2014 Subaru Outback wagon using the OEM method which requires removing the rear bumper, which eliminates the need to drill additional holes in the uni-body frame. I hired a local autobody shop to do the bumper removal and replacement of the rear bumper. He and I removed the bumper and had the whole installation done in an hour. The Drawtite sits up snug underneath, is unobtrusive and does the job. 132672
Installation video and written instructions were good. For my 2012 Subaru Outback, two of the four muffler heat shield bolt holes were not aligned very well. It required grinding one of the holes open to get everything back together. The brackets also did not clear the underside portion of the bumper and needed about 1/4" x 1" trim on each side for everything to clear. These items are not major issues, but made installation a pain. 77540
I installed this hitch on my 2014 Subaru Outback. The instructions for the install were great and detailed with a drawing of where to install all the pieces. The videos online that I watched before were also helpful. Installation took about 1.5 hours I would guess. 132449
It's a trailer hitch, just like it was supposed to be. I installed this on a 2014 Outback. I pulled the bumper off instead of drilling holes in the frame. The method worked well but did take some time, about 3 hours total. It is a bit unnerving pulling the bumper off and it is important to have the plastic warm and to take your time not to break any of the plastic tabs that attach the bumper to the frame. Other that that it was OK. 135991
by: Jim H06/14/2013
This is the second time I have used etrailer and their whole process was great once again. Fast and free delivery can't be beat. I received it on a Thursday afternoon and completed the install later that evening on my 2013 Outback. The videos provided are excellent and make the install a breeze. 84676
by: Mark S.06/22/2016
Installed the hitch yesterday. I fit perfectly - all holes lined up well. It sits somewhat behind the bumper, so it's not overly visible from the rear. I installed it by taking off the bumper facia and bumper so that I could access the frame tubes without drilling the 1 1/8 inch holes. It took considerably more time, but we keep our cars forever and I didn't like the thought of drilling such large holes. Getting the mounting hardware in place once the bumper was off was a snap. Getting the bumper into position was an ordeal. It was just me, and I couldn't raise the car. I finally got it up and aligned using an auto jack and two jack stands to support the hitch. It's just very awkward to work with. Everything went back together perfectly and the installation looks nice and clean. I also put in a wiring kit. Left the end in the wheel well rather than stringing it through to the outside. As someone notes in comments to the etrailer Youtube video, the wiring harness doesn't just magically appear like it does in the video. You have to take off the cargo hook and cut the upper blue tape and fish it out. Other than that, there's not much to it. 263604
by: Rich S01/18/2015
After selling our other car that had the trailer hitch I needed a new one quick to transport our bikes to an upcoming ride. My teenage son and I installed in an hour, the instructions were perfect, the fishing wires worked perfect. Thanks. 170350
by: Jim H.07/07/2014
Installation (alone) went great. I drilled 1 1/8 inch holes from inside, rather than underneath vehicle. I have yet to tow my boat trailer, but hitch looks great. 139780
by: Mark D06/05/2016
Installed a Draw Tite in a 2015 a Outback wagon, directions were accurate and all parts included. 1-2 hour install time, included a few breaks and to let primer dry on the 2 access holes needed, took my time. All holes and bolts lined up well, etc. when you hang the exhaust down to access the heat shield, use a jack stand to support it, it's fairly heavy. Hitch sit's under bumper nice, recessed just far enough to keep from banging a shin, but easy to use. No wiring added as its for a bike rack. 257310
by: steve s05/25/2014
The hitch arrive very quickly and in great shape. The previous reviews and the videos and the written instruction helped a lot. I removed the muffler rather than lower it. I also expanded the holes from above, inside the cargo area with a step bit rather than doing the hole saw from below. Installation was very easy, especially using a floor jack to provide initial support of the hitch. I took my time, it was hot out, and installed the hitch in about 90 minutes by my self. 132354
by: Aaron D.07/04/2016
Very impressed with the product and the customer service. Hitch was very easy to install. I used help from a second person during the actual mounting of the hitch but everything else is definitely a one person job. I purchased the wiring harness from Etrailer as well. The first one that was sent did not work but etrailer provided excellent customer service in troubleshooting and providing a replacement very quickly. Would highly recommend. 267947
by: Brian W.08/14/2012
thanks...already installed...here is a few pics 51651
by: Frank F.06/21/2016
It is installed (took about an hour) easy concise instructions, all hardware needed to put it on was there. Haven't had a chance to use it yet, but will be using it later today I hope. Only improvement I can think of is a link, or note about electrical connections, as I didn't think of that myself and had to order connectors et al afterwards. Otherwise great product! Will definately recommend to any one I know who needs a hitch... 263138
Fast Delivery. Product as stated and easy to install with the help of your videos. Easy for a person that is handy and has the correct tools to do the job. Also important to have a helping hand as stated in the video. 170622
by: Chris N.06/16/2014
Just finished installing this hitch on our car. Draw-Tite's reputation is well earned and we're happy with how the hitch has performed (limited use). The installation instructions could have been better. Their genericness makes it difficult for the first timer like me. Doing the second one would be a piece of cake. Installation took us about 2 hours instead of the advertised 1 as a result. 135819
by: Allan Z05/02/2015
This is the fourth hitch I've purchased from etrailer, plus accessories. It's been an easy purchase, great prices, and excellent products every time, including this one. The installation video was extremely helpful. Being able to get a make/model customized and plug-in wiring harness was fantastic. This is the pinnacle of online shopping! 189478
by: Tom C.07/15/2016
I had the hitch installed within 1-1/2 hours of delivery. The fit was perfect, the installation video provided on the website was extremely helpful. I watched it a few times before the hitch arrived. Everything went very smoothly. I will gladly do business with etrailer again , 272331
by: Shaun R06/01/2016
Great product, fast shipping, used hardware but installed the bumper OEM style by removing the bumper, didn't feel comfortable with drilling a hole in the frame. Took me 2 hours and am fairly mechanically experienced. Thanks for the great product, it is nice and hidden. 255237
by: Derek G06/01/2016
Installation was extremely easy with the provided guide wires. Unit is very sturdy and only minimal modification is require to the heat sheild. I would recommend covering the new holes required in the frame for bolt installation, prior to lifting assembly into place. 255283
by: Michael T08/01/2013
The hitch arrived very quickly and in great shape. Install took about 1hr as I went through the cargo area and enlarged the inspection holes instead of drilling into the frame. Pulled our boat this weekend, and it worked great! Excellent customer service. 92706
by: Wendell B.10/31/2014
I received everything I ordered. When I installed the hitch I watched the video for the hitch and the wiring harness. The install went very well. I am very pleased with the quality of the products and would recommend them to anyone looking for a hitch. 158728
by: KCK in Raleigh, NC06/02/2012
Installation was as easy as it seemed after watching the video. Everything went smoothly and it installed in about an hour. Those little wires to feed and hold the bolts are a great idea! Final product looks every bit as good as a factory install. 42485
The hitch installed as advertised. All seems well. I've yet to use the bike rack yet. Products both arrived promptly, and I was kept updated often as to when it was shipped, and when it should arrive. Very informative, and professional. thank you 12448
by: Seth O.08/23/2015
Hitch arrived quickly and the instructions in the video were clear and made installing the hitch a straight forward process for two of us. Used the hitch the day after installation and worked great for hauling around my sailboat. 221240
by: Tom H.06/10/2014
Hitch was delivered quickly. Found installation to be straight forward and took about 1.5 hours by myself. Hitch appears well built. I purchased hitch to carry a two bike Thule rack and seems to perform this function perfectly. 134903
Ordered the hitch by phone. Great help over the phone about which hitch would be best. Had it installed by our local mechanic. Just got back from a trip to beach with a bicycle rack carried by our new hitch. Very nice. 254085
Hitch and wiring arrived right as scheduled. Nice well built hitch. I've always been happy with the Draw-Tite product. Will see if I can take some photos once it is installed. Thanks, Bob W. 251861
by: John V.06/01/2016
Used this hitch on a 2016 Outback 3.6r. The instructions and on-line video were great. I did end up taking both of the mufflers off the car. They are a bolt / flange connection, so it was not a problem. 255149
by: Mauris R11/04/2014
Instructions were spot on, however I installed the bolts through the top of the frame. Was faster and easier than going in from the bottom. Everything lined up and total time was less than one hour 159243
by: Ryan K.11/25/2013
Great product. Easy Install. I was a little worried that the receiver may sit back under the bumper a little too far to easily install items such as a bike rack but everything works perfectly. 108371
by: John C07/15/2016
I bought the hitch and a bike rack for my son-in-law for his birthday, everything was delivered as promised and he is excited to take my grandson for a bike ride! 272200
Perfect. Easy to install and fits well with the car! Love that it is recessed from bumper. Lower profile but still fits my Kuat bike rack and other accessories. 267844
Got it installed. A jack really helped since I was alone. I took muffler off which I recommend vs just lowering. Looks great. Shipped fast. No complaints 75944
by: Jeff G.10/09/2014
Excellent price and service. Thorough selection of vehicle specific parts. Fast shipping. The instructional videos are well made and extremely helpful. 155419
by: Scotty H.06/23/2016
Very well made. High quality materials and straight forward mounting instructions. Video instructions made attachment simple. Highly recommend 264141
everything is fine. Your service was great. I recommend your service highly. Thank you you saved me 3 days in time and about 300 dollars 259043
A great company to deal with. They know their products and was very helpful. All the items I odered were correct, and ez to install. 69389
Great purchase!!! Delivery was fast and with the video and helpful instructions on the website, installation was a snap. Thanks! 258340
by: Hose 07/06/2016
Fit perfectly (with a bit of shifting for the heat shield screws). Printed instructions and on line video exact and excellent. 268798
by: Doug J02/19/2016
Look great, came fast! Have not installed yet but everyone at etrailer has been professional, helpful and friendly! 238249
Directions were easy to follow and made installation a breeze. Video is worth watching before starting install 247463
by: Charles sims06/25/2014
Fit fantastic. Clear directions. Took me about an hour and half to install hitch and wire harness. Thanks 137561
by: Ted A.06/20/2016
I received my hitch quickly and as advertised. It was easy to install and looks great on my vehicle. 262988
You provided a great how-to video. The hitch is very solid and easy to install. Thank you! 224519
by: LARRY R03/17/2012
INSTALLATION VIDEO MADE THE JOB GO SMOOTH AS SILK 2 THUMBS UP 34225
by: Larry Servais04/03/2015
Good product. Purchased in past. Very easy to install. 182824
Great product. Great customer service. 266060
by: Kiril M06/03/2016
Great product easy installation. 256364
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