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This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your Subaru Forester's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.
✔ Confirmed to fit your 2012 Subaru Forester
Note: All non-trailer loads - bike racks, cargo carriers and so forth - should be supported with stabilizing straps. Failure to properly support these loads will void your hitch warranty from CURT.
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Drilling required for installation , Access holes may need to be enlarged by drilling, filing, or rotary tool , Per Curt warranty requirements, all non-trailer loads (bike racks, cargo carriers, etc) must be supported by stabilizing straps, such as 18050, sold separately
Video of Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"
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Today on our 2012 Subaru Forester, we're going to review an install, the CURT class 3 two inch receiver tube hitch, part number 13147. Here's what our hitch is going to look like once it's installed. As you can see, we've got the nice, stylish, round cross tube design. It's a fully welded construction, with a really nice black powder coated finish to prevent rust and corrosion. On the other side of our receiver tube is our chain hold down, and then pre drilled all the way through the receiver tube is our 5/8ths pin hole. This is a class three 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube, and is capable of up to 400 pounds of tongue weight with a 4,000 pound tow capacity. Next, I'll give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch.
From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is 4 1/2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening down to the ground is 15 inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. Now to begin our install, we need to lower the exhaust. Before we lower the exhaust, we're going to put a safety strap underneath it to help control the weight of the exhaust once we remove the rubber isolators and metal hanger. Now, we've got a total of 5 rubber isolators to remove.
Two, one on each side of our mufflers, and one just forward of our rear axle. To remove the rubber isolator from the metal hanger, we're going to spray each one with a spray lubricant and then use a pry bar or pliers to remove it. Keep in mind both sides are the same here, so each process we do on one side, we're going to repeat identically on the opposite side. With all four muffler hangers removed, we'll go ahead and do the one here at the rear axle, and then we can use our safety strap to safely lower the weight of the exhaust. With the exhaust down and out of the way, we can go ahead and point out attachment points. We're going to have two attachment points on each side for a total of four.
These attachment points have rubber plugs covering up pre drilled holes in the frame. Using a screwdriver, we just pull the plugs out of the way. The hardware provided for securing our hitch is going to be a half inch carriage bolt and block. To get the hardware into the frame, we'll use the half inch bolt leader that's supplied with our install kit. Keep in mind our attachment points and hardware are identical on each side, so each process we do here to the driver side, will get repeated identically on the passenger side. To drill out the rear attachment point, we're going to use a 17/32 drill bit as per the instructions.
Once we have it drilled out, we can also take our carriage bolt and make sure it'll go nice and easily. Now, we need to open up the access hole and forward attachment point. To do that, you could use a hand file, but we're going to use a round file on a drill. Once you have it honed out, you want to make sure both your carriage bolt and block will fit through the access hole. To get our hardware into the frame, we're going to start with the rear attachment point. We'll take our bolt leader, go into the attachment point and out the access hole. Once we have access to the bolt leader coming out the access hole, we'll slide on our block and thread on the carriage bolt. Well then feed our block and bolt into the frame separately using the pull wire to pull them into place. Once it's in place, I'll go ahead and remove the bolt leader. Now, for our forward attachment point, we're going to use the reverse pull method. We'll take the bolt leader, slide the block on and then thread on the carriage bolt. We're going to feed the carriage bolt into the frame first, followed by the block, and then pull them back over the access hole to create the attachment point. To help get our hitch up into position without pushing our hardware back into the frame, we're going to go ahead and leave that bolt leader attached. Go ahead and repeat the same process on the passenger side. We're now ready to go ahead and put our hitch in place. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install the fasteners. Bring the hitch in above the exhaust and take our pull wire, feed it through our forward attachment point, and then bring the hitch up to the frame. Once we have it in position, we'll go ahead and install our flange nut, and it'll help support the weight. With the flange nut there in the rear holding the weight of the hitch, we'll go ahead and remove our pull wire and install our forward flange nut. With our hardware installed finger tight, we'll go ahead and run it down. Next, we'll go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated instructions. With out hitch tightened down to torque specifications, we can go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. We'll install our rubber isolators back in place. We'll go ahead and remove our safety strap, and we're ready to hit the road. That'll do it for the review and install of the CURT class three 2 inch receiving tube hitch, part number 13147 on our 2012 Subaru Forester. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars (214 Customer Reviews)This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.
by: Bernard I.09/15/2011
I ordered and installed this hitch last month (Aug 2011). I was very satisfied with customer service that took my telephone order and with the fast shipping. I installed the hitch myself and read most of the prior reviews to get hints on installation. I think that the instructional video doesn't make it clear that besides the 2 rubber "doughnuts" supporting each muffler there is an additional doughnut hanger just forward of where the single exhaust pipe forms the "Y" to the dual mufflers. If you don't remove this one you will not be able to lower the mufflers low enough to install the hitch. I think this is why a couple of people had to remove their mufflers to install the hitch. Taking advice of previous reviewer, I also removed the foam storage trays that are on both sides of the spare tire and removed the round pieces of tape covering access holes which allowed me to drill from inside the vehicle. I installed the unit myself. Had the cars rear tires on low ramps. Used a small floor jack at the "Y" to lower the exhaust and kept the jack there to support exhaust. Laying on cardboard I used a second floor jack support and raised the hitch into place and pumped only a few strokes with my right foot as I used my hands to level/balance and position the hitch and started the nuts on the bolts. It took about an hour & 15 minutes to complete the install. A friend was supposed to help me with the job but by the time he got here I was done. I also bought the S64670 Swagman XTC-2 bike carrier and S64029 locking anti-rattle hitch pin. Very satisfied with both. 24031
by: LV Dan02/24/2011
I debated between the factory hitch and this one from Curtis. In the end, I think installing this hitch was the right choice for us. I was debating for a couple of reasons: 1) the factory hitch is less noticeable and 2) the integration into the chassis is better for the crush zone (in the event of an accident). However, I decided on this Curtis Hitch, mainly for the 2" receiver (verses the factory 1-1/4"). The 2" works with more equipment and accessories (the hitch can take more than the Subaru so don't overload the Subaru). The receiver was used with an equipment rack from Harbor Freight. I loaded it with 270 lbs. The Subaru did sag a little and it did have a little bit of side to side play when cornering. I would put this at the limit of what the both can handle for this setup. Installation was really simple and the instructions on this website made it very easy, once I found all 5 of the exhaust hangers. For those that work on cars and have the tools (dremmel or file, 1/2" socket set, torque wrench with good extensions), it will be no problem. I did find the included threading wires, which help insert the bolts, to be of poor quality, so they bend when removing them, preventing a subsequent use. You might want to consider buying two more. Getting the torque wrench in there can be a challenge, too. I was worried about letting the exhaust drop low enough to fit the Curtis hitch in. With the factory hitch installation, the exhaust is removed, the Curtis installation requires lowering an supporting the exhaust. As it turns out, the exhaust has a point in the middle that allows the rear portion of the exhaust system to drop without breaking the seal or bending the pipe. So no need to fear future exhaust problems unless you let it drop; just make sure you support it. After the installation, my wife, who is very picky about looks, said it looked great. So there is no worry about the asthetic aspect. So other than affecting the crumple zone, I think this hitch was the right choice. And by the way, eHitch is definitely the retailer to use for your trailer needs. They shipped fast, the order was complete, and the communcation excellent. 7765
Shipping is fast and you can visually see where is your item on the map. The item arrived on Apr 8th at the border and I picked it up on Apr 13th. The box was broken but everything wasn't lost, except there are some scratches on the hitch hole edge. The box was too big to fit into my forester, so I just took every thing out and throw it to a cardboard recycle bin. It took me 4 hours to get it installed. I live in a high-rise building on the top 27th floor. I had to walk between home and underground parking back and forth several times to get drill, bits, extension cord and a vacuum. I did it all by my own! Learned from other people here, I drilled on the top which makes lot more easier to do the job. Lowering the exhaust is way more difficult for me. I can't take off the rubber thing at the beginning, then I went home to find a video on Youtube to learn how to do that first. Then I went down, finally I got every rubber thing off and I used my 7-year-old son's broken belt to hold the muffler. I drilled on top side by removing everything on the spare tire. Then I use the fishing wire to put all screws in place. Then I lay down under the car holding the hitch. Thanks to my ramp, it rises the car in right height and I can use my knees to hold the hitch up and just free my hands to put all 4 nuts on. Tightening all screws is a big work for me because I seldom do the labour work even I am a handy man. I don't have a torque wrench, so just tighten them till you can't make it turns any more. Putting mufflers back is a pain for me because I forgot to buy WD40. After half an hour fighting with those rubber things, I went back home to get some water. I applied water around each hole, then push them so hardly. finally I got all rubber thing back to their original position. Clean up, put everything back, 4 hours! my goodness! I'm typing with my painful fingers, hands and arms... Thanks again for those of you who made very meaningful reviews and good suggestions. David Vancouver, Canada 76432
Easy as the video to install Received Hitch in excellent condition. I watched the install video several times before the hitch arrived and read the reviews some containing added info for the install. There are five muffler hangers on the Subaru that need removing. One on either side of the mufflers and one where the exhaust Y goes to the mufflers. I supported the exhaust as shown in the video with a tie down strap. Make sure you lower the exhaust down far enough to slide the hitch in above the mufflers from the rear. Since I did the job alone I backed the subaru up on wheel ramps to gain access and when I slide the hitch in over the mufflers I rested the hitch on the mufflers and attached two tie down straps on either side of the hitch and to the gate catch at the back of the Forester with enough slack to maneuver the hitch into place. With the hitch supported I started the bolts on the front of the hitch closest to the front of the car and then started the bolts on the rear of the car. With all of the bolts started I removed the tie down straps made sure it was centered and tightened the hitch down. It helped having a universal joint for the socket. In addition I used a file like some others suggested to enlarge the front holes enough for the bolt heads and blocks to fit through. The holes in the back I used a 1/2 inch drill bit instead of the 17/32 noted in the instructions. The video showed them using a 1/2 inch drill bit. I also spray painted the holes after enlarging them. Everything went well. I was afraid the bolts and blocks would come off of the fishing tool but it was as easy as the video showed. No worries. Would definitely recommend this hitch and etrailer to anyone. 4589
WOW !!!! Fast delivery !!!! It had taken me a full two hours...I stopped to take pics at nearly every step..I even used the box it came in to lay on while I installed....I'm so happy with all the money I saved ordering through etrailer.com and installing myself. Thank you very much for such a pleasant experience. 22786
by: Ernie S.09/22/2015
Ordered on a Monday (after hours). Shipped on Wednesday and arrived on Friday. High quality hitch, great finish. Watched the installation video several times and read all of the suggestions in the product review comments. The hardest part of the installion, in my opinion, was the removal of the rubber exhaust hangers. They do not pop off like the video shows. Perhaps they do if it's a recently installed exhaust system. I used a combination of very large Channel Loks, crowbar, and various pieces of wood jammed into the area to pry the crowbar against. Keep in mind that I am 69 years old laying under the car that was jacked up by a 3-ton hydraulic jack. I drilled from the top, as suggested, with a 1/2" bit. I reamed it out a little more to allow the fish wire to easily fit through. Expanded the front holes with a Dremel tool. The first fishwire was deformed and it was difficult threading the bolt on to it. Getting the fishwire back off was difficult and resulted in the wire stretching quite a bit. It was salvageable and still usuable with the front block and bolt. The other side of the hitch went without a hitch. Easy install. Lifted the hitch using the hydraulic jack. I guided it into position while my son pumped up the jack. A few rough points during the install but still totally satisfied with the purchase and the vendor. 227026
by: Frank P.04/10/2011
I selected the Curt Hitch after viewing the video and checking customer experiences noted on Subaru forums. I'm a little wary of reviews on retailer sites. The only problems noted were that the hitch is prone to rust earlier than some others due to spotty paint jobs and scratches. The suggestion made was to put a coat of Rust-oleum automotive paint on it before installing. I cleaned the hitch, primed it, and added few light coats of paint. I used maybe a half can of primer and paint each. Getting the two stickers off the hitch prior to paint wasn't a problem for Goo Gone/Goof Off. That added three hours to the install with two of that letting the paint dry. I also recommend a Dremel with a carbide cutting tip to expand the two holes and a step drill bit for the other two. Running the bolts through the frame was easier than I expected. I kept envisioning either the bolt of the plate getting lost or stuck in the frame. It was actually just as easy as the video shows. I only needed a 5 minute assist to get the hitch bolted on. I probably saved $300 by doing this myself instead of having the Subaru factory hitch. And the Curt 2" 4000#/400# hitch is way more capable than the Subaru 1.25" 2500#/200#. Sure, the Subaru is still limited by the engine and brakes so I can't exceed the 2500# weight limit. I'm very happy. 11440
Hitch was fine except for the top of the receiver part which was badly scratched. Of all the places, this is the one place that would show the most. I touched it up with some liquid plastic available from hardware stores used to coat handles on hand tools in order to keep it looking good. This hitch was very easy to install. I would offer some suggestions on making the installation easier; put ramps under the rear tires and drive up on them, lifting the rear. Pull the cover off the rear loading area where the spare is. On each side are taped over holes. Pull the tape and you are looking straight down to the plugs that will be pulled to install the mounting hardware. It's easier to install the bolts from this side than laying on your back getting drill filings down your collar or in your eyes. Use a velcro strap to support the exhaust system. It's very light, maybe 20 pounds to support. Get a second person to start the nuts once you have the hitch held up there. My wife came in very handy for that task. From start to finish took me 60 minutes and that included putting away all the tools. Scale of 1 to 10 on difficulty, I rate it a 4 only because I needed someone to start the nuts. Otherwise, a 3. 11518
by: Ruben H.05/09/2014
This was exactly what I needed. This high quality hitch was very easy to install. Instructions were pretty easy to follow. The YouTube installation video was a lot easier to follow. Now I can move up to 4 mountain bikes on this bike rack with confidence to any place I want to go. Thanks etrailer.com!!! 129828
Hitch is great. Price was great, shipping was fast. This is my second hitch from e trailer. Install was OK. I used ramps to get more clearance. Due to age of vehicle and rust I chose to remove rubber exhaust mounts rather than risk stripped nuts or broken bolts. Was able to lower whole exhaust with mufflers attached enough to do the job. Use plenty of lube and slip over barbed mounts on vehicle, it's too far to slip them over non - barbed mounts on mufflers. See other reviewers pictures. (Thank you for the pictures by the way.) Most helpful tool was a IRWIN #4 step drill bit. One short bit did the job of three shown in the video. Helps to have short if your not removing mufflers, plus no need to change bits. Basically watch the great video provided by e trailer, read other reviews and look at their pics, and get a step drill bit. One reviewer mentioned installing hardware from inside, on my 2011 I would have had to drill the holes on the inside the same as on the bottom so I just did it all from the bottom. In my opinion 6 one, half a dozen the other. 116042
by: Warren S.06/30/2011
The included directions weren't that easy to understand but the installation video on this site made everything completely clear. The hitch fits well and since it is a 2" hitch it leaves a lot of options open for accessories. It fits well on the car and does not look out of place at all. All of the welds looked great and I didn't see any spots that were unpainted. It is a very solid hitch. For installation - the access holes don't need to be widened by a huge amount, but using the correct tools will make the process much faster. When filing metal make sure you have eye protection at a minimum so you don't get metal slivers in your eyeballs. Long sleves and pants/shoes are also a good idea. Also, just as in the video, using lubricant helps make removing the rubber exhaust hangers easier. I backed the car up onto ramps to give plenty of room while working underneath. It would have been a pain to fit both me and the hitch without having the car raised. All in all this is has been a great buy, and etrailer's service has been more than expected 18277
by: Rolland M.05/26/2012
Received all products ordered within a week of ordering. Looks like a quality product being new to installing/using receivers/hitches. My receiver had a small scratch on it but did not appear to deep and not enough to send back. This was a very easy and simple install and took about 45min with most of the time dedicated to drilling the holes wider and removing/reattaching the mufflers. My neighbor and friend were surprised how quick I completed this task; by myself, no straps, ramps or jacks. I was hesitant about it fitting without any modifications to the body of my 2010 Subaru Forester, but it was a perfect fit as indicated by etrailer. Have not towed or loaded anything on it so unsure of its durability in the future but have confidence that it would hold up. I encourage anyone to self-install since it is so easy, as my local Subaru dealer wanted 4x as much for parts and labor. I would recommend installing by removing the mufflers like the video shows and impact would have save me half the time, but had nothing to do on a rainy Saturday morning. 41773
by: Joel H.07/30/2014
Great product and was fairly easy for me to install in my garage . I am a trained mechanic with all OT of tools so if your not familiar with using a die grinder and are using a file it could take awhile to enlarge the holes to fit the spacers and bolts in. Also the directions said to "enlarge the the front holes(holes closest to the front do the car, things can get mixed up when your on your back looking at things upside down and reversed), but you need to enlarge them to fit the head do the bolts as your guide(bolts are about 1/32 larger than the spacers). I had to climb back out and grab my grinder again to enlarge the holes some more to fit the bolts through, also it took me a little while to get the spacer on the fish wire back out, almost lost it in the frame rail. After that fairly easy if you follow the directions with the fishwire. Be carefully to not pushes the bolt back up into the frame rail when you slide the hitch on them the bolts have a little aligning to do when putting the hitch up. I'd recommend a second set of hands. 143702
by: Eddie S.08/13/2015
I bought this trailer hitch for my 2015 Subaru Forester. I wish I had 4 wire threads for all four bolts instead of just two. I actually threaded the other two bolts with thread so not to lose those as well (the video you had was excellent, but I do not have a car lift and am on the ground under the car). Also could you state to wipe clean the surface that the trailer hitch is in contact with? As I was torquing down the bolts I heard crunching sounds (probably dirt and such). I was not going to lower the hitch to clean at that point. I am sure it is okay, but cleaning would have been nice. Everything else worked out great. It took me about 2 hours and 40 minutes to install (my drill is weak, the five exhaust supports took longer to take off and on, and I took pictures and video). But overall I am very happy with the product. 219095
by: Paul Smith06/25/2016
My wife objects to my using "her" Subaru Forester as a pickup truck. I bought this hitch so I can drag a small trailer about. Smelly garbage. Lumber. Heavy stones. The hitch works flawlessly, and ... arguments about the condition of our Forester have decreased. The biggest benefit from my purchase of the hitch however was the ease if installation. I was quoted up to $3K to install a similar hitch. And none of my erstwhile installers could get me into their schedule in less than one month. I reviewed the inadequate instructions for the hitch I bought. Then I used my son's method and watched You Tube videos about similar installations. The actual time (about 10 minutes) devoted to the installation was much less than that consumed by dithering with You Tube research. Here in rural North Idaho Subarus are very common. Many, if not most, have (and use) lightweight trailer hitches. I have recommended the e-trailer hitch to two new Subaru owners, and will continue that practice into the foreseeable future. 265082
On a 2011 Forester EACH muffler has two rubber hangers and a 5th hanger further forward. The silicone spray does help in sliding off the hangers. If you are working alone it is easier to remove at least one muffler - just two bolts/muffler. On the side you are NOT fitting up put the nuts part way on so you don't shove the bolts up into the frame(screwed). On the other side, carefully get one bolt through the hitch and nut it. Then the second bolt. Now remove the nuts from the 1st side and fit the bolts through the hitch holes. One guy can do it with no jack. On the threading of the bolt and rectangular piece through the frame with the wire spiral tool: the bolt head is harder to get through the ground out hole in the frame than is the square steel piece. It's not a problem to enlarge the hole in the frame with the pull wire/plate/bolt in tow threaded through - IF you use a Dremel tool grinding setup; which I highly recommend. I think it took about 1.5 hours working alone. 23849
by: Dave H05/05/2013
Installed on a new 2013 Subaru Forester. Web site was very good, hitch arrived about a week after ordered and was in good shape. Video of install on 2011 Forester was very helpful. Mufflers were a pain to remove and install but got it done. Start to finish just over 2 hours. Suggestions would be to read through the reviews for tips. The only tips I would add that I didn't see mentioned in earlier reviews would be to tape a small piece of cardboard to the muffler flange so you don't ding-up the gasket while moving the muffler around trying to get it out of the hangers. The 2nd thing that helped me was using a pair of wide-mouth pipe pliers to help push the hanger rod out of the rubber hanger. Put one side of the pliers on the end of the rod post and the other side of the pliers on the opposite side of the rubber hanger and squeeze the pliers to push the rod through the hanger. Hitch looks great and far exceeds any towing capacity a Forester has. 79092
by: Casey S07/27/2015
The hitch is made great. The installation video made installing the hitch a snap. Took me and a buddy a little over and hour. In two beers time everything is back on a working. Yes, I would recommend this 214675
Rocks! This is the best DIY installation package I have ever received for anything. Everything other than tools is supplied and well thought out. Hitch fits up great on my 2011 Forester. The fish wires included in the hardware package are an extremely nice touch. A note to DIYers - have a flexible magnet or grabber handy just in case a bolt goes astray within a frame tube. It is highly unlikely you will need either so long as the directions for use of the fish wires are followed, but s**t happens. A dremel tool with grinder stone works fine to enlarge the access hole. (Safety glasses!) The hitch weighs about 30lbs and is a bit awkward but one man can mount it. The nuts are a bit tricky to start. Just be patient and persistent. Get all the bolts through, then both nuts started on one side before raising the other over the passenger side bolts. Thanks etrailer! 28655
by: Steve T.07/30/2012
Just put this hitch on my 2009 Subaru Forester and it fits great. Haven't gotten the chance to put it to the test but just put my new bike rack on it and took it for a spin. I couldn't be happier. Installation was straight forward and we didn't run into any problems. My dad helped which made the installation a lot easier. Doing it by yourself would be tough but possible. We opted to go in from the top (by the spare tire, underneath the foam inserts) to get the bolts into place. Made working a lot more comfortable and easy. Pulled all of our bolts into place by enlarging the bigger hole toward the back of the vehicle in the spare tire area. from there it was a piece of cake. Also put lock tight on the bolts just to make sure they stayed put. Also greased the exhaust hangers to get them to come off and on more easily. Overall great product. Excited to see what it can do. 49899
by: Jim L02/28/2012
Hitch arrived in good order - thanks! There are many good suggestions for self-installation posted. The included directions are good and result in a good job. I completely removed the two mufflers as the install was on a new clean Forester without using ramps or jacks. One additional trick for those who only have two hands is to place an eighteen pack of full Bud bottles (or other personal preference) on edge under one side of the hitch to brace and balance the mounting flange close to the frame through bolts. On the opposite side you can then lift and guide the free flange with one hand and affix the nuts with the other. It did seem a bit odd to mount this substantial hitch to the under structure of the Forester - there's more metal in the hitch compared to the whole substructure of the car! When complete don't forget to remove the beverage. Cheers! 32730
I wanted a 2" receiver and couldn't order it with my 2011 Subaru Forester. All they offerred were 1-1/4" receivers so I ordered this one from eTrailers. I Received the hitch promptly and installed per the online video. The hitch came in a heavy card board box and with the exception of the receiver, had no other padding to protect it during shipping. The result was small scuff marks on the cornersnear the cross tube. No big deal but a little cardboard taped there would make a big difference. The video was excellent and frankly, was the reason I ordered from eTrailers. What wasn't shown in the video was the need for deep well sockets to seat and torque the mounting bolts. Also, the rear clearance was sufficient enought that I did not need a lift or stands to install. I'm very happy with this purchase and would gladly recommend eTrailers to friends. 18422
Arrived on time, and undamaged. Fits perfectly and looks good. Installation is straightforward, but pay attention to the reviewers comments: can be done with the vehicle on flat ground, in which case the long case of Buds is perfect to hold one side while you offer up and secure the other; don't drop the exhaust, just disconnect the rear flanges + inside rear hanger. The cans pivot out of the way. Work from the inside; all the mods can be done from the top, including slotting the large hole to slip the backing spacers and bolt heads through. The helicoil type fish wires are the nuts! They're in my toolbox now. Estimated time is a bit ambitious, unless you (1) never drop parts, and (2) never lose tools on the bench in plain view. I took < 2 hrs, alone, car on the ground, and I'm pushing 70. Light Kit is also Plug 'n Play: maybe 10 minutes. 49331
by: Ben A05/04/2014
I think that simply releasing the mufflers from their hangers is a mistake. It's not that hard to just take them off, and I feel the job would NOT have been possible trying to work around them. The small holes that need to be drilled out need to be drilled out LARGER than the recommended 17/32". They should be at least 1/2" or even 19/32"-5/8". Drilling the slot for the bolt heads to go in was even trickier, but we got it done. It helps or may even be necessary to have two people on the job. The video was, perhaps, the most important thing to watch that made me think I really could install the product myself. All parts were there, and thanks for including the wire "fish" tools. Now to test it out. It looks WONDERFUL and does not hang down as far as I was afraid it would. Thanks for a GREAT PRODUCT!!! 128804
by: R. Murphey01/03/2011
Curt Hitch on 2010 Forester - Check Hardware!!! Solidly constructed hitch and excellent instructions. Etrailer was superb in their order processing & shipping. Etrailer's video of a generic Forester installation is highly recommended, for the do-it-yourselfer. One problem, on Curt Manufacturing's end, was one(1) of the four(4), main fastening nuts was not threaded. Can't describe how frustrating that is as you're lifting the hitch assembly up, trying ...and trying, and trying, to get the nut started. Especially the first one to take the load off one side. Check your hardware first ...in detail. A suggestion would be the addition of "dum-dum" caulk around the support bolt holes, to seal the body from moisture, where the factory plugs were removed. Then make sure the fasteners are fully torqued to spec. 4960
by: Mark F.05/02/2012
Hitch arrived in excellent shape with all hardware, and the fit was perfect . I installed it on a 2010 Forester in about an hour and a half, with just a little help from my wife holding up the hitch to get it bolted on. Watched the video and read through other reviews for ideas, so here is my take. I thought it was much easier going in through the spare tire compartment to feed the bolts into the frame- kudos to whoever figured that out. I did not need to pull the muffler off, dropping it a couple of inches gave plenty of room. I started off trying to remove the bumper, couldn't figure it out and it turned out not to be necessary anyways with the rear tires up on blocks. Overall, great product, service, and price- and a reasonable self-install project. 39162
by: Mario M.06/24/2014
The online video instructions were great. I installed the hitch using the version where you just detach the muffler at the hangers and one more on the exhaust pipe (5 total) and drop it down, but with a strap in place. I installed it right in my driveway without jacking it up or using ramps. Took maybe two hours, but I took my time with it. 137276
by: Tom K10/06/2011
I ordered the Curt Class III hitch for a new 2011 Subaru Forester on a Saturday afternoon and it arrived on Tuesday afternoon. With the free shipping, I expected at least a week or two wait. Talk about fast service!! I started installing it the same day. It took about 4 hours, but I did it without putting the car up on ramps. The hardest part was wrestling the rubber exhaust hangers off. My left wrist was broken at the time and I had a cast on my arm. My wife got home from work just in time to help me support the hitch until I got the nuts started. The hitch is very good quality, and the installation was very straight forward. The videos are a big help and were much appreciated. etrailer has a new loyal customer. 25180
by: George R10/01/2011
This is my fourth hitch from etrailer. It was easy to install although the fishhook installation process was a little hard to figure out as I had never done that before. Looks like it was built on vehicle. Wiring was great also as it was just a plug-in. The video helped too as I knew exactly where to find the wiring end. 24932
Installs as easy as the video showed (easier in our case as we used a lift). Fits up with no problems, everything is included that is needed. 131142
It was not 15 minutes as on video. Taking rubbers off needed some lube and force. Drilling and dremeling while under the car is a bit of a chore :-) watched video 3 times to get fishhooking right :-) but after couple of hours it was on. It looks sharp :-) can be done by two folks and small ramps. Needed extra: 1/2 inch drill bit and drill, Dremel with some cutting wheel, lube, belt, ramps, wrench with bit, power for tools, some rug and gloves :-) overall : good product and good instruction by etrailer. 28757
by: Greg Wert03/06/2016
I really like the fact that etrailer has product videos for each product. It was very helpfull to watch the video and then go put the hitch on. I have a 2009 Subaru Forester and wanted to be able to haul mulch and my riding lawnmower when I need to. This hitch was rated at as the largest one I could find anywhere, and was at least 20$ cheaper than other sites. I ordered the hitch and wiring harness, it arrived with in the week!! I have received emails asking if everything arrived on time and if it was satisfactory, I must say they have a great customer service for being an online store!! Thank you very much etrailer for a great product at a great price with great customer service!!! 239874
by: Paul M.06/14/2011
I orsered a Curt Hitch on a Wednesday and recived it on a Monday soo fast. Woke up Tuesday morning and went to install reciver and wireing, total time to install both pices with clean up (by the way I did this on my driveway pn my back) was 35 min.. Talk about fast I was given a time of 4 hours and $400.00 to do this job you do NOT have to be a mechanic to do this job, it helps but I feel almost anybody can do it. Ordering was easy and fast.The wireing was a snap lift up floor panles locate conector (right where instructions said it would be) snap the conector together mount control unit done. Great product, quick service and the vidos help alot keep up the good work. 16954
Did the install myself after reading the user comments and viewing the videos. As some have suggested this goes much easier if you drill from the inside of the wheel well. Just remove the tape that covers the holes and you'll be looking straight down through the mounting holes. Then feed your blocks and bolts through from the top and pull them through with the fishing wire from the bottom. I did not do the following but I really think you could bypass fishing the bolts and blocks by purchasing longer bolts and just mounting it that way. I can not attest to the strength of this method but it would seem a stronger method since you would go through the complete frame. 59208
Great hitch about 45 min to install.Fit the Subaru Forester very well. 220573
by: John Anderson07/23/2016
I am very impressed with this hitch and etrailer. The product shipped and was received on the dates that I was told it would be. In checking the shipment I found that the pin and clip were missing. I called etrailer and told them and they shipped the missing parts the same day. Installation was fairly easy. I sprayed the hangers with WD-40 before we began installation and the mufflers came off very easily. The hitch bolted up with help from my son. Putting the mufflers on took much longer than taking them off and again it took two of us to get them on. The hitch will be used to tow my boat back and forth to the lake. Great product. 275436
by: Kathy B02/13/2013
What a great product, just as it was described. Thank you e-trailer for selling such a high quality product at such an affordable price. Also very, very fast delivery. All video's on your web site were spot on, they made this project a breeze. My hubby has been a mechanic for 30+ years now and he was so pleased with the accuracy of your instructions, and said it made his job so much easier. He was also impressed with your time line for the job as it to was exactly right. Please keep up the good work e-trailer, and we will continue to be a customer for life, as well as sharing your company with everyone we know. Thanks again, Kathy 66105
by: James C.09/24/2011
Compared to the Subaru OEM hitch, this is about 1/3 the price and can have a 2" receiver (the OEM is limited to 1-1/4"). It was easy to install; the directions provided are sufficient and the fishing wire supplied makes inserting the bolts easy. The only part I didn't like was the part of the directions that instructs the installer to enlarge and slot one of the mounting holes in each frame rail of the car. I found that taking off the rear bumper gave plenty of access to put the bolts in from the open end of the rails without making a mess of the frame holes. Overall, I'm very pleased with how this installation turned out. 24518
by: Saturn Ayala 2013 Subaru Forester12/19/2012
Product arrived so quick, I had to put it aside until I had time to install it. Quality and service was great. Everyone was friendly and knowledgeable. Installation was as described and everything looks great. Chicago, IL 61772
by: Big Bob02/18/2014
Hey this thing went on as stated even better. I thought I was going to have to remove a bolt but when I got the hitch it was already modified to accommodate the bolt on the car. I used a couple of rat tail files to easily modify the access holes rather than use a drill. I also ended up removing both mufflers rather than drop the entire exhaust system down, getting the mufflers out of the way was very easy and gave me a lot of room to work. Definitely need to people for final install. etrailer was great at keeping me informed and were able to get it shipped quicker than expected, you guys saved me $500! 116881
by: Harry J.08/01/2012
This hitch seems sturdy enough but I would have liked a bit more strength in the bolts connecting to the frame. I had to watch the video a few times before I felt confident in the stringing of the bolts via the wires. It went quickly though. The mufflers do NOT have to be taken completely off to complete the job,, they just need to be dis attached from the exhaust line and left to hang on their support brackets. The electri harness is very easy to hook up and the wires can be stored inside the spare tire well. All in all I saved a hundred + bucks doin it myself--Thanx Etrailer!! Hman in MT 50100
Installation is about an hour for a home mechanic. I'd suggest looking at the installation video, it definitely helps give guidance over the rather busy instructions sheet. Quality is good and for price, this will most likely take care of any hitch needs that the Subaru would be capable of anyways. I currently use it for a 4 bike Thule hitch rack. Can't complain. Tip: hardest part of the install was getting the exhaust hangers off. My car is only 5 years old and it definitely was a pain to get a couple off. Blast that with PB or any penetrating oil and it'll help. 226000
by: Bill W.02/14/2015
The product was all I could have hoped for. While the wiring harness did not have any double sided tape enclosed (?), that's no big deal. I just used some I had on hand. A previous video that I had viewed on-line of how to install the hitch was a bit misleading. It suggested that the hitch could be installed without lowering the mufflers, but that it would be easier if I lowered the mufflers. However, it is impossible to install the hitch without lowering the mufflers, which adds to the amount of work required, but allows for a much easier installation. 174792
by: Dan R02/16/2016
Excellent Hitch at an excellent price. Shipped within hours of ordering (even on Saturday) and at my home in Utah in 3 days. Have never installed one of these before and I had it install with just over an hours worth of work. At age 63 even I was able to install it without any help. Found the online videos to be a great help. Some videos show taking the mufflers loose from the hangers and letting them hang suspended from a strap. I found it best to remove the mufflers for easier access. Would recommend 'etrailer' to anyone thinking of buying a hitch. 237905
by: Just Bob09/03/2011
Really easy to order the right parts for my 2010 Forester and they arrived in much less time than I'd imagined. Installation of the hitch went without a hitch. Plenty of good information on the installation and it was easier than planned because upon removing the cargo trays I discovered access holes on top of the beams, one over each bolt hole. This made the drilling and fishing the bolts a lot easier than if it had been done all from below. Wiring harness equally successful. Thanks guys. No doubt that I'd use and recommend eTrailer in the future! 23527
by: Jiam M.11/19/2012
I am no mechanic and I had no ramps or jacks, so I did the crawling undeer the car. I had no extra set of hands either so I propped one side of the hitch up while I mounted the other side. I was very cautious and referred back to the video at each step. Everything went smoothly and I finished inside of two hours. I would say the estimate of 40 minutes is an underestimate, but again, I took my time, worked carefully, and referenced the video frequently. I would have no problem recommending this hitch to anyone who can screw a nut on a bolt! 59741
by: Mike S.10/05/2011
The hitch was delivered quickly and in good condition. Curt makes a top-notch product and I would recommend one for anyone looking for quality. Installation was simple and straightforward. It only took 45 minutes from start to finish. I did put the rear up on ramps to make it easier. Also, I came in from the top of the frame rails to drill out the holes and to open up the insertion point. Fit was perfect. The video was helpful and instructions easy to follow. Thanks for a quality product at a great price and the free shipping was a bonus! 25140
I haven't gotten a chance to tow with it yet but the install was not as easy for me. I had to make the smaller hole larger, not the hole that is used to feed the hardware but the one closest to the rear of the car. I should of tested the bolts but I figured it wasn't necessary. After feeding the bolt and plate with the wire, I couldn't pull the bolt through the rear hole. I had to figure out a way to get all the hardware out again so I can expand the rear hole, this took a while. After that, install was easy. Note to test the bolts for fit. 262850
by: Matt B.06/09/2011
I received and installed my hitch yesterday on my 2010 Forrester. The fit and finish of the hitch was very good. Installation of the hitch went smoothly once I managed to lower my exhaust. My Forrester has 2 hangers per muffler and the top one can be a chore due to the limited access. I must add that the shopping experience with etrailer was very good. My hitch shipped promptly and was delivered quickly. I also received a follow up email telling me it had been delivered within a couple hours of the actual delivery. Nice Job! 16597
by: Colin C06/05/2016
Hitch installs easily as the video describes. The most difficult part is removing the mufflers on my Forester. It involved grinding down the two existing bolts on each exhaust flange and getting a new gasket and nuts and bolts for each side, but well worth it. Once the exhaust cans are off from both sides it's relatively straightforward, just make sure to have a 17/32" drill bit or something very similar (we found a 9/16", equivalent to 18/32") which is used to open up existing holes towards the rear of the chassis. Works great! 257733
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