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Curt Trailer Hitch for the 2012 Forester by Subaru

Curt Trailer Hitch

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Code:   13147

Retail:$249.65

Price:$137.70


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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 2012 Forester by Subaru

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.

Features:

  • Custom fit is designed specifically for your Subaru Forester
  • Precision, robotic welding maximizes strength and improves fit
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Stylish, round-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 4,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 400 lbs
    • Not rated for use with weight-distribution systems
  • Limited lifetime warranty


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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Video of Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"


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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Subaru Forester
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Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Subaru Forester

Today were working on 2011 Subaru Forester. Were going to install current Hitch part numbers 13147. Here are couple of measurements that will assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost point of the bumper is four inches. From the top to the receiver tube to the ground is 15 inches. Now lets go ahead with the installation.

Our first step is to lower or remove the exhaust mufflers. For the easiest installation, Im going to go ahead and remove them. And see theres two flanges, one on each side and each has two fasteners. Lets go ahead and remove those now. Be careful when you separate the flanges not to lose or destroy the exhaust gas kit.

Now before I try and remove the muffler, Im going to go and put a little spray lubricant on each of the exhaust tinkers. Weve got one here on the back side, one here on the front. With the passengers side removed, were going to repeat the same process on the drivers side. Now taking a flat blade screwdriver, Im going to remove the plugs in the frame where our fasteners are going to go. Theres a two plugs for the driver side and repeat the same process for the two on the passenger side.

Using a 17, 30 seconds drill bit, were going to go and drill this whole out so that our hardware will fit through it. Then see our half inch hardware will fit through the hole. All right, now repeat the same process on the passenger side. Now we need to enlarge the rear hole so that the head of our fastener will fit through the hole. To do this, what Im going to do is drill it out and make it large enough for the head of the bolt to fit through.

So Im going to drill a pilot hole with a quarter inch bit and then step up to a 7, 16th bit to make the hole large enough. As you can see, our bolt will now fit up into the frame. So we go ahead and repeat the same process on the passenger side. Were going to take our bolt leader or fish wire that would supply our install kit, feed up into the frame into the rear fastening point, come out our board fastening. Well feed on our block, thread on our bolt, and pull it into position. Go ahead and remove my bolt leader, then for the forward fastener, we set up with our bolt and block already on our bolt leader. Feed my bolt into position, push my block up into the frame, and then pull them both back into place. Since we have two bolt leaders in our install kit, Im going to go ahead and leave this one in position as it will help me to put my hitch into place without pushing my hardware back up into the frame. Now Im going to go ahead and repeat the same process on the passenger side. Now were ready to install our hitch. Its a good idea to get a second set of hands that will put the hitch in place. Remember to feed your fish wire through your forward fastener carefully putting your hitch in place, not to push your fasteners back up into the frame. Once you get your rear fasteners in place then you can remove your bolt leader and install your forward fasteners or flange nuts. Now weve got our two fasteners installed on our driver side, well repeat the same process on the passenger side. All right, with all four of our fasteners in place, were going to go ahead and tie them down. I can place the two on the driver side, Im going to repeat the same process with the two of the passenger side. With all my fasteners tightened down, Ill go ahead and torch the specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with all four of our fasteners torched with specifications, we can go ahead and reinstall our exhaust. With our exhaust reinstalled, that completes the installation of our current hitch, part number 13147 on the 2011 Subaru Forester.


Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 13147

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.8 out of 5 stars   (163 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.


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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bernard I.09/15/2011

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: LV Dan02/24/2011

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: David04/16/2013

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: TS12/24/2010

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Wayno08/25/2011

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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





Comments

What do you call those orange step blocks to lift the car? Thanks.

comment by: John D. - 08/21/2013


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Those are typically called drive-on car ramps. They can be made of steel, recycled plastics or there are some home-made ones using 2x10s. Though I would stick with the manufactured ones.

Patrick B - 8/22/2013




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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Frank P.04/10/2011

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: skipro304/11/2011

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jeg02/07/2014

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Warren S.06/30/2011

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rolland M.05/26/2012

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: wes09/12/2011

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dave H05/05/2013

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: JACIII12/23/2011

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve T.07/30/2012

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jim L02/28/2012

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mike07/02/2011

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Butch07/25/2012

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ben A05/04/2014

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: R. Murphey01/03/2011

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mark F.05/02/2012

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mario M.06/24/2014

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tom K10/06/2011

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: George R10/01/2011

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Vadim12/27/2011

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Paul M.06/14/2011

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Richard11/11/2012

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Kathy B02/13/2013

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: James C.09/24/2011

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Saturn Ayala 2013 Subaru Forester12/19/2012

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Big Bob02/18/2014

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Harry J.08/01/2012

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Just Bob09/03/2011

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jiam M.11/19/2012

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mike S.10/05/2011

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Matt B.06/09/2011

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Michael Y06/19/2012

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Installed exactly as the instructions described. I didn't have to use ramps. There was enough room after I removed both mufflers. 44815






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Gary A.07/10/2012

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This is my fourth hitch purchase from etrailer and there is a reason I keep coming back.. Fast Shipping, Great Prices, and Great Service!. As for the hitch this is my first Curt product, unboxing the product I was amazed at the quality of the welds and the finish of the paint... TOP NOTCH! and as for the installation it was so easy it only took me 37 minutes to install from start to finish, very impressed with this product and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a hitch for their Forester, stop looking and buy it! 47425






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mark B.03/10/2011

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Hitch is well made, installation is exactly like the video, so pay close attention and you can't go wrong. The hitch fits like a glove and looks better than a factory installation. The wiring is also easy if you follow the video, a little tip, run your hookup harness through one of two drain plugs under your spare tire, it makes a nice clean install. I hope this review helps make your installation a breeze. Good Luck. Mark B. P.S. Use a silicon spray on the exhaust hangers, they slip right off easily! 8993






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ruben H.05/09/2014

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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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dave L.03/21/2011

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I ordered the hitch receiver to fit my 2010 Subaru Forester and it arrived remarkably fast and in excellent condition. Am pleasantly surprised at how heavy duty and well made this product is! Plan to install it this weekend and confident this will be a snap because of the video I watched on the etrailer web site and included instructions. Will recommend etrailer to all in my network, as their service is above my usual online expectations for speed, quality, and customer service. Thank You etrailer! 10030






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Kermit Workman05/21/2013

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The hitch fit the vehicle and looks very good.Quality was excellent with no regrets of the purchase. Definitely strong enough to pull anything that the vehicle will. Instructions might be a little more thorough. Instructions said to drop mufflers down. Internet said to remove the mufflers. I agree with internet. Instruction says professional installation takes 30 minutes. First time installers 1 hour. Yeah... and I got a rooster that can pull a turning plow. My time was nearer 2 hours. 81439






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Christa S06/08/2012

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I like the product. LOVED the fact that there was a video specific to my vehicle (2009 Forester). It wasn't as easy as the video made it seem, and the hitch makes getting rubber hanger back on even worse than taking off. Looking back, it might have been worth buying the hitch and then passing installation on to someone with more patience. But it's done and being used for x-country trip tomorrow. Hitch is obvious, so if you're wanting that 'hidden' look, try another style. 43390






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ray D.04/02/2013

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I have a 2013 Forester. Product arrived quickly and in good shape. This install was just as the demo video showed. Take notes from the video, it is better than the instructions in the box. I was surprised at how well the "fish wire" worked. Took some effort to loosen the bolts holding the mufflers. Also, reinstalling the mufflers was a little tight as the hitch took up some of the manuvering space. This is an install that a shade tree mechanic can do. I reccommend. 73938






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Erik L01/12/2011

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Curt Hitch for 2010 Subaru Forester Nice! My hitch came faster than I thought it would. The install took a little longer than I thought because I removed the mufflers for added work space. It the end, I probably didn't loose much time and had a much easier time getting to the bolt holes. The hitch came in great shape. Paint is nice and shiny black. Everything bolted up just like it showed in the video, which was also a big help. In short, I am completely pleased. 5405






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Richard L.05/20/2011

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This is the second trailer hitch I have installed. The first, on a Honda Pilot was very easy. The hitch fit perfectly. This one took much longer as the mufflers have to be lowered and the holes enlarged. One word of caution, the large holes in the front have to be large enough to accommodate not only the plate but the bolt head. However, the hitch fit perfectly and the youtube video was very helpful. E-traliers customer service and quick delivery cannot be beat. 14962






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jere P.04/04/2011

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Customer service was great; it came within 3 days after I ordered. The training install video really helped. This is an excellent hitch and was easy to install on my Subaru Forester. It really only took me 1 hour to install and I did not rush. I did not have to jack up the car; and I was able to install it without any extra help. The Subaru dealer wanted over $600 to install their hitch. This looks like a factory install and I highly recommend this product. 11079






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dean M.12/18/2010

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First rate quality and fast shipping Etrailer does a magnificent job meeting customer expectations. My hitch arrived well packaged in a box with all instructions included. The Curt hitch I received was in perfect condition and it arrived in a couple of days via UPS ground. The price was better than anything I could get locally. I performed the installation myself with the video etrailer provided on the internet. Excellent experience all the way. Thanks. 4333






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Wayne08/04/2012

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Great product. Fits perfect. 50547






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tyler G.08/02/2011

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Overall the installation went pretty well. The instructional video provided by eTrailer made the process a snap; the paper instructions were a helpful reference but not exactly the most comprehensive. Overall the hitch looks great installed on the vehicle and has a really solid feel. Lowering the exhaust was not too hard; I ended up holding it up with a floor jack, which made raising it back into place a lot easier. 20855






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ryan L09/08/2013

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Hitch was delivered quick and aside from a few little scratches in the finish , it's great. I'll touch up the scratches to aid in rust prevention . Install went smoothly . The video on this site was helpful. Great job! 98874




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  • Which Hitch is Better for a 2010 Subaru Forester Hidden Hitch 87493 or Curt Hitch 13147
  • The Curt part # 13147 and Hidden Hitch part 87493 are similar designs as they are built to fit the same vehicles. There are a couple of key differences that may help you in making a decision. Curt uses a high-gloss black finish on their hitches and the Hidden Hitch is not so glossy. If you want a duller finish go with the Hidden Hitch. If you like high-gloss black, use the Curt. Additionaly, in this model, Curt uses round tube for the cross member and Hidden Hitch uses square tube....
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  • Curt vs. Draw-Tite Hitch for a 2009 Subaru Forester XT
  • Either the Curt Hitch # 13147 or the Draw-Tite Hitch # 75650 would work very well for you. The main difference between the two is the tube design like you noticed. There is not an advantage to having a round tube over a square tube hitch or vice versa. Some people just prefer the look of one over the other. Check out the picture I attached that shows both hitches installed on a vehicle so you can see which look you prefer. When determining the towing capacity of a setup you must always...
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  • 2 Inch Class III Hitch Recommendation for a 2010 Subaru Forester Limited
  • We have 3 Class III hitches available for the 2010 Subaru Forester Limited, see link. Of the three options we offer, I would recommend the Curt Class III Custom Fit Receiver Hitch, item # 13147, which is the most economical hitch. All of the hitches for your vehicle install similarly and use the same attachment points, so they all will perform the same. The towing capacity of your vehicle is less than the towing capacity of any of the 2 inch hitches offered for it, so you will need to check...
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  • Is The Installation Process For Curt Hitch # 12047 The Same As Curt Hitch # 13147 To Use Video
  • Yes, the installation instructions for the Curt Trailer Hitch, part # 13147, are the same as Curt Trailer Hitch, part # 12047. You can use the video for Curt Hitch # 13147 as reference when installing on your 2011 Subaru Forester. The Curt Hitch # 12047 is a Class II 1-1/4 hitch, and Curt Hitch # 13147 is a Class III 2 inch hitch. The Curt Hitch # 12047 comes included with a drawbar, pin and clip. To complete your towing setup, you will need the following items: Tow Ready Wiring, part...
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  • Trailer Hitch, Ball Mount, Hitch Ball, and Wiring Recommendation for a 2010 Subaru Forester
  • For your 2010 Subaru Forester, I recommend a 2 inch trailer hitch, like the Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13147, that you have referenced. The advantages of a 2 inch, Class III hitch are, as you have pointed out, greater weight capacity, more options for accessories, and you will be able to use weight distribution if you wanted. I have included a link to the installation details and a video installation below. You will also want to check your owners manual for your vehicle towing capacities. The...
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  • Anti-Rattle Device Recommendation for 2 Inch Trailer Hitches
  • I do have a couple of possible options for you that will both fit the Curt trailer hitch # 13147 and the ball mount # 2923. First, if you do not need to have a lock we have anti-rattle device # 63145-1. It is designed for 2 inch hitch accessories that have a hollow shank. This device however is not recommended when towing a trailer. If a lock is desired, then take a look at # SR25219 from Softride. This works in much the same way as the above device except that it can be locked. I have...
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  • Does the Fishwire Tool Come with Trailer Hitch # 13147, Will the Holes Rust on 2009 Subaru Forester
  • The fishwire tool does come with Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13147, for the 2009 Subaru Forester. Corrosion and rust is a possibility and one way to help prevent it from happening is to give the holes a shot of spray paint like you mention. I have included a link to the installation instructions for reference.
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  • Trailer Wiring and 4-Way Mounting Brackets for a 2011 Subaru Forester
  • You can certainly route trailer wiring however you would like provided that you can find a grommet or other exit source in the bottom of the cargo area through which to route the 4-Way. You will also need to seal it up with silicone once you have the wire routed to keep out exhaust fumes and moisture. I recommend the T-One Wiring Harness, # 118467. I have included a link to the installation details for you. If you look at the product page, you will see a diagram and picture under the...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2007 Subaru Forester
  • All of the available hitches for the 2007 Subaru Forester have 1-1/4 inch receivers but the good news is that they are Class II hitches which will allow you more options for bike racks because they have a higher weight capacity than Class I hitches. Swinging bike racks are good for access to the rear of the vehicle, but we also have numerous tilting bike racks that allow access to the rear of the vehicle. Take a look at the Softride Element Parallelogram Tilting 4 Bike Rack, # SR26248....
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  • How to Protect Trailer Wiring on a 2011 Subaru Forester from Winter Weather
  • If the dealer does not have the exact part, you may be able to take the grommet with you to a hardware store where you may find something that will work in its place. I could not find an aftermarket grommet. It may be that the vehicle is still fairly new and that part is not yet available. Another option is to provide some protection for the wiring. For the actual wires, you can use a wire loom, # 39035. I would would go ahead and wrap the wiring in electrical tape for added protection. ...
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  • Trailer Hitch, Ball Mount, Hitch Ball, and Wiring Recommendations for a 2010 Subaru Forester
  • We gauge difficulty of installing a trailer hitch by how long it takes (on average for the every day do-it-yourselfer) to perform the installation. We rate each of the 2 inch hitches for the 2010 Subaru Forester a 4 out of 10, meaning it will take about 40 minutes. All of the 2 inch hitches will require temporary lowering of the exhaust and the widening of a few holes on the frame using a drill (no new holes need to be drilled) to install the hitch. You will also need to fishwire some...
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  • Will the Yakima Flipside Bike Rack Work with the Curt 2 inch Hitch # 13147 on a 2010 Subaru Forester
  • The Curt Class III Round Tube Receiver Hitch, item # 13147, for your 2010 Subaru Forester has a 2x2 inch receiver opening and will work great with the Yakima FlipSide 4 Bike Rack, item # Y02426. The Yakima FlipSide 4 Bike Rack is designed to fit both 1-1/4 x1-1/4 inch (Class II only) and 2x2 inch trailer hitches, and has 12 inches of clearance from center of hitch pin hole to back of upright bar. This means that as long as the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole on the Subaru...
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  • Curt Hitch Recommendation for 2011 Subaru Forester Towing a Motorcycle Trailer
  • The only way to know that for sure would be to load the motorcycle into the trailer and check the setups tongue weight. I attached an FAQ article on determining tongue weight for you to check out. Typically, tongue weight is 10-15% of the total weight of trailer. So if your whole setup is 2,100 then most likely your tongue weight would be between 210 lbs and 315 lbs, which would be adequate for a hitch with a 350 lb tongue weight capacity like the Draw-Tite Hitch # 36521. However, I...
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  • Rear Fascia Trimming on a 2009 Subara Forester
  • The 2009 Subaru Forester will not need to have the rear fascia trimmed or cut in order to install a hitch. The hitches designed for your vehicle sit just under the rear fascia. Some vehicles will need to have the rear fascia trimmed in order to install a hitch, but not in this case.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendations for a 2011 Subaru Forester
  • Absolutely. However, just because the trailer hitch is rated for 400/4,000 pounds does not mean that the vehicle is. You still have to go by whatever is rated lower: the hitch or the vehicle. The Curt trailer hitch # 13147 has been constructed and tested for the capacity stated, in this case 400 pounds tongue weight and 4,000 pounds gross trailer weight. Despite these capacities, if you are going to use the hitch for a bike rack or cargo carrier Curt recommends the use of a stabilization...
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  • What Size Hitch Pin is Required for Curt Class III 2-Inch Hitch # 13147 on 2010 Subaru Forester
  • The Curt Class III 2-Inch Hitch, part # 13147, for your 2010 Subaru Forester, will use a hitch pin size of 5/8-inch. It will use the Pin and Clip, part # PC3. If you need a ball mount for the # 13147 hitch it will use the Draw-Tite Ball Mount, part # 2923. The Class I and Class II hitches that have a 1-1/4 inch hitch opening will use a hitch pin size of 1/2-inch, and the Class III and higher hitches with the 2-inch hitch openings use a hitch pin size of 5/8-inch.
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  • Will Curt Class III Hitch # 13147 Fit a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The Subaru Forester underwent a change of generation after the 2013 model year and your 2015 Forester is now part of this vehicle's 4th generation. The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13147 that you referenced fits model years 2009 through 2013, but will not fit the 2015 Forester. However, for this new vehicle we do have a confirmed hitch fit, one that is also a 2-inch Class III design. The hitch for your 2015 is Curt # C13144, which actually offers higher tongue weight and towing capacity....
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  • Replacement Hardware Kit for Curt Trailer Hitch 13147 for a 2012 Subaru Forester
  • You certainly can order just the hardware to install Curt trailer hitch # 13147 on your 2012 Subaru Forester. You will need # RHK and just enter the hitch number and choose the Curt as the manufacturer where indicated. Once the order is placed our warehouse team will assemble the proper kit to send to you. I have included a link to the installation instructions for the hitch and a video showing a typical installation as well for you.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2010 Subaru Impreza and Recommendation for Towing a Wheelchair
  • The Curt trailer hitch # 13147 is designed to fit a 2009 to 2013 Subaru Forester but not a Subaru Impreza. All of the hitches that are available for the 2010 Impreza have 1-1/4 inch receivers. In order to safely carry an electric wheelchair you will need to tow a small trailer. We do have an option for this, # UWT1, if you cannot find one locally. You will need a trailer hitch first. Curt hitch # C11317 will fit an Impreza with dual exhaust. For the correct ball mount use # C45501 and...
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Subaru Forester Accessories




Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
4,000 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
400 lbs.


Weight Distribution Capacity
Hitch does not allow
use of weight distribution


Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 13147 Installation instructions 13147 Installation Instructions

Tech Tip
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,

Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time



Most Popular Ball Mount:
Curt Manufacturing 2923
2923


1-7/8" hitch ball - 19260


2" hitch ball - 63845


2-5/16" hitch ball - 63847


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