Videos are provided As a guide only. Refer To manufacturer
installation instructions And specs For complete information.
Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, Subaru Legacy trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.
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.
At etrailer.com we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.
Video of Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"
Videos are provided As a guide only. Refer To manufacturer
installation instructions And specs For complete information.
Today in our 2000 Subaru Outback Wagon, we will be installing the current hitch, part number C12270. Here's what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we will go ahead and give you a couple of measurements in helping you to choose some accessories for your hitch; such as ball mount, a bicycle rack, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin whole to outer most edge of the bumper, is approximately 5-3/4". From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground, is approximately 14-3/4". Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. Now we're going to need to go ahead and lower this carbon canister down here on the passenger side.
To do this there are three nuts that will need to be removed to get the main body of the carbon canister out of the way; two at the rear of the vehicle and one in the center, on the front of the canister. With this lowered out of the way, we will need to remove two more bolts that hold the bracket to the frame of the vehicle. Now with the carbon canister lowered down out of the way, we will need to go ahead and lower the rear most exhaust hanger, so we can slide the exhaust over to give us a little extra room. To do this we use some spray lubricant, and in this case we went ahead and used a large pry bar. Or a large flat head screwdriver will work as well. Now with the rubber exhaust hanger removed, we'll go ahead and point out the locations that we will be mounting our hitch. We will be using both of the tow hooks, one on each side.
As well as we will need to remove to two rubber plugs where our carriage bolt and spacer block will be reversed fishwired up into them. Now for the two forward locations, one on each side, we use carriage bolt, a spacer block, and a flange nut. For the two rear locations, you will have a hex bolt, a spacer block that goes on either side of the tow hook, followed by a flange nut, as shown here. Now we will go ahead and reverse fishwire our hardware into position. To do this, youll slide the spacer block onto the fishwire, and then thread the carriage bolt onto that. You will push the carriage bolt up into the hole, followed by the spacer block, and then pull back down.
We will go ahead and repeat this process for both sides. Now we're ready to go ahead and get an extra set of hands to help us raise the hitch up into place. On the driver's side, you need to make sure that the hitch goes to the outside of the tow hook, while for the passenger side, you'll make sure the hitch goes on the inside of the tow hook. With the hitch raised up into place, we go ahead and place the hex flange nut on the two forward locations. Now that the hitch has been supported, we can go ahead and put the rear hardware for each location. The two small spacer blocks on either side of the tow hook, and the hex flange nut. Now for the driver's side, again take the hex bolt, go from the inside of the vehicle towards the outside, and on this side we will go through the hitch first, then the spacer block, then the tow hook, then another spacer block, and then the hex flange nut.
Now that we have all the hardware in place, we can go ahead and tighten it down, and then torque it to the manufacturer's specification. Once that's done, we can go ahead and put our carbon canister back up into place by putting the two bolts that hold the bracket up first, followed by the three nuts that hold actual canister in place. And finally we can go ahead put our exhaust hanger that we removed earlier back up as well. And with that, that will conclude the installation of the current hitch, part number C12270 on our 2000 Subaru Outback Wagon. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (52 Customer Reviews)Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.
by: Colin S08/29/2014
This is the second Curt hitch I have purchased from etrailer for my family's Subaru's and it is great quality. Price is unbeatable, and shipping and customer service is top notch. I installed it on my 2002 LL Bean Outback H6. There were a few small snags that I will detail here, but overall installation was quick and easy by myself. As was detailed in another review, you have to remove the charcoal canister mount bracket after you unbolt the canister itself. I slipped the two exhaust hangers off easily and both carriage bolts and plates slid in easily with the included fish wire, a brilliant idea by the way. The snags I ran in to were on the right side, the distance between the tie down point and the receiver was much greater that the thickness of the two included spacers, so I just sandwiched in about 5 or 6 1/2" stainless washers, in addition to the spacers, and I also used stainless fender washers that were ground down to fit the contour of the tie down, behind the nuts because the tie down holes were large enough for the nut to drop in to. Do yourself a favor and buy around 8 1/2" washers before you begin and your install will go a lot smoother. It may be that the H6 model is different, but I think the slop in tolerances probably has more to do with the year range that this hitch covers. I can't wait to start towing with my new car! 149172
by: Art C.10/26/2012
Installed on my 01 Outback in order to use a rear bike rack. Received expedited shipping at no cost. Etrailer had the best price for this which includes everything you need for installation (fishwire) and a drawbar/pin for towing. Tips for installation: 1. Jack the car and place on jack stands. Put on eye protection. 2. Remove carbon canister AND bracket in the right rear corner (looking from the back of the car). You need to remove 3 nuts and 2 bolts using 13 mm and 12 mm sockets. The actual canister and bracket can be left to hang. 3. Fishwire the bolt and spacer into the LARGE hole closest to the tow hooks. 4. Install hitch with BOTH vertical surfaces which bolt on to the tow hooks to the LEFT of them. 5. Thread the nuts to the carriage bolt first, lightly and then thread the nuts to he tow hooks/holes maximally first (don't forget to use a spacer on either side of tow hook). You need a 3/4 socket and use correct torque wrench setting. 6. Torque the carriage bolt nuts down next. 7. Reinstall bracket and canister and unjack. You are done. 58173
I was pretty confident in my ability to install my new hitch even before I started shopping. Once I found etrailer.com and checked out the install videos my confidence was certainly increased. The hitch and wiring harness were packed well, very securely, and delivered on time. In fact, after placing my order I was emailed to say that it was able to be expedited so it would arrive on Friday rather than Monday. Score 1 for etrailer.com. Set out Saturday morning to install and literally EVERYTHING went exactly as the video and instructions said they would and I managed to get it done in just under 45 minutes with very basic hand tools. I would definitely do business with etrailer.com again and have already made many recommendations. Thanks!! 23021
by: Andy R09/29/2012
Great product - easy to install (helps to have two people and an impact wrench) - only took us half an hour or so. In retrospect, we did not see why there was a need to lower the exhaust to do this install - we did it, but it seemed to serve no purpose. The drawbar - I probably won't ever use the one supplied - the 3/4" rise is not nearly enough for most attachments - I put a 3" riser on it and it matches up much better with my log splitter, trailer, etc. Also, given that the mounting (on an Outback) is so far in, you may find that safety chains on your attachments need to be extended to reach the holes on the receiver. 56135
My experience with etrailer: this website is very easy to use; the folks who emailed me about tracking updates and asking if I had any questions were super friendly. The shipping speed and packaging were excellent; the price was very competitive. My experience with this Curt Hitch: the quality of materials was high, this is a sleek and heavy duty design which will make for easy light-duty towing with my 2001 Subaru Outback wagon. THAT SAID: the hitch was not wide enough to actually reach both of the tow hook points. The included bolt was too short, and the hitch came with insufficient spacers to fill the gap. I was able to get a longer bolt and also several hardened washers as additional spacers, which should be fine to use (as the hitch is bolted down with 110 ft-lbs of torque at 3 other places on the frame, as well), but it was disappointing that the otherwise well-designed hitch wasn't an exact fit for the car. 211144
by: Erik H09/21/2012
My hitch and accessories arrived much faster than was originally quoted! Amazing service! The hitch fit was ok ( I have a 99 Outback Limited ), as I had to use some spacers to make it line up correctly. It lined up in the frame/ carriage bolt area just fine, but the area where it hangs down it was a little off and I had to use some elbow grease to make the bolts go through. Haven't hauled anything with it yet, but it looks great and I installed it by myself in a little over an hour. Overall great looking hitch ( looks stock ) and great customer service from etrailer!!! 55409
by: G-Man, 2002 Outback11/07/2015
Did not need to lower the exhaust as was described in the directions. Did, however, need to lower the gas canister. This was not described in the directions. The directions for the wiring said to look on the left side of the trunk/hatch. After 30 minutes of not finding anything remotely like the needed connector, I went to the right side and found it within 1 minute. The hitch and wiring seem to be good quality and a good value. The directions were frustrating. Overall, the quality of the product outweighed the poor quality of instructions. I would definitely purchase another trailer hitch kit from etrailer. 231595
by: Karl M03/25/2016
Product arrived in a timely manner- I chose not to do the install myself because the car was going up on the lift anyway for other work. Mechanic noted no issues during install. I was warned that there might be interference with the muffler on my 2003 Outback wagon, and there was- in sharp right turns, the muffler would swing in its mounts and hit the hitch, and make a racket. Took it to the muffler shop, they put it on the lift and "adjusted" the muffler body with a heavy mallet, no problem since. Looks good, works good, pulls a small trailer well. Would buy again, but be aware of the muffler issue. 241666
by: richard M06/14/2011
my package arrived very quickly and in good condition. and i must say i was surprised at the quality evident in its construction and the paint job on it. looks baked on and not simply a spray paint job. the metal is very well welded and of ample thickness. i do not forsee any problems with it. and on my Subaru Outback I had been looking for a trailer hitch for quite a while and was always told that there were none made for it. I lucked on your site on the net during a search. glad i did. thank you for a beautiful product for a limited size market like the outback. 16979
by: Doug G04/13/2015
As with other etrailer purchases, great value and the video explaining your item and how to install it makes it easy to decide to buy here! Great customer service too! 184972
by: Chad K.08/17/2012
Curt's fault, but the hitch was about 3/8" too narrow. Had to break out a sledgehammer and put spacers in different places to mount the hitch. Once I got it on there though, I am completely satisfied with it. It is getting the job done, but I would have concerns about putting the rated load on there. (2000/200 on the '93 Subaru Legacy) 52024
by: Corey B02/08/2011
Bought a Curt hitch for my Subaru Outback. It fit well without any drilling, Just had to trim the rear bumper a bit. No big deal really. The 1-1/4" to 2" adapter I bought is also a Curt. There seems to be a little slop but that in no way reflects the great customer service I received in separate orders with etrailer. Quick shipping on both orders and price matching on my latest. Great service was what brought me back when I recently replaced my vehicle and needed a new hitch setup. 6842
by: Brook F08/03/2011
Hitch is of good quality and instructions are pretty easy to follow. The problem was the hitch was delivered bent, it is really beefy so I have no idea if it was sent that way or UPS managed to bend or drop it during shipment. It took me, a friend, a lift, and lots of prying and cussing to get it to line up enough to get the bolts to line up. I would have given up if I was trying to install this without the help of the lift. 21052
by: Glenn L.06/10/2013
This Curt Trailer Hitch is the best we have had; easy to install even though we had it done by our terrific mechanic - took him less than 30 minutes. He was happy with the instructions and how smoothly everything we bought from etrailer.com fit together so beautifully; and it looks GOOD! Thanks so much for everything. We will recommend etrailer.com and Curt hitches and accessories to all our friends and anyone who asks. 83961
by: Bill M.11/11/2015
This is the second hitch I have purchased through etrailer and both were excellent. It arrived within a week of ordering. Big O Tires was able to install it and the wiring kit in under an hour thanks to the videos on etrailer's site. I priced hitches locally and they couldn't touch etrailer's prices. A great experience. I'd send a picture of my Subaru Outback but it looks exactly like the sample picture on the web site. 231821
Great product! Super-easy to install with just a little reading in the comments. I used ramps instead of jack stands (with carefully blocked front wheels) but about 45 minutes later I had a trailer hitch (on my '02 Outback H4) and two hours after that I was towing my first trailer. It needed a TINY bit of tightening after the first 100 miles with the trailer but the ensuing several hundred have left it firmly attached. 78510
by: Leon G.06/08/2012
Very well made and heavy duty. It literally took less than 30 minutes to install (with hand tools). Very happy, would highly recommend. Customer Service and communication was also outstanding. Received updated emails regarding status of order. Quaity and service was nothing less than excellent. No fuss, no muss - from ordering, receiving and installation. We will submit pictures of it in use soon. 43276
I have a trailer hitch for my Subaru. Well, got my hitch in a timely fashion and it was in good shape. (the box on the other hand looked beat, but this doesn't matter) I chose eTrailer because I was looking to deal with someone in the states, and they had real life pictures about installation; pictures were a deal maker. Now I can tow a trailer and haul stuff without buying a pickup. Win-win. 224626
by: Dan W07/25/2012
I installed this hitch on a 13 year old outback wagon. I'm not a great direction follower and it was a pretty straight forward process, but taking a few minutes and reading the simple directions was very helpful! You just need a couple of 3/4 wrenches or sockets plus a torque wrench and it is a job anyone could do. I'm pleased with the quality of the hitch and will buy from etrailer again! 49266
I got the Curt hitch installed on my 1996 Subaru Legacy L, and everything looks good. Here's the photo you requested (Attached). Thanks! 149504
As far as Erailer's service goes it was wonderful! Super fast delivery and upgraded shipping:) not to mention the lowest price on the interwebs.The hitch is nice. Good welds and paint. The fit was a little off and needed spacer on the passenger side. Not Etrailers fault though:) all in all, very happy! 117729
The hitch was great, and the install was relatively straight forward. The product could have been packaged better. There was quite a bit of extra room in the box, and the hitch arrived bent. Luckily we had a LARGE bumper jack to straighten it out. 5/5 for the product. 2/5 for the packaging. 69819
by: Fred B.10/07/2014
I have not installed a hitch before, but I am quite handy. It involved using sing to lift the hitch in place, cutting slits in the plastic bumper, a bit of tugging/lifting, and ~ 2 hours to complete the install. The hitch itself appears to well-secured and strong. 154884
Did not think it would be as easy as was. Your info said it would take 30 minutes for a professional and 60 for anyone else. I was done in 20 minutes. The hardest part was getting the rusty bolts off of a bracket that had to be removed. Highly recommend ! 140736
by: Doug R.03/21/2011
Great price, easy install and fast serv ice. 9964
by: Louie T.08/10/2012
Easy to install, once you know which holes to use! Be sure to get that right the FIRST time! Customer service via telephone was spot on with their advice and assistance. Have not towed anything with it yet... 51305
by: steve sadler09/16/2013
Great people , VERY fast delivery !! Well made hitch, PERFECT fit 1 hour instalation time , no damage all parts there nothing missing instructions very clear .....I am very happy.......... 100062
by: Chuck P.09/22/2011
Shipped fast. Quality product. Easy installation. Took me a little longer than the estimated install time, dealing with the evap canister mount on my subaru, but went together as designed. 24366
by: Charles A08/01/2012
Great product, this is the second Curt hitch that I have purchased. The first from this supplier. I ordered on Thursday evening and had the hitch by Monday noon. I live in Central PA. 50206
Produce was as described and installation was very smooth. The instructions were complete and accurate. Thank you for your prompt service. Roger 65977
by: Ken W.08/11/2015
Well made, easy install, fast shipping, great followup. This is my second one, on another Subaru. Not a better value on the market. Thanks again! 218549
by: Jina Morris03/28/2011
The hitch works great. Can't wait for warmer weather so I can haul my bike to the bike trails! My husband even installed it for me at home. 10506
very happy with the product and service. I would recomend it and etrailer.com shipping was very fast and follow up was supurb. 88259
The tow bar I ordered fit perfectly, installed in minutes! Great product, free delivery charge, what more could I ask? 78092
by: Chip Cotton10/19/2014
Great product. Very clear instructional video (the paper instructions were not as good). Fits like a glove! 156786
Everything fits great and was easy to install. My overall experience with this site has been satisfactory. 207117
by: Greggory L.05/20/2011
This is the second hitch I have purchased from etrailer. As usual their service and product are wonderful. 14929
by: Dale S.04/05/2014
I have not pulled anything with my hitch. It was very easy to install and it was shipped very promptly. 123851
Great customer service. Fast shipping. Installed in less than an hour. Will do business in the future. 107611
Excellent quality at a fair price. Speedy shipping. These folks deserve your business. 225748
by: Paul H.03/31/2015
Great product, fast service, next time I need something I'm going to etailer first. 182020
the hitch and attaching hardware was complete,easily applied and of good quality 143940
by: Shawn Edwards07/10/2012
Installed just like it was suppose to. Loved the bolt wire, made it so easy/ 47364
by: Denny T.07/06/2011
The hitch was very easy to install. Very happy with the product. Thank you. 18715
great fit. free and fast shipping, great price. will tell everyone 177062
Product as expected. Fast on time delivery. Great communication. 72492
Easy to install. Works well on my 1996 Subaru Legacy Wagon. 86610
by: john k09/19/2012
fast shipping and no damage. cant wait to bolt it on.. 55099
by: jeff allen07/03/2015
nice fit and on the spot shipping 209196
by: Joan F.09/05/2014
Perfect! Easy! Made my day! 150215
Ask the Experts about this Curt Trailer Hitch
Do you have a question about this Trailer Hitch?
At etrailer.com we guarantee:
Highest quality trailer hitch for the best price.
Real product know-how.
Most detailed, accurate trailer hitch information available.
Information for this part was:
Installations, made easy.
Personalized service for life.
Trusted since 1946.
Info for this part was:
At etrailer.com we provide the best information available about the products we sell. We take the quality of our information seriously so that you can get the right part the first time. Let us know if anything is missing or if you have any questions.