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This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your Subaru Outback Wagon's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.
✔ Confirmed to fit your 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon
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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Per Curt warranty requirements, all non-trailer loads (bike racks, cargo carriers, etc) must be supported by stabilizing straps, such as 18050, sold separately. Drilling required for installation , Access holes may need to be enlarged by drilling, filing, or rotary tool , Exhaust must be temporarily lowered for installation , Heat shield must be modified or trimmed for hitch installation
Video of Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"
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Today on our 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon, we will be taking a look at and installing the Curt Custom Fit Class 3 trailer hitch receiver, part number 13390. We'll give you a few measurements to help you in selecting some hitch accessories, such as ball mounts, bike racks, and cargo carriers. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is going to be about 14". From the center of the pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is going to be about 2 1/2". Here's what our hitch is going to look like once it's installed. It's going to have that nice round bar design and it's going to be nice and sleek against the back end of the vehicle with that black powder coat finish to help prevent any kind of rust and corrosion. With it's fully welded design, it's going to be nice and sturdy, offering a 600 pound tongue weight capacity and 4000 pound towing capacity with it's 2" by 2" receiver tube opening and plate steel design. It's going to have a 5/8" pin hole going straight through the center.
It's design is going to offer a nice almost flush design here on the back end of the vehicle too, which is going to be great for your hitch accessories. Now, let's see how it's installed. First thing we're going to need to do is place a safety strap on the bottom side of our exhaust. We're going to have one hanger here just forward of the rear axle and then two back here, one here, one opposite corner. Lube them up with a little spray lubricant to help you guide them off. Then we'll take a screwdriver, prybar, or if you have a rubber or exhaust hanger removal tool you can use that as well. With the exhaust now lowered, we can drop down that cam buckle just a little bit just to give us a little extra room to work.
Let's go ahead and remove that heat shield now by removing the Phillips head or 10 millimeter screws securing it to the body of the vehicle. There's going to be four of those, two here and two here. We'll pull that off to the side, because we're going to need to trim that later. Go ahead and remove the two rubber plugs on each side, passenger side and the driver's side. This forward most plug towards the front of the vehicle is actually going to be our access point. The rear one here is actually going to expose our rear mounting point for our receiver hitch.
We're going to have to drill and mark another hole right here for the second attachment point on each side. Keep in mind everything we do here on the passenger side is going to be replicated on the driver's side with the exception of the heat shield and the exhaust. Let's use a flat blade screwdriver to pry those plugs out and set them off to the side. You can use multiple different ways to enlarge the hole, whether it's walling out the hole and grinding around with a smaller bit until you get to the size to get the bits through or you can use a hole saw like we're going to do today to an 1 1/8". Now, we'll take a little bit of spray paint and spray our bare metal here, so that way we don't get any rust or corrosion. We'll take the fish wire, which is going to be that coil in here, stick it into our rear most access point for a mounting hole. Then, bring it back down to that hole that we just drilled.
If you need to, you can put a little bit of a bend in it just to help it get towards that hole. Bring the coil then out. Place your block over the top or through and into the hole. Then thread on your carriage bolt to the coil part of the pull wire. Then push it up into the frame and pull it out that rear most point. We'll go ahead and raise that hitch up into position, getting an extra set of hands to help us do so. Guide the fish wires int the rear most holes and put it up into position, making sure not to press in the bolts, but if you do you have those fish wires on to help you along the way. We'll then use the flange nuts to secure our hitch into position, removing the fish wire and placing on our flange nut with the teeth towards the receiver to secure those bolts. Once we have the back two in, we can use the hitch as a template to drill our other holes for our other two bolts. We'll go ahead and hand tighten those down, so they're nice and secure. We'll take our 17/32 drill bit and drill out our hole. Take the fish wire and fish it out our access hole that we drilled to begin with placing your block and your carriage bolt to the side. Pass it through and out the hole.Now we've pulled through our bolt, we can remove that fish wire and place on our flange nut. We'll repeat that process on the other side and then tighten them down. Now that we've got her tight, we'll torque them down to manufacturer's specifications. Now we'll hold our heat shield back up into position. That way we can mark out where we're going to need to trim. Take a paint pen. We're just going to mark the edges. Pull it back down to make a straight line and use a pair of tin snips to trim it. Instead of the four bolts, this is now going to be attached using three. You can always use a different cutting tool if you have one as well. We'll clean our edges up a little bit before we put her back up in. We'll just take a file and brush it off. Hold our heat shield back up into position and fasten it down using the hardware that we removed prior. Now we go ahead and reattach our rubber isolators. Use a little bit of that spray lubricant again and spray the inside of the rubber isolator to help you slide it into position. Lift it up and guide it on. Should be easy enough to where you can just guide them on with your fingers at this point. Remove your safety strap, clean up your area, and you're ready to hit the road. That will do it for our review and our installation of the Curt Custom Fit Class 3 trailer hitch receiver, part number 13390 on our 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon.
Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (29 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: Steve L.04/28/2011
This is the third Curt hitch I have purchased from etrailer.com. All have been very well made and relatively easy to install. With this one, however, I thought I might pass on a couple of recommendations. 1. The instructions which accompany the hitch show only three holes in in the frame rail. There are actually four. Using only the three shown in page 1 of the instructions actually places the hitch 4 inches forward (toward the front of the car) than it actually needs to be. Worse yet, these mounting holes (1/4" in diameter) are the exact distance apart for the hitch, so all one needs to do is enlarge them to 1/2 inch for the bolts, so it is easy to mistakenly mount the hitch in the wrong location. If one views the installation video first, it is less easy to be confused, but still possible. 2. I suggest modifying the instructions to show 4 (four) holes and advise the reader to remove the plugs on the two rear-most (on each side) holes. These are already the correct size for the bolts. Mate the two rear-most holes of the hitch with these holes and after affixing the hitch with two bolts using these holes, drill new holes on each frame rail for the other two (forward) attachment points. Continue the installation as shown in the video. I also suggest modifying the instruction document to reflect the information provided in the video - - it is correct. Thank you for a great product and for great service. 12554
by: chris S03/04/2012
I used this kit on a 2012 Subaru Outback wagon after i got the high price for add-on from the dealer. I viewed the website video, read the instructions and installed it, but in three hours, not 90 minutes. The things i liked were the quality of hardware, good instructions, and the web video. I really liked the bolt snaking tool. The only difference between the 2011 and 2012 is that the muffler is mounted differently, so i had to figure that out myself, but it was pretty easy. The wiring instructions were very good and lead me right to the factory connector. I like the hitch, the quality of the accessory hardware, the bag, and the US flag filler. The only thing i did not like was that the instructions for drilling / enlarging the hole to fish in the bolt seemed to be for smaller bolts than mine and took more time and effort. Again though, i saved $500.00 and this is an excellent kit 33100
Received this hitch in perfect condition in a timely manner. Bit tricky to install but the enclosed innstructions are very clear. I was not too crazy about having to drill holes into the mainframe of a car only 3 weeks old though. Had to patch up the holes with a super quality 3m marine sealant designed for below waterline use. This was to provide a permanent moisture barrier to prevent rust from forming on the freshly cut metal edges. Had the inside rails resprayed with rustproofing compound. Overall, the entire install took me 51 minutes with basic hand tools. I was fortunate that my neighbour has a gargae and provided me with a hoist. Installing this hitch without having the car elevated would be nearly impossible. No pics, sorry. Hands way too dirty to handle a camera. Etrailer has always provided me with exceptional service. They also price matched as per their policy immediately. 11866
Googled trailer hitch 2011 outback. Liked it, web site not working for placing the order so I called. They sent me a hitch that did not match the video I was looking at. After some confusion, I called and was told that I had ordered the wrong part, but the operator was the one who told me what part I needed. Service was bad from etrailer due to this, but they did give me the number to Curts and they were fantastic. Andy was helpful, we drilled a 1 1/8" hole instead of dilling holes by the existing hole and bending back. The dewalt holesaw was great - Lenox brand was not good. Etrailer was very quick on shipping - ordered Tuesday afternoon, got it Thursday, installed Friday. Installation took about 4 hours, but 2 hours of that was figuring that etrailer ordered the wrong hitch. Kinda glad they did, Curts is great! 18917
I think this will serve my purpose. I wish to pull a 4x8 utility trailer with 4-wheeler. My son hopes the bolts are strong enough as intended. I thought the hitch would be more hidden but it will be ok as is. Less expensive than the dealership price. The wiring instructions have it going thru the back and out of the hatch door. Not a good idea so we installed wiring underneath. 49570
by: John V03/21/2011
The hitch looks great. And by great, I mean that it is very unobtrusive but if you do notice it then you will notice how good it looks. The video instructions were incredible. I wish every product that I bought had instructions like that. The only negative was the stickers they put on the there. One on the front and one on the side. Also I'd rather see it in flat black so the hitch is even less noticeable. After installing this product on my car I can say that I am completely confident that it will outlast my car. It's a big chunk of metal. 9962
by: Shannon R06/11/2012
I just finished installing my new hitch on my 2011 outback. I am very happy with the results, the hitch fit like a glove and the hardware and instructions are great. I highly recommend watching the instructional video, it is very helpful. Installation took me about an hour using basic tools. the hitch works very well with my bike rack. Thanks again to e-trailer for providing a great product and excellent service at a fair price. 43593
by: Jim P.08/14/2011
Bought this hitch for 2010 Subaru Outback.Fit was excellent,on the car in 30 minutes.If you can drill a hole,you can mount install this hitch. E-Trailer's shipping was fast, shipping was MORE than reasonable($0),I would and will do business with them again...they are people just like you and I..check out their company photo at the bottom of "about us"...Thank YOU, E-Trailer! 21867
by: Tod S.08/05/2011
This company is about as easy as it gets to do business with. I found everything I needed at a GREAT price. Get this, I shipped it ground for free, but then they notified me they upgraded my shipping to 3-5 days!!! I would do business with these guys anytime. I only wish more online retailers operated as well as etrailer.com does. Internet excellence. 21181
by: Lance R.01/25/2011
Fast shipping, great price, great hitch. The hitch was shipped promptly, the instructions were clear and correct, and the hitch fit perfectly. The installation video on the eTrailer.com website was extremely helpful. I am very happy with my purchase, and will definitely buy from eTrailer.com in the future. 6109
by: Charlie L06/21/2011
I was very surprised at how well built the hitch is. Very heavy. I only which Subaru would have pre-drilled holes for a hitch. SOA knows that a large part of there customers buy there vechiles for the utility factor. So to not have there vechiles pre-drilled and pre-wired is very poor on there part. 17585
The hitch arrived in two days two weeks ahead of car Just had it installed on My subaru this morning and tried out my new bike rack This is one sturdy solid hitch Thanks for a quality product at a great price and excellent service The web site was a cinch to navigate 22843
The instructional video was only fair but it installed with no problems. Good quality. Quick delivery. For the etrailer techs, instead of butchering up the frame with chisels, etc., just use a hole enlarging (conical) drill bit and you won't be left with jagged metal. 29863
by: Edwin perez03/31/2011
Product was shipped in a box that was to big. It must have bounced around during shipping and got a fairly deep scratch on it, down to the metal. I'll have to spray it with some rustolium before I install it. Aside from that it came fast with all parts. 10813
a quality product delivered in a timely fashion for a good price. Isn't that what we all want? Very happy with the purchase. I had a shop do the install, so I can't commment on the ease of install. but the finished product looks great. 74446
by: Michael E06/25/2011
Awesome product, we received our order quickly, and it was easy to install. Took me about 1.5 to 2 hours to install the hitch and trailer wiring. Hitch works awesome! Thanks for the great service and product. Michael 17943
Nice fit and the best design in my opinion. I had the same brand on 3 tow cars so far and I will keep buying it. The wiring kit worked out great as well. Fast shipping with best price available. Thank you!! 68162
by: Dennis F.02/22/2012
Everything purchased was received and installed exactly as the tips, directions and video showed. It was a great experience over all. I have told everyone who will listen about etrailer.com. Thank you. 32243
Perfect! Installed exactly as the video shows. Looks much nicer than many other after market hitches (in my opinion). Performs as it should. Amazing service and delivery by etrailer. Thanks so much! 11680
The hitch and accessories were delivered in three days. The instructions included and the videos on the web site were very helpful in the installation of both the hitch and the wiring harness. 12610
Hitch arrived within days of order. Installation was true to description. Quality product for a great price. Highly recommend. 49723
by: Chuck J05/25/2012
The only video to review was the Subaru 2010 and that does not include drilling holes. Once I read the direction I was fine. 41622
am very pleased with hitch looks. very good on my new outback. glad I found out about etrailer and I saved a lot of money. 75211
by: Dennis P.08/05/2011
Great product and the video was helpful. Took 3 hours to install with 2 people. Free shipping is a big plus. 21189
by: Paul J03/24/2013
The hitch was delivered and installed as advertised. The directions were good and helpfull 72120
by: Ron G.05/18/2011
Well designed and fairly simple to install. Fits 2011 Outback Wagon very well. 14666
by: Sean C08/20/2012
This was much easier to in stall than it looked. Arrived quickly! 52454
by: Jeremiah S.03/30/2012
Product well bulit & installed easy. Fit great. 35637
by: Ryszard W06/30/2012
Great customer service and super fast s hipping 46292
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