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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.
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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installation instructions and specs for complete information.
Today on this 2011 Subaru Outback we are going to install part number 13390 from Curt. This is what the hitch looks like when it is installed on the vehicle. We will give you some measurements that will help you out when ing accessories such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground on this particular vehicle is going to be 14 inches. And from the center of the hitch pin to the outside edge of the bumper is going to be 2-3/4 inches. Alright, now we will go ahead and show you how the hitch gets installed. 0:29
The first thing we need to do in our install is go ahead and lower the exhaust. What we are going to do is spray down the rubber hangers with some lubricant. We are also going to use a strap to hold up our exhaust while we take off the hangers. Alright, now let us go ahead and lower our exhaust. Next we need to remove the heat shield right here. Remove these four bolts. Alright, we also need to trim the heat shield as well. We will just make a mark along this edge right here. We need to go all of the way up to this fold right here, this corrugation, and out to the end. We will use some tin snips to go ahead and cut this out. Alright, we will go ahead and set our heat shield aside for now. 1:35
We have been working on the driver side. Now we will take a look at the passenger side. It is a little bit easier to see. There will be two plugs that we need to remove, here and here. This existing hole right here will be used as one of the attachment points. And this hole here, that we have to remove the plug from, we will have to enlarge that to get our hardware installed. And then our second hole for the hitch will be drilled into the frame. And this will be identical on both sides. To enlarge this hole for our hardware, we are going to drill out another holes right next to it. This is one of the pieces of hardware we have to install. So this will give you an idea of how much we need to enlarge it. And then we will follow up with a 1/2 inch drill and that should give us room for our hardware. We have one half of our access hole drilled out. Now we will go to the other side and repeat the same process. 2:25
Drilling our first hole gives us access for our block. But we need to drill out the other half of the hole to have room for the head of the bolt. You have left to right movement. Now we need to be able to flip it up. So we will take the material and just flex it out of the way. You need to deflect the metal just enough to get the bolt in. Alright, now we will take our bolt leader that comes with the kit. And we will go ahead and run it out to our access hole, thread our block on and then we will just push it into place, into the frame. Now we will take our bolt and we will install that as well. Push it in the frame and pull it out of the hole. Let us go ahead and repeat the same process back over on the driver side. Alright, at this point we can start installing the hitch. Now you want to have an extra set of hands with this part to help you hold it up there and thread the bolts through the hitch, Be careful not to push the bolts back into the frame. We will be using two flange nuts to hold everything together. When it is still loose, take a second. You might have a little bit of movement to center the hitch. And once you are fine with that, go ahead and snug down the bolts. 3:25
Now with our hitch in place, we will go ahead and use it as a template to drill our next hole out. OK, we will go ahead and install the hardware. Take our bolt leader and do the same thing as before. OK, we will go do that one more time over on the driver side. With all of the hardware installed, we can snug them down and then torque them down as specified in the instructions. With the hitch installed, let us go ahead and touch up the area where we installed our hardware. We just use some spray undercoat on it and we will also bend the metal back into place. Now we can go ahead and reinstall the heat shield. Alright, now we can go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. Alright, with the exhaust reattached, we are done. And there you have it for part number 13390 from Curt.
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 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
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
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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