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Curt Trailer Hitch for the 2012 Outback Wagon by Subaru

Curt Trailer Hitch

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Code:   13390

Retail:$301.31

Price:$170.06


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

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.

Features:

  • Custom fit is designed specifically for your Subaru Outback Wagon
  • 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: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 350 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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Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon - Curt

Today on our 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon we'll be installing Curt hitch, part number 13390. now before we begin our installation here's what your hitch will look like on the vehicle. We'll go ahead and give you a few measurements to help you with selecting accessories such as a draw bar, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most part of the bumper is 3 1/2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 14 3/4 inches. Now let's go ahead with our install.

We'll need to lower the exhaust by removing the three rear most rubber isolators from the frame mounted hangers. You'll want to support the exhaust during the installation to prevent your exhaust from being damaged. Now for clarification purposes we're going to go ahead and remove the muffler from the vehicle. You will not need to do this during your installation. Now that we have our muffler out of the way you can see the heat shield here mounted to the body.

We'll need to trim this heat shield. I went ahead and drew a yellow line in the heat shield indicating where it will be cut. We'll then remove the heat shield from the vehicle and we're going to go ahead and cut it using our cut off wheel. With a little patience and a lot of time you can use a pair of tins nips to cut it just as good as I did with this cut off wheel. We'll now go ahead and reinstall the heat shield to show you what it looks like after it's been cut.

We'll now go ahead and remove the heat shield and point out the fastener locations. Now here on the passenger side of the vehicle you'll notice there are two rubber plugs. We'll go ahead and remove these plugs. The forward most plug will be our access hole that we'll use to get our hardware into the frame and the rear most hole will be the mounting location for the rear most fastener on our hitch. This is the same on the drivers side after revolving the heat shield.

Now on these access holes we'll need to open the hole up to allow us to get the fasteners in. we're going to do this with a drivel and a carbine tip grinding wheel. I went ahead and marked the hole to indicate how large we have to make it. With our access holes opened up we'll now take a fish wire, one of the carriage bolts, and the spacer block we'll feed the fish wire up through the rear most fastener point and out the access hole. We can then slide the space block on and thread the carriage bolt through the fish wire. We'll then use the fish wire and pull the spacer block and carriage bolt through the frame and out the mounting hole here. With that done on both sides we're now ready to put our hitch into position. It'll be a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch up while you start your fasteners. With the hitch up we'll go ahead and thread the nut on finger tight. Now with our hitch in position we'll make sure it's centered with the vehicle and using the hitch as a template we'll use a step drill procedure to drill the hole here for our forward most fastener. We'll need to do this on both sides of the vehicle. Now with our holes drilled we'll again use the fish wire, one of the carriage bolts, and a spacer block feeding the fish wire through the drilled hole and out the access hole here. We'll then slide on the spacer block, thread on the carriage bolt, and using the pull wire pull it through the drilled hole in the frame and through the hitch. We'll then use the nut to thread it on the carriage bolt finger tight. With that done on both sides of the vehicle our fasteners are now all installed. We can go ahead and tighten them down and torque them to specification as indicated in the instructions. Now that all our hardware is torqued to specification we can go ahead and reinstall our heat shield here on the drivers side and rehang the exhaust which will complete our installation of Curt hitch, part number 13390, on our 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon.


Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2 - 13390

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.8 out of 5 stars   (29 Customer Reviews)




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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jan07/27/2012

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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


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I just purchased a 2014 Subaru outback. I need a 2 hitch to haul my bikes. I already have a Hollywood rack that holds 4 bikes and would like to drive the outback some of the time instead of my gas guzzling Toyota Tundra. Recommendations?

comment by: MikeM - 7/14/2013


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I called up a couple of our manufacturers, and there is no word yet on when hitches will be available for a 2014 Outback. As soon as they do become available, we will add them to our website and they will show up in the Fit Guide. If you are in need of a hitch right away, I would imagine the dealer would have them available but they may be more costly than an aftermarket unit.

Patrick B - 7/16/2013




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ratingratingratingratingrating by: KOLBASSAKING04/17/2011

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Lance R.01/25/2011

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chet01/17/2012

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ben04/05/2013

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Laszlo02/28/2013

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Shannon R06/11/2012

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: chris S03/04/2012

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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 kit33100



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rkkjr08/26/2011

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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 navigate22843



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jim P.08/14/2011

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tod S.08/05/2011

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Austin07/08/2011

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve L.04/28/2011

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Edwin perez03/31/2011

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John V03/21/2011

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Charlie L06/21/2011

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jeremiah S.03/30/2012

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Product well bulit & installed easy. Fit great.35637



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Cathran04/09/2013

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Paul J03/24/2013

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The hitch was delivered and installed as advertised. The directions were good and helpfull 72120



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Sean C08/20/2012

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This was much easier to in stall than it looked. Arrived quickly!52454



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ryszard W06/30/2012

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Great customer service and super fast s hipping46292



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chuck J05/25/2012

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dennis F.02/22/2012

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dennis P.08/05/2011

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Great product and the video was helpful. Took 3 hours to install with 2 people. Free shipping is a big plus.21189



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Michael E06/25/2011

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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. Michael17943



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ron G.05/18/2011

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Well designed and fairly simple to install. Fits 2011 Outback Wagon very well.14666



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: KCA04/30/2011

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ethan04/14/2011

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Kristin07/29/2012

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Hitch arrived within days of order. Installation was true to description. Quality product for a great price. Highly recommend.49723



Ask the Experts about this Curt Trailer Hitch
Expert Answers about Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 13390                                             Do you have a question about this Trailer Hitch?


  • What Trailer Wiring Harness Is Needed For A 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • On the 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon the wiring harness you will need is the Tow Ready T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness, # 118467. I am sending a link to the installation instructions on the wiring harness and a video link of the wiring harness being installed on a 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon.
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  • Hitch Recommendation and Installation Difficulty Level for 1992 Audi 100
  • For your 1992 Audi 100, I recommend the Curt 1-1/4 Inch Class I Trailer Hitch # C11167 as the Curt Class III 2 Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13390 you referenced is custom-made for a Subaru Outback Wagon. The drawbar, pin, and clip are included with the hitch I recommended. Also, the hitch I mentioned will not fit a turbo model of your vehicle. Based in the instructions for installation that I have linked to drilling is required as is temporary bumper removal. While this is not the most diffi
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  • Will the Curt Hitch # 13390 Fit a 2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R with Dual Exhaust
  • I spoke with my contact at Curt and he informed me that they have test fit a Curt Hitch # 13390 on a 3.6R with a 6 cylinder and dual exhaust just like yours and it fit just fine. To complete your towing setup you may be interested in the following products: etrailer Ball Mounts # 989900 Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring # 118467
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  • Sealing Openings During Installation of Curt Trailer Hitch # 13390 On 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • It is not a requirement to fill any holes created during the installation of the Curt Class III 2-Inch Trailer Hitch # 13390 on your 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon. The bolts will be tight enough when the hitch is installed to maintain a tight seal. If you would like to seal the holes, you can use spray paint or aerosol undercoat to spray the bare metal prior to attaching the hitch. You would need to let the spray dry before hitch installation. I have provided links to the installation instruct
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Subaru Outback Wagon Accessories




Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
3,500 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
350 lbs.


Weight Distribution Capacity
Hitch does not allow
use of weight distribution


Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 13390 Installation instructions 13390 Installation Instructions

Tech Tip
Heat shield must be modified or trimmed for hitch installation.Drilling required for installation, Access holes may need to be enlarged by drilling, filing, or rotary tool, Exhaust must be temporarily lowered for installation, Per Curt warranty requirements, all non-trailer loads (bike racks, cargo carriers, etc) must be supported by stabilizing straps, such as 18050, sold separately

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