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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 our 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be installing the curt trailer hitch receiver, part number 13390. Now heres what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now, well go ahead and give you couple measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount or a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the opening of your receiver to the ground, we have 14 inches. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outer most edge of the bumper, we have 3 inches. Now, lets go ahead and install our hitch. Before we can begin our installation, were going to need to install a safety strap underneath the exhaust to support it. Next we're going to need to lower down three rubber exhaust hangers.
Theres one up here. There's one right here, and the third one is right here. Now, in order to remove the rubber exhaust hangers, well use a little bit of spray lubricant and a large pry bar. Now that we have the three rubber exhaust hangers removed, we can go ahead and use our safety strap to lower the exhaust down a little bit. Next we're going to need to remove the exhaust heat shield. To do that, well need to remove four screws one here, here, there.
The fourth one is back there. Now with the four screws removed, we can go ahead and slide the exhaust heat shield out of the way. Next, lets go ahead and point out our mounting locations as well as the access hole that we'll be using to install our hardware in the frame.Well start over here on the driver's side. There will be a total of four mounting locations, two on each side. We need to remove this rubber plug here. This hole right here will be the rear most mounting location.
This rubber plug here will be the access location or how well get our hardware into the vehicles frame. Go ahead and remove that as well. The actual second mounting location will be somewhere in here. Well have to drill that once we get the hitch up in the position. Lets go ahead and move over to the passenger side. Thats right here is the rear most mounting location.
Again, well have to remove the rubber plug. This rubber plug here in the front is the hardware access location to put our hardware into the vehicles frame. Again, well have to drill the forward most mounting location once the hitch is up in place. Next, were going to go ahead, and go over the hardware that well be using to install our hitch. It's the same hardware all for mounting locations. The hardware well be using is a half inch carriage bolt, square hole spacer block, and a half inch flange nut. The carriage bolt or spacer block will be fed into the vehicles frame.Then with the hitch installed, well install the half inch flange nut. Now in order to install the half inch carriage bolt and square hole spacer block into the vehicle's frame, well be using a fish wire or a bolt leader to do that. Now before we can install the hardware, this access hole here will need to be opened up a little bit. As you can see, our square hole spacer block nor our carriage bolt wont fit through it at this time. Now there's a couple different ways you can do it. You can either take a drill bit, and drill right next to the hole here, and open it up enough. You can use a round file on your drill. You can use a hand file, or you can use a rotary tool with the proper bit. Now today, we're just going to use the drill bit inaudible 00:03:52, or we go and enlarge the hole using a drill bit. Well drill right next to the existing hole. As you can see, a different variety of tools can be used to open up the access hole. As I said earlier, you can use a drill with a round file on it. You can use a hand file, a rotary tool with the proper bit. You can even use a chisel and a hummer. Now that we have the access hole opened up, well go ahead and take our pole wire go in through the rear most mounting location. We'll then pull the coil in out our access hole. Take the square hole spacer block. Feed it onto the pole wire, followed by the half inch carriage volt. Well then put the spacer block into the vehicles frame, followed by the carriage bolt. Well then pull the pole wire, pulling the hardware down into place. Remove the bolt litter. Well then go ahead and repeat the same process over on the driver side. Now, we'll go ahead, and get an extra set of hands to help us raise the hitch up in the position. with the hitch in position, we can go ahead and install the flange nuts on the rear most mounting location on each side to hold the hitch in place. Now with our hole drilled, we need to install the hardware at the forward mounting location. We'll go ahead and take our hole wire. We'll go through the hole, come out the access hole, like this. We'll install the square holes spacer block, followed by the carriage bolt. Then put bolt back up into the vehicle's frame, and we'll pull it down into position. Remove the bolt leader. Put it down into position. We can go ahead and install flange nut. Now that we have the hardware installed over here on our passenger side. We'll go ahead and repeat the same process over on the driver's side. With our hardware all installed, we can go ahead and tighten everything down, and to work it to the manufacture specification. Next, we're going to need to trim out heat shield before we put it back up. We need to trim out a section, looks like this. To do that, we're just going to use a pair of tin snips. Now with our heat shield trimmed, we can go ahead and re-install it. You will only use three of the four bolts to re-install it as one of the mounting locations has been removed when we trimmed it. With our heat shield back up in place, we can re-install the rubber exhaust hangers. Now with our rubber exhaust hangers back into position, we can go ahead and remove our safety strap. That will do it for the installation of the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 13390, on our 2015 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 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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