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Curt Trailer Hitch for the 2012 Outback Wagon by Subaru

Curt Trailer Hitch

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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.


  • 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
  • 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


  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 4,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 600 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. Technical Support

At 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.

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Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.8 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.

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve L.04/28/2011

This is the third Curt hitch I have purchased from 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: 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: KOLBASSAKING04/17/2011

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: Austin07/08/2011

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: Jan07/27/2012

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


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 - 07/14/2013


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: 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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 does. Internet excellence. 21181

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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 website was extremely helpful. I am very happy with my purchase, and will definitely buy from in the future. 6109

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chet01/17/2012

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: Rkkjr08/26/2011

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

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ben04/05/2013

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: 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Laszlo02/28/2013

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: 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 Thank you. 32243

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ethan04/14/2011

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: KCA04/30/2011

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: Kristin07/29/2012

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

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Cathran04/09/2013

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: 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

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Paul J03/24/2013

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

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ron G.05/18/2011

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

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Sean C08/20/2012

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

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jeremiah S.03/30/2012

Product well bulit & installed easy. Fit great. 35637

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ryszard W06/30/2012

Great customer service and super fast s hipping 46292


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

  • Draw-Tite # 75673 Class III Receiver Hitch Versus Hidden Hitch # 87568 for 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Hidden Hitch and Draw-Tite are sister companies. The Hidden Hitch # 87568 and Draw-Tite # 75673 hitches share identical design and weight capacity. They would install in the same manner using identical instructions and would both have the same 7 inch distance between the receiver hitch pin hole and the furthest rearward portion of the rear bumper when installed on a 2011 model Subaru Outback Wagon. Although the hitch will attach to the vehicle using existing holes in the frame, a 1-1/8...
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  • 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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  • Which Trailer Hitch Receiver Will Have the Most Ground Clearance For 2011 Subaru Outback
  • Each hitch is positioned to sit tucked up and close to the bumper as you can see on the product page pictures. All of the hitch receivers available for the 2011 Subaru Outback will sit in the same general position with ground clearance varying slightly from each hitch. For example, from the ground to the top of the receiver on the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, part # 87568, measures 14-1/2 inches. So you would have approximately 12-1/2 inches from the ground to the bottom of the receiver,...
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  • Hitch Recommendations for a 2014 Outback and Forester for a Bike Rack
  • There are 2 inch hitches available for both the 2014 Subaru Forester and Outback Wagon. Either vehicle will work as well as the other in terms of installing a 2 inch hitch to carry a bike rack. If I were you I would not base your choice between the vehicles on anything hitch or bike related. Curt hitches that are not rated for use with weight distribution systems do require the use of a stabilizer strap like part # 18050. This is a Curt only deal, if you bought the Forester and were...
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  • Will The Hidden Hitch Class III Hitch, # 87568, Fit A 2011 Subaru Outback
  • The Hidden Hitch Class III Hitch, # 87568, will fit a 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon, it will not fit the Sport model. The Curt Class III Hitch, # 13390, and the Curt Class II Hitch, # 12290, are also available for the 2011 Subaru Outback. These hitches will not work on the Sport model. See instructions to the right. The Curt Class III Hitch, # 13390, is a Class III hitch rated at 3,500 lbs. gross trailer weight and 350 lbs. tongue weight capacity. It is a 2 inch receiver. See instructions...
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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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  • Trailer Hitch, Ball Mount, and Trailer Hitch Ball Recommendations for a 2011 Subaru Outback
  • Yes, the 87568 hitch will carry over and fit the 2011 model Outback. The same applies for the Draw-Tite, part # 75673 hitch. We also have the Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13390. This is a Class III trailer hitch rated at 3,500 pounds of gross trailer weight and 350 pounds tongue weight capacity, and it has a 2 inch receiver. I have included a link to the installation details below for the hitches. If you plan on doing some towing with the hitch, I recommend the Ball Mount Kit,...
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  • Will Thule T2 Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier, # TH916XTR Fold Up on a 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • I can tell you that with the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 87568 installed, it will measure 7 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole out to the distance required to clear the rear bumper on a wagon model of the 2011 Outback. On Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13390, it is potentially less at 4 inches (the measurement was taken on a 2010 model) so it would offer more clearance. On the Thule T2 Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier, # TH916XTR, when in the down position, the rack measures 19 inches...
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  • Recommended Hitch and Towing Accessories for 2013 Subaru Outback
  • The Hidden Hitch # 87568 and Draw-Tite # 75673 hitches have a higher towing capacity than the Curt # 13390, but because the vehicle itself is limited to 2700 lbs towing/200 lbs tongue weight, the higher hitch capacity would not be usable. The Curt hitch is less expensive, but has fewer attachment points to the vehicle (total of 4 versus 6 for the Hidden Hitch or Draw-Tite). Because I prefer more attachment points to the vehicle, I would lean toward the Hidden Hitch # 87568. Quality-wise,...
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  • Curt Hitch Recommendation for a 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • For a Curt hitch that is confirmed to fit your 2013 Subaru Outback I would recommend the Curt hitch # 13390. The Curt Trailer Hitch # C122703 that you referenced is designed for older model Outbacks and would not be the correct hitch for you. To complete your towing setup you may be interested in the following products: ball mount kit # 989900 Wiring Kit # 118467 (install video attached)
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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...
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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...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon to Use a Thule Apex 5 Bike Rack
  • If you had a Curt Hitch part # 13390 installed on your 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon the Thule Apex 5 Bike Rack part # TH9026 would work well for you without interference. With this hitch Curt recommends the use of a stabilizer strap. Their official recommendation is that 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. For that you would need...
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  • Distance from the Hitch Pin Hole to Bumper on Hitches for 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • On the Curt hitch part # 13390 the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the furthest point out on the bumper will be right at 3-1/2 inches. On the Draw Tite Hitch # 75673 and the Hidden Hitch # 87568 the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the furthest point out on the bumper is 4-1/2 inches. Both of these hitch are the exact same because they are made by the same company. The distance from the pin holes to the opening surface of the hitch is about 2-1/2...
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  • Yakima Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Outback with 2 inch Curt Hitch
  • Yes, the Yakima RidgeBack 2-Bike Rack # Y02457 would work great in the Curt Class III Hitch part # 13390 you have installed on your 2014 Subaru Outback. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out. With the Curt hitch you installed 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. For a strap you would want the part # 18050. I...
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  • Kuat Alpha Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2013 Subaru Outback with Curt Hitch
  • Yes, as long as the Curt hitch on your 2013 Subaru Outback is a 2 inch hitch like the # 13390 then the Kuat Alpha Bike Rack part # A102-Black will work well for you. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out also. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out Women's and Alternative Frame Bike Adapter # 64005 to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes to provide...
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  • How Does the Curt Hitch part # 13390 Install on a 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The only way to install the Curt Hitch part # 13390 is to attach it to the rear frame rails of your 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon. See the picture I attached as well as the install video.
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  • Which Trailer Hitch Receiver Has Most Ground Clearance On 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Each hitch is positioned to sit tucked up and close to the bumper as you can see in the product page photos. All of the hitch receivers available for the 2014 Subaru Outback will sit in the same general position with ground clearance varying slightly from each hitch. Other factors include how much tread you have on your tires and how well the tires are inflated. For example, from the ground to the top of the receiver on the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, part # 87568, measures 16 inches....
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  • Fixing Excessive Sway when Using Curt Trailer Hitch 13390 on a 2012 Subaru Outback
  • I am not sure what you mean. The hitch itself should not be swaying at all. If you are talking about trailer sway while towing then the aerodynamic differences between the vehicles could the reason for the trailer to sway more with one vehicle than another. You would only need a friction sway bar, # 83660, and ball mount bracket # RP26003 for 2 inch hitches to stop the sway. If you have a bike rack or cargo carrier with excessive movement then a simple anti-rattle device such as # 93347...
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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

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

Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time

Most Popular Ball Mount:
Curt Manufacturing 2923

1-7/8" hitch ball - 19260

2" hitch ball - 63845

2-5/16" hitch ball - 63847

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