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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch for the 2012 Outback Wagon by Subaru

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch

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Code:   90208

Retail:$255.47

Price:$178.95


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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - 2012 Outback Wagon by Subaru

Specially designed for light-duty applications, this fully welded Subaru Outback Wagon trailer hitch receiver features a powder coat finish over an e-coat base to ensure superior corrosion resistance. Drawbar, pin and clip included.

Features:

  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
  • Easy, bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Drawbar, pin and clip included


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class II
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 300 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


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90208 Hidden Hitch Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver





Video of Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"


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Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon - Hidden Hitch

Today on this 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon were going to install part number 90208 from Hidden Hitch. Now well go ahead and give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories such as a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From top of receiver opening down to the ground will be 14 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be four and a half inches. Now Ill go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. Our first step is to go ahead and remove the muffler.

Theres a couple ways you can do this you can spray down the rubber hangers and remove it and leave it attached. How were going to remove the muffler itself theres two bolts on the tailpipe that we can easily get to and to make things a little easier to see well go ahead and remove the muffler. Next well go ahead and remove the heat shield for the muffler. Next well have to drill a one-eighth inch access hole to the bottom of frame to get our hardware into place. When we drill our access hole itll be approximately two inches from the forward heat shield attachment.

Its one of the bolts thats bolted to the bottom of the frame. Well drill our pilot hole first then use a one-eighth inch hole saw to make the cut. Well also remove the rubber plugs at the bottom of the frame. Now I can go ahead and install hardware into the frame. Well use our bolt leader to install the one by two block through the access hole and thread on the bolt and pull them into position down to the hole thats closest to the bumper.

Then well install our one by three block through the access hole through the fourth hole in the bumper. Now well leave our bolt leaders attached to the bolts to help hold the bolts in place while we install out hitch later on. With all our hardware installed well go ahead and spray some undercoating material around the hole that we just drilled out. At this point we can go ahead and lift the hitch up into position. Well go around the exhaust hanger making sure that the rubber hangers are out of the way as well.

Its a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help do this. Well put the hitch up. Well run the bolt leaders through the bolt holes and then push the hitch up into place. Then well install our hardware. We need to install our conical tooth washer. Well make sure our teeth in the washer are facing towards the hitch and then the nut. Before we tighten down the hitch for good well make sure that the holes for our exhaust heat shield will line up with the holes in the hitch. With our hitch loosely installed we can go ahead and tighten down the bolts and then well torque them down as specified in the instructions. Next well go ahead and trim the heat shield for the exhaust. Well use some tin snips to make the cut. Then we can go ahead and reinstall the heat shield. Now we can go ahead and reinstall the muffler. With that, thatll finish it for part number 90208 from Hidden Hitch on our 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon.


Customer Reviews

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4 - 90208

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.8 out of 5 stars   (20 Customer Reviews)




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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Darrell04/10/2013

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This is a well made product, but it could use better packaging. (A few nylon ties holding things in place would be nice). I was a little worried when it arrived at my office in a very beat up box with a huge hole. The receiver had suffered some scratches, but a little glossy black touch up paint and undercoating spray covered any exposed steel. I removed the muffler and used the "inside trunk method", enlarging the pilot holes in the rear deck with a 1-3/8" step drill bit. After removing the carpeted cargo area covers, expose the pilot holes by using an upholstery tool to carefully remove the plastic plugs holding the Styrofoam trunk material in place. The pilot holes in my 2013 2.5i Limited Outback were covered by round black stickers. Use a little cutting lubricant when using the step drill, and a Dremel tool for smoothing out rough edges. The blocks and bolts were easily placed in the frame, being pulled almost straight down into position with the pull wires from below. With a little help from my wife, this hitch receiver was bolted to our car's frame and it was a perfect fit. I kind of wish I drilled a hole in the heat shield instead of trimming it, but no one is going to notice that when its hidden above the muffler. After a little cleaning, the trunk holes can be covered with Gorilla tape or plugged, if you can find blanking plugs with flat tops. Re-install the trunk foam, plastic plugs and cargo area covers. Mounting a bike rack will be a piece of cake with this receiver. 75311



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jake R.03/11/2014

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Product showed up with all included parts and in perfect condition. All together it took me about 45 min to install by myself. The instructions were spot on for the installation. I installed the hidden hitch on a 2014 Outback and did it on the ground in the driveway. The only thing I would suggest is to put the car on jack stands to give you a little more room, but not neccessary. My favorite part is that the hitch is 4.5 inches under the rear bumper so as long as you don't have a reciever plugged into it there is no chance of walking behind the car and busting your shin on it. If you've even done that, you would know that this is a big plus. I would highly recommend this hitch for Outback owners. 120246



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chris09/26/2011

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Installation went well, instructions pretty good, although i would allow more time. Here are some recommendations... detach muffler, 2 bolts and much easier with it out of the way. Drilling the holes, go though the top, remove cover where spare tire is, there are existing holes and can cut, saw or use tin snips if you dont have large drill bit. Easier to work and less prone to rust. Last, enlist a helper to hold hitch in place when mounting... very tricky if your going it alone.24584



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ayon S12/18/2013

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I'm sure the product itself is fine, but I wish etrailer.com added a Big Bold warning on this that "We strongly recommend buying the Class III for $10 more". I realized it too late i.e after I received the order that I should've gotten the Class III for almost the same money and exactly the same amount of installation effort/cost. A local store said that they don't even carry the Class II because it doesn't sell as well. So here BUY THE CLASS III HIDDEN HITCH INSTEAD OF THIS ONE.110275



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dave11/16/2013

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I installed this hitch on my 2014 Outback. Fast delivery, Perfect fit, very reasonable price AND free shipping!! kudos to etrailer.com. I also installed the Kurt T wiring kit - C56040. Both products were supported by excellent how-to-install videos - very helpful!107571



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Henry W.10/13/2012

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My entire experience in ordering and installing a Hidden Hitch trailer hitch for my 2012 Subaru Outback was fantastic! My order was processed quickly and the hitch arrived sooner than originally anticipated. Installation was easy - although it took a bit longer than predicted because I needed to purchase a 1-1/8" bit to drill two access holes for installation. The hitch looks great and I saved a lot of money by doing it myself vs. having the dealer install a hitch. Thank you!57145



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tom D.05/29/2012

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Installed this trailer hitch on my 2012 Subaru Outback and will use it to tow a 16' fishing boat or a bicycle rack The installation took me about 3 hours working slowly, by myself, and without the use of a jack. The hitch fits perfectly, has a nice finish and looks good on the car.41990



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chris L03/26/2012

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The product performed as needed...installed easy...The only thing that I am dissapointed is how low the receiver sits below the bumper...I see why, since there is really no other way to do it becuase of the trunk well...I would reccomend this product... Beware that if you are installing this on a legacy, you will probably need a drawbar/hitch mount riser...the one that comes with the hitch was not tall enough to tow a fold up 4 x 8 trailer with 12inch wheels..35143



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Larry T.03/19/2012

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The web video made the installation very easy. Everything went together as shown. The quality of the hitch was excellent as expected. Especially like the little hints contained in the video, i.e. supporting the exhaust system with a strap when removing the exhaust hangers. Saved a bunch of dollars by doing the installation myself.34323



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bill B04/14/2011

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I installed this in about an hour and a half in my garage - not bad for a do-it-yourselfer. The best part of this product was the excellent video. I would not have been confident about doing this myself without it. I used ramps to back the car up and gain a little more space. I took the time to purchase the 1 1/8" hole bit ahead of time and I'm glad I did. The frame was tough to drill through at the angle I was sitting at. Once the holes were drilled and the bolts installed (whoever invented the wire bolt guides to snake through the frame was a genius) I laid on my back and held the hitch in place while my son attached the nuts. I'm very pleased with how it looks on the car. - sits nicely under and back from the rear of the bumper. Great product. 11735



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rick S.03/06/2011

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This is a great product, it fit my Subaru Outback perfectly the holes lined up exactly. It was very easy to install and it came with all the hardware and instructions that you need. After reviewing the instructions and parts it took about one hour to install.8623



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Stephen B.05/08/2011

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Great product. George, Sam and Katherine at eTrailer.com kept me informed of the order progress right up to delivery. I opted to remove the rear bumper instead of drilling in the frame. Complete installation took 4 hours.13079



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Scott12/27/2012

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We ordered this trailer hitch and it was pretty simple to install. We are really happy with it. Thanks etrailer.62065



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Scott B .09/04/2012

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The hitch came as the sales rep. said it would. The install was done start to finish in just under one hour. The only different thing I did from the video was to simply remove the muffler to get it out of the way. Thanks again.53969



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Larry M.08/30/2012

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Hitch installation was relatively easy. The T-One wiring harness was defective, but customer service replaced it immediately. Everything arrived in three days - Excellent. Would highly recommend etrailer.53602



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jeff03/28/2012

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Received my hitch in less than 4 days! All the instructions and parts were included. This is a real sturdy hitch and should last the life of my 2012 Subaru Outback! The installation video really help. Thanks35295



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve10/22/2011

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Fits & easy to install 25953



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: 2011 outback V607/05/2011

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Shipped quickly, I installed it by my self in 90 minutes. Looks great! The Video is very Helpful!18496



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jack H.04/23/2011

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Installed in about a hour by myself, would of been a little easier with someone to put on the nuts as I held it. Not bad overall. Came a little scratched up from shipping, but nothing to worry about.12243



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: KIM02/07/2011

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HITCH INSTALLED EASILY. I FOUND IT EASIER TO REMOVE THE EXHAUST (TWO NUTS) THAN TO LEAVE IT HANGING. IT MADE IT EASIER TO DO THE DRILLING ETC. THAT WAS NEEDED FOR INSTALLATION.6763



Ask the Experts about this Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch
Expert Answers about Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - 90208                                             Do you have a question about this Trailer Hitch?


  • Trailer Hitch and Custom Vehicle Wiring Recommendations for a 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • While some of the capacities are pretty close, the bottom line is that on the Class III hitches available for your 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon have a higher tongue weight capacity, even if the gross trailer weight capacity on some is the same. As far as looks, on all of the available hitches, the tubes will be visible below the bumper fascia. I recommend going with the highest capacity hitch available because you never know what you might be towing or carrying in the future. The higher the capa
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  • Would a 1-1/4 or a 2 Inch Hitch be Better for a 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • A 2 inch hitch is going to allow more flexibility down the line which is why we always recommend using one when available for a particular vehicle. If there is a chance that you may want to use a cargo carrier or get a new bike rack in the future, I would definitely go with a 2 inch receiver and get a reducer sleeve like part # HT02. If the bike rack you have is the only hitch accessory you will ever use, then you would be fine with the Class II 1-1/4 inch hitch you were looking at from Hidde
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  • Necessary Drilling to Install Hidden Hitch Class II Receiver, Part # 90208
  • To install the Hidden Hitch Class II Receiver, part # 90208, the instructions state that a 1-1/8 inch access hole will need to be drilled in the bottom of the frame to allow the hardware to be fished up inside the frame. The easiest way to make the hole would be to use a hole saw. I will provide a link to the install instructions for you to review.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendations for a 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 36793 and Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 90208 are identical. They even share the same instructions. The only difference is that the Hidden Hitch model comes with a ball mount, pin, and clip. So you will just need to add a properly sized ball for your trailer. Use # 19256 for a 1-7/8 inch or # 19258 for a 2 inch. I have linked a video showing a typical installation for you. To add a 7-Way trailer connector, you will first need to add a 4-Way using # 118467. I have link
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  • Will Conical Toothed Washers Flatten When Bolt is Tightened
  • Generally speaking, when the hitch bolts are tightened the conical toothed washers will compress to some degree, but usually not completely. The higher the bolt torque rating, the flatter the washer will be.The flatness of the washer is not really the indicator of the proper bolt tightness. Tightening the bolt to the proper torque rating using a torque wrench as mentioned in the instructions is the most important consideration.
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  • Do Bolt Retainer Blocks have to Be Perpendicular to Frame to Install Trailer Hitch on 2014 Outback
  • The purpose of those 4 blocks when installing trailer hitch # 90208 is to prevent the bolt from turning in the frame when tightening everything down. So long as they are doing that job and wedged inside the frame rails to prevent bolt movement, they do not have to be exactly as the picture in the instructions.
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Subaru Outback Wagon Accessories




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

Tongue Weight (TW):
300 lbs.


Weight Distribution Capacity
Hitch does not allow
use of weight distribution


Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 90208 Installation instructions 90208 Installation Instructions

Tech Tip
Drilling required for installation, Exhaust must be temporarily lowered for installation, Minor heat shield modification may be required

Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time



Recommended Wiring:
Hidden Hitch 118467
118467

Recommended Balls:

1-7/8" hitch ball - 19256


2" hitch ball -19258

If you have any questions you can contact our customer service department.

Info for this part was:


Test Fit:
Joe V

Photos by:
Theodore B

Expert Research:
Michael L

Video Edited:
Zack K

Written by:
Lindsey S

Expert Research:
Patrick B

Expert Research:
Michael H

Video by:
Joshua S

Test Fit:
Nicholas E

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