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  • SUV Tent Recommendation for a 2008 Subaru Outback
  • There's no reason the Rightline Gear SUV Tent with Rainfly # RL110907 that you referenced wouldn't work fit and work well on your 2008 Subaru Outback.
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  • Will Kuat NV Bike Carrier Clear Rear Bumper on 2000 Subaru Outback with Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch
  • On Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 36284 it measures approximately 6 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole back to clear the rear bumper on a 2000 Subaru Outback Wagon. The Kuat NV, # N102 for 1-1/4 inch hitches, sticks out 7-1/16 inches to the nearest part of the carrier when folded up and 9-1/2 inches when folded down so it will clear the rear of the Outback.
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  • Roof Cargo Basket for a 2009 Subaru Forester with Naked Roof and Thule AeroBlade Roof Rack
  • Curt cargo basket # C18115 might fit if the Thule AeroBlade crossbars were not as wide as they are. But they are just a little too wide for the Curt hardware to fit. The bar spread, center to center distance between the bars, is 28 inches for the Thule AeroBlade system on your 2009 Subaru Forester with naked roof. The RockyMounts basket # RKY1054 will fit because the hardware will fit bars up to 4-3/4 inches wide which will compensate for the fact that fits a minimum spread of 27-1/2...
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  • What is the Widest Point of the Rhino-Rack SQR Quick-Release Rooftop Bike Carrier
  • The widest point on the Rhino-Rack SQR Quick-Release rooftop bike carrier # RBC011 is 4 inches. It will work with Rhino-Rack Aero/Sportz crossbars. See the diagram I made for you and the short video review.
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  • Will Thule Snowboard Rack # TH575 Fit X-C Skis/Ski Poles on 2015 Subaru CrossTrek with Aero Bars
  • I suggest you consider the Inno Magnetic Ski Rack # INMV276 because it can mount directly on your Crosstrek's roof - not on the AeroBlade rack - and would give you more flexibility in terms of where the skis and poles sit on the vehicle. The Thule Snowboard Rack # TH575 is designed to work on Aeroblade and other crossbar styles and is intended specifically for one or two snowboards, not skis. I confirmed with my contact at Thule that this item, despite being good on use of space, is...
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  • Trunk-Mount Bike Rack Recommendation for 2014 Subaru Legacy Sedan with Spoiler
  • Rear spoilers can make for tricky bike rack fits, but the clever folks at Hollywood Racks designed 2- and 3-bike racks that will work perfectly on vehicles like your husband's 2014 Subaru Legacy sedan that has a rear spoiler. Their 2-bike # HRF2 and 3-bike # HRF2-3 both feature a unique arched frame design that extends up and over a rear spoiler to prevent this feature from interfering with rack installation. I have linked a video for each carrier to illustrate installation. If you...
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  • What Size Trailer Hitch Receiver is Available for 2015 Subaru WRX
  • When it comes to a trailer hitch receiver for your 2015 Subaru WRX, a 1-1/4 inch Class I hitch, part # C11408, is the only one available. A 2 inch hitch is not available for the 2015 Subaru WRX. If you are planning to use the hitch to transport bicycles, I have attached a link to our bike racks that are compatible with the Class I hitch. If you are interested in a different hitch mounted accessory, please feel free to send me an email with that information and I would be happy to make...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for 2015 Subaru Outback w/ 1-1/4 Inch Factory Hitch
  • Because the hitch pin hole in the receiver of your OEM hitch on your Subaru is closer to the receiver opening than usual, there aren't many bike racks that will work well in that hitch. Thule states that the center of the hitch pin hole can't be any closer to the front of the receiver tube than 1-1/2 inches. If it's closer, they don't recommend using their racks because there's not going to be enough of the rack's shank in the receiver to hold it securely. The Let's Go Aero, part...
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  • Replacement Threaded Hitch Pin For Tow Ready Hitch Mount Bike Carrier
  • If you have a 2 inch shank on Your Tow Ready Bike carrier the replacement threaded hitch pin you need is part # P5901. This is a 5/8 inch pin that includes the threaded pin and clip to hold your bike secure in the trailer hitch. If you want a locking hitch pin I recommend part # S64027. This is also the threaded hitch pin for a 2 inch receiver. This comes with 2 keys and has a protective cover to keep dirt and debris out of the lock.
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  • Replacement Threaded Hitch Pin For Tow Ready Hitch Mount Bike Carrier
  • If you have a 2 inch shank on Your Tow Ready Bike carrier the replacement threaded hitch pin you need is part # P5901. This is a 5/8 inch pin that includes the threaded pin and clip to hold your bike secure in the trailer hitch. If you want a locking hitch pin I recommend part # S64027. This is also the threaded hitch pin for a 2 inch receiver. This comes with 2 keys and has a protective cover to keep dirt and debris out of the lock.
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  • Troubleshooting Tail Lights on Trailer Only Work When Running Lights Are Turned Off
  • I tend to think it's a ground issue or potential short on your vehicle side wiring. Make sure that the vehicle side and trailer side connectors are clean and free of corrosion inside and out. The main connector ground should be attached to clean and corrosion free bare metal surfaces. Also, I would check the grounds for each of your tail lights. If the trailer has an aluminum frame, tilt bed, or folding tongue, any of these things can interrupt the ground. Running jumper wires from the...
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  • How to Install a Brake Controller in a 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • If installed properly a brake controller like the Prodigy P3 # 90195 would not cause any damage to any components of your vehicle. If anything it will help preserve the life of your vehicle's brakes as it will help slow down the vehicle when towing a trailer by allowing the trailer to do some of the braking. You will need to start with a 4-way (if you do not have one). For that you would want the # C56040 for a non-Sport model and part # C56111 for a Sport model. From there you would...
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  • Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation for 2007 Subaru Forester with 1-1/4-Inch Class II Hitch
  • The hitch type we offer for the 2007 Subaru Forester is indeed a 1-1/4-inch Class II, such as the Curt # C12038 which is rated for 350-lbs tongue weight (TW) and 3500-lbs towing capacity. A Class II hitch does allow use of a hitch-mount bike carrier with up to a 5-bike capacity. Sometimes it is helpful to use a bike carrier with more capacity than you actually need - say a 4-bike rack for transporting only 3 bikes - since this can allow for easier loading and provide extra space between...
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  • Kuat Sherpa # S101 vs Saris Freedom SuperClamp 2 Bike Rack # SA4025
  • When it comes to a battle of build quality and features between the Kuat Sherpa, # S101, and the Saris Freedom SuperClamp 2 Bike Rack, # SA4025, the winner in my opinion is Kuat. Although the Saris Freedom SuperClamp 2 Bike Rack, # SA4025, is a great bike bike, the Kuat Sherpa, # S101, just seems to be built to higher quality standards. Another feature that sets it apart for me is the tilting feature which allows you to tilt the carrier down with bikes loaded for full access to the truck/hatch...
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  • 2-Inch Trailer Hitch for 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon for Saris Freedom Superclamp Bike Rack # SA4026
  • The Saris Freedom SuperClamp 4 Bike Platform Rack # SA4026 that you referenced fits 2-inch hitches and when folded up in its storage position provides 5-inches of clearance from the hitch pin hole to the nearest part of the rack. The three compatible hitches offered for your 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon are 2-inch Class III types like the Curt # 13390, which is the one I recommend for its greater clearance at your bumper. With this hitch installed you will be able to use your Saris Freedom...
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  • Hitch and Trailer Wiring Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • For a 2 inch hitch that has been confirmed to fit your 2015 Subaru Forester you would want the Draw Tite Hitch part # 75876. This has been confirmed as a fit for your vehicle and would work well. When installed it will be mostly out of plain sight, check out the picture I attached that shows it installed. This hitch would have plenty of capacity, but you would still need to abide by towing capacities of your vehicle as well. Since you said you have a 1,500 lb capacity you would need...
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  • Bike Rack and Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Kuat Sherpa # S101 is a great bike rack that would work well for you on your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon. All you would need is a hitch. For that I would recommend the Hidden Hitch part # 87568 as it has been confirmed to fit your vehicle and is our most popular option we carry.
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  • Availability of Seat Covers for 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • The 2013 and 2014 model yeas of the Subaru XV Crosstrek are both part of the vehicle's 4th generation and so a universal-fit seat cover like the 3D Universal Fit Bucket Seat and Headrest Protector # UA314209 will work on both, as well as on a wide range of other vehicles. You can compare the cover's dimensions - 58-1/4-inches tall x 23-1/2-inches wide - to your seat's dimensions to verify that they will fit to your satisfation. Currently there are no custom-fit seat covers offered...
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  • Availability of Seat Covers for 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • The 2013 and 2014 model yeas of the Subaru XV Crosstrek are both part of the vehicle's 4th generation and so a universal-fit seat cover like the 3D Universal Fit Bucket Seat and Headrest Protector # UA314209 will work on both, as well as on a wide range of other vehicles. You can compare the cover's dimensions - 58-1/4-inches tall x 23-1/2-inches wide - to your seat's dimensions to verify that they will fit to your satisfation. Currently there are no custom-fit seat covers offered...
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  • Trunk Mount Bike Carrier for a 2014 Subaru Forester and Linus Dutchi Bike
  • Because of the spoiler at the top of your 2014 Subaru Forester's rear hatch I recommend going with a different trunk mount carrier that won't put any stress on that spoiler. Take a look at the Hollywood Racks Over-The-Top carrier # HRF2-3. This carrier ahs an extra arm piece that moves the straps up and over the spoiler so no stress is put on it. I have linked a video showing how it works. The Linus Dutchi bike should not be a problem as long as it weighs 35 pounds or less. Otherwise...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback
  • The Hidden Hitch part # 87568 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit for your 2015 Subaru Outback and has a 600 lb tongue weight rating so IT has enough capacity for towing your trailer, but if the vehicle ends up having a lower tongue weight capacity than the hitch you have to go with the lower of the two ratings as the overall capacity since you are only as strong as your weakest towing component. Basically you will need to figure out the weight of your trailer when it will...
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  • Best Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • All of the hitches we offer for the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek will mount with the hitch opening below the bumper. The best option we carry would be the Curt hitch part # C13135 as it has a 2 inch opening that will give you more capacity and flexibility for towing and hitch accessories. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Roof Rack Crossbar Spread is Too Narrow on 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon to Carry Bikes/Cargo
  • That 13 inches on center is pretty much not good for anything. It is too short for cargo boxes and too short for most bike carriers. At this time there are no roof rack options that you can use so the best solution I can offer is a roof rack on wheels. For this you will need a trailer hitch such as # 87568, ball mount kit # 989900, and lighting # 118467. Then for a roof rack on wheels we have a few options: # RRT60 with bars that are 60 inches long and 2 inches wide (may not work...
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  • Install Procedure for Curt Class I # C11286 Trailer Hitch on 2015 Subaru Impreza Hatchback
  • According to my Curt representative, the install procedure for the # C11286 Curt Class I hitch hasn't changed from the 2014 model year to the 2015. This particular hitch is a fit for 5 door hatchback models with single exhausts only. The Curt hitch warranty stipulates that a stabilizing strap like part # 18050 be used on all non-trailer loads like bike racks or cargo carriers. The problem is that on many vehicles, there isn't a convenient place for the strap to attach to the vehicle...
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  • Trailer Brakes Pulse On and Off when Stepping On Brake Pedal on 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • Any time there is a problem with a brake controller when using the brake pedal the first thing to check is the connection on the red brake controller wire. It has to be connected to a brake switch wire that only has power when the brake pedal is pressed and not at any other time (such as with the head lights or turn signals). On your vehicle it is likely a brown wire with a white stripe. There could also be a wire that is related to the ABS (anti-lock braking system) and that might be...
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  • Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • I checked with Thule and the FitDial number you should use for the Thule Passage part # TH910XT is the 10 setting when using it on your 2015 Subaru Forester. This bike rack has been confirmed to fit your 2015 Subaru Forester so it should work well for you once you get it set up properly.
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  • Can Rear Hatch Be Opened on 2009 Subaru Outback with Bike Loaded on Thule Doubletrack
  • The Thule Doubletrack bike carrier # TH990XT is not really meant to be tilted down with a bike or bikes loaded. But even if it were it is very unlikely you would be able to open the rear hatch on your 2009 Outback with the bike loaded. The T2, # TH917XTR, for 1-1/4 inch hitches or # TH916XTR for 2 inch hitches can be tilted down with a bike loaded. This carrier does stick out a bit further than the Doubletrack and it is more possible to tilt it down loaded and be able to open the rear...
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  • Will Swagman Upright Roof Bike Carrier # S64720 Fit 2006 Subaru Outback Wagon Roof Rack Crossbars
  • Yes, the Swagman Upright Roof Bike Carrier # S64720 will fit the factory roof rack crossbars on your 2006 Subaru Outback Wagon. In fact we have an installation video showing this rack in use on your same vehicle. Please see the link provided for you. A drawing of the carrier is provided as well.
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  • Recommended Hitch-Mounted Bike Carrier For 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon For 4 Bikes
  • The Yakima Four Timer Platform Rack, part # Y02469, would be a great bike carrier for your 4 bikes on the back of your Subaru Outback Wagon. This bike rack features adjustable wheel cradles and padded hooks on the masts to accommodate almost any style and size bike. Since the rubberized hooks grip the bike by the frame, it works great for bikes with fenders too. This carrier tilts away from the vehicle even when loaded allowing access to the rear cargo area, and folds up when not in...
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  • Best Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for 2010 Subaru Outback
  • The trunk mounted bike rack I would recommend for your 2010 Subaru Outback is the Thule Raceway Bike Rack part # TH9001PRO. This is the nicest trunk mounted bike rack around. What makes this rack far superior to the others is the attachment system. It uses 4 retractable coated steel cables to attach to the vehicle rather than 6 nylon straps like other racks. This makes installation quick and easy and the cables also last longer. The cables store inside the rack so there are no loose...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2008 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • I couldn't tell if you meant to say that you are looking for just a hitch bike rack, or for a bike rack option while you are towing your camper trailer. If you are looking for just a bike rack the Swagman XTC2, part # S64670 is one of the most popular racks because it's so easy to use, and because the rack has an angled shank that would raise the bike rack up by three inches providing additional ground clearance. Because of that, this is the rack I'd recommend for you. The rack includes...
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  • How to Charge a Trailer Battery with a Vehicle with a 4-way
  • To charge the battery on your trailer that has a 7-way with your 2013 Subaru Outback that has a 4-way on it currently you can use the # 37185 that you referenced, but you will need to run the black wire of the adapter up to the battery with 10 gauge wire like part # 10-1-1 (sold by the foot) through a 40 amp breaker like part # 9510. This will activate the circuit required to charge your trailer battery. I attached a video that covers how to install a brake controller in a similar...
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  • Will the Thule Passage Trunk Mount Bike Carrier Fit a 2010 Subaru Forester
  • The Thule Passage trunk mount bike carrier # TH910XT is listed as a fit for your 2010 Subaru Forester. No additional parts are needed to install the carrier on your vehicle. If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical men's bike would) then I recommend using bike adapter bar # 64005. This will allow you to carry those bikes more level and will provide better ground clearance. I have to use these adapters and without them...
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  • Will the Thule Big Mount Roof Bike Carrier Fit a 2005 Subaru Impreza Outback with Oval Crossbars
  • There isn't an adapter to fit the Thule Big Mouth bike carrier # TH599XTR to oval bars unless they are the Thule AeroBlade or Rapid Aero bars. Then you would use adapter # Xadapt2. For a similar carrier that is a direct fit to the Subaru crossbars (if you have the Subaru roof rack) use the Thule Sidearm, # TH594XT. This carrier holds the bike at the front wheel. I have linked a video review of this carrier for you.
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  • Availability of Roof Foot Pack for Thule Square Load Bars on a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The roof railing foot pack you will need to complete the setup of the Thule square load bars like # THLB50 is part # TH450. The Thule One-Key system lock cylinders # TH544 will have 4 keyed-alike lock cylinders and are compatible with your Thule roof rack. I included a few videos and informative article for you too.
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  • Spare Tire Bike Rack for Rear of Travel Trailer
  • Even though tire mounted bike racks aren't rated to be used on the rear of trailers due to the extra bouncing around they would experience, we do have a solution or two that would work for you. Swagman's Around the Spare Mighty Rack part # S80500 has a two bike capacity and is specifically designed for use on a travel trailer, if the trailer has a 4 or 4-1/2 inch continuously welded steel square tube bumper. If your travel trailer has some exposed frame members on the trailer tongue,...
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  • Will the Thule Force XL Cargo Box Fit a 2015 Subaru Outback without Rear Hatch Interference
  • The Force XL cargo box # TH625 requires at least 53-5/8 inches from the bar center to the seam between the roof and hatch so it will not fit since you have 51 inches (unless you don't mind the hatch and cargo box making contact with each other which is not recommended). The Sonic XL, # TH635B, would fit because it requires just 50-7/8 inches (a tight fit). The Sonic L, # TH634B will fit requiring just 43-7/8 inches. You can also use Force box # TH624 which needs just 41-7/8 inches,...
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  • Fit of Trunk-Mount 2-Bike Rack for Use on 2015 Subaru Forester with Electronic Liftgate Option
  • Some trunk-mount bike carriers' straps will install on certain vehicles like your 2015 Subaru Forester in such as way that they might block one of more of the lift gate sensors. This happens to be the case with the Thule Passage 2 Bike Carrier # TH910XT. But we do have other excellent options for you! Yakima's KingJoe Pro 2 Bike Rack # Y02624 and their KingJoe 2 # Y02619 both avoid this issue and offer features like the anti-sway StableCradle system to hold your bikes steady and heavily...
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  • Hitch to Bumper Clearance with Hidden Hitch # 87568 Installed on 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Proper fit of hitch mount accessories like bike and cargo carriers is affected by the amount of clearance at the back of a vehicle. Some of these carriers need more clearance than others. In the case of the Class III Hidden Hitch # 87568 when installed on your car the end of the receiver tube will be about 3-inches from the back of the bumper cover. The hitch pin hole will be 4-1/2-inches from it. Please refer to the linked video at the :20 second mark for illustration of these dimensions. If...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Impreza Hatchback
  • For your 2015 Subaru Impreza Hatchback with a single exhaust I would recommend the Hidden Hitch trailer hitch part # 60303 as it has been confirmed to fit your vehicle and because it comes with a ball mount and a pin and clip. To complete your towing setup you would only need the # 19256 for a 1-7/8 inch ball or a # 19258 for a 2 inch ball. For the hatchback model you would need to contact a Subaru dealer for trailer wiring as their isn't an aftermarket solution yet.
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  • Hitch Recommendation to Carry 4 Road Bikes on a 2002 Subaru Outback Wagon L.L. Bean Edition
  • In order to transport 4 road bikes on a long distance trip with your 2002 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition, I recommend installing the Curt Class II Trailer Hitch Receiver, # C12270, and using the Softride Element Parallelogram Tilting 4 Bike Rack, # SR26248. The Softride Element Parallelogram Tilting 4 Bike Rack, # SR26248, is one of my favorites because it is loaded with great features. This bike rack will allow you to access the rear cargo area of your Outback while the bikes are...
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  • Does Curt Easy Mount Bracket 58000 Work with U-Bolt Style Anti-Rattle Devices
  • You are correct. The Curt Easy Mount bracket # C58000 would not allow you to also use an anti-rattle device such as # RM-061 that has to clamp around the hitch receiver. You could go with an alternative anti-rattle device such as # 63232. Or a different mounting bracket for a 7-Way such as # 18159. I have linked video reviews on the anti-rattle device and the mounting bracket for you.
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  • Does Thule Stacker Come with One Bow/Stern Tie Down for Single Kayak
  • The Thule Stacker kayak carrier, # TH830, which you referenced, comes with 1 pair of ratcheting tie downs, 2 bow/stern straps, and buckle protectors. To carry 2 kayaks you will need additional tie-downs for the bow and stern like part # 853-5466, and straps like part # 753-2030-02. This rack is compatible with 10 foot kayaks. I have included a product demonstration video and a link to installation instructions for you to check out.
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  • Can Heat Shield Be Retained When Installing Trailer Hitch On 2015 Subaru Forester
  • Per the installation instructions for the trailer hitches we offer for a 2015 Subaru Forester, the heat shield must either be removed or modified when installing a hitch. For Hidden Hitch part # 90228, the instructions say the heat shield must be trimmed or discarded after trimming when the hitch is installed. For Curt hitches like part # C13144 or part # C12100, the heat shield must be permanently removed for hitch installation. If you plan to remove the hitch when you return your...
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  • Is the Yakima RocketBox Pro 14 Waterproof, External Dimensions
  • Roof mounted cargo boxes are weather resistant, but not waterproof. Under severe weather conditions it is possible that some moisture could get into the box. If you have something that absolutely cannot get wet, then we recommend putting it in a waterproof package first such as a sealed plastic bag before loading it in the carrier. The external dimensions of the Yakima Cargo Carrier part # Y07192 that you referenced is 74" long x 33" wide x 16" tall.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Forester with Factory Hitch
  • Subaru factory 1-1/4 inch hitches are pretty bizarre in their design because of the very short distance from the center pin hole to the outside edge of the hitch. Yakima is currently the only rack manufacturer that we recommend for the Subaru OEM hitches so for a 4 bike rack that would work well for you I would recommend the RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack # Y02458. Since you have a Class I hitch you would be limited to only carrying 2 bikes. If the Outback you end up going with has a Class...
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  • Where Does a Trailer Wiring Harness Plug Into on a 2014 Subaru Outback
  • Subaru can put the factory connector in different locations on the same year vehicle. The only reason I can think of for them to do this is that different assembly plants have the line set up slightly different and on some models in is on the passenger's side, others it is on the driver's side, and still others it is located up at the front of the vehicle behind the passenger's side kick panel. Also please note that none of the harnesses will fit if your 2014 Outback is a Sport model.
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  • Recommended Roof Rack system for a 2015 Subaru Legacy with no Existing Rails or Crossbars
  • For your 2015 Subaru Legacy with no existing rails or crossbars, I recommend the Rhino-Rack RS2500 roof rack # RRRS633 (silver) or # RRRS633B (black) because it's lightweight due to the aluminum construction, aerodynamic and is very economical. We may have roof racks under $300 in the future, but there isn't any at this time. The roof rack # RRRS633 (silver) or # RRRS633B (black) is close in price and still a economical cost. The included pads and clamps are specifically designed for...
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  • Additional Components Needed to Flat Tow 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek with Roadmaster Sterling Tow Bar
  • The five basic components required for flat towing are a tow bar, safety cables, wiring or lighting, base plates for the towed vehicle and a supplementary braking system. All of these items are explained in detail in the linked article. Some vehicles will require specific preparation steps to make them ready for towing and some even require addition of items such as a transmission lube pump so it is important to check the owner's manual for your 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek. You'll want...
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  • Install for Curt # C13144 and Hidden Hitch # 87654 Class III Hitches on 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The installation instructions for both hitches state that the access hole might need to be enlarged. The reason for this is that the size of the block washers that fit up into the vehicle frame member can vary a bit, as can the diameter of the access hole in the vehicle frame member. If the block washer won't fit up through the access hole, the hole will need to be slightly enlarged. You can use a rotary tool or die grinder as shown in the hitch install instructions or even a cold chisel....
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  • Best Box for 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon Carrying 74 inch Skis
  • In order to determine which cargo boxes will fit your 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon and not interfere with the rear hatch you will need to take one measurement. First, if the crossbars on the factory roof rack can be moved, move the front bar as far forward as it will go. Then measure from the center of the front bar straight back to the seam between the roof and the top of the rear hatch. This is a critical measurement. It is possible that none of the boxes that will fit without hatch interference...
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  • Do Ratcheting Straps Connect on SportRack Foam Kayak Carrier Connect to the Door
  • I spoke with my contact at SportRack and she said when using the SportRack Foam-Block-Style Kayak Carrier, # SR5525, on your 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon you will run the blue ratcheting straps through the door. I have included a photo which shows the ratcheting straps as they will appear when run through the door.
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  • Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller Showing 0.0. Error Code
  • The flashing 0.0. indicates that the power of the controller is turned all the way down. Try adjusting the power up a bit higher, as described in the instructions on page 2. You can check where the power is set by actuating the manual brake switch on the remote. If the display reads 0.0, turn up the power a bit. If this isn't the problem, please let me know and we'll look into some other possibilities.
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  • What Class of Hitch Should I Use To Tow Motorcycle Trailer With 2013 Subaru Forester
  • I recommend going with a Class III hitch like the Curt Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 13147, for your 2013 Subaru Forester. A Class III not only offers you the highest towing capacity available for your Forester but it is also more versatile when it comes to the availability of hitch mounted accessories since it provides a 2 inch receiver opening. Since you plan on doing some towing I have included an article that covers the steps to choosing the correct ball mount for your set-up....
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  • Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Carrier for 2015 Subaru Outback with Factory Class I Trailer Hitch
  • The Class I OEM trailer hitch on your 2015 Subaru Outback has created some interesting problems because the pin hole is so close to the face of the receiver. But I do have a solution for you. Please note on a Class I trailer hitch you will be limited to 2 bikes. Ordinarily, most Yakima bike racks will not fit in a Class I hitch because the shank from the pin hole to the near end of the shank is longer than on many other Class I compatible racks. But for the Subaru OEM hitch, Yakima...
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  • Can Lights from a European Thule Bike Carrier be Added to a US Thule Bike Carrier
  • I have a possible option for you but bike carriers in Europe have to have lights on them but they do not in the US. Also, a European trailer connector is very different than a US connector so you would not be able to plug the lights in. If you are willing to modify the bike carrier you could use a light kit such as # TL29BK or perhaps # EZT20B could be used.
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • For a trailer hitch I would recommend the Curt Hitch part # C13135 as this is a Class III hitch with a 2 inch opening. Class III hitches have more accessories available for them and have higher capacities than Class II or Class I so when available I always recommend Class III hitches. The Swagman XTC2, part # S64670 is one of the most popular racks because it's so easy to use, and because the rack has an angled shank that would raise the bike rack up by three inches providing additional...
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  • Will Yakima SweetRoll Kayak Carrier Fit 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon with Factory Roof Rack
  • I checked with Yakima and yes, the Yakima SweetRoll Kayak Carrier # Y04074, which you referenced, is a confirmed fit for your 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon with factory roof rack. With this carrier your kayaks will simply roll up from the back of the Outback to make loading and unloading extremely easy. I have included a video review of this carrier for you to check out.
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  • Can 2014 Subaru Outback Sunroof be Opened to Vent Position with Rola Cargo Basket Installed
  • What you can do is put your sunroof in the vent position and then look to see if it comes up further than the bottoms of the crossbars on the 2014 Subaru Outback roof rack. If it does not then you will likely be able to put the sunroof in the vent position. Generally speaking we recommend not opening the sunroof at all when something is loaded on the roof. The Rightline cargo bag, # RL100E20, would be a good fit for the Rola basket # 59504. It would fill up most of the free space...
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  • Recommended Replacement Mounting Hardware for Thule 250 Cargo Box on 2001 Subaru Outback Roof Bar
  • Since Thule and SportRack are sister companies many of their replacement parts kits for cargo boxes like your 20+ year old Thule 250 will work with their other products. It may be necessary on occasion to maybe drill a new hole in the box to accommodate the new hardware but this is easy to do, does not compromise the box in any way and any extra holes can be easily sealed up with a product like Loctite RTV # LT37467 or silicone caulk available from your local hardware store. Thule no...
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  • Will Kuat Trio Roof Bike Rack # TR02 Fit Roof Rack on 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • As long as the roof rack crossbars on your 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek are not larger than 3-1/2 inches wide x 1-11/16 inches tall and have a spread of 19-5/8 to 50-3/16 inches, the Kuat Trio Roof Bike Rack, # TR02, will work for you. I have attached a short video for you.
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  • Trunk Mount Bike Carrier for a 2007 BMW 325i Convertible and 2015 Subaru Outback
  • We do not have a video showing the Thule Passage trunk mount bike carrier # TH910XT on a 2007 BMW 325i convertible but it is a confirmed fit for that vehicle. I have also included a link to the trunk mount carriers that will fit your 2015 Subaru Outback.
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  • Best 2 inch Hitch Recommendation for a 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • For your 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon I would recommend the Hidden Hitch part # 87568 over the Curt Hitch part # 13390 because the Hidden Hitch has higher towing capacities and because it does not require the use of a stabilizer strap like part # 18050 when used with a non-supported load like bike rack or cargo carrier.
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon for Thule T2 Bike Carrier
  • On a 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87568 and Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75673 measure 5-1/4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole back to clear the bumper on a 2012 Subaru Outback. We have not installed the Curt hitch # 13390 on a 2012 model. But on a 2011 it measured 3-1/2 inches, on a 2014 it was 3 inches, on a 2015 it was 3-1/2 inches, and on a 2010 it was 4 inches. Based on all of this information it would seem the Curt hitch would be the best option....
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  • Recommended 4-Pole Trailer Wiring Harness for 2009 Subaru Impreza Sedan
  • We do offer a trailer wiring harness for your 2009 Subaru Impreza Sedan, Curt custom-fit harness # 56061. This wiring installs at your taillights with snap-together connectors and requires only one wire, the 12V power wire to the battery, to be spliced. The linked article explains how to route that one wire. The written instructions are linked for you as well. The 4-pole trailer wiring harness you referenced, Tow Ready # 118467, is a fit for several Subaru models including the Forester,...
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  • Canoe Carrier Options for a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • If your 2015 Subaru Outback has the factory roof rack with crossbars that run side to side then you can use the Yakima KeelOver, # Y04069, as a direct fit. If your Outback does not have factory crossbars then you can use a carrier designed for naked roofs such as # S65155 or # SR5528.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2007 Subaru Outback Wagon V6 LL Bean
  • The Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 87446 would be a great choice for your LL Bean version of your 2007 Subaru Outback Wagon with a V6. We had a customer come back and say this hitch fit his V6 model and that the exhaust of his vehicle didn't interfere with the install. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Installing Curt Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13147 on 2012 Subaru Forester
  • Although I do not have specific recommendations for installers in your area, when it comes to installing the Curt Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 13147, on your 2012 Subaru Forester this is fairly simple so any local mechanic should be up for the job. I have attached a video to give you an idea of what the install entails.
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  • 1/4 to 2 Inch Hitch Receiver Adapter and Anti-Rattle Needed for Bike Rack on 2015 Subaru Outback
  • Let's start with a hitch adapter. If your 2015 Subaru Outback is equipped with an aftermarket hitch, you could convert the 1-1/4 inch hitch opening to a 2 inch opening with the Brophy Hitch Adapter, # HTAD. In addition you will also need Pin and Clip, # PC2. Now for something to ensure that the adapter is tight and doesn't rattle, the No-Rattle Trailer Hitch Wedge, # 93347. This little device wedges itself between the hitch receiver and the adapter to take up any play to eliminate irritating...
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  • Yakima Roof Rack Recommendation for a 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon with Factory Crossbars
  • The only safe recommendation I can make for you would be to install the Yakima Roof Rack that consists of part number # Y00408, # Y00239, # Y00214 on your 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon as there is no safe way I can recommend you modify the cargo box you have to fit the larger crossbars of your vehicle.
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  • Pro Series 63153 Cargo Carrier and Accessories for 2015 Subaru Outback
  • You can certainly load the Pro Series # 63153 up a few feet, but as you said, you'll want to stay under the roof line. I'd highly recommend the # 59516 light kit and the # 9653P 12 inch extension. Keep in mind that the # 63153 is only compatible with 2 inch receivers. Your cargo can be held in place with a cargo net or tie down straps, depending on what you're carrying. I've linked you to the straps and nets we have available. A locking hitch pin like part # 40107 would be a great...
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  • Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2013 Subaru Impreza Sport with Spoiler
  • For your 2013 Subaru Impreza Sport hatchback with a rear spoiler the only trunk mounted bike rack I can recommend is the Hollywood Racks Over the Top part # HRF2 that is specifically designed for use on vehicles with spoilers. This would be a great option that would work well for you. Check out the review video I attached for more info. 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...
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  • Trouble Tightening Hitch Pin With Saris Bike Rack On 2006 Subaru Outback Wagon With Factory Hitch
  • It sounds like the problem might be the safety chain loop on the factory hitch on your 2006 Subaru Outback Wagon. Since the hitch pin bolts for the Saris Bike Racks are specifically designed for the Saris racks, the only option is to use the boot designed for the bike rack. If you have a long enough socket and extension, using a ratchet may be a little easier to use. The only other way to effectively tighten the bolt is to use an open end wrench on the bolt.
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  • What Happens to the Heat Shield of 2014 Subaru Forester When Installing a Hitch
  • Actually Curt says that to install their hitch part # C13144 that you referenced you can either remove or trim the heat shield of your 2014 Subaru Forester. The same goes for the Draw Tite hitch part # 75876 that you also mentioned. I attached install videos for both hitches.
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  • Where is the Plug on a 2008 Subaru Outback Wagon for Trailer Wiring Installation
  • The plug is behind the driver side taillight. You will need to remove several interior panels to access it. To see where the plug is for installing the Curt Wiring Harness part # C55370 check out the video I attached. It's for the Tow Ready version of the harness # 118461. The install will be the exact same.
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  • Hitch Availability for a 2013 Subaru Impreza
  • The only hitches we offer for your 2013 Subaru Impreza are Class I 1-1/4 inch hitches like the part # C11286 which will fit if you have a hatchback with single exhaust. Class III 2 inch hitches are only used on vehicles with higher capacities like trucks and SUVs. I attached a page that has all of the hitches we offer for your 2013 Subaru Impreza.
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  • Hitch Adapter Recommendation for Converting 1-1/4 inch Hitch to 2 inch Hitch
  • Yes we do. The part # HTAD is an adapter designed to adapt a 1-1/4 inch hitch to a 2 inch hitch. You should note that adapters like this cut the capacity of the hitch they are used on in half. I attached a review video for this adapter plus a help article on adapters like this for you to check out as well.
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  • 50 mm Hitch Ball Recommendation for a 2 inch Trailer Hitch
  • The only 50 mm hitch ball we offer is the part # 63912 with a 3/4 inch diameter shank that would only fit 1-1/4 inch ball mounts, but a 2 inch hitch ball translates to 50.8 mm. Which is very close. Since you have a 2 inch hitch your best option would be a 2 inch hitch ball like the part # A-90 and a ball mount like the # 40330 for if you need a 1 inch rise or 2 inch drop. If you need a different rise/drop you would want to check out the help article I attached on how to pick out the...
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  • Fairing Recommendation for Factory Crossbars on a 2013 Subaru Impreza STI
  • The Thule fairings like part # TH871XT that you referenced will only fit Thule square load bars. The best option I could make for you would be the Rhino Rack fairing part # RRRF2, this fairing will fit 1-1/4" tall x 3-1/2" wide crossbars so as long as yours fit those dimensions it could work for you. This fairing is 38 inches long, you will want to match the width of your roof line with the length of the fairing you go with. I would measure the width of the flat part of your roof...
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  • 2011 Subaru Outback with Factory Crossbars Thule Roof Rack Recommendation
  • I checked with Thule and for your 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon with factory installed cross bars the recommended roof rack is part # TH45050. This rack does not attach to the crossbars of your rack though, it actually attaches to the raised side rails. For a bike rack the Thule Prologue part # TH516 would be a great option. Check out the review video I attached.
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  • How Many Tie-Down Straps Are Needed To Secure 2 Kayaks With The SportRack Kayak Carrier
  • The # SR5323 kayak carrier has a total of 2 straps included. Those are designed to be used to secure the kayaks to the carrier. You do need a bow and stern tie-down for each kayak so you would need a qty of 2 of the # SR0704. That would give you enough straps to secure the kayaks to the carrier and also the bow and stern straps needed to secure the kayaks to the vehicle.
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  • Installing Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch and Pro-Series Cargo Carrier for 2012 Subaru Legacy Dual Exhaust
  • The Draw-Tite 1-1/4 inch Class II receiver hitch # 36493 will fit your 2012 Subaru Legacy with dual exhaust and can handle a Pro Series cargo carrier # 63155. Lowering the dual exhaust is necessary to install the trailer hitch as well as trimming the heat shield a bit. Those are the only two things necessary as you install the Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 36493. If you don't have your mind set on the trailer hitch and cargo carrier above, another option to consider is going with a Class-III...
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  • Will Saris Bones 2 Trunk Bike Rack # SA805 Fit 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Yes indeed! The Saris Bones 2 trunk-mount bike rack # SA805 and also the 3-bike version # SA801 are confirmed fits for your 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon. Both Saris racks carry a limited lifetime warranty and are USA-made. Each includes great features for your car and bikes, like an arched design that fits over most spoilers, ratcheting anti-sway straps and articulated rubber feet and vinyl-coated hooks to protect the car's finish. Even if you only need to transport 2 bikes you might consider...
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  • How to Pick Between the Yakima HoldUp Bike Rack for 2 inch Hitches and the 1-1/4 inch Version
  • The Yakima Hold Up part # Y02445 for 1-1/4 inch hitches would not be any more or less stable than the 2 inch version of the rack, part # Y02443. Either would work great depending on what size hitch you have. The best way to pick between the two would be to go with the one that is designed to fit the hitch you have on your vehicle. I attached a help article on hitch sizes for you to check out as well.
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  • Whispbar Roof Rack Options for a 2011 Subaru Outback with Factory Side Rails
  • Yes, you can mount a Whispbar roof rack to a 2011 Subaru Outback with the factory side rails that run front to back. For low-profile bars that are integrated into the feet for a more OEM appearance use # WB-S44. For bars that still have that OEM appearance but sit up higher you can use # WB-S5 with fit kit # WB-K328. And if you want through-bars where the ends of the bars stick out past the feet you would use # WB-S16 with fit kit # WB-K328.
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  • Tie-Down Recommendations For 2 Kayaks On 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The SportRack Kayak Carrier, part # SR5323 does come with 2 tie-down straps to secure the kayak to the carrier. You will want additional tie-downs like part # SR0704 to secure the 2nd kayak to the carrier. You will then need tie-downs to secure the bow and stern for each kayak. The # SR0704 comes with 2 straps, one for the bow and one for the stern. For 2 kayaks you will need a qty of 2. Since it is often difficult to find a suitable place to secure the straps to a vehicle I recommend...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for 2015 Subaru Forester XT Looking to Haul Bikes w/ Thule Apex Bike Rack
  • When it comes to a hitch for your 2015 Subaru Forester, I recommend the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 87654. This hitch is economically priced and does not require the use of a stabilizing strap. Now for your Thule Apex 4 Bike Rack, # TH9025, a wonderful choice I might add. This bike rack measures 7 inches from the hitch pin hole to the foot of the carrier. Since we have installed the Hidden Hitch Receiver, # 87654, on a 2015 Forester we know that there is 6-1/2 inches from...
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  • Is MaxxTow Ramped Carrier # MT70106 Compatible with Curt Class III Hitch # 13147 on 2009 Forester
  • The MaxxTow Ramped Carrier # MT70106 is compatible with your 2-inch Curt Class III hitch # 13147 and will easily clear the rear bumper of your 2009 Subaru Forester. It's 48-inch ramp will make it easy to load your snow machine. Since this carrier's inside width is 28-inches it will accept your 26-inch-wide snowblower with no problem. Do note that your hitch warranty requires you to use a stabilizing strap like # 18050 or similar item to help take some of the weight burden off the receiver...
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  • What is the Width of the Bracket on a CE Smith Bunk-Style Guide-On for Boat Trailers
  • I went to our warehouse to get the CE Smith bunk style guide-on # CE27660 and provide you the measurement you need. The width of the bracket the bolts go through is 3-7/8 inches. I made a short video and diagram for you too.
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  • Recommended 2-Kayak Carrier for Use on Factory Roof Rack Crossbars on 2015 Subaru Outback
  • We offer both individual kayak carriers like the Thule Hull-A-Port Pro # TH835PRO that you referenced and 2-kayak carriers that will fit the factory roof crossbars on your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon. I've linked the page showing you four options in a 2-kayak carrier that will fit factory bars. Using one carrier will slightly reduce the weight load on the roof, by eliminating the weight of a complete second carrier. This may be an important consideration depending on the vehicle's roof...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon 3.6R Limited
  • The Hidden Hitch part # 87568 would be an excellent choice for a trailer hitch for your 2011 Subaru Outback 3.6L Limited. This hitch has more more attachment points to the vehicle than the comparable Curt hitch (total of 6 versus 4 for the Curt product). The Curt hitch also requires use of a stabilizing strap for all non-trailer loads: bike racks, cargo carriers and so forth. Because I prefer more attachment points to the vehicle, I would lean toward the Hidden Hitch. If you plan on...
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  • What Bike Rack Dimensions are Used to Determine if a Rack will Clear Vehicle Bumper
  • You are on the right track for sure. On a hanging style bike rack you would want to look at the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the foot of the carrier for clearing the bumper since that will be where the rack would be relative to the bumper. The exception to this would be for like the Thule Apex part # TH9025 which has a locking knob that is closer to the pin hole than the foot. This rack has a distance of 7 inches from the pin hole to the foot of the rack and then...
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  • Best Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • I checked with Thule and they have tested their Raceway PRO Bike Rack part # TH9001PRO on a 2015 Subaru Forester and have confirmed it as a fit without any spoiler exclusions to the fit. What makes this rack far superior to the others is the attachment system. It uses 4 retractable coated steel cables to attach to the vehicle rather than 6 nylon straps like other racks. This makes installation quick and easy and the cables also last longer. The cables store inside the rack so there...
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  • Roof Rack Recommendation that will Fit 2013 Subaru Impreza Sport and 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • If both vehicles you referenced (2013 Subaru Impreza Sport and 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon), had raised side rails the Thule Roof Rack part # TH45050 for a square bar or part # TH7502-TH7503 for an aero shaped bar would fit and work well. I can't guarantee that a 2016 Subaru would have the same roof rack configuration though.
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  • Are the Mounting Brackets of the Swagman Enforcer part # S64704 Adjustable
  • I spoke to my contact at Swagman and the mounting brackets of the Swagman Enforcer part # S64704 that secure it to crossbars are both adjustable. Both the front and rear brackets can move forward and back to accommodate various crossbar spreads.
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  • Will Curt Trailer Hitch 11120 Fit a Base Model 2013 Subaru Impreza Hatchback with Single Exhaust
  • Curt trailer hitch # C11120 is only listed as a fit for 2011 Impreza hatchbacks with quad exhaust and 2012 to 2014 WRX/WRX STi hatchback models with quad exhaust. It hasn't been tested or confirmed to fit a base model. I wouldn't say it is more hidden than Curt hitch # C11286 which fits the single exhaust hatchback models. On both vehicles/hitches, only the receivers are visible. I have included a picture showing hitch # C11286 on a single exhaust hatchback model for you. I think...
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  • Yakima Roof Bike Rack and Kayak Carrier Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon OEM rack
  • I checked with Yakima and the Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier # Y02098 has been confirmed to fit the factory crossbars of your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon. This is a fork mounted bike rack that would work well for you. I attached an install video for you to check out. For a kayak carrier the Yakima HullRaiser part # Y04038 has also been confirmed to fit your roof rack and would work well. You will need to check the owners manual of your vehicle for the roof capacity and be...
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  • Will Hollywood Racks Truck Bed Bike Carrier Fit 2005 Subaru Baja Truck
  • The Hollywood Racks Truck Bed Bike Carrier, part # HRT970 may be just the thing you are looking for. This fork mount carrier has a 9 mm skewer that lets you load and unload easily. This is designed for bikes that have quick-release front wheels only. This can be attached to any solid surface and will hold one bicycle. You will need to make sure that the 2x4 is placed so that it does not move about in the bed of your truck. I have attached a link to a product review video you can...
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  • How to Charge Vehicle Battery While Blue Ox Patriot is Being Used
  • To prevent battery draining on a towed vehicle we typically recommend the battery disconnect part # RM-765. This will disconnect the towed vehicle's battery while being flat towed and will charge the battery as well. This taps into the running light circuit (brown wire) of the 4-way you have on your vehicle for tow bar wiring. Basically when you are flat towing you will turn on the running lights of your tow vehicle and the battery of your vehicle will disconnect from it's circuits and...
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  • Would the Kuat Beta # B202-2 fit 2 inch Hitch of a 2014 Subaru Forester
  • The Kuat Beta # B202-2 that you referenced would work great in the 2 inch hitch of your 2014 Subaru Forester. The newer Subaru 1-1/4 inch hitches do have issues fitting hitch bike racks and require the use of Yakima bike racks, but the 2 inch hitches like what you have would work just fine.
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