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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 then 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 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, Crosstrek and Outback but it is...
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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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  • Trailer Hitch Fits for a 2007 Subaru Impreza Wagon for Use with Hitch Bike Rack
  • We offer several options in a light-duty 1-1/4-inch Class I hitch for your 2007 Subaru Impreza Wagon and all can be seen on the link provided. Each shares the same tongue weight (TW) and gross trailer weight (GTW) ratings, 200-lbs and 2000-lbs respectively. One of these three, the Curt # C11318, will fit STi models while the others do not. If you do not have the STi then I suggest Draw-Tite # 24710 as it is lower in cost than the other option and since it does not require you to use...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Hidden Hitch part # 87568 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon so I would recommend it for you. The install video and process would be the exact same as in the 2014 Subaru install video that I attached.
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  • Towing a Trailer and Carrying Bikes at the Same time on a 2003 Subaru Forester
  • Indeed there are some solutions that will allow you to use a bike rack and tow a trailer at the same time. First, if your 2003 Subaru Forester has a Class III trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver opening you could use multipurpose ball mount # D210. But it looks like the hitches for the vehicle are all Class II hitches with 1-1/4 inch receivers. So to be able to carry bikes and tow a trailer at the same time you would either need to install a roof rack and carry the bikes on the roof...
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  • Can the Swagman XTC Bike Carrier Fold Up for Storage
  • The Swagman XTC bike carrier # S64670 can fold up. The legs can fold up to the center making it easier to store the rack. the center mast can also fold down. I have included a picture that shows how the legs fold up to the middle. I have also linked a video review of this rack for you.
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  • Comparing the Thule Sonic XXL and Yakima Skybox Pro 21 Cargo Boxes for 2014 Subaru Outback
  • Since the Yakima Skybox Pro 21, # Y07198, is shorter at 92 inches than the 100-1/2 inch long Sonic XXL, # TH636B, I give the clearance advantage to the Skybox. But like you were saying neither box would allow the rear hatch to open fully. The Skybox Pro is going to be the newer version of the SkyBox series of boxes. It features upgraded, stronger materials and aerodynamics from its predecessor though the boxes are still very similar. I would go with the Pro because it is a tougher box. I...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
  • From the research I did it looks like the 2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport is a hatchback with a single exhaust. Which for a hitch I would recommend the Draw Tite Hitch part # 24886. All of the hitches available will have about the same visibility as the others but what is nice about this hitch is that it doesn't require a stabilizer strap like the part # 18050 when used to carry a non-supported load like a bike rack. I attached an install video for the hitch for you to check out as well.
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  • Trailer hitch and Wiring for a 2005 Subaru Impreza
  • The shipping weight of Curt trailer hitch # C11318 is 27 pounds and the large box and packing materials used can't weigh more than 3 to 5 pounds so you are looking at a 25 pound hitch give or take a few ounces. I have included a link to a video showing installation for you. If you will be towing with the hitch the correct ball mount to use is # C45022. For a 1-7/8 inch ball use # C40001 and for a 2 inch ball use # C40018. For trailer wiring use # 119179KIT. If you want to use the...
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  • Will the Thule Roadway Bike Rack fit a Draw Tite Hitch 36493
  • The Draw Tite Hitch part # 36493 that you referenced is also a 1-1/4 inch hitch so your Thule Roadway part number 912XT that is designed for a 1-1/4 inch hitch would work well in it. I attached an install video for the hitch for you to check out as well.
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  • Will the Yakima DoubleDown Bike Carrier Fit a 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon and 4 MTN Bikes
  • First for a trailer hitch the most popular option is Hidden hitch trailer hitch # 87568. When we installed this hitch on a 2010 Subaru Outback wagon it measured 6 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole back to clear the rear bumper. The Yakima DoubleDown, # Y02424 measures 11-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright mast so it will clear the bumper and fit your Outback. In order to lock the bikes to the rack and the rack to the trailer hitch...
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  • comparing the Yakima ForkLift, Thule Circuit, and Rocky Mounts TieRod Roof Bike Carriers
  • Wind noise is not really something you would want to use to factor in when purchasing a roof mount bike rack. With a bike on the rack, it won't matter because the bike is going to create a lot of drag. And when not carrying the bike you should take the rack off of the roof rack. But I would give a slight edge to the Thule Circuit, # TH526. The bullet rounded front and curved "tray" would create less drag. In terms of which is the easiest to use I would give the edge to the Yakima ForkLift,...
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  • Yakima Roof Mount Bike Rack for a 2014 Subaru Impreza 5-Door with Factory Crossbars
  • The Yakima Viper bike rack # Y02000 is not a fit for the Subaru crossbars on your 2014 Subaru Impreza 5-door. But for a Yakima fork mount bike rack that is a fit you can use the ForkLift, # Y02098. I have linked a video review of this bike rack for you.
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  • Do Frame Holes have to Be Enlarged to Install Curt Trailer Hitch on 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • You need to use the mounting hardware that is included with Curt trailer hitch # C13135 or it will void the hitch warranty. The access hole only MIGHT need to be enlarged. It is possible that you will not have to enlarge it at all. If you do need to enlarge the hole and choose to drill (or any other method that can remove paint/coating from the frame) then you should be able to prime and paint over it after the hardware is run through the access hole. Or Subaru might have small batches...
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  • Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Brake Controller # 90195 Installation on 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Brake controller installation on your 2015 Subaru Outback wagon with dual exhaust will indeed be essentially the same as for a 2014 model year. The Prodigy P3 # 90195 will install using a hardwire install kit # ETBC7. This requires that your Outback have a working 4-pole wiring harness in place. If you do not have one you will need to add part # 118467 to the install kit and controller to complete your installation. I have linked a video and an article to illustrate the installation process.
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  • Weight of Curt Hitch for a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The Curt Hitch part # C13144 that you referenced weighs 35 lbs. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Can Yakima SkyBox Pro 16s Cargo Box # Y07196 & 2 Roof Bike Carriers Fit 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Yakima SkyBox Pro 16s Cargo Box # Y07196 measures 36-inches wide at its exterior. I checked the specs for your car's factory roof rack but the crossbar side-to-side length is not noted on the Subaru website, only the roof's 150-lb maximum weight capacity. Please take note of this. Odds are pretty good that your 47-lb cargo box plus the weight of your two bikes and their carriers will approach this limit, but once you start loading cargo into the Skybox you will likely exceed the...
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  • Will Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 87568 Fit 2015 Subaru Legacy with Dual Exhaust
  • I spoke with my contact at Hidden Hitch and yes, Trailer Hitch, # 87568, will fit a 2015 Subaru Legacy with dual exhaust. You will just need to temporarily lower the exhaust system on both sides on the vehicle by removing the two rubber isolators from the muffler hangers and one below rear axle. Spraying the hangers will allow for easier removal.
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  • Will Swagman Semi 4.0 Bike Carrier Fit when Folded Up or Down on a 2014 Subaru Outback
  • With Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87568 installed on your 2014 Subaru Outback you should have approximately 4-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole back to clear the rear bumper. The Swagman Semi, # S64696, measures 12 inches from the center of the pin hole to the nearest part of the rack when in the down position. So definitely no clearance issue there. When folded up it measures 5-1/4 inches to the nearest part of the rack. This will provide enough clearance a well so the...
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  • Availability of a Class III Hitch That Fits Both 2000 and 2015 Subaru Outback
  • We do offer options in a Class II hitch for your 2000 Subaru Outback wagon (but no Class III), and in both Class II and Class III types for the 2015 model year Outback Wagon, but no one single hitch fits both vehicles. It is very rare for a single hitch product to fit two vehicles whose model years are well over 10 years apart. The links provided for you will show you the hitch options for each vehicle. We offer three options in a Class II for the 2000 as long as it is NOT the sport...
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  • Roof Cargo Basket and Cargo Bag Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback with Factory Rack
  • I checked with Yakima and they list the Yakima LoadWarrior Roof Rack Cargo Basket # Y07070 as a fit for your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon with factory crossbars so I would recommend it for you. For a rainproof bag that would fit this basket well I would go with the Pro Series Cargo Bag part # PS63605. Check out the review video I attached for more info.
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  • Will the Yakima KeelOver fit Crossbars of the 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • I checked with Yakima and they list the Keelover part # Y04069 as a fit for the factory crossbars of your 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon so I would recommend it for you. As long as the weight of your canoe is less than the roof capacity of your vehicle this should work well for you.
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  • Brake Controller Installation in 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon with Factory Tow Package
  • Brake controller installation in your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon with factory tow package will be a straightforward process and we offer plenty of resources to help you through the install steps. Since your Outback wagon has the factory tow package it should have a 4-pole flat trailer connector at the rear bumper. Please see the linked photo for illustration. If you have a 4-pole on the car now all you need to add is a brake controller install kit # ETBC7 and the controller of your choice. The...
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  • How to Transport Bikes with a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon Towing a Trailer
  • Since the hitch on your vehicle is a 1-1/4 inch the best option we have that I could recommend for you would be a roof rack mounted bike rack setup. Which if you don't have crossbars that run from side to side on the roof of your vehicle you will first need to start with a roof rack solution like the part # TH45050. Then for a bike rack the Thule Paceline Roof Mounted Bike Rack # TH527. This is a fork mounted bike rack that would work well and wouldn't interfere with towing your trailer...
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  • Front Floor Mat Recommendation for a 2001 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Husky Liners floor mats part # 44035 that you referenced are a universal fit item that have been confirmed as a fit for the floor mats of your 2001 Subaru Outback Wagon. Because of that they will not closely match the contours of the floor of your vehicle. For a set of mats that I can guarantee will fit perfectly in the floorboards of your vehicle I would recommend the # HL34033 as these are custom fit for your vehicle specifically.
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  • Will SportRack Kayak Carrier Fit Factory Roof Rack on a 2014 Subaru Forester
  • To determine if the SportRack kayak carrier # SR5323 will fit the factory crossbars on your 2014 Subaru Forester you will need to take a couple of measurements. First measure the width of the bars. If they are 3 inches wide or less then the carrier will fit the bars. Next measure the distance from the center of one bar to the center of the other bar. The minimum bar spread you can safely use the carrier on is 24 inches. Additional tie downs, # SR0704, are recommended and may be required...
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  • Hitch Adapter Availability for a Curt Hitch # C12038 to Allow 2 inch Bike Rack to be Carried
  • We offer adapters like the part # HTAD that will allow you to carry a bike rack designed for a 2 inch hitch with a hitch with a 1-1/4 inch opening, but you should note that when you use an adapter like this the capacity of the hitch will be cut in half. The # Curt Hitch part # C12038 that you referenced has a tongue weight capacity of 350 lbs and has been confirmed to fit your vehicle. So as long as the weight of your bikes and rack are less than 175 lbs this adapter would work for you. A...
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  • Is it Necessary to Plug Holes of Frame After Hitch Install on a 2014 Subaru Outback
  • You would not need to plug up the install holes used to install a hitch like the part # 87568 on your 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon. It would be extremely difficult to get water up in the vehicle frame with the plugs removed as the hitch hardware will be in its place. We have sold a ton of this hitch and have not had any feedback that mentioned water getting trapped in the frame and creating rust issues. Check out the install video I attached for more info.
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  • Takeda Cold Air Intake System for 2014 Subaru Outback
  • In many instances, the stock intake does indeed draw warm air from the engine compartment, but this isn't the case with your Outback, which has an intake that's ducted to the grille area. This being said, you'll still get up to a 7HP/6 ft-lb torque gain because the Takeda # AFETR-4303P is less restrictive than the stock air intake. The mandrel-bent intake tube is larger in diameter, which allows more air to enter the intake more quickly. Also, most stock air intakes have baffles intended...
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  • Will the Yakima SwingDaddy 4-Bike Rack fit a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The Yakima SwingDaddy # Y02464 will fit your 2015 Subaru Forester as long as you have a 2-inch trailer hitch but you don't want to exceed your maximum tongue weight capacity of your trailer hitch. Check your owners manual to be sure, but based on my research, it looks like your tongue weight should be around 150lbs which is 10 percent of the gross towing weight of 1,500 pounds. Note that if your Forester has the factory hitch (1-1/4 inch) the bike rack will not work. With that said,...
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  • How To Release Tension On Strap For Erickson Multiplier Ratchet Tie-Down
  • The operation of the Erickson Tie-Downs with the Multiplier Ratchet like part # EM58512 and part # EM58511. I have attached a video that shows how the tie-down is used to tighten and also release the tension. You can check out the attached photo of the Multiplier Ratchet with some of the features pointed out. The release lever is pulled up to disengage the ratcheting handle. As the video shows, to lock it in position after tightening you would pull the release lever and move the handle...
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  • How To Release Tension On Strap For Erickson Multiplier Ratchet Tie-Down
  • The operation of the Erickson Tie-Downs with the Multiplier Ratchet like part # EM58512 and part # EM58511. I have attached a video that shows how the tie-down is used to tighten and also release the tension. You can check out the attached photo of the Multiplier Ratchet with some of the features pointed out. The release lever is pulled up to disengage the ratcheting handle. As the video shows, to lock it in position after tightening you would pull the release lever and move the handle...
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  • Possible Replacement Frame Cradle for an Allen Bike Rack
  • What is the diameter of the arms on your bike rack? With that info we may be able to find something that could work. Most bike racks have 1 inch diameter arms and the Thule part # 853-7887 would work as a cradle with the # 853-5834 as a strap and a # 853-7758 for a anti-sway cradle.
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  • Would the Rockymounts Euro PitchFork Roof Bike Carrier # RKY1103 Fit a 2000 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Rockymounts Euro PitchFork Roof Mounted Bike Carrier # RKY1103 that you referenced has t-bolts that are 1-3/8 inches by 7/8 of an inch. If those dimensions are compatible with the track system of your Subaru Outback then this bike rack should work well for you.
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  • Best Trunk Mounted 3 Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2012 Subaru Forester
  • For your 2012 Subaru Forester the Thule Passage 3 Bike Carrier part # TH911XT that you referenced has been confirmed to fit. For the best 3 bike rack that has been confirmed to fit your vehicle I would recommend the Thule Raceway 3 part # TH9002PRO instead. 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...
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  • Are Torque Specs for Hitch Installs Important to Follow
  • I can only safely recommend you torque the install bolts of the Draw Tite Hitch part # 75560 to the figures that are listed in the install instructions, but it would be safer to have the bolts tighter than spec as opposed to not as tight. If there is anyway you can verify that you have the correct torque on the hardware by maybe finding a better torque wrench that would be your safest and best option. I attached an install video for you to check out for more info.
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  • Distance From Hitch Pin Hole to Bumper Curt Hitch # C13144 Installed on 2015 Subaru Forester
  • Sounds like you are looking for the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole of the Curt Hitch # C13144 out to the furthest point out on the rear bumper of your 2015 Subaru Forester. When we installed this hitch on a very similar 2015 Forester as yours we found that dimension to be right at 6-3/4 inches. Check out the install video and picture I attached that shows this measurement.
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  • Most Recommended Trunk Mount Bike Rack for 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The trunk mounted bike rack I recommend most often is the Thule Raceway, part # TH9001PRO, which is compatible with your 2015 Forester. The thing that makes the Raceway stand out from other trunk mounted bike racks is the way it attaches to the vehicle. Rather than 6 straps that need to be tightened and loosened in order to install or remove the rack, the Raceway uses 4 retractable cables that can be tightened or loosened with the twist of a knob. The adjusting knobs can be locked, which...
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  • Carrying Bikes and Towing Pop-Up Camper with 2015 Subaru Forester
  • In order to carry bikes as well as tow, you'll first want to install a trailer hitch. Using a Class III hitch like the Draw-Tite # 75876 with the more common 2 inch receiver tube opening will provide you with the most flexibility in the future, as there's many more hitch accessories available for the Class III hitch. Even though you have a hitch in place, you could still use a trunk mounted rack, but I'd recommend a hitch mounted rack, because it'll be much easier to install and remove...
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  • Cargo Box Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester with Factory Crossbars
  • The factory crossbars of your 2015 Subaru Forester were designed for having cargo attached directly to them. I checked with Thule and the cargo boxes part # TH636S and # TH635S have been confirmed to fit your crossbars and would work well. There would be not need to bypass your factory crossbars as you have a more than adequate setup for carrying cargo as-is. I attached a couple review videos for you to check out a well.
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  • Using Wheel Straps to Tie Down a 2013 Subaru BRZ to a Trailer
  • If a wheel net is properly installed and the right size for the tire then you wouldn't have to have hooks at each end. But it would be more secure and at the very least provide more peace of mind. We do have wheel net # 12755 which does have hooks at each end for tires up to 25 inches in diameter. If your 2013 Subaru BRZ has 215/45-17 tires then they would be just under the maximum diameter for this wheel net. Another option is to use a tie down system with an axle strap, # 08504-05....
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2007 Subaru Forester to Carry a Motorcycle
  • The only trailer hitch available for your 2007 Subaru Forester are Class II hitches with 1-1/4 inch receivers. But the Curt option, # C12038, has a high enough tongue weight capacity at 350 pounds. You would just need a carrier that fits a Class II hitch. And you will also want to check the vehicle owners manual for the tongue weight capacity of the vehicle. Whatever is lower, the hitch or the vehicle, is the capacity you need to go by. If you can tell me the size of the motorcycle you...
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  • Recommended Locking Roof Rack Carrier For Surfboard On 1998 Subaru Forester
  • We do have a locking carrier that will work for your surfboard as long as it is not wider than 34 inches. I recommend the Thule SUP Taxi Stand-Up, part # TH810XT. This can hold up to 2 boards. This system has 4 One-Key System locks that secure the boards to the carrier, and the carrier to your crossbars. This has a weight capacity of 165 lbs. The other option would be the Thule Hang Two Surf Carrier, part # TH554XT. This has a universal mounting system and will work fine with your...
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  • Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • Between the two bike racks you referenced the Thule Hitching Post part # TH934XTR would be the better rack as long as you have a 2 inch hitch. If you check out the test course video I attached you will see that it handles bumps quite well without much movement at all. Since you don't plan on carrying 4 bikes with this rack I would recommend you pull off a set of the frame cradles. This will give the bikes extra space to prevent bumping together, and you'll have a spare set of cradles and...
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  • Recommended Class III Hitch for Carrying Bike Rack on 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • When you're planning on using a hitch for a bike rack, and you're trying to determine if the two will be compatible, the important measurement is the distance between the hitch pin hole and the furthest rearward part of the bumper. The FAQ article I've linked shows how to take this measurement. I checked out the 1UP USA racks, and saw that they're all compatible with the 2 inch receiver provided by a Class III hitch, so that's what I'm recommending you go with. The 2 inch receiver has...
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  • Compatibility of Yakima HullRaiser Kayak Carrier With Factory Crossbars on 2015 Subaru Outback
  • If you have the HullRaiser Aero model, part # Y04038, it will mount directly to the factory bars of your Outback. If you have the standard HullRaiser, part # Y04039, you'll need the # Y8860031 conversion kit. You'll need two kits for each kayak. I've confirmed this with my Yakima representative.
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  • Measurement From Center of Hitch Pin Hole to Edge of First Wheel Cradle on the Kuat Sherpa 2 Bike
  • The Kuat Sherpa 2 # S103 measurement from the center of the hitch pin hole to closest edge of the wheel cradle (folded up position) is 5-1/8 inches. In the useable position, the measurement from the center of the hitch pin hole to closest edge of the wheel cradle is 10-inches. See the diagrams I included showing you multiple measurements of the Kuat Sherpa 2 and an installation video too.
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  • Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester with Electric Liftgate
  • Yakima has stated that their KingJoe Pro part # Y02624 has been confirmed as a fit for your 2015 Subaru Forester with a powered lift gate so I would recommend it for you. As long as the spoiler is a factory spoiler it would work just fine. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well. 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...
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  • Can Electric Drum Brakes be Added to a Utility Trailer
  • It can be possible to add electric drum brakes to an existing trailer that does not have them. The linked article explains in detail. The trailer will need to have or be fitted with brake flanges, the brake assemblies and hub/drums of matching dimensions and trailer wiring to support the brake circuit. The tow vehicle will have to be equipped with a trailer brake controller and a suitable trailer socket to match the one on the trailer. Typically trailers with brakes use a 7-way RV-style...
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  • Hitch Ball Recommendation for Use with Curt Hitch # C113183 on a 2005 Subaru Impreza
  • The Curt Hitch part # C113183 that you referenced comes with a ball mount and a pin and clip. To add a ball you can use # 19256 for a 1-7/8 inch diameter or # 19258 for a 2 inch diameter. Both of these balls have 3/4 inch diameter shanks. For trailer wiring use # 56146KIT.
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  • Is Rear Fascia Trimming Required to Install Curt Hitch # C11315 on a 2011 Subaru Impreza Sport
  • For your 2010 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport, I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch, # C11315, that you have referenced. This has been confirmed to fit your vehicle and there are no install notes that require any trimming of the rear fascia. I also checked the linked installation instructions and there is no mention of fascia trimming there as well. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2001 Subaru Forester
  • For your 2001 Subaru Forester there are only hitches with 1-1/4 inch openings available for you. 2 inch hitches are usually reserved for larger vehicles like trucks and SUVs. I attached a help article on hitch sizes for you to check out as well. The most popular hitch we offer with other owners of 2001 Subaru Foresters is the Curt Hitch part # C12038. This is a 1-1/4 inch hitch but it should work just fine for you.
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  • How to Carry Two 70 lb Kayaks with a 2008 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • If the roof capacity of your 2008 Subaru Outback is 100 lbs there isn't a safe way you can carry two 70 lb kayaks. The only real option I would have for you would be an expensive one, but it would allow for easy loading and unloading. You will need a hitch like the part # 87446 so that you can tow a rack and roll Yakima trailer like part # Y08106. From there you would need a couple J-style kayak carriers like part # Y04042. To complete the towing setup you will also need the ball...
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  • Will the Thule T2 or Yakima HoldUp Bike Carrier Fit a 2015 Subaru Outback with 2 Inch Hitch
  • Since you have a 2 inch trailer hitch on your 2015 Subaru Outback, both the Thule T2, # TH916XTR, and the Yakima HoldUp, # Y02443, will fit the 2 inch hitch. But to determine if there will be enough clearance for either rack to clear the rear bumper there is a measurement you will have to take. Measure from the center of the hitch pin hole straight back to the distance required to clear the rear bumper on the Outback. If that distance is less than 7-7/8 inches either rack will fit. I...
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  • Can Pro Series Hitch-Mount Cargo Basket Work on a 2013 Subaru Legacy Sedan with 2-Inch Hitch
  • The Pro Series Hitch-Mount Cargo Basket # 6502 will fit into any 2-inch hitch, including the Class III hitch available for your 2013 Subaru Legacy Sedan. (Note that your car could also be fitted with a smaller 1-1/4-inch Class II hitch.) There are just a couple of things to keep in mind as you consider a hitch-mount accessory like the Pro Series carrier. One is clearance at the back of the vehicle. You can measure from your hitch pin hole to the rear-most part of the vehicle to determine...
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  • What Is The Weight Of The Trailer Hitch That Fits 2015 Subaru Legacy
  • The trailer hitch I recommend for your 2015 Subaru legacy is the Hidden Hitch, part # 87568. This is a Class lll hitch and has a 2 inch receiver opening. The hitch itself weighs about 35 lbs. since we have not installed this on a 2015 Legacy I cannot tell you how much clearance you will have on your specific vehicle. it would depend on the vehicle suspension, tires, etc. We have installed this hitch on a 2011 Legacy and the clearance from the top of the hitch to the ground was 10 inches....
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  • New Trailer Tire Recommendation for a Haul-Master Folding Trailer with 5.30-12 Tires
  • The tire sizes 4.8-12 and 5.3-12 are very similar and often used on similar applications. As I'm sure you are aware, the 5.30-12 tires are just a little wider and they have slightly higher weight ratings. Since you are already using 5.30-12 tires, I recommend staying with that same size. A wider tire will have better ground contact and using a slightly stronger tire certainly won't hurt anything, especially if you are loading the trailer to the maximum weight capacity a lot. The Kenda...
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  • Can Whispbar Roof Rack On 2015 Subaru Impreza Handle 2 Whispbar Kayak Carriers
  • I went to our warehouse and measured one of the Whispbar Kayak Carrier, part # WB-400. The carrier measures 18-1/2 inches end to end. I have attached a photo of the carrier with the dimension noted. Since the # WB-401 measures 23 inches long when it is flat and 19-1/2 inches long in the cradle position, you would need at least 43 inches of crossbar space to be able to mount these two carriers at the same time. The Whispbar roof rack system I find for your 2015 Subaru Impreza use...
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  • Will Yakima LoadWarrior Roof Baasket Fit OEM Crossbars On 2011 Subaru Forester
  • The Yakima LoadWarrior Roof Rack Cargo Basket, part # Y07070 does come with a universal attachment system that allows it to be able to fit most crossbars. This basket weighs 25 lbs and has a weight capacity of 140 lbs. The outside dimensions of this basket are 44 X 39 X 6-1/2 inches. Another nice cargo carrier is the Rola Roof Cargo Carrier, part # 59504. This carrier will fit round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars that have a maximum dimension of 1-1/4 inch tall...
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  • 2015 Subaru Outback 4 Bike Recommendation for a OEM Hitch
  • Since you said your current 4 bike rack would require an adapter to be used on your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon I am guessing that your bike rack is designed for a 2 inch hitch and the hitch on your vehicle is 1-1/4 inch. 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...
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