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  • Compatibility of the Curt 2 Bike Platform Rack to Carry a Women's Bike
  • The Curt 2 Bike Platform Bike Rack, # C18084, uses cushioned sliding hooks to mount to the frame of the bike. These hooks will allow you to mount your women's bike on the Curt bike rack. The hook will slide down tight against the bike's frame to secure the bike to the mount. I have attached a picture of this bike rack with a women's bike mounted on the rack for you review. Also, depending on the model of trailer hitch you have installed on your 2013 Subaru Impreza, you may also need...
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  • Can Tire Chains be Used on a 2016 Subaru Forester and Do they Go on the Front or Rear Wheels
  • In the owner's manual for your 2016 Subaru Forester it states that you can use traction devices on the front wheels only just not actual chains. This means you can use cables, Snow Socks, or K-Summit chains that only go on the tread. You didn't mention the tire size you have so if they are 225/55-18 or 225/60-17 tires you can use cables # TC339DC or Snow Socks # TCH70. Or for K-Summit chains you can use # TH02230K45. If the tires are a different size let me know what they are and...
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  • Recommended Ski/Snowboard Carrier To Fit Factory Roof Rack On 2015 Subaru Impreza
  • For your 2015 Subaru Impreza, I recommend the Yakima FatCat 6 Locking Rooftop Ski and Snowboard Carrier - 6 Skis or 4 Boards, # Y03088, or the smaller version that allows for 4 skis or 2 boards # Y03087. This is one of our most popular models. It is a tool free installation with rubber-coated stainless steel mounting straps. The oversized push button allows you to easily open the carrier even while wearing gloves. Ultra-soft padding on the inside of arms gently cradles your equipment...
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  • Mounting Old Thule Summit Cargo Box On Factory Roof Rack Of 2004 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • For older Thule Summit, I spoke with my contact at Thule and they said you will want to get the Thule Fitting Quick On/Off Box Attachment for Adventurer Cargo Box, # TH10377. This will work with protector pads, # TH05001, plate box support # TH10378, threaded carriage bolt # TH10403, and wingnut # TH04877. The replacement tie down bracket is # TH10375. The Replacement QM3 - Quick Mount Hardware - Extended Length Adapter Kit, # TH5075 isn't a confirmed fit, but may work.
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  • Installing Thule Roof Rack & Cargo Box on 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • If your 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon has flush mounted rails that run front to back and your bars are the Thule square type (at least 50-inches long) you can install them by using Podium foot pack # TH460 along with fit kit # THKIT4063. If your bars or roof are different please let me know the details and I will be glad to check for a different solution. Many Thule rooftop cargo boxes can be fitted with more than one type of mounting kit. Sometimes a slight modification may be needed. The...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Recommendation for 2017 Subaru Crosstrek
  • For your 2017 Subaru Crosstrek the wiring harness I would recommend is the part # 118467 which is a confirmed fit and because the Tekonsha brand of wiring harnesses has shown to be the most reliable of all of the kits we offer. It may not seem like it, but storing the trailer wiring on the interior of the vehicle is actually the preferred way. It keeps the connector dry so corrosion doesn't develop and you don't have to worry about debris on the highway damaging it.
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  • K Summit Tire Chain Recommendation for 2016 Subaru Outback 2.5 with Tire Size 225/60-18
  • I checked with Konig/Thule and actually both sizes are a confirmed fit for your tire size of 225/60-18. With tire chains we have found that there is a bit of overlap in what sizes some chains will fit since they are a bit adjustable. The K66 # TH02230K66 will be the larger set that would probably fit a bit easier as your tire size comes in on the smaller sizes of what the chains fit. The K56 # TH02230K56 will fit a bit tighter as your size is on the larger end of it's fit range. With...
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  • Blind Spot Mirrors For 2014 Subaru Forester
  • Custom blind spot mirrors are not available for your 2014 Forester but i do have a solution for you. We offer stick-on blind spot mirrors you can purchase. They come in various sizes and shapes so you can choose the mirror that best suits your need. I have attached a link to our product page that lists the mirrors we offer. If you want a round 2-inch mirror I recommend part # 49102. For 3-inch round mirrors that are adjustable I recommend part # KSC0600.
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  • Is Taillight Power Converter Included in Tekonsha T-One 4-Pole Wiring Harness 118467
  • For a 4-pole trailer wiring harness to go along with the Class II hitches made for your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, Draw-Tite # 36493 and Curt # C12136, you can use Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness # 118467. This kit does include a powered taillight converter that draws power for the trailer lights directly from the battery to ensure that your vehicle wiring cannot be overloaded by power demands from the trailer. The converter is the small black box integrated into the harness. You...
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  • Bike Adapter Bar with the Highest Weight Capacity Rating for 2 Cruiser Bikes
  • I wouldn't say black and red on the Yakima adapter bar # Y02531 is ugly but then again beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But yes, it is the only bike adapter bar that will have the capacity for a 40 pound bike. There are a lot of bike adapter bars and they are all pretty much the same. Capacities given usually match the per-bike capacity of the racks from the same manufacturer. Yakima is the oddball but it works out. At least the adapter bars will only be on the bikes when they...
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  • Can Kids Bikes be Carried on Thule Passage Bike Rack
  • Childrens bike typically have a smaller frames which can make mounting them on hanging style bike racks a challenge. Luckily there is an adapter available that makes this easier. The part # UB01 attaches to the steering stem and to the seat post and provides a wider attachment point for carrying the bikes easier. I attached a review video for this adapter for you to check out as well.
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  • Thule Mountaineer Lid Lifting Strut Replacement
  • The correct lid hinge for your Thule Mountaineer is the Replacement Dual Force Strut for Thule Roof Box, # TH14933. The Mountaineer is a discontinued product, so the only other parts we have are the Replacement Mounting Hardware for SportRack and Thule Cargo Boxes, # SR04952, I don't know if this includes the metal pieces you were referring to.
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  • Recommendation for Snow Tire Cables for a 2015 Subaru Forester Tires Size 225/55R18
  • For your 2015 Subaru Forester with 225/55-R18 tires, I recommend the Titan Chain Diagonal cable Snow Tire Chains, # TC339DC. These Titan chains are rated Class S and can be used on vehicles with restricted wheel well clearance. The cables use harden steel rollers and a cross pattern that provide excellent traction, stopping power, and a steady ride. The Titan cable chains meet the DOT requirements in all states. Remember, always consult your owner's manual for any additional information...
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  • Roof Basket to Fit 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek with Factory Roof Rack
  • The Thule Canyon XT # TH859XT is actually not a confirmed fit for your 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek but I do have a couple of options that are. For a Thule option the Thule Trail XT # TH864XT is a fit. This is an aluminum basket that clamps onto your factory crossbars. It has a bulit in fairing and can have Thule's One-Key System Lock Cores # TH544 added for security. Another option is the Yakima MegaWarrior # Y07080. This basket has a look more like the Canyon XT and is made of galvanized...
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  • Thule Hyper XL & Sonic XL Cargo Box Fits on 2007 Subaru Outback & 2013 Subaru Crosstrek
  • It is easy to find out if either the Thule Hyper XL # TH612 or Sonic XL # TH635B rooftop cargo boxes will fit your vehicles' factory bars and also allow your rear hatches to open without any interference. First, let's talk about bar fit. Both carriers have mounting hardware that will fit on factory crossbars up to 3-1/2-inches wide x 1-11/16-inches tall. Just measure your bars to confirm they are compatible with the mounting hardware. Second, we will consider the bar spread on each...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver For 2017 Subaru Outback
  • For your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, I recommend the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver Class III - 2" # 75673, which is not the same hitch. This is a very well made hitch with a sturdy square tube design and black powder coat to resist rust. It is a bolt on application, and I've attached an installation video for you on a 2017 model which will show you the procedure for installing this particular hitch receiver. This hitch is compatible with all accessories that have a 2 inch...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for 2015 Subaru Forester
  • There are a few trailer hitch options for your 2015 Subaru Forester. I recommend going with a Class III, 2 inch hitch, which will provide greater tongue and towing weight capacities as well as a wider variety of hitch mounted accessories to choose from. I recommend the Draw-Tite # 75876 as it does not require non-trailer loads (bike racks, cargo carriers, etc) to be supported by stabilizing straps. I have provided a video link demonstrating installation of this trailer hitch onto a 2015...
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  • Recommendation for Trailer Hitch and Wiring Harness for 2017 Subaru Forester
  • For your 2017 Subaru Forester we have two options for a Class III trailer hitch; The Draw-Tite # 75876 or the Curt # C13144. These two trailer hitches are very similar in that they are both Class III, 2 inch receiver openings with identical tongue and towing weight capacities. I recommend the Draw-Tite Class III # 75876 as you can use a weight distribution system with the Draw-Tite trailer hitch if needed. I have provided an installation video on a 2017 Subaru Forester so you can get a...
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  • Which Glacier Tire Cables Fit Tire Size 225/60-17
  • The correct tire cable you would need for your tire size of 225/60-17 is actually the part # PW1038 and not the number you listed. These do satisfy all DOT requirements for tire chains. You will want to check your owners manual for any tire chain restrictions as well.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for 2016/2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Subaru Outback changed enough between 2008 and 2016 that a hitch would not be able to fit both or be able to adapt to fit the other. The Draw Tite hitch part # 75673 is a fit for the 2016/2017 Outbacks and would be a great option. It's a Class III hitch with a 2 inch opening that is compatible with more hitch accessories than 1-1/4 inch hitch accessories.
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  • Are Included Washers with Swagman XTC2 Bike Rack Used
  • The washers aren't mentioned in the instructions (you aren't the first to notice this), but you do want to use them otherwise the rack will wobble quite a bit. We haven't really seen issues with the screws not wanting to tighten all the way. I would make sure you have everything as square as possible, that the screws aren't cross-threaded, and then gently tighten the screws. If there is resistance back the screw off after pushing past the resistance and then go further repeating that till...
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  • Recommended S-Class Tire Traction Devices for 2016 Subaru WRX with P245/40-18X Tires
  • The online edition of the owner's manual for your 2016 Subaru WRX notes on page 8-10 that low-profile S-Class tire traction devices can be used on the car's front axle only. It further states that you should use only devices rated by their manufacturer as suitable on your specific tire size. We do have options for your P245/40-18X tire size that are shown on the linked page. These do not include any of the ISSE snow socks, please note. If you are looking for low-cost chains that will...
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  • Trailer Hitch Extender or Adapter for a Factory 1-1/4 Inch Hitch on a 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • If you just need to extend the 1-1/4 inch receiver out then you can use extender # HES6. If you do need to go from a 1-1/4 inch to 2 inch then you can use # HTAD. But keep in mind that the use of an extender or adapter will reduce the tongue weight capacity of the trailer hitch by 50 percent.
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  • Can Aries Seat Covers be Used on a Vehicle with Heated Seats
  • The side of the Aries seat covers # AA3142G that make contact with the vehicle seats is made of a thermoplastic rubber so the heat from a heated seat would not be a problem. But as far as the heat transferring to your backside it would take longer and won't feel as warm. Also sometimes heat and thermoplastic can create some discoloration on vinyl or leather seats though cloth seats should still be fine if they are a darker color.
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  • Can Aries Seat Covers be Used on a Vehicle with Heated Seats
  • The side of the Aries seat covers # AA3142G that make contact with the vehicle seats is made of a thermoplastic rubber so the heat from a heated seat would not be a problem. But as far as the heat transferring to your backside it would take longer and won't feel as warm. Also sometimes heat and thermoplastic can create some discoloration on vinyl or leather seats though cloth seats should still be fine if they are a darker color.
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  • Replacement Hardware for Thule Adventurer Cargo Box on a 2017 Subaru Outback with Factory Roof Rack
  • The replacement hardware you need is the QM3 Quick Mount Hardware # TH04997.
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  • Location of Trailer Wiring Harness Connectors on 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The wiring harness # 118467 that you purchased plugs directly into the wiring of your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon. The connectors are located either behind a panel in the rear cargo area on the driver's side or in the spare tire compartment. You'll have to remove the paneling inside your vehicle to find the harness. The video I've attached shows the panels being removed and the harness at about the 3:00 mark. If you also need a ball mount to tow with your new Outback you might be...
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  • Comparing Yakima Skybox With Thule Sonic Rooftop Cargo Box On 2016 Subaru Outback
  • I'll give you a comparison of the Yakima SkyBox 18 Rooftop Cargo Box - 18 cu ft - Black Carbonite, # Y07336, and the Thule Sonic XL Rooftop Cargo Box - 17 cu ft - Glossy Black, # TH635B. These roof mounted cargo boxes are more similar than different. The obvious size difference only adds inches to the overall length and height. Both carriers have the aerodynamic design with strong ABS plactic, integrated locks, and internal anchor points. They fit the same variety of crossbars with...
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  • Tire Chain Recommendations for a 2014 Subaru Outback with 225/60R17 Tires
  • According to the owner's manual for the 2014 Subaru Outback you can use certain types of traction devices and only on the front wheels. The manual states you can't use chains but you can use what they call spring chains which are cable style tire chains. For your tire size, 225/60-17, you can use cables # PW1038. I also recommend rubber adjusters # PW105 to keep the cables tight and centered.
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  • Recommended 2-Inch Class III Hitch for Using Hitch Bike Rack on 2017 Subaru Forester
  • I recommend the Draw-Tite 2-inch hitch # 75876 for use with a 4-bike hitch rack on your 2017 Subaru Forester. This hitch does not require you to use a support strap for the bike rack as is required for the other hitch option, Curt # C13144. This Draw-Tite hitch includes all required mounting hardware for a no-drill installation. You can refer to the linked instructions and to the linked video to see the whole process. There is one important dimension to keep in mind for using a hitch...
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  • Can Kat's Engine Oil Dipstick Heater # KH15200 Be Cut to Fit
  • The instructions for the Kat's Engine Oil Dipstick Heater # KH15200 say that the heater needs to be submerged in at least 5 inches of oil for it to work properly. Since there aren't any shorter dipstick heaters if there is some extra slack sticking out, it will still work just fine. If you cut the dipstick heater it will not work properly.
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  • Recommended Flat Towing Set-up For 2002 Subaru Forester
  • For your 2002 Subaru Forester, I recommend starting with the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms, # 909-9. You may want the RoadMaster Black Receiver Inserts for XL and MXBrackets # RM-200-5, for when you don't have the tow bar installed. For a tow bar, I recommend the Roadmaster StowMaster Tow Bar - Car Mount - 2" Ball - 6,000 lbs, # RM-501. I also suggest the Roadmaster 64" Single Hook, Straight Safety Cables - 6,000 lbs, # RM-645. 2002 Subaru Forester Blue Ox Patriot...
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  • Tire Chains for a 2017 Subaru Outback with 235/65-17 Tires
  • I have included a link to all of the tire chains that fit the 235/65-17 tires on your 2017 Subaru Outback. That does include cables # PW1046. Cables are a solid choice if your owner's manual states that chains or traction devices with a Class S rating are needed because of limited clearance around the tires. I also recommend rubber adjusters # PW105 to help keep the chains tight and centered.
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  • Best Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendation for 2017 Subaru Crosstrek
  • I really like the Draw Tite Hitch part # 76084 which is confirmed as a fit for your 2017 Subaru Crosstrek. It's got the best towing capacities and has the best price. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well. For trailer wiring you then would want the part # 118467. I attached an install video for this for you to check out as well. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts;...
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  • Recommended Snow Chains For 2015 Subaru Forester With 225/60R17 Tires
  • I looked up the owners manual for your 2015 Subaru Forester, and it states that class S chains are acceptible and to use them on the front wheels only. The Thule Self-Tensioning Snow Tire Chains - Thule Standard Snow Tire Chains - Diamond Pattern - D Link - CB12 - Size 104 # TH01221104, are class S compatible and require 12 mm of internal clearance. These are great chains that will work well on your vehicle. They are easy to install and are a high-quality manganese nickel alloy steel. The...
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  • Compatible Tire Chains to Fit 225/55R17 Tires on a 2015 Subaru Legacy
  • Yes, the Titan Chain Diagonal Cable Chains # TC339DC is a confirmed fit for your 225/55R17 tires that are on your 2015 Subaru Legacy. These Titan Chains are Class S rated chains that are designed for vehicles with restricted wheel well clearance. When purchasing tire chains it is always a good idea to consult your owner's manual. The manual will offer more information and a listing of any restrictions on the use of tire chains for your vehicle.
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  • Will the Rola Roof Cargo Basket Fit a 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek with Factory Roof Rack
  • I did some checking and found that on the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek that has a factory roof rack the crossbars are spaced 27 inches apart on center. As long as each of those bars is no more than 2-7/8 inches wide then you can use the Rola cargo basket # 59504. The reason for this is that the Rola basket will fit certain crossbar spreads the closest of which to 27 inches is 26-1/4 inches. That is a 3/4 inch difference or 3/8 of an inch per bar. The mounting hardware fits up to 3-1/4 inch...
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  • Torque Wrench Broke During Hitch Installation so Should Bolt Torque be Checked and Adjusted
  • I spoke with my contact over at Curt. He said that if you have just recently installed the hitch then it is permissible to back the bolts out and re-torque them down to the amount specified in the instructions for # C121003. Instead of buying a whole new torque wrench you could use digital torque adapter # PTM206. Takes up a lot less space! If the hitch has been on for a while now and everything is working fine then he said not to worry about it.
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  • Tire Chain Options for 2015 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium
  • There are two stock tires sizes that came on the 2015 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium, P235/45-17 and P245/40-18, and we have tire chains for the P235/45-17 size that you can see by clicking on the linked page. For a cost-effective set of chains to have in the car just-in-case (or to meet a legal requirement) you may want to use the cable type chains like # PW1038. On the other hand, if you actually expect to have to install tire chains you may want to invest in a better set that will...
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  • Could Collapsible Dog Kennel by Impack Fit on Rola Roof Cargo Basket
  • The internal dimensions of the roof basket part # 59504 that you referenced is 48" long x 37-1/2" wide x 4" deep. That means your kennel would easily fit since it measure 40" long by 22" wide and 7-1/2" deep.
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  • Recommended Brake Controller And Wiring For 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The brake controller I recommend for your 2016 Outback Wagon is the prodigy P3, part # 90195. This brake controller is one of our most popular because it is easy to install and operate. For wiring you will need part # ETBC7. This plugs into your 4-way trailer connector and with additional wiring gives you a 4-way and 7-way connector at the back of your Subaru. I have attached a drawing that shows how the wiring is run when installing the # ETBC7 and a brake controller. I also attached...
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  • Dimensions on the Inno Grab Max Ski and Snowboard Carrier to Fit a 2007 Subaru Forester
  • According to the installation instructions, the Inno Grab Max Ski/Snowboard Carrier, # INA940, the minimum distance allowed between crossbars is 19-11/16 inches. You want the carrier to be mounted wide enough on your roof rack to allow the bindings of your skis and boards to fit in between the crossbars. The Inno carrier is designed to carry 6 skis or 4 snowboards, but also can carry a combination of the two. Inno states that you can carry up to 3 skis and 2 snowboards. For your application,...
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  • Raising the Height of a Cargo carrier on a 2011 Subaru Outback for More Ground Clearance
  • If your trailer hitch is a Class II that means it has a 1-1/4 inch receiver and # D210 will not fit since it is only for 2 inch trailer hitches. But if you meant that you have a 2 inch trailer hitch receiver opening then you can use the D210 multipurpose ball mount but it is possible that the ball mount part of it will make contact with the ground instead of your cargo carrier. If you do have a 1-1/4 inch hitch opening then you could potentially use # HT5R. However, the use of this adapter...
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  • Will Hayes Electronic Sway Control System Work With GM Vehicles With Integrated Brake Controller
  • The Hayes Sway Master Electronic Sway Control System, part # HA81775 will work with your enclosed snowmobile trailer. If you have an integrated brake controller on your GM vehicle I am sorry but they will not be compatible. There are some GM vehicles, either Chevrolet or GMC that have tow packages without the brake controller and the # HA81775 would work. So, bottom line is if you have a GM vehicle with an integrated brake controller the electronic sway control system will not work...
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  • Installing An Electric Brake Controller And Wiring Suggestions For A 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • For your 2015 Subaru Outback-Wagon, the only reason why we install wiring outside of the vehicle is because it is much easier to route the wire and the wire starts and ends on the outside of the vehicle so there is one less hole and no need to hide wire that may need to be inspected at a later date if there is a malfunction. Running wire inside a vehicle sounds easier than it is with all the panels and there is a greater possibility of pinching or crimping the wire so although you absolutely...
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  • Location Of The Connecting Harness For Curt T-Connector With 4-Pole On 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector, # C56040, plugs in with a simple connection in the rear of your 2017 Subaru Outback. Unfortunately, according to my tech contact at Curt, Subaru has not been consistant with where this plug is located. He said they have found them anywhere behind the rear seat to under the carpet near the spare tire, to even taped to the wires behind the tail light. The harness is consistent, but the location isn't other...
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  • Tire Chains Recommended for 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon with 2256R17 Tires
  • I was able to find an online edition of the owner's manual for the 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon. On page 8-12 it indicates that tire chains are not recommended due to limited clearance within the wheel wells. It further states that if traction devices are used they must be the S-Class type which are low-profile in design and more compatible with passenger vehicles that have limited wheel well clearance. Subaru says chains can be used on the front tires only. In reality, some municipalities...
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  • Will Yakima LoadWarrior Cargo Basket Fit 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Factory Roof Rack
  • Yes! I checked with Yakima and the LoadWarrior cargo basket # Y07070 is a fit for the factory roof rack on the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek. I have included a link to a video review of this basket for you.
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  • Availability Of An A-Frame Trailer Jack With Round Mounting Flange With 4 Holes
  • Almost all A-frame jacks have the triangle mounting plate with the 3 inch on center holes. We do not carry anything that has the 4 holes. We do have some electric jacks like the Stromberg Carlson Electric Trailer Jack - Drop Leg - A-Frame - 23" Lift - 5,000 lbs - Black, # JET-5000 that have a round plate to mount, but the holes are still lined up with the triangular mount design. Unfortunately you will either have to weld the bracket or drill holes in your coupler for modern standard...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2017 Subaru Outback with Factory 1-1/4 Inch Trailer Hitch
  • If the trailer hitch on your 2017 Subaru Outback is the factory hitch then that limits your bike rack options. The issue is that the hitch pin hole on the Subaru hitch is much to close to the receiver opening to use most bike racks safely; especially platform racks that are heavier than hanging racks. The best bike rack option that will work with that hitch is the VeeMe # VME-V2 which does hold the bikes by the wheels. The other option, provided the factory hitch is not welded on, is...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. This is our best selling brake controller because of how well it works and how easy it is to setup. This is a proportional brake controller that senses the amount of braking the tow vehicle is applying and applies a proportionate amount to the trailer brakes. There isn't a quick install harness for your 2017 Subaru Outback but I can help you pick out the parts you need. You will need to start with...
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  • Installing 4-Way Trailer Wiring Harness In 2013 WRX Hatchback
  • The vehicle body harness you need to plug into is located under the left (driver's side) sidewall. If you can't get easy access to it, I recommend removing the panel to gain easy access and then reinstalling the panel once connected. The connector may not be as loose as you expect, but it is there. I've attached the installation details for you. Unfortunately I don't have a video of the installation to attach for you.
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  • Rooftop Cargo Box Recommendations for 2017 Subaru Outback
  • All rooftop cargo boxes will generate wind noise and to some degree all will negatively affect mileage but those with the more aerodynamic low-profile shape, such as Thule's Hyper XL # TH612, will tend to be quieter and will have slightly less effect on fuel economy. At 90-inches external length this is the longest box Thule recommends for your Outback. It can handle skis up to 201-cm in length so it may be more than you need. It also weighs 53-lbs empty so keep in mind that what you can...
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  • Recommendation for a Roof Rack on a 2008 Subaru Outback with Factory Side Rails
  • If you have the 2008 Subaru Outback Sport, then the recommended Yakima round bar crossbars are the 48 inch CrossBars # Y00408. Also, for the Outback Sport, it is recommended to use the RoundBar adapters # Y03536 and the TimberLine Towers from Yakima # Y00147 with the Yakima round bars. If you do not have the Sport model Outback and your vehicle has the factory installed rails that run from front to back, then I recommend using the Thule Crossroad Roof Rack # TH45050. The Thule rack is...
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  • Thule Ride-On Adapter to Allow Use of Accessory Roof Rack Carriers on AeroBlade Crossbars
  • Thule offers their Ride-On Adapter # TH532 which mounts on either factory-installed roof racks or their AeroBlade crossbars like # THARB53 to allow installation of accessories that cannot directly mount to the large AeroBlade bars. The Ride-On provides what is essentially an add-on roof rack that has square load bars that work with many roof-rack-mount accessory carriers like their Criterium bike carrier # TH598. Certain Thule accessory carriers are not compatible with the Ride-On adapter;...
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  • Can Hitch for 2003 Subaru Forester be Used as Recovery Point Since Tow Hook Gets Disconnected
  • If you needed to use the Draw Tite hitch part # 36311 as a recovery point on your 2003 Subaru Forester since the tow hook has to come off you certainly could.
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  • Compatibility of the HitchMate Tire Step on a 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • The HitchMate Tire Step, # HE4040, will fit a tire up to 12-1/2 inch wide tire. This measurement should not be an issue. The width of the step arm my be a issue for 2015 Subaru Crosstrek. The clearance between your tire and wheel well will need to be checked to see if the HitchMate will fit. The tubes on the step measures 22 inches wide. The tubes will have to fit around your tire and clear the wheel of your car for the step to be used on your Subaru. You will need to measure the width...
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  • Compatibility of the HitchMate Tire Step on a 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • The HitchMate Tire Step, # HE4040, will fit a tire up to 12-1/2 inch wide tire. This measurement should not be an issue. The width of the step arm my be a issue for 2015 Subaru Crosstrek. The clearance between your tire and wheel well will need to be checked to see if the HitchMate will fit. The tubes on the step measures 22 inches wide. The tubes will have to fit around your tire and clear the wheel of your car for the step to be used on your Subaru. You will need to measure the width...
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  • Tire Chain Recommendations for a 2017 Subaru Outback with 225/60-18 Tires
  • Subaru tends to say that you cannot use tire chains in the vehicle owner's manuals and the 2017 Outback is no different. But if you are somewhere where chains are required by law you don't really have a choice. The law is the law. So what I recommend is going with something that requires the least amount of clearance. For your 225/60-18 tires the best option are the K-Summit chains # TH02230K66. They are expensive but they are built to last and no part of them will be between the inner...
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  • Does Yakima BigPowderHound Fit Factory Crossbars of 2016 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • I checked with Yakima and they have confirmed the fit of their Big Powderhound part # Y03082 on the factory crossbars of your 2016 Subaru XV Crosstrek so we can guarantee the rack will fit and work well.
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  • 2 Bike Rack Recommendation to Fit 2008 Mini Cooper and 2017 Subaru Forester
  • The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit both vehicles is the Thule Roadway 2 part # TH912XTR. We asked our demo and install guys to name their favorite, most easy-to-use bike racks and this one showed up in nearly everyone's top three. 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 Kuat Bike Frame Adapter Bar # UB01 to...
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  • Tire Cable Recommendation for 2016 Subaru Forester with Tire Size 225/R17
  • For a set of cables confirmed to fit your tire size of 225/60R17 the Glacier chains part # PW1038 would be an excellent option confirmed to fit. I attached an install video for these cables on a similar Forester as yours for you to check out as well. Be sure to check the owners manual of the vehicle to determine if there are any tire chain restrictions.
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  • Could Rola Vehicle Organizer # 59001 Fit 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Rola part # 59001 doesn't have specific fit info as it has never been test fit. All we can recommend is that you check the dimensions of the available area in your vehicle and compare it to the dimensions of the # 59001. This measures 38" (long) x 15" (wide) x 7" (high).
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  • Inexpensive Roof Rack and Ski Carrier Recommendations for a 2008 Subaru Legacy Sedan
  • For your 2008 Subaru Legacy Sedan the most cost-effective roof rack that is also going to be reliable is from Rhino-Rack using the following parts: Rhino-Rack 2500 Roof Rack - Square Crossbars # DS118B Custom clamp kit # DK082 The only option that is cheaper is only a semi-custom fit so it does not offer the best fit for the vehicle. For ski carriers that will fit the Rhino-Rack roof rack you have some options. For 6 pairs of skis or 4 snowboards you can use # RR576. For 4 pairs...
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  • Does Thule Flow Cargo Box TH606 Fit 2016 Subaru Outback
  • Yes, the crossbars you have on your 2016 Subaru Outback are compatible with the Thule Flow part # TH606 that you referenced. We confirmed this with Thule.
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  • Tire Chains to Fit 2016 Subaru STi with 245/40R18 Sized Tires
  • The Glacier Chains Snow Tire Chains # PW1038 are confirmed to fit the 245/40 R18 sized tires on your 2014 Subara STi. These are constructed of wire cross cables with spring rollers wrapped around them so they are considered spring style chains. They're also SAE Class S so they're designed for vehicles with little clearance for tire chains. For rubber adjusters to make installation easier use #
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  • How Many Wheel Trays Does the Saris Freedom Superclamp part # SA4025-FB Come With
  • The Saris Freedom Superclamp part # SA4025-FB that you referenced does come with 4 wheel trays that are wider to allow fat tires to fit on the rack. I attached a picture to this page where you can see all 4 of them mounted to the bike rack. The max tire width this rack can accommodate is 5 inches also.
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  • Roof Bike Rack Recommendation for 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon Touring
  • For a similar Yakima bike rack to the HighRoller part # Y02107 that you referenced that does fit the factory crossbars of your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon Touring you would want the Frontloader part # Y02103 instead. If instead you want a fork mounted rack you would want the Forklift part # Y02098 which is a great rack that also is a confirmed fit. I attached a couple review videos for these racks for you to check out as well.
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  • Comparison of Swagman G10 and Swagman Chinook Bike Racks
  • The only main difference between the Swagman G10 # S64682 and the Chinook # S64683 bike racks are the design of the crossbars that the wheel cradles are attached to at the base of the bike rack. The Swagman G10 uses two crossbars in which the wheel cradles are attached directly on top of the bars.The Chinook model use one crossbar that the wheel cradles attach to and sit off the side of the bar. The only difference between the two racks, other than the design, is the Chinook rack...
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  • Tire Chain Recommendations for a 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • According to the owner's manual for the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek you cannot use tire chains on the vehicle. The problem with is that chains are required by law in some areas. This is the Tire Chain Paradox or Mike's Law. The bottom line though is that neither a vehicle manufacturer nor dealership can make you break the law. If chains are required by law the law wins out over everything else. What I recommend are chains or traction devices that require the least amount of clearance. If...
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  • Confirming Fit of Thule Passage 3-Bike Carrier TH911XT on 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Yes, the Thule Passage 3 Trunk-Mount 3-Bike carrier # TH911XT is indeed a confirmed fit on your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon. This and all other trunk-mount racks confirmed to fit your Outback are shown on the linked page. Since the Passage does not include locks you might want to consider adding a cable lock # CAB-10 to lock your bikes to the rack and a security strap # TH533 to help deter theft of the rack. The linked videos will give you more information on these products.
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  • Tire Chains for a 2012 Subaru Outback and Which Tires Do they Install On
  • There is a bit of a conundrum because the owner's manual for the 2012 Subaru Outback says you can't use tire chains on the vehicle because there isn't enough clearance. But what happens when you are driving somewhere where chains are required by law? This is called the Tire Chain Paradox or Mike's Law. A vehicle manufacturer or dealer cannot tell you to do something that will break the law. So what I recommend are chains or traction devices that require the least amount of clearance....
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  • 2 inch Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Subaru Crosstrek
  • For your 2017 Subaru Crosstrek we do have 2 inch hitches available. The Draw Tite hitch part # 76084 fits the hybrid and non-hybrid models so it would be the hitch we would recommend for you. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. If...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver for 2014 Subaru Impreza Wagon
  • The Curt Class I Trailer Hitch Recevier # C11286 is confirmed to fit your 2014 Subaru Impreza Wagon. Also, Curt requires the use of a support strap, part # 18050, for non-trailer loads like bike racks when using this hitch. If you do not use the strap it will not be covered under their warranty. For a hitch receiver that does not require the strap, the Draw-Tite Sportframe # 24886 is another option. This also fits your Impreza and has the same 200 pounds maximum tongue weight and...
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  • Can the Hopkins Collapsible Vehicle Trunk Cargo Organizer be Disassembled without Tools
  • Yes, you can take apart the Hopkins Collapsible Vehicle Trunk Cargo Organizer # HM74113 without the need for tools.
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  • Recommended Bike Carrier on 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon with Factory Roof Rack
  • For a fork mount bike carrier on the factory roof rack of your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon the Yakima ForkLift # Y02098 is a confirmed fit. This has a sliding rear wheel tray with a ratcheting strap to secure the bike. It doesn't require any tools to install. Locks are not included but can be added using Yakima's Same Key System (SKS) lock cores # Y07202 to lock the bike to the carrier and the carrier to the roof rack. To verify whether it will clear your hatch or not you can measure,...
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  • Roof Rack for 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon Touring Edition with Flush Roof Side Rails
  • We do have a confirmed roof rack fit for your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon Touring Edition that has the flush roof side rails. This comes from Rhino-Rack and features their 30-7/8-inch aerodynamic Vortex StealthBar crossbars. For a black roof rack order part # JA7975 or for silver part # JA7956. We do not currently show Thule or Yakima roof rack fits for your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon Touring Edition that has the flush roof side rails. I checked directly with both Thule and Yakima and both...
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  • Is M8 Thule Knob 753-0776 M8-1.25
  • Yes, the thread pitch of the # 753-0776 is M8-1.25.
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Replacement Recommendation for 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • What you described sounds like a shorted out trailer wiring harness. When what you described happens it's typically a short on the trailer's wiring that causes the box to fail. They fail by design as a way to protect the circuits of the vehicle. What you will want to do is find out where the short is on your trailer by looking for any cut or exposed wire, fix it, and then install install new trailer wiring. Which for that you would want the part # 118467 which is a confirmed fit for...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Replacement Recommendation for 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • What you described sounds like a shorted out trailer wiring harness. When what you described happens it's typically a short on the trailer's wiring that causes the box to fail. They fail by design as a way to protect the circuits of the vehicle. What you will want to do is find out where the short is on your trailer by looking for any cut or exposed wire, fix it, and then install install new trailer wiring. Which for that you would want the part # 118467 which is a confirmed fit for...
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  • Tire Chain Solution for 2013 Subaru Impreza with 205/50-17 Tire Size
  • For some areas of the country you have to have a set of tire chains with you otherwise you won't be allowed to travel there. Where it gets interesting is when manufacturers say you can't use chains on the vehicle but you are in an area that does require them. What we often have to recommend is to find a Subaru dealer (in your case) in the area where chains are often recommended and ask what they suggest that will allow you to be legal and not damage the vehicle. Some dealers have solutions...
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  • Recommended Snow Socks For 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX Hatchback
  • It looks from my research like you have 205/55R16 or 205/50R17 size tires on your 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback. The only alternative to chains I can recommend for your vehicle is the Titan Chain ISSE Hybrid Snow Socks - Size 62 - 1 Pair, # TCH62. The snow socks cover your tire to deliver traction when driving on snowy or icy roads. The fabric sticks to snow and ice creating friction to provide grip. Carbon steel rivets on fabric provide extra grip compared to standard snow socks....
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  • Will a Roadmaster Falcon All-Terrain Tow Bar Fit the Blue Ox AutoStop Supplemental Braking System
  • The Blue Ox AutoStop braking systems such as # BX88100 are designed to work with most RV mounted tow bars so it would work with a Roadmaster Falcon All-Terrain # RM-522. But I do not recommend this system because while it does provide braking it is a difficult system to install and set up properly. One of the preferred systems for our installers and what I recommend is the SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO proportional system, # SM99251. It will apply the vehicle brakes in proportion to how much...
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  • Length of Replacement Black Handle for Ram Sidewind Jacks
  • Replacement handle # HDKB-BLK is approximately 3-3/4 inches long. It is designed to fit specific Ram jacks (TJA Series, TJB Series, TJP Series, TJDP Series, and TJD Series jacks). If you can tell me the brand and anything else about your jack I can determine if this or another part will work.
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  • What Length Yakima Jetstream Cross Bars Fit 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • For your 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon with factory installed rails that run front to back the folks at Yakima recommend their 50-inch Jetstream Crossbars # Y00425. These bars install using the TimberLine Towers # Y00147. Generally roof rack bars should not extend out much past the roofline as this could pose a bump hazard. Bars should never extend out further from the vehicle than the side mirrors do. For reference I have linked an installation video.
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  • Snow Traction Device for 2015 Subaru Forester and 2016 Chrysler Town and Country
  • For your 2015 Subaru Forester with tire size 225/60R17 we have a set of tire cables that are Class S compliant that would work well for you. For that you would want the part # PW1042. This cable set is also a fit for the tire size you have on your 2016 Chrysler Town and Country. This is the ideal solution as it fits both vehicles and since it's not a chain it works with the Forester's requirements.
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  • Will Yakima LoadWarrior Fit Factory Crossbars of 2017 Subaru Forester
  • Rola does not have a fitguide but Yakima does and they have verified that their LoadWarrior part # Y07070 is a confirmed fit for the crossbars of your 2017 Subaru Forester.
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  • Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for 2012 Subaru Impreza 5 Door for 20 inch Bike Frame
  • For such a narrow bike frame you would need to go with a bike rack that has adjustable arms that allow them to be adjusted closer together. For that we have the Thule Raceway part # TH9002PRO which is a confirmed fit for your 2012 Subaru Impreza 5 door without a spoiler. This is the nicest trunk rack around so it would be a great option. 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...
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  • Install Instructions for Hidden Hitch 90175
  • Yes, if you check out the link I attached you can see the install instructions for the # 90175 that you referenced. I also attached a picture of the install instructions as well.
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  • Do Tire Chains Size # TH2004205105 Fit 2016 Subaru Outback 3.6 with 225/60R18 Tires
  • We have confirmed with Thule that the tire chains part # TH2004205105 that you referenced is a fit for the tire size 225/60R18 that you have. There is sometimes a bit of overlap between tire size fits between tire chain sizes since they make them in so many different sizes. But we can assure these are a fit for your tire size. You would need to check your owners manual for any other info on tire chain recommendations as well.
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  • Parts Needed for Adding Brakes to 1983 Burro Trailer
  • We do not carry torsion axles however, I do have an alternative for you. We carry axle-less trailer suspension systems that bolt or weld onto your trailer's frame and replace your axle and suspension. It consists of two separate units that act independently in place of the trailer leaf spring suspension. Since they're completely seperate they will fit on any width trailer frame. We have a 1,200 pound system with the brake flanges already installed, part # ASR1200S04. With this system...
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2016 Subaru Crosstrek for a Bike Rack
  • Trailer hitches are designed to fit specific vehicles. You will need one that was designed to mount to your 2016 Subaru Crosstrek. Hitch # 13018 will not work because it is designed for certain Mercedes vehicles. For hitches you have some options. You can use a Class I hitch, # 24886. A Class I trailer hitch will be limited to 2 bikes at most and the bike rack will need to be Class I compatible. If you need to carry more than 2 bikes you can install a Class III hitch, # 76084, which...
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  • Recommended Tire Chains For 2015 Subaru Forester 2.0 XT Touring
  • I did some research of your owner's manual for your 2015 Forester. You can only use Class S tire chains due to clearance. The Thule # TH04115240 chains will not work for you. The fastest and easiest tire chains Thule makes and the ones I recommend for you are the Premium Self-Tensioning Snow Tire Chains, part # TH02230K45. These clamp on the tire and are self-adjusting. I have attached a link to a video that shows how easy these chains are to use.
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  • Recommended Roof Rack For 2013 Subaru Impreza With Naked Roof
  • The Rola Roof Rack, part # 59636 is designed for the Imprexa WRX model that has fixed mounting points on the roof of the vehicle. Since you said you have a base model Impreza, it will not have those mounting points and the # 59636 will not work for you. The roof rack I recommend for your Impreza Sedan is the Rhino-Rack 2500 Series. This roof rack includes 46-inch square Euro crossbars and the fit kit designed for your Impreza. The roof rack easily attaches to the inside of the door....
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  • Will Glacier Tire Chains fit Tire Size 225/60R17 on a 2017 Subaru Forester
  • The Glacier Cables part # PW1038 are a confirmed fit for the tire size P225/60R17 that you referernced. We typically recommend chains on both axles if the owners manual says that is okay. Aside from that if one set is to be used on an all wheel drive vehicle we recommend the primary drive axle. The owners manual also will state which axle to use and if there are any other snow chain restrictions. These cables are Class S compatible which means they are great for tight clearances. I...
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  • Does the Replacement T-Slot Hardware Kit # 8860084 Fit T-Channel of a Thule Aeroblade
  • Yes, the Yakima T-Slot Adapter part # 8860085 that you referenced will fit the T-slots of a Thule Aeroblade crossbar like what you have.
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  • Parts Needed to Install Yakima Roof Rack on 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Yes, the Landing Pad 15 # Y00241 is the correct Landing Pad for a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon with flush mounted roof rails. For a round bar roof rack you would need these part numbers # Y00408, # Y00148, # Y03536, and # Y00241. For an aero bar roof rack you would need the # Y00421, # Y00148, and # Y00241. Aero bars provide better fuel mileage and less wind noise.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver For 2016 Subaru Forester
  • I can confirm you are not imagining things, but you do have the companies reversed. There is a stabilization strap recommended with all Curt Hitches and required for some. For instance, the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Class III - 2", # C13144, for your 2016 Subaru Forester has this stabilization strap, # 18050, recommended in the installation instructions I've attached for all non-trailer loads. This means bike racks, cargo, racks, steps, and any accessory that doesn't involve towing...
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  • Recommendation on a 1 or 2 Kayak Carrier for a 2010 Subaru Forester
  • If you looking for a kayak carrier that will work with factory, Aero, round, or square crossbar roof racks, then I recommend the Yakima BigStack Roof Mounted 2 Kayak Carrier # Y04041. The BigStack carrier can carry 1-2 kayaks at a time. The BigStack includes hardware and tie-down straps to help secure your kayaks to your roof rake and vehicle.The BigStack carrier can be mounted on a vehicle with a minimum crossbar spread of 24 inches. I you are looking for a carrier that will carry up...
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  • Recommended Tire Chains For 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • The owners manual for your 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek states that tire chains cannot be used on your vehicle because of the lack of clearance, however it states that spring chains can be used when tire chains cannot be used. Spring chains are also known as snow cable chains like you mentioned and I have one set of cable chains that is a confirmed fit for your vehicle. The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains - 1 Pair, # PW1038. These chains are constructed of case hardened,...
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