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  • 4 Bike Platform Rack Recommendation that Can Reduce Down to 2 Bikes Easily
  • I have a different bike rack for you to consider, but the part # S64665 would not be easily reduced down to a 2 bike rack. Instead the Thule T2 Classic # TH9044-TH9046 would be your best option. This 4 bike rack can easily be reduced down to a 2 bike rack when needed. Plus it only touches the bikes at the tire so it would not damage any painted surfaces.
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  • Roof Rack Fairing Recommendation that will fit Factory Crossbars of 2015 Subaru Outback
  • Yes, the Yakima Fairings like the part # Y05017 can attach to any crossbar shape as they use zip straps. THis is a 40 inch long fairing that would work well. For a shorter 34 inch fairing we have the part # Y05016 which may fit better. Basically you want to go with a fairing that matches the distance between your raised roof rails that run front to back.
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  • Does INNO Roof Rack for 2016 Subaru Legacy Lock to Vehicle
  • The INNO roof rack for your 2016 Subaru Legacy that consists of part numbers # INXB115-2, # INXS200, and # INK439 is a locking roof rack. The cover of the feet of the rack locks which then secures the crossbars to the vehicle.
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  • Dimensions of the Rhino-Rack RT-Style Roof Rack Tracks RT20
  • The Rhino Rack roof rack track part # RT20 that you referenced is 1-1/2 inches in width, 1/2 inch tall and 79 inches long.
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  • Does Thule Passage Trunk Rack Fit 2009 Subaru Forester with Spoiler
  • According to Thule their Passage part # TH910XT that you have is confirmed as a fit for your 2009 Subaru Forester that has a spoiler. The top straps would get ran over the spoiler. Most of the weight of the rack is supported by the lower arms of the rack though so not that much weight gets put on the spoiler.
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  • Installation Hardware Kit For Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch On 2016 Subaru Forester
  • We have the mounting hardware available for you to order. You just need to go to our website and type the letters # RHK in the search box. You then need to put the hitch number in the Hitch Item number field in the middle of the page. Then choose Draw-Tite from the dropdown box and choose your quantity. Then just add to cart and you are good to go. In the future you should know we include the mounting hardware with all of our trailer hitches.
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  • Can a Different Trailer Hitch be Installed on 2012 Subaru Outback without Removing Factory Hitch
  • The factory trailer hitch on your 2012 Subaru Outback would still be in the way of an aftermarket hitch. It would have to come off of the vehicle in order to install a different hitch. Sometimes the factory hitches are welded on. If that is the case with your hitch then you will not be able to remove it. But if it bolts on you can remove it. Then you can install Draw-Tite Class III trailer hitch # 75673. I have included a link to a video showing an example installation for you. If you...
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  • Will Thule Hitching Post Pro Bike Rack Fit a 2011 Subaru Outback with Aftermarket Trailer Hitch
  • Since you do not have the factory Subaru hitch installed on your 2011 Outback you will not have to worry about the hitch pin hole location relative to the end of the receiver. Aftermarket hitches like the one you have are set up perfectly for accessories like a bike rack such as the Thule Hitching Post Pro, # TH934XTR. I have linked a video review of this bike rack on a 2011 Outback that has an aftermarket hitch similar to yours.
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2013 Subaru Impreza STi for use with a Bike Rack
  • If your 2013 Subaru Impreza STi is a hatchback then the trailer hitch that fits is # C11120. If it is a sedan model then you would need hitch # C11317. Since you want to use the hitch for a bike rack then you have to make sure the accessory is rated for use with a Class I trailer hitch. Also, with a bike rack, you are limited to 2 bikes maximum on a Class I hitch. I have linked the compatible bike racks for you. Curt also says you have to use stabilization strap # 18050 when using...
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  • Will a Rhino-Rack Roof Rack Mount to Fixed Mounting Points on a 2015 Subaru Impreza Hatchback
  • The Rhino-Rack roof rack fit kit # DK292 does not fit the 2015 Subaru Impreza hatchback. Rhino-Rack does not have a fit kit that mounts to the fixed mounting points on your vehicle but there are other options that will use the fixed mounting points. You can use Inno roof rack using the following parts: Crossbars # INB127 Feet # INXP Fit kit for fixed mounting points # INTR128
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Options for a 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
  • Trailer wiring harness # 119190KIT is a universal wiring harness. You could technically wire it up to anything. But it hasn't been tested on a 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek hybrid. There is a harness that plugs in line with the tail light wiring on the Hybrid models. It is # C56243 from Curt. Or, if you wany the universal harness type but don't want to splice into the vehicle wiring you can use # 119250KIT.
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Options for a 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
  • Trailer wiring harness # 119190KIT is a universal wiring harness. You could technically wire it up to anything. But it hasn't been tested on a 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek hybrid. There is a harness that plugs in line with the tail light wiring on the Hybrid models. It is # C56243 from Curt. Or, if you wany the universal harness type but don't want to splice into the vehicle wiring you can use # 119250KIT.
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  • Fit and Compatibility of Curt Class I Trailer Hitch and Thule Vertex 2-Bike Rack on 2016 Subaru WRX
  • The Thule Vertex 2 Bike Rack # TH9028XT is compatible with the Curt Class I Receiver Hitch # C11408 for your 2016 Subaru WRX to allow you to carry 2 bikes. A Class I trailer hitch is limited to carrying no more than 2 bikes, and the 2-bike Vertex # TH9028XT is confirmed to fit Class I hitches, so it is a great option. Per Curt's warranty for the # C11408 hitch, all non-trailer loads, such as bike racks, need to be supported by a stabilization strap # 18050. I have attached a review...
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  • Measurement from Trailer Hitch to Kuat Transfer Bike Rack when Tilted Down
  • A lot is going to depend on the bike that is on the Kuat Transfer # TS02G but when tilted down it measures about 17-1/2 inches from the center of the pin hole to the center of the wheel cradles. The top of the bike will be further away since it will be at an angle when the rack is titled down. And it is 10 inches from the top of the receiver opening to top of the pivot bracket. When folded up for storage it measures 5 inches from the center of the hitch pin pole to the nearest part of...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack for a 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • We offer three trailer hitches and many bike racks for your 2014 Subaru XV Crosstreck. For a trailer hitch, I recommend the Draw-Tite Sportframe Class I Trailer Hitch Receiver # 24886 for your vehicle. I recommend this bike rack, because the other two Curt Hitches for your vehicle require stabilizing straps # 18050. This hitch is made form corrosion-resistant steel and has a black powder coat finish which covers an e-coat base for superior rust protection. This hitch easily bolts onto...
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  • Recommended Roof Kayak Carrier for 2 Kayaks on 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Both the Thule Hull-A-Port Side-Loading Single Kayak Carrier # TH834 and The Stacker # TH830 multi-kayak carrier will fit on the factory bars on the 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon, and both carriers will work with Thule's Quick Loops # TH530. If you prefer a lower-cost option than two sets of the Quick Loops we offer a set of protective sleeves # EM06305-2 that slip over the tie downs included with the carriers to provide protection for your paint. These are made of polyester faux sheepskin. I...
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  • Actual Loaded Cargo Weight Capacity When Using Pro Series 63153 on 2009 Subaru Forester
  • The actual amount of cargo weight you can load on a hitch-mounted carrier like the Curt # C18150 or the Pro Series # 63153 can be determined by taking the vehicle/hitch tongue weight (TW) rating and from that subtracting the weight of the cargo carrier itself. Let's say your hitch's safety sticker says it has a TW capacity of 350-lbs. From this you will subtract the weight of your chosen carrier, 50-lbs for the Curt and 55-lbs for the Pro Series, leaving you with an available cargo weight...
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  • How to know if 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon Is Canadian for Curt Hitch Fit
  • I spoke with my contact at Curt and he said you will need to open the driver side door and check the build sticker that is listed there. It will state the country that manufactured the vehicle there.
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  • Fit and Compatibility of Roof Top Cargo Carrier on a 2015 Subaur Forester with Factory Crossbars
  • I can help you figure out if your factory crossbars on your 2015 Subaru Forester will be compatible with the Curt # C18115 cargo carrier. You will need to take a few simple measurements to be for sure. First thing you will want to do is measure the distance between the center of one crossbar to the center of the other crossbar. If this distance is 15, 22, or 29 inches then the Curt cargo carrier will be compatible in this manner. The second thing you will want to measure is the height...
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  • Fit and Compatibility of Thule Bike Rack on 2016 Subaru Outback with Factory Trailer Hitch
  • Yes, the Thule T2 Pro # TH9035 would technically fit into your OEM Subaru hitch on your 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon, but what you will want to do to ensure that it is recommended to do is check your OEM hitch. I have linked a picture from Thule that shows the hitch proper hitch that will be compatible with their bike racks like the T2 # TH9035. Thule has found that most of the OEM trailer hitch pin holes are so close to the end of the receiver that the shank of the bike carriers will...
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  • Adapter to Use Demco Commander Tow Bar with Roadmaster Base Plates on a 2016 Subaru Forester
  • The adapters to adapt a Demco Commander tow bar do not work with the EZ5 base plates but you can use the EZ4 base plates, # RM-52923-4, on your 2016 Subaru Forester and then use an adapter. The adapter that will work is # RM-032. I have linked a video showing an example installation of the EZ4 base plates for you.
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  • Class III, 2 Inch Trailer Hitch for a 2016 Subaru Crosstrek and Carpod Cargo Carrier
  • The Class III, 2 inch trailer hitch that fits your 2016 Subaru Crosstrek is # C13135. When installed it will measure 2-1/2 inches from the center of the pin hole back to clear the rear bumper. I have linked a video showing an example installation for you. Please note that Curt, the hitch manufacturer, requires the use of stabilization strap # 18050 when using this trailer hitch with any non-trailer load, including cargo carriers, for their warranty requirements. The Carpod carrier...
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  • Recommended 2" Trailer Hitch for a 2014 Subaru Outback
  • We have many 2" hitches for your 2014 Subaru Outback to fit your bike rack. While there are many hitches to choose from, I recommend the Draw-Tite 2" Hitch Receiver part # 75673 for your 2014 Subaru Outback. This is confirmed to fit your vehicle by Draw-Tite and we have test fitted the hitch on your 2014 Subaru Outback. I recommend the Draw-Tite Hitch because you will need to use Support Straps # 18050 for all non-trailer loads on the Curt Hitches made for your vehicle. You do not need...
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  • Hitch Bike Rack Fits for 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon with OEM Hitch
  • It is quite common for auto makers to tell you that only their parts should be used, and often this is accompanied by a bit of "warranty sabre rattling". In other words, if an auto maker can scare you into buying their (usually more costly) products, they win. But in the case of installing an aftermarket hitch for using a bike rack, there is no real concern over the Subaru's warranty since you have the protection of the Federal Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act. The Act states that if something...
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  • Will Hollywood racks Over-the-Top Trunk Mount Bike Rack Fit a 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX Hatchback
  • Yes! I am happy to report that the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top trunk mount bike rack # HRF2 for 2 bikes or # HRF2-3 for 3 bikes will fit your 2013 Subaru Impreza hatchback WRX. These racks have an additional upper arm piece to move the top straps up and over any rear mounted spoilers at the top of the hatch so not stress is put on them. I have linked a video showing how they work. If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical...
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  • Kayak Carrier and Cargo Box Recommendation for 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The Yakima Rocketbox part # Y07193 is going to fit the factory crossbars of your 2015 Subaru Forester. The box only measures 24 inches in width so it should leave plenty of room for a kayak carrier, but you might still want to measure the bar dimensions to be sure since some of the Subaru bars are shorter than usual. I attached an install video that shows this box being demoed on a similar 2015 Forester as yours as well. In the video the vehicle has aftermarket crossbars. Which if you...
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  • Recommended Roof Rack And Kayak Carrier For 2015 Subaru Forester With Raised Side Rails
  • The roof rack I recommend for your 2015 Forester with the raised side rails is the Rhino-Rack Vortex StealthBar Roof Rack, part # JA7973. This aerodynamic roof rack is a low-profile system that is quiet and has a great look. Locks are built in to help deter theft, and the roof rack has a matte black finish. For carrying a kayak I recommend the Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier, part # S512. This carrier folds down when not in use. This carrier includes tie-down straps to secure the...
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  • How to Use Thule Doubletrack 2-Inch Platform Rack TH990XT on 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Subaru OEM hitch fit issue comes up often, but I cannot recommend you modify the shank on any bike rack, including the Thule Doubletrack # TH990XT. Any such modification will void your warranty. The same concern applies to drilling into your Outback's OEM hitch. Adapters like # HES6 do provide more clearance at the back of a car but they also cause you to lose half of your hitch capacity due to the change in geometry. The rack weight being further away from the hitch tube means more...
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  • Fit Info For Installing Sportrack Roof Rack on a 1996 Subaru Legacy
  • I show that the correct Sport Rack Roof Rack for you is the # SR1008. In the instructions it lists that your 1996 Subaru Legacy should have the front bar set at 27 and the rear bar set at 25 then the front measurement A=7-3/4 inches and the back bar is B=23-1/2 inches. I've attached an image of the chart for you to see. You would need to install the clip over the weather stripping and the door frame. I've attached a video of this rack being installed on a similar vehicle so you can...
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  • Installing Brakes On A Trailer Towed By 2004 Subaru Forester
  • I researched the owner's manual for your 2004 Forester and found the chart for towing a trailer. If you have a manual transmission you can tow a trailer with no brakes that weighs 1000-lbs or less. If the trailer has brakes you can tow up to 2400-lbs. If you have an automatic transmission you are limited to 1000-lbs if the trailer has no brakes and 2000-lbs if the trailer has brakes. It may be more cost-effective to find a trailer that already has brakes installed. Adding brakes...
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  • Can a Thule EasyFold Bike Rack be Used on a 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • The Easy Fold part # TH9032 is designed to fit a 2 inch hitch, so as long as you have a 2 inch hitch installed on your 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek like the Curt # C13135 the bike rack would fit and work well. Curt requires the use of their stabilizer strap part # 18050 when using their hitch to carry a non-supported load like a bike rack. I attached a review video for you to check for the strap as well.
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  • Custom Fit Canine Covers Seat Protectors for a 2016 Subaru WRX
  • Many Canine Covers seat protectors are custom fit for specific vehicles so they do not provide dimensions. Cover # DCC4654BK is designed to fit the 2015 to 2016 Subaru WRX, all models. There are also different styles of the covers as well as color options. I have included a link to the custom options that fit your 2016 Subaru WRX.
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  • Anti-Rattle Device for Use with Hitch Adapter part # HTAD and Rhino Rack T Loader
  • The anti-rattle threaded hitch pin of the Rhino Rack T loader part # RTL002 would remove the movement between it and # HTAD that you have. You may just need to tighten that up. I know you said you tried a U-bolt style anti-rattle device, but we had a customer come back and say that the part # RM-061-125 worked well to remove the movement. Those are the best options we have at this time.
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  • What is the Best Way to Carry a Bike with a Roof-Mount Bike Rack
  • Don't worry, I can help you pick out the best mounting option for your roof bike rack on your 2007 Subaru Impreza. The best and most popular bike mounting options for avid riders is the fork mounted bike rack like the Yakima ForkLift # Y02098. That is if you have a removable front skewered wheel. You will often see a Wheel Fork # Y02067 transporting the removed wheel. This is most popular because it provides a secure connection that doesn't make contact with the frame. Next best...
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  • Recommended Rhino-Rack Pioneer Platform Rack For 2013 Subaru Forester With Factory Crossbars
  • We do have Rhino-Rack Pioneer Platform Racks that will work for your 2013 Forester but the # RR42100BF is not listed as a fit for your vehicle. I recommend part # RR42115BF. This rack measures 58-3/16 inches long x 46-5/8 inches wide x 1-1/2 inches high. The rack weighs 31-lbs and it is a universal fit so it will work with your crossbars. You will want to make sure you do not exceed the roof weight capacity of your Forester.
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  • How to Carry 2 Bikes on a 2016 Subaru Impreza Hatchback
  • While the Hollywood Racks Over-The-Top bike rack # HRF2 (for 2 bikes) will likely fit your 2016 Subaru Impreza hatchback, Hollywood Racks does not list it as a fit for the 2016 models yet so I cannot recommend it. But they are good quality bike racks and nothing else is recommended for vehicles that have that spoiler piece at the top of the rear hatch. What you can do is install a trailer hitch and use a hitch mount bike rack. As long as your Impreza hatchback has single exhaust you...
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  • Is There Trimming or Cutting Required to Install Roadmaster Base Plate Kit on 2016 Subaru Crosstrek
  • The installation of the Roadmaster Base Plate kit part # 52922-1A does not require much trimming or cutting. There is a section of the fascia that gets trimmed but I wouldn't say it's an invasive amount of trimming. For more info on the install check out the install instructions link I attached that will walk you through the entire process with full color pictures. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking...
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  • Is Blue Ox Base Plate Kit BX3619 for a 2016 Subaru Forester Compatible with Blue Ox Aventa Tow Bar
  • Yes, the Blue Ox base plate kit part # BX3619 is compatible with your Blue Ox Aventa Tow Bar part number BX7335 which is basically an older version of the # BX7445. There are a few other components you may need as well, but the tow bar would have came with safety cables. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice into your taillight wiring to allow your tow vehicle to control the taillight assemblies...
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  • Fit and Compatibility of Thule Roof Rack Accessories on Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars
  • I was able to go out to our demonstration bay and test fit the Rhino-Rack 2500 Vortex Aero Crossbars # RRRS362B with some of the Thule roof bike racks and ski racks for you. I found that the racks like the # TH535 and # TH7326 are compatible with the Rhino Vortex Aero bars as well as the Thule Aeroblade crossbars. I also found that the T-slot in the Rhino-Rack bar is compatible with the T-slot accessory option that the Thule roof mounted accessories like the # TH535 has. I have linked...
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  • 4 Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon for Rear Cargo Area Access
  • I have a great solution for you but it's not any of the racks you mentioned. The only style of bike rack that is going to give you complete access to the rear cargo area of your vehicle with bikes loaded is a swing away bike rack like the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT. This is a 4 bike rack but since it's a hanging bike rack it won't stick out as far from the rear of the vehicle as a 4 bike platform bike rack. Check out the review video I attached for more info as well. If you...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack for 2016 Subaru Forester Since Rear Wiper Can't be Used with Trunk Racks
  • You cannot use any trunk mount bike rack and still have use of the rear wiper on your 2016 Subaru Forester with the bike rack installed but I do have a sure fire way that you can carry bikes and still use the rear wiper. I recommend a trailer hitch and hitch-mounted bike rack. This will keep the bike rack and bikes off of the vehicle so neither will scratch or mar the paint on your newer Forester. You can use Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 36523. This is a Class II hitch with a 1-1/4 inch...
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  • Is Additional Pin Or Hook Needed When Using SportRack Ridge Swing 4 Bike Rack
  • There is no need for an additional pin or hook as you described for the SportRack Ridge Swing 4 Bike Rack, part # SR2415. The bike rack does have a threaded anti-rattle hitch pin which does a good job of reducing rattle when the bike rack is installed. This bike rack will hold up to 4 bikes and has a weight capacity of 140 lbs. When loading bikes in the carrier it is always a good practice to place the heaviest bike closest to the vehicle to keep additional stress off the back of the...
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  • Would 2016 Subaru Forester Need Exhaust Turn Down When Carrying Cargo Carrier
  • It would probably be a good idea to put a turndown on the exhaust of your 2016 Subaru Forester if you installed the Maxxtow Carrier part # MT70107 and you planned on carrying things that would melt easily. We haven't had any issues with this carrier causing heat related problems from exhaust, but that doesn't mean it's not possible. When we installed the Curt Hitch part # C13144 on a 2016 Forester just like yours exhaust was just a couple inches above the hitch opening so I could see...
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  • Does Installing Trailer Wiring on a 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon Require a Mounting Bracket
  • When you install the # 118467 you actually store the trailer connector on the interior of the vehicle and therefore would not need the 4-way bracket part # 18144. Some people don't like the idea of this at first, but this is actually the best way to do it. Keeping the 4-way on the interior helps protect it from damage from debris on the highway and does an excellent job preventing corrosion on the pins.
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  • Curt vs. Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Comparison for a 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Class II Curt Hitch # C12136 and Class II Draw-Tite Hitch # 36493 for your 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon are very similar, but every Class I and Class II and some Class III Curt Hitches require stabilizing straps to be used when towing non trailer loads. When stabilizing straps are not used on these hitches, the warranty is void and will no longer be covered by Curt. Draw-Tite hitches do not require stabilizing straps to be used on non trailer loads. The Curt and Draw-Tite Hitches have...
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  • Adapter Recommendation to Fit a Thule Flat Top Ski Carrier on Aero Bars
  • Thanks for the pictures! Based on that it looks like you have a Thule Flat Top and need the part # 7533998 to allow it to fit aero bars. Your other option is the Thule Ride-On Adapter part # TH532 which will also fit your bars and provide you with a square crossbar.
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  • Adding a 7-Way Trailer Connector and Brake Controller to a 2013 Subaru Outback
  • The trailer wiring harnesses for the 2013 Subaru Outback are 4-Way flat connectors that control the trailer lights but you can still hardwire in a 7-Way and add a brake controller to operate the electric brakes on the trailer. First you will install the 4-Way using either # 118467 or # C56040. Then to add the 7-Way and the wiring for a brake controller you will need # ETBC7. I have included some helpful links that show and explain the ETBC7 installation for you. If you do not already...
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  • Compatibility of 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek with Kuat Sherpa Bike Rack and Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch
  • The Draw-Tite Class I Sport Frame Receiver Hitch # 24886 is a great choice for your 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek. This hitch will in fact sit further behind the rear bumper and has a smaller, 1-1/4 inch hitch receiver, both which help make the # 24886 less conspicuous. When we installed this hitch on a 2015 Crosstrek, we found the center of the hitch pin hole to sit 2-3/4 inches under the rearmost point of the vehicle bumper. I have attached an installation video of this hitch for you. This...
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  • Will SportRack XC Bike Rack Fit a 2016 Subaru Forster with Class III Curt Trailer Hitch
  • Yes, the Swagman platform style bike rack # S64650 will fit your 2016 Subaru Forester with Curt Class III trailer hitch # C13144 installed. With the hitch installed it measures approximately 3 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole back to clear the rear bumper. The Swagman rack measures 10-1/2 inches to the nearest wheel hoop so it will clear the back of the vehicle by about 7-1/2 inches. I have linked a video showing this rack on a similar vehicle. The only other thing you will...
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  • Does Needed Fishwire to Install Draw Tite Hitch 24886 Come with the Hitch
  • The needed fishwire for installing the Draw Tite hitch part # 24886 comes with the hitch hardware. You can see it in the hardware photo I attached. There are two of them coiled up in the bottom-right portion of the picture. I attached an install video for the hitch for you to check out as well.
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  • Brake Controller and 6-Way Trailer Wiring Harness Recommendation 2012 Subaru Outback
  • For your 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon we have just what you will need to install a 6-way trailer connector and brake controller. First you would need to start with a 4-way like part # 118467 as this will provide the turn signal functions of the 6-way once it's been converted. I attached an install video for this for you to check out as well. Now to convert the 4-way to a 6-way all you would need is the part # ETBC6. This comes with everything needed to make the conversion plus wire in...
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  • Class I Trailer Hitch for 2016 Subaru Impreza Sport Wagon 5-door Hatchback
  • Curt's 1-1/4-inch Class I hitch # C11286 is a confirmed fit on the 2016 Subaru Impreza 5-door hatchback with a single exhaust. I can offer you a lower-cost option with the same capacity, Draw-Tite # 24886, which fits Outback and Outback Sport versions with single exhaust (but not the WRX models). A Class I hitch can handle light towing (subject to the guidelines in the car owner's manual) or be used with a compatible Class I cargo carrier like # C18145 or a 2-bike hitch rack like #...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Roof Rack Recommendations for a 2014 Subaru Forester
  • An aftermarket trailer hitch will be much more versatile than the Class I Subaru trailer hitch and usually ends up costing you less money. Knowing what I do about that Subaru hitch I can say that if I had a 2014 Subaru Forester I would install an aftermarket hitch for sure for those reasons. If you will be using the hitch primarily for a bike rack then you won't have to get the biggest, baddest hitch available. That is why I recommend Draw-Tite hitch # 36523. This is a Class II trailer...
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  • Compatibility of Hitch with Yakima Ridgeback 2 Bike Carrier Y02457 on 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • You are correct that Hidden Hitch Class III hitch # 87568 will mount on your 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon so that its hitch pin hole will be about 7-inches forward of the rear edge of the bumper. The Yakima Ridgeback 2 bike rack # Y02457 provides 9-1/2-inches of clearance from its hitch pin hole to the nearest part of the rack so it will nicely clear your bumper and provide a good fit in this hitch. If you like you can add a cable lock system to this rack to secure your loaded bikes; use...
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  • Where Does Hopkins Trailer Wiring Harness Plug Into on a 2001 Subaru Outback
  • On your 2001 Subaru Outback there is a 3 inch square access panel located behind the driver's side tail light housing. Remove that panel and look for the mating connector to plug in Hopkins wiring harness # 33855. I have included a picture of what the connector on the vehicle will look like. The video linked is not exactly the same in terms of installation but will give you an idea of what you are looking for.
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  • Battery Charger Recommendation for Battery In Trailer for Use with AC Power
  • Depends on the battery size. The part # PH19216 is designed for 3 amp-hour to 20 amp-hour batteries. This is a common motorcycle battery size. If you have batteries the same size as vehicle batteries you would need a larger charger like the part # CTEK56158.
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  • Location of Wiring Harness Connection Point for 1998 Subaru Legacy Trailer Wiring
  • The connector you are looking for can be in a couple places. I attached a picture that one customer sent in that shows where it was on their 1999 Subaru Legacy. The picture shows the left side taillight assembly area. Another customer with a similar Legacy said they found it located in the position described for Subaru Forester (passenger side in spare tire compartment under carpet next to wall.)
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  • Trailer HItch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Forester
  • For a hitch for your 2014 Subaru Forester I would recommend a Class III hitch with a 2 inch opening like Draw Tite part # 75876 because they offer the highest towing capacities and have the most hitch accessories like bike racks made for them. Platform bike racks like the Saris Freedom part # SA4412B are a great option and like you mentioned they don't let the wheels turn at all. This is a great USA made bike rack that would work well for you. It's also super lightweight at 22-1/2 lbs...
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  • Recommended Hitch and Platform Bike Rack Combination for 2016 Subaru Forester
  • Don't worry, I can help clear up this issue for you. You are correct the Draw-Tite # 75876 Trailer Hitches will have a bumper clearance of 4-3/4 inches on the 2016 Subaru Forester. It is a confirmed fit for your Subaru. Swagman actually redesigned the Semi 2.0 # S64686 bike rack, so you are correct that the center of the pin hole distance to the closest part of the rack is 5-1/2 inches per the etrailer.com YouTube video you watched. With your 4-3/4 inch bumper clearance and the...
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  • Recommended Roof Rack With Highest Weight Capacity For 2007 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The roof rack I recommend for your Subaru Outback Wagon is the Thule Crossroads Square Bar Roof Rack. This roof rack has a 165-lb weight capacity, which is the most any of our roof racks designed to work with your Outback will handle. You do want to make sure you do not exceed the roof weight capacity on your Outback. The Crossroads includes everything you need to attach to your raised side rails. For this roof rack you will need part # THLB50, and part # TH450.
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  • 2016 Subaru Outback with Factory Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation
  • For your 2016 Subaru Forester with a factory hitch the Yakima Holdup part # Y02445 would be an excellent choice that we would highly recommend. This platform rack is one of the nicest on the market due how it will only touch the bikes you carry at the tires, it's relative light weight for a platform bike rack at 49 lbs. The other thing is that Subaru factory 1-1/4 inch hitches have the pin hole very close to the hitch opening. This means that not all bike racks will fit the hitch well....
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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation for a 2013 Subaru Outback with Factory Crossbars
  • For your 2013 Subaru Outback with factory crossbars the Thule HullaPort part # TH835PRO has been confirmed as a fit and would work well for you. This J-style carrier is padded to protect the finish of your kayaks and can fold down when not in use as well. It also comes with straps to allow you to secure the kayaks to your vehicle.
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  • How to Carry 3 Bikes with a 2015 Subaru Impreza Hatchback
  • I have a solution for you to carry 3 bikes on your 2015 Subaru Impreza Hatchback, but since the hitches for your vehicle are all Class I you would be limited to only carrying 2 bikes on a hitch rack. For a hitch you would want the part # 24886 that is a confirmed fit. The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit this vehicle 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...
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  • Rhino Rack Roof Cargo Basket that Has Railing that Runs Around Entire Basket
  • I have a similar roof basket I can recommend, but the part # RR42114BF cannot have side rails added to it. The Rhino Rack part # RMCB02 is similar sized but has a railing that runs around the entire basket plus a fairing on the front to divert air over the basket. I attached a review video for this basket for you to check out as well.
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  • How to Fit the Hollywood Roadrunner Bike Rack On a 2
  • The best way to carry your Hollywood Racks Roadrunner 4 Bike Rack # HR400, would be to get a 2" to 1-1/4" Adapter # HT02 which will allow you to carry your bike rack on a 2" hitch. Some hitch adapters will reduce your hitch tongue weight capacity by 50 percent, however, his adapter will not reduce the tongue weight capacity in half because it does not extend very far from the face of the receiver. The maximum tongue weight of the receiver is 300 lbs, however your bike rack can only...
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  • What Size Fish Wire Bolt Leader is Needed to Install Carriage Bolts for Curt C13206 Trailer Hitch
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, Class III # C13206 uses 1/2 inch fish wire for the installation of the carriage bolts. This hitch includes 2 leaders that will be used to install the rearmost bolts, and then re-used to install the front bolts. Additional 1/2 inch fish wire bolt leaders are available from Curt with part # C58400. This will include 1 fish wire bolt leader.
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  • Is Frame Adapter Bar Needed to Carry Cannondale Foray 3 on Hanging Bike Rack
  • I pulled up pictures of the Foray 3 and due to the angle of the top tube and the bend in it you would want to use an adapter bar like the part # UB01. Neat looking bike though. The # UB01 will attach to the seat post and steering stem to provide a horizontal attachment point to allow the bike to be carried level. I like the # UB01 over the Thule adapter bar as it is much easier to use and has a better price too.
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  • Recommendation for Platform Rack for 2016 Subaru Forester with Men's Bike and Crank Forward Bike
  • The Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 is a great option and a rack I recommend for you. I really like this rack for the same reason as you, it will allow you to tilt the rack while the bikes are loaded as well as some of the built in security features like the locking hooks. The ratcheting, padded hooks will secure the bikes by the upper frame bar and the wheel cradles have ratcheting straps to secure each wheel. This rack comes with a locking anti-wobble hitch pin to secure...
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  • Will a Saris Bones Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Fit a 2016 Subaru Forester
  • Yes, your Saris Bones 3 bike carrier part # SA801 is a confirmed fit for your 2016 Subaru Forester. We confirmed this with Saris.
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  • Compatibility of Thule Roadway 4 Bike Carrier TH914XT with 1-1/4 Hitch on a 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX
  • Yes, you are correct the Curt 1-1/4 hitch # C11317 requires you to use a stabilization strap like the # 18050 for any non-trailer loads which means accessories like bike racks and cargo carriers. Typically the tongue weight capacity is lowered from the 1-1/4 inch hitch receivers to the 2 inch receivers, but I have seen some that are the same. The weight capacity of the Curt hitch # C11317 is 200lbs tongue weight and 2,000lbs towing. It's important to see what your vehicle is rated...
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  • Would Two of the Thule Hullaport Kayak Carriers Fit a 2015 Subaru Outback
  • You would have no problem fitting two of the Thule Hullaport part # TH834 on the factory crossbars of your 2015 Subaru Outback. Your roof capacity would be 150 lbs and each of these racks weighs 10 lbs so you would have 130 lbs left over for the weight of kayaks.
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  • Why Is there a 10 Foot Limit for the Thule Stacker Kayak Carrier
  • I spoke with my contact at Thule and she told me that you can only use the Thule Stacker # TH830 with polyethylene kayaks that are less than 10 feet in length. Anything else can potentially damage the kayak since it basically will be resting right on the crossbars of the roof rack. For longer kayaks you would want the part # TH835PRO instead. I attached a review video.
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  • 2 Kayak Carrier for a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon that Allows 60 lbs Per Kayak
  • When using the expansion # RRS512X with the # S512 you end up losing the ability to carry the paddle on the backside of the carrier since the other kayak would be there. Your math is accurate as long as your roof capacity is 150 lbs like you mentioned. You would need to verify that in the owners manual to be certain. From the research I did it looks like you are correct and you do have a 150 roof capacity on your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon.
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  • Recommended Hitch for 2007 Subaru Impreza Wagon with 2 Inch Bike Rack
  • Depending on the weight of your current bike rack and your bike will determine if using a 2 inch adapter will work or not. The hitch adapter will reduce the capacity of the hitch by 50 percent causing the tongue weight of the hitch to now be 100lbs. If the combination of weight for your bike and 2 inch rack is below this then a 2 inch adapter will work for you. I recommend the Draw-Tite hitch # 24710 over the others because of the price and you will not have to use a stabilization...
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  • Will an Aftermarket Trailer Hitch Void 2016 Subaru Impreza Drivetrain Warranty
  • When installing aftermarket products on your vehicle, like a trailer hitch in this instance, consumers are protected by the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. This act states, in part, that unless the installation and aftermarket product actually caused a problem then the installation and use of an aftermarket product will not void the warranty. You can learn more about the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act online. We have not heard from other customers about a hitch voiding the drivetrain warranty...
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  • Can the 4-Way part # HM48133 Attach to Trailer with 2 Brown Wires
  • Your trailer has two brown wires because the running light circuit goes to both sides of your trailer. You would just want to connect both wires into one end of a butt connector like part # 05732-2 and then have the single brown wire of the # HM48133 run to the other side. Be sure to crimp these connections very tight.
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  • Recommended Thule Trunk Bike Rack for Childrens Bikes on a 2015 Subaru Outback
  • All three of these bike racks: Thule Gateway # TH9006XT, Thule Archway # TH9009XT and the Thule Raceway Pro # TH9002PRO will hold children's bikes with a bike adapter bar. I recommend the Swagman Bike Adapter Bar # 64005 to mount your children's bikes. This bar gives a horizontal cross tube to any women's, children's or alternative frame bikes so the bikes can easily mount to the rack. Even if your children's bikes have a horizontal tube, they likely won't be long enough for the rack arms...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Subaru Forester
  • For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice into your taillight wiring to allow your tow vehicle to control the taillight assemblies of the towed vehicle. This comes with a round 6-way connector that you will install on the front of your towed vehicle and enough coiled wire to go from there to the RV. The socket of this kit can then attach to the socket mounting bracket on the front of the Roadmaster...
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  • Roof Rack Crossbar Recommendation for 2009 Subaru Outback Wagon w/ Factory Roof Rails
  • The Yakima RailGrab round bar roof rack you mentioned which consists of the # Y00408 48 inch round crossbars and the # Y00138 RailGrab towers would be an excellent choice for your 2009 Subaru Outback Wagon. The round crossbars aren't very aerodynamic, and can therefore be a bit noisy. A fairing that's sold separately as part # Y05016 would go a long way toward quieting the wind noise. Optional locks for the crossbars are available as part # Y07204. I've linked you to some FAQ articles...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2016 Subaru Impreza Sedan
  • For a trailer hitch for your 2016 Subaru Impreza Sedan I recommend Draw-Tite hitch # 24888 because it is going to be the easier to install hitch compared to the other options. Please note that due to the design of the vehicle and how hitches have to be made to fit it the cross tube and receiver will be visible below the bottom rear fascia. None of the options have a hidden cross tube. It sounds like you will be doing some towing so the recommended ball mount is # 3594 and it comes with...
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  • Thule T2 Bike Rack Cant Fold Up and Wobbles when Used in Invisi-Hitch on 2015 Subaru Outback
  • So you are using an adapter like # 28351 on the Invisi-Hitch installed on your 2015 Subaru Outback. The connection between the hitch and adapter is where you would need the anti-rattle device, right? Since the adapter shank is solid the pest solution is the Boone anti-rattle device # 93347. Given the vertical receiver on the hitch it may be difficult to get this device in place. The absolute best solution is to replace the hitch which may seem like an unnecessary expense until you consider...
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  • Will Whispbar Roof Rack Work With 2011 Subaru Legacy
  • I called my contact at Whispbar and asked about the roof rack fit on your 2011 Legacy. They told me that there is some confusion as to the molding on the Legacy and it being considered a rain gutter. They assured me that it is not a rain gutter and that there may be a silver colored piece that is attached to the top of the door but when the door is opened it dopes not interfere with the installation of the Whispbar roof rack. To order this roof rack you will need part # WB-S7, and...
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  • What Bike Rack and Trailer Hitch do you Recommend for my 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • I recommend the Draw-Tite Hitch Class III # 75673 for your 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon. This hitch is confirmed to fit your vehicle by Draw-Tite and we have test fitted the hitch on your 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon. This hitch does not require welding to be installed and uses an easy bolt-on installation. The black powder coat finish covers an e-coat base for great rust protection. This hitch does fit with the Swagman Chinook bike rack. The Swagman Chinook 2 Platform rack # S64683 works...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2010 Subaru Legacy and Vehicle Fit List for the Hitch
  • The most popular hitch we offer for a 2010 Subaru Legacy sedan is the Draw Tite part # 36493 which happens to be a fit for 2010-2016 Legacies and 2010-2016 Subaru Outback Wagons. This hitch is a 2 inch hitch that will have higher capacities than a 1-1/4 inch hitch and will have more options for future accessories like bike racks and cargo carriers as more things are made for this hitch size. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well.
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  • Recommended Roof Rack And Kayak Carrier For 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The roof rack I recommend for your 2016 Outback with the flush side rails is the Thule AeroBlade roof rack. The roof rack features the Thule AeroBlade crossbars that are some of the quietest on the market. The side rails on your Outback will have fixed mounting points and the Thule roof rack will work great. To order this roof rack you will need part # THARB47, # TH460R, and part # THKIT4063. The Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier, part # TH898 will work great with the Thule roof...
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  • Will Trailer Hitch and Loaded Bike Rack on Trailer Affect Gross Trailer Weight and Tongue Weight
  • The impact of a loaded bike rack on the back of the trailer will be negligible in terms of the gross trailer weight though it will count towards it. If anything it will lower the tongue weight of the trailer since more weight is at the back of the trailer. The Curt RV bumper hitch # E-100 is a fine choice provided the trailer has a 4 inch square steel bumper. Keep in mind that there are only certain bike racks that are rated for use at the back of a trailer. I have included a link to...
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  • Replacement Bolt Recommendation for a Yakima EZ Rider Roof Rack Tower
  • I checked with Yakima and for the older EZ Rider towers the correct bolt kit is the part # Y8810002.
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  • Trailer Wiring 4-Way Harness Recommendation for a 2005 Subaru Baja
  • For your 2005 Subaru Baja there is a trailer wiring option confirmed to fit, but not a T-connector type that would plug inline. Instead you would need to use the hardwire kit part # 56146KIT that is a universal fit kit that will work on your vehicle. This is the best priced option we carry as well.
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  • Trailer Wiring 4-Way Harness Recommendation for a 2005 Subaru Baja
  • For your 2005 Subaru Baja there is a trailer wiring option confirmed to fit, but not a T-connector type that would plug inline. Instead you would need to use the hardwire kit part # 56146KIT that is a universal fit kit that will work on your vehicle. This is the best priced option we carry as well.
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  • How to Install Thule Big Mount 599 on Aero Style Roof Crossbars
  • If the aero style bars you have on your vehicle have a channel that run down the middle of them you could use the # Xadapt2 to install your Thule Big Mount part # TH599XTR. Otherwise you would have to use the Ride-On Adapter part # TH532 to clamp on the bars and then provide square bars for the 599.
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  • Can Yakima Landing Pad 13 Be Used for Roof Rack on 2012 Subaru Outback with Raised Rails
  • If your 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon had factory crossbars, the Control Towers, part # Y00214, Landing Pads, part # Y00239 and crossbars, part # Y00408 would complete a roof rack. But since you have raised rails without bars you instead would need the part numbers # Y00408 and # Y00138 instead.
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru WRX STI
  • The Curt hitch you mentioned part # C11408 has a tech tip that states it is not a fit for the STI models of the 2015 WRX so it is most likely not what you have. That being said let's see about finding you a bike rack that will clear your vehicle. For a platform bike rack that would stick out further than a Pro Rack the Thule T2 part # TH9045 has a distance of 18 inches from the hitch pin hole to the nearest bike tray so it would definitely give you the clearance you need. The Kuat...
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  • Roof Cargo Carrying Options for a 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek without Crossbars
  • The Rightline Sports Cargo Bag part # RL100E20 is a cargo bag that can carry up to 15 cubic feet of storage space and doesn't require crossbars on the roof of your vehicle. Or we have the cargo basket part # SPS4550-1101 that can also attach to just raised side rails.
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  • Roof Cargo Carrying Options for a 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek without Crossbars
  • The Rightline Sports Cargo Bag part # RL100E20 is a cargo bag that can carry up to 15 cubic feet of storage space and doesn't require crossbars on the roof of your vehicle. Or we have the cargo basket part # SPS4550-1101 that can also attach to just raised side rails.
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  • Replacement Parts for Thule Tracker II on a 2009 Honda CRV
  • I sure can help you figure out what will work for your 2009 Honda CRV. The Thule square bars recommended for your vehicle are the 50 inch load bars # THLB50. According to Thule, you will need the TK8 foot base which is made up of the following parts: QTY 4 of the # 753-2149 QTY 4 of the # 853-7084 QTY 4 of the # 853-5703 QTY 8 of the # 951-0613-12 QTY 8 of the # 924-0617-15 QTY 8 of the # 924-0612-15 QTY 8 of the # 853-2106 QTY 1 of the # 853-2430-02 QTY 4 of the # 853-5701 I...
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  • Fit and Compatibility of Whispbar Permanent Installation Kit with Whispbar Flush Bars # WB-S25
  • Yes the # WB-K368 permanent installation kit will work with the # WB-S25 Whispbar Flush Bar Roof Rack Aluminum Bars on your 2015 Subaru WRX. I have linked both items to this page for your convenience.
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  • Material of Rivet in Whispbar Permanent Installation Kit
  • I spoke to my contact at Whispbar and he informed me that the rivets are made of stainless steel. I have linked the Whispbar installation kit to this page for your convenience.
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  • Will the Rhino-Rack Dual Trekker Bike Rack # RRRBC048 Fit a 1998 Subaru Forester
  • the Rhino-Rack Dual Trekker bike rack # RRRBC048 fits 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch trailer hitches so provided that your 1998 Subaru Forester has a trailer hitch this bike rack will fit it. there are a couple of measurements to consider as well. The bike rack measures 12 inches from the center of the pin hole back to the closest part of the rack when folded down and 3 inches when folded up. On the vehicle the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole back to clear the rear bumper would...
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  • Will Putco Mini-Halogen Bulbs - 7440 - Super Orange Fit Front Turn Signals on 2013 Subaru Outback
  • Yes, your 2013 Subaru Outback does use the 7440 bulb for the front turn signals so you can use # P217440A. I have linked a video review of these bulbs for you.
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  • Trailer Hitch, Wiring, and a Trailer for a 2011 Subaru Outback Sport
  • Curt used to include the ball mount with Class I and II hitches. Now the one that includes the ball mount is a different part number. In this case it would be # C113153. This is the only hitch that fits a 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon Sport (with single exhaust) so it is the best option. The same 2 balls you mentioned, # 19256 for a 1-7/8 inch and # 19258 for a 2 inch, will work with the Curt hitch and ball mount. For trailer wiring for the Sport models use # C56111 to add a 4-Way flat connector...
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