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  • Is Frame Adapter Bar Needed to Carry Cannondale Foray 3 on Hanging Bike Rack
  • I pulled up pictures of your wife's 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 Children's 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 won't be long enough for the rack arms so the...
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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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  • 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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  • Location of Wiring Harnesses Plug for 2016 Subaru Outback Limited
  • I spoke to one of our installers and he informed me that on the Outback we had in our shop that the plug could easily have been overlooked, as it was taped to another bundle of wires under the panel. If you look at the video I've linked at the 2:00 minute mark, you will see Randy push the connector back under that panel, he told me he had to reach around under there to find the plug before they begun the video. I found another source that mentioned that the plug will not only be tucked...
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  • Will the Thule Gateway XT Bike Rack fit on a 2014 Subaru Outback with a Factory Spoiler
  • The Thule Gateway XT Trunk Bike Rack # TH9006XT will fit your 2014 Subaru Outback with a factory spoiler. The Gateway has been tested and Thule confirms the rack will fit. Thule is an industry leader in bike racks and this rack would be safe for your vehicle as long as the instructions are followed when installing and using the bike rack. Overloading and over-tightening a trunk mount bike rack could damage the vehicle. We have tested a similar bike rack, the Thule Passage Trunk Mounted...
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  • Platform Style Bike Rack for a Womens Electra Towniew/Step-Through Frame and 2010 Subaru Forester
  • Platform style bike racks with the hooks in the middle are not really the best option for bikes with step-through frames. The issue is that the hooks sometimes can't get low enough to properly secure the bikes. What I recommend is the Saris Freedom # SA4412B. With it you can grip the frame with the adjustable, rotating frame clamps so the step-through frame design and fenders will not be a problem! I have linked a video showing the rack on a similar vehicle.
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  • How Many Lock Cores are Needed to Lock Thule Canyon Basket to Roof
  • Each of the mounting brackets on the Thule Canyon part # TH859 will accept a lock core so you would need a total of 4 cores or part # TH544 that comes with a key to lock the basket to crossbars. I also attached an install video that shows the basket being installed on a 2016 Subaru Outback just like yours.
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  • Fitting a Bones 805 on a 2015 Subaru Outback with Electric Liftgate
  • To get the Saris Bones part # SA805 to secure around the rear hatch of your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon will require you to partially open the hatch so that you can slip the hooks past the seam. The procedure for opening the tailgate manually is explained in the owner's manual, section 2-43. You have to climb inside the car, remove a plastic cover on the inside of the tailgate, and move the opening lever manually. This is the same as the previous generation and it's the same whether you...
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  • Base Plate Kit for Flat Towing a 2001 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Actually for your 2001 Subaru Outback Wagon the only base plate kit we offer is an EZ kit part # 52911-1 which is a confirmed fit. The XL and EZ kits both are great options that we have had zero security issues with. This would work well with your Tracker Tow Bar part # RM-020 as well. For safety cables you can use # RM-643. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight...
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  • Roof Rack for a 2016 Subaru Forester with Raised Side Rails and Thule Roof Bike Racks
  • SportRack doesn't have a roof rack that will fit but I do have an even better roof rack that will fit the side rails on your 2016 Subaru Forester. And it does not cost much more. Take a look at Inno roof rack # INB117 for the bars and # INFR for the feet. The bars have the same dimensions as the Thule bars so your bike racks will fit. It also comes with locks and has a limited lifetime warranty. I have linked a video showing the features of the roof rack for you.
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  • Roof Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Forester with Naked Roof
  • For a roof rack for your 2014 Subaru Forester with a naked roof I would recommend the Thule Square Bar roof rack part numbers # THLB50, # TH460, and # THKIT3079 as it is a confirmed fit and it has the highest capacities at 165 lbs. You would still need to check the owners manual of your vehicle to determine it's roof capacity and be sure not to exceed either number. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Will the Mounting Holes of the Hidden Hitch # 87568 Line Up with Holes on a 2015 Subaru Outback
  • The Hidden Hitch part # 87568 is a confirmed fit for your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon. It will match the pre-drilled holes on the frame of your vehicle. The only reason the holes wouldn't line up is if the hitch were to somehow get bent in shipping. Which as long as the hitch isn't creased or has paint flaking off this would be a perfectly fine solution.
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  • Replacement for 7-way Trailer Connector Adapter Included w/ ETBC7 Brake Controller Install Kit
  • The easiest replacement would be to replace the 7-way used in the # ETBC7 kit, which is # 37185. You could use the Curt # C58000 bracket if need be, but I'd recommend going with the Hopkins # HM47210 7-way instead. The # HM48480 you referenced doesn't include a pigtail, so it wouldn't work for you. If you click the provided link, you can view a video that explains the wire color codes.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • For a trailer hitch for your 2015 Subaru Forester I would recommend the part # 87654 which is a confirmed fit and would work well for carrying a bike rack and towing a small trailer. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. Since 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,...
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  • Does Curt Trailer Hitch for 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Require Fascia Trimming
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch part # C11317 is a confirmed fit for your son's 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX STI and would not require any modification of the lower fascia. As long as the exhaust on his vehicle is the stock dual exhaust this would fit and work well.
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  • How to Use the Cable Lock of Part # HRLHPTC With a Hollywood Racks HR200
  • To use the cable lock portion of the # HRLHPTC will require a bit of creativity as you said there are no welded loops on the rack to route the cable through to attach it to the rack. Instead you would want to wrap the cable several times around the main cross bar of the rack routing it through the spokes of the bikes as well. This will take up all of the slack and make it impossible to slip the cable off the rack with the bikes.
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  • How to Use the Cable Lock of Part # HRLHPTC With a Hollywood Racks HR200
  • To use the cable lock portion of the # HRLHPTC will require a bit of creativity as you said there are no welded loops on the rack to route the cable through to attach it to the rack. Instead you would want to wrap the cable several times around the main cross bar of the rack routing it through the spokes of the bikes as well. This will take up all of the slack and make it impossible to slip the cable off the rack with the bikes.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2016 Subaru Forester for Carrying Bike Rack
  • For a trailer hitch for your 2016 Subaru Forester for carrying a bike rack and then potentially towing a small trailer I would recommend the Hidden Hitch part # 87654 as it does not require the use of a stabilizer strap with a bike rack like the Curt and because it is better priced than the Draw Tite. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. This hitch has a round crosstube which will be less visible than a square tube. This hitch also has a 2 inch opening which will...
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  • Replacement Strap Recommendation for Yakima FullTilt Bike Rack
  • The correct replacement straps for the Yakima FullTilt 5 # Y02463 is the # Y8890297.
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  • Roof Rack Recommendation to Carry 2 Kayaks and Yakima Rocketbox
  • To keep using your Thule Outrigger part # TH847 on your 2014 Subaru Outback will require you to install a set of Thule square crossbars. For that you would want the part # TH450 and # THLB58 which will give you a set of 58 inch crossbars to allow you more room for the Rocketbox like part # Y07191 plus your kayak carrier. For a kayak carrier that can carry up to 2 kayaks you would want the Thule Stacker # TH830 that carries kayaks up on end which allows you more room for the box. You...
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2016 Subaru Outback with Factory Hitch
  • 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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  • Roof Rack Recommendation for a 2016 Subaru Forester with Raised Rails
  • I have a similar solution I can recommend for you, but the part # SR1009 is not a confirmed fit for your 2016 Subaru Forester with raised side rails so I cannot recommend it for you. The INNO rack part # INB117 and # INFR is a confirmed fit for your vehicle and is similarly priced so it would be our recommendation.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch For 2010 Subaru Forester
  • The trailer hitch I recommend for your 2010 Forester is the Draw-Tite Hitch Receiver, part # 75650. This is a Class lll hitch and it has a 2 inch receiver opening. I researched the owner's manual and found that the maximum tongue weight allowed for a Forester is 200-lbs. That includes the weight of a carrier and the wheelchair. My best recommendation is to install the # 75650 trailer hitch and tow a small trailer for the wheelchair. If you decide to tow a trailer you might be...
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  • Hitch Pin Recommendation for a Curt Ball Mount C45503
  • I checked your order notes and it looks like you ordered the Curt Ball Mount part # C45503 and the hitch ball part # A-82. For a standard hitch pin and clip you would want the part # F-4 or for one that would lock and give you a bit more security you would want the locking hitch pin part # RH2-XL which is designed for 1-1/4 inch hitches. I attached a review video for this lock for you to check out as well.
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  • Hitch Accessory/Ball Mount Stabilizer for Trailer Hitch with No Clearance on Receiver Shank
  • I have a solution for you, but the Brophy Stabilizer Bracket # RHSB that you referenced will not work on your hitch. You are correct that the safety chain loop brackets will interfere with the stabilizer. The # RHSB requires 1 inch minimum clearance from the front of the hitch in order to mount. If your ball mount or hitch accessory that you are wanting to stabilize has a hollow shank, an Anti-Rattle Trailer Hitch Receiver Lock for 2 Hitches # 63232 will work well for you. This anti-rattle...
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  • Thule Aeroblade T Slot Height
  • The depth of the T-slot in the Thule AeroBlade is right at a 1/4 inch, see the photo I've provided. If your current t bolts are too thick, you can always use sandpaper or a fine file to carefully remove a little material from the thickness of the T-bolt until it fits.
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  • Recommended 4 Bike Rack for 2015 Subaru Outback w/ Factory 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • Yakima currently makes a 4 bike rack that's compatible with the Class II factory hitch on a 2015 Outback. You'll want to use the RidgeBack, part # Y02458. Yakima actually makes the Subaru Branded bike rack available at their dealers, so the RidgeBack is a proven fit. If you'll be transporting women's bikes or bikes with sharply-angled top tubes, you might also consider a frame adapter bar like part # UB01. The bar spans the distance between the handlebar gooseneck and the seat post,...
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  • How to Order Replacement Mounting Hardware for a Trailer Hitch
  • To order replacement hardware for one of the hitches we offer would only require the part # RHK. On the product page you would then need to enter the part number of the hitch you have and then select the manufacturer from the drop down menu. If the hitch you are considering moving is part # 87568 I attached an install video for it for you to check out. This hitch fits: 2010 - 2016 Subaru Legacy All Models 2010 - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon excluding Sport
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  • How Does Thule Hull-A-Port Kayak Carrier Attach to Yakima Round Crossbars
  • The mounting brackets of the Thule Hull-A-Port part # TH834 are compatible with round crossbars like what Yakima offers. Since round bars don't have edges (obviously) the clamps of this rack would need to be tightened pretty good so that the rack would not rotate on the bar. This would only happen if there wasn't a kayak loaded though.
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  • Parts Needed to Install Assisted Roof Kayak Carrier Thule Hullavator on 2015 Subaru Forester
  • We have just what you would need to install the Thule Hullavator part # TH898 on your 2015 Subaru Forester with raised roof side rails. You would need the Thule Square Bar Roof Rack part number # TH45050. This will give you square crossbars that will allow you to attach the Hullavator. I attached an install video of this roof rack on a 2015 Forester just like yours.
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  • Fitment of 4-Bolt Electric Brake Assembly for Pop-Up Trailer with a 5-Bolt Hub
  • Thanks for your pictures! Yes, you are correct. These are unrelated. The brakes recommended will mount to your spindle using four bolts, if you take a look behind your hub from underneath your trailer you will see the four bolt flange. Then the hub will mount over the brake and then the tire and wheel will mount over the hub. It's important to know that depending on the trailer and its axle it is possible to have a 5 bolt flange so it's always a good idea to check to make sure what...
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  • Can a 4-Bike Hitch Mounted Bike Rack be Tilted Away from Vehicle with Bikes Loaded
  • I wish I could give you a simply yes or no answer, but the answer to if the rack can be tilted away from the vehicle with the bikes loaded will vary from rack to rack. This is why you have read some yes answers and some no answers. Even within the same manufacturer, some models can be tilted away with bikes loaded while others cannot. The hitch size can be a factor, but overall it comes back to the bike rack model. You are correct that the Softride bike racks are designed to allow you...
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  • Distance from Center of Pin Hole to End of Receiver on Curt Combo Bar E-9
  • According to my calculations the distance from the center of the pin hole to the far end of the shank on Curt combo bar # E-9 is 3-1/2 inches. The bar is 6 inches long overall so from the center to the face of the receiver is 2-1/2 inches.
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  • Recommended Class III Hitch for 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon with Kuat NV Bike Rack
  • The 2-inch Class III hitches offered for your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon are shown on the linked page. All will fit so long as you do not have the Sport edition. I compared the installed positioning of the three hitches to help you decide on which will give you the most satisfactory fit with your Kuat NV. For Hidden Hitch # 87568 will have the top if its receiver tube 15-inches above ground and it's hitch pin hole will be 5-inches forward of the rear edge of the bumper. For Draw-Tite...
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  • Can a Trailer with Hydraulic Brakes Have Electric Brakes Installed
  • It's actually not too difficult to swap out your hydraulic brakes with electric brakes. The main thing will be that you will remove the hubs of your trailer so that you can unbolt the assemblies and then reinstall electric ones. Beyond that you would then wire the assemblies up to the brake output circuit on your trailer wiring. You will want to measure your assemblies like in the photo I attached so that you can pick out the correct replacement to fit your hub. You will need to run...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2016 Forester 2.5i with Factory Hitch
  • 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. Check out the review video I attached for more info. The Hitching Post Pro part # TH934XTR wouldn't be nearly as nice of an option, but if you were looking for a hanging...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Recommendation for a 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Tow Ready wiring harness part # 118467 is a confirmed fit for your 2016 Subaru Outback Limited and would work well. I attached an install video that shows it being installed in a 2016 Outback just like yours.
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  • Will Hidden Hitch part # 90208 Fit a 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon 3.6R
  • For your 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon the Hidden Hitch Class II hitch part # 90208 is a confirmed fit and would work well for your bike rack. There is a Sport model Outback here in the US, but since you don't have a Sport model this hitch is going to fit and work well and you wouldn't need to worry about it. I actually just spoke with a guy with a Sport model Outback who was asking about when we were going to have a trailer hitch available. I attached an install video for you to check out...
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon that Allows Rear Cargo Area Access
  • My favorite hitch bike rack that allows rear cargo area access is the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT which can swing out and away from the rear of a vehicle with bikes loaded to give you total rear cargo area access. Check out the review video I attached for more info on the rack. Now you will need a Class III hitch like the Hidden Hitch part # 87568 which has been confirmed as a fit and would work well. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well. If...
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  • Yakima Kayak Carrier Recommendation that Allow Kayak to Roll Up from Rear of Vehicle
  • I have a great solution for you, but based on how you like to load your kayaks the Yakima EvenKeel # Y04052 would not be the ideal choice. For that you would want the Yakima SweetRoll part # Y04074 which is designed for loading in the exact way you like to. It has a roller built into the rear mounts to allow the kayak to roll up as you load it. Check out the review video I attached as well.
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2009 Subaru Forester to Tow a Small Yard Waste Trailer
  • Whether you are towing a trailer or carrying a bike rack the trailer hitch used will be the same. For your 2009 Subaru Forester I recommend Curt hitch # 13147. This is a Class III hitch with a 2 inch receiver so it is great for towing. I checked the owner's manual for a 2009 Forester and if the trailer does not have brakes then the capacity the vehicle can tow is 1,000 pounds. With brakes the capacity is 2,400 pounds. Check your owner's manual to verify. Since you plan on doing some...
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  • Adapter for Kuat 1-1/4 Receiver Bike Rack to Fit a 2 Inch Hitch Receiver
  • The Kuat adapter you are looking for is the # D101. This will adapter your 1-1/4 inch Kuat bike rack # B202-114 to fit into your 2 inch hitch on your 2016 Subaru. I have linked the adapter to this page for your convenience.
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  • Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2016 Subaru Forester
  • A trunk mounted bike rack would be perfect for what you are looking for. They offer a great way to transport bikes without being overly expensive. The best bang for you buck trunk rack is the Yakima FullBack 2 Bike Rack # Y02633 which has been confirmed as a fit for your 2016 Forester with or without the electronic tailgate. I recommend the Yakima Fullback trunk rack part # Y02633 because we recently asked our install and demo team to pick their favorite trunk rack based on performance...
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  • Availability of Load Stops to Fit T-Slots of Factory Roof Rack
  • Most roof rack T-slots are right at 3/4 of an inch wide at the base of them. If the slots on your crossbars are right at 3/4 of an inch wide at the base you could use the part # 753-3761 to fit in them.
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  • What is the Bumper to Hitch Pin Clearance on the Hidden Hitch for a 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • When we installed the Hidden Hitch part # 87568 on a 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon like yours we found that it measure 5-1/2 inches from the center of it's hitch pin hole to the outer most portion of the bumper. The difference between this and the # 87446 you have installed on your 2007 Outback is that this hitch instead has 8 inches from the pin hole out to the bumper. So on the new Outback with the new hitch you would have 2-1/2 additional inches of clearance to hopefully allow you to...
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  • Will Yakima SuperJoe Pro Trunk Bike Rack Fit a 1999 Subaru Forester
  • Yes, I checked with Yakima and the SuperJoe Pro 3 bike rack part # Y02630 that you referenced is confirmed as a fit for your 1999 Subaru Forester. The 2 bike version of the rack was also a fit but it is no longer available as it was discontinued. 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 provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes to provide an attachment...
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  • Recommended Hitch Mounted Platform Style Bike Carrier For 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Thule TH916 bike carrier has been discontinued and is no longer available, but we do have options for your 2 inch trailer hitch receiver. We offer the Thule T2 classic, part # TH9044. This rack has the same styling as the older version but the color has been changed to black, and it no longer features the cable lock as you mentioned. It does have a Snug Tite hitch lock included to secure the bike rack to your Outback. The newer version of the T2 is the T2 PRo, part # TH9034....
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  • Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Forester with Electric Liftgate
  • For your 2014 Subaru Forester with an electronic rear lift gate I recommend the Yakima Fullback trunk rack part # Y02634 as it is a confirmed fit and because we recently asked our install and demo team to pick their favorite trunk rack based on performance and ease of install/use and they all picked this trunk rack. You will really like this rack. The four easily adjustable straps will make it easier to install than the other racks that use 6 straps and the adjustable arms of the rack allow...
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  • Recommended Rear Mounted Bike Rack for a 2014 Subaru Forester with Electric Lift Gate and Spoiler
  • There are many options available for rear mounted bike racks on your 2014 Subaru Forester with the electric lift gate and spoiler. I have linked the page with all of them to this page for your convenience, but the Thule # TH910XT isn't one of them. One that I really like is the Yakima FullBack 2 # Y02634. This rear rack will mount to the back of your Forester with minimal roof interference. The FullBack includes an integrated bike lock and a rack lock to secure your bikes to the rack...
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  • How to Determine Roof Capacity of a Vehicle for Roof Top Cargo Bag
  • You would need to check the owners manual for your 2015 Forester or with Subaru to determine the roof capacity. I was able to determine that it is 150 lbs as that is listed on page 8-14 of your manual. The Rightline Cargo Bag part # RL100S30 is a very large bag that measures 48" x 40" x 19" which would carry up to 18 cubic feet of cargo. You would want to measure the dimensions of your roof to see if this would be a fit or not. I also recommend a protective pad, # RL100650, to protect...
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  • How to Determine Roof Capacity of a Vehicle for Roof Top Cargo Bag
  • You would need to check the owners manual for your 2015 Forester or with Subaru to determine the roof capacity. I was able to determine that it is 150 lbs as that is listed on page 8-14 of your manual. The Rightline Cargo Bag part # RL100S30 is a very large bag that measures 48" x 40" x 19" which would carry up to 18 cubic feet of cargo. You would want to measure the dimensions of your roof to see if this would be a fit or not. I also recommend a protective pad, # RL100650, to protect...
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  • Trunk Mount Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback with Rear Spoiler at Top of Hatch
  • The rear hatch and spoiler design on your 2015 Subaru Outback is similar to the one on the XV Crosstrek. I have linked a video showing the Passage # TH910XT on the Crosstrek. It does work but it is not the best option for a vehicle that has that rear spoiler piece like your Outback. I recommend Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top rack # HRF2. This rack has an additional upper arm piece that moves the top straps up and over that spoiler so no weight is put on it (since the spoiler is not meant...
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  • Hitch and Wiring Recommendation for a 2008 Subaru Legacy GT
  • The Hidden Hitch # 87446 you were looking at is a confirmed fit for your 2008 Subaru Legacy. To tow a wave runner you will need a ball mount, ball, and wiring. The wiring for your Subaru is # 119179KIT. To determine which ball mount and ball you will need will be dependent on your waverunner's trailer. I have linked a Help Article on how to determine which ball mount you will need for your setup. The ball you will need will likely be a 1-7/8 inch like # 19260 or a 2 inch diameter...
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  • Thule Square Bar Roof Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The recommended fit kit for a Thule square bar roof rack is the part # THKIT4063 which is designed to attach to the factory fixed points on the roof of your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon. It sounds like this is the exact install style you are looking for. The footpack you would then need is the part # TH460 with the 50 inch crossbars part # THLB50.
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  • Availability of Bike Racks That Will Tilt With Bikes Loaded for 2015 Subaru Forester
  • We have a number of bike racks that are designed to allow you to keep the bikes loaded while they are tilted down or swung away to allow access to the cargo area, but most of the hanging style racks require the bikes to first be removed. The majority of the bikes that can be tilted while loaded are platform-style racks. My favorite platform-style bike rack is the Thule T2 Pro Bike Platform Rack for 2 Inch Hitches # TH9034 because the rack is easy to use and tilt down. This rack will...
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  • Is Adapter Needed for SportRack Upshift Bike Rack SR4883 on 2013 Subaru Outback
  • According to my contact at Thule, SportRack's parent company, their Upshift Roof Bike Rack # SR4883 should directly fit the extra-wide OEM crossbars on the 2013 Subaru Outback wagon. The hardware for the rack fits on bars up to 3-1/2-inches wide. No adapter or add-on product is offered for this rack to allow for additional fits.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendations for 2003 Subaru Forester
  • The vehicle and the structure under the car where the hitch attaches wouldn't be strong enough to withstand towing a Class III rated trailer, which is why a Class III hitch isn't available for your vehicle. None of our hitch manufacturers offer a Class III option for your 2003 Forester. The Hidden Hitch Class II hitch, part # 90757 is a reasonably priced solution that actually includes the correct ball mount and the pin and clip used to secure the ball mount into the receiver tube. For...
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  • Recommended Hitch, Wiring and Brake Controller for 2016 Subaru Outback Premium Wagon
  • For your 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon the hitch I suggest for your towing application is a 2-inch Class III type like either Draw-Tite # 75673 or Hidden Hitch # 87568. The hitches include the required hardware and I have linked for you the written instructions and a complete installation video showing a 2016 Outback like yours. Towing will also require a ball mount and hitch ball. You want your hitched trailer to be level; you can use the linked article on ball mounts to see how to measure...
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  • Trunk Mount Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • There are many trunk mount bike rack options that will fit your 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek. I have included a link to them for you. Between the Thule Passage # TH910XT and the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top # HRF2 I recommend the Over-the-Top. This is because the XV Crosstrek has that trim/spoiler piece at the top of the rear hatch that isn't meant to support weight. Using the Over-the-Top rack # HRF2 will solve that problem my moving the top straps up so no weight is put on that spoiler...
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  • Setting the Power Output on a Hopkins Agility Brake Controller for a 1,200 Pound Tent Trailer
  • Since your trailer is light at 1,200 pounds I recommend starting out on the lower end of the power output on the Hopkins Agility brake controller # HM47294. There is a way to get it set just right. Basically you take the vehicle and trailer to an empty parking lot, set the controller to half power, and then get going at about 25 miles per hour. When up to speed use just the controller's manual override lever and not the vehicle brakes at all. If the brakes lock up then adjust the power...
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for Carrying Mountain and Road Bike
  • Based on what you described I would recommend the Thule T2 # TH9044. This rack only grabs the front tire of the bike and then uses a strap to secure the back wheel. This would be great for both of your bikes. Thule is a great company to deal with. Their support is top-notch. Anytime I have a question I know that I can call their tech line and get right through to very knowledgeable people. This rack also has a limited lifetime warranty. To lock your bikes to the rack all you would...
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  • Quiet Roof Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Forester with Raised
  • The quietest roof rack option we have for your 2014 Subaru Forester is the Thule Aeroblade Edge part # TH7502-TH7502. These fit between the raised side rails and unlike some roof racks they do not extend past them. This combined with the aero design will make them the quietest system we can recommend. You will need the lock cores part # TH544 to lock them to your roof. Check out the review video I attached that shows the rack installed on a similar 2013 Forester as yours. For j-style...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller And Wiring For 2005 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller, part # 5535 is designed for electric only brakes. It will not work with electric over hydraulic brakes. We do offer brake controllers like part # 90885 that can be used with both brake systems. When wiring the brake controller, the red wire needs to be attached to a wire that only has power when the brake pedal is pressed. Typically this is the cold side of the brake light switch, found under the dash at the top of the brake pedal....
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  • Does Bumper Have To Be Trimmed When Installing Trailer Hitch On 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • I have attached the installation instructions for the trailer hitch we offer for your 2014 Crosstrek. I recommend the Curt Hitch, part # C13135. This is a Class lll hitch and it has a 2 inch receiver opening. Per the installation instructions, the only modification on the vehicle is to enlarge the holes so the mounting hardware can be used. There is no mention of trimming the bumper. Per Curt's Tech notes, a stabilizing strap like part # 18050 is required for all non-trailer loads...
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Brake Controller in a 2009 Subaru Forester
  • You will need to start with a 4-way (if you do not have one). For that you would want the # 118467. I attached an install video as well. From there you would need to convert the 4-way to a 7-way so that you can install the brake controller. For that you will want the Brake Controller Install Kit and 7-Way Adapter part # ETBC7. I attached installation instructions and an install video for this product as well. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller...
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Impreza
  • For your 2014 Subaru Impreza we offer only 1-1/4 inch hitches like the Draw Tite part # 24886 which can only carry up to 2 bikes at a time since they are Class I. You would need to upgrade your bike rack to a compatible one for this hitch size and Class. 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 one showed up in...
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  • Will the Thule SUP Taxi part # TH810XT Fit Factory Crossbars of a 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • Yes, I checked with Thule and they list their SUP Taxi part # TH810XT as a confirmed fit for the factory crossbars of your 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek. I attached a review video for you to check out as well.
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  • Why Do Trailer Hitches Have Higher Towing Capacities than the Vehicles They Fit
  • You bring up a great point which brings up a great question. There is a good reason that hitches like the Curt # C13144 have a higher capacity than the vehicle it fits. Hitch capacities are rated separately from the vehicle they are installed on. I know it's somewhat annoying and confusing, but a hitch has it's own weight capacity that was determined by the manufacturer that is independent of the vehicle. Typically it makes sense to make hitches with similar capacities as the vehicle...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Extender For 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon To Carry Yakima Bike Carrier
  • When comparing the Curt trailer Hitch, part # C13206 and the Hidden Hitch part # 87568, the clearance from the hitch pin hole to the back of the rear bumper has a difference of 3 inches. The # 87568 distance is 5-1/2 inches and the # C13206 is 2-1/2 inches. That can really matter when selecting any accessories for your Outback. When customers are looking for an accessory to fit in their trailer hitch we try to recommend items that have enough clearance for this reason. I do have...
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  • Class III Trailer Hitch for a 2013 Subaru Outback and MaxxTow Aluminum Cargo Carrier
  • Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87568 would actually be perfect for your 2013 Subaru Outback and MaxxTow cargo carrier # MT70108. With the hitch installed it measures approximately 5-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole back to clear the rear bumper. The cargo carrier measures 8-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the nearest part of the carrier. That means this is approximately 3 inches between the back of the Outback and the carrier. That 3 inches is plenty...
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  • Does Curt Wiring Harness C56040 Fit all Models of the 2016 Subaru Forester
  • Your 2016 Subaru Forester has the needed wiring harness to allow the Curt Trailer Connector part # C56040 to install and provide you with a 4-way for trailer wiring. Your vehicle would not need to have a towing package. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. This fit all models of the 2016 Forester
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