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  • 2014 Subaru Forester Roof Rack Recommendation
  • To complete a roof rack on your 2014 Subaru Forester all you would need are the components that you referenced: Inno Aero Crossbars # INXB100-2 Inno Stays for Multi Systems # INXS300 Inno Fit Kit Hooks # INTR145
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  • Are the Square Blocks Needed to Install Trailer Hitch 87654 on a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • Those square spacers will be needed to install trailer hitch # 87654 because without them the bolts would just spin when you went to torque them down. Those blocks prevent that from happening. The blocks and bolts do go into the frame through the access holes on the frame rails using the fishwire technique. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view.
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  • Trailer Wiring Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Impreza
  • At this time the only trailer wiring harness I can recommend for a 2015 Subaru Impreza hatchback is a universal kit like the part # 119190KIT that will hardwire to the vehicle. The part # C56111 is for older model Imprezas so I cannot recommend it for you. The Curt Hitch part # 11286 that you referenced has also been confirmed as a fit for your vehicle.
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  • Trailer Wiring Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Impreza
  • At this time the only trailer wiring harness I can recommend for a 2015 Subaru Impreza hatchback is a universal kit like the part # 119190KIT that will hardwire to the vehicle. The part # C56111 is for older model Imprezas so I cannot recommend it for you. The Curt Hitch part # 11286 that you referenced has also been confirmed as a fit for your vehicle.
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  • Will Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13144 For 2014 Subaru Forester Also Fit the 2012 Model
  • When it comes to a Class III hitch for a 2012 Subaru Forester, we offer Curt # 13147, Hidden Hitch # 87493, and Draw-Tite # 75650. The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, # C13144, is designed for the 2014 which is a different generation of the Forester so it will not work for the 2012 model.
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  • Where to Mount a Brake Controller on a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • I looked up interior pics of a 2015 Subaru Forester and it looks like there is a storage area underneath the radio/AC controls that would work well for installing your brake controller.
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  • Keyed Alike Flush Mount Locking Door Latches
  • I called my contact at Redline, and they told me that they use the same lock and key for their flush mount door latches. So you could order 4 of part # L1883 and they would all be keyed alike. If you need a larger latch, 4 of part # L3980 would also be keyed alike. Both of these flush mount locking door latches use the same key number.
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  • Recommended Bike Rack For 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon With 2 Inch Trailer Hitch
  • When using any hitch mounted accessory one of the most important things to know is whether the hitch mounted item will clear the back of the vehicle. You can take a simple measurement to find out. You will need a tape measure and a straight edge like a yardstick or a dowel. Place the straight edge vertically against the back of the spare tire, letting it extend below the trailer hitch receiver opening. Then measure from the center of the hitch pin to the straight edge. This will give you...
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  • Where Does Trailer Wiring Plug Into on a 2008 Subaru Forester 2.5XT
  • On the 2008 Subaru Forester the connector you are looking for should be rearward of a long junction box with wires going in and out of it on the driver's side based on your pictures. It is potentially concealed by being wrapped up in electrical tape. Follow the wiring coming out of that box and you should eventually come across the connector. But it may not be easily visible and you may need to cut away tape or protective loom to get to it. The wiring branches off and the connector usually...
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  • Parts Needed to Mount Thule Summit Cargo Box to 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon with Factory Roof Rack
  • I am assuming that you are speaking of the Thule Summit Cargo Box and are looking to mount it to the factory roof rack on your 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon. I spoke with my contact at Thule and as long as your friend has all of the mounting hardware for the cargo box you won't need anything additional. The box will mount directly to your factory roof rack. If the hardware for the cargo box is missing you will need Replacement QM3 - Quick Mount Hardware, # TH04997.
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  • Will the Thule Sidekick part # TH682 fit Crossbars of a 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • I checked with Thule and the Sidekick part # TH682 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit for your 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon with factory crossbars. The inside dimensions are 51-1/2" long x 23-1/2" wide with a height of 15 inches. You would need to compare that to the dimensions of your golf bags. Thule states that the box will easily carry 2 sets of golf clubs so it should work fine. Your bag dimensions will determine how much extra room you would have.
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  • Trailer Connector Has Current All The Time After Being Moved From 2000 To 2006 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, part # 118461 is designed to fit both the 2000 and 2006 Outback Wagon as long as it is not a Sport model. After connecting the T-One harness you should not show any current on any of the pins unless they are activated like stepping on the brake or using the turn signals. If you have all of the connections secure and the key is off and you are showing current on one of the trailer connector pins, there is probably a short in one of the circuits...
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  • Roof Rack and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2007 Subaru Legacy Wagon Naked Roof
  • To carry bikes on the roof of your 2007 Subaru Legacy the first thing you will need is a roof rack. Now if you have a totally naked roof you will want to use the following components to complete your rack, part number # DS118B and # DK082. Once installed you could then use the RockyMounts TieRod bike rack part # RKY1012 for each of your bikes.
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  • Best Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Yes, the Thule Raceway part # TH9001PRO that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit for your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon so I would recommend it for your. What makes this rack far superior to the others is the attachment system. It uses 4 retractable coated steel cables to attach to the vehicle rather than 6 nylon straps like other racks. This makes installation quick and easy and the cables also last longer. The cables store inside the rack so there are no loose straps ends to...
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  • Sway Control and Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • For your 2013 Subaru Outback the Hidden Hitch part # 87568 would be a great option for you as it has a 2 inch opening and Class III capacities. None of the hitches we offer for your vehicle are rated for use with a weight distribution system. Usually this has more to do with the vehicle than the hitch itself. Since the hitch manufacturers specifically say not to use a WD system I can't recommend one for you. Instead you could use a friction sway control unit like the part # 83660 to...
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  • Dimensions of Square Opening on Swagman Replacement Wheel Hoop for XTC Series Bike Carriers # P318
  • Swagman Replacement Wheel Hoop for XTC Series Bike Carriers # P318 has a square opening that measures 1-1/8-inch x 1-1/8-inch to allow installation on racks like their # S64670 and # S64665. We also offer lots of other Swagman bike rack replacement parts that you can see on the link provided.
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  • Bearing Buddy Recommendation for a Trailer Hub with 1.974 Bore
  • The closest bearing buddy we have would be the 1.980 part # BB1980A that it sounds like already tried. The next smallest size we have is the 1.968 part # BB1968 which unless you measured wrong would be too small. I am surprised you couldn't get the # BB1980A to fit. That should be close enough to make it work, it could be that you need to use a hammer and a board to lightly tap it into place.
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  • Karrite Voyager Replacement Hinge and Broken Key
  • It is very likely that replacement Spring Hinge # SR03810 will fit your Karrite Explorer cargo box. The SportRack Explorer, Sears X-Cargo, and Karrite Explorer are all related and do use many of the same parts. Though we have not tested it on a Karrite Explorer, I am 99 percent sure it will work. Your best bet would be to take the lock to a locksmith, who should be able to remove the broken portion of the key. One the key is removed, we can get you a replacement if you need one. The...
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  • 2015 Forester with OEM Hitch Bike Rack Recomendation
  • If the OEM hitch on your 2015 Subaru Forester is the 1-1/4 inch size the # TH934XTR would not fit. If it is the 2 inch size it would. The OEM Subaru 1-1/4 inch hitch was made with a very shallow hitch pin hole so the only available racks that would fit them would be the Yakima racks. The Yakima KingPin part # Y02441 is a similar rack that would work for you if you have the 1-1/4 inch hitch.
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  • Is Class II or III Trailer Hitch Recommended for 2015 Subaru Forester
  • Ouch! $688.00? We can do better than that. Both Class II hitches with the 1-1/4 inch receiver, part # 90228 and the Class III with the 2 inch receiver, part # 87654 are available for your Forester. Whenever the choice is available, I always recommend that folks go with the Class III with the larger receiver opening. The 2 inch receiver has a much better selection of accessories available. The Class III also has a higher capacity, but that's kind of a moot point because the 2015 Forester...
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  • Best Choice for Lightweight Folding Platform Bike Rack for 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The Swagman XTC2, part # S64670 is a high quality bike rack, but it wouldn't be able to fold up flat against the rear of the vehicle. The wheel cradles of the XTC2 fold up to the mast, but this won't place the rack closer to the rear of the vehicle. As for the Thule Doubletrack, part # TH990XT, you'll need to take a quick measurement on the back of your vehicle to see if there will be enough clearance in order to use the folding feature (see link for how to take measurement). If the hitch...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow Behind Motor Home
  • There are several items needed to flat tow your vehicle. Flat towing is easiest with a vehicle with manual transmission. Additionally, as a general rule, the tow vehicle should weigh twice as much as your towed vehicle. You will want a tow bar for the vehicle you will be pulling. Base plates are vehicle specific. To give you an idea, if you will be flat towing a 2005 Subaru Forester, I recommend the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX3612. This base plate has removable arms so that the base...
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  • Will Curt Roof Mounted Cargo Basket # C18115 Fit 2012 Subaru Forester with Moon Roof
  • You'll want to check the dimensions of your 2012 Subaru Forester's roof rack cross bars and their front-to-back spacing to ensure compatibility with the mounting hardware in Curt Roof Mounted Cargo Basket # C18115. Cross bars up to 3-inches wide x 1-5/8-inches tall will fit the hardware and their centers must be spaced apart at one of three distances: 15-, 22- or 29-inches. If your roof rack meets these dimension requirements then the Curt cargo basket will fit just fine. If your bars do...
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  • Equipment Needed to Flat Tow 2012 Subaru Outback with 2003 Thor Chateau Sport Motorhome
  • In order to tow a vehicle with your 2003 Thor Chateau Sport motorhome, you will need 5 specific components. Those items are the tow bar, safety cables, wiring or lighting, base plates for your 2012 Subaru Outback and a supplementary braking system. All of these items are explained in detail in the article that I have linked for you. It is important to check the owner's manual for the towed vehicle to ensure that it can be safely flat towed (not all vehicles can be). Some vehicles will...
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  • Trailer Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation for 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser and 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • In order to know if a bike rack will clear the spare tire on your 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser, we will want to measure the spare tire clearance. In order to find this, you will want to measure from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside of the spare tire. I have attached a help article on finding this measurement. When we installed a Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 87412 on a 2007 FJ Cruiser, we found it to measure 9 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost point of...
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  • Thule Aeroblade Roof Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester with Raised Rails
  • I am a big fan of the Thule Aeroblade Edge Roof racks like the part # TH7502-TH7502 that has been confirmed as a fit for your 2015 Subaru Forester with raised roof rails, but if it were me I would probably consider the cost of the Thule rack verse the cost of the Subaru rack to see which would make the most sense. Generally speaking nowadays most factory crossbars can be made to work with most aftermarket roof accessories. The Thule stuff is essentially the same. Their bars can fit most...
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  • Recommended 3 Adult Bike Rack for 2013 Subaru Outback
  • Thule Passage 3 Bike Carrier, part # TH911XT, is compatible with your Outback wagon and would be a good option to carry three adult bikes. This rack is a very popular 3 bike rack and is very sturdy as well as economical. Another thing I like about it are the anti-sway cradles. These carriers have been rigorously tested and have been found to carry three adult bikes with no problem so you can feel confident that your bikes will arrive safely. For install details and some product demonstration...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • For you 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek we do have base plate kits available, but not from Blue Ox. Instead you would want the Roadmaster kit part # 52922-1A as it has been confirmed to fit your vehicle. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow your vehicle. The most popular compatible tow bar is the Falcon 2, # RM-520. For safety cables you can use # RM-643. The coiled design helps keep the cables...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation 2005 Subaru Forester
  • The only hitches we carry for your 2005 Subaru Forester are Class II like the Draw Tite hitch part # 36311. Class III hitches are usually reserved for higher capacity vehicles like SUVs and trucks. As long as you stay under the towing capacities of this hitch 3,500 total trailer weight and 300 lbs tongue weight this hitch would work just fine.
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  • Recommended Roof Rack for 2010 Subaru Impreza
  • The aftermarket roof racks we offer for the 2010 Subaru Impreza are intended for vehicles with either a bare roof that has nothing at all on it or for versions with factory raised side rails that run front-to-back on either side of the roof. The linked page will allow you to select your Vehicle Style from the drop-down menu to see the rack options available. For example, if you have a WRX hatchback with a bare roof you can use the Rhino-Rack system consisting of parts # DS118B and #...
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  • Trunk Mount Bike Rack for 2002 Subaru Outback Sedan with Rear Spoiler with Spoiler
  • For a great trunk mount bike rack that will work well with the spoiler on your 2002 Subaru Outback Sedan I recommend the Hollywood Racks Expedition, # HRF6-2. This rack has a long reach to go over the spoiler. It holds 2 bikes, and includes anti-sway cradles. I have included a link to a video review of this rack. If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical men's bike would) then I recommend using bike adapter bar # 64005....
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  • Kayak Carrier Availability for 2015 Subaru Outback With Factory Roof Rack
  • I checked with Thule and the Thule Hull-A-Port Carrier, # TH834, is a fit for your 2015 Subaru Outback with a factory roof rack. This is one of our most popular kayak carriers. This J-style carrier lets you transport 1 kayak up to 36 inches wide on your factory crossbars. The carrier is a breeze to install. Just place the carrier on the crossbars and swivel the bottom bracket securing it to the carriage bolts. Then tighten the wing nuts and you're done. It is also recommended to check...
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  • Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • Since your 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek would come with a spoiler you would want the Hollywood Racks Over the Top part # HRF2-3 as it has been confirmed as a fit for your vehicle and would work well. Check out the review video I attached as well. Since you plan on carrying womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out Women's and Alternative Frame Bike Adapter # 64005 to provide a horizontal top tube on your...
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester with Factory Hitch
  • The factory hitches of the 2015 Subaru Forester do have a very close distance between the pin hole and the hitch opening. The Yakima racks are the only racks available that will fit the new hitch design. The Subaru bike racks are just rebranded Yakima racks so that is how you know they will also fit. The # Y02445 or the # Y02462 would fit and work well for your vehicle.
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  • Swinging Bike Rack Comparison Thule, Yakima, and Heininger
  • The bike rack I would recommend for giving you the best possible rear cargo area access with bikes loaded is the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT. I like this one over the Yakima SwingDaddy part # Y02464 that you referenced because I like the frame cradles better. The straps of the Yakima could be lost pretty easily. I like the Vertex over the Heininger part # HE2110 because the Vertex swings out to the side to give you better access whereas the Heininger only swings straight towards...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch For 2015 Subaru Forester
  • My recommendation for a trailer hitch for your 2015 Subaru Forester is either the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # 75876 or the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, part # 87654. These two hitches are essentially the same since they are manufactured by the same company. They are Class lll hitches and have a 2 inch receiver opening. They have the same towing capacity at 3,500 lbs and a tongue weight of 525 lbs. I prefer the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch over the Curt hitch, part # C13144 because...
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  • Light Kit Recommendation for a 4 Bike Platform Rack
  • I have a solution that would be your easiest option but we don't carry bike rack lighting kits as in most cases bike racks do not block the taillights of a vehicle since they are usually set out wider than the bikes on the rack. The LED Taillight Kit part # EZT20B would be an option that would be pretty easy to make work on the Swagman Quad 2 + 2 part # S64691.
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  • Will Installing a Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Cause it to Sag in the Back
  • Curt trailer hitch # C13135 for the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek weighs about 40 pounds at most so it probably would not cause much, if any, sag at the rear of the vehicle. For a rudimentary test you can park the vehicle on level ground. Then measure from the ground to the top of the rear wheel well. Then add about 40 pounds as far back in the cargo area as you can. Next, take the same measurement again to see if it has gone down at all. If you plan on doing any towing with the hitch...
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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation for 2012 Subaru Forester
  • We do not have the measurement of the inside of vehicles and I do not have access to a Subaru Forester right now. Your best bet would be to lay all of your seats down and measure with a tape measure. If I had to guess, I do not think it would fit. Carrying a kayak inside your vehicle isn't the most ideal way to transport the watercraft. Your kayak will carry all the water and dirt from the water to the interior of your Forester. I recommend a roof mounted kayak carrier. This will...
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  • Rooftop Fork Mount Bike Carrier For 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • The Rhino-Rack Fort Mount # RBC035 and RockyMounts Fork Mount # RKY1018 are basically the same thing. Both carriers fit on a variety of crossbars and will accommodate a variety of different size tires. Personally, I would go with the Rhino-Rack # RBC035 because the carrier already comes with the locks to secure the rack to the vehicle and the bike to the rack. If you decide on the RockyMounts carrier and would like the locks, part # RKY0332 is designed to work with those bike carriers.
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  • Pro Series Bike Carrier for a Class II Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Subaru Forester
  • Yes, Pro Series bike carrier # 63120 will fit the Curt Class II trailer hitch # C12100 on your 2014 Subaru Forester. This bike carrier does have a 1-1/4 inch shank and it is compatible with Class I and II trailer hitches. Since you are using the Curt hitch with a bike carrier, Curt requires the use of stabilization strap # 18050 for any non-trailer load for their warranty requirements. I have included a link that shows how the strap works.
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  • Will Thule Canyon Roof Cargo Basket Fit a 2015 Subaru Outback with Factory Roof Rack
  • I checked with Thule and the Canyon cargo basket # TH859 will fit the factory roof rack and crossbars on your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon. I have included a link to a video review of this basket for you.
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  • Carrying 190lb Scooter in Hitch Mounted Carrier on 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • I've located on online copy of the owner's manual for your XV Crosstrek. On page 8-21, Subaru states that the maximum trailer tongue weight (maximum allowable amount of downward force applied to trailer hitch) cannot exceed 200 lbs. Unfortunately, any carrier plus the 190 lb weight of the scooter would exceed that 200 lb capacity so therefore I couldn't recommend using a hitch mounted carrier to transport your scooter. A 300 lb rated carrier is what I'd normally recommend, but in this...
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  • Installation Of SportRack Semi-Custom Roof Rack On 2003 Subaru Legacy
  • When you are installing the roof rack it is really important you follow the installation instructions in order to get a good fit. I spoke with a couple of our installers and they told me they have to shift the rack a little to get it to fit just right. Per the instructions I saw you need to set the width for the feet at 32. If the feet are adjustable you may be able to move them a bit by using the main screw for the feet. Then, measuring from the center line between the door post...
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  • How Much Torque Does Motor Produce in Bulldog Powered Drive Kit for Single Speed 12K Jacks
  • I can tell you that the motor in Powered Drive Kit # BD1824200100 is a 12 volt motor that operates at 32 RPMs and 85 watts. I spoke with my contact at Bulldog and he said that the intermittent torque for the motor is 100 foot pounds. He also added that this kit should only be used with a Bulldog set up and not a Pro Series jack. If you can give me the model number of your jack I can determine if there are any other kits that will fit.
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • As long as the 1-1/4 inch hitch you plan to install on your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon is a Class II hitch like the part # 36493 you can use a 4 bike rack to carry all of your bikes. I would go with the Thule Apex part # TH9025 as it has arced arms that will make loading all 4 of your bikes easily as well as anti-sway cradles to help prevent the bikes from contacting each other. Check out the review video I attached as well. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed...
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  • Roof Rack Recommendation and Sunroof Clearance for a 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • When the Whispbar Roof Rack part # WB-S54 is installed on your 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek the bottom of the crossbars will be about the same height as the top of your raised side rails. You can compare that height to the height that your sunroof goes to when it is open to know if the bars could potentially interfere. Also, since these bars can be positioned anywhere on the side rails you would be able to position them around the sunroof.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch w/ 2 Inch Receiver For Carrying Bike Rack on 2009 Subaru Forester
  • The Curt Class III hitch you referenced, part # 13147 is indeed a fit for your 2009 Subaru Forester. However, I'd recommend the Hidden Hitch model, part # 87493. I make this recommendation because the warranty requirements of the Curt hitch state that a stabilizing strap like part # 18050 must be used on all non-trailer loads in order to preserve your warranty coverage. The strap isn't compatible will all vehicles, so I'll typically recommend the Hidden Hitch or the Draw-Tite brand which...
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  • How Far from the Ground to the Ball is 2 Inch Ball with Curt Trailer Hitch 112862 on 2013 Impreza
  • First, on Curt trailer hitch # C112862 from the ground to the top of the receiver opening is approximately 10 inches. For the ball mount that comes with it add another 3-3/8 inches to the bottom of the ball itself. Since the coupler fits over the ball that is as high up as you would need to measure. Grand total = approximately 13-3/8 inches!
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  • Replacement Key for Sears Sport 15 Cargo Box
  • You will want the Replacement Thule Key part # THKEYN2860. Thule makes the Sears cargo box, so that is why their replacement keys work.
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  • Recommended Towing Mirror for 2015 Subaru Outback
  • We do not have custom towing mirrors that are designed to fit your 2015 Outback but I do have another option for you. One of our most popular mirrors is the K-Source Universal Towing Mirror, part # KS3891. This clips on to the edge of your factory mirrors and has a ratcheting strap system that secures it to the mirror. I have attached link to a product review video you can check out.
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  • Roof Rack, Bike Rack and Cargo Box Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Yakima Skybox 16 part # Y07180 that you referenced is 36 inches wide. That would leave 17 inches of width for the Thule Sidearm part # TH594XT which would be more than enough. If you used the Thule Aeroblade roof rack that consisted of part numbers # THARB53 and # TH450R you would be good go to. Be sure not to exceed the roof rack weight limit for your vehicle as stated in the owners manual.
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  • Cargo Basket and Cargo Bag Recommendation for Roof Rack
  • The Rola Cargo Carrier part # 59504 that you referenced could accommodate the part # PS63605 well. It would be a bit larger than the bag, but not by that much and that really wouldn't be a bad thing necessarily. The carrier is 52" Long x 40-1/2" Wide and the bag is 32-1/2 x 27-1/2. If you wanted a smaller basket the # PS63156 would work great as it is 43" Long x 35" Wide.
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  • Will Thule Raceway Platform Trunk Mount Bike Carrier Fit a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The Thule Raceway platform style trunk bike carrier # TH9003PRO is a fit for the 2015 Subaru Forester as long as it does not have the electronic tailgate option. On some vehicles, the weight of this carrier when loaded can deform the rear fascia. But since your 2015 Forester has that padded shelf style bumper it wouldn't be a problem. I have linked a video review of this carrier for you.
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  • Roof Cargo Basket for 2012 Subaru Tribeca With Factory Roof Rack
  • We do have a couple of roof baskets that will work with the crossbars on your Tribeca, although the width and crossbar spread does limit the choices. I recommend the Rhino-Rack Steel Mesh, Roof Mounted Cargo Basket, part # RLBS-U. This basket measures 48-1/16 inches long x 36-7/16 inches wide, and will fit crossbars up to 3-7/8 inches diameter. This carrier weighs 29 lbs. You will want to make sure you do not exceed the vehicle roof weight capacity. To hold your cargo securely in place...
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  • Hanging Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Yes, the Yakima HighLite part # Y02438 would fit and work well in the hitch of your 2015 Subaru Outback whether it is a 2 inch or 1-1/4 inch hitch. Check out the review video I attached for this rack as well. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out Women's and Alternative Frame Bike Adapter # 64005 to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes to provide an attachment point....
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester with 1-1/4 inch Hitch
  • For your 2015 Subaru Forester we have bike racks that would work better with the OEM 1-1/4 inch hitch on your vehicle. The thing about the OEM Subaru hitches is that they have a very shallow distance from the pin hole to the hitch opening so the Kuat # B202-114 would not work for you. For a similar rack that would fit you would want the Yakima HighLite Aluminum 2 Bike Rack # Y02438 as it has been confirmed to work on the hitch of your vehicle. Check out the review video I attached as...
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  • Trunk Mount Bike Carrier for a 2015 Subaru Forester with Rear Spoiler
  • The Thule trunk mount bike carriers are all listed as a fit for the 2015 Subaru Forester as long as it does not have the electronic tailgate option. However, like you said, that rear spoiler is not meant to support additional weight so it is not the best option. What you will need is the 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 to...
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  • Do Heat Shields Get Reinstalled After Installing a Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • According to the instructions for Curt trailer hitch # C13144 for the 2015 Subaru Forester the heat shields do not get reinstalled after the hitch is installed. I have included a link to the installation instructions and a video showing installation for you. If you plan on doing 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...
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  • Is it Safe to Remove Heat Shield on 2015 Subaru Forester to Install Curt Hitch # C13144
  • When it comes to installing the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, # C13144, on your 2015 Subaru Forester, the hitch itself will now act as a heat shield for your vehicle. If you would feel more comfortable re-installing the original heat shield, you could do so just as long as you remove the portion of the shield that comes in contact with the frame. Please keep in mind that you will be removing some of the mounting points so there is a good chance that this will cause the shield to rattle and...
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  • How to Pick Out a Ball Mount for Towing a Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer Level
  • In order for the Yakima Rack and Roll trailer part # Y08107 to be towed level you will want to go with a ball mount that will put the hitch ball right at 22 inches from the ground. You will need to measure from the top of your hitch opening to the ground. The difference between that measurement and 22 is the amount of rise/drop you would need. Once you determine that you will want to check out the link I attached that will take you to a page that has all of the 1-1/4 inch ball mounts...
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  • How High Would Thule Tandem Bike carrier Stick Up Using Yakima Roof Rack on 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The Thule tandem bike roof mount carrier # TH558P will be approximately 6 inches from the tops of the bars once it is installed on the roof rack. The RailGrab towers # Y00138 have an overall height of 4 inches But from the tops of the side rails on your 2015 Subaru Forester to the tops of the crossbars it will be approximately 2 inches. That would mean the tandem carrier would stick up approximately 8 inches from the tops of the side rails. I would say if you have 10 inches or more...
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  • Replacement End Cap and Handle Assembly for a Thule Crossroad Foot Pack TH450
  • We carry the part # 853-3593 and the part # 753-20064 which are the parts you are looking for your # TH450.
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness for a 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
  • We do have a trailer wiring harness that will fit the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek hybrid with LED lights but Curt harness # C56243 is not a fit. I checked with my contact at Tow Ready and found that you can use harness # 118467 even on the hybrid models. I have linked a video review of this harness for you as well.
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  • Is Whispbar Roof Rack # WB-S55 A Fit for 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • I checked with Whispbar and the part # WB-S54, that you referenced, is in fact a confirmed to fit your 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek with raised rails. I show # WB-S55 to be a fit for the following vehicles 2007 - 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class All Models 2006 - 2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class All Models 2011 - 2015 Volkswagen Touareg All Models 2003 - 2007 Volvo V70 All Models 2004 - 2010 BMW X3 All Models 1998 - 2002 Volvo V70 excluding XC70 2014 - 2014 Kia Sorento non-SX Limited - with...
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  • Popular Folding and Non-Folding Trailer hitch Mount Cargo Carriers for a 2010 Subaru Forester
  • The most popular trailer hitch mounted cargo carriers for 2010 Subaru Forester owners include the following: Non-Folding Carriers Pro Series carrier # 63153 Curt carrier # C18145 Folding Carriers Curt Aluminum carrier # C18100 MaxxTow carrier with ramp # MT70106 I have included links to video reviews of each of these carriers for you. If it were me I would go with Pro Series carrier 63153 for non-folding or MaxxTow carrier MT70106 for a folding carrier. The Pro Series carrier...
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  • Support Strap for Curt Trailer Hitch for 2015 Forester
  • Curt requires the stabilizing/support strap, # 18050, in order to alleviate the leveraging affect that a non-trailer load places on a hitch. At Curt they like to use the example of carrying a gallon of milk. Think of the strain that would be put on your arm if it is extended opposed to if you carry the milk close to your body. This is what also happens with a hitch when a bike rack or cargo carrier is mounted. Although the hitch itself will support a bike rack or cargo carrier, it puts...
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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback with Factory Crossbars
  • For a kayak carrier confirmed to fit the factory crossbars of your 2015 Subaru Outback and would work well with your ocean kayaks that weigh 45 lbs I would recommend the Thule Hull-a-Port part # TH834. You will need to check the roof capacity of your vehicle and be sure that you do not exceed that figure with the weight of your kayaks and these carriers that weigh 10 lbs a piece. I attached a review video for these carriers for you to check out as well.
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  • Yakima Ridgeback Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester with OEM Hitch
  • The current generation of the Yakima Ridgeback part # Y02457 that you referenced is the one we are currently shipping. This one will fit the OEM 1-1/4 Subaru hitches that have the shallow hitch pin holes. I attached a picture of the shank of the rack that shows where the pin hole is so that you can see it would fit your vehicle. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out Women's...
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  • Upgrading Older Style Thule Sidearm to Fit Aero Style Crossbars
  • I spoke with my contact at Thule and when I described your situation she said that it sounds like you have the older style Sidearm and need a few parts so that you could convert it to the newer style. My contact provided me with the replacement parts you will need to adapt your Sidearm for use on your Subaru Outback. These parts are supplied with the current version, # TH594XT. You will need two knobs, part # 753-0783; one plastic spacer mount, part # 853-7441; one rubber leveling...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon w/ OEM 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • The OEM hitch on the Subaru has presented problems in the past because the hitch pin hole is so close to the end of the receiver tube. The Yakima Ridgeback was recently designed to be compatible with this type of receiver tube. Yakima added an additional hitch pin hole that allows the shank of the bike rack to insert a bit further for more stability. The Ridgeback is offered in a two bike model as part # Y02457. The Yakima HighLite # Y02438 bike rack doesn't have the additional hitch...
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  • Recommended Kayak Carrier for Single 40-lb Kayak on 2015 Subaru Forester with Moonroof and No Rack
  • Foam block kayak carriers like the adjustable SportRack # SR5527 are a great option for vehicles without a roof rack. They are very light in weight, cost-effective, and easy to put on and take off. They do not really differ much in terms of scratch potential; the key factor there is getting the bottom of the foam blocks and your car's roof very clean before installation. It is not the foam carrier, but rather any dirt trapped between it and the car, that could cause scratches. On a 1000-mile...
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  • Recommended Cable Lock Recommendation for a Yakima FourTimer
  • The recommended cable lock for the Yakima FourTimer part # Y02469 that you referenced is the part # Y07233.
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  • Adapting Thule Big Mouth Bike Rack to 2011 Subaru Outback OEM load bars
  • According to my Thule representative, the Thule Big Mouth is compatible with Thule Square bars or Yakima Round crossbars only. The # Xadapt2 will allow the rack to be used with Thule AeroBlade Roof Rack or Xsporter Ladder Rack crossbars, Thule doesn't offer an adapter that would allow the # TH599XTR Big Mouth Roof Mounted Bike Rack compatible with the factory crossbars on your 2011 Subaru Outback. This leaves you with two alternatives. You can install Thule Square Crossbars using part...
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  • Will Prorack Rooftop Cargo Box Fit 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon With Factory Crossbars
  • The Prorack Rooftop Cargo Box, part # PR8067100 is confirmed to be a fit for the factory crossbars on your 2013 Subaru Outback. This cargo box has 10 cu ft of cargo space and has an inside dimension of 54-1/2 long x 30 inches wide x 13-1/4 inches tall. The box weighs 25 lbs. You will want to make sure you do not exceed the roof carrying capacity of your Outback. I have attached a product review video you can check out.
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  • Which Do I Use Hitch Tongue Weight Capacity or Vehicle Tongue Weight Capacity
  • When it comes to towing, you are always going to be bound by the component with the lowest capacity so even though the hitch can handle more weight, your vehicle can not. Since you mention that the tongue weight capacity of your vehicle is 165 lbs, a 280 lb power chair would exceed the tongue weight capacity and could cause damage to your vehicle but I do have a solution. Take a look at the Magneta Trailer with Spring Axle for Wheelchairs and Electric Scooters, # UWT1. This is a lightweight...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack to Carry 43 LB Beach Cruiser and 27 LB Hybrid on 2015 Subaru Forester
  • As long as your 2015 Subaru Forester is not equipped with the electronic tailgate option you could go with the Thule Raceway PRO 2-Bike Rack, # TH9001PRO. This bike rack has a capacity of 70 lbs and for best results you want the weight to be evenly distributed between the two bikes. I spoke with my contact at Thule and a long as the heavy beach cruiser is loaded closest to the vehicle, you shouldn't have any problems. Please keep in mind that you would be at maximum capacity so no extras...
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  • Recommendation for the Quietest 14 Cu Ft Rooftop Cargo Box
  • When I asked a few others here at etrailer for their opinion on the quietest cargo box that we offer, all said the Thule Sonic due to it's aerodynamic design and it being very low-profile. The two options that Thule offers close to the 14 cu ft capacity would be the Thule Sonic Large 13 cu ft Rooftop Cargo Box, # TH634B for Black or # TH634S for Silver, and the Thule Sonic XL 17 cu ft Rooftop Cargo Box, # TH635B for Black or # TH635S for Silver.
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  • How to Carry 2 Kayaks on a 2015 Subaru Outback with Yakima Mako Saddles
  • It depends on the version of the Yakima Mako saddles you have. If you have the Aero Version like part # Y04044 they would fit your factory crossbars as-is. If you had the # Y04037 which only fits round and square bars you would also need the Universal MightyMounts, # Y03590. You would need to check the roof capacity for your vehicle (owners manual), to make sure you have the capacity for the weight of your two kayaks.
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  • Is Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Rack # TH9027 Recommended for Carrying Carbon Fiber Framed Bikes
  • When it comes to the Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Rack, # TH9027, this is a great bike rack that is loaded with features and has the road-dampening technology (RDT) which definitely helps but at the end off the day I will still always recommend a platform style bike rack for the carbon fiber framed bikes. The best rack for the carbon fiber bikes is going to be a platform rack that secures the bikes by the wheel and not the frame. No contact with the frame = less chance of damage = happy rider. All...
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  • Will Yakima Hitch Bike Rack Lock Fit Thule Vertex 5 Bike Rack
  • Bike rack makers like Yakima and Thule use different thread pitches and bolt diameters for their hardware. It would be great if they all were compatible/interchangeable but they are not. If a bike rack uses one of these proprietary type hitch pins, rather than a generic type lock, then you will need to use the correct one for that particular rack from that manufacturer. The correct anti-rattle hitch lock for your Thule Vertex 5 bike rack # TH9030XT is part # THSTL2.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Impreza WRX Hatchback
  • The only hitch we offer for your 2014 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback is the Curt hitch part # C11120 that is a Class I 1-1/4 inch hitch. 2 inch hitches are reserved for larger vehicles like SUVs and trucks. I attached a help article on hitch sizes and classifications for you to check out as well.
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  • Strip Measurements for Rhino Rack Roof Rack on a 2015 Subaru Legacy
  • I spoke to my contact at Rhino Rack and he informed me that their roof rack that consists of part numbers # DS126B and # DK416 will have a strip measurement of 72 mm for the front and 60 for the rear.
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  • Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester with Power Lift Gate
  • For a trunk mounted bike rack for your 2015 Subaru Forester that has the power lift gate the Yakima King Joe Pro part # Y02624 has been confirmed as a fit and would work well for you so I would recommend it. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out Women's and Alternative Frame Bike Adapter # 64005 to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes to provide an attachment point....
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  • How to Pick Out a Sidewinder Pin Box for a Trailer
  • Sidewinders are pin box specific so you will first need to know what pin box you have now in order to pick out the correct one. There should be a sticker or a stamping on the OEM pin box of the trailer that will list the pin box number that is on the trailer. Once you figure out which pin box you have you can check the FAQ I attached that has a chart that shows the correct Sidewinder to get based on which pin box you have.
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  • Installation/Removal of the Surco BT300 On a Jeep Wrangler
  • The backing plate of the Surco Bike Rack part # BT300 that you referenced attaches to the rim by it sliding over the mounting plate for the wheel and then using the lug nuts that attach the wheel to the vehicle as a way to secure the wheel and the mounting plate to the vehicle. If you can loosen the bolts that hold the wheel to the vehicle it should remove. It is also possible that you are referring to the security bolt that holds the rack to the mounting plate. That would have been...
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  • Recommendation for 3 Bike Rack with Anti Sway Cradles for 2012 Subaru Legacy
  • I have a 3 bike rack with anti-sway cradles to recommend for you. However, the Hollywood Racks Express # HRE3 does not feature anti-sway cradles. I recommend looking at the Hollywood Racks Baja 3 Bike Carrier # HRB3. This bike rack will also fit you 2012 Subaru Legacy and will carry 3 bikes. This bike carrier features anti-sway cradles to prevent bike-to-bike and bike-to-car contact. The Baja bike rack is our most economic 3 bike rack with anti-sway cradles for your vehicle. I have...
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  • What Wire Gauge is Used in Curt Replacement Inline Fuse Holder # C58470
  • The wire gauge used in Curt Replacement Inline Fuse Holder # C58470 is 10 AWG. The maximum fuse value to be used is a 10-amp value. I confirmed the above information with my technical contact at Curt.
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  • Recommended Trailer Connector for Providing Reverse Light Signal on 2015 Subaru Outback
  • The Curt 4-Pole Vehicle Wiring Harness # C56040 does NOT provide a reverse light signal on its 4-pole connector, only stop, turn and running lights. The trailer connectors that can carry a reverse light signal will be either 5-pole, 6-pole or 7-pole types. Currently we do not offer a plug-in wiring harness that directly taps into the reverse light signal that may be in your Outback Wagon's R79 connector. However, converting to a 7-way socket that includes reverse, 12V power and trailer...
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  • Are CE Smith LED Light Kit for Post-Style Boat Guide-Ons Used For Turn Signal Or Brake Lights
  • The CE Smith LED Light Kit for Post-Style Boat Guide-Ons, part # CE27656A are designed to fit the top of guide-ons like part # CE27740. These are wired into the trailer running light circuit and are not used for brake light or turn signals. These lights are red and amber and mounted so that you are more visible to other drivers at night.
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  • Compatibility of Swagman Quad 2+2 Bike Carrier # S64691 With Hidden Hitch # 87568 and OEM Hitch
  • The Swagman Quad 2+2 2-Bike and 4-Bike Carrier # S64691 is designed to fit 2-inch hitch receivers like Hidden Hitch # 87568 but note this hitch has not yet been confirmed as a carry-over fit for the 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon. It is a confirmed fit on the 2015 model year and chances are that it will also fit the 2016 model year but as of now this has not been confirmed. If your dealer is suggesting a smaller 1-1/4-inch Class II hitch along with the use of an adapter I strongly caution...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Forester for 4 Bike Rack
  • Since your Saris Freedom SuperClamp 4 Bike Carrier part # SA4026 is designed to fit 2 inch hitches you will need to install a 2 inch hitch on your 2014 Subaru Forester like the Draw Tite Hitch part # 75876. As long as you have less than 5 inches from the center of your hitch pin hole to the outermost portion of the rear bumper this rack would fold up just fine.
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for 2002 Subaru Forester
  • You nailed it! All the parts you've mentioned, the Curt Class II # C12038, the Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR, it's # THSTL2 lock are all compatible, and would all work excellently for you. There's not any one particular bike lock you'd need to secure the bikes to the rack, but Thule offers one, part # TH538XT. The neat feature with this lock is if you purchase two lock cores, part # TH512, you can key both the Snug Tite lock and the cable lock alike, so you won't need to carry two keys...
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for 2002 Subaru Forester
  • You nailed it! All the parts you've mentioned, the Curt Class II # C12038, the Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR, it's # THSTL2 lock are all compatible, and would all work excellently for you. There's not any one particular bike lock you'd need to secure the bikes to the rack, but Thule offers one, part # TH538XT. The neat feature with this lock is if you purchase two lock cores, part # TH512, you can key both the Snug Tite lock and the cable lock alike, so you won't need to carry two keys...
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  • Will Draw-Tite QSP Trailer Hitch Silencer and Cover Work with Curt Class III Trailer Hitch
  • I went out to the warehouse and tried the Draw-Tite QSP Trailer Hitch Silencer and Cover # 63080 on a Curt Curt trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver so it should work well with your Class III Curt trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver. I have included a link to a product demonstration video for you to check out.
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  • Will Draw-Tite QSP Trailer Hitch Silencer and Cover Work with Curt Class III Trailer Hitch
  • I went out to the warehouse and tried the Draw-Tite QSP Trailer Hitch Silencer and Cover # 63080 on a Curt Curt trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver so it should work well with your Class III Curt trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver. I have included a link to a product demonstration video for you to check out.
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  • Installing Transmission Cooler in 2006 Subaru Forester
  • When installing your supplementary transmission cooler such as the economical Derale Dyno-Cool Tube-Fin Transmission Cooler # D12906 in your 2006 Subaru Forester you will want to locate the cooler in front of your AC condenser for maximum air flow and cooling efficiency. Please refer to the linked article. You want to install the supplementary cooler on the return line from the radiator. To determine which line is the return line you will want to start with your truck totally cooled...
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  • Hitch, Ball Mount and 1-7/8 inch Hitch Ball for a 2011 Subaru Outback
  • You can use a 1-7/8 inch hitch ball with the Hidden Hitch part # 87568 that you referenced. The recommended ball mount for this hitch is the part # 2923 and for a 1-7/8 inch hitch ball you could use the part # 19260.
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  • Vehicle Squeaks After Trailer Hitch Install
  • When you install a hitch on a vehicle you end up bracing the rear chassis of the vehicle as the hitch attaches to both side of the frame and provides basically like a cross-bracing. What that can end up doing is causing the vehicle to have a stiffer feel to it. When torqueing the hitch down it can also cause the frame to position in a slightly different manner which can cause different interior or exterior parts to contact in a different way. Basically what I am trying to say is that...
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  • Hitch and Cargo Carrier Recommendation for Ground Clearance for a 2014/2015 Subaru Impreza
  • The same hitches fit the 2014 and 2015 model Subaru Impreza hatchbacks with single exhaust so for a hitch you would want the Draw Tite hitch part # 24886. Your best bet for getting the best possible ground clearance with the cargo carrier would be to go with one that has a rise built into the shank. For that you best option would be the Pro Series Cargo Carrier part # 6500 as it has a shank rise of 3 inches and has a platform that is 20 inches by 48 inches.
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