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  • LED Tail Light Kit for a Curt Trailer Hitch Mount Cargo Carrier
  • Since there isn't a specific light kit that will fit the Curt carrier # C18153, what you will need to do is use a light kit like # 98174LED, and then add 2 brackets part # BK70BB as they work with 6-1/2 inch oval lights. You will also need some self-tapping screws # 101131802, or drill and use the hardware of your choice to mount the brackets. Also, ensure that your 2015 Subaru Forester has a 4-Way trailer connector to plug the light kit # 98174LED into. If you need to add trailer wiring,...
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  • What is the Wattage of the Bully Bumper Mount Backup Light
  • Each Bully Bumper mount backup vehicle light # PL-807 is 55 watts. The backup light # PL-807 will come with one light. The mounting hardware is also included.
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  • Snow Chain Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester for Use on Icy Steep Driveway
  • Based on how steep of a driveway you have and how much snow and ice it will see I have a better solution for you. The Thule CS10 Chain part # TH2004125104 is an offroad chain that requires 10 inches of clearance that has built in ice breakers to provide you with better traction in the snow and ice. You will want to check the owners manual of your 2015 Subaru Forester to make sure there are no restrictions on snow chain usage with your vehicle. I attached an FAQ on Thule snow chains for...
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  • Will Yakima Skybox 21 fit 2012 Subaru Outback with OEM crossbars Without Interfering with Hatch
  • To determine if there will be hatch interference with the Yakima SkyBox 21, # Y07184, and your 2013 Subaru Outback with OEM crossbars you will need to do a little measuring. Measure from the center of the front crossbar back to the seam between the top of the hatch and the roof. If you get 57 inches or more then the box will fit without rear hatch interference. Take a look at the diagram I provided. If you come up with a different number let me know what it is and I can determine...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendation for 2011 Subaru Impreza
  • For your 2011 Impreza WRX Sedan, I recommend Hidden Hitch part # 60893 as long as you do not have the STi model. (There is currently no trailer hitch available for the STi.) This hitch includes the ball mount and the pin and clip used to secure the ball mount into the receiver. I have included a video review of this hitch on a Subaru Forester. The vehicle is different but the installation is similar. The custom fit wiring harnesses available for your 2011 Subaru Impreza are plug and...
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  • Extra Exhaust Hangers when Installing Trailer Hitch on a 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX
  • Based on the exhaust you have and the unknown compatibility with Curt hitch # C11318 on your 2007 Subaru Impreza, I recommend getting 3, if not a couple extra just in case because you never know what you might need. Its better to be prepared. You mentioned using the hitch with a bike rack. Since the hitch is a Class I, you will need a bike rack that is Class I compatible and you are limited to 2 bikes at most. Also, Curt requires the use of stabilization strap # 18050 when using the...
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  • Class S Tire Chains For 2009 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • I did some research on your 2009 Subaru Outback Wagon and found that only Class S tire chains are to be used, and they are only to be used on the front tires. Tire chains are size specific so you will want to know the tire size before choosing tire chains for your Outback. From our fit guide I found that there are 3 typical tire sizes on the Outback so I will give a recommendation based on that. The tire sizes are 205/50-17, 225/55-17, and 225/60-16. If you have a tire size that...
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru 1-1/4 inch Hitch
  • Since the pin hole on the factory Subaru hitch on the 2015 Outback is so close to the end of the receiver, the only racks that are really safe to use in that hitch are the Yakima racks. So the HoldUp, # Y02445, is a great option. This rack weighs 55 lbs. Another great option would be the Yakima HighLite part # Y02439. This rack weighs 24 lbs. At this time these would are the only racks confirmed to fit the new style of Subaru hitches and are very similar to the other bike racks...
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  • Subaru Legacy 2004 Snow Chain Recommendation
  • The best way to determine what axles of your vehicle should have snow chains installed on them is to check the owners manual of your 2004 Subaru Legacy to see what they recommend and if there are any restrictions. Having chains on all wheels is ideal though as that will give you the best traction for stopping, turning, and accelerating. You don't want to run chains on dry pavement ever. That will wear them out very quickly and will damage the road. Chains typically have a speed rating...
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  • Will Yakima Roof Mount Cargo Boxes Fit Factory Roof Rack on a 2015 Subaru Outback
  • All of the Yakima roof cargo boxes will fit the factory roof rack on your 2015 Subaru Outback. I have included a link to them for you. The RocketBox Pro 14, # Y07192, would be an excellent choice. Its short length will actually allow it to fit without interfering with the rear hatch on the vehicle when opened. There are longer boxes but to determine which will fit without hatch interference you will need to take a measurement. If the crossbars on the roof can be moved, move the front...
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  • Recommended 2-Bike Carrier For 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon With Class ll Hitch Receiver
  • The Thule Helium Aero 2 Bike carrier, part # TH9042, will be a good fit for your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon. This bike rack will fit both 1-1/4 and 2 inch receiver openings and has a carrying capacity of 2 bikes weighing up to 35 lbs each. This carrier has a built-in anti-rattle hitch pin and tilts away form the vehicle for access to the rear cargo area. The arms fold down for easy storage when not in use and the One-Key system locks help deter theft of the bikes and your rack. If...
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  • Best Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • The best trunk mounted bike rack on the market that has been confirmed to fit your 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek is the Thule Raceway Bike Rack part # TH9001PRO. 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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  • Will the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX3611 fit a 2000 Subaru Legacy Outback
  • The Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX3611 is confirmed to fit the 2000 Subaru LEGACY Outback, but not the 2000 Subaru Outback Wagon or Sedan. There are no base plates available for those two vehicles. So if you have a Legacy Outback this kit would work for you. I attached installation instructions for this base plate kit plus an FAQ on flat towing for you to check out.
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  • Roof Top Cargo Box Recommendation for 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon with Factory Rack
  • Any time you put something on the roof of a vehicle like your 2013 Subaru Outback you are going to get some wind noise. We have found that the further back you have the roof box on the roof of you vehicle the quieter it gets. The Yakima RocketBox PRO # Y07192 that you referenced is pretty small and is aerodynamically designed so that it would be about as quiet as any box could be on your roof so I would recommend it for you. This box has also been confirmed as a fit for the factory...
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  • Can an Anti-Rattle Device be Used with the Vertical Drawbar part # D-55007
  • As long as the Vertical Drawbar part # D-55007 is being used in the correct Curt Hitch part # C11748 you can use the anti-rattle device part # 93347. I attached a review video for this product for you to check out as well that shows how it works.
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  • Will the Wheel Masters Eagle Vision Extendable Towing Mirror # WM6600 Fit a 2007 Subaru Forester
  • The Wheel Masters Eagle Vision Extendable Towing Mirror # WM6600 should fit your 2007 Subaru Forester provided the vehicle doesn't have any body molding at the bottoms of the doors. I have also included a link to all of the universal towing mirrors that we carry.
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2015 Subaru Impreza 5-Door Hatchback
  • Curt lists trailer hitch # C11286 as a fit for the 2015 Subaru Impreza hatchback but it excludes WRX and WRX STi models. If you plan on doing some towing use hitch # C112863 which is the same hitch but it also comes with the proper ball mount. For a ball use # 19256 for a 1-7/8 inch or # 19258 for a 2 inch.
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  • Will Thule Fairing # TH872XT Fit Square Crossbars
  • I spoke with my contact at Thule and the Fairing for Roof Racks, # TH872XT, was designed for use on the Thule square bars which measure 7/8" x 1-1/4". Since test fits have only been performed on Thule crossbars, we can not guarantee that the fairing will work on all square crossbars.
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2013 Impreza Sport Hatchback Single Exhaust
  • For a hitch for your 2013 Subaru Impreza Sport Hatchback with single exhaust I would recommend the Draw Tite hitch part # 24886 over the Curt hitch # C11286 just because the Draw Tite doesn't require the use of a stabilizer strap like the Curt does. However, there really is no good way to use a bike rack intended for 2 inch hitches on your vehicle. The hitches available are Class I which means they have pretty low capacities, and a hitch adapter like you referenced cut the capacity of...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru WRX STI
  • Yes, I spoke with my contact at Curt and the Curt Hitch part # C11408 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit the STI versions of the 2015 Subaru WRX so it will work for you. For a ball mount you would want part # C45521, 1-7/8 inch hitch ball # 19256, 2 inch hitch ball # 19258. For trailer wiring you would want the part # C56259.
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  • Installation Process for Hidden Hitch Class III Hitch # 87446 on 2007 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Hidden Hitch Class III Hitch # 87446 is a correct fit for your 2007 Subaru Outback Wagon as long as it is not the Sport edition. For reference I have linked the written installation instructions, which indicate the torque specs, and also an installation video showing the process in your exact same vehicle. If the hitch is being installed for a second time please note that you cannot re-use the original installation hardware. Hitch hardware is one-time-use only. If you need a new...
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  • Need Thule Tamperproof Screw that is Longer than # 853-5269
  • Yes, we do offer the M6x50 Tamperproof Screw, # TH853526902, from Thule which has a length of 1-31/32".
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2000 Subaru Outback to Carry 4 Bikes
  • If the 1-1/4 inch hitch is a Class II hitch you can carry 4 bikes with a bike rack installed in the hitch. If the 1-1/4 inch hitch is a Class I hitch then you are limited to 2 bikes like you referenced. Since there is a Class II 1-1/4 inch hitch available for your 2000 Subaru Outback Wagon you can carry 4 bikes. For a hitch you would want the Draw Tite Hitch part # 36284. I attached an install video for this hitch plus an FAQ on hitch classifications for you to check out. For a bike...
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  • How to Measure to Determine if a Bike Rack will Clear Rear Bumper of a 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • With the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 87568 installed on your 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon you will have a distance of 4-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the furthest point out on your rear bumper. Without knowing what Hollywood Racks bike rack you have it would be hard for me to say if this would be enough clearance. What you can do is measure from the center of the pin hole on the rack out to the nearest upright portion of the rack/wheel hoop. If that distance is more...
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  • Distance from Hitch Opening to Pin Hole on the Draw Tite Hitch part # 36523
  • I went out into the warehouse to get the measurements you requested for the Draw Tite Hitch part # 36523. The distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the opening of the hitch is 2-1/8 inches. The distance from the center of the pin hole to the back of the hitch opening is 3-7/8 inches. This hitch only has 1 hitch pin hole. When installed on your 2015 Subaru Forester it will have a distance of about 7 inches from the pin hole to the furthest point out on the rear bumper.
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  • Roof Rack Recommendation for a 2000 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport with Factory Crossbars
  • The only roof rack recommendation I can make for your 2000 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport that has factory crossbars will be the Yakima Roof Rack that consists of the following parts: Round 48" CrossBars # Y00408 Q46 Q Clips for Yakima Q Towers # Y00646 Yakima Q Towers # Y00124 I checked and this is the only option we carry for your roof setup. Be sure not to exceed the weight capacity for this rack at 165 lbs and what is listed as the roof capacity in the owners manual of your vehicle.
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  • Trailer Hitch Installation for a 2007 Subaru Tribeca
  • To install Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75401 on your 2007 Subaru Tribeca you will only need to temporarily remove the spare tire from under the vehicle. After the hitch is installed you will put the spare tire back where it was. There is no mention of having to trim anything on the vehicle to install the hitch. I have linked the instructions for you so you can see what all is involved in the installation. The receiver will be the only part visible once install and will be directly below...
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  • Wiring 2010 Subaru Outback to Tow European Spec Trailer
  • A European 7-Way trailer connector has the same functions that a US 4-Way has. We do not have an adapter or a harness made with a European 7-Way. If your 2010 Subaru Outback was made for the North American market then you can use the Curt harness, # C56040 if it's NOT a sport model or # C56111 for sport models. In order to get it to work with a European 7-Way, you would need to cut off the 4-Way end and then use another converter, # 118158 . You would attach the the white, green, and...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch For 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • You are correct. The video for the Draw-Tite Trailer hitch, part # 75673 that is designed to fit your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon would be the same installation as shown on the 2014 Outback. We have not had the opportunity to do an installation on a 2015 just yet, but when we do we will be adding that video to our website. 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...
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  • Availability of Ski/Snowboard Rack that Mounts Directly to Side Rails of 2014 Subaru Forester
  • The SportRack # SR6453 Ski and Snowboard Carrier would be a fit as long as the side rails of your Forester aren't more than 3-1/4 inches in diameter. This carrier can attach to crossbars or side rails, as shown in the diagram from the instructions I've linked for you. While SportRack makes a high quality product, the clamps that mount the rack to the side rails are pretty rudimentary, you'll need an Allen wrench to install and remove them. An easier to use option would be to install...
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  • Roof Rack Crossbar Compatibility with Thule EasySnap Mounting Kit for Thule Cargo Boxes # TH05820
  • The Thule EasySnap Mounting Kit # TH05820 will work on your Evolution Series cargo box and it will fit a range of roof crossbars. If your truck's Yakima roof rack uses either standard round or square rack crossbars then the EasySnap hardware will work fine. You can check the fit on your Subaru factory crossbars by taking a quick measurement of their width. As long as the bars are not wider than 3-1/4-inches then they will work with the EasySnap kit.
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  • Tire Chains that Will Fit 225/60-16 and 225/60-17 Tires on a 2000 and 2013 Subaru Outback
  • The Thule tire chains will not fit both tire sizes but you could use the Glacier chains # PWPLC1138. They do fit 225/60-16 and 225/60-17 tires. You can also use Titan chains # TC1138. For these chains I recommend adding the rubber adjusters, # TCMA2. Be sure to consult the vehicle owners manuals for specific information on the use of tire chains. I have included some video links and a link to our help article on tire chains for you to the right.
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  • Will the Thule Force XL Cargo Box Fit a 2015 Subaru Outback without Rear Hatch Interference
  • To determine if the Thule Force XL cargo box, # TH625, will fit your 2015 Subaru Outback without hatch interference you will need to take 1 important measurement. First, if you can move the crossbars on the vehicle, move the front bar as far forward as it will go. Then measure from the center of the front bar straight back to the seam between the top of the hatch and the roof. If that measurement is greater than 53-5/8 inches the box will fit without hatch interference. I have included...
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  • Hitch and Lightweight Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Outback
  • First let's start with a hitch. For a Class III hitch with a 2 inch opening that would be able to carry a 4 bike rack you would want the Hidden Hitch part # 87568. The hitch will be largely out of plain sight. Check out the install video I attached for more info. For a lightweight 4 bike rack I would go with the Yakima KingPin part # Y02441. This rack only weighs 33 lbs so it would be perfect for you. Check out the review video I attached for more info. If you plan on carrying any...
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  • Will Saris Traps Fork-Block Bike Carrier Base # SATRK14 Work in Subaru Forester or Subaru Crosstrek
  • In order to determine if the Saris Traps Fork-Block Bike Carrier Base, # SATRK14, will work in a Subaru Forester or Subaru Crosstrek, you will need to take a couple of measurements. I would start by measuring the height and width of your vehicle's cargo area to determine what we have to work with. When it comes to the Saris Traps Fork-Block Bike Carrier Base, # SATRK14, your cargo area will need to be at least 47" wide. If a shorter track is needed, we offer a 35" Triple Track, #...
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  • Recommendation of Tire Snow Chains for a 2015 Subaru Forester 2.0 XT with 225/55R18 Tires
  • The snow chains I recommend for your 2015 Subaru Forester are the Pewag Snox # PWSXP570 because the diamond-pattern, square-link chains provide excellent traction in snow and ice. It's recommended to put the first set of chains on the primary drive wheels. Always check your vehicle owners manual to ensure there are no restrictions on use of tire chains. I have included a few FAQ's about install tips and snow chains as well as a couple installation videos for you.
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  • Is Weight Distribution/Sway Control Needed for 2013 Subaru Tribeca Towing 2500-lb Trailer
  • A weight distribution (and/or sway control) system is worth considering under several conditions. One is if your loaded trailer weight (GTW) is more than 50 percent of your vehicle's weight (GVWR). According to my research your Tribeca has a curb weight of 4214-lbs. With your loaded trailer weight being about 2500-lbs you are right at the point where weight distribution may help trailer and tow vehicle handling. You might refer to the linked article on weight distribution. If you find...
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  • Will Yakima HullRaiser to HullRaiser Aero Conversion Kit Fit 2015 Subaru Outback Factory Roof Rack
  • First, the HullRaiser to HullRaiser Aero Conversion Kit # Y8860031 is made by Yakima. You can use this kit to fit your original HullRaiser to the factory crossbars on your 2015 Subaru Outback. Yakima lists the HullRaiser Aero as a direct fit so the conversion kit will also fit the factory crossbars. You will need to order 2 kits per HullRaiser.
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  • Recommended Floor Mats For 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • For your 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek we do offer custom floor mats that will work for you. We have not had the opportunity to take photos of the U-Ace Floor Mats, part # L1SB00811509 installed on a Crosstrek, but they have a similar design as the WeatherTech Front Auto Floor Mats, part # WT444391 you referenced. From the photos it does appear the Weather Tech # WT444391 may cover a bit more of the area you are asking about. If that area is really important in your decision then I recommend...
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  • Seat Cover for 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • In order to obtain the bottom part of the seat cover, you would need to purchase a complete set like the Covercraft Seat Covers, # SS2483PCTN, for your 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek. The bottom part of the seat cover is not sold separately.
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  • Will the Pulse XL Cargo Box Allow Full Access to the Rear Hatch of a 2010 Subaru Tribeca
  • The Pulse XL cargo box # TH615 will not come in contact with the rear hatch and radio antenna of your 2010 Subaru Tribeca as long as the measurement from the front cross bar back to the radio antenna or hatch (whichever is closer) is 46-3/8 inches or less. See the diagram to the right. The total length of the cargo box is 76-inches and please ensure you have a minimum crossbar spread of at least 23-5/8 inches in order for it to fit properly. I included a video review for you as well.
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  • Class II Hitch and Cargo Carrier Recommendation for a 2004 Subaru Forester
  • The biggest difference between the Class I hitches and the Class II ones are the capacities. Both are a 1-1/4 inch hitch so it wouldn't make a huge difference either way. For your 2004 Subaru Forester we only carry Class II hitches like the Curt Hitch # C12038. All that means is that the hitch has more capacity than your vehicle. But since a towing setup is only as strong as it's weakest component you are still limited to the Class I capacities of your vehicle. Some 1-1/4 inch accessories...
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  • Hitch, Wiring, Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • All of the trailer wiring fits for your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon are the same as the ones for the 2014 Outbacks. You will want the Curt Wiring Harness part # C56040. 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...
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  • Will the Yakima RocketBox Pro 14 Cargo Box Fit a 2015 Subaru Outback with Factory Roof Rack
  • Yes, the Yakima RocketBox Pro 14 cargo box, # Y07192, is listed as a fit for the factory roof rack on your 2015 Subaru Outback. I have linked a video review of this cargo box for you. This is a relatively short cargo box, 74 inches overall length, so I do not anticipate there being any interference with the rear hatch when opened. As long as you have 45 inches or more measured from the center of the front crossbar to the seam between the roof and top of the hatch the box will fit without...
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  • Waterproof Rooftop Cargo Carrier Options for Golf Clubs on 2014 Subaru Outback & 2014 GMC Terrain
  • Since you are looking for a rooftop cargo solution that can be used on two different vehicles, your 2014 Subaru Outback & 2014 GMC Terrain, I suggest as a first potential candidate the Rightline Sport 3 XL Rooftop Cargo Bag # RL100S30 which features waterproof construction. This moderately-priced bag offers the advantages of being able to mount without a roof rack in place on the vehicles, having very light weight (under 10-lbs) and offering a substantial 18-cubic-foot volume capacity....
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  • Recommended Rhino Rack Roof Rack for 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • Assuming your Crosstrek has the rails that run from front to back along the edge of the roof, you'd need the # RRSX005 roof rack feet and either # RRVA118B-2 for black crossbars or # RRVA118S-2 for silver. The # RRSX018 feet you referenced is for a Toyota Sienna, and wouldn't work on your Crosstrek. Anytime a roof accessory is added to a vehicle, there will be a certain amount of noise caused by the wind hitting the crossbars. This is typically worse with the square crossbars, but with...
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  • What are the Dimensions of the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Part # C12100
  • I went to our warehouse to get the Curt trailer hitch # C12100 to provide you a couple key measurements you requested. 1. From the opening on the hitch receiver and back to the hitch pin hole is 2-inches. 2. The receiver opening will be 8-inches deep. 3. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 6-inches. And from the face of the receiver back to clear the rear bumper will be 4 inches. See the diagram to the right. I also included an installation...
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  • Will the Thule Flat Top Ski and Snowboard Carrier # TH92725 Fit Crossbars on 2013 Subaru Impreza
  • The Thule Flat Top Ski and Snowboard Carrier, # TH92725, fits round, square, aero/elliptical and factory crossbars measuring up to 3-3/4 inches wide. If the crossbars on your 2013 Subaru Impreza measure 3-3/4 inches wide or less and are at least 24-1/2" long, this carrier will work for you. I have attached a short video for you to check out.
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  • Will the Thule Venture Trunk Mount Bike Carrier Fit a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Thule Venture is the same as the Thule Passage (different color though) # TH911XT. I checked with Thule and the Passage 3, # TH911XT, is a fit for the 2015 Subaru Outback. They do not list any fit information on the Venture but since it is essentially the same as the Passage it should fit as well. I have linked a video review of the Passage for you. 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...
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  • How to Determine if Wheel is Hub Centric or Lug Centric
  • Since you mention that the bolts are pressed in with nuts to hold the wheels on, it sounds like you have lug centric wheels. Lug centric wheels slide onto studs on the hub and are secured with lug nuts. If a wheel is hub centric, the wheel centers on the hub and bolts are threaded into the hub to secure the wheel. If you can provide me with your axle capacity, tire size, and bolt pattern I would be happy to assist you in finding a wheel that will work for you.
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  • Roof Rack, Cargo Box and Snowboard Carrier Recommend for Subaru Forester 2014 with Factory Rails
  • Lets first start with a roof rack for your 2014 Subaru Forester with raised side rails (thanks for including your roof style as that makes my job easier). I would recommend the Whispbar Roof Rack that consists of the following parts # WB-S16 and # WB-K328. With that rack installed you could use the Yakima SkyBox 21 Cargo Box # Y07184 that you referenced as it would carry 4+ snowboards easily. Actually this box can carry up to 10 boards. You would also have the ability to also install...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 3.6R 2014 Subaru Outback
  • The trailer hitch part # 87568 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit all models of the 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon as long as it's not a Sport model so it would work well on your 2014 3.6R Subaru Outback. This hitch will work just fine on vehicles with dual exhaust. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. For trailer wiring you would want the part # C56040. Since it sounds like you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit...
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  • Installation Procedure for Curt Class I Hitch # C13144 on 2015 Subaru Forester
  • According to the installation instructions, which I've linked for you, the head shields are removed and left off. With the hitch in place, the mounting flanges of the hitch will act as the heat shields and will prevent the heat from the exhaust from being conducted to the interior of the vehicle. Please be aware that if the hitch is used for non trailer loads like a cargo carrier or a bike rack, a stabilizing strap like part # 18050 must be used to comply with Curt's hitch warranty...
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  • How to Determine Which Cargo Boxes Fit a 2010 Subaru Forester without Hatch Interference
  • It all depends on the box and the roof rack on the vehicle. SportRack does not provide fit information on the Horizon cargo box, # SR7011. Thule and Yakima do provide a way to determine if a box will fit without hatch interference. The first thing you will do is, if the crossbars on the vehicle can be moved, move the front bar as far forward as you can. Then measure from the center of that bar straight back to the seam between the roof and the top of the rear hatch. If that measurement...
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  • How to Change my Thule T2 Bike Rack from a 2-Inch to a 1/1/4 Inch Receiver for my 1998 Subaru Legacy
  • Since there isn't any 2-inch trailer hitch receivers that are a fit for your 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback, you could use the shank and backbone assembly # 753-3709. This will replace your current 2-inch backbone assembly with the 1-1/4 inch version. Another option, If you prefer to keep your T2 bike rack with the original 2 inch backbone assembly, is to add a hitch adapter such as # HTAD. Although there are adapters available, we typically don't recommend them because they reduce the TW...
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  • Package Contents of the TrailerMate Mounting Bracket Part # TM76470
  • Yes. The TrailerMate mounting bracket # TM76470 will include 1 L-shaped mounting bracket and necessary mounting hardware. I also pulled the part from our warehouse and made a short video for you too. If you still need the additional mounting bracket (3-3/4 inches long) and hose clamp then you will also get # TM75475. Or # TM75476, which is 6-1/2 inches long. I have included a couple video reviews for you too.
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  • Roof Rack Crossbars for 2014 Subaru Forester with Factory Raised Rails
  • Sounds like you are looking for (flat) Aero bars for your 2014 Subaru Forester with Factory Raised Rails. I recommend going with the Rhino Rack roof rack system, which includes the following parts: Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars # RRVA118S-2 Rhino-Rack SX Series Leg Kit # RRSX005 These roof rack crossbars have an elliptical shape which will make them very aerodynamic and help reduce drag and cut down on wind noise. I have included an installation video of this roof rack system...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2012 Subaru Outback
  • All of the trailer hitches that we carry for the 2012 Subaru Outback will fit all models but none will fit Sport models. That is the only exception. As long as your Outback is not a Sport model any of the hitches will fit. The most popular option is Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87568. I have linked a video showing the hitch being installed 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...
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  • Roof Rack and Ski Carrier for Cross Country Skis on a 1994 Subaru Legacy Sedan
  • In addition to a roof rack # SR1008 for your 1994 Subaru Legacy sedan, you will also need a ski carrier to transport your cross country skis. You can use SportRack ski carrier # SR6454 which holds 4 skis or 2 snowboards or carrier # SR6456 which holds 6 skis or 4 snowboards. I have linked some video reviews for you to view.
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  • Will Thule Force XXL Fit Factory Crossbars On Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • For your Subaru XV Crosstrek, with the factory crossbars, the Thule Force XXL Rooftop Cargo Box, part # TH626 is designed to work well. This is a 21 cubic ft cargo box and features Quick-Grip clamps that make installation a breeze. this has a dual-side opening lid which allows access from either side of the vehicle, and also has locks that secure the cargo. The weight capacity of this cargo box is 110 lbs. This cargo box measures 92-1/2 x 36 x 18 inches. You will want to check your...
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  • Kayak Rack for a 2015 Forester Subaru to Carry 2 Kayaks Flat
  • As long as you had the crossbar width to accommodate your 2 kayaks on the roof of your 2015 Subaru Forester with factory bars and the roof capacity for them as well I would recommend the Yakima EvenKeel part # Y04052. I checked with Yakima and this rack has been confirmed to fit your factory crossbars.
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  • How to Carry 2 Heavy Kayaks with a 2015 Subaru Outback
  • The only solution I can recommend for you that will allow you to transport 2 kayaks that weight 92 lbs each would be to go with a Yakima Rack and Roll trailer # Y08106 with the tongue extender # Y08109 which is needed for the length of your kayaks. The roof capacity of your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon isn't high enough for what you are trying to do so I can't recommend anything that would allow you to exceed this figure. First let's start with a hitch. For that you will want the Hidden...
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  • Where is the Wiring Harness Connector for Installing Trailer Wiring in a 2007 Subaru Legacy
  • On the 2007 Legacy Outback Wagon the wiring harness used to install the # 118461 is sometimes hard to find. For some reason it gets routed differently and can be in the spare tire well, up along the back near the bottom of the rear seat or under the rear panel nearest the hatch. I spoke to our installation technician and he said that he removes all of the panels and follows the vehicle wiring harness along until he comes across the connector. It is there you just have to search for it. Our...
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  • Recommended Trunk Mount Bike Rack for a 2014 Subaru Forester
  • The trunk mount bike rack I recommend for your 2014 Subaru Forester is the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top 2 bike carrier # HRF2. It will carry 2 bikes weighing 35 pounds a piece. There is very little pressure on your window as it has a high-rise frame and strap mounting system which is also great if you have a factory spoiler. If you prefer the 3 bike option, go with # HRF2-3. An adapter bar such as # HRBA-PRO, is a great addition if you plan on carrying any woman's, child's or full-suspension...
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  • Will Thule Flat Top Ski And Snowboard Carrier Fit 2015 Subaru Outback Cross Bars
  • The Thule Flat Top Carrier, part # TH92725 clamps is a universal fit for most crossbars. The enclosed photo shows this carrier mounted to Thule AeroBlade crossbars that measure 3-1/8 x 1-1/8 inches. You can measure the crossbars on your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon and see if the crossbars are the dimensions of the AeroBlade or less. If so, this carrier should work well for you.
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  • Recommended Trailer Tire/Wheel to Provide Smoothest Ride Quality for Delicate Cargo
  • There will not be much difference in ride smoothness between a fully-inflated 35-psi rated tire and a fully-inflated 90-psi rated tire, but typically a radial will give a slightly smoother ride than a bias ply tire since it has a more flexible sidewall. Any trailer tire, whether a bias ply or radial, and regardless of its load rating, will deliver its full rated weight carrying capacity only when inflated to the full tire pressure noted on its side wall. Since most customers are looking...
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  • Trailer Hitch Installation for a 2014 Subaru Legacy
  • The installation of the Hidden Hitch # 87568 that you referenced that has been confirmed to fit your 2014 Subaru wouldn't be too difficult but I can understand wanting to have someone else install the hitch for you. However, check out the video link I attached to the right. It shows exactly how this hitch will install on a very similar Legacy as yours. Any qualified mechanic with a good reputation in your area would have no problem installing this hitch. Compared to what they normally...
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  • Purpose of the Red S Clips in Glacier Snow Chains
  • To see a picture of what the red S clips that the installation instructions are referring to check out the picture I attached. If all you have is about 1 inch of extra cable you would be fine not using one of the clips to secure it away. The purpose of the clip would be to secure extra cable back to the chain so that the excess wouldn't hit anything. But with only an inch of excess cable you would be just fine.
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  • Replacement Hardware Kit for the Hidden-Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver Part 87568
  • Yes, you will need to go to the product page for the Replacement Hardware Kit # RHK, enter in the part number # 87568 and manufacturer, hit Add To Cart and we will ship you the hardware kit for the hitch that you need. The Hidden-Hitch # 87568 is confirmed as a fit for your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon. Replacement hardware is recommended at each installation since it is designed for a one time use and torqued to specifications. I included an installation video and FAQ for you too.
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  • Installation Instructions and Wire Functions of Tow Ready Trailer Wiring Harness 119147KIT
  • I have included a link to the right to the instructions for wiring harness # 119147KIT. In the mean time the red wire is for brake lights, green is right turn signal, yellow is left turn signal, white is ground, brown is running lights, and black is the power wire. We do not re-sell returned items. We have to kit the harnesses together with the extra wire and fuse holder though so you get everything in one package.
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  • Installation Instructions and Wire Functions of Tow Ready Trailer Wiring Harness 119147KIT
  • I have included a link to the right to the instructions for wiring harness # 119147KIT. In the mean time the red wire is for brake lights, green is right turn signal, yellow is left turn signal, white is ground, brown is running lights, and black is the power wire. We do not re-sell returned items. We have to kit the harnesses together with the extra wire and fuse holder though so you get everything in one package.
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  • WeatherTech Side Window Deflectors for a 2014 XV Crosstrek
  • The WeatherTech Front Air Deflectors part # WT80709 that you referenced have been confirmed to fit the front windows of your 2014 Surbaru Crosstrek XV so they will work for you. We have sold a few of these so far and haven't heard any thing back from the customers who bought them saying they didn't fit. One of the customers had a 2013 XV and another had a 2014. For a set for the rear windows you would want the # WT81709.
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  • Will the Hidden Hicth 87446 Reduce Ground Clearance on a 2008 Subaru Outback
  • When we installed the Hidden Hitch part # 87446 on a 2008 Subaru Outback like yours we found that the top of the hitch measured 13-1/2 inches from the ground. In most circumstances this wouldn't be an issue. We have a ton of reviews for this hitch from our customers and none of them reported any dragging. Actually one customer said that this hitch won't be the lowest point on the car, so technically it wouldn't reduce ground clearance. Check out the install video for more install info.
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  • How to Carry Skis and Snowboards on a 2013 Subaru Forester with Factory Side Rails Only
  • I do have a solution for you but I checked with Thule and the Snowcat # TH5401 is not a fit for the side rails on your 2013 Subaru Forester. In order to carry skis or snowboards you will need to add crossbars to the vehicle roof. You can use the Thule Crossroads foot pack # TH450, and the Thule load bars # THLB50. Then you could add a ski carrier such as the Flat Top, # TH92725. I have linked a video review of this carrier for you.
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  • Snow Chain Recommendation for a 2012 Subaru Impreza with 205/50R17 Tires
  • First thing you need to do is check the owners manual of your 2012 Subaru Impreza to determine if there are restrictions on snow chain usage. For a similarly priced set of chains to the two you referenced that would install easily, give you much better traction and would last much longer I would recommend the Thule Chains # TH01221090. I had the chance to install a set of chains like this not long ago and was surprised at how easy they were to install. See install video. These chains...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The trailer hitch that is quite popular for your 2015 Subaru Forester is the Draw-Tite # 75876. It's a Class-III rated hitch and has a tongue weight capacity of 525 pounds. If you plan on doing any towing, I recommend the ball mount kit # 989900. The kit will include 2 ball mounts with different rise and drops, 2 hitch balls (1-7/8 and 2-inch), a pin and clip and the etrailer.com ball mount bag. The wiring harness is # C56040. I have included a couple FAQ's and installation instructions...
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  • Will Thule Force Alpine Cargo Box Fit 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon without Hatch Interference
  • Yes, you can reposition the mounting hardware tracks to fit your box on your vehicle. To determine if the Thule Force Alpine cargo box # TH623 will fit your 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon without hatch interference you will need to take a measurement. Measure from the center of the front crossbar (adjusted all the way forward) straight back to the seam of the rear hatch. If that measurement is greater than 52-1/4 inches, the box will not interefere with the hatch. Check out the picture of box...
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  • Ground Clearance Change by Installing Curt 2-Inch Class III Hitch # C13135 on 2014 Subaru Crosstrek
  • The Curt 2-Inch Class III trailer hitch that you referenced, part # C13135, is a great choice for your 2014 Subaru Crosstrek to allow use of your Yakima Holdup 2 Bike platform carrier # Y02443. At right you will find a link to an installation video for the hitch that provides useful dimension information including the height above ground for the top of the receiver tube once installed - about 14 inches in the case of the 2014 Crosstrek. I also linked two helpful articles for hitch installation. Your...
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  • Base Plates Recommendation For 2015 Subaru Forester Flat-Towing Behind Motorhome
  • It sounds like you are familiar with flat-towing and you have nearly all of the equipment needed. Please keep in mind the base plates you ordered, part # RM-52923-4 are designed for your 2015 Subaru Forester if it is a non-Turbo engine and if it has a manual transmission. This base plate is compatible with all Roadmaster tow bars and Quick Disconnects. I cannot recommend flat-towing your Forester if it does not have a manual transmission. You will want to check your owner's manual or...
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  • Hitch Installation Hardware for Hidden Hitch on 2012 Subaru Legacy Sedan
  • We do offer replacement hitch installation hardware kits for all of the hitches we sell. The correct parts are determined based on the original hitch part number and manufacturer. Since there are several brands and classes of hitch offered for your Legacy - both 1-1/4-inch Class II and 2-inch Class III types - you will need to confirm the hitch part number and manufacturer. The link at right will show you all hitches we offer, just for reference. Hitches leave the factory with a safety...
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  • Will Yakima SkyBox 18 Rooftop Cargo Box Fit 2014 Subaru Impreza Hatchback
  • According to the Yakima Fit Guide the Yakima SkyBox 18 Rooftop Cargo Box, part # Y07336 is confirmed to be a fit for your 2014 Subaru Impreza. This cargo box will fit crossbars that have a maximum dimension of 3-1/2 inches x 1-11/16 inches. This box will fit crossbars with a spread between 24 and 42 inches. If you decide on a cargo box that is a little smaller you may want to check out the Yakima SkyBox Pro 16s, part # Y07196. This is a 16 cubic ft box and will work with a crossbar...
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  • Installation Of Wiring Harness On 2014 Subaru Impreza
  • Many times the problem you are having is that that there is not a good ground connection. Another wire to check is the 12V power wire. It needs to be connected to the battery. Also check the in-line fuse to make sure it is in place. I have attached the installation instructions for the Tow Ready Wiring, part # 119179KIT that would be used on your 2014 Subaru Impreza that is not the WRX or WRX STi model. The instructions have a diagram included that show 6 wires being attached for the...
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  • Installation Of Wiring Harness On 2014 Subaru Impreza
  • Many times the problem you are having is that that there is not a good ground connection. Another wire to check is the 12V power wire. It needs to be connected to the battery. Also check the in-line fuse to make sure it is in place. I have attached the installation instructions for the Tow Ready Wiring, part # 119179KIT that would be used on your 2014 Subaru Impreza that is not the WRX or WRX STi model. The instructions have a diagram included that show 6 wires being attached for the...
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  • Do Hitches that Require Fishwiring Include the Fishwire in the Included Install Hardwire
  • Yes, if fishwiring is required to install any of the hitches that we carry we include the needed fishwire to complete the install. I attached an install video for the Curt hitch # C13135 that you referenced to the right for you to check out as well.
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  • Are New Exhaust Hangers Required to Install the Curt Hitch # C11318 on a 2004 Subaru Impreza
  • You are correct, the only reason different exhaust hangers were needed in the install video that you referenced that is also attached to the right is because of the aftermarket exhaust on the vehicle. Since you have the factory exhaust on your vehicle the Curt Hitch part # C11318 that you referenced would fit with your current exhaust hangers.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • For a Class III hitch for your 2015 Subaru Forester you do have a Curt option # C13144 and a Hidden Hitch option, part # 75876. Both of these hitches will be just as visible as the other. The biggest difference between the two, and the reason I would go with the Draw Tite, is that the Curt hitch requires the use of a stabilizer strap like part # 18050 when carrying a non-supported accessory like a bike rack. I attached an install video for the Draw Tite for you to check out as well. If...
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  • Which Thule Fairing is Recommended with 50-Inch Thule Cross Bars
  • Usually I would go with a fairing slightly shorter with your Thule load bars at 50-inches long. The 38-inch Thule fairing # TH871XT will work fine with your 2013 Subaru XV Crosstek. It is also a recommended fit per Thule. I did include an FAQ and installation video too.
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  • Availability of Trailer Hitch for 2014 Subaru Impreza Sedan
  • We have several hitches available for the 2014 Subaru Impreza sedan, depending on the model. If you have the WRX or WRX STi models you will want Curt hitch # C11317. If you plan on doing some towing, you will want ball mount # C45521, 2" hitch ball # A-82, 1-7/8" hitch ball # A-80, and wiring harness # 118581. Pin and clip are included. If you don't have the WRX or WRX STi models, you will want Curt hitch # C11284. If you plan to do some light towing you will want ball mount # C45521,...
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  • Adapt a Thule Evolution Cargo Box to Fit Whispbar Crossbars
  • If you are willing to make modifications to your Evolution cargo box, you could use the Quick Grip mounts, # TH05738. You would also need the proper cradles, # TH8523387001. There is no kit available to retro fit older boxes with these mounts. It would require some at home work to modify the box to accept the mounts. The Quick Grip assemblies can accommodate up to a 3-1/2 inch wide crossbar.
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  • Are Crossbars Needed on 2005 Subaru Forester for Thule Pull Top Slide-Out Ski Carrier
  • Yes, you will need crossbars to use the Thule Pull Top Slide-Out Ski and Snowboard Carrier, part # TH92726, which your referenced. Part # TH92726 will fit with round, square, aero/elliptical and most factory crossbars. According to my research the 2005 Subaru Forester can come with a factory roof rack with crossbars, with flush mount rails that run front to back, or factory side raised rails that run front to back. If your roof has the factory roof rack with crossbars you will not need...
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  • Fit of Subaru Forester Factory Crossbars with Thule Pull Top Slide-Out Ski Carrier # TH92726
  • The Thule Pull Top Slide-Out Ski and Snowboard Carrier # TH92726 that you referenced uses installation clamps that are compatible with a wide range of vehicle roof crossbar shapes, including most factory-installed bars like the ones on your 2011 Forester. Thanks to this flexible mounting hardware you do not need to buy an aftermarket roof rack in order to use the Pull Top, which is illustrated in the linked video. If you're heading to the slopes you might consider tire chains to give...
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  • SportRack Brand Ski Carrier Compatibility With Crossbars on 2014 Subaru Forester
  • Thank you for providing a photo of the ski rack attachment clamps you are concerned with matching to a roof rack. The Thule roof rack system you referenced, their Crossroad rack consisting of parts # THLB50 and # TH450, is indeed a correct fit for your 2014 Subaru Forester with factory-installed raised side rails. This rack uses square crossbars that are fully compatible with any of the SportRack ski carriers we offer. All SportRack ski carriers can be seen on the link at right along...
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  • Comparing Thule CS-10 and CG-9 Tire Chains
  • There isn't a Thule CK-7 tire chain so between the CG-9 and the CS-10 I believe the CS-10 would be better for you since it has ice breakers built into the chains and will install much easier. The Thule CS-10 tire chain has an external quick release system, they are self tensioning (just put them on and go), they have 10 millimeters clearance inside and on the tread, they feature a diamond pattern with icebreaker reinforcements for added grip, they have anti-scratch nylon bumpers to...
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  • Installing Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller # 90885 in 2011 Subaru Legacy Sedan
  • First, thank you for your recent purchases from etrailer. I'd first suggest a cautionary check of your Legacy owner's manual to confirm its towing capacity. Not all versions of any given year and model vehicle will necessarily share the same capacities. Towing a vehicle safely means having enough engine power, transmission cooler capacity as well as braking performance. If your trailer is large enough to need electric brakes you definitely want to make certain that the vehicle itself...
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  • Installing Brake Controller On 2011 Subaru Legacy
  • When installing a brake controller on your 2011 Subaru Legacy, you will need to find a dedicated wire that shows current only when the brake pedal is pressed. You may need to enlist the help from someone to find this wire. You can have them press the brake pedal while you test wires to see which one only has current when the pedal is pressed. Normally the brown/yellow wire is the wire you need to splice into and attach to the red wire for the brake controller. If you are planning...
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  • Recommend Tire Chains for 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon and 225/60R18 Tire Size
  • The Pewag snow chains you reference, # PWRS73, are not a confirmed fit for your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon. For a set of self tensioning chains that are confirmed to fit your 225/60R18 tire size that are similar to the # PWRS73 I would recommend the Thule Self-Tensioning, Low-Profile Snow Tire Chains # TH2004205105. These will self-tension as well as self-center and will work great on your vehicle as long as the owners manual of your vehicle state that tire chains are approved for use. These...
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  • Whispbar Roof Rack Recommendation for a 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek with Raised Side Rails
  • I checked with Whispbar and the part # WB-S54 is confirmed to fit your 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek and in the fit notes there is no mention of the roofline of the vehicle causing any issues so I can safely recommend this rack for you knowing that there won't be any fit issues.
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  • How to Fit Thule Echelon # TH518 Roof Bike Carrier to Factory Crossbars on 2015 Subaru Outback
  • You came to the right place - etrailer can help you! Thule offers an adapter product called the Ride-On Adapter that serves as a bridge between your 2015 Subaru Outback's factory roof rack crossbars and the mounting hardware for your Echelon Roof Mounted Bike Rack # TH518. The Thule Ride-On Adapter # TH532 is like a roof rack, but it clamps on to your factory bars (up to 3-1/2 wide x 1-1/2-inches tall) to provide a mounting point for the Echelon. Please see the linked video for illustratio...
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  • How to Make the 12 Volt Power Circuit of a 7-Way Only Active When Vehicle is On
  • I believe I can help. The # ETBC7 comes with everything needed to install the # 90885 brake controller plus a fully functional 7-way. But to make it so that the 12 volt accessory circuit of the 7-way is only active when the vehicle is on you will also need to install an isolator solenoid as well on the 12 volt circuit. For that you would need the # TR118665. See the picture I attached to see how it will wire in. Basically the center pin will need to get run to a keyed power source since...
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  • Replacement Key Recommendation for a Sport 15-CAV Sears Cargo Carrier
  • The correct replacement key for your Sport 15-CAV Sears cargo carrier with lock 2808 would be the # THKEYN2808 that you referenced.
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