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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 fit-guided for your 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback, using 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. But always keep in mind when adding an adapter the tongue weight capacity of your hitch will be reduced...
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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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  • Brake Controller and 7-Way Recommendation for a Subaru Outback 2013
  • For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. This is our best selling brake controller because of how well it works and how easy it is to setup. Since you already have a factory 4-way all you need now is the part # ETBC7. This comes with everything needed to install a fully functional 7-way at the rear of your 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon as well as a brake controller. I attached an install video plus instructions for you to check out. The #...
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  • Tire Chain Recommendation For 2015 Subaru Outback
  • In the owner's manual for your 2015 Subaru Outback, it should state whether the acceptable tire chains are limited to Class S Compatible. If you are unable to find that information in the manual, the dealership should be able to answer that question for you. The concern when considering tire chains is due to the clearance needed. Traditional chains might not be recommended for your vehicle. Minimum clearances must be maintained around spring clips, fenders, braces, splash pans, fuel...
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  • Best Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Since you want a strong hitch at a decent price I would recommend the Hidden Hitch part # 87568. This is a Class III hitch with a 2 inch opening that would have more capacity and accessory options than a hitch with a 1-1/4 inch opening. For more info on hitch classifications check out the link I attached. The hitch opening will be right underneath the bottom of the bumper which really wouldn't affect ground clearance by much. It also will be recessed up under the bumper so it would never...
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  • Transmission Cooler Availability for a 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • I did some research on your 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek and it looks like you have a CVT transmission. If your CVT transmission has lines that run from the transmission to the radiator (some do, some do not), you can install a transmission cooler. A transmission cooler is inexpensive insurance that would do a great job of extending the life of your transmission. The best way to pick out a transmission cooler is to measure the distance in front of the radiator and go with the largest...
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  • Cargo Box Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Forester with Fixed Points
  • For a Yakima roof rack confirmed to fit the fixed points of your 2014 Subaru Forester you would need the Control Towers part # Y00214, 2 sets of the LandingPad 11 # Y00233, and a set of 2 48 inch crossbars # Y00408. The Yakima MegaWarrior # Y07080 has been confirmed to fit this rack as well. I checked with Yakima and all of their cargo boxes we carry are confirmed to fit this rack. I attached a link to al of them to the right.
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  • Would the Thule Sidekick Cargo Box fit Factory Crossbars of a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Thule Sidekick Cargo Box part # TH682 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit crossbars that are less than 3-3/4 inches in width and are between 23-5/8" and 32-1/16" apart measured on center. If the crossbars of your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon are compatible with those dimensions the box would work great for you. Check out the review video I attached for more info.
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  • How to Select Parts to Add Brakes to a Trailer with Idler Hubs, 1997 Coleman Santa Fe
  • I attached a link to the right that details exactly what all would be needed to install electric brakes on a trailer that didn't have them previously. First thing you will need to figure out is either the dimensions of the spindles where the bearings ride or the inner and outer bearing numbers. Next, you will need to determine the bolt pattern of the hubs that are on the trailer currently so you can match up the new hub/drums to the wheels you currently have. With those two pieces...
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  • Trailer Hitch And Wiring Recommendation For 2009 Subaru Forester
  • The Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, part # 87493 is designed to be a good fit for your 2009 Subaru Forester. This is a Class lll hitch and has a 2 inch receiver opening. I have attached a link to an installation video for this hitch on a 2009 Forester you can check out. If you are planning on towing with your Forester you will want to check your owner's manual or with your dealership to make sure you do not exceed the towing capacity or tongue weight capacity of your vehicle. When...
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  • What is Amp Hour Capacity of Pilot Lightning Jump Starter and Device Charger
  • The Pilot Lightning Jump Starter and Device Charger # CA-9802, which you referenced, has 10000mAh of capacity and 400 Peak Amps to allow you to jump start most standard 12V vehicles.
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  • What is Amp Hour Capacity of Pilot Lightning Jump Starter and Device Charger
  • The Pilot Lightning Jump Starter and Device Charger # CA-9802, which you referenced, has 10000mAh of capacity and 400 Peak Amps to allow you to jump start most standard 12V vehicles.
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  • Battery Type of the Pilot Lightning Jump Starter and Device Charger # CA-9802
  • Yes, the Pilot Lightning Jump Starter and Device Charger # CA-9802 that you referenced has a lithium ion battery.
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  • Battery Type of the Pilot Lightning Jump Starter and Device Charger # CA-9802
  • Yes, the Pilot Lightning Jump Starter and Device Charger # CA-9802 that you referenced has a lithium ion battery.
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  • Troubleshooting New Trailer Brakes That Seem Weak
  • Since you said the trailer is brand new that leads me to believe that your brake assemblies are self-adjusting assemblies that just haven't been activated enough times for them to find the right setting and work properly. What you will want to do is keep repeating the testing process you have done until you feel the brakes start grabbing hard enough to lock the brakes up. They should progressively get strong and stronger with each application of the manual override lever. Or, if the...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness for 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
  • There is a wiring option that would work, but you'd need to hardwire in a wiring harness like part # 119147KIT. I spoke with my contacts at Tow Ready, and found that there isn't a plug-and-play option for the WRX STi Sedan model. They do offer a # 118573 plug and play converter, but it has NOT been tested on a WRX STi model, so I can't confirm fit. To install the wiring harness, you'll need a circuit tester like part # 40376. You'll begin by having a helper activate the left turn...
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  • Best Way to Transport Snowboards with a 2013 Subaru BRZ
  • First let's start with a hitch, for that I would recommend the Draw Tite Hitch part # 24917. This hitch opening will be the only thing really visible with this hitch, and since it's so small you wouldn't hardly notice it. Any qualified mechanic would have no problem with this hitch. For a bike rack you are going to have to go with a Thule rack since none of the Yakima racks are confirmed to fit a Class I hitch like what is available for your 2013 Subaru BRZ. For a bike rack I would recommend...
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  • Will Fat Tire Bikes Fit on the Thule EasyFold 2 Bike Rack # TH9032
  • I spoke to my contact at Thule and the EasyFold 2 Bike Rack, # TH9032, will accommodate bikes with tires that are up to 3 inches wide.
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  • Clamps Needed to Mount Thule Slide-Out Ski and Snowboard Carrier # TH92726 on 2001 Subaru Forester
  • I spoke to my contact at Thule and assuming that you have the Pull Top Slide-Out Ski and Snowboard Carrier, # TH92726, you will need the Uni-Mount Pull Top Ski Hardware Kit, # TH753-277902. This kit includes the hardware needed to mount the carrier to Thule and most OEM crossbars.
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  • Will Thule Snow Tire Chain # TH2004205104 Fit a 2015 Subaru Forester with P225/60R-17 Tires
  • The snow tire chains you referenced, Thule's low-profile diamond-pattern D-link # TH2004205104, do fit your P225/60R-17 tire size. You will want to take a look at the owner's manual for your 2015 Forester to see if there are any restrictions or guidelines for use of tire chains. Many passenger vehicles are limited to use of a special low-profile S-Class type chain, such as these from Thule, which will fit within the wheel wells without interfering with brake components or other vehicle...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2011 Subaru Impreza with Single Exhaust
  • As long as your 2011 Subaru Impreza is not the WRX or WRX STi models, we do have a Hidden Hitch trailer hitch that is a confirmed fit for your vehicle. The hitch fits other Impreza models including older outback sport models. The Hidden Hitch, part # 60303, is specially designed for light-duty applications. This fully welded, custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your Subaru Impreza. Drawbar, pin and clip are included with this hitch....
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  • What is the Difference Between Thule Ride-On Adapter and Universal Mounting Kit 7533998
  • The Thule Ride-On adapter, # TH532, is designed for use ONLY with Thule roof mount bike racks. Universal Mounting Kit # 7533998 is designed to replace the feet on certain Thule carriers, including some of the ski carriers. I would need to know which carrier you have to determine if you can use this kit. It seems to work if you have one of the Flat Top or Pull Top carriers but not with the angled ski carriers or Snowcat.
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness For 2014 Subaru Impreza Hatchback
  • The Tow Ready Wiring Harness part # 119179KIT is confirmed to fit your vehicle. This is a hardwire kit that will require you to test the functions of your taillights with the included circuit tester and wire them to the harness. We currently do not have an installation video for your vehicle but we do have installation instructions on the right side of the page you can check out. Part # C56040 that you referenced is not a fit your 2014 Subaru Impreza Hatchback.
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  • Will a Yakima Roof Mounted Bike Carrier with Factory Cross Bars Work on a 2002 Impreza Hatchback
  • Yes! The Yakima ForkLift # Y02098 will fit your 2002 Impreza WRX 5 door that has factory crossbars. ForkLift is the first Yakima fork-mount bike carrier that attaches to a factory, round and square roof-rack crossbars. The rear hatch of your Subaru Impreza hatchback will open to the maximum without interfering with the Yakima ForkLift roof mounted bike carrier # Y02098. I have included a FAQ link and installation video for you as well.
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  • Availability of Roof-Mount Cargo Basket That Does Not Require Roof Crossbars
  • You are correct that most rooftop cargo baskets, including the Yakima LoadWarrior # Y07070 that you referenced, do require that the host vehicle have either factory or aftermarket roof rack crossbars. However, there are specialty baskets offered by Surco that can mount to a vehicle without crossbars as long as it has raised side rails. All of these baskets feature lightweight aluminum construction and a weight capacity that is limited to that of the host vehicle's roof. All are USA-made. The...
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  • Best Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Thule Doubletrack Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack # TH990XT comes with everything needed to install in the 1-1/4 inch hitch you have installed on your 2015 Subaru Outback. This rack is compatible with 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch hitches so if you ever wanted to use it in a different vehicle with a larger hitch you would only need the included adapter. However, you will need to check one thing on your vehicle's hitch. You will need to measure from the center of the hitch pin hole to the opening...
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  • Parts Needed to Install a 7-way and Brake Controller in a 2011 Subaru Outback
  • I have a way to install a fully functional 7-way at the rear of your 2011 Subaru Outback wagon, but no there wasn't a factory option or a simple plug-in option that would work. First you would need to start with a 4-way if you do not have one already. For that you would want the Curt wiring harness part # C56040. I attached an install video for this harness for you to check out. Next you will need the part # ETBC7. This comes with everything needed to install a fully functional 7-way...
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  • Classic Accessories Saddlebags Recommendation for a 2013 Suzuki V-Strom 650
  • Due to the high mounted side exhaust on your 2013 Suzuki V-Strom 650 I would not recommend the # 052963737073. Instead I would recommend the part # 052963737271 as it will sit on the back seat and not interfere with the exhaust or the # 052963737172 that will sit on the top of the gas tank.
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  • Are All 4 Locks in the RockyMounts Lock Core Set # RKY0334 Operated by Both Included Keys
  • Yes, you are correct that both keys included in the RockyMounts Lock Core Set # RKY0334 are identical and each will operate all four of the included lock cores. These are compatible with the RockyMounts rooftop and truck-bed bike-rack models with locking quick-release skewers. Their zinc plating helps prevent corrosion. This lock kit is covered by RockyMounts' limited lifetime warranty and it is illustrated in the linked review video.
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  • Roof Mounted Cargo Bag Recommendation for a 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Ideally, you would want to choose a cargo bag that will fit in between the crossbars on your 2011 Subaru Outback and sit flat on the vehicle roof. However, since all of the cargo bags we offer in the this capacity range would be too long to fit in between, you can have the bag sit behind the front crossbar and overlap the rear, if you wish. With a soft sided bag your best option would be to have the bag sit on a cargo basket like part # TH690XT. The basket would provide a flat and stable...
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  • Roof Mounted Cargo Bag Recommendation for a 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Ideally, you would want to choose a cargo bag that will fit in between the crossbars on your 2011 Subaru Outback and sit flat on the vehicle roof. However, since all of the cargo bags we offer in the this capacity range would be too long to fit in between, you can have the bag sit behind the front crossbar and overlap the rear, if you wish. With a soft sided bag your best option would be to have the bag sit on a cargo basket like part # TH690XT. The basket would provide a flat and stable...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Impreza Carrying a 2 Bike Rack
  • The only hitches that are available for your 2014 Subaru Impreza wagon are Class I 1-1/4 inch hitches. The larger 2 inch hitches are reserved for larger vehicles like SUVs and trucks. With that being said, if you use a Class I hitch like the part # 24886, use a hitch designed for a 1-1/4 inch rack, don't exceed the capacity for the hitch, and use an anti-rattle device the rack won't hardly move at all. I attached an FAQ on hitch classifications for you to check out to the right. For...
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  • Snowmobile Trailer Running Lights Stop Working, Other Lights Fine, Towed with 2013 Subaru Outback
  • This sound like a bad ground. Ground problems normally show up when there is more draw on a system such as when you have the running lights on and then use another function like a turn signal or brake light. Make sure that the vehicle side and trailer side connectors are clean and free of corrosion inside and out. The main connector grounds should be attached to clean and corrosion free bare metal surfaces. The light grounds should also be attached to clean and corrosion free bare...
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  • Best Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • For your 2015 Subaru Forester I would strongly recommend you go with a 2 inch hitch over a 1-1/4 inch hitch. 2 inch hitches have more capacity and have more flexibility for accessories since there are way more things designed to fit a 2 inch hitch over a 1-1/4 inch hitch. Also a 2 inch hitch will carry a cargo carrier much smoother due to it's higher capacity. There would be much less bouncing like you described. I would recommend the Draw Tite hitch part # 75876. This would be a great...
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  • Roof Rack and Snowboard Carrier Recommendation for a 2007 Subaru Legacy
  • The first thing you are going to want is a roof rack for your 2007 Subaru Legacy that currently has a naked roof. For that I would recommend the Rhino Rack roof rack that consists of the following components: Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars # RRVA118B-2 Rhino-Rack 2500 Series Leg Kit # RRRLKVA Custom DK Clamps and Pads # DK082 Now if you plan on transporting up to 4 boards you would want the part # 566U. If you only need to transport 2 boards you would want the part # 564U.
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  • Will Thule Sonic XL Rooftop Cargo Box fit 2015 Subaru Outback with Factory Rack
  • I checked with Thule and the Thule Sonic Alpine cargo box, # TH633S for silver, or # TH633B for black, and the Thule Force Alpine # TH623, are all fits for your 2015 Subaru Outback wagon with factory crossbars that run side to side. To determine if there will be any fit issues with the rear hatch you will need to take a measurement. If the bars on the roof rack can be moved, move the front bar as far forward as it will go. Then measure from the center of the front bar straight back to...
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  • How to Get Replacement Hardware for the Hidden Hitch part # 90175
  • Yes, you will want the part # RHK. Once on the product page you will need to enter the part number for the hitch you have and select the manufacturer as well from the drop down menu and we will ship you out the correct replacement installation hardware for the Hidden Hitch part # 90175.
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  • Best Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for Carrying E-Bikes
  • The Thule EasyFold 2 Bike Rack # TH9032 that you referenced would be an excellent choice for a platform bike rack to carry your e-bikes. This rack has a high capacity at 132 lbs and includes a ramp to make loading and unloading your heavy e-bikes easy. No need to break your back trying to lift the bikes. I attached a road course video to the right for the rack as well.
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  • Thule Snow Chain Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Forester
  • Both the Thule snow chains # TH2004205104 and # TH01221104 are S rated chains so they will work in that regard. The S rating means they have a very low amount of clearance required to clear you steering and suspension components on your vehicle. I am not sure why one is listed as off-and on-road while the other is only on-road. Both chains use the same D link style of chain that would work well for you in either situation. The # TH2004205104 will install much easier so I would recommend...
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  • Replacement Hardware Recommendation for a Hitch for a 2013 Subaru Forester
  • Yes, since the hitches that are confirmed to fit the 2011 Subaru Forester also fit the 2013 models the hitch you have should easily fit on your 2013 model with the correct install kit. You will need the part # RHK. On the product page you will need to enter the part number for the hitch you have and the select the hitch manufacturer from the drop down menu and we will ship you out the correct hardware.
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  • Can Heat Shield on 2015 Subaru Forester be Trimmed and Left On Using Curt Class II Trailer Hitch
  • Though the instructions call for the removal of the heat shield for Curt hitch # C12100 it is up to you whether or not you want to trim it or not. So yes, you could trim the heat shield if you wanted to on your 2015 Subaru Forester. If you go with this Curt hitch and you will be using it for a bike rack or a cargo carrier then Curt requires the use of stabilization strap # 18050. The Draw-Tite hitch, # 36523, does not have this requirement. If you plan on doing any towing then for...
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  • Will Master Lock Covered Solid Body Padlocks # 141T Work with the Swagman XTC-2 Bike Rack # S64670
  • I went out to our video studio to take a look at the XTC-2 and found that the padlock hole that can be used to secure the frame hooks of the Swagman XTC-2 Bike Rack, # S64670, into position measures right at 1/4 inches. With this measurement, I recommend going with the Master Lock Covered Solid Body Padlock with 3/16 Inch Diameter Shackle, # 131D. This lock is sold individually. The Master Lock Covered Solid Body Padlock with 1/4 Inch Diameter Shackle, # 141T, will be too large for the...
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  • 2-Bike Carrier Recommendations for 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon with No Trailer Hitch
  • Since your 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon has a factory roof rack but no hitch currently, your most cost-effective options will be either a 2-bike trunk-mount carrier or 2 roof-rack-mount bike carriers like the Yakima Viper # Y02000 that you referenced. The better of these two options comes down to how happy you will be lifting your two bikes up to roof level on your Outback Wagon and also the nature of the bikes themselves; for example, if they have delicate carbon fiber frames, front fenders...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • As long as your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon isn't a Sport model the Hidden Hitch part # 87568 that you referenced would be a great hitch and would fit well. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well. For trailer wiring you would want the part # 118467. 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...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation For 2015 Subaru Forester
  • Due to the design of the trailer hitches we offer for your 2015 Subaru Forester, the cross beam of our hitches are at the same height as the receiver opening. Some trimming of the heat shield may be required when installing the hitches we offer but the hitches we carry do not require cutting the bumper. I recommend the Hidden Hitch Round Tube Trailer Hitch Receiver, part # 87654. This is a Class lll hitch with a 2 inch receiver opening. I have attached an installation video for...
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  • Will Trailer Hitch from 2000 Toyota Echo Fit 2007 Subaru Impreza
  • Trailer hitch fits are vehicle/year/version-specific. The hitches that fit your friend's 2000 Toyota Echo, including the Curt # C11289, do not fit your 2007 Subaru Impreza. I did check each of the hitches offered for both vehicles and unfortunately none are common. At right you will find two links, one to the trailer hitch page for each of the two vehicles. The only thing in common among them is that they are all light-duty Class I hitches. I cannot recommend trying to install a hitch...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • You are correct, I checked with Blue Ox and the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX3619 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit the 2015 Subaru Forester. They must have just released this fit info as we usually have very up to date fit information. 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 Blue Ox Aventa LX part # BX7445. This comes with...
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  • Yakima Cargo Box Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Impreza 5-Door Factory Crossbars
  • I checked with Yakima and they have confirmed the fit of the Yakima RocketBox Pro 14 # Y07192 on the factory crossbars of your 2014 Subaru Impreza 5-door wagon as well as the RocketBox 12 part # Y07191 without any notes that they would interfere with your rear antenna so either would work great for you.
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  • Will the Swagman Fork Down Roof Mounted Bike Carrier # S64710 fit Square Rhino Rack Bars
  • Yes, the Swagman Fork Down Roof Mounted Bike Carrier # S64710 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit square bars so it would work well on the Rhino Rack 2500 series Crossbars # DS118B that you referenced. I attached a review video for this bike rack for you to check out to the right.
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  • Will a Thule A Port Rooftop Kayak Carrier TH835PRO Fit on a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • I contacted our representative at Thule to ensure fit and compatibility of the Thule Hull-A-Port kayak carrier # TH835PRO on your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon. It will fit your factory style roof rack as well as Thule square, Rapid Aero, AeroBlade and Xsporter crossbars, Yakima bars and most other factory installed racks. Anytime you are going to haul cargo on the roof of your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon, you will want to check the owners manual or with the Subaru dealer for what the roof...
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  • Carrying 2 Kayaks on a 2004 Subaru Forester with Factory Roof Rack
  • One of the Thule Hullavators, # TH897XT, needs 31 inches of bar space to mount to the crossbars. But the carrier is wider than that overall. You would need more than 62 inches of free bar space on the factory crossbars on your 2004 Subaru Forester. Thule does not list the Hullavator as a fit for the 2004 Forester. For less than the cost of 2 Hullavators you could get a roof rack on wheels, # RRT60, and use basic carriers such as # SR5323 which can support 2 kayaks. If your Forester...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited
  • Yes, the Curt Hitch part # 9883544 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit the 2015 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. For trailer wiring you would want part # C55124. 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 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. If the...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited
  • Yes, the Curt Hitch part # 9883544 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit the 2015 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. For trailer wiring you would want part # C55124. 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 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. If the...
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  • Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Forester
  • I spoke to my contact at Thule and she informed me that they do not fit any of their trunk mounted bike racks to vehicles that have electronic tailgates, which means one that will lift on it's own with a motor. Since it sounds like the tailgate on your husband's 2014 Subaru Forester just doesn't have a key hole on it the Thule Raceway # TH9002XT would work fine. What makes this rack far superior to the others is the attachment system. It uses 4 retractable coated steel cables to attach...
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  • Rhino Rack Fairing Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Outback with Factory Bars
  • The Rhino-Rack Fairing # RRRF2 that you referenced should work for you. It will extend about 4-1/2 inches in front of the crossbar so it should help deflect air while clearing your sun roof. This fairing is confirmed to fit crossbars that are up to 1-1/4 inches tall and 3-1/2 inches wide. However, any time you have roof rack accessories and an open sunroof you will get a lot of noise. This might help a little bit, but it won't make it totally silent.
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