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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 confirmed to 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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  • Can Heat Shield be Re-Used When Installing Draw-Tite Hitch Receiver # 75876 on Subaru 2015 Forester
  • I believe the video that you are referencing is the installation of the Curt Hitch Receiver, # C13144, on a 2014 Subaru Forester where the hitch shield is re-installed around the hitch. When it comes to installing the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 75876, on your 2015 Subaru Forester, yes, you can re-install the heat shield just as long as you remove the portion of the shield that comes in contact with the frame. The hitch must be installed directly to the frame of the...
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  • Installing Bike Rack on Rola # 59504 Roof Cargo Basket
  • It might be possible to mount the rack directly to the floor of the basket, but it will depend on how long your bikes are measured from about 4 inches off the ground at the front tire to 4 inches off the ground at the rear tire. If this distance is greater than 48 inches, the bike won't fit sitting on the bottom of the rack. To install that Swagman # S64720, installing a single crossbar to the roof basket would be your best bed. You'd assemble a crossbar using the following parts: Thule...
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  • Does the Fulton Single Speed Winch # FT1500Z0301 Work with the CE Smith Winch Stand # CE31013G
  • The Fulton Single Speed Winch # FT1500Z0301 that you referenced would definitely work on the CE Smith Winch Stand # CE31013G that you also referenced. You would just use the center front hole on the winch as well as the rear slot to line up with the mounting holes of the # CE31013G. Also, you could drill holes in the # CE31013G if you really needed to.
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  • Will Yakima BowDown Kayak Carrier # Y04042 Work with Factory Roof Rack on 2015 Subaru Outback
  • Yes, the Yakima BowDown Folding J-Style Kayak Carrier, # Y04042, will work with the factory roof rack on your 2015 Subaru Outback. This carrier is loaded with options including fold-down capability, built-in ramp system, heavy duty straps, and even sports an integrated bottle opener. I have attached a video for you to check out.
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  • Trailer Wiring Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru WRX
  • I was able to track down the product review where a customer said he used the Tow Ready Wiring harness part # 119147 on a 2015 Subaru WRX and it worked well. However, since Tow Ready hasn't officially listed your vehicle as a fit for this wiring harness I cannot safely recommend it for you. I would wait till they release information on whether or not this harness has been confirmed to fit your vehicle.
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  • Trailer Wiring Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru WRX
  • I was able to track down the product review where a customer said he used the Tow Ready Wiring harness part # 119147 on a 2015 Subaru WRX and it worked well. However, since Tow Ready hasn't officially listed your vehicle as a fit for this wiring harness I cannot safely recommend it for you. I would wait till they release information on whether or not this harness has been confirmed to fit your vehicle.
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  • Ball Mount Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Forester with a Curt Hitch # C12100
  • It sounds like you have determined the correct amount of rise you would need in order for you to tow your trailer level. But just for good measure I attached a link to the right that details how to pick the correct rise/drop ball mount for a setup. The part # 3594 that you referenced would fit your hitch and would give you the correct amount of rise, but since this ball mount is designed for Class I hitches it will have a lower capacity than Class II ball mounts. So as long as your trailer...
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  • Best Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The thing about the OEM Subaru hitches on their 2015 vehicles is that they have a very shallow depth to them so only Yakima bike racks will work well. Yakima makes great racks, and if you are OK with having to use one of their racks then the OEM hitch would be just fine. If you would want to use a different brand hitch like the Thule Apex part # TH9025 that you referenced that is also an excellent rack I would recommend you go with an aftermarket hitch like the Class III Hidden Hitch...
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  • Can 4 Bikes be Carried on the Factory Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Subaru Outback
  • The factory Subaru hitch on the 2015 Subaru Outback has some compatibility issues with a lot of bike racks. Basically, the pin hole is very close to the end of the receiver so most bike rack shanks will not fit in far enough to safely carry bikes. The exceptions are Yakima bike racks such as the RidgeBack, # Y02458. However, even though the bike rack can hold 4 bikes, you will be limited to just 2 on a Class I trailer hitch like the one that comes on the 2015 Outback. The solution...
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  • Adding Tie Down Anchors to Secure a Kayak on a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • To answer your last question, I do have experience with this exact issue. A lot of people have run into this problem. It isn't always easy to find tie down points on a vehicle whether that vehicle is a 2015 Subaru Outback or a 1956 Rocket 88. But I have an excellent solution for you. You can use the Thule Quick Loops, # TH530. You won't have to remove any bolts, just close the cylinder under the hood (away from anything that gets hot of course!) and the other in the rear hatch. The...
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  • Tow Bar Cover for Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain Tow Bar
  • Yes, I checked with Roadmaster and tow bar cover # RM-055-3 is the recommended cover for the Falcon All Terrain tow bar, # RM-522.
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  • Would the Rola Roof Mounted Cargo Basket # 59504 fit Factory Crossbars of a 2014 Subaru Forester
  • The Rola Roof Mounted Cargo Basket # 59504 is designed to fit crossbars that are up to 1-1/4" tall x 3-1/4" wide and are spaced 26-1/4", 30", 33-3/4", or 37-1/2" inches apart. If you were to use the extension piece part # 59505 you would need to add 18-3/4 inches to the above mentioned crossbar spreads. So 45 inches, 48-3/4 inches or 56-1/4 inches to determine if your crossbar spread is compatible.
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  • What Access Hole Should be Used to Install the Hidden Hitch part # 87654 on a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • You will want to enlarge the center hole on the frame of your 2015 Subaru Forester to install the Hidden Hitch part # 87654. It might be possible to use a different hole but the only way I can recommend you install this hitch is to do it according to the manufacturers installation instructions. Also, the center hole is pretty close to both of the install holes on the frame of the vehicle so it would be easier to use this hole.
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  • Installing a Trailer Hitch on a 1993 Subaru Legacy
  • You will at the very least need a 1/2 inch wrench and a torque wrench that is good for 110 foot pounds. It is important to get the bolts to the proper torque rating. If they are too loose you could lose the hitch. Too tight and you could damage the hitch or your 1993 Subaru Legacy. Most auto parts stores can loan out any tools you might need. You should not have to have the car on a lift to install it. lying on the ground would likely be fine. Some people who want more space would...
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  • How to Install a Trailer Wiring Harness on a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • Subaru likes to hide the connection point for trailer wiring harnesses! I have included a link to the video to the right for you. The video is on Curt wiring harness # C56040 and it is a fit for your 2015 Subaru Forester
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  • Fit of Yakima BasketCase Roof Cargo Carrier # Y07012 on 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX Factory Rack
  • The Yakima BasketCase Roof Cargo Carrier # Y07012 uses mounting hardware that is designed to directly fit only round and square roof rack crossbars, however it can be adapted for use with factory crossbars through the addition of Yakima's Universal MightyMounts, part # Y03590. These adapters fit crossbars up to 4-inches in width and 1-1/2-inches in height. Locks are offered, part # Y07204, if you wish to secure the carrier. Your factory roof crossbars need to be spaced (at their two...
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  • Cargo Carrier/ Bike Rack Recommendation
  • As long as your vehicle has a 2 inch hitch on it I have exactly what you need. Check out the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 Platform Bike Rack w/ Cargo Carrier # HR1450-85. This has a 2 bike platform rack with a cargo carrier directly behind it.
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  • Cargo Carrier/ Bike Rack Recommendation
  • As long as your vehicle has a 2 inch hitch on it I have exactly what you need. Check out the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 Platform Bike Rack w/ Cargo Carrier # HR1450-85. This has a 2 bike platform rack with a cargo carrier directly behind it.
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  • Recommended Trunk Mount Bike Rack for 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • The Thule Passage 2 Bike Trunk Mount Carrier, part # TH910XT is indeed a fit for your 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek. Just to be certain, I confirmed it with my Thule representative. There are less expensive trunk mount racks available, but they wouldn't hold your bikes as securely or provide the same level of protection to the vehicle. Less expensive racks don't usually offer the sturdy rubber straps or the anti-sway cradles that keep the bikes from swaying back and forth during transport...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru WRX STi For Towing Two Motorcycles
  • I wish we had a picture I could show you of the underside of a vehicle with the Curt Hitch part # C11120 installed. The best I could do is have you check out the installation instructions link I attached to the right. You should be able to get a pretty good idea whether or not the exhaust you have is compatible with this hitch. As long as you stayed under the capacity of the hitch and your vehicle you should have no problem towing a small trailer. For trailer wiring you would want...
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  • Ball Mount and Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Forester
  • As long as the ball platform of the ball mount extends past the bumper of the vehicle and is far enough away that you wouldn't get interference from the trailer during turns you would be just fine. I attached an FAQ article to the right on how to pick out the correct rise/drop ball mount as well. Yes, we do have the 9030 Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller that is actually part # 39510 now. To install this you will also need the harness # TM75127. Since you do not have a factory trailer...
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  • Ground Clearance between Trailer Hitch and Ground on a 2009 Subaru Forester
  • Part # 2923 is a ball mount and not a hitch. When installed in a 2 inch trailer hitch the bottom of it will be roughly an inch below the bottom of the receiver. When we installed Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75650 on a 2009 Subaru Forester we found that from the ground to the top of the receiver opening was 14 inches. That means to the bottom of the receiver would be approximately 11-1/2 inches and to the bottom of ball mount 2923 in the drop position would be about 10-1/2 inches (in the...
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  • Will Tasmanian Devil "Back Off" Spare Tire Cover Fit an 18 Inch Spare Tire
  • Tasmanian Devil "Back Off" Spare Tire Cover # PC000797R01 will fit spare tires that are 27 to 31 inches tall. Specifically the manufacturer lists the following sizes as compatible. There could be some in between sizes not listed that would also work: 205/80-16 215/75-14 215/75-15 215/75-16 225/75-14 225/75-15 225/75-16 225/75-17 235/70-15 235/70-16 235/70-17 245/70-16 245/70-17 255/65-16 255/65-17 255/65-18 265/65-17 265/65-18 275/60-16 275/60-17 275/60-18 275/60-20
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  • Will a Harley Davidson Spare Tire Cover Fit an 18 Inch Spare Tire on a Jeep Wrangler
  • To determine if the Harley Davidson spare tire cover # PC000796R01 will fit the 18 inch tire on your Jeep Wrangler just measure the overall diameter or height of the spare. If it is 27 to 31 inches tall then this cover will fit. We also have # PC000795R01 which is just different color (black and white) but otherwise fits the same 27 to 31 inch range.
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  • Will Thule Vertex Swinging Bike Rack Fit Class III Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch on 2011 Subaru Outback
  • When we installed Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87568 on a 2011 Subaru Outback wagon we found that it measured 7 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole back to clear the rear bumper. The Thule Vertex, # TH9031, measures 8-1/2 inches from hitch pin hole to the foot of the carrier, and 14 inches to the back of the upright mast so it will clear the rear bumper on the Outback. I have included a couple of links to the right that should also help. If you will be carrying any bikes that...
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  • Trailer Jack Options for a Heavy Boat Trailer for Person with Injured Shoulder
  • Basically, the easiest way to raise/lower a trailer is to use a jack that has a high capacity. That way it is easier for the jack to work, and in the case of a manual jack, easier on you. Since boat trailers get submerged, you do not seen many electric jacks on them. Also many boat trailers have a straight pole tongue and electric jacks are mainly designed to fit A-frame trailers. If your trailer does have an A-frame then I would go with the Husky Brute # HT87247 which has a 4,500...
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  • Ski Carriers that Will Directly Fit Factory Roof Rack on a 2007 Subaru Impreza
  • Rhino-Rack does not provide a fit list for accessories and factory roof racks so to determine if ski carrier # 566U will fit you will have to do a little measuring. The carrier feet will fit around bars that are 3-1/8 inches wide or less. If the crossbars on your 2007 Subaru Impreza measure within these parameters you can use this carrier. No other parts would be needed. Other companies do list what will fit factory roof racks. Thule lists # TH92726, # TH92725, and # TH92724 as a direct...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Impreza Hatchback
  • I have a trailer wiring solution for your 2014 Subaru Impreza hatchback, non WRX, non STI but the part # C56040 that you referenced is not confirmed to fit your vehicle so I would not recommend it for you. Instead you would want the Tow Ready Wiring Harness part # 119179KIT as this kit is confirmed to fit your vehicle. This is a hardwire kit that will require you to test the functions of your vehicle taillights and wire them up correctly to the harness. Check out the install video and...
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  • Carrying a Spare Tire on the Roof of a 2002 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • I think I have a solution that you are going to like. First, if your 2002 Subaru Outback wagon has a factory installed roof rack with crossbars that run side to side, you can use the Yakima LoadWarrior, # Y07070, and then add the spare tire carrier, # Y07076. The carrier will secure the tire in the basket. The tire can be up to 35 inches in diameter. If you would rather go with a cargo box I would need to know the diameter of the tire and if your Outback has just side rails that run...
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  • Will Curt Roof Mount Cargo Basket Fit Stock Crossbars on 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • To determine if the Curt cargo basket # C18115 will fit your 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek with factory crossbars you will need to take a couple of measurements. You are going to measure the width of the bars and the distance from the center of the front bar to the center of the rear bar. The Curt basket will fit if the crossbars are up to 3 inches wide and the bars are 15, 22, or 29 inches apart on center. I have included links to the instructions and a video review of this basket.
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  • Roof Mount Ski Carrier for a 2015 Subaru Outback with Factory Roof Rack
  • You will need to measure the width of the crossbars on your 2015 Subaru Outback to determine if the Rhino-Rack ski carrier # 562U will fit. The carrier will fit on bars up to 3-1/8 inches wide. Rhino-Rack does not provide fit information for this product as far as factory roof racks go so measuring is key. Yakima does provide fit information and they indicate that the PowderHound carrier, # Y03081, is a direct fit to the OEM crossbars on your 2015 Subaru Outback.
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  • Does Stabilization Strap have to Be Used on a Curt Trailer Hitch for 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The Curt trailer hitch # C13144 isn't any more or less stable than the other hitches available for your 2015 Subaru Forester. Curt requires strap # 18050 though for their warranty requirements. The other manufacturers do not. The issue that many customers find with the strap is that it is not easy to use with certain bike racks, like the Yakima HoldUp, # Y02443, and/or on certain vehicles where there isn't a good place to attach it to the vehicle. If you didn't use the strap and...
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  • Most Popular Canoe Carrier for Subaru Outback Owners
  • The top canoe carrier for Subaru Outback owners is the Yakima KeelOver, # Y04069. The runner up is the Yakima universal foam block carrier, # Y04055. Neither of these carriers has a weight capacity limit so you would only be limited to the capacity of the vehicle roof or roof rack, whichever is lower. Consult the vehicle owners manual and/or Subaru for the capacities. If your Outback has the factory roof rack with crossbars that run side to side then both of these carriers will fit....
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  • Best Trailer Hitch for 2015 Subaru Forester and Yakima HoldUp Bike Rack
  • We have had at least one customer use the Yakima HoldUp bike rack # Y02443 on a Subaru and he said it was a great fit. It is not clear though which trailer hitch he was using. I actually would not recommend using the Curt Class III hitch with your 2015 Subaru Forester. The reason is that for this hitch Curt does require the use of a stabilization strap # 18050 for non-trailer loads, such as a bike rack, and there isn't a good place to attach it to the HoldUp. I recommend Hidden Hitch...
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The Yakima Holdup Bike Rack part # Y02443 that you referenced would be a great rack for your 2015 Subaru Forester with a Curt Hitch part # C13144 installed on it. We haven't had a chance to test fit the two here yet, but we did test this rack on similar vehicles and it worked well. Check out the review video I attached to the right.
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  • Wire Loom and Wire Loom Clamp for Routing Power Wire for 7-way install on a 2003 Subaru Forester
  • You are on the right track with all of the products you are planning on purchasing to install the Prodigy RF brake controller part # 90250 and then also leave the option to use a different brake controller in the future. For wire loom I would go with 1/4 inch loom like part # 7509-10 sold in 10 foot sections, and then to secure the loom you could either use zip ties (this is what I did on my car) or you could use the Metal Loom Clamp # A0250 for a more permanent solution.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 1999 Subaru Legacy to Carry a 20x48 Pro Series Cargo Carrier # 6500
  • If you have the Draw Tite # 36234 installed already then to determine if the Hitch Adapter with Rise part # HT5R will clear the rear bumper of your 1999 Subaru Legacy you will only have to take one simple measurement. You will need to measure from the pin hole of your hitch to the outermost portion of your rear bumper. If that measurement is less than 3-5/8 inches the # HT5R would clear. You should note that when you use a hitch adapter like this you cut the weight capacity of the hitch...
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  • Bike Carrier Recommendations For 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • If you have a Class lll hitch on your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon, like the Curt Hitch, part # 13390, we have several options that may work well for you. Since you said you have different type bikes to carry, I recommend a platform-style bike rack. These will typically have wheel cradles that are adjustable to accommodate the different bikes. They are also a bit easier to load and unload, which is always a nice feature. I recommend a 4-bike carrier, which will provide more room between...
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  • Compatibility of 2015 Subaru Outback & Thule Hullavator Rooftop Kayak Carrier System # TH897XT
  • The Thule Hullavator Rooftop Kayak Carrier System # TH897XT is designed to fit certain specific roof rack crossbars including several varieties from Thule and Yakima. However, it is not capable of mounting to the typically larger-profile OEM factory roof rack bars on vehicles like your 2015 Subaru Outback. To use this advanced kayak carrier on your Subaru you will first have to install an aftermarket roof rack. At this time no confirmed roof rack fits are available due to how new the...
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  • Best Inexpensive Roof Cargo Basket with Extension for a 2010 Subaru Outback
  • Too long or not is a matter of opinion! Provided the Rola basket, # 59504, fits now, it will still mount to your 2010 Subaru Outback using extension # 59505. The extension adds 18-3/4 inches total to the length of the basket making it 70-3/4 inches long. You could change the arrangement of the feet to make the basket more forward or rearward on the crossbars if needed. Compare the overall length to the roof length to determine if the extension is too much to handle.
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  • Adapter Recommendation to Install Thule Big Mouth Roof Mounted Bike Rack # TH599XTR on Aero Bars
  • There is a way to install the Thule Big Mouth Roof Mounted Bike Rack # TH599XTR that you referenced on aero style bars like what you have. To do this you will need the Thule XADAPT2 AeroBlade and Xsporter Load Bar Adapter # Xadapt2 and you would be good to go.
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  • Pin Functions On 7-Wire To 6-Wire Electrical Cord And DC Battery Charger Recommendation
  • I have attached a helpful article that shows what the functions are for the trailer connectors we offer like the Blue Ox 7-Wire to 6-Wire Coiled Electrical Cord, part # BX88206. The attached article shows both the vehicle and the trailer connectors and also shows the front view and the back view of the connectors as well. We do offer a charger that is able to use a variety of power sources you may be interested in. It is the CTEK D250S DUAL Universal 12-Volt Battery Charger, part...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
  • The Hidden Hitch part # 87568 would be an excellent choice for a hitch for your 2015 Subaru Outback 3.6L Limited. Hitch installs are pretty easy for any qualified shop. I don't have a specific recommendation for a shop to use. But if there is a garage or mechanic in your area with a good reputation he should be able to install this hitch 100 percent correct without a problem. If you plan on doing some towing you may also be interested in the wiring harness part # C56040. For ball...
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  • Way to Tow a Camper and Carry Bikes with a 2014 Subaru Forester
  • There isn't a similar product to the # D210 that will work on 1-1/4 inch hitches. Your best option would be to install a roof rack on your 2014 Subaru Forester and then use roof rack mounted bike racks. For a rack system that would fit the raised side rails of your vehicle you would want the following parts: Thule Square Load Bars # THLB50 Thule Crossroad Roof Mounted Roof Railing Foot Pack # TH450 For bike racks to fit this rack I would recommend the Thule Big Mouth part # TH599XTR....
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  • Towing Mirror Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Forester
  • I recommend the K Source Universal Clip-On Towing Mirror, part # KS3891 for your 2014 Subaru Forester. As long as you have a lip on the edge of your mirrors, these will work great for you. These mirrors are sold individually and will attach to either the driver or the passenger side mirrors. These mirrors measure 7-3/4inches tall by 5-1/8 inches wide. I have attached a link to a product review video for you.
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