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  • Install Instructions for Hidden Hitch 90175
  • Yes, if you check out the link I attached you can see the install instructions for the # 90175 that you referenced. I also attached a picture of the install instructions as well.
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  • Do Tire Chains Size # TH2004205105 Fit 2016 Subaru Outback 3.6 with 225/60R18 Tires
  • We have confirmed with Thule that the tire chains part # TH2004205105 that you referenced is a fit for the tire size 225/60R18 that you have. There is sometimes a bit of overlap between tire size fits between tire chain sizes since they make them in so many different sizes. But we can assure these are a fit for your tire size. You would need to check your owners manual for any other info on tire chain recommendations as well.
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  • Parts Needed for Adding Brakes to 1983 Burro Trailer
  • I can offer recommendations on a brake away kit, an electronic brake controller, and the wiring harness however we do not carry brakes or hubs for a 1,200 pound axle. For a brake controller I suggest the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885 because of its realiability and ease of use. There isn't a plug and play brake controller wiring harness available for your 2016 Subaru Outback so you will hardwire the included harness into your vehicle. I've included some help articles on electronic brake...
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2016 Subaru Crosstrek for a Bike Rack
  • Trailer hitches are designed to fit specific vehicles. You will need one that was designed to mount to your 2016 Subaru Crosstrek. Hitch # 13018 will not work because it is designed for certain Mercedes vehicles. For hitches you have some options. You can use a Class I hitch, # 24886. A Class I trailer hitch will be limited to 2 bikes at most and the bike rack will need to be Class I compatible. If you need to carry more than 2 bikes you can install a Class III hitch, # 76084, which...
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  • Recommended Roof Rack For 2013 Subaru Impreza With Naked Roof
  • The Rola Roof Rack, part # 59636 is designed for the Imprexa WRX model that has fixed mounting points on the roof of the vehicle. Since you said you have a base model Impreza, it will not have those mounting points and the # 59636 will not work for you. The roof rack I recommend for your Impreza Sedan is the Rhino-Rack 2500 Series. This roof rack includes 46-inch square Euro crossbars and the fit kit designed for your Impreza. The roof rack easily attaches to the inside of the door....
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  • Will Glacier Tire Chains fit Tire Size 225/60R17 on a 2017 Subaru Forester
  • The Glacier Cables part # PW1038 are a confirmed fit for the tire size P225/60R17 that you referernced. We typically recommend chains on both axles if the owners manual says that is okay. Aside from that if one set is to be used on an all wheel drive vehicle we recommend the primary drive axle. The owners manual also will state which axle to use and if there are any other snow chain restrictions. These cables are Class S compatible which means they are great for tight clearances. I...
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  • Does the Replacement T-Slot Hardware Kit # 8860084 Fit T-Channel of a Thule Aeroblade
  • Yes, the Yakima T-Slot Adapter part # 8860085 that you referenced will fit the T-slots of a Thule Aeroblade crossbar like what you have.
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  • Parts Needed to Install Yakima Roof Rack on 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Yes, the Landing Pad 15 # Y00241 is the correct Landing Pad for a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon with flush mounted roof rails. For a round bar roof rack you would need these part numbers # Y00408, # Y00148, # Y03536, and # Y00241. For an aero bar roof rack you would need the # Y00421, # Y00148, and # Y00241. Aero bars provide better fuel mileage and less wind noise.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver For 2016 Subaru Forester
  • I can confirm you are not imagining things, but you do have the companies reversed. There is a stabilization strap recommended with all Curt Hitches and required for some. For instance, the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Class III - 2", # C13144, for your 2016 Subaru Forester has this stabilization strap, # 18050, recommended in the installation instructions I've attached for all non-trailer loads. This means bike racks, cargo, racks, steps, and any accessory that doesn't involve towing...
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  • Recommendation on a 1 or 2 Kayak Carrier for a 2010 Subaru Forester
  • If you looking for a kayak carrier that will work with factory, Aero, round, or square crossbar roof racks, then I recommend the Yakima BigStack Roof Mounted 2 Kayak Carrier # Y04041. The BigStack carrier can carry 1-2 kayaks at a time. The BigStack includes hardware and tie-down straps to help secure your kayaks to your roof rake and vehicle.The BigStack carrier can be mounted on a vehicle with a minimum crossbar spread of 24 inches. I you are looking for a carrier that will carry up...
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  • Recommended Tire Chains For 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • The owners manual for your 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek states that tire chains cannot be used on your vehicle because of the lack of clearance, however it states that spring chains can be used when tire chains cannot be used. Spring chains are also known as snow cable chains like you mentioned and I have one set of cable chains that is a confirmed fit for your vehicle. The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains - 1 Pair, # PW1038. These chains are constructed of case hardened,...
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  • Capacity of Hitches Made for 2003 Subaru Baja
  • Trailer hitch manufacturers design hitches for vehicles to more or less match the vehicle's own capacities. There would be no value to put a hitch with a higher capacity on a vehicle that cannot offer the same weight/towing capacity. In the case of your 2003 Subaru Baja the vehicle's own weight capacities are such that only light-duty Class I hitches are made for it. Please refer to the linked article on hitch classes. A Class I hitch can handle a compatible Class I hitch rack of up...
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  • Will The Swagman G10 2 Bike Rack Fold Up Properly On a 2017 Subaru Forester
  • The Swagman G10 2-Bike Platform Rack # S64682 has a distance of 6 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the carrier when it is folded. If you go out and measure from the center of your hitch pin hole to your bumper you can determine if it will fold up without any issues on your 2017 Subaru Forester. I will link a demonstration video that talks about different measurements for you. I have attached a help article and an image to help explain bumper clearance.
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  • How to Carry 4 Bikes on a 2010 Subaru Forester
  • If your 2010 Subaru Forester already has a hitch then yes, the Thule Apex 4 Bike Rack for 1-1/4 inches and 2 inch Hitches # TH9025 will work well. Since it does have the option to install on multiple sizes of hitches it will give you that option of switching it to your Ford Excursion with a 2 inch hitch. Another great feature is that this bike rack comes with both a lock to your hitch and an integrated cable lock to lock the bikes to the bike rack. However, if your Subaru only has a Class...
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  • Canoe & Tandem Bike Carriers for 2011 Subaru Forester with Factory Siderails
  • I suggest first confirming the weight of your 44-inch-beam guide boat to ensure it is within the capacity of the Forester's roof. If you need to install a roof rack on the car to hold the boat the weight of that aftermarket roof rack (usually somewhere around 10-lbs) also counts against the roof's weight limit. Roof racks for your Forester are offered in two types. There are racks for roofs that have raised front-to-back siderails and ones for roofs that are totally bare. You can use...
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  • Glacier Tire Cable Recommendation for 225/65-17
  • For your tire size of 225/65-17 the correct Glacier tire cable part number you need is # PW1042. We confirmed this with our contacts at Glacier. I attached an install video for this for you to check out as well. Be sure to check the owners manual of the vehicle to determine if there are any tire chain restrictions.
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  • Compatible Lengths of Thule AeroBlade Roof Rack Crossbars for 2013 Subaru Impreza Sport Wagon
  • There are two styles of Thule AeroBlade roof rack offered for your 2013 Subaru Impreza Sport Wagon with raised side rails, the Edge series which has bars that terminate in the mounting feet for an OEM-like appearance (part # TH7502B-TH7503B), and also the Crossroads series, which calls for the 47-inch bars # THARB47B and foot kit # TH450R. These bars extend through the mounting feet toward the outsides of the roof. You certainly can use either 47-inch bars or the 53-inch AeroBlade bars...
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  • Easiest Way to Carry 3 Bikes with a 2017 Subaru Forester
  • For a Class I hitch there are no 3 bike racks that can be used in a Class I hitch. Only option we have would be a trunk mounted bike rack that is designed for carrying three bikes like our best option the Thule Raceway part # TH9002PRO. What makes this rack far superior to the others is the attachment system. It uses 4 retractable coated steel cables to attach to the vehicle rather than 6 nylon straps like other racks. This makes installation quick and easy and the cables also last longer. The...
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  • Comparing Thule Passage and Saris Bones Bike Rack
  • If I personally had to choose between the two, I'd go with the Thule # TH911XT. I actually prefer the looks of the # SA801 Saris Bones, but I don't care for the way that the weight of the bikes and the rack rest on feet that small. Spreading the weight over a larger area like the Archway does lessens the chances that the vehicle will be damaged, and makes the whole unit more stable. Both rack manufacturer offers a limited lifetime warranty, so you really can't go wrong either way. If...
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  • Roof Rack and Ski Carrier Recommendation for 2009 Subaru Impreza 4 Door
  • The Sportrack Roof Rack part # SR1010 is a confirmed fit for your daughters 2009 Subaru Impreza with a naked roof but since this isn't a custom fit and only a semi-custom fit it may not fit the best. I would highly recommend you go with the Rhino Rack part number # DS118B and # DK292 instead as this kit will fit and work very well on her Subaru. For a ski rack the Rhino Rack part # RR573 would be a great option for carrying up to 3 skis or 2 snowboards. This rack would also fit the Sportrack...
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  • Compatibility of Provider ST215/75R14 Load Range D Radial Tire TTWTRTM2157514D with Sendel Wheels
  • A trailer wheel's maximum psi pressure rating will depend on the valve stem installed in it. Your trailer wheels might take either a standard snap-in 65-psi rubber valve stem like # AM20903 or a high-pressure metal bolt-on type like # AM20906 which is rated for pressures over 100-psi. The actual pressure capacity of a wheel/tire/valve stem combination will depend on the limit of the lowest-rated item. The Provider ST215/75R14 Load Range D Radial Trailer Tire # TTWTRTM2157514D requires...
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  • Does Inno Roof Cargo Box Fit 2017 Subaru Forester
  • The Inno Wedge part # INBRM660WH will fit the factory crossbars of your 2017 Subaru Forester. It will add 11 inches to the top of your vehicle so you would need to measure the available distance you have from your crossbars to the top of your garage door opening. To determine if the box will allow your to open the hatch without interference you would need to measure from the center of the rear crossbar back to the rear hatch seam on the roof of the car. If that distance is more than...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for OEM Hitch of 2017 Subaru Forester
  • You'll want to use the RidgeBack, part # Y02457. Yakima actually makes the Subaru Branded bike rack available at their dealers, so the RidgeBack is a proven fit. If you'll be transporting women's bikes or bikes with sharply-angled top tubes, you might also consider a frame adapter bar like part # UB01. The bar spans the distance between the handlebar gooseneck and the seat post, which provides a secondary attachment point for the bike rack. This allows the bike to be carried level, which...
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  • Best Hitch for Subaru Forester 2016 to use with Saris Freedom Superclamp 2
  • The hitch we offer that I would recommend for your 2016 Subaru Forester is the Draw Tite part # 75876. This is a Class III hitch that will work great. It doesn't require the stabilizer strap with a non-supported load like the Curt does and would give you plenty of capacity for the Saris Freedom part # SA4025 that you are interested in. I attached a link to a review video for the bike rack being demoed on a similar Subaru Forester as yours.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Impreza Sport Sedan
  • The hitches we offer that can be installed on a 2014 Subaru Impreza Sedan - excluding WRX and WRX STi are the Curt Class I Hitch # C11408 and the Draw-Tite Hitch Class I # 24888. Both of these hitches have the 1-1/4 inch receiver opening in the hitch. The towing capacity of this vehicle does not require the use of a Class III hitch, which is the reason why hitch manufacturers do not make a Class III hitch for an Impreza. This vehicle has a light tongue weight of 150-200 lbs that can...
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  • Recommedation On Tire Chains For A 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • The Thule Self-Tensioning Low-Profile Snow Tire Chains # TH00023103 are fitted by tire size. The factory tire size on the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek was 225/55-17. If this is the size tires on your vehicle, then # TH000023103 will fit your tires. Though the Thule # TH00023103 only require 9 mm of clearance, they are technically chains, so there might be a warranty issue since Subaru states not to use tire chains. In this case, I recommend the Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains # PW1038. The...
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  • Recommended Transmission Cooler For A 2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R
  • For your 2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R, I recommend the Derale Series 8000 Plate-Fin Transmission Cooler Kit w/Barb Inlets - Class III - Efficient, # D13503. This cooler is a confirmed fit for your Subaru Outback for smaller engine models, but it will also fit your engine. It is a Plate-Fin style system that provides increased surface area so that fluids can spread out along the finned chambers to cool faster. This unit is 11 inches wide x 8-3/4 tall x 7/8 deep. This will be the most efficient...
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  • Recommended Golf Bag Carrier For Roof Rack With Limited Space On 2014 Subaru Outback
  • The roof boxes we offer are all wider than the 16-inches you said you need to carry your golf clubs and I presume the bag on your Outback. I recommend using the Rightline Rooftop Golf Bag Carrier, part # RL100G80. This bag is weatherproof and measures 51-inches long, 15-inches wide, and 13-inches tall. This comes with 2-straps that can secure the carrier to your roof rack.
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  • Recommended Golf Bag Carrier For Roof Rack With Limited Space On 2014 Subaru Outback
  • The roof boxes we offer are all wider than the 16-inches you said you need to carry your golf clubs and I presume the bag on your Outback. I recommend using the Rightline Rooftop Golf Bag Carrier, part # RL100G80. This bag is weatherproof and measures 51-inches long, 15-inches wide, and 13-inches tall. This comes with 2-straps that can secure the carrier to your roof rack.
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  • Trailer Hitch for 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon
  • The Class I trailer hitch I suggest for your 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon that is NOT the STi version is Curt # C11318. This is the lowest-cost option but it delivers the same rated capacity as the similar Draw-Tite # 24710. One important difference between the two hitches is that Curt's warranty policy requires you to use a support strap # 18050 for any non-trailer load, such as a Class I bike rack like # VME-V2 or a Class I cargo carrier like # PS1040300. The Draw-Tite hitch does...
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  • Could Thule Speedway Bike Rack Potentially Fit 2017 Subaru Forester
  • I really wish we could say yes or no but that bike rack hasn't been made for 7 years and because of that was never tested on your 2017 Subaru Forester without electronic tailgate. Due to how similar the bike rack is the Thule Passage part # TH910XT I would be very inclined to believe it would fit. If not the Passage would be a great rack to switch to. I attached an install video for rack as well.
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  • Parts Needed to Install Yakima Crossbars on a 2017 Subaru Outback Limited Wagon
  • To use your current Yakima round crossbars like the part # Y00408 on your 2017 Subaru Outback wagon we have parts available that will allow that. You would need the SkyLine Towers # Y00148, RoundBar SL Adapter # Y03536, and Landing Pad # Y00241. The crossbars will be fixed at 29-1/2 inches apart though which would not work with a cargo box that requires 32 to 34 inches of spread.
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  • Trailer Hitch Compatibility Between 2012 and 2017 Model Year Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Sometimes a hitch from one vehicle will fit a newer model year. The hitch you purchased in 2012 was a Hidden Hitch model that is now discontinued, but sister-brand Draw-Tite's identical 2-inch hitch # 75673 is still an active item and is compatible with both model years. All you need to do to install your hitch on the 2017 Outback is to order a replacement hardware kit # RHK. This kit includes all new hardware components; hitch hardware cannot be re-used. Just enter RHK into our search...
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  • What Type of Tools are Used to Enlarge Frame Holes for Trailer Hitch on 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • If you have a grinding wheel type of bit that could work to enlarge the frame holes on your 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek. Another option is to use a file. It takes a bit more elbow grease than a power tool but it works. And you also might be able to use a chisel and hammer if you have room enough to work under the vehicle.
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  • Can RightLine Edge 15 Cargo Bag Attach Directly to Crossbars of 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Yes, the Rightline Edge Rooftop Cargo Bag # RL100E20 that you referenced can easily attach to the crossbars of your 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon. Attaching to crossbars is one of the preferred methods for installing this bag as well.
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  • Can RightLine Edge 15 Cargo Bag Attach Directly to Crossbars of 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Yes, the Rightline Edge Rooftop Cargo Bag # RL100E20 that you referenced can easily attach to the crossbars of your 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon. Attaching to crossbars is one of the preferred methods for installing this bag as well.
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Compare Curt/Tekonsha for 2017 Subaru Outback
  • For your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon both the Tekonsha part # 118467 and the Curt # C56040 are a confirmed fit. I would recommend the Tekonsha though as we tend to have better luck with their converter boxes and the install is a bit less involved. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Does Thule Interstate Bag Fit in Thule Canyon Cargo Basket
  • Yes, the Thule Interstate Cargo Bag part # TH869 would easily fit in the Thule Canyon part # TH859XT. The bag is also water resistant which means in a light rain the contents of the bag would stay dry but a heavy rain would allow water in. Either way it's a good idea to wrap your cargo in a plastic bag.
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  • Does Thule Interstate Bag Fit in Thule Canyon Cargo Basket
  • Yes, the Thule Interstate Cargo Bag part # TH869 would easily fit in the Thule Canyon part # TH859XT. The bag is also water resistant which means in a light rain the contents of the bag would stay dry but a heavy rain would allow water in. Either way it's a good idea to wrap your cargo in a plastic bag.
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  • Will Curt Roof Cargo Basket Fit a 1995 Subaru Legacy L Wagon with 26-1/4 Inch Crossbar Spread
  • Curt cargo basket # C18115 is designed to fit crossbar spreads of 15", 22", or 29" apart on center. At 26-1/4 inches your crossbars would have to be no wider than 1-5/8 inches for it to mount to your 1995 Subaru Legacy. I recommend Rola basket # 59504. It fits a crossbar spread of 26-1/4 inches on bars up to 1-1/4 inches tall by 3-1/4 inches wide.
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  • Roof Rack Recommendation for 2016 Subaru Crosstrek with Raised Roof Rails
  • For your 2016 Subaru Crosstrek with raised roof rack Thule does make excellent roof racks. Their Aeroblade racks like the part numbers # THARB53B # TH450R which is a fit for your vehicle offer you 53 inch long crossbars that look great and minimize wind noise due to the shape of the bars. Based on what you mentioned I believe this to be your best option.
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  • Is Fish Wire long Enough To Install Hardware For Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch On 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The fish wire included with the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, part # 75876 is designed to be used with the access hole you asked about and is long enough. I have attached the instructions and could not find anywhere that a hole needed to be altered. The heat shield does need to be trimmed. You will need to replace the plug you took out of the access hole when finished installing the hitch.
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  • Why is Polycarbonate Glass Used for MaxxTow Off-Road Light MT80636
  • Polycarbonate glass is up to 10x stronger than plastic and glass lenses and is very lightweight. A lot of higher end eye glasses use this for lens material as it is the best material to use for lenses.
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  • What Is The Dimension Of The Square Block In The Hitch Receiver Hardware For The Draw-Tite 75876?
  • The square block you are asking about for the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 75876, for your 2015 Subaru Forester is 2 inches by 0.880 inch and 0.109 thick. I've attached a photo to help.
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  • Compatibility of Hopkins 4-Pole to 7-Pole Adapter 37185 with 4-Pole Wiring on 2017 Subaru Outback
  • The Hopkins Adapter # 37185 connects to a 4-pole flat type trailer connector on the vehicle, such as # 118467, and allows the three lighting circuits in the 4-pole to be available in the 7-way RV-style connector format. This item is not vehicle-specific and it will work with the standard 4-pole harness on virtually any vehicle. An installation video is linked. You will simply plug in the 4-pole to the mating connector on the adapter and then secure the white ground wire to a clean bare...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2000 Subaru Legacy
  • The only base plate kit we offer for your 2000 Subaru Legacy Outback is the Blue Ox kit part # BX3611 which is a confirmed fit. You would need to use a Blue Ox tow bar with this like the part # BX7365 which comes with safety cables. I am not sure everything you already so I will just list everything you would need. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice into your taillight wiring to allow your...
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  • Anti-Rattle Device Recommendation with Hitch Reducer HT02
  • The problem with hitch reducers is that they add additional movement in the hitch because there is play between the hitch, reducer, and the accesory. The recommended anti-rattle device with this is the part # 63232. This takes out that play and makes it much tighter.
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  • Does Draw Tite Hitch 75673 Fit Both a 2016 and 2017 Subaru Outback Premium Non-Sport Model
  • Yes, the Draw Tite trailer hitch part # 75673 that you referenced is a fit for all models of a 2016 and a 2017 Subaru Outback. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • How to Carry Bike Rack While Towing Tear Camper Trailer
  • Does your trailer have an a-frame? If so you can use the bike rack bunk part # CC-275 with a hitch mounted bike rack like the part # TH912XTR. The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit this vehicle is the Thule Roadway 2 part # TH912XTR. We asked our demo and install guys to name their favorite, most easy-to-use bike racks and this one showed up in nearly everyone's top three. Check out the review video I attached for more info. Otherwise we don't have any towing...
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  • Recommended Battery Isolator For House Battery and Solar Panel Charger
  • For your application, you will want the Deka Battery Isolator - 120 Amp, # DW08771. This will enhance your alternator performance and allow you to efficiantly charge your battery. This will protect your main starting battery from auxilary drain and regulate current for multi-battery systems. We will want the Deka Battery Isolator Installation Kit for Standard Alternators, # DW08769. This kit will give complete instructions, various terminals and connectors, 15 feet of wire and a...
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  • How to Determine if Rhino-Rack Cargo Basket RMCB Will Fit a 2005 Subaru Forester Factory Roof Rack
  • As long as the crossbars on your 2005 Subaru Forester are no larger that 3-1/2 inches wide by 1-1/2 inches tall and they are space 21 to 30 inches apart on center then Rhino-Rack cargo basket # RMCB will fit. I have linked a video review of this basket for you.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2008 Subaru Outback 3.0 LL Bean Edition
  • Yes, Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75560 fits the LL Bean models of the 2008 Subaru Outback. I have included a link to a video showing an example installation for you. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend 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 ball mount kit does not have the...
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  • Will SportRack Mooring Stacker Fit on 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • I verified with SportRack and the Mooring Stacker Kayak Carrier # SR5324 is confirmed to the factory roof rack on your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon.
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  • Best Class III Hitch & 4-Bike Hitch Rack Fit on 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium
  • All three of the Class III hitches we offer for your 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium, the Draw-Tite # 75876, the Curt # C13144 and the Hidden Hitch # 87654, all use a similar design and use the very same attachment points on the car's frame. This means that the location of the hitch pin hole relative to the back of the bumper will be essentially the same for both the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch (4-3/4-inches, since they come from the same manufacturer) but the Curt hitch # C13144 offers...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon for Rear Cargo Area Access
  • For rear cargo area access on a vehicle like your 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon with a 2 inch hitch the best option is the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT. For the kids bikes you would need to use a bike frame adapter bar part # UB01 which spans the distance between the seat post and steering stem to provide a horizontal attachment point for the bike rack. I can't recommend you exceed the capacities for your vehicle with a platform bike rack and they don't give great rear cargo area access...
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  • Recommended Components For Flat-Towing 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek AWD
  • On page 9-15 of the owner's manual I found information about towing your Crosstrek. The manual does say that the best method is to carry the vehicle on a flatbed. It does not specifically say flat-towing is not permitted, so I recommend checking with your dealership to make sure you follow any restrictions for your Crosstrek. The base plates I recommend are part # BX3615. This has removable arms so less of the base plate is visible when you are not towing. For a tow bar I recommend...
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  • Replacement Mounting Hardware for Yakima FatCat Locking Rooftop Ski and Snowboard Carrier
  • Essentially you can go either way. You can use the Universal Mighty Mounts # Y03590 with either the FatCat 4 # Y03087 or FatCat 6 # Y03088. However, the Mighty Mounts do not work as well as the original mounts and they also do not work with the locking feature of the FatCat. In order to lock everything securely you would also need to purchase at least 2 Accessory Lock Housings # Y07220 along with 2 SKS Lock Cores # Y07202. The Replacement Mounting Hardware for the FatCat # Y8860078...
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  • How to Allow Purple Wire of ETBC7 Kit to Carry Brake Light Signal
  • If you wanted to use the purple wire circuit of the # ETBC7 to power a third brake light you would have to install a converter like part # RM-732 on the wiring of your vehicle to activate that circuit as a brake light. Then you would run wire from that pole on the 7-way to your brake lights.
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  • Does Sportrack Ski/Snowboard Rack SR6466 Fit Round Crossbars
  • The SportRack snowboard rack part # SR6466 is a fit for round bars. When there is a ski or snowboard in the rack the bar shape would not be an issue at all. When the rack is unloaded the rack would be somewhat likely to spin downward but that actually can be a good thing as you can position the rack like that to help with air flow.
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  • The Hitch Reciever Spacers Will Not Fit Through The Holes In The Frame Rails Of A 2016 Impreza Wagon
  • While enlarging the access holes are not typically necessary on this Draw-Tite hitch receiver # 76084, variances in the manufacturing process can create this type of issue. I recommend only enlarging it enough to fit the spacer into the frame. The access holes can be enlarged by drilling, filing, or using a rotary tool. The spacers are a standard size for use on all the Draw-Tite Hitches.
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  • Compatibility of Kuat Sherpa Hitch Bike Rack SH22G & Draw-Tite Hitch 75876 on 2015 Subaru Forester
  • Thank you for your recent purchase of Draw-Tite 2-Inch Class III Hitch # 75876. I am glad your installation went well. The dimension to keep in mind as you consider your preferred hitch-mount bike carrier is the distance from the hitch pin hole to the rear edge of the bumper cover. This hitch installed on the 2015 Subaru Forester is positioned such that the hitch pin hole is 5-inches forward of the rear edge of the car. So, this means you'll want to choose a hitch rack that offers at...
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  • Hitch Receiver & Yakima FullTilt 4 Bike Rack Compatibility on 2015 Subaru Outback
  • Rear-of-vehicle clearance is an important consideration when selecting a hitch and hitch bike rack combination. We offer two 2-inch hitch options for your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon, Draw-Tite (Cequent) hitch # 75673 and Curt # C13206. The Curt hitch offers 2-1/2-inches more clearance at the back of the car so this may make it the better option for you. Do also note that Curt requires you to use their hitch support strap # 18050 when using a non-trailer load like a bike or cargo carrier....
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  • Cargo Box for 3 Snowboards for a 2016 Subaru Impreza Hatchback
  • If your 2016 Subaru Impreza hatchback came with the factory roof rack including the crossbars that run side to side then I recommend the Thule Force Medium # TH624. This box will hold up to 3 to 4 snowboards up to 150cm long. If the boards are longer I recommend the Force Large # TH628 which will accept 3 to 4 boards up to 173cm long. If your Impreza does not have the factory crossbars or the factory side rails then you would need to add a roof rack. For a model without any sort...
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  • How to Select Trailer Tires with Correct Load Range Rating for Trailer Gross Weight
  • Your math is correct in your trailer weight load example. If a fully-loaded tandem axle trailer weighs 4000-lbs then each of the 4 tires will bear 1/4th of that load, or 1000-lbs. In this case a tire rated for 1300-lbs would provide a good safety margin. A tire's rated Load Range means the maximum weight load it can handle (when installed on a suitably-rated wheel) at its full rated PSI pressure. Trailer tires must always be fully-inflated to their maximum rated pressure as noted on...
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  • Bike Transport Options When Towing a Pop-Up Trailer
  • If you have an a-frame type trailer frame a great option for transporting bikes is the Stromberg Carlson Bike Bunk # CC-275. This bolts on to a trailer's frame and fits frames from 14- to 55-inches wide. It provides a 2-inch receiver opening that can accept an RV-rated 2-inch bike rack like the wheel-mount Vee Me # VME-V2. This and other RV-rated bike racks are shown on the linked page. You cannot use a standard car bike rack on a trailer. Another option is a towing rack like the Swagman...
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  • Hitch Fit for 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • A 2015 Subaru Crosstrek would require a different hitch from what fit a 2001 Subaru. Subaru makes pretty substantial changes to their vehicles every few years so the hitches are constantly being redesigned. You would need a Curt hitch like the part # C13135 for your 2015 Subaru. I attached a review video for this hitch for you to check out as well.
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  • Pin Hole to Bumper Clearance for Draw Tite/Hidden Hitch on 2014 Subaru Forester
  • When we installed the Hidden Hitch 87654 and the Draw Tite equivalent part # 75876 on a 2014 Subaru Forester we found that the distance from the pin hole to the outer edge of the bumper was 5 inches. The Thule T2 Classic part # TH9044 would require less than 4-1/2 inches to clear folded and the T2 Pro part # TH9034 requires 5 inches so it would be very close. These hitches offer better clearance than the Curt so it would be the best option.
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  • Hitch Recommendation For A 2015 Subaru Forester
  • A reason for choosing a Class III hitch over a Class II is the 2 inch receiver opening on the Class III hitch. The 2 inch hitch is the most common hitch size today. Class II hitchs use a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening. Having a 2 inch receiver opening will give you more options for trailer and hauling accessories. Many of the bike racks, cargo racks and other hauling accessories have the 2 inch hitch shank. The gross trailer weight rating for the Class III hitches for a 2015 Subaru Forester...
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  • Use of Stabilizing Strap 18050 with Curt Hitch on 2010 Subaru Outback
  • Curt chooses to recommend a stabilizing strap be used on some of their hitches when non-wheeled loads like bike racks are installed simply as an added safety measure. Using a support strap like # 18050 on ANY hitch would certainly be an okay idea, but other hitch makers do not have this express requirement. This is no way indicates the Curt hitch # 13390 is weaker than others, but is simply a more conservative approach in the interests of safety and long-term reliability. When a load...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver and Cargo Carrier for 2016 Subaru Impreza Wagon
  • The only trailer hitch that will fit your 2016 Subaru Impreza Wagon that's rated high enough for a cargo carrier with a deer on it is the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Class III # 76084. It has a maximum tongue weight capacity of 525 pounds which will plenty for you. We don't have any pictures of it on an Impreza so I don't know how hidden it will be but it's coated with a black powder finish over an e-coat finish for rust protection. The Curt Cargo Carrier # C18153 is one of the largest carriers...
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  • Cable Style Tire Chains for a 2015 Subaru Impreza with 205/55-16 Tires
  • I assume it is talking about cables such as # PW1034. But they are laboring under the assumption that all tire chains have to fit around the back side of the tires. While some chains do not have parts that fit around the back side of the tire none of those fit your tire size. Cables are still going to have parts that fit around the back side of the tire. The cables listed above will fit the 205/55-65 tires on your 2015 Subaru Impreza but I also recommend tensioners # PW105 to keep them tight.
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  • Recommended Super Springs Rear Coil Helper Springs for 2011 Subaru Outback with 3.6L H6 Engine
  • The difference between Super Springs Coil Helper Spring kits # CSS-1094 and # CSS-1094R is that the CSS-1094 can be used in either front or rear coil spring applications while the other kit is for rear springs only. For your 2011 Subaru Outback with 3.6L H6 Engine use kit # CSS-1094R on the rear axle. Please note that this item requires some trimming for installation on your vehicle.
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  • Will Kuat NV Bike Rack Fit a 2017 Subaru Outback with Draw-Tite Class III Trailer Hitch Installed
  • When we installed Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75673 on a 2017 Subaru Outback, see video link, the distance from the hitch pin hole back to clear the rear bumper was 5 inches. The Kuat NV, either the original or the new one, # NV22G, measures 7 inches from the pin hole to the nearest part of the rack when folded up (10-1/2 when folded down) so it will fit and clear the bumper!
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  • Hitch Pin Recommendation for Hitch Installed on a 2006 Subaru Impreza
  • Sounds like you are looking for a hitch pin. For that you would need the part # PC2. Or it is possible that you need a ball mount. For that you would want the part # 3593.
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  • About How Many Snowboards Will Fit in the Yakima SkyBox Lo 15 Rooftop Cargo Box
  • Depending on the length of the boards and the size of the bindings I am sure you can get 3 or 4 snowboards in the Yakima cargo box # Y07338. We do have other snowboard carriers. If you can tell me if your 2016 Subaru Crosstrek has the factory crossbars that run side to side, side rails only, or a naked roof I can make some recommendations.
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  • Comparing Kuat NV and Sherpa Hitch-Mount Bike Racks for 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Non-Hybrid
  • When we installed Curt 2-inch hitch # C13135 on a 2016 Subaru Crosstrek we did find that the hitch pin hole was positioned 2-1/2-inches from the rear edge of the bumper cover. This is a fairly close placement and this means you will not need too much clearance from a bike rack in order for it to clear the bumper. A rack that offers at least 4-inches of clearance from the hitch pin hole should be just fine since this gives you 1-1/2-inches of space between the bumper and the rack. The...
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  • Recommended Replacement Part for Pollak 12-705 Trailer Wiring Socket Vehicle End
  • Yes, the Pollak Black Plastic 7-Pole RV Blade-Style Trailer Socket - Vehicle End, # PK12-707E, will work to replace the Pollak wiring socket that is broken. The insert will allow you to simply disconnect the wires and reconnect them inside the outer socket. I've attached a review video of this product for you so you can see the simple installation of this replacement part.
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  • How to Find Brake Switch Wire on 2015 Subaru Forester for Brake Controller Install
  • You are going to have to use a circuit tester like the part # 3808 to test the wires that feed into the brake switch to determine which is the correct wire to use. We haven't had the chance to install a controller on a Forester like yours so we don't have that info for you but testing the wires is pretty easy. We have heard that it's a red and white wire so start there. Basically you just need to probe both wires while pressing and releasing the brakes. If the circuit has voltage with...
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  • Inno Low Profile Roof Rack for a 2015, 2016, or 2017 Subaru Legacy Sedan
  • Yes, you can use the Inno XS200 feet, # INXS200, on a 2015 to 2017 Subaru Legacy sedan. In addition to the feet you will also need the bars, # INXB115-2, and the custom fit kit, # INK439. I have linked a video showing the features of this style of Inno roof rack on a different vehicle.
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  • Ladder Rack with Over Cab Extension for a 2017 Ford F-150 with 6-1/2 Foot Bed
  • Yes. In addition to the regular sliding ladder rack # TA21501-02 there is also a version with the over-the-cab extension. It is # TA21501-02-02 and it will fit your 2017 Ford F-150 with 6-1/2 foot bed. I have linked a video showing an example install of the ladder rack for you.
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  • Fairing Recommendation to Fit 2013 Subaru Impreza
  • I have a very similar solution I can point you towards, but the Thule fairing part # TH8701 cannot fit factory crossbars like what you have on your 2013 Subaru Impreza, instead we have the Yakima part # Y05017 which can fit your bars and is similar in length at 40 inches. The Yakima fairings can basically fit any crossbar style due to their mounting straps.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2016 Subaru Forester for Yakima Holdup 2
  • The hitch to install on your 2016 Subaru Forester is the Draw Tite hitch part # 75876 that you referenced. It would give you more than the needed clearance to install the Yakima HoldUp 2 Bike Rack # Y02443 that you are interested in as well. I attached an install video for the hitch as well.
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  • Tilting Bike Rack for an Alternative Frame Bike for a 2014 Subaru Forester
  • The Curt Class III Hitch # 13144 will work with the Inno Aero QM 2 Bike Platform # INH330 on a 2014 Subaru Forester. However, the Inno Aero bike rack has not been tested for the recumbent bike style that you listed in your question. The bike that you have might not be able to safely be mounted on the Inno Aero bike rack. We do carry recumbent bike racks that would be a better fit for the type of bike you want to haul with your 2014 Subaru. I would recommend the Hollywood Racks Sport...
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  • Why Can't Hitches for 2015 Subaru Forester be Used with Weight Distribution Systems
  • The Class III hitches available for your 2015 Subaru Forester like the Curt part # C13144 are not rated for weight distribution systems. Typically this is not due to the hitch itself but more so the vehicle the hitch will install onto. Weight distribution systems do put a bit more stress on the vehicle/hitch than a standard ball mount and not all vehicle frames are able to handle that. But for a ball mount that would allow your trailer to be towed level you would need to get a different...
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  • Trailer Hitch Fits for 2017 Subaru Forester Limited
  • We offer both 1-1/4-inch Class II and 2-inch Class III hitches for the 2017 Subaru Forester. All choices are displayed on the linked page. Hidden Hitch was a brand of hitch, now discontinued. I suggest a 2-inch Class III hitch for its higher capacity and since this size gives you more options for accessory carriers like bike racks and cargo or scooter carriers. Since all hitches for the car will bolt on to the same points on the frame the position of the hitch cross tube and receiver...
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  • Thule Roof Rack to Fit 2008 Subaru Impreza Wagon
  • I verified with Thule that the correct foot pack for your 2008 Subaru Impreza Wagon are the # TH460 with Fit Kit # THKIT3068. Thule stated the the TH430 Foot Pack was a fit for the Impreza Wagon from 1995 to 2001. If you don't already have the square load bars you'll need # THLB50.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon for 2 inch Hitch Thule Bike Rack
  • We carry the Draw Tite hitch you referenced part # 75673 for your 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon and it does not require the use of a stabilizer strap so it would be a great choice for a 2 inch Thule bike rack. I attached an install video for this for you to check out as well.
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  • Roof Kayak Carrier Recommendation for 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon with Factory Crossbars
  • For your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon with factory crossbars the Thule Set to Go # TH878XT and the part # TH875XT are a confirmed fit. If this is the style of rack you are looking for it would fit and work well. For a similar setup that also has a roller on the back to help loading and unloading the Thule SlipStream part # TH887XT is also a fit. This has a 75 lb weight capacity so it would work well in that regard as well.
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  • 2013 Subaru WRX 5 Door with Spoiler Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation
  • The best bike rack option for your 2013 Subaru WRX with a spoiler will be the Hollywood Racks Over the Top part # HRF2. This rack is a confirmed fit and is designed for vehicles will spoilers so it will fit and clear yours easily. I attached a review video for more info as well. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Kuat Bike Frame Adapter Bar # UB01 to provide a horizontal top tube on your...
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  • Cargo Carrier and Cargo Bag for 2017 Subaru Outback with 1-1/4 Inch Hitch Receiver
  • For your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, I'd be happy to recommend a Cargo Bag and Cargo Carrier to hold it. Your hitch receiver will limit our options because I want to make sure we don't overload your vehicle while still giving you the cargo load you desire. You will want to make sure your cargo is within the limits of your hitch receiver including the weight of the carrier, the bag, and the load within the bag. I would start with recommending the cargo bag because there is a limit to...
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  • Tips for Reducing Wind Noise with Roof Cargo Basket
  • Roof rack accessories are prone to making wind noise but there are a couple ways to help reduce it. If you can move the rack further back on the crossbars that should help but what would help the most is a fairing for the crossbars. Yakima fairings are designed to basically fit any style of crossbar so you would want the part # Y05017 which is a 40 inch wide fairing (same width as the basket) and that will direct air above the basket and reduce noise.
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  • Recommended Ball Mount for a 3-1/2 Inch Rise For a Class III Hitch Receiver on 2015 Subaru Crosstrek
  • If you measured without any cargo weight in the back of your tow vehicle, then you may want to add the load you would normally carry when towing and measure again. The 4 inch rise ball mount from Curt # C45070 would be a better option if that weight brings your trailer closer to level with a 4 inch rise. You will have some compression of your suspension when you add any weight to the tow vehicle and remember you will be adding the tongue weight of your trailer to that. This could cause...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Subaru Outback Touring
  • I can help with a hitch and bike rack, but as of right now (October 2016) Yakima does not have a roof rack fit for your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon Touring. For a hitch you would want the Draw Tite part # 75673 which is a confirmed fit that will work well for a bike rack. I attached an install video for more info as well. My favorite bike rack to recommend is the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT because it can carry up to 4 bikes and can swing out and away from the rear of the vehicle...
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  • Will Kuat Trio Roof Bike Rack Fit Factory Crossbars Of 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • You can take a quick measurement of your Outback roof rack crossbars to make sure the Kuat Trio, part # TR02 will work for you. The Trio will work with crossbars that have a maximum measurement of 3-1/2 inches wide and 1-11/16 inches tall and the center-to-center crossbar spread can be from 19-5/8 inches to 50-3/16 inches. The carrier weighs 7-lbs and has a weight capacity of 45-lbs.
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  • Choosing a Class II Ball Mount with the Correct Rise and Drop on 2004 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • I've linked our selection of Class II ball mounts for you to take a look at. You can use an adapter to increase the tube size to a 2 inch, like # MT70032, however this is going to reduce the weight capacity of the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver # 36284 by 50 percent making it 1750 pounds with only 150 pounds of tongue weight. So yes, you will have more options of ball mounts to choose from, but you will have a lot less towing capacity. Choosing the correct rise and drop depends...
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  • Roof Rack Recommendation for 2016 Subaru Forester with Raised Rails
  • For your 2016 Subaru Forester with raised roof rails the Thule Roof Rack part # TH7502B-TH7502B would be a great option confirmed to fit. These bars will attach to the raised rails of your vehicle to give you a set of crossbars. This Aeroblade Edge rack is great because the bars are shaped very aerodynamically and the bars do not extend out past the feet of the racks so that means minimal wind noise.
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  • Thule Ski/Snowboard Rack Fit Recommendation for a 2016 Subaru Crosstrek with Factory Crossbars
  • Yes, we checked with Thule and the Pull Top part # TH92726 that you referenced is a confirmed fit for your 2016 Subaru Crosstrek with factory crossbars so it would fit and work well to carry up to 6 skis or 4 snowboards.
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  • Thule T2 Pro 2 Bike Rack and Hitch Recommendation for 2015 Subaru Forester
  • For your 2015 Subaru Forester the Draw Tite hitch part # 75876 is a confirmed fit and would work well to carry a Thule T2 Pro part # ETTHT2P-2. It will fit and work well. This is one of the nicest hitch and bike rack setups you can get so we recommend it highly for you. I attached a review video for the T2 on a similar 2016 Forester as your as well.
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  • Can Tire Chains Be Used On a 2015/2016 Subaru Forester or 2017 Subaru Outback?
  • The Thule Self-Tensioning, Low-Profile Snow Tire Chains, # TH2004205104, will give you enough clearance because they will adjust tension and not just have slack in the chain. If you are concerned about the seeming contradicting information, you could go with a cable chain like Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains, # PW1042. With these style chains, spring rollers are wrapped around sturdy wire cross cables. With this product, Rubber Adjusters like # PW100 are recommended. In the Owner's...
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  • Will Hitch Mounted Rhino-Rack 2 Bike Rack Work With Curt Trailer Hitch On 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Rhino-Rack 2 Bike Rack, part # RRRBC045 is compatible with the Curt trailer hitch you have installed on your Outback wagon. The bike carrier weighs just 33-lbs and has a capacity of 33-lbs per bike. If you are planning on carrying bikes with alternative frames like kids bikes or women's bikes I recommend using an adapter bar like part # 64005. This attaches between the seat post and the handlebar stem and allows the bike to be carried more level in the carrier while providing...
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