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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback with Factory Crossbars
  • For a kayak carrier confirmed to fit the factory crossbars of your 2015 Subaru Outback and would work well with your ocean kayaks that weigh 45 lbs I would recommend the Thule Hull-a-Port part # TH834. You will need to check the roof capacity of your vehicle and be sure that you do not exceed that figure with the weight of your kayaks and these carriers that weigh 10 lbs a piece. I attached a review video for these carriers for you to check out as well.
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  • Yakima Ridgeback Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester with OEM Hitch
  • The current generation of the Yakima Ridgeback part # Y02457 that you referenced is the one we are currently shipping. This one will fit the OEM 1-1/4 Subaru hitches that have the shallow hitch pin holes. I attached a picture of the shank of the rack that shows where the pin hole is so that you can see it would fit your vehicle. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out Women's...
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  • Upgrading Older Style Thule Sidearm to Fit Aero Style Crossbars
  • I spoke with my contact at Thule and when I described your situation she said that it sounds like you have the older style Sidearm and need a few parts so that you could convert it to the newer style. My contact provided me with the replacement parts you will need to adapt your Sidearm for use on your Subaru Outback. These parts are supplied with the current version, # TH594XT. You will need two knobs, part # 753-0783; one plastic spacer mount, part # 853-7441; one rubber leveling...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon w/ OEM 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • The OEM hitch on the Subaru has presented problems in the past because the hitch pin hole is so close to the end of the receiver tube. The Yakima Ridgeback was recently designed to be compatible with this type of receiver tube. Yakima added an additional hitch pin hole that allows the shank of the bike rack to insert a bit further for more stability. The Ridgeback is offered in a two bike model as part # Y02457. The Yakima HighLite # Y02438 bike rack doesn't have the additional hitch...
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  • Recommended Kayak Carrier for Single 40-lb Kayak on 2015 Subaru Forester with Moonroof and No Rack
  • Foam block kayak carriers like the adjustable SportRack # SR5527 are a great option for vehicles without a roof rack. They are very light in weight, cost-effective, and easy to put on and take off. They do not really differ much in terms of scratch potential; the key factor there is getting the bottom of the foam blocks and your car's roof very clean before installation. It is not the foam carrier, but rather any dirt trapped between it and the car, that could cause scratches. On a 1000-mile...
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  • Recommended Cable Lock Recommendation for a Yakima FourTimer
  • The recommended cable lock for the Yakima FourTimer part # Y02469 that you referenced is the part # Y07233.
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  • Adapting Thule Big Mouth Bike Rack to 2011 Subaru Outback OEM load bars
  • According to my Thule representative, the Thule Big Mouth is compatible with Thule Square bars or Yakima Round crossbars only. The # Xadapt2 will allow the rack to be used with Thule AeroBlade Roof Rack or Xsporter Ladder Rack crossbars, Thule doesn't offer an adapter that would allow the # TH599XTR Big Mouth Roof Mounted Bike Rack compatible with the factory crossbars on your 2011 Subaru Outback. This leaves you with two alternatives. You can install Thule Square Crossbars using part...
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  • Will Prorack Rooftop Cargo Box Fit 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon With Factory Crossbars
  • The Prorack Rooftop Cargo Box, part # PR8067100 is confirmed to be a fit for the factory crossbars on your 2013 Subaru Outback. This cargo box has 10 cu ft of cargo space and has an inside dimension of 54-1/2 long x 30 inches wide x 13-1/4 inches tall. The box weighs 25 lbs. You will want to make sure you do not exceed the roof carrying capacity of your Outback. I have attached a product review video you can check out.
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  • Which Do I Use Hitch Tongue Weight Capacity or Vehicle Tongue Weight Capacity
  • When it comes to towing, you are always going to be bound by the component with the lowest capacity so even though the hitch can handle more weight, your vehicle can not. Since you mention that the tongue weight capacity of your vehicle is 165 lbs, a 280 lb power chair would exceed the tongue weight capacity and could cause damage to your vehicle but I do have a solution. Take a look at the Magneta Trailer with Spring Axle for Wheelchairs and Electric Scooters, # UWT1. This is a lightweight...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack to Carry 43 LB Beach Cruiser and 27 LB Hybrid on 2015 Subaru Forester
  • As long as your 2015 Subaru Forester is not equipped with the electronic tailgate option you could go with the Thule Raceway PRO 2-Bike Rack, # TH9001PRO. This bike rack has a capacity of 70 lbs and for best results you want the weight to be evenly distributed between the two bikes. I spoke with my contact at Thule and a long as the heavy beach cruiser is loaded closest to the vehicle, you shouldn't have any problems. Please keep in mind that you would be at maximum capacity so no extras...
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  • Recommendation for the Quietest 14 Cu Ft Rooftop Cargo Box
  • When I asked a few others here at etrailer for their opinion on the quietest cargo box that we offer, all said the Thule Sonic due to it's aerodynamic design and it being very low-profile. The two options that Thule offers close to the 14 cu ft capacity would be the Thule Sonic Large 13 cu ft Rooftop Cargo Box, # TH634B for Black or # TH634S for Silver, and the Thule Sonic XL 17 cu ft Rooftop Cargo Box, # TH635B for Black or # TH635S for Silver.
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  • How to Carry 2 Kayaks on a 2015 Subaru Outback with Yakima Mako Saddles
  • It depends on the version of the Yakima Mako saddles you have. If you have the Aero Version like part # Y04044 they would fit your factory crossbars as-is. If you had the # Y04037 which only fits round and square bars you would also need the Universal MightyMounts, # Y03590. You would need to check the roof capacity for your vehicle (owners manual), to make sure you have the capacity for the weight of your two kayaks.
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  • Is Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Rack # TH9027 Recommended for Carrying Carbon Fiber Framed Bikes
  • When it comes to the Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Rack, # TH9027, this is a great bike rack that is loaded with features and has the road-dampening technology (RDT) which definitely helps but at the end off the day I will still always recommend a platform style bike rack for the carbon fiber framed bikes. The best rack for the carbon fiber bikes is going to be a platform rack that secures the bikes by the wheel and not the frame. No contact with the frame = less chance of damage = happy rider. All...
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  • Will Yakima Hitch Bike Rack Lock Fit Thule Vertex 5 Bike Rack
  • Bike rack makers like Yakima and Thule use different thread pitches and bolt diameters for their hardware. It would be great if they all were compatible/interchangeable but they are not. If a bike rack uses one of these proprietary type hitch pins, rather than a generic type lock, then you will need to use the correct one for that particular rack from that manufacturer. The correct anti-rattle hitch lock for your Thule Vertex 5 bike rack # TH9030XT is part # THSTL2.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Impreza WRX Hatchback
  • The only hitch we offer for your 2014 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback is the Curt hitch part # C11120 that is a Class I 1-1/4 inch hitch. 2 inch hitches are reserved for larger vehicles like SUVs and trucks. I attached a help article on hitch sizes and classifications for you to check out as well.
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  • Strip Measurements for Rhino Rack Roof Rack on a 2015 Subaru Legacy
  • I spoke to my contact at Rhino Rack and he informed me that their roof rack that consists of part numbers # DS126B and # DK416 will have a strip measurement of 72 mm for the front and 60 for the rear.
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  • Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester with Power Lift Gate
  • For a trunk mounted bike rack for your 2015 Subaru Forester that has the power lift gate the Yakima King Joe Pro part # Y02624 has been confirmed as a fit and would work well for you so I would recommend it. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out Women's and Alternative Frame Bike Adapter # 64005 to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes to provide an attachment point....
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  • How to Pick Out a Sidewinder Pin Box for a Trailer
  • Sidewinders are pin box specific so you will first need to know what pin box you have now in order to pick out the correct one. There should be a sticker or a stamping on the OEM pin box of the trailer that will list the pin box number that is on the trailer. Once you figure out which pin box you have you can check the FAQ I attached that has a chart that shows the correct Sidewinder to get based on which pin box you have.
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  • Installation/Removal of the Surco BT300 On a Jeep Wrangler
  • The backing plate of the Surco Bike Rack part # BT300 that you referenced attaches to the rim by it sliding over the mounting plate for the wheel and then using the lug nuts that attach the wheel to the vehicle as a way to secure the wheel and the mounting plate to the vehicle. If you can loosen the bolts that hold the wheel to the vehicle it should remove. It is also possible that you are referring to the security bolt that holds the rack to the mounting plate. That would have been...
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  • Recommendation for 3 Bike Rack with Anti Sway Cradles for 2012 Subaru Legacy
  • I have a 3 bike rack with anti-sway cradles to recommend for you. However, the Hollywood Racks Express # HRE3 does not feature anti-sway cradles. I recommend looking at the Hollywood Racks Baja 3 Bike Carrier # HRB3. This bike rack will also fit you 2012 Subaru Legacy and will carry 3 bikes. This bike carrier features anti-sway cradles to prevent bike-to-bike and bike-to-car contact. The Baja bike rack is our most economic 3 bike rack with anti-sway cradles for your vehicle. I have...
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  • What Wire Gauge is Used in Curt Replacement Inline Fuse Holder # C58470
  • The wire gauge used in Curt Replacement Inline Fuse Holder # C58470 is 10 AWG. The maximum fuse value to be used is a 10-amp value. I confirmed the above information with my technical contact at Curt.
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  • Recommended Trailer Connector for Providing Reverse Light Signal on 2015 Subaru Outback
  • The Curt 4-Pole Vehicle Wiring Harness # C56040 does NOT provide a reverse light signal on its 4-pole connector, only stop, turn and running lights. The trailer connectors that can carry a reverse light signal will be either 5-pole, 6-pole or 7-pole types. Currently we do not offer a plug-in wiring harness that directly taps into the reverse light signal that may be in your Outback Wagon's R79 connector. However, converting to a 7-way socket that includes reverse, 12V power and trailer...
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  • Are CE Smith LED Light Kit for Post-Style Boat Guide-Ons Used For Turn Signal Or Brake Lights
  • The CE Smith LED Light Kit for Post-Style Boat Guide-Ons, part # CE27656A are designed to fit the top of guide-ons like part # CE27740. These are wired into the trailer running light circuit and are not used for brake light or turn signals. These lights are red and amber and mounted so that you are more visible to other drivers at night.
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  • Compatibility of Swagman Quad 2+2 Bike Carrier # S64691 With Hidden Hitch # 87568 and OEM Hitch
  • The Swagman Quad 2+2 2-Bike and 4-Bike Carrier # S64691 is designed to fit 2-inch hitch receivers like Hidden Hitch # 87568 but note this hitch has not yet been confirmed as a carry-over fit for the 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon. It is a confirmed fit on the 2015 model year and chances are that it will also fit the 2016 model year but as of now this has not been confirmed. If your dealer is suggesting a smaller 1-1/4-inch Class II hitch along with the use of an adapter I strongly caution...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Forester for 4 Bike Rack
  • Since your Saris Freedom SuperClamp 4 Bike Carrier part # SA4026 is designed to fit 2 inch hitches you will need to install a 2 inch hitch on your 2014 Subaru Forester like the Draw Tite Hitch part # 75876. As long as you have less than 5 inches from the center of your hitch pin hole to the outermost portion of the rear bumper this rack would fold up just fine.
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for 2002 Subaru Forester
  • You nailed it! All the parts you've mentioned, the Curt Class II # C12038, the Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR, it's # THSTL2 lock are all compatible, and would all work excellently for you. There's not any one particular bike lock you'd need to secure the bikes to the rack, but Thule offers one, part # TH538XT. The neat feature with this lock is if you purchase two lock cores, part # TH512, you can key both the Snug Tite lock and the cable lock alike, so you won't need to carry two keys...
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for 2002 Subaru Forester
  • You nailed it! All the parts you've mentioned, the Curt Class II # C12038, the Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR, it's # THSTL2 lock are all compatible, and would all work excellently for you. There's not any one particular bike lock you'd need to secure the bikes to the rack, but Thule offers one, part # TH538XT. The neat feature with this lock is if you purchase two lock cores, part # TH512, you can key both the Snug Tite lock and the cable lock alike, so you won't need to carry two keys...
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  • Will Draw-Tite QSP Trailer Hitch Silencer and Cover Work with Curt Class III Trailer Hitch
  • I went out to the warehouse and tried the Draw-Tite QSP Trailer Hitch Silencer and Cover # 63080 on a Curt Curt trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver so it should work well with your Class III Curt trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver. I have included a link to a product demonstration video for you to check out.
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  • Will Draw-Tite QSP Trailer Hitch Silencer and Cover Work with Curt Class III Trailer Hitch
  • I went out to the warehouse and tried the Draw-Tite QSP Trailer Hitch Silencer and Cover # 63080 on a Curt Curt trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver so it should work well with your Class III Curt trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver. I have included a link to a product demonstration video for you to check out.
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  • Installing Transmission Cooler in 2006 Subaru Forester
  • When installing your supplementary transmission cooler such as the economical Derale Dyno-Cool Tube-Fin Transmission Cooler # D12906 in your 2006 Subaru Forester you will want to locate the cooler in front of your AC condenser for maximum air flow and cooling efficiency. Please refer to the linked article. You want to install the supplementary cooler on the return line from the radiator. To determine which line is the return line you will want to start with your truck totally cooled...
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  • Hitch, Ball Mount and 1-7/8 inch Hitch Ball for a 2011 Subaru Outback
  • You can use a 1-7/8 inch hitch ball with the Hidden Hitch part # 87568 that you referenced. The recommended ball mount for this hitch is the part # 2923 and for a 1-7/8 inch hitch ball you could use the part # 19260.
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  • Vehicle Squeaks After Trailer Hitch Install
  • When you install a hitch on a vehicle you end up bracing the rear chassis of the vehicle as the hitch attaches to both side of the frame and provides basically like a cross-bracing. What that can end up doing is causing the vehicle to have a stiffer feel to it. When torqueing the hitch down it can also cause the frame to position in a slightly different manner which can cause different interior or exterior parts to contact in a different way. Basically what I am trying to say is that...
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  • Hitch and Cargo Carrier Recommendation for Ground Clearance for a 2014/2015 Subaru Impreza
  • The same hitches fit the 2014 and 2015 model Subaru Impreza hatchbacks with single exhaust so for a hitch you would want the Draw Tite hitch part # 24886. Your best bet for getting the best possible ground clearance with the cargo carrier would be to go with one that has a rise built into the shank. For that you best option would be the Pro Series Cargo Carrier part # 6500 as it has a shank rise of 3 inches and has a platform that is 20 inches by 48 inches.
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  • Transmission Cooler Recommendation for a 2001 Subaru Forester to Prolong Life
  • I would recommend a transmission cooler for basically every vehicle with an automatic transmission. Since heat is the number one killer of transmissions a cooler is a cheap insurance policy to allow your transmission to last as long as possible. The best way to pick out a cooler is to go with the largest one that will fit the available space in front of your radiator/AC condenser. The part # D13503 is a very popular choice that measures 11" Wide x 8-3/4" tall x 7/8" deep. I attached...
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  • Compatibility of Thule Slipstream Kayak Carrier w/ Factory Roof Rack on 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • According to my Thule representative, their Slipstream # TH887XT is indeed compatible with the factory crossbars of your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon. The Slipstream includes the straps to secure the kayak to the rack and the bow/stern tie downs, but you might also be interested in the Thule Quick Loops, part # TH530. The Quick Loops can be shut in the hood and rear hatch opening, providing a secure, scratch free place to attach the tie-downs.
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  • Will Cold Air Intake Improve 2010 Subaru Outback Fuel Economy and Transmission Function when Towing
  • Using cold air intake such as # AFETR-4303P on your 2010 Subaru Outback does allow the engine to run more efficiently and can improve gas mileage. But you probably will not notice any savings for a while because the change is very small. The estimated power gains for this set up are 7 horsepower and 6 feet pounds of torque. This is not a significant gain and would likely not have any effect on how the transmission shifts. The biggest help will be from lightening the load as much...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2014 Subaru Forester XT with Dual Exhaust
  • The Hidden Hitch part # 90228 has been confirmed to fit all models of the 2015 Subaru Forester so it would work well on your XT model that has dual exhaust. The install process would be the same as in the video that I also attached. I have also included a link to the bike racks that are compatible with this hitch.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Cargo Carrier Recommendation for 2012 Subaru Forester
  • I would recommend installing a trailer hitch on your 2012 Subaru Forester, such as the Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87493. This hitch has a Class III rating, a 2 x 2 inch receiver, and a maximum tongue weight of 350 pounds. I have attached an install video of this hitch on a Subaru Forester. With the hitch, I would recommend a hitch cargo carrier, such as the Curt Cargo Carrier # C18153. This cargo carrier has side rails that help to keep your cargo secure and offer a variety of tie-down...
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  • Bike Rack Options for a 2008 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • According to Thule and Yakima, the 2008 Subaru Outback Wagon is not suitable for use with a trunk mounted bike rack because the rear hatch is not strong enough to carry the weight of the carrier and the bikes. This leaves a roof or hitch mounted system as your remaining options. I would recommend going with the hitch mounted option, which would involve installing a receiver hitch like the Draw-Tite Class II receiver, part # 36334. This hitch will fit your Outback as long as it is not...
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Brake Controller Circuit that Activates all of the Time
  • You said that the brake controller output circuit was the number 2 circuit on your 7-way. If by that you mean the 2:00 position then you have the circuits flip flopped. The 2:00 position should be the 12 volt accessory circuit, not the brake output circuit. That would explain why you are getting 12 volts all the time. The brake controller circuit should be the 5:00 position. Check out the diagram I attached to see how it should all get wired up.
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  • Availability of Thule Rooftop Cargo Box for Factory Crossbars on 2015 Subaru Outback Premium 2.5i
  • Thule offers a whole range of rooftop cargo boxes that are compatible with factory-installed crossbars on vehicles like you 2015 Subaru Outback Premium 2.5i. The linked page will let you see all such Thule products and the filters on the page allow you to sort the products shown based on your preferences for box size, color and single- or dual-side opening. For an extra-large box Thule offers their Force XXL # TH626 that you referenced which offers 21-cubic-foot and 100-lb cargo capacities....
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  • How to Pick Out a Ball Mount for a 1-1/4 inch Hitch
  • It's hard to say for certain what hitch you have on your 2009 Subaru Forester, but it looks just like the Curt Class II hitch part # C12047 which happens to be a Class II hitch. You would want to stick with a Class II 1-1/4 inch ball mount as using an adapter will cut the capacity of the hitch in half. In order to determine what ball mount you would need you will want to check out the help article I attached that details how to pick out a ball mount so that your trailer is towed as...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2015 Subaru Legacy with Good Ground Clearance
  • We haven't tested our hitches on the 2015 Subaru Legacy, but we have tested them on 2011 Legacy. The Class III hitch that I would recommend the Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75673 has 10 inches of clearance from receiver to ground. This should provide plenty of clearance so you will not bottom out when towing. Since you'll be using the hitch for towing purposes, you'll need to see your dealer for a wiring harness. You'll also need the following to complete your towing system: Ball Mount,...
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  • 4 Bike Platform Bike Rack Recommendation that Can Convert to 2 Bikes
  • The Yakima FourTimer 4-bike carrier # Y02469 can be easily converted to a 2-bike carrier. You can detach the front 2 bike positions by simply removing a bolt on the base. Then remove the red endcap from the detached piece, and place it into the base of the 2-bike rack that you will be using. If you have a 2 inch hitch on your 2012 Lexus RX350 like the # C13143 this hitch would work well just like the # S646491 or the # HR1400. Since the Fourtimer can convert to either a 4 bike or...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback
  • When we installed the Hidden Hitch part # 87568 on a 2015 Subaru Outback just like yours we found that from the center of the hitch pin hole out to the furthest point on your rear bumper the distance was 5 inches. The Yakima Ridgeback part # Y02457 that you referenced has a distance of 12 inches from the pin hole to the back of the upright mast so it would fit well without interference.
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2012 Subaru Impreza with Class I Hitch
  • When Yakima designed the TwoTimer Bike Rack part # Y02468 they intended it for use only in Class II 1-1/4 inch hitches. Since you have a Class I hitch you have similar options, but this rack would not be compatible. The Swagman XTC2, part # S64670 is one of the most popular racks because it's so easy to use, and because the rack has an angled shank that would raise the bike rack up by three inches providing additional ground clearance. Because of that, this is the rack I'd recommend...
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  • Best 4 Bike Rack for 2 inch Hitch Recommendation
  • The bike rack I recommend the most is the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT. This rack is a 4 bike rack that would work well for you as it loaded with all the great features that all of the nicer bike racks have. But the biggest selling point for this rack for me is the fact that it can swing out and away from the rear of a vehicle with bikes loaded for unrestricted access to the rear of the vehicle. So if you load your bike all up on the rack and then forget to throw something in the...
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  • Bike Carrier that Won't Let Bikes Touch on a 2015 Subaru Forester with 2 Inch Trailer Hitch
  • A bike carrier that uses anti-sway cradles such as the Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR will work well in keeping the bikes from swinging into each other as you drive. Another option is to use a platform style carrier such as # PS63138. On this type of carrier there is no way the bikes could touch each other. I have linked video reviews of both of these carriers for you. And for a cross between a hanging style rack and a platform style rack take a look at the Highland SportWing,...
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  • Trailer Wiring Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Impreza Hatchback
  • For your 2014 Subaru Impreza hatchback you would have to use a hardwire harness for trailer wiring like the part # 119179KIT. The plug and play harness like the # 118581 will only fit the sedans.
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  • Will Rhino-Rack Master-Fit Cargo Box Fit Factory Roof Rack on a 2014 Subaru Outback
  • The Rhino-Rack Master-Fit cargo box # RMF440 fits on crossbars that are up to 3-1/2" x 1-1/3" with a spread of 24-1/4" to 36-1/2 inches. Bar spread is measured from the center of one bar to the center of the other bar. If the crossbars on your 2014 Subaru Outback meet this criteria then the box will fit. If you liked your Thule box then you can use the Force Large cargo box # TH628 which does open on either side and is a direct fit to the crossbars on your Outback.
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  • Recommended 4-Way And 7-Way Wiring For 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon Towing A Camper Trailer
  • I am a little puzzled why there would be a 7-way connector on the camper you are buying but as you said it has no brakes. If your Outback is the Sport model I recommend the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness, part # C56111. This plugs into the connections points located behind the tail lights on your Outback and you then run a hot lead wire to the positive side of the battery. I have attached a link to an installation video for this harness on an Impreza which is a different vehicle...
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  • Recommended Hitch Reducer For Using Bully Hitch Step With 2 Inch Receiver
  • The adapter that allows you to use the Bully Black Bull LED Hitch-Mounted Step, part # BBS-1104L in your 2 inch trailer receiver is not available as a separate item but I do have a solution for you. I recommend using the Brophy Hitch Reducer, part # HT02. This will allow you to be able to insert your lighted step into the adapter and then attach it to the 2 inch receiver on your Forester. When this is used with the # BBS-1104L there will be a gap of approximately 1/2 inch between the...
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  • Recommended Hitch Reducer For Using Bully Hitch Step With 2 Inch Receiver
  • The adapter that allows you to use the Bully Black Bull LED Hitch-Mounted Step, part # BBS-1104L in your 2 inch trailer receiver is not available as a separate item but I do have a solution for you. I recommend using the Brophy Hitch Reducer, part # HT02. This will allow you to be able to insert your lighted step into the adapter and then attach it to the 2 inch receiver on your Forester. When this is used with the # BBS-1104L there will be a gap of approximately 1/2 inch between the...
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  • Recommended Hitch Reducer For Using Bully Hitch Step With 2 Inch Receiver
  • The adapter that allows you to use the Bully Black Bull LED Hitch-Mounted Step, part # BBS-1104L in your 2 inch trailer receiver is not available as a separate item but I do have a solution for you. I recommend using the Brophy Hitch Reducer, part # HT02. This will allow you to be able to insert your lighted step into the adapter and then attach it to the 2 inch receiver on your Forester. When this is used with the # BBS-1104L there will be a gap of approximately 1/2 inch between the...
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  • Trailer Hitch to Allow Use of Wheelchair Carrier on 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The Curt custom-fit Class III hitch # C13144 fits all versions of the 2014 and 2015 models years of the Subaru Forester. It does indeed have a tongue weight (TW) rating of 525-lbs, but as you noted your vehicle's TW rating is lower at 200-lbs. When differently-rated items are used together the lower-rated one determines the overall capacity of the system, which will be 200-lbs if that is what Subaru says in their documentation. You will want to check the weight of your chair to see if...
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  • Raising Trailer Hitch Mount Cargo Carrier Out of Exhaust Path on 2015 Subaru Forester
  • On any vehicle that has the exhaust that exits straight out the back could potentially damage a trailer hitch mounted item and its contents. Here is a solution. To get enough distance from the exhaust you can use multipurpose ball mount # D210 and that will get you plenty far from the exhaust. Because it is not technically an adapter it will not reduce the tongue weight capacity of the trailer hitch. The 2 inch receiver part is 3-9/16 inches up from the top of the ball mount shank....
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  • Cargo Carrier Recommendation for a 2011 Subaru Outback with Curt Hitch Installed
  • The Pro Series Cargo Carrier part # PS1040300 that you referenced would work great with the Curt Hitch part # C12290 that you have installed on your 2011 Subaru Outback. For a cargo bag when you are ready you would want the Rola part # 59102 and the stretchy net part # 7330 to secure your cargo to the carrier. I attached a couple help videos for you to check out as well.
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  • Trailer Wiring Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • For trailer wiring for your 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek you would want the Tow Ready Harness part # 118467. This will plug in the port at the rear of your vehicle and would not require running a power wire up to the vehicle battery like the "powered" units do. A powered unit wiring harness means that it runs a wire up to the battery of the vehicle so that all of the amperage drawn for the trailer taillights comes from the battery and not the vehicle wiring. This type of harness is used...
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  • Black Trailer Wheel and Tire Recommendation to Replace 5.30-12 Tires and Wheels
  • Sounds like you are looking for a wheel and tire combination that has a 5.30-12 radial tire mounted on it. The # AM35354 has a ST145/R12 tire on it so while it would be a great choice for a trailer tire, it would not be exactly what you said you wanted. For a wheel and tire that has a 5.30-12 you would want the # AM30859 instead. Now the # AM35354 that you referenced is a very similar size and is a radial tire so it would be a better setup for you. I attached a picture of what it...
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  • Anti-Rattle Hitch Pin for Detail K2 4 Bike Rack # K2BCR490
  • The Detail K2 4 bike rack you referenced, part # K2BCR490 includes anti rattle hitch bolts that are compatible with either a 2 inch or 1-1/4 inch hitch, so an additional anti-rattle hitch pin wouldn't be necessary.
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  • Will Rhino-Rack SQRS Rooftop Bike Carrier Fit 2015 Subaru Factory Crossbars
  • I spoke with my contact at Rhino Rack and he confirmed that the QRS Rooftop Bike Carrier # RBC012 will only fit Rhino-Rack Aero and Sportz crossbars and Rola Sports crossbars. Instead I would recommend the Rhino-Rack MountainTrail Rooftop Bike Carrier # RBC035. This is also a fork-mount carrier and includes locks. Its sliding rear-wheel holder accommodates bikes of different lengths and the wheel tray accommodates wheels up to three inches in diameter. I have included an install video...
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  • Will Whispbar Roof Rack from 2006 Volkswagen Jetta Fit 2015 Subaru WRX
  • If the roof rack on your 2006 Volkswagen Jetta is the Whispbar Through Bar Roof Rack, which consists of parts # WB-S16 and # WB-K408, as long as you have the sedan, you will just need to get Custom Fit Kit, # WB-K368, for your 2015 Subaru WRX. Your existing crossbars with SmartFoot towers can be used with the new kit. Unfortunately, if you have the Whispbar Flush Bar Roof Rack, # WB-S6 and # WB-K408, due to the size/configuration difference in the two vehicles, these parts will not work...
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  • Trailer Hitch Comparison For 2015 Subaru Forester
  • Both of the hitches, Curt Hitch part # C13144 and Draw-Tite part # 75876, are Class lll hitches and both have 2 inch receiver openings. Both hitches have identical weight capacity. When installing these hitches, per the instructions both require opening the hole in the frame to 1-1/8 inches to allow for the installation hardware. The 1-1/8 inch hole allows the bolt head to pass through so that it can be used inside the Forester frame. The spacer block that is used when installing the...
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  • Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Carrier for a 2015 Subaru Forester with Curt Class III Trailer Hitch
  • On a 2015 Subaru Forester with Curt trailer hitch # C13144 installed it measures 6-3/4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to clear the rear of the vehicle. The Thule Vertex bike carrier # TH9029XT sticks out 12 inches from the center of the pin hole to the back of the upright mast. It measures 6-1/2 inches to the pivot assembly and since the hitch is recessed so far under the vehicle that pivot assembly would likely make contact with the vehicle. The Thule Hitching Post Pro...
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  • Fit of Thule # TH884 Roll Model Kayak Carrier on 2015 Subaru Outback w/ Factory Crossbars
  • The Thule # TH884 Roll Model will only fit on Thule square load bars, so they would not fit your factory crossbars. However, we do have a solution for you. I'd recommend the Thule Glide and Set, part # TH883. Two of the saddles are covered with felt, which will allow you to slide the kayak into place, the other two saddles are rubber coated which will grip the kayak once it's in position. The cinch straps and bow/stern tie downs are also included. I'd also recommend the Thule Quick...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Towing Accessories Recommendations for 2001 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Draw-Tite # 36284 would be an excellent choice as long as your Outback Wagon isn't a Sport model. The best ball mount will depend on the coupler height of the trailer you're planning on using. I'll link you to an FAQ article that shows how to determine what rise/drop ball mount you'll need. Measure the distance from the inside top of the receiver tube to the ground. Then jack the trailer up so it's level, and measure the distance from the underside of the coupler to the ground. Subtract...
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • When we installed the Hidden Hitch part # 87568 on a 2012 Subaru Outback like what your wife has we found that from the hitch pin hole to the furthest point out on the rear bumper there was a distance of 5-3/4 inches. The Thule T2 bike rack part # TH916XTR has a distance of 7-7/8 inches from the pin hole to the nearest pivot bracket so it would fit your vehicle as long as you go with the Hidden Hitch.
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Recommendation for a 2001 Subaru Outback
  • The recommended trailer wiring harness for your 2001 Subaru Outback is the part # 118461 that plugs into the port in the rear cargo area of the vehicle. The standard way to use this harness is to keep it stored in the cargo compartment of the vehicle when not in use and then run it out the back door when needed. Some people don't like the routing of the 4-way when it comes out of the back hatch of the vehicle, but it does protect the harness from weather and damage when not in use. Corrosion...
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  • Does the Heat Shield of a 2015 Subaru Forester Need to Get Removed to Install Trailer Hitch
  • To install the Curt hitch part # C13144 on your 2015 Subaru Forester you will need to permanently remove the rear heat shield. I attached the install video you referenced as well as instructions that detail how this is done. Heat shields like what your vehicle has are there to prevent heat from exhaust from transferring up into the interior of the vehicle. At the rear of a vehicle exhaust components are nearly as hot as they are near the front so removing the rear heat shields wouldn't...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch And Bike Carrier For 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • None of the trunk-mount bike racks we offer allow you to operate the rear hatch or trunk when attached. If access to the rear hatch is really important I recommend installing a trailer hitch and then a hitch-mounted bike carrier that tilts to allow access to the rear cargo area. I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch, part # C13135. This is a Class lll hitch and it has a 2 inch receiver opening. I have attached a link to an installation video you can take a look at. A nice hitch-mount...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • Basically any local garage to you that has a decent reputation would have no problem at all installing a hitch on your 2015 Subaru Forester. If there is a shop near you that you trust or has a good reputation I would recommend you go there. As far as a hitch goes I would recommend a Class III with a 2 inch opening as that will give you the most capacity and flexibility for future accessories. For that I would recommend the Draw Tite hitch part # 75876 as it would work great for you and...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Carrier for a 2006 Subaru Legacy Sedan with Rear Spoiler
  • Like you said the spoiler on your 2006 Subaru Legacy sedan prohibits the use of a trunk mount bike carrier. What I recommend is to install a trailer hitch and use a hitch mounted carrier. You can use Draw-Tite hitch # 36334. It is designed to fit the sedan and wagon models of the Legacy. It also fits certain Outback models as shown in the video I have linked. Then for an inexpensive bike carrier you could use # PR8062403 or # VME-V2. I have linked video reviews of both carriers for you.
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Recommendation for a 2003 Subaru Legacy
  • For the Curt Trailer Wiring Harness part # 56146KIT that you referenced that has been confirmed as a fit for your 2003 Subaru Legacy I attached a link to the installation instructions and an install video that shows the harness being installed on a similar Subaru as yours for you to check out.
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Recommendation for a 2003 Subaru Legacy
  • For the Curt Trailer Wiring Harness part # 56146KIT that you referenced that has been confirmed as a fit for your 2003 Subaru Legacy I attached a link to the installation instructions and an install video that shows the harness being installed on a similar Subaru as yours for you to check out.
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  • 2015 Subaru Impreza Wagon Trailer Wiring Recommendation
  • For the wagon or hatchback models of the 2015 Subaru Impreza for trailer wiring you would want the part # 119179KIT as the # 56061 only fits the sedan models.
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  • Comparing the Thule Gateway, Raceway, and Yakima KingJoe Pro for a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The Thule Gateway trunk mount bike carrier # TH9007XT is one step up from the Thule entry level carriers. It has more versatility and an easier to use design compared to the Passage, which is the next step down, # TH911XT. But there is no comparison between the Gateway and the Raceway. The Raceway # TH9002PRO is superior in every way and is really in a class by itself. The cradles are a higher quality and have road dampening technology to better protect the bikes. The crack secures to...
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  • Why are Carriage Bolts and Blocks Used to Install Hitch on a 2011 Subaru Outback
  • I would recommend you install the hitch on your 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon like the installation instructions recommend. It would be extremely difficult to use regular bolts with the square spacer block since that would require you to have a wrench on the top of the bolt to prevent it from spinning while torqueing down the fastener. That is why the block and carriage bolt is used. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Cargo Box Recommendation for 2011 Subaru Outback with Factory Rails that Will Allow Hatch Clearance
  • We installed a Yakima Rocketbox 14 # Y07192 on a 2011 Subaru Outback just like yours and it allowed the hatch to open fully when once installed. Check out the video link I attached to see for yourself. This box has 14 cubic feet of storage space and would work well for you.
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  • When Wiring Up Brake Controller Does Power Wire Run to Vehicle Battery
  • When installing a brake controller you would want to connect the power wire of the controller (usually black) to the positive terminal of the vehicle battery unless the vehicle has a brake controller install wiring bundle that already has this circuit ran. Not many switched circuits could handle the load of brake assemblies so you would have to run it to the battery directly. For more info on installing a brake controller from scratch check out the help article I have linked for you.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX with Single Exhaust
  • Of the three hitches we offer for your 2010 Subaru Impreza you would want the Draw Tite hitch part # 24886. The Hidden hitch comes with a ball mount that you wouldn't need and the Curt requires the use of a stabilizer strap when using the hitch to carry a bike rack is why I didn't recommend those. I attached an install video for the Draw Tite for you to check out as well.
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  • Roof Cargo Box Recommendation for a 2007 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • That is really close, almost too close to call honestly. It might be worth remeasuring since a 1/16 of an inch can be hard to determine when measuring such a long distance. If your measurement is correct the Thule Pulse part # TH615 that you referenced most likely would just lightly touch your hatch when it is open. That might be too much contact for you so the smaller Pulse part # TH614 might be a better option. This one requires 42-5/8 inches to clear the hatch so it might be your...
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  • Recommended Tire/Wheel Combo For Trailer
  • The tires we offer are designed for use on trailers and are not intended to be used on passenger vehicles. The letter P on the tires you described are intended for passenger vehicles. If this is on a trailer you may want to check all of the tires and consider changing out all the tires. Trailer tires are constructed with stronger sidewalls than an automobile tire and can handle higher air pressure and heavier loads. If you are looking for a wheel/tire replacement for a trailer, the closest...
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  • Will the Yakima KingJoe Pro 2 Bike Rack # Y02624 Fit 2014 Subaru Forester
  • Yes, the Yakima KingJoe Pro 2 Bike Rack, # Y02624, has been confirmed to fit the 2014 Subaru Forester. I have included a couple short videos for you. If you plan on carrying women's, children's or alternative framed bikes, I recommend an adapter bar like the Swagman Easy-Out, # 64005. This bar attaches between the seat post and the handlebar stem and allows the bike to be carried more evenly in the carrier while providing more ground clearance.
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  • Hitch-Mount Bike Rack Compatibility with OEM Hitch on 2015 Subaru Outback
  • You are correct that the Subaru OEM hitches pose a challenge to using many hitch-mount bike carriers. And you are correct that currently the best option is a Yakima rack. Yakima has adapted their hitch racks for this fit issue by adding a second hitch pin hole on their current production racks. The Yakima RidgeBack series is your best for a hitch rack - unless you can cancel you OEM hitch and go for a less-costly and better aftermarket unit like the Hidden Hitch # 87568. We offer the...
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  • Hitch-Mount 4-Bike Rack Recommendation for 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Hidden Hitch Class III hitch # 87568 that you have chosen for your 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon is an excellent choice for use with a 4-bike hitch rack since it offers a high 600-lb tongue weight rating. This gives you all the weigh capacity you'll need for any bike rack and your 4 bikes along with a nice safety margin, which is always a good idea. Once installed your hitch will sit under the bumper with its hitch pin hole 7-inches forward of the back edge of the bumper. This means...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Recommendation for a 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Yes, the Curt wiring harness part # C56040 that you referenced will work for trailer wiring on your 2012 Subaru Outback as long as it is not a Sport model. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Will Hollywood Racks Express 2 Bike Trunk Mounted Rack # HRE2 Fit 2015 Subaru Legacy Sedan
  • Yes, the Hollywood Racks Express 2 Bike Trunk Mounted Rack, # HRE2, has been confirmed to fit the 2015 Subaru Legacy Sedan. As for the replacement hub adjustment knob you will need part # HRKNBEXP.
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  • Roof Rack and Kayak Carriers for a 2009 Subaru Forester with Factory Side Rails
  • To add a locking roof rack to your 2009 Subaru Forester with factory side rails I recommend # TH45050. It comes with the feet and bars and the locks and keys. It is a complete system. I have linked a video showing the rack on a 2009 Forester for you. Then you would need just 1 of the Stacker, # TH830 for 2 kayaks. But if either kayak is more than 10 feet long you will need to use 2 J-style carriers, # TH834. Each J-style carrier contains two cradles to hole 1 kayak. I have linked videos...
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  • Recommended Roof Mount Kayak Carrier For 1999 Subaru Forester With Factory Crossbars
  • The carrier I recommend is the Yakima Kayak Stacker Roof Mounted 2 Kayak Carrier System, part # Y04036. This carrier will fit square or round crossbars and includes the straps to secure the kayaks to the carrier and also the bow and stern tie-downs to secure the kayaks to the vehicle. Another kayak carrier I recommend for your wife's Forester is the SportRack Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs, part # SR5323.This carrier uses a vertical, post-style system to attach two kayaks, and includes...
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  • Trailer Wiring 4-way Recommendation 2013 Impreza WRX
  • For a wiring kit for your 2013 Subaru WRX non-STI you would want the Tow Ready kit part # 119147KIT as this is the only Tow Ready harness confirmed to fit your vehicle. The part # 118573 hasn't been confirmed to fit your vehicle so I can't recommend it for you.
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  • Class III Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • That is interesting that the Class III hitch # 75876 uses smaller bolts than the Class II hitch. All I can really say on that is that Draw Tite tested each hitch with the included hardware and they both met the listed capacities just fine so there would be no need to use the slightly thicker bolts of the Class II hitch. The Curt hitch that has been confirmed to fit your vehicle part # C13144 does use the 1/2 inch diameter bolts so that might be your best option.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch And Trailer Wiring For 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • If your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon is not the Sport edition I recommend the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, part # 75673. This is a Class lll trailer hitch and it has a 2 inch receiver opening. I have attached a link to an installation video for this hitch on an Outback you can check out. Since you are planning on 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...
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  • SUV Tent Recommendation for a 2008 Subaru Outback
  • There's no reason the Rightline Gear SUV Tent with Rainfly # RL110907 that you referenced wouldn't fit and work well on your 2008 Subaru Outback.
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  • Will Kuat NV Bike Carrier Clear Rear Bumper on 2000 Subaru Outback with Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch
  • On Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 36284 it measures approximately 6 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole back to clear the rear bumper on a 2000 Subaru Outback Wagon. The Kuat NV, # N102 for 1-1/4 inch hitches, sticks out 7-1/16 inches to the nearest part of the carrier when folded up and 9-1/2 inches when folded down so it will clear the rear of the Outback.
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  • Roof Cargo Basket for a 2009 Subaru Forester with Naked Roof and Thule AeroBlade Roof Rack
  • Curt cargo basket # C18115 might fit if the Thule AeroBlade crossbars were not as wide as they are. But they are just a little too wide for the Curt hardware to fit. The bar spread, center to center distance between the bars, is 28 inches for the Thule AeroBlade system on your 2009 Subaru Forester with naked roof. The RockyMounts basket # RKY1054 will fit because the hardware will fit bars up to 4-3/4 inches wide which will compensate for the fact that fits a minimum spread of 27-1/2...
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  • What is the Widest Point of the Rhino-Rack SQR Quick-Release Rooftop Bike Carrier
  • The widest point on the Rhino-Rack SQR Quick-Release rooftop bike carrier # RBC011 is 4 inches. It will work with Rhino-Rack Aero/Sportz crossbars. See the diagram I made for you and the short video review.
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  • Will Thule Snowboard Rack # TH575 Fit X-C Skis/Ski Poles on 2015 Subaru CrossTrek with Aero Bars
  • I suggest you consider the Inno Magnetic Ski Rack # INMV276 because it can mount directly on your Crosstrek's roof - not on the AeroBlade rack - and would give you more flexibility in terms of where the skis and poles sit on the vehicle. The Thule Snowboard Rack # TH575 is designed to work on Aeroblade and other crossbar styles and is intended specifically for one or two snowboards, not skis. I confirmed with my contact at Thule that this item, despite being good on use of space, is...
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  • Trunk-Mount Bike Rack Recommendation for 2014 Subaru Legacy Sedan with Spoiler
  • Rear spoilers can make for tricky bike rack fits, but the clever folks at Hollywood Racks designed 2- and 3-bike racks that will work perfectly on vehicles like your husband's 2014 Subaru Legacy sedan that has a rear spoiler. Their 2-bike # HRF6-2 and 3-bike # HRF6-3 both feature a unique arched frame design that extends up and over a rear spoiler to prevent this feature from interfering with rack installation. I have linked a video for each carrier to illustrate installation. If...
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  • What Size Trailer Hitch Receiver is Available for 2015 Subaru WRX
  • When it comes to a trailer hitch receiver for your 2015 Subaru WRX, a 1-1/4 inch Class I hitch, part # C11408, is the only one available. A 2 inch hitch is not available for the 2015 Subaru WRX. If you are planning to use the hitch to transport bicycles, I have attached a link to our bike racks that are compatible with the Class I hitch. If you are interested in a different hitch mounted accessory, please feel free to send me an email with that information and I would be happy to make...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for 2015 Subaru Outback w/ 1-1/4 Inch Factory Hitch
  • Because the hitch pin hole in the receiver of your OEM hitch on your Subaru is closer to the receiver opening than usual, there aren't many bike racks that will work well in that hitch. Thule states that the center of the hitch pin hole can't be any closer to the front of the receiver tube than 1-1/2 inches. If it's closer, they don't recommend using their racks because there's not going to be enough of the rack's shank in the receiver to hold it securely. The Let's Go Aero, part...
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