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Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2011 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2011 Subaru Forester we're doing a test fit of the Yakima light rider hanging style two bike rack. That part number is Y02472. Now we already have our bike secured down, so we're first going to show you how we do that. We've got two cradles in place with three straps all together, two on our frame here, one is our anti-sway in the back. These are also known by Yakima as zip strips. We're just going to remove those, then we can remove our bike and set it off to the side.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2011 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2011 Subaru Forester, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Roadway Hanging Style 2 Bike Rack. That Part number is TH912XTR. We already have our bike secured down but first we're going to show you how we do that. We have two cradles in place with three straps. Two on our frame, and one as our anti sway strap in the back. We're going to pull down and lift up to release those.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2011 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2011 Subaru Forester we're doing a test fit of the Rola tx-102 hanging style two bike rack. That part number is 59400. We already have our bike secured done, so we're first going to show you how we do that. We've got two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame, and one is our anti-sway in the back. I'm just going to pull down and lift up to release those, then we can pull our bike off and set it off to the side. With that out of the way we'll take a few measurements here.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2011 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2011 Subaru Forester, we're doing a test fit Thule Vertex hanging style 4 bike rack. That part number TH9029XT. We already have our bike secured down, I'm first going to show you how we do that. We have two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame, and one is right anti sway in the back. We're going to pull down and lift up to release those, and we can pull our bike off, and set it off to the side. Now we'll take a few measurements here, first is going to be overall what we're adding to our vehicle, we're to have about 34 1/2 inches.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2011 Subaru Forester, we're doing a test fit of the Stromberg Carlson 23x60 Cargo Carrier. That part number is CC-100. This is designed to work with two inch hitches only, and has a weight capacity of five hundred pounds. Although it does have a pretty high weight capacity, it is very light weight, so it's easy to maneuver. First thing I'm going to do is take a few measurements, starting off with our ground clearance, we're going to go to the bottom of this bolt here, and have about nine and a half inches. Overall to our vehicle, we're going to have about twenty-six inches.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Subaru Forester

Female: Today on our 2011 Subaru Forester we're doing a test fit of a max tow 48x21 cargo carrier. That partner was MT70422. Now this is designed to work with 2 inch hitches only and has weight capacity of 500 pounds. Although it does have very high weight capacity it's a light weight aluminium so it's easy to insert and take out of your hitch. First thing we're going to do here is take a few measurements. We're going to start off with out ground clearance that's going to be about ten and three quarter inches.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2011 Subaru Forester we're doing a test fit of the Curt folding 20x60 cargo carrier. That part number is C18151. Now we already have it secured in there we're using this with 2 inch hitches, that's the only hitch style that it works with and it has a weight capacity of 500 pounds. First thing we're going to do here is take a few measurements starting off with our ground clearance we're going to have about 11 and a quarter inches. Our overall is going to be about 31.5 inches and then our closest point is going to be about 10 and a quarter inches away. Now as for our exhaust the Subaru has dual exhaust on both sides here, then we come about straight out and even with our carrier but it sits about 16.5 inches away. So if you're worried about heat sensitive materials I'd keep those more inside the cargo area. The next thing we'll check is our break over point which is going to be the point at which anything that stacks on our cargo carrier might make contact with our hatch doors. So we're going to have about 27.5 inches.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Subaru Forester

Today, on our 2011 Subaru Forester we're doing a test fit of the Curt 20 x 60 cargo carrier. That part number is C18150. Now this is designed to work with 2" hitches and has a weight capacity of 500 pounds. We're going to start off with a few measurements. We're going to have about 13-3/4" added to our vehicle for our ground clearance. Added to our vehicle, we're going to actually have about 25-3/4" and our closest point is going to be about 4-3/4" away there. Now on our Subaru we do have dual exhaust, one of the driver and one on the passenger side. It does come straight out just a little bit under our carrier.



Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2013 Subaru Forester

Today on this 2013 Subaru Forester, we're going to show you the Glacier Cable snow tire chains, part number PW1038. Now today we're working with a tire size of 225 x 55 x 17. Some things to know about our snow chains here. These are great for occasional use. These tire chains feature rugged steel wiring covered with case-hardened steel rollers. These are very easy to install and comply with all DOT specifications for front or rear wheel drive vehicles. This is also SAE class S tire chains as well, which means it gives you plenty of clearance between your tire and components behind the tire, and also your fenders or bodywork. Now I'll go ahead and show you how to install them.



Thule Self-Tensioning Snow Tire Chains Installation - 2013 Subaru Forester

Today on this 2013 Subaru Forester, we're going to show the Thule tire chains. Part Number TH00023103. Today, we're working with a tire size of 225x55x17. Couple things to know about these safety chains. They're great for passenger cars with limited wheel well clearance. They will get plenty of traction, but still have plenty of clearance. Also, these chains automatically tighten as you drive down the road as well, so it makes a quick and easy installation and no extra parts required. We'll take a quick look at the crossbars on our chains.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Subaru Forester - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester we will be installing the Draw-Tite Class II Frame Receiver Hitch, part number 36523. Here's what our hitch looks like installed on the back of our Subaru. As you can see, there's a very minimal amount that hangs down below the bumper. When you're standing up behind the vehicle you can barely see it at all, besides the inch and a quarter receiver. You can see we got a nice, gloss black powder coated finished, and two really easy to access safety chaining loops to hook the safety chains of our trailer up to. This hitch has a max gross trailer weight rating of 3,500 pounds and a max gross tongue weight rating of 300 pounds.



Best 2016 Subaru Forester Hitch Options

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester we'll be looking at the most popular hitch options available. Here's our top four hitches available for our Subaru Forester. We have a CURT class three with a 2" receiver on the top, part number C13144. Below that we have a Draw-Tite class three, 2" receiver, part number 75876. Then we have a Draw-Tite class two 1-1/4" receiver, part number 36523. Finally, we have a CURT class two 1-1/4" receiver, part number C12100. Now with our class three 2" receivers here at the top, you may notice they look about the same.



Best 2015 Subaru Forester Hitch Options

Today on our 2015 Subaru Forester we'll be looking at the most popular hitch options available. Here's our top four hitches available for our Subaru Forester. We have a CURT class three with a 2" receiver on the top, part number C13144. Below that we have a Draw-Tite class three, 2" receiver, part number 75876. Then we have a Draw-Tite class two 1-1/4" receiver, part number 36523. Finally, we have a CURT class two 1-1/4" receiver, part number C12100. Now with our class three 2" receivers here at the top, you may notice they look about the same.



Best 2014 Subaru Forester Hitch Options

Today on our 2014 Subaru Forester we'll be looking at the most popular hitch options available. Here's our top four hitches available for our Subaru Forester. We have a CURT class three with a 2" receiver on the top, part number C13144. Below that we have a Draw-Tite class three, 2" receiver, part number 75876. Then we have a Draw-Tite class two 1-1/4" receiver, part number 36523. Finally, we have a CURT class two 1-1/4" receiver, part number C12100. Now with our class three 2" receivers here at the top, you may notice they look about the same.



Roadmaster InvisiBrake Supplemental Braking System Installation - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Roadmaster InvisiBrake Supplemental Braking System, part number RM-8700. As the harder you press on your brake car of your Coach, the more you're going to apply the brakes in the vehicle helping the vehicle slow down and save wear and tear on your Coach. The system is going to operate automatically once you've plugged in your vehicle to your RV. There's no setup after the initial setup of the installation. The actuator box is going to mount neatly under a seat or in an access panel in the rear of your vehicle. The InvisiBrake system is compatible with hybrids and other continuous power-assist automobiles as well. It does come with a warning lamp.



Roadmaster EZ4 Base Plate Kit Installation - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester, we're going to be taking a look at installing the Road Master Easy 4 Base Plate kit with removable arms. Part number RM-52923-4. Here's what it's going to look like once it's installed. As you can see it's going to fit inside of our fascia, very nice. The only thing that's going to protrude is going to be our breakaway switch that we've added and our six pole connector. Now these are not included with your kit. Both go with our breaking system that we're going to install.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2012 Subaru Forester we're doing a test fit of the Curt 20 by 48 Cargo Carrier. That part number is C18110, this is designed for both 1 1/4" and 2" hitches and has a weight capacity of 300 pounds. First thing we're going to do is take a few measurements, ground clearance being first. We're going to go to bottom of this bolt here and we're going to have about 16 1/2". Overall to our vehicle we're adding about 26 1/4" and our closest point's going to be about 7 1/4" away. With our Forester we do have a dual exhaust on here, one on the passenger, one on the driver side.



Roadmaster Diode 7 to 6 Wire Coil Kit Installation - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today, in our 2016 Subaru Forester, we're going to be taking a look at installing the Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo Coil Wiring Kit, part number RM-15267. Now here's what it looks like once it's installed. As you can see, with our Flexo Coil cable, it's going to allow you to extend your wire out to 8 feet and it's going to recoil back to about 15 inches in length. Now, this diode system is going to help protect your Subaru's electrical system from any kind of voltage spikes that may occur from your RV. It's going to be a separate system that's isolated and it's not going to allow anything to back-feed into your car's electrical system; it's going to work strictly on it's own with the diode kit and it's going to help combine your tail lights on your Subaru into a combined setup, instead of the separate turn signal, brake, and tail light signal that it comes with from the factory. Now, let's go ahead and show you how to install it. This will be our 7-way to 6-way Flexo Coil wiring, a little bit of wire loom, some zip ties, our diodes, a length of wire .. it's going to run from the front to the rear of our car ...



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2012 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2012 Subaru Forester, we're going to show you how to install the Curt T-Connector Wiring Harness with the 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector. Part number is C56040. What we'll do is take the connector from our wiring harness. You can see this is a really simple setup, got our 4-pole trailer connector here that goes into our converter box and then right into our plug. Through our plug, we're going to get all the signals that we need from our car, but it's not going to be usable for our trailer. That's going to convert using our converter box here. It's going to convert that into a usable signal that our trailer will recognize or our cargo carrier or whatever else we might be plugging in. Now, this is going to get its power from the vehicle's power source.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2012 Subaru Forester we're doing a test fit of the Curt Folding 20x60 Cargo Carrier. That part number is C18151. Now this has a 500 pound weight capacity and it's designed to work with 2 inch hitches. The first thing we're going to do is take a few measurements here. Ground clearance being first, we're going to have about 14 and 1/4 inches of clearance. Overall to our vehicle we're adding about 33 inches.





Subaru Forester Questions

  • The Curt trailer hitch, part # C13144, is a confirmed fit for the 2015 Subaru Forester and has a capacity of 3,500 pounds gross trailer weight (installation instructions linked below). Gross trailer weight is the total weight of the trailer and its contents. The tongue weight capacity for the hitch is 350 pounds, that is the downward force exerted on the ball mount. Tongue weight is typically 10 to 15 percent of gross trailer weight. Trailer hitches and tow vehicles often have...
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  • My Yakima representative tells me that the folding J-style carriers like their BowDown, part # Y04042 would work very well with your sit-on-top kayaks. Really the only difficulty you will have is the one you have already mentioned, the weight of the kayaks themselves. One unique feature of the BowDown is the small ramp placed on the front of the bottom of the J-portion of the carrier. These will be a big help in guiding those heavy boats up over the lip and into the hook. The...
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  • Actually both the Curt hitch part # C13144 and the Hidden Hitch part # 87654 that you referenced will go over the heat shield of your 2015 Subaru Forester to install. Check out the picture I attached that shows both hitches in relation to the heat shield. For trailer wiring you would want the part # C56040. For ball mounts I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag.
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  • Using an anti-rattle hitch and cable lock will add an element of security for the bike and racks but is not going to offer any additional support to reduce movement of the rack. I do have a couple of options for you though. First, you can find some additional support from the use of a stabilization strap such as # 18050. I have linked a video that shows how this strap works. Another option would be an additional anti-rattle device such as # RM-061 for a 2 inch hitch or #...
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  • First, highway driving should actually be less stressful on the rack than surface road driving because there tends to be less curves, bumps, pot holes, and other similar things you would find on the streets. Any of the racks you are interested in should have no issues on the freeway. Stability: platform bike racks are going to move around. This is because of their design. You have long platforms extending out from the center of the hitch with weight on them. There is going...
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  • I looked at the installation instructions for your 2014 Subaru Forester and found that the wiring harness is located behind the rear panel on the driver side. The location is very similar to the Crosstrek in the attached video. The video explains how to remove the cargo tray and the panel to access the harness. I have also attached a couple of photos that show the location of the harness per the installation instructions.
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  • Either the Curt Hitch # 13147 or the Draw-Tite Hitch # 75650 would work very well for you. The main difference between the two is the tube design like you noticed. There is not an advantage to having a round tube over a square tube hitch or vice versa. Some people just prefer the look of one over the other. Check out the picture I attached that shows both hitches installed on a vehicle so you can see which look you prefer. When determining the towing capacity of a setup you...
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  • Since the pin hole on the factory Subaru hitch on the 2014 Forester is so close to the end of the receiver, the only racks that are really safe to use in that hitch are the Yakima racks. So the HoldUp, # Y02445, is a great option. Another great option would be the Yakima Fulltilt part # Y02462. This rack has is Yakima's answer to the Thule Apex that you referenced. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be...
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  • To mount 2 kayaks to the roof of your 2011 Subaru Forester that has factory side rails, you will need to install cross bars and a kayak carrier. The Rola Extended Series Roof Rack # 59826 that you selected is compatible with kayak carriers that carry 1 kayak by the hull. There would not be sufficient space to carry 2 kayaks this way on your Subaru Forester. To add crossbars to your existing side rails on your 2011 Subaru Forester, I would recommend the Thule Roof Rack, part...
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  • Pin 4 on the vehicle side 7-Way trailer connector is for 12 volt power on the 4 and 7 Way Installation Kit # ETBC7. The pins on a 7-Way trailer connector can provide a maintenance charge to a trailer battery but it cannot add additional charge. The wiring is not sufficient on the vehicle to up charge a battery. On some vehicles, power to the 7-Way is terminated once the key is off and removed from the vehicle. On others, it will remain on. Since the ETBC7 has a direct connection...
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  • My recommendation for a trailer hitch for your 2015 Subaru Forester is the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # 75876. It is a Class lll hitch and has a 2 inch receiver opening. It has a towing capacity at 3,500 lbs and a tongue weight of 525 lbs. I prefer the Draw-Tite over the Curt hitch, part # C13144 because does not require you to use stabilizing straps like part # 18050 for non-trailer loads as the Curt hitch requires. The Curt hitch does have the same towing capacity as...
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  • Installation of Curt trailer wiring harness # C56040 is going to be similar to the 2 videos I have linked. In fact it should be just about identical. Once you see how it is done you will wonder why the dealer wants to charge such a price! I do recommend a trim panel remover tool, # ALL647989, which does make things a lot easier.
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  • The best hitch for your 2016 Forester will depend on what you're planning on using the hitch for. If you're only needing the hitch to serve as an attachment point for the Yakima # Y02457 Ridgeback bike rack, a Class II hitch like the Draw-Tite # 36523 would be an excellent choice. However, if you might also use the hitch as an attachment point for other accessories like a large cargo carrier such as the Curt # C18153 or if you might do some light duty towing, a Class III hitch...
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  • The Curt part # 13147 and Hidden Hitch part 87493 are similar designs as they are built to fit the same vehicles. There are a couple of key differences that may help you in making a decision. Curt uses a high-gloss black finish on their hitches and the Hidden Hitch is not so glossy. If you want a duller finish go with the Hidden Hitch. If you like high-gloss black, use the Curt. Additionaly, in this model, Curt uses round tube for the cross member and Hidden Hitch uses square...
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  • The biggest difference between the SportRack EZ Bike Rack part # SR2901LR and the SportRack Bike rack # SR2901 is the # SR2901LR has locking, ratcheting arms that make installing and removing bikes much easier. The # SR2901 uses tightening knobs that will take longer to install and remove bikes and are not locking to act as a theft deterrent. Both of these racks will add 22 inches to the overall length of your vehicle. To determine how high your bikes will be above the ground...
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  • I spoke with my contact at Tekonsha regarding the PS Brake Controller, # 90195. He stated that while descending or ascending an incline the self-leveling on the brake controller will calculate at what percent incline the vehicle is at, and apply a proportional amount of trailer braking based on the angle and how much braking the towing vehicle is doing. The brake controller will check and readjust itself as needed for optimum trailer braking performance at a rate of 400 times...
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  • We have everything you will need to tow a tent trailer like what you are looking at with your 2010 Subaru Forester. First let's start with a hitch. Since 2 inch hitches have higher capacities and have more hitch accessories made for them I would recommend the Curt # 13147 for your vehicle. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. For trailer wiring you would need to start with a 4-way like the part # 118467 that is a confirmed fit. Install video attached...
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  • The CURT Wiring Harness, # C56040, does have a separate ground wire that needs to be attached to a clean bare metal surface using the including self-tapping screw. The Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118467, grounds through the connector that connects to the vehicle. Both are grounded, just in different ways. The most popular wiring harness for your 2011 Subaru Forester is the Tow Ready, # 118467. There is no significant length differences on the 4-Way end wiring....
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  • For a roof rack for your 2014 Subaru Forester with a naked roof I would recommend the Thule Square Bar roof rack part numbers # THLB50, # TH460, and # THKIT3079 as it is a confirmed fit and it has the highest capacities at 165 lbs. You would still need to check the owners manual of your vehicle to determine it's roof capacity and be sure not to exceed either number. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • I have a solution for you, but we do not offer any trailer hitches with a 2 inch hitch receiver for your 2008 Subaru Forester. All of the trailer hitches we offer for your vehicle are Class II trailer hitches with 1-1/4 inch receivers. The only way to carry your bike rack with a 2 inch shank is to use a hitch adapter. The downside to using an adapter is that it will reduce the tongue weight capacity of your trailer hitch by 50 percent. The trailer hitch I recommend for...
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