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WeatherTech Cargo Liner Review - 2014 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2014 Subaru Forester, we're going to be taking a look at the WeatherTech cargo liner in black, part number WT40628. What I really like about this cargo liner is how well it covers all the way around and how it tucks into those cubbies on the sides, and also the feeling of it, it's nice and durable, so it's going to last a really long time and protect the trunk of your vehicle really well. You can see that with the carpeted material, there's some dirt and debris that's collected, and if it doesn't get cleaned out regularly, it does run the risk of having that ground down into that carpeted material. Let's install our WeatherTech cargo liner and see how well it covers. With the cargo liner in place, you can see that we've got really good coverage all the way around. Starting over here along the side, you can see this raised lip. That's going to help make sure that things stay on this cargo liner.



WeatherTech Front Floor Mats Review - 2014 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2014 Subaru Forester, we're going to be taking a look at the WeatherTek front floor mats in black, part number WT445311. What I really like about these floor mats is the great contouring and extra coverage that they give you. They also look really nice to make the floor of your vehicle look like it's really clean and really well-kept. Here we've got our factory floor mat installed on the driver side. Although this gives us pretty good coverage, there is dirt and debri that can get off of the floor mat onto the carpet around it and underneath. Let's remove the factory floor mat and install our WeatherTek. With our WeatherTek installed, you can see the superior coverage that this gives us. Here over at the threshold of the door you can see we've got this nice lip that gives us plenty of protection along the threshold.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today, on our 2016 Subaru Forester, we're going to be test fitting the Thule T2 Classic Platform Bike Rack, part number TH9044. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The most prominent feature of this rack is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that, we have a pin here up at the front, right underneath where the bike sits. We'll pull that loose so it's able to come all the way down, and we'll go to this gray handle on the inside, holding on to the bike rack as we do this, pull out and push down. With that done, now we have full access to the rear hatch to get whatever we need, with plenty of space on either side to do so.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester, we're going to be test fitting the Thule TR Pro 2 bike rack, part number TH9034. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go take a closer look and show off some of the features. The most prominent feature of this rack is the fact that you can tilt it away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. Instead of having the handle up here underneath where the bikes sit, it's actually at the end, which makes it a little more convenient. What you do is you take the grey handle here, pull it towards you while holding on to the bike rack, let it come down, and now we have rear hatch access with plenty of space and clearance between the hatch and the handlebars as well. To put it back in its original position, just lift up, you hear that click and it's locked into place. How the bike is attached to the rack we're going to have points of contact, with no frame contact at all.



Yakima RidgeBack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester, we're going to be test fitting the Yakima Ridgeback 4-Bike Rack, part number Y02458. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now how the bike is actually attached to the bike rack, we're going to have three points of contact. We're going to have two zip strips up at the top here, and one off to the side. That's going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth, and possibly hitting the bike in front of it.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester we're going to be test fitting the ROLA TX-102 2-bike rack, part number 59400. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first feature I like to show off is this integrated cable lock here in the center of the mast. You pull it out, wrap it around your bikes, and bring them to the end here and push it into place and lock it to prevent theft and tampering of your bikes. The cradles are adjustable along the arms here to accommodate better fitting.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today, on our 2016 Subaru Forester, we're going to be test fitting the Swagman XC 2-Bike Rack, part number S64650. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look, and show off some of the features. How the bike attaches to the rack, we're going to have 1 point of contact. We're going to have this padded frame hook here at the top. That's going to make sure your bike doesn't get scratched once it gets installed.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today on this 2016 Subaru Forester we're going to be test fitting the Yakima LiteRider 2-bike rack, part number Y02472. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now the first feature I'd like to show off is going the integrated cable lock here on the back of the mast. It fits in, as you can see here. You just pull it out like so, then just wrap it around the bikes and attach it to this silver point here. That's going to provide some security for your bikes to prevent theft and tampering. We also have bottler openers on each ends of the arms, and these cushioned points here on the cradles to make sure your bike doesn't get scratched up while it's being installed.



Thule Roof Rack Review - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today on this 2016 Subaru Forester, we're going to be test-fitting the Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack System, consisting of part numbers TH7502-TH7502. We already have the front bar installed, and as you can see, it has a nice aerodynamic shape to it, and that's going to cut down wind noise and drag on your vehicle. How it attaches to the vehicle, it actually has a nice factory look to it. This also comes in black. These roof rack systems are perfect to fit your gear, whether it be camping, luggage, bikes, so you can keep it above your vehicle and out of the vehicle to fit more people inside. Now, with the other bar installed, it has a carrying capacity of 165 pounds, although you want to double-check with your vehicle's manual to make sure your roof can withstand that kind of weight. Now, we already have the front one installed, as I said.



Aries StyleGuard Front Floor Liners Review - 2014 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2014 Subaru Forester, we're going to be taking a look at the Aries StyleGuard Custom Auto Floor Liners with OmniGrip for the front in black, part number AASB009115B, also available in gray, part number AASB009115G, and in tan, part number AASB009115T. What I like about these floor liners is that they contour very well and give you extra coverage that the factory ones do not, and these Aries StyleGuard floor liners do a great job of guarding your style. Here we've got the factory floor mat installed. As you can see, it does give us pretty decent coverage. But you can also see that when we peel this back, that there's dirt and debris that can escape off the floor mat onto the carpet underneath. So let's remove this and install our Aries floor liner. Now with our Aries floor liner installed, you can see that there's extra coverage that we've gained by installing this. Over here at the threshold of the door, you can see we've got this nice lip that contours all the way along here, and it's even got this cut out conveniently, so you have easy access to the pull lever for the gas door.



Aries StyleGuard Cargo Area Liner Review - 2014 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2014 Subaru Forester, we're going to be taking a look at the Aries StyleGuard Custom Cargo Liner with OmniGrip, in black, part number AASB00913B. Also available in gray, part number AASB00913G, and in tan, part number AASB00913T. What I like most about this cargo liner is the way that it contours the edges of the trunk very well and has that raised edge so that things stay contained on here, so that way it's nice and easy to clean, because then you can take it out and clean the mat off. You can see that there's a lot of dirt and debris that's collected on the carpeted surface here, and that does run the risk of getting ground in if it doesn't get cleaned off on a regular basis. So let's grab our Aries cargo liner and get it installed. With our Aries cargo liner here, you can see the good coverage that we've got all the way around. All the way around here, we've got this nice raised lip that goes around the edge of the entire mat to help make sure that things stay contained on the surface of our mat. As we go around, you can see it even tucks in to the little cubby over here, and continues to give that great coverage all the way to the threshold of the trunk. You can see these little rectangles, which gives you these little platforms, and then the channels down in between them, which are going to help provide grip for anything that you may put back here, but also anything that may spill or collect, it's going to collect into these channels.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Subaru Forester - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2008 Subaru Forester we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the Draw-Tite custom fit class two trailer hitch receiver. Offering the 1-1/4" by 1-1/4" opening, its part number is 36311. Now this is what our hitch is going to look like installed. We'll have our crosstube. It's going to come from our frame right down to our 1-1/4" by 1-1/4" receiver tube opening. It's going to be pretty hidden looking at it from the rear of the vehicle.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Subaru Forester - Curt

Today on our 2014 Subaru Forester we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C13144. What I like most about this hitch is how it is pretty well hidden, but you have really good access to the receiver tube. It's going to be nice and easy for installing and taking off any of your hitch mounted accessories. It's got this nice long receiver tube that helps to bring the face of our receiver tube opening out close to the outer edge of the bumper, so that that's going to help give us that extra clearance that we may need for some of our accessories like bike racks or cargo carriers. It does have a standard 5/8 inch hitch pin hole. Around the 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube opening it's got this nice reinforcement collar that's welded on, which is nice and thick to help give it a nice sturdy look, and it also helps it look really clean. Then here we've got the plate style safety chain connection points back here.



Aries StyleGuard 2nd Row Floor Liner Review - 2014 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2014 Subaru Forester we're going to be taking a look at the Aries StyleGuard Custom Floor Liners With Omni Grip for the second row in black. Part number AASB009215B. Also available in grey, part number AASB009215G, and in tan, part number AASB009215T. What I really like about these floor mats is how they give you much better coverage, not only just around the lower parts of the floor in the rear but all the way up over the hump. That just gives you that piece of mind and knowing that the rear of your car is going to be much easier to clean with these back here. Here in the second row we've got our factory floor mats installed, and as you can see they do give us decent protection but they do allow dirt and debris to get off of them and get underneath where it can possibly be ground into the carpet. It mostly just covers the floor here at the back of each front seat.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the CURT T-Connector vehicle wiring harness with four pole flat trailer connector, part number C56040. Here's what your wiring's going to look like once it's installed on a vehicle, and as you can see right now it's not visible at all. That's because it's underneath the cover here. When it's not in use it can be stored away under here so that you don't lose any of the usable cargo space of your vehicle. When you want to use it, simply remove it. It'll come right out here.



Husky Liners Floor Mats Review - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today in our 2016 Subaru Forester we're going to be taking a look at the Husky Liners WeatherBeater custom floor liners for the front and rear in black, part number HL99881. What I like most about these floor mats is the way it gives you so much extra coverage over the factory floor mats, so you can have that peace of mind that knowing, in case anything does get on here, you're not going to have to worry about needing to clean your carpet underneath. What I like most about the second row floor mats from this is that it does give us that extra coverage around the edges, but over the center here, it gives us that coverage that we definitely don't get with those factory floor mats. We're not going to have to worry about things getting on this center hump, as if we would when those other mats we're in. Here's the factory floor mats. As you can see, they've got a lot of stuff that collects both on them, but also around them, on the carpet. We'll remove these and install our Husky Liners. Now we can slide our Husky Liner up into place, and these two little posts back here will be able to go through holes that are made into the Husky Liner mats in order to help make sure they stay in place and line up properly.



Husky Cargo Liner Review - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester, we're going to be taking a look at the Husky Liners WeatherBeater Cargo Liner in black, part number HL49881. What I like most about this cargo liner is the extra coverage it gives us in order to make sure that we don't have to take a bunch of extra time to always clean the carpet in our trunk, but rather we can just take out this cargo liner and clean that instead. You can see that with this Husky Liner it goes all the way into this little cubby here, and it does that on both sides in order to give us superior coverage from the cargo liner that was in here. It's got channels and ridges all across the surface to help control anything that may get spilled or collect on here such as dirt, debris, or any type of liquid. It's going to help control that and make sure it doesn't get too far and risk splashing off to get on the carpeting underneath. As you can see, it's got this nice raised lip that goes all the way around and contours very nicely to the curves and edges of the trunk. That's going to give us really good coverage to make sure that there really isn't anything that escapes that to stain or collect on the carpet underneath.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2017 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2017 Subaru Forester we're going to be taking a look at and installing the CURT T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector, part number C56040. Here's what this wiring is going to look like once it's installed on the vehicle. As you can see, we've got access to it from underneath the cargo area here. That's where it's stored away when not in use. In order to do that, you can take it and simply bundle it up in here, right down in there so it's out of your way and you've got full use of your cargo area without needing to worry about damaging that wiring. When you're ready to use it, you just pull it back out and then you can close the trunk. You want to make sure to avoid the latch area so that it doesn't pinch the wiring.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Subaru Forester - Curt

Today on our 2017 Subaru Forester we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Curt class 3 trailer hitch receiver, part number C13144. Here's what this hitch is going to look like once it's installed on the vehicle. As you can see it maintains a pretty clean look, but it also looks nice heavy duty and durable. The cross tube is pretty well hidden up underneath. This receiver tube comes out far enough that it'll give us plenty of clearance for our hitch mounted accessories, but it doesn't come out too far to where we may knock our knee on it. Here we've got the standard 5/8 hitch pin hole. We've got the plate style safety chain connection points, and the openings for the safety chain connections are nice and large so even if you have bigger safety chain clips they should still fit in there no problem.





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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  • 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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  • Actually both the Curt hitch part # C13144 and the Draw-Tite part # 75876 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • For your 2016 Subaru Forester, the installation instructions for the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch # C13144 never say to reinstall the heat shield over the exhaust, which is why it is not shown in the video. If you'd like to reinstall the heat shield, it can be trimmed to avoid the hitch and reinstalled. The installation instructions for the Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame Trailer Hitch # 75876 for your Forester state to trim the heat shield to accommodate the hitch installation....
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • For the 2006 Subaru Forester there are only Class II hitches with 1-1/4 inch receivers available. The Draw-Tite hitch # 36311 and Curt hitch # C12038 are both rated for 3,500 pounds gross trailer weight. The Curt hitch is rated for 350 pounds tongue weight and the Draw-Tite is rated for 300 pounds tongue weight. These capacities are greater than what the vehicle is capable of though. According to the owner's manual if the trailer has brakes then the vehicle can tow 2,400 pounds...
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  • For a hitch with a 2 inch opening confirmed to fit your 2015 Subaru Forester you would want the Draw Tite hitch part # 75876 as it has been confirmed as a fit and would work well with the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT that you are interested in. This is my favorite bike rack that we offer by the way and the one I try to recommend as often as possible. I attached a review video for this rack that shows it being demoed on a 2015 Forester just like yours. If you plan on...
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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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  • The hitch you have selected for your 2014 Subaru Forester, Curt # C13144, is an excellent choice for use with a high-capacity bike carrier such as the Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR. I have linked a brief video showing this carrier in use on a Subaru Outback. This Curt hitch is a Class III-rated 2-inch design with a substantial tongue weight capacity of 525-lbs. Tongue weight is the downward force applied to a hitch from whatever is connected to it, whether a trailer or...
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  • The only hitches we carry for your 2005 Subaru Forester are Class II like the Draw Tite hitch part # 36311. Class III hitches are usually reserved for higher capacity vehicles like SUVs and trucks. As long as you stay under the towing capacities of this hitch 3,500 total trailer weight and 300 lbs tongue weight this hitch would work just fine.
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  • We have a number of bike racks that are designed to allow you to keep the bikes loaded while they are tilted down or swung away to allow access to the cargo area, but most of the hanging style racks require the bikes to first be removed. The majority of the bikes that can be tilted while loaded are platform-style racks. My favorite platform-style bike rack is the Thule T2 Pro Bike Platform Rack for 2 Inch Hitches # TH9034 because the rack is easy to use and tilt down. This...
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  • There are 2 inch hitches available for both the 2014 Subaru Forester and Outback Wagon. Either vehicle will work as well as the other in terms of installing a 2 inch hitch to carry a bike rack. If I were you I would not base your choice between the vehicles on anything hitch or bike related. Curt hitches that are not rated for use with weight distribution systems do require the use of a stabilizer strap like part # 18050. This is a Curt only deal, if you bought the Forester...
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  • A Class II Hitch for your 2007 Forester would have more than enough strength to tow your 1,100 lb. boat. We only offer one Class II hitch for your vehicle and it is the Curt Class II Hitch # C12100. This hitch has a GTW capacity of 3500 lbs. and a TW capacity of 350 lbs., however, your 2017 Subaru Forester has a GTW capacity of 1,500 lbs. so you will be limited by the towing capacity of your vehicle and the Class II hitch will be adequate. However, if you are interested in...
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  • It is true and it is Curt who requires the strap, # 18050, per their warranty. Because it is a warranty issue it would be deemed necessary to use the strap when using the bike carrier. The idea is that the strap reduces the stress on the receiver. Or you could use a different hitch that does not have that requirement such as # 75876. Both this hitch and the Curt hitch mount to the same places on the vehicle. There is no strap requirement with hitch # 75876 so I recommend...
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