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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.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2012 Subaru Forester, we're going to be test fitting the Yakima Light Rider hanging style 2-bike rack. That part number is Y02472. Now, we already have our bike fully attached and secured down. We're going to first 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.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Subaru Forester

Today on the 2012 Subaru Forester, we are doing a test fit of the Swagman XC Platform Style 2-bike rack. That part number is S64650. We already have our bike secured down. First, we are going to show you how we do that. Then we are going to go over features of the rack. At the top, we have a frame hook that is going to hold our bike down and in place in those little cradles at the bottom. To release that, we squeeze in here, push on that lever, and lift that hook up. We are then able to, pull our bike off of the rack and set it off to the side. With that out of the way, I like to lower the frame hooks so they aren't setting very high.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2012 Subaru Forester, we are going to test fit the MaxxTow 48 x 21 Cargo Carrier. It is designed to work with two inch hitches and has a 500 lb. Weight capacity. That part number is MT70422. So the first thing we are going to do here is take a few measurements. The ground clearance being first. We are going to have about 13.5 inches.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2012 Subaru Forester, we're doing a test fit of the Stromberg Carlson 23 by 60 cargo carrier. That part number is CC-100. This is designed to work with 2-inch hitches and has a weight capacity of 500 pounds. The first thing we're going to do here is take a few measurements. Ground clearance being first, we're going to have about 11 3/4 inches of clearance. Overall to our vehicle, we're adding about 27 inches.



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 60 cargo carrier. That part number is C18150. This has a 500 pound weight capacity and is designed to work with 2-inch hitches. The first thing we're going to do here is take a few measurements. Our ground clearance is going to be first. We're going to have about 16 1/4 inches of clearance.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2012 Subaru Forester, we're doing a test fit of the Rola TX-102 hanging style 2-bike rack. That part number is 59400. Now, we already have our bike secured down. We're first 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. Just going to pull down and lift up to release those.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester we'll be taking a look at and installing the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector, part number 118467. Now to access it, again you'll pull up on the tab and pull out your 4-pole connector from the back. Now this will sit down over the top of that weather seal, and that weather seal is going to be thick enough that when we close down our hatch it won't damage it. Just make sure it stays away from the center latch here so it doesn't get severed. You'll be able to come down and have access to that with your receiver on the backside. Now we're going to go ahead and test out our wire. To do so, we're going to take our ground and connect that to the ground side of our 4-pole.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Subaru Forester - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester we're taking a look at and installing the Draw Tite Max Frame Class 3 trailer hitch receiver, part # 75876. You have that nice sleek tuck design where it's going to be underneath the back side of the vehicle where it really isn't going to be visible. The only thing you're really going to see from the back end is going to be that receiver tube. You're going to have a fully welded design with a black powder coat finish. It's going to help prevent any kind of rust and corrosion. Also plate steel brace across the bottom which is also going to double as your chain tie down on either side.





Subaru Forester Questions

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The best all-around solution for carrying bikes is a hitch mounted option. They provide the sturdiest connection, are the easiest to access, protect the bikes the best, and don't hurt fuel mileage or create wind noise. Your back up camera would be slightly obstructed with one installed, but it would be a small price to pay in my opinion. The Thule T2 part # TH9044 is one of the nicest racks around that would be a great option for you. This rack will only touch the tires of...
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  • The other hitches for the 2015 Subaru Forester will be comparable to the Draw-Tite hitch # 75876 in terms of clearance to the rear bumper. Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87654 will be identical. The only way to be able to fold up the Swagman XTC4 bike rack # S64665 would be to use a hitch extender. However, doing so will reduce the tongue weight capacity of the hitch by 50 percent and will increase the amount of stress on the hitch and vehicle. Based on this I do not recommend...
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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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  • 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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  • For a 2 inch hitch that has been confirmed as a fit for your 2016 Subaru Forester that would work well with your Thule Roadway 915 bike rack you would want the Draw Tite Hitch part # 75876. This hitch will fit your vehicle and would have enough clearance for your bike rack to install as well.
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  • My recommendation for a trailer hitch for your 2015 Subaru Forester is either the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # 75876 or the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, part # 87654. These two hitches are essentially the same since they are manufactured by the same company. They are Class lll hitches and have a 2 inch receiver opening. They have the same towing capacity at 3,500 lbs and a tongue weight of 525 lbs. I prefer the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch over the Curt hitch, part # C13144...
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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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  • 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 trunk mounted bike rack I recommend most often is the Thule Raceway, part # TH9001PRO, which is compatible with your 2015 Forester. The thing that makes the Raceway stand out from other trunk mounted bike racks is the way it attaches to the vehicle. Rather than 6 straps that need to be tightened and loosened in order to install or remove the rack, the Raceway uses 4 retractable cables that can be tightened or loosened with the twist of a knob. The adjusting knobs can be locked,...
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  • There is a way to install the Thule Big Mouth Roof Mounted Bike Rack # TH599XTR that you referenced on aero style bars like what you have. To do this you will need the Thule XADAPT2 AeroBlade and Xsporter Load Bar Adapter # Xadapt2 and you would be good to go.
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  • For what you are looking to do it doesn't matter whether or not the hitch for your 2016 Subaru Forester is rated for weight distribution or not. However, I would still recommend the Hidden Hitch part # 87654 over the Curt for your vehicle since it would not require the use of a stabilizer strap when carrying a bike rack. Weight distribution is a system that is designed to help redistribute the tongue weight of a trailer up to the front axle of the vehicle. For more information...
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  • I went out to our test fit bays to measure the height of the Thule Rapid Crossroad Roof Mounted Railing Foot Pack # TH450R and the Rhino-Rack SX Series Legs for Vortex Aero Crossbars # RRSX005 for you. The Rhino Rack system # RRVA118S-2, # RRSX005 will give you a lower profile for your vehicle by approximately 1/2 inch. I found that the Rapid Crossroad # TH450R will sit 1.48 inches above the raised side rail on your 2011 Subaru Forester, with the load bar adding 1-1/8 inches....
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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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  • The 2014 Subaru Forester does not come standard with a trailer hitch. You can either purchase the factory trailer hitch when you buy the vehicle or you can have an aftermarket trailer hitch like the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch, # C13144, installed after you purchase the vehicle. Often times, an aftermarket hitch is less expensive than a factory trailer hitch. You do not have to worry about a quality difference. Aftermarket and factory trailer hitches are very similar and most...
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  • Ouch! $688.00? We can do better than that. Both Class II hitches with the 1-1/4 inch receiver, part # 90228 and the Class III with the 2 inch receiver, part # 87654 are available for your Forester. Whenever the choice is available, I always recommend that folks go with the Class III with the larger receiver opening. The 2 inch receiver has a much better selection of accessories available. The Class III also has a higher capacity, but that's kind of a moot point because the...
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