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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.



Best 2016 Subaru Forester Hitch Options

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester we will be taking a look at the best hitch options available. Our best hitch option available is going to be the CURT Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C13144. The second most popular model is going to be the Draw Tite Max Frame Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 75876. Followed closely by the Hidden Hitch Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 87654. Rounding out our top four is going to be our CURT Class 2 Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C12100. You're going to have your Class 3 trailer hitch receivers here on top, and you're Class 2 down on the bottom. Now, the Class 3 trailer hitches are going to be very, very similar in their design, shape.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Subaru Forester - Curt

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester, we're taking a look at and installing the Curt Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C13144. Here's what our class 3 receiver hitch is going to look like once it's installed. It has that nice sleek look across the bottom side tucked underneath the back end of the vehicle. With that nice solid round tube, that's going to have that black powder coat finish, and be fully welded to resist any kind of rust and corrosion. It has the 2" x 2" receiver tube extending almost all the way out to the end of the bumper, with your chain tie downs on either side with that plate steel that adds extra strength to our receiver hitch and that nice appearance on the end here with that rolled steel across the back. Those are going to add extra strength. It's going to have 525 pounds of tongue weight capacity and 3500 pounds of towing capacity with a 5/8" pinhole going straight through.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Subaru Forester - Curt

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester, we'll be taking a look at and installing the Curt custom fit class 2 trailer hitch receiver, part number C12100. Here's what a hitch is going to look like once it's installed. You're going to see it's going to be nice and tucked away underneath the back side of the vehicle with only the chain tie downs and our receiver tube really being visible from that back side. Now this is going to be your class 2 receiver hitch coming with a fully welded design, black powder coat finish to resist any kind of rust and corrosion and it's going to have a 525 pound tongue weight capacity and 35 hundred pound towing capacity. Remember it's got a half inch pin hole going straight through so you can secure your items down that you have on the back end. You can see that into that receiver tube, it's almost going to be out to the back of the bumper so you won't have to worry about having anything that's going to come to close to the back side of the vehicle when you place in any items on the back. Whether that be a cargo carrier, a ball mount, or even a bike rack. Now I'll go ahead and give you a few measurements to assist you in selecting from hitch accessories.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Subaru Forester - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester we're gonna be taking a look at and installing the Hidden Hitch Custom Fit Class 3 trailer hitch receiver, part number 87654. Here's what our Hidden Hitch Class 3 trailer hitch receiver is going to look like once it's installed on the back of the vehicle. It's gonna have that nice sleek, tucked design where it's going to be underneath the backside of the vehicle where it isn't really going to be visible. The only thing you're gonna really see from the backend is going to be that receiver tube. You gonna have a fully welded design with a black powder coat finish that's gonna help prevent any rust and corrosion. Also plate still braced across the bottom which is also gonna double as your chain tie down on either side. Offering a 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube that's gonna have a 525 pound tongue weight capacity and 3500 towing capacity.



Thule Easy Fit CU9 Snow Tire Chains Review - 2013 Subaru Forester

Today on this 2013 Subaru Forester we're going to show you the Easy Fit CU-9 tire chains from Thule. Part number TH04115103. All right, a few things to know about these snow chains, this is one of the easiest ones out there to install on your vehicle. This features a self-tensioning system that as you drive it it adjusts its tension as needed when you go down the road. It also has a quick release system that makes it easier to remove as well. This is designed for a solid grip on snow and ice. This uses dual sided D shaped links that gives you increased traction compared to regular round links. Now, its a good idea to do a test before you actually need to use them in the ice and snow.



Thule Doubletrack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2015 Subaru Forester, we have our Thule Doubletrack Platform Style Bike Rack, part number TH990XT. See here that we have one strip on each wheel and we have those in-between the spokes. We'll undo those, we'll pull up on our silver lever here, we'll squeeze our release and pull the strap out of the way. Now because we have these smaller tires on here, we do have our spacer to be able to hold that in place. Come back here, same way on our back wheel. If you do have bigger wheels for mountain bikes, you can always pull this out of the way.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2015 Subaru Forester, we have our Max Tow 21 by 48 cargo carrier. Max capacity on this is 500 pounds. Part number is MT70422. Let's take some measurements. The overall length we add is about 26 inches to this reflector right here. Closest we come to the ground is about 11 inches and that's your ground clearance right there. Closest point to our bumper is about 4 inches right here. This vehicle does have one exhaust and it's pretty much in line with your platform here.



Softride Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2015 Subaru Forester we're doing a test fit of the Softride Hydraulic Assist Dura tilting 4-bike rack, part number SR26321. This bike rack is designed to work with 1-1/4" and 2" hitches. The main feature I want to show you first is the hydraulic assist. Now if we come to the back here there's a black handle. We're just going to pull out that pin. That will allow us to push our bike and our bike rack away from the vehicle.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2015 Subaru Forester, we're doing a test fit of the Kuat Transfer 3 Platform Style 3 Bike Rack, part number TS03G. Now the first feature of the rack I want to show you is the tilt-away feature. We come up here, lift that last wheel hook out of the way. We can use our foot to push down that lever and tilt our bike rack away. Now with this rack, we do make contact with the ground here, so you just want to be aware of that whenever you're setting your bike rack down- That you might end up having some scratches on those end caps there. With that tilted out of the way, we have full access to our back hatch here to get anything in or out that we may need. You can step between your rack and your vehicle.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2015 Subaru Forester we're doing a test fit of the CURT folding 20 by 60 cargo carrier. It has a 500 pound weight capacity. They part number for that is C18151. The first thing we'll do is take a few measurements here. Our ground clearance first is going to be about 12". Overall to the back of the vehicle we're adding about 34-1/2".



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2015 Subaru Forester, we have our CURT 20 by 60 cargo carrier, part number C18150. Now this has a capacity of 500 pounds. Let's take a look at our measurements here. We have rail system that goes all the way around the top, a great place for hooking straps too. Sits about 5 and a half inches from the base of our bottom. Now, it sticks out from the back of our bumper about 26 and a half inches. It sits about 14 inches off the ground, so you have that much clearance.



Carpod Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2015 Subaru Forester we have our Carpod 23 x 47 walled cargo carrier. This has a capacity of 450 pounds. Part number M2205. This carrier adds about 32-1/2 inches to the length of our vehicle. It also gives you about 17 inches ground clearance to the lowest point back here, and our closest point to our bumper is about 3-1/2 inches to right here. This vehicle only has one exhaust. It sits a couple inches below the back corner.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Forester

Day on our 2015 Subaru Forester, we have our Tuly 00:00:04 Roadway Two Bike Rack, part number TH912XTR. We've got three straps holding this in. We've got our anti-sway and our two straps up top. We'll take the two ones off up top and get those out of the way and take this one off last. It's always a good habit to go ahead and put these straps back so they don't get damaged or lost. Let's take some measurements. This adds about 30 inches to the back of our vehicle. We've got a ground clearance of about 10 1/2 inches to the bottom right here and our closest point to the vehicle is about 2 1/2 inches so we're not going to have any problem with our rack hitting our vehicle.



Best 2013 Subaru Forester Tire Chain Options

All right, Toyota's 2013 Subaru Forester. We're going to take a look at the top four chains that are available for a tire size of P225, 55, R17. First up is from Glacier Chains, part number PW1038. That part number includes these cables right here and the chains and the bars that go across the tire. It's a very simple system, but also the manufacturer recommends a tensioning system as well to help keep them tight on the tire. This is actually, for the most part, it's going to be a two-piece system. This is a separate part number PW105. We'll take a closer look at the crossbars.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Subaru Forester

Today, on our 2015 Subaru Forester, we have our Stromberg Carlson 23x60 Cargo Carrier, part number CC-100. Now, this one holds 500 pounds, and it has a nice little lip here. Great places to hook your straps to when you're putting your cargo down. Let's take some measurements. Now, we add right about 26" to the back of our vehicle. Our height off the ground, down to the bottom of this bolt here looks like 9 1/2" right there. Our closest point to our bumper looks to be about 3".



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2013 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2013 Subaru Forester, we're going to show you the Curt T connector vehicle long harness with a four portal flat trailer connector. Part number C56040. What this wire harness does, is it takes battery power that comes from this red wire right here, the signals from the wires come into the box, or a module and then as soon as it is copied, then it goes out to your trailer. This will protect your vehicle wiring harness from any shorts or damage from the trailer wiring. The parts that you get are the wire harness here at the module and the fort that fits into the vehicle. It also has a fuse holder which comes complete with a fuse. A very nice long length of four pole wire and this is our four pole end right here. It also comes with a cap.



Brophy F5CT Wiring Review

Today we're going to show you the Brophy four and five-way flat circuit tester, part number F5CT. This is the item right here. You can see on top here it has one, two, three, four, five pins for five-pole trailer connector. Same on the bottom as well. You have a nice little listing on top here of the colors, white for ground, brown for running light, yellow for left turn, green for right turn, and blue for your back-up light. Commonly, you'll find that on the boat trailers for your reverse lockout on the coupler. Of course, we have a five-pole on the bottom here, and this is the end that actually goes out to your trailer. We have LEDs for our testers right here, labeled taillight, left turn, right turn, and then our back-up one here for this pin. It's labeled "A." Let's go ahead and try it out.



Glacier Square-Link Snow Tire Chains Review - 2013 Subaru Forester

Today this 2013 Subaru Forrester, we're going to show you a Glacier square link snow tire change. Part number with PWPLC 1142. For reference we're working with tire size 225 x 55 x 17. A few things to know about our snow chains: these feature a square link design for a better grip on snowy and icy roads.Speaker 2: We'll take a look at the the links. They're actually created from a square stock so all of these edges can catch into the ice and snow.These are designed for front or rear-wheel drive vehicles and for highway use; not intended for off-road applications. They are created from a case hardened material that has low carbon steel.





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 Thule CS-10 tire chain has an external quick release system, they are self tensioning (just put them on and go), they have 10 millimeters clearance inside and on the tread, they feature a diamond pattern with icebreaker reinforcements for added grip, they have anti-scratch nylon bumpers to protect vehicle rims, and they have a color-coded assembly design. The CG-9 chains are also self tensioning, but do require one stop to fit the chain properly. They have 9 millimeters...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Thule EasyFold 2 Bike Rack # TH9032 that you referenced would be an excellent choice for a platform bike rack to carry your e-bikes. This rack has a high capacity at 132 lbs and includes a ramp to make loading and unloading your heavy e-bikes easy. No need to break your back trying to lift the bikes. I attached a road course video to the right for the rack as well.
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  • I spoke with my contact at Fulton and he confirmed that both the Fulton XLT # F141133 and the F2 Swing-Up # F1413040134 will fit your trailer frame that measures 3 inches x 1-1/2 inches. Typically bracket height is measured from the bottom of the wheel to the center of the bracket. I was able to determine the height from the bottom of the wheel to the bottom of the bracket using the bracket dimensions. For the XLT # F141133, to the center of the bracket measures 15 inches...
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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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  • For a complete roof rack system for your 2014 Subaru Forester I would recommend you get the following components for a complete roof rack system. Yakima Round 48 inch Cross Bars # Y00408 and Yakima RailGrab Towers for Side Rails # Y00138. Your Yakima Fat Cat Ski Attachment # Y03087 or # Y03088 will attach to the # Y00408.
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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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