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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.



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-2 trailer hitch receiver, part number C12100. What I like about this hitch is that where it comes out to, it's not too far out to where you'll hit it, but it's far enough out to where it's going to give you plenty of clearance with any accessories that you may have in order to put and use. That way they shouldn't get too close to the rear of your vehicle. It gives us a pretty clean look because primarily what you're going to see is the receiver tube here. This receiver tube is a 1 1/4 by 1 1/4-inch receiver tube opening with a nice reinforcement collar around it that gives it a nice heavy duty look. Here we've got the 1/2-inch hitch pin hole. It's got a plate style safety chain connection point and on both sides it's got nice large diameter holes in order to attach your safety chain connections.



Husky Liners Floor Mats Review - 2017 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2017 Subaru Forester we're going to be taking a look at the Husky liners weather beater custom floor liners for the front and rear in black, part number HL99881. What I really like about these floor mats is the great coverage they have, especially here in the rear how it covers up that hump, because that's going to give you that extra protection and peace of mind knowing that in case something gets spilled it's not just going to completely cover your carpet. That carpet's going to be protected. Up in the front I definitely like the complete coverage that it gives you from front of the seat all the way up under the dash. As you can see, the floor mats that we're in this, they didn't do a great job of making sure that debris stayed off of the carpet underneath because we've got some grass and other things that have collected down here. Let's put in our Husky and see how that covers it. We'll get our Husky worked into place here. As you can see, this Husky gives us very nice coverage all the way around.



Husky Cargo Liner Review - 2017 Subaru Forester

Today in our 2017 Subaru Forester we'll be taking a look at the Husky Liner's WeatherBeater Custom Cargo Liner in black, part number HL49881. Here we have our WeatherBeater Liner installed. All along the bottom we're going to have these channels that are going to help prevent dirt, debri and liquid from getting off of your liner and onto your carpet. It's also going to have a texture bottom which is going to help any of your cargo from slipping. We have our raised contoured edge. This is going to help prevent any dirt, debris or liquid from getting off of your liner and onto your carpet as well. It also contours perfectly to our vehicle.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Subaru Forester - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2017 Subaru Forester we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Draw-Tite Max-Frame class 3 trailer hitch receiver, part number 75876. One of the things I like most about this hitch is the clearance that it gives you, because for any accessories, such as bike racks and cargo carriers, you really shouldn't have any problem with the amount of clearance you have to the rear of the vehicle. As you can see, the most noticeable part is this outside edge of the receiver tube opening, where you're not going see a lot of the crossbar unless you're at a low angle looking underneath. This has got a nice reinforcement collar around the 2-inch x 2-inch opening. It's also got a nice large steel plate with large-diameter holes in order to connect your safety chains to, so you really shouldn't have any problem connecting whatever type of safety chain clips you may have. Then here on the side you can see we've got two holes. We've got the standard 5/8-in hitch pin hole, which is going to be used for mounting all of our class 3 accessories.



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 tow ready T1 vehicle wiring harness with 4-pole flat trailer connector, part number 118467. 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 trunk here. When it's not in use it's easy to tuck it away inside the trunk so that way it maintains a nice, clean look when not in use, but it's also very easy to access whenever you do need it. Now with this wiring one of the nice things is that with the way it's set up, it plugs directly into the vehicle's existing wiring system instead of having to put T connectors behind the tail lights and then run it down. This way it's a lot simpler and a lot more straightforward.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2007 Subaru Forester - Curt

Today on our 2007 Subaru Forester, we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the Curt Custom Fit Class-2 Trailer Hitch Receiver. This hitch offers the 1 1/4 by 1 1/4 opening. It's part number is C12038. Here's what our hitch is going to look like installed on our vehicle. We'll see a little bit of the cross tube here, but really at ground level, it's going to be pretty hidden. We've got the arm that goes right over our exhaust giving us nice, secure, custom fit.



Best 2017 Subaru Forester Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your 2017 Subaru Forester. The hitches we've got are the Draw-Tite class three Max-Frame receiver hitch, part number 75876. We've also got the CURT class three receiver hitch, part number C13144; and the CURT class two receiver hitch, part number C12100. The biggest difference that we're going to see with these hitches is that with the CURT hitches, especially the class three, the face of the receiver tube is a little bit more recessed, so it's a little bit more aesthetically pleasing. The CURT class three is going to give you a little bit better clearance for your class three accessories than the Draw-Tite will. Here on the Draw-Tite it's got this extra 1/2" hole that's going to be used for j-pin stabilization. The CURT does not have that.



RockyMounts Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester we're going to be test fitting the RockyMounts JetLine Roof Mounted Bike Rack, part number RKY1320. One of the first features about this is the fact that it doesn't grip it by the bike's frame at all. Instead it uses two other points such as the rear wheel strap here. Then we have the locking front skewer here. You knock this out and you can attach a lock to add some additional security and to prevent theft and tampering. Move back here to the hatch.



Rhino Rack Roof Rack Review - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today in our 2016 Subaru Forester, we're going to be test fitting the Rhino Rack Roof Rack System. This consists of part numbers RRVA126B-2. Those are going to be the cross bars themselves. Part number RRSX005, those are going to be the Rhino Rack SX series legs for the Vortex Arrow 00:00:21 cross bars. We already have a front bar installed. As you can see, it has a nice aerodynamic shape to it.



RockyMounts Roof Rack Review - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today in our 2016 Subaru Forester we're going to be test fitting the RockyMounts Roof Rack System. Now this consists of part number RKY3052, those are the Ouray Crossbars, and part number RKY3002 and those are the Flagstaff Towers for the Crossbars. We already have the front one installed. As you can see it has a nice aerodynamic shape to it, which is going to cut down wind noise and drag while you're driving. The combined carrying capacity of both bars is going to be 165 pounds. However, you want to double-check with your vehicle to make sure it can withstand that kind of weight.



Inno Roof Rack Review - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today in our 2016 Subaru Forester, we're going to be test fitting the Inno roof rack system. Now this consists of part numbers INXB100-2, those are going to be the cross-bars, and also part number INXS100 and those are the Inno flush feet that wrap around your factory raised side rails. We already have the front one installed. As you can see, it has a nice shape to it. It looks like it's factory installed. It has an aerodynamic shape to it which will cut down your wind noise and your drag.



Thule Roof Rack Review - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester we're going to be test fitting the Thule Roof Rack System. This is going to consist of part numbers THARB47, and those are going to be the Thule AeroBlade Load Bars, quanitity of two, as well as part number TH450R, and those are going to be the Thule Rapid Crossroad Foot Packs. We already have the front one installed, as you can see it does have a very nice aerodynamic shape. It's going to cut down on wind noise and drag while you're driving. The two bars together have a combined weight capacity of 165 pounds, although you want to double check with your vehicle's manufacturer's information to make sure that your vehicle can actually withstand that weight. We have the front one installed, let's go ahead and show you how the rear one goes on. We already have it partially assembled on our table here.



Carpod Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester we're going to be taking a look at the Car Pod 23 by 47 walled cargo carrier for two inch hitches, part number M2205. To mount this cargo carrier, as you can see it's got these walls that are nice and high all the way around the cargo carrier and that's going to help make sure containing your cargo is made easy and you don't have to worry about the straps that go all the way down and go all the way up over. That way you can strap over the top and make sure that everything is secured nicely inside. Now, with this here, let's take a few measurements. First let's get our ground clearance at the back of the cargo carrier. That's right about nineteen inches. Then our overall distance added to the length of the vehicle, it's going be about thirty-three and a half inches. Then closest point is going to be here at the top of the shank, that's right about five inches. With this cargo carrier, you've got these walls but you're also able to fold this cargo carrier up against the rear of the vehicle and in order to do that, you'll need to lower these walls.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester we're going to be taking a look at the Stromberg-Carlson 23 by 60 cargo carrier for 2" hitches, part number CC-100. This cargo carrier has this nice edge that goes all the way around the inside with some pre-drilled holes in order to tie your cargo down. It features this mesh flooring to help make sure that any dirt and debris falls through, so that way it doesn't collect and get onto the bottom of your cargo. Then it's got these support braces that go across to help give it a 500 pound capacity. Now let's take a few measurements. First one we'll get is ground clearance here at the rear. That looks to be about 11-1/4".



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester we're going to be taking a look at the 20 by 60 CURT folding cargo carrier, part number C18151. Now with this cargo carrier you can see you've got this nice edge all the way around to where you can tie down just about any place that you want for your cargo. Also we've got the mesh floor here that's going to help make sure that any dirt and debris falls through and doesn't collect here to where it may get onto the bottom of your luggage. Then we've also got these nice braces that come across here to help give it a 500 pound weight capacity. Now with it in this position let's take some measurements. First we'll get ground clearance, which is about 13-1/4" here at the back. Then closest point to the vehicle is also going to be about 13-1/4".





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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Other than the fact that the Curt # 13147 has a slightly higher (500 lb) towing capacity and the fact that the hitch crossbar is round instead of square tubing, there's not a whole lot of difference functionally between the hitches you mentioned. Since the Forester is limited to towing 2400 lbs, you won't be able to use all the hitch capacity anyway because you'll be limited to the towing capacity of the vehicle. The Curt hitch is less expensive, but it has one drawback. Curt's...
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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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  • 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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