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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Subaru Forester - Curt

Today on our 2012 Subaru Forester, we're going to review an install, the CURT class 3 two inch receiver tube hitch, part number 13147. Here's what our hitch is going to look like once it's installed. As you can see, we've got the nice, stylish, round cross tube design. It's a fully welded construction, with a really nice black powder coated finish to prevent rust and corrosion. On the other side of our receiver tube is our chain hold down, and then pre drilled all the way through the receiver tube is our 5/8ths pin hole. This is a class three 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube, and is capable of up to 400 pounds of tongue weight with a 4,000 pound tow capacity. Next, I'll give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch.



Thule Roof Rack Review - 2012 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2012 Subaru Forester, we are going to be doing a test fit of the Thule Aeroblade and Rapid CrossRoad roof rack system. As you can see, we've already got one up here on our vehicle so you can see what it'll look like. We're going to show you how to place on that other one, and assemble it and put it together. The Aeroblade is going to be part number THARB47. Your Rapid CrossRoad foot pack is going to be TH450R. The first thing you going to do is flip it over to the back side, making sure that you have the scale all the way in because with the raised roof rails that we have from the factory, you won't need to adjust them to any certain place. We'll go ahead and pull off the end cap by spinning it and depressing that button there.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Subaru Forester - Curt

Today on our 2012 Subaru Forester, we're going to review and install the Curt Class 2 1-1/4 inch Receiver Tube Hitch, Part #C12047. Here's what it's going to look like once installed. As you can see, we've got the nice, stylish round cross tube design, the fully welded construction, and the nice black powder-coated finish. On each side of our receiver tube is our chain hold down, and pre-drilled is our 1/2 inch pinhole that goes all the way through the receiver tube. This is our Class 2 1-1/4 inch by 1-1/4 inch receiver tube and it's capable of up to 350 pounds of ton weight and 3,500 pound tow capacity. Next we'll give you a couple of measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4-1/4 inches.



Thule Roof Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2015 Subaru Forester, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Thule Canyon. This is going to be your rooftop mounted cargo basket. As you can see, we have it up here on out of our vehicle, connected to our Thule aero blades. This is going to be part number TH859. This cargo basket is going to be 49 inches long, 40 inches wide, have a depth of 6 inches with a weight capacity of 150 pounds on a sturdy steel construction. As you can see, we already have three of the feet installed and we're going to show you how that last one goes on. One thing to know or a tech tip if you will is before you put it up on top of your vehicle, make sure you get your center to center crossbar spread so from this point to the center of this one and then adjust your feet using the tools that you have which is going to be an Allen tool.



Thule Hyper XL Roof Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Subaru Forester

inaudible 00:00:00 our 2012 Subaru Forester. We're going to do be doing a test fit of the Thule Hyper XL. This is going to be your 17 cubic feet of cargo space, coming in two-tone, black and silver finish, part number TH612. As you can see on top of our vehicle, we already have our Thule AeroBlades installed. I'm going to show you how this looks up on there. First thing you want to do is lift it up on top of your roof rack. Once you have it on top of your roof rack, then we'll adjust the feet to where we want them.



SportRack Roof Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2012 Subaru Forester, we're going to be doing a test fit of the SportRack Vista rooftop mounted cargo basket. As you can see, we've already got it on top of our vehicle, on top of our aero type bars but it will fit many different style bars, from anywhere from your factory bars to your square bars, round bars and even the aero type. It's going to be 44 inches long, 39 1/8 inches wide, have a depth of 6 1/4 inches and have a 110 pound weight capacity with its sturdy steel construction. It's going to be part number SR9035. If you'd like to get the 22 inche extension, it's going to be part number SR9035-9036. All right. With the three feet installed, you do see that we have the spacers underneath, in between the basket and our bars.



Pro Series Roof Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Subaru Forester

Today, on our 2012 Subaru Forester, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Pro Series Big Sky Rooftop-mounted Cargo Basket. As you can see, we've already got it up on top of our vehicle on our aero type bars. This basket can be used with your square bars, round bars, even your factory bars, and aero bars. This will be part number PS63156. This basket is going to be 43 inches long, 35 inches wide, have a 125 pound weight capacity, with a sturdy steel construction. If you look on the vehicle, you can see that we already have our, three of our feet installed on our aero blades, our aero type bars. We're going to show you how the other one is put in place.



Inno Base Rack Roof Rack Installation - 2015 Subaru Forester

Today in this 2015 Subaru Forester, we're going to show you the Inno Base Rack. This will consist of part numbers for the stays, INXS100 and two crossbars which will be part number INXB100. All right, now we've got one already installed on our factory rails on our vehicle to show what it looks like initially. Pretty simple to install. It looks nice and it actually matches the rack in this car pretty nice. Let's go ahead and put it together.



Thule Standard D Link CB12 Tire Chains Review - 2015 Subaru Forester

All right, today on this 2015 Subaru Forester, we're going to show you part number TH01221104. This is the Thule Standard Snow Tire Chains. All right, now with this part number, you will get two of the chains that's shown here on this tire, as well as the included carrying case. For reference, we're working with a tire size today of P22560R17. All right, I'll go ahead and tell you some of the features of this. First off, this is designed to be used in ice and snow, of course, but it's also designed for on road use only. If you live on a steep driveway or you have a long way to go on a gravel road or dirt road, chances are you probably want to look at the off road chains that are also available.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Subaru Forester - Hidden Hitch

Today in this 2015 Subaru Forester, we're going to show you part number 90228. This is the Hidden Hitch Class II 1-1/4-inch Receiver Hitch. Okay. This is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on our Forester. First off, overall look that does sit below the bumper here probably about 5 inches below the plugs here on our trunk pan. Take a look at the receiver, from a 1-1/4 inch across, has a nice reinforcement collar on the front.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Subaru Forester - Draw-Tite

All right, today on this 2015 Subaru Forester, we're going to show you part number 36523 from Draw-Tite. This is a Class II, inch and a quarter receiver hitch. This is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on our Forester. For a soft overall look that does sit below the bumper here, probably about 5 inches below the plugs here on our trunk pan.Take a look at the receiver from the inch and a quarter across, has nice reinforcement collar. On the front, it also has a continuous loop here for your safety chains. A couple other details about our hitch.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2015 Subaru Forester

Today, in this 2015 Subaru Forester, we're going to show you part number 118467. This is a T1 vehicle wiring harness with a four-pole flat trailer connector, from Tow Ready. First, I'll go ahead and show you the components. This end here will fit a factory port that's already installed in the vehicle from the factory. We have a fuse holder for its own fuse. This is the nodule. This actually takes its signals from the car and converts it down from a five wire system on a car down to a four wire system on a trailer.



Thule Self Tensioning Snow Tire Chains Review - 2015 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2015 Subaru Forester, we're going to show you part# TH20004205104. This is the Thule Self-Tensioning Low Profile Snow Tire Chains. This is what they look like when they're installed on our tires. Now, for reference, we're working with tire size of P225 by 60 by R17. We'll go ahead and look at some of the components on the chain. First off, where the chain meets the ice and snow, it's got the little D-links right here, which means the side we see, there's a corner on this side and this side of the chain. Underneath where it wraps around itself is a round part, so it makes it like a D shape.



Rhino Rack Roof Rack Review - 2014 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2014 Subaru Forester were going to be test fitting the Rhino rack vortex aero roof rack system. Were using the 44-inch vortex aero bars, part number RRVA118B-2 and were using the SX series foot pack, part number RRSX005. Weve already got our front bar installed on the car. Were getting ready to install the rear. I just want to show you quickly how this is going to work. You can see there is a little slot on either side there that our bar slides in. Also, theres a little slot underneath our Its a pressure fitting there.





U-Ace 3D Kagu Custom 2nd Row Floor Liners Review - 2011 Subaru Forester

Today, on our 2011 Subaru Forester, we'll be installing the U-Ace floor mats for the second row, part number L1SB00321501, gray in color. This application is also available in black, part number L1SB00321509, or tan, part number L1SB00321502. First, we'll go ahead and remove the old manufacturer's floor liners. Now, we'll go ahead and install the U-Ace floor mats, that are custom molded to precisely fit the vehicle. As you can see, the shape and contour will go around the front row seat belt anchor point. Then, the raised outer rails that go all the way from the threshold to the console. Couple that with a raised outer edge, will really help to keep dirt and debris contained in the liner, and off of the carpeting.



U-Ace 3D Kagu Custom Front Floor Liners Review - 2011 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2011 Subaru Forester, we'll be installing the U-Ace 3D Kagu Custom auto floor liners, part number L1SB00311501, gray in color. This application is also available in black, part number L1SB00312209, or tan, part number L1SB00312202. To begin our install, we'll first go ahead and remove the older manufacturer's floor mats. Now we're ready to install the new Kagu Custom floor liner. Here in the driver side as we install it, we'll fit the special molded cutouts over the manufacturer's attachment points. Additionally, we have a special mold going around the fuel door release handle. With the raised outer edge and extension going all the way from the front row seat tracking up underneath the gas, brake, and clutch, including the driver's foot rest to provide maximum protection to keep our dirt, dust, and debris contained in the liner and off of the carpeting. Along with the shape, channels of moldings, and the max inaudible 00:01:15 fiber grip will ensure that the floor liners stay security in place.



Pro Series 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2014 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2014 Subaru Forester we're going to be doing a test fit on the 24 by 60 Pro Series cargo carrier. as you can see, they've designed this for use in 2" hitches. It offers a 500 weight capacity. Part number on it is 63153. Now to begin our test fit we're just going to slide the shank of our carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch here. We want to line up our pinhole with our hitch pinhole. Once we have those lined up we're going to take a standard 5/8 pin; we'll slide that through and secure it on the other side here with a clip.



U-Ace 3D Kagu Custom Cargo Floor Liner Review - 2011 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2011 Subaru Forester, we'll be installing the U-Ace 3D Kagu Custom Cargo Floor Liner, part number M1SB0031301. To begin our install, we'll first take the new floor liner and lay it into position. Then we'll press it down into place. Once pressed into place with the MAXpider fibers, it will help grip the manufacturer's interior, really help hold it in place, along with the design shape and moldings that fits the vehicle's interior cutouts, including the interior panels, with a raised outer edge and special molding to go around the manufacturer's cargo hook and really help contain any dirt, dust, and debris in the liner and off the carpeting. The durable thermoplastic rubber top layer provides a grip and will not crack, tear, or deform over time. Its waterproof, shock-absorbent middle layer is sound insulating, helps regulate interior temperature, along with the easy care by simply wiping it down with a clean cloth or wet towel or hosing it off the maintenance of the floor liner are made simple. There you have it for the U-Ace 3D Kagu Custom Cargo Area Floor Line, part number M1SB0031301, gray in color. The application is also available in black, part number M1SB0031309, or tan, part number M1SB0111302, for our 2011 Subaru Forester. .



Swagman XTC 2 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2014 Subaru Forester we're going to be doing a test fit of the Swagman XTC 2. Now This is a platform-style 2-bike rack. They've designed it for use with 1-1/4" or 2" hitches. Part number on it is S64670. Now to begin our test fit we need to slide the shank of the rack into the receiver tube of our hitch there. We'll then line up our threaded hole with our hitch pinhole.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2011 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2011 Subaru Forster, we'll be installing the Curt T Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector, part number C56040. Now to begin our install, we'll first go ahead and open up the rear hatch. Then we'll take the spare tire cover from the rear storage compartment and set it aside. Next we'll remove the center storage compartment, which will just lift up and remove. Remove the carpeting panel here on the drivers side, and then the storage compartment on the drivers side. The storage compartment on the drivers side has two push pin fasteners that will secure it in position. To remove them, we use a flat bladed screw driver or an interior trim panel tool to pop each fastener off.



Yakima HighLite Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2010 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2010 Subaru Forester, we are going to be test fitting the Yakima Highlite. This is a folding and tilting 2 bike rack, it's designed for use in both 1 1/4 and 2 inch hitches. It's part number Y02438. Now to begin our test fit, we'll slide the shank of the rack right into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do this, we got to want to align the small pin hole up with the hitch pin hole. With those lined up, we are going to take our attached red handled pin, we'll slide that in, and then we'll tighten the black knob located here at the rear. This is going to engaged our anti rattle device further securing the rack to the vehicle.



Thule Vertex Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2010 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2010 Subaru Forester, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Vertex. This folding and tilting four bike rack is designed for use in both inch and a quarter and 2 inch hitches, part number is TH9029. To begin our test fit, we'll slide the shank of the rack into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we slide it in, we want to line up our threaded hole with the hitch pin hole. With these lined up, we'll take our anti-rattle bolt and thread that in, and we'll tighten it down with our wrench. In this position, the rack is going to offer us just over 12 inches worth of ground clearance. At it's closest point to the rear of the vehicle, the rack's going to be about 3 1/4 inches away.



Thule Helium Aero Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2010 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2010 Subaru Forester we're going to be test fitting the Thule Helium Aero. This is a folding and tilting 2-bike rack. It's designed for use in both 1-1/4" and 2" hitches. Its part number is TH9042. Now to begin our test fit we're going to slide the shank of the rack right into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do this we'll hold out on the attached pin, line up the pinholes, and allow that pin to fall in.



Rhino Rack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2010 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2010 Subaru Forester we're going to be test fitting the Rhino Rack folding and tilting 4-bike rack. This is designed for use in both 1-1/4" and 2" hitches. Its part number is RBC044. Now to begin our test fit we're going to slide the shank of the rack right into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do this we want to line up the threaded hole that's here in the middle with our hitch pinhole. With those lined up we're going to take our anti-rattle bolt and slide it in, and then thread it through. We'll then tighten it down using our wrench.



Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2010 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2010 Subaru Forester we're going to be test fitting the Hollywood rack Sport Rider SE 2. This is a folding and tilting 2 bike rack. It's a platform style. It's designed for use in 2 inch hitches. It's part number is HR1450. Now to begin our test fit we're going to slide the shank of the rack right into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll slide it in all the way until the steel plate on here butts up to our hitch.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Subaru Forester - Curt

Today on our 2015 Subaru Forester, we'll be installing our Curt 2 inch receiver tube hitch part number C13144. Now note we are going to be working on a vehicle with a single rear exhaust system. If you have a dual rear exhaust system, you have to compensate by removing additional hangers. We'll also go ahead and note that each process that we do here on one side is going to get repeat identically on the opposite side as our attachment points are the same for each side. Here is what our hitch will look like once it is installed. Next I'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch.



Yakima Roof Rack Review - 2015 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2015 Subaru Forester, we're going to be doing a test fit on the Yakuma RailGrab Roof Rack System. We've got the 48-inch round bars that we're using; part number on that is Y00408. We've got the Yakuma RailGrab Foot Pack System; part number on that: Y00138. As you can see, we've already got the front bar installed on the Forester. We're going to go over with you how to install the rear bar. Now, installing the foot pack is very simple. It's just going to be a matter of sliding the large hoop around the large round opening here right down on our bar.



Rhino Rack Roof Rack Review - 2015 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2015 Subaru Forester we're going to do a test fit of the Rhino Rack Vortex Aero roof rack system. We're using the SX series of feet. That part number is RRSX005. The 49" black bars; part number on this is RRVA126B-2. No these are also available with a silver finish as part number RRVA126S-2. Now as you can see we've already installed our front bar here. We found a fixed point, measured back from the fixed point, did that measurement on both sides.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2010 Subaru Forester - Curt

Today on our 2010 Subaru Forester, we'll e installing the CURT Hitch, part number C12047. This is what our hitch will look like once installed. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 14-3/4 inches. This will assist you in selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier. Now we'll go ahead with the installation. Before we begin removing the rubber isolators from metal hangers, we'll go ahead and take a safety strap and put it under the exhaust so that it'll help control the weight and we can safely lower it. We'll first go ahead and locate the exhaust hangers. There are a total of five hangers, two for each muffler, one on the inside and outside of the muffler and then one just forward of the rear axle.











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