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Inno Roof Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2014 Subaru Outback we're going to be doing a test fit of the Inno Gloss Black Cargo Box. It's going to be your Shadow Series, with the 16 cubic feet of cargo space and the nice gloss black finish. It's going to be part number INBRA1250BK. As you can see we have our factory crossbars already spread across and we're going to show you how it looks on top of there. Once you get your box set up on top, kind of rotate it on its side like I'm doing here. Make sure that you have your feet out and opened and ready to receive your rails that you're putting it on. I'm going to slide it down to where one side is on each side of your rails.



Inno Roof Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2012 Subaru Outback, we will be doing a a test fit of the Inno Gloss Black Cargo Box. This is going to be your Shadow Series, 16 cubic feet of storage space. It's going to be part INBRA1250BK. Let's go ahead and get it fitted on here. I want to show you how everything fits and looks. You pick it up and you put it on your vehicle, you want to first make sure when you get it up here, that your feet are spaced equally over your bars.



Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Speaker 2: Today on our 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon we're going to be showing you how to install the Hopkins Insight. This is a proportional Flex-Mount brake controller for one up to four axles. Part number is HM47297. Now let's set our manual over ride lever. As we do we want to see our display have a readout. You can see that's going to give us a readout and percentage telling us what percentage of the gain that we've got set it's actually using. As you can see our gain's fully adjustable.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on this 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be test fitting the Yakima Light Rider 3 bike rack. Part number Y02471. You can see we already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How the bike is actually attached to the rack, we're going to have three points of contacts to the bike's frame. We're going to have two zip strips up at the top here and one off to the side here, which is going to act as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from moving back and forth, possibly hitting the bike rack itself or the bikes in front of it. We'll go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. To do that, with the zip strips, there's going to be buttons on either side of it and you want to push those in at the same time and just pull it right out. Now, the sip strips, we're going to go ahead and put them back into place just so we don't lose them while driving. Now I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on this 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon we're going to be testing the Thule 2T Pro 2 Bike Rack, part#TH9035. This is for 1 1/4 inch hitches only. Let's go ahead and take a look at some of the features. The first feature I like to show off is the fact that it can actually tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that we'll come to the front here with this handle, we'll pull in, gently let it down and now we have access to our rear hatch to get whatever it is we need. Plenty of space for that as well. To put it back in it's original position you simply grab it by the handle as you did before, lift up ...



Kuat Sherpa Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on this 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be test fitting the Kuat Sherpa 2 bike rack, part number S103. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first I like to show off is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that, there's this silver handle, excuse me, on the passenger side. You pull that out like so, holding onto the bike rack but then you come down gently. With that we have access to our rear hatch to get whatever we need. To put it back in it's original position, you lift up on the bike rack, until you hear that click and it's locked into place. How the bike is actually attached to the rack, you're going to have 2 points of contact and no frame contact at all.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on this 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be test fitting the Rola TX-102 2-Bike Rack , Part Number 59400. We already have a bike attached to the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How this bike is actually attached to the rack, we're going to have three points of contact. We're going to have two straps up at the top here and one off to the side, and that's going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth, also for hitting the back rack or the bikes in front of it. We also have an integrated cable lock here in the center of the mast. You can pull that out, wrap it around the bikes, and it will attach to the end point here for additional security. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on this 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be test fitting the Yakima LiteRider 2-Bike Rack, part number Y02472. We already had a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now, how this bike actually to the rack, we're going to have 3 points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have 2 ZipStrips up at the top here and 1 off to the side, and that's going to act as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth, possibly hitting the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. Also, along the back here we have an integrated cable lock, which you would pull out, wrap around the bikes, and bring to this point here for additional security. Let's go take the bike out and set it aside. To do that, there's tabs on either side of the ZipStrips.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today, on this 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be test fitting the 20 x 48 Curt Cargo Carrier, part number C18110. This has a carrying capacity of 300 pounds, has this mesh floor on the bottom here which makes it easy to clean. All around the cargo carrier, we have these points here which you can use as tie-down points for either your ratchet straps or your bungee cords. I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements here, the first being from the bumper to our outer edge here. That's going to be about almost 29 inches that we've added to the rear of the vehicle. For our ground clearance to the bottom of this bolt here, that's going to be about 17 1/2 inches. Then our closest point to this edge here, that's going to be about 9 inches. The exhaust on this vehicle is going to be on the driver's side and it's actually going to be facing down, away from from the cargo carrier. Plus, with this raised shank, I don't think you have to worry too much about heat sensitive material when you're loading that up. We do have full access to our rear hatch right now, however, I'm going to go ahead and give you a break-over point measurement.



Surco Products Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on this 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be testing the 20x48 Surco Cargo Carrier. Part number 52017. This cargo carrier has a weight capacity of 300 pounds. It has this mesh floor in the bottom which makes it easy to clean. It has this rail all the way around the carrier which can serve as a tie-down point for either your wraps, straps, or bungee cords. I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements now. Measuring from the bumper to the outer edge here, we've got added about 26 1/4 inches to the vehicle. For our ground clearance to this point here is going to be about 14 inches.



Hollywood Racks Sport-Rider-SE2 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2015 Subaru Outback, we'll be doing a test fit of the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 Platform Style Tilting 2 Bike Rack. That's part number HR1450. I've already got it loaded up on the back of the Subaru just to give you a good idea of what it's going to look like. It secures our bike in 3 spots. We have the frame hook here on top that puts down pressure on the top tube of our bike, holding it in place in the 2 wheel cradles. On our front and rear wheel cradles we have a hook and loop strap that goes between the spokes, keeping those in place as well.



Kuat TRIO Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on this 2016 Suburu Outback Wagon we're going to be testing the Kuat Trio roof bike rack, part number TR02. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. We're going to have two points of contact to hold this doing, we're going to have a fork mount up at the front here, and it's controlled by this lever. We're also going to have a wheel strap in the back. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. Go ahead and push this tab in on the back wheel strap first, then we'll come up to the front and loosen up our fork mount, like so. You can tighten it by turning it to the right and left on the other side and then pushing this back down in place. Let's go ahead and lift the bike up. Put that back in place. Now how this actually attaches to the factory roof rack here, in back, we going to have this bracket here with two turn knobs.



Thule Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on this 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Circuit XT Roof Bike Rack, part number TH526XT. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How it's attached to the rack, we're going to have 2 points of contact. We're going to have a wheel strap in the back here, and up towards the front, it grips it by the forks. Just loosen up this lever like so, you can pull the bike out. There's also a point here where you can take out this and install a lock core for additional security. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside.



Rhino Rack MountainTrail Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on this 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon, we'll be test fitting the Rhino-Rack MountainTrail Rooftop Bike Carrier, part number RBC035. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now how this actually attaches to the roof rack, we have two points of contact with absolutely no frame contact at all. We have a fork mount up at the front here, which is controlled by this lever here, which is lockable, so that adds a little bit of security to it and we also have this wheel strap in the back. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. Then start with the wheel strap, just push in this tab and the strap comes right out. The front, loosen up a handle here and you turn it to the right to tighten and the left to loosen, to wrap around the forks. Lift their bike off. Now with the rear wheel strap, I'm going to go ahead and put that back in place just so it doesn't flap around while I'm driving.



Inno Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on this 2016 Subaru Outback wagon, we're going to be test fitting the Inno multi-fork lock roof bike rack, part number INA392. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and show off some of the features. How it attaches to the rack, we're going to have two points of contact. We're going to have a wheel strap in the back here. And then it's going to hold up on the forks at the front. Now for added security, this front portion does lock down. With this covering this, you cannot actually take the bike off as it is here. Let's go ahead and take the bike off, though, and show you how that's done.



Rola Canyon Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on this 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be test fitting the Rola Canyon Rooftop Bike Carrier, part number 59404. As you can see, we have a bike already installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now how the bike is actually attached, we're going to have two points of contact with no frame contact at all. We're going to have a fork mount up at the front here, which latches on with this handle here. Then we're going to have a hook and loop strap connecting the wheel on the back.



Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today, on our 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 trailer brake controller. This proportional brake controller works great for 1 up to 4 axles. Part number on is 90195. We'll also be using the installation kit ETBC7. You can see when the trailer becomes disconnected, it's going to flash indicating no trailer connection, so we'll know that we've had an issue with the connection in the back and we need to check that out. You can see now with our trailer connected, we've got a different screen.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2015 Subaru Outback, we'll be doing a test fit of the curt cargo carrier, that's part number C18110. As you can see, I've already got it loaded up on the back of the Subaru, just to give you a good idea of what it's going to look like. As you can see, it's a sizable carrier. We've got plenty of tie down points on the inside and outside of our walls. It's got a mesh floor, which is going to allow dirt and debris to easily fall through, which means it's going to be easy to clean. Its dimensions are 20 by 48.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today in our 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon, we'll be doing a test for the Swagman Quad 2 plus 2, 2 bike, or 4 bike platform style rack. That's Part Number S64692. I've already go it loaded up on a Suba, just to give you a good idea of what it's going to look like. As I said in the introduction it is a platform style rack. It secures our bike in 3 spots. We've got our two wheels in the cradles there.



Transmission Cooler Installation - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to show you how to install the Derale performance series 8000 plate-fin transmission cooler kit with farbed 00:00:08 inlets. This is a class 3 efficient cooler, part number is D13503. Now to begin our installation we're going to pop the fascia off the front of the Subaru here, it's one that doesn't require a whole lot of effort to do, so to get us a lot of room to work we'll start removing our push pin fasteners, we're underneath the front quarter of the car here. Use a screwdriver or trim panel tool, whatever you've got. We're just going to the center core out first, then the rest of it will come in after that's through. Then we'll take the one right where the front fascia meets the fender in the corners out. We're going to do this on both sides. Now we're ready to head up top.





Subaru Outback Wagon Questions

  • The Thule Hitching Post Pro, # TH934XTR, and the Vertex, # TH9029XT, are similar bike racks but their differences make them unique. The Hitching Post Pro can fold and tilt as can the Vertex, but the interface is different. The Hitching Post Pro requires pulling a pin out to tilt the rack down whereas the Vertex has a simple lever that you pull. The Hitch Post Pro has straight arms spaced 12-3/8 inches apart from outside to outside. The Vertex has arced arms spaced 13 inches...
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  • A 2 inch hitch will be able to handle more weight and be compatible with more hitch accessory applications, like bike racks or hitch cargo carriers. If you can order the vehicle without the factory hitch, it would be a better option for you. For your 2011 Subaru Outback V6, I would recommend the Hidden Hitch Class III 2 Inch Hitch, part # 87568. This hitch has a towing weight capacity 0f 4,000 lbs. and a tongue weight capacity of 400 lbs. It will not allow the use of weight...
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  • For some vehicles there are hitches available that do not have visible cross tubes. For your 2016 Subaru Outback wagon there are only options like the part # C13206 that have visible crosstubes. While the Curt hitch part # C13206 and the Hidden Hitch part # 87568 are pretty similar they have some differenced that would account for the weight difference. The Curt uses a round cross tube whereas the Hidden Hitch uses a square tube. The side brackets of the Curt hitch are actually...
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  • To answer your last question, I do have experience with this exact issue. A lot of people have run into this problem. It isn't always easy to find tie down points on a vehicle whether that vehicle is a 2015 Subaru Outback or a 1956 Rocket 88. But I have an excellent solution for you. You can use the Thule Quick Loops, # TH530. You won't have to remove any bolts, just close the cylinder under the hood (away from anything that gets hot of course!) and the other in the rear hatch....
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  • Hidden Hitch and Draw-Tite are sister companies. The Hidden Hitch # 87568 and Draw-Tite # 75673 hitches share identical design and weight capacity. They would install in the same manner using identical instructions and would both have the same 7 inch distance between the receiver hitch pin hole and the furthest rearward portion of the rear bumper when installed on a 2011 model Subaru Outback Wagon. Although the hitch will attach to the vehicle using existing holes in the frame,...
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  • All three of the racks you referenced are fantastic racks that would do well for you. Kuat NV part # N102 Kuat Sherpa part # S101 Thule T 2 part # TH917XTR The rack with the most features is the # N102. This rack has wheel mounts, locking anti-rattle hitch pin and built-in bike repair stand. I like this rack the best because of all its features. I attached a review video for you to check out. The # S101 is similar to the NV except it is basically more of a stripped...
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  • In the realm of light weight, 2 bike racks, the Kuat Beta and the Thule Helium are at the top of the list. The first major difference is weight. While both are very light weight racks, the Kuat Beta, # B202-114 is in the feather weight division at only 12-3/5 pounds. The Thule Helium, # TH9042 is slightly heavier at about 18-1/4 pounds. The Kuat Beta boasts an impressive 100 pound weight capacity (50 pounds per bike). While the Thule Helium can manage 70 pounds (35 pounds per...
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  • The Yakima 4-bike carrier # Y02443-2 can be easily converted to a 2-bike carrier. You can detach the front 2 bike positions by simply removing a bolt on the base. Then remove the red endcap from the detached piece, and place it into the base of the 2-bike rack that you will be using. If you have a 2 inch hitch on your 2012 Lexus RX350 like the # C13143 this hitch would work well just like the # S64692 or the # HR1400. Since the Fourtimer can convert to either a 4 bike or...
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  • Brake controller installation in your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon with factory tow package will be a straightforward process and we offer plenty of resources to help you through the install steps. Since your Outback wagon has the factory tow package it should have a 4-pole flat trailer connector at the rear bumper. Please see the linked photo for illustration. If you have a 4-pole on the car now all you need to add is a brake controller install kit # ETBC7 and the controller...
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  • We have a couple of options for carrying kayaks on the roof of your 2011 Subaru Outback. If you will be carrying one kayak then most of our customers who have the 2010 or 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon select the Yakima BowDown Kayak Carrier, # Y04042, see video link. The Thule Top Deck Rooftop Kayak Carrier System, # TH881, runs a very close second. If you will need to carry 2 kayaks, the Yakima BigStack Roof Mounted 2 Kayak Carrier System, # Y04041, is the carrier most often...
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  • The Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, part # 90208 is confirmed as a fit for your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon if it is not the Sport model. This is a Class ll hitch and has a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening. We have not had the opportunity to install this hitch on a 2015 as of yet, but I have attached a link to an installation video for this hitch on a 2014 model. As it states in the video, the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of the rear bumper is 6 inches....
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  • The Hidden Hitch part # 87568 would be an excellent choice for a hitch for your 2015 Subaru Outback 3.6L Limited. Hitch installs are pretty easy for any qualified shop. I don't have a specific recommendation for a shop to use. But if there is a garage or mechanic in your area with a good reputation he should be able to install this hitch 100 percent correct without a problem. If you plan on doing some towing you may also be interested in the wiring harness part # C56040. For...
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  • When you're planning on using a hitch for a bike rack, and you're trying to determine if the two will be compatible, the important measurement is the distance between the hitch pin hole and the furthest rearward part of the bumper. The FAQ article I've linked shows how to take this measurement. I checked out the 1UP USA racks, and saw that they're all compatible with the 2 inch receiver provided by a Class III hitch, so that's what I'm recommending you go with. The 2 inch receiver...
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  • Since you have a roof rack on your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon, we have a couple options that will work for you. I recommend the SportRack Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs, part # SR5323. This system will fit most round, square, or factory crossbars with a maximum width of 3 inches. The minimum crossbar spread this will work with is 24 inches. This system includes the straps that secure the kayaks to the carrier. The tie-downs like part # SR0704, which are attached to the bow...
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  • Draw-Tite/Hidden Hitch trailers hitches # 75673 and # 87568 for the 2015 Outback also fit the 2016 Subaru Outback. And Curt also has an option, # C13206. These hitches will fit as long as your Outback is not a Sport model. Since you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin...
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  • The Thule Replacement Threaded Pin, part # 853-5917, is a hitch pin that works with the Thule Replacement Lock Housing, part # 753-3725-02. It has a thread size of 12 mm. It is designed for Thule brand bike racks. Most bike rack manufacturers will design the hitch locks to fit their products only. The threads are unique to that manufacturers bike racks.
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  • You are correct about the change key. The lock has to be unlocked for the change key to be able to remove the lock core. The issue is on the new cargo boxes like # TH624 you have to first use the key it came with and have sort of in between the locked and unlocked positions (my contact at Thule stated between 1 and 7) and the key should come out allowing you to use the change key to replace the lock cylinder with the new ones you have.
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  • The J-Stacker Kayak Carrier, # SR5511, is one of our most popular kayak carriers and is designed to work on Thule square bars, round bars and most factor crossbars. This kayak carrier would be my recommendation for your Subaru Outback. It is required to tie down the bow and stern when carrying a kayak on top of a vehicle. I spoke with my contact at SportRack and found out that the ropes are made of a soft polypropylene material that should not damage the paint on your vehicle....
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  • I checked with Yakima and for a 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon with factory side rails that run front to back you will need to use the RailGrabs, # Y00138, with the small claws. You need to have 48 inch long crossbars (or longer but 48 inches is the recommended length), # Y00408. If the bars you have are shorter then you will need new bars. I have included a link to the instructions and a link to a video showing a typical installation on a similar vehicle.
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  • My contact at Thule advised that although this rack # TH45050 has not been officially tested and confirmed to fit, since it has worked well on 2000 through 2015 models chances are good that it would also work on a 2016 Outback Wagon. They simply haven't had the opportunity to go through their usual thorough test fitting procedure. You may want to check the roof weight capacity of the 2016 Outback since you mention carrying up to 4 kayaks. My beginner's kayaks each weigh about...
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