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Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon, we'll be taking a look at the glacier cable snow tire chains, part number PW1046. Now keep in mind that the tire size we're using today is 225/60r18. Our tire chains are made out of a case hardened low carbon steel, with spring rollers that wrap around our wire cross cables. These are SAE Class S rated chains for vehicles with limited wheel well clearance. They meet all the Department of Transportation requirements in all 50 states, and come in a quantity of two. Now that we've gone over some features, we're going to show you how to get these installed. Now I've gone ahead and laid our tire chains out, just to make sure that we don't have any kinks or breaks in the line.



Saris Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2015 Subaru Outback wagon we're doing a test fit of the Saris Super Bones trunk-mount 3-bike rack. That part number is SA802. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We have three straps in place, two on our frame here and one as our anti-sway in the back. We're going to start by removing those straps.



Rola 21x55 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2015 Subaru Outback wagon we're doing a test fit of the Rola 21 by 55 cargo carrier. That part number is 59507. Now this is designed for 1-1/4" class two hitches only and has a weight capacity of 300 pounds. The first thing we're going to do is take a few measurements, starting off with our ground clearance. We're going to have about 17-1/4". That is because we have a raised shank in the back which is going to lift our carrier even higher than our hitch.



Surco Products Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon we're doing a test fit of the Circo 20x48 Cargo Carrier. That part number is 52017. Now this is designed to work with inch and 1/4 hitches and has a 300 pound weight capacity. While we have it here on our vehicle, we're going to start off with a few measurements. First is going to be our ground clearance. We're going to have about 12 and 3/4 inches of clearance.



Pro Series Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're taking a look at the Pro Series 20 x 47 Cargo Carrier. That part number is 63155. This is designed to work with 1 1/4 inch Class 2 hitches only and has a weight capacity of 300 pounds. The first thing we're going to do while it's on our vehicle is take a few measurements. We're going to start off with our ground clearance. We're going to have about 16 3/4 inches. Overall to our vehicle, we're adding about 27 1/4 inches, and our closest point is going to be about 5 1/2 inches away there. Something you may notice on our carrier is that we do have these oval-shaped mounting points here at the front.



Thule Passage Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2015 Subaru Outback wagon, we're doing a test of the thule passage 2 trunk mount bike rack. That part number is TH910XT. We already have our bikes secured down here. We're first going to show you how we secure it in place. We have 2 cradles with 3 straps, 2 on our frame and 1 as our anti-sway in the back. We're going to pull down and lift up on those straps, and then we can pull our bike off and set it off to the side. With our bike out of the way, we can take a few measurements.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Draw Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver Class 2, 1 1/4". Part number 36493. Now, here's what it looks like once it's installed. You can see it's going to fit up nicely against the bottom of our vehicle. It's got a nice, black powder-coated finish. Nice, round ring style safety chain loops. It's going to give you a nice spot to put your large hooks on.



WeatherTech Front Floor Mats Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today in our 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon, we'll be taking a look at the WeatherTech Front Auto Floor Mats in black, part number WT447081. Inside our Subaru you can see our factory floor mat, with our factory floor mat in place. They're going to give us much coverage along our scuff plate or up under our panels on our dash. We're going to go ahead and take one out, and we're going to install a new WeatherTech. We'll slide it into place and place it over the two hooks designed to hold our floor mat in place. You can see with our WeatherTech installed, we have nice coverage on our cell plate here, coming up nicely along the side.



Best 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options available for the 2016 Subaru Outback wagon. Most popular hitch we have here is going to be the Draw-Tite class three. Part number is 75673. Follow that up with CURT part number C13206, also a class three, meaning both of these hitches are going to offer the 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. Then just behind those we're going to have the Draw-Tite class two, part number 36493. This one's going to offer the 1-1/4" by 1-1/4" opening. Now aesthetically something you're going to notice different between our hitches is that with both Draw-Tites we're going to have a square tube that's going to run square across the rear of the vehicle.



Best 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon Hitch Options

Today, we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options available for the 2015 Subaru Outback wagon. The most popular hitch we have here is going to be the Draw-tite Class III, part number 75673. Follow that up with Curt, part number C13206, also a Class III. Meaning both of these hitches are going to offer the 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. Then, just behind those we're going to have the Draw-Tite Class II, part number 36493. This one's going to offer the 1-1/4" by 1-1/4" opening.



Best 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options available for the 2014 Subaru Outback wagon. Most popular hitch we have here is going to be the Draw-Tite class three. Part number is 75673. Follow that up with CURT part number C13206, also a class three, meaning both of these hitches are going to offer the 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. Then just behind those we're going to have the Draw-Tite class two, part number 36493. This one's going to offer the 1-1/4" by 1-1/4" opening. Now aesthetically something you're going to notice different between our hitches is that with both Draw-Tites we're going to have a square tube that's going to run square across the rear of the vehicle.



Hollywood Racks Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon we're doing a test fit of the Hollywood Rack's Sport Rider SE2 Platform Style 4 Bike Rack. This is designed for fat tire bikes using part number HR1400-FB. We already have our bike on our bike rack. We're going to show you one of the main features about this rack. We can actually tilt it away with it fully loaded. I am going to get an extra set of hands since it is a pretty heavy rack.



Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon we're doing a test fit of the Thule Raceway Pro Trunk Mount 2 Bike Rack. That part number is TH9001PRO. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We have 2 cradles in place with 3 straps, 2 here on our frame and then one as our anti-sway strap in the back. We're going to start by releasing all of those.



Thule Passage Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2016 Subaru Outback wagon we're taking a look at the Thule Passage 2 trunk-mount bike rack. That part number is TH910XT. Now we already have our bike secured down, so we're first going to show you how we do that. We have two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame and one as our anti-sway in the back. We're going to start by releasing those. Now we can pull our bike off and set it off to the side. With our bike out of the way, we can take a few measurements.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon we're doing a test fit of the Thule T2 Pro Platform Style Bike Rack. That part number is TH9034. We already have our bike secured down. We're first going to go over some features, take a few measurements, and go over how our bike is secured down. First feature I want to show you is our tilting feature, because we can do this with our bike attached. We're going to pull on our handle back here and lower that bike rack down.



Softride Element-Parallelogram Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're doing a test fit of the Softride Element Parallelogram Hanging Style 4 Bike Rack. That part number is SR26248. We already have our bike installed. We're first going to show you one of the big features about this rack. Unlike most hanging style racks, this one actually can tilt away from our vehicle with our bikes fully loaded. To do that, we've got a black T pin here on the other side.



Rola TX-104 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2016 Subaru Outback wagon we're doing a test fit of the Rolla TX-104 hanging-style 4-bike rack. That part number is 59401. Now we already have our bike secured in place so we're first going to go over how we do that. Then we'll go over some features of the rack itself. We've got two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame and one as our anti-sway in the back. Those are quick and easy to remove. Then we can take our bike off and set it off to the side.



Pro Series Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon we're doing a test fit of the Pro-Series Q-Slot platform-style 2 and 4-bike rack. That part number is PS63138. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. At the front and the back tire we have hook and loop straps that are going to hold our tires in place. In the center we have a frame hook. That's really going to hold our bike down and into our wheel cradles.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're doing a test fit of the Curt 20 x 48 cargo carrier. That part number is C18110. Now this has a 300 pound weight capacity and works with both inch and 1/4 and 2 inch hitches. The first thing we're going to do is take a few measurements starting off with our ground clearance. We're going to have about 14 inches to the bottom of this bolt here. Overall to our vehicle, we're adding about 28 inches.



Thule Doubletrack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2016 Subaru Outback wagon we're doing a test fit of the Thule Double Track platform-style 2-bike rack. That part number is TH990XT. Now we already have our bike secured into place. We're first going to show you how we do that. We have our ratcheting strap at the front and back tire. How we release those, we're going to lift up on the gray portion of that strap.





Subaru Outback Wagon Questions

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • In order for the Yakima Rack and Roll trailer part # Y08107 to be towed level you will want to go with a ball mount that will put the hitch ball right at 22 inches from the ground. You will need to measure from the top of your hitch opening to the ground. The difference between that measurement and 22 is the amount of rise/drop you would need. Once you determine that you will want to check out the link I attached that will take you to a page that has all of the 1-1/4 inch ball...
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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 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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  • 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 Thule The Stacker Kayak Carrier, part # TH830. 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 and tie-downs for the bow/stern of the kayak. For additional straps you...
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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 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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  • 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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  • With a 200 lb tongue weight capacity to work with, you will need to ensure that the weight of the rack used plus the weight of the bikes do not exceed that 200 lb tongue weight capacity. This is not an issue with the bike rack itself, but with the tongue weight capacity of the hitch used on the vehicle. As long as the 200 lb figure is not exceeded, you are free to choose the rack (whether it has a 2,3 or 4 bike capacity) that will work best for your needs. The Apex Swing you...
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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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  • 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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  • For the OEM hitches for Subaru that are 1-1/4 inch you will need to go with a Yakima bike rack since they are designed to work with the shallow Subaru hitches like what you have. The Yakima FullTilt part # Y02462 is a tilting 4 bike rack that would work well for you. This rack will fit securely so we would recommend it for you. I attached a review video that shows this rack being demoed on a 2016 Outback just like yours for you to check out as well. If you plan on carrying...
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  • We do offer racks that meet almost all of your criteria, but the one feature that does not go along with all the others is the capability to be used on the back of a trailer. Items mounted to the rear of a trailer, such as a bike rack, are subjected to forces that are more severe than those found at the rear of an auto. Bike racks for use on trailers and RVs must be specially made to withstand these forces. Generally, more bike/weight capacity in a rack does tend to mean more...
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