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Thule Archway Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2016 Subaru Outback wagon we're taking a look at the Thule Archway XT trunk-mount 2-bike rack. That part number is TH9009XT. Now we already have our bike secured down so we're first going to show you how we do that. We've got two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame and one as our anti-sway strap in the back. We're going to pull down and lift up to release those. With those removed we can take our bike off and set it off to the side. We'll start off with a few measurements.



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 Archway trunk-mount 2-bike rack. It's going to be part number TH9009XT. Now we already have our bike secured down. 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 strap in the back. We're going to start by pulling down and lifting up to release those.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're doing a test fit of the Yakima LiteRider hanging style two-bike rack. That part number is Y02472. Now, we already have our bike secured down. 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 strap on the back. We're going to start by squeezing our two levers together and pulling those straight out.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon we're doing a test fit of the Thule T2 Pro Platform Style 2 Bike Rack. That part number is TH9034. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you one of the key features of this rack. We're going to come here to the back and squeeze our handle together. What's great about this rack compared to others is that you don't have to reach in between your bikes and maneuver around them to try and grab any handles or push down any levers to be able to tilt your bike rack away.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2013 Subaru Outback wagon we're doing a test fit of the CURT 20 by 48 cargo carrier. That part number is C18110. Now this is designed to work with both 1-1/4" and 2" hitches and has a weight capacity of 300 pounds. Although it does have a pretty high weight capacity, it is a very lightweight cargo carrier so it's easy to insert and take out of your hitch. We're going to start off with a few measurements here. First is going to be our ground clearance. We're going to have about 15".



Hopkins Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon we're going to take a look at, then show you how to install the Hopkins Plug-In Simple Vehicle Wiring Harness. This offers the 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector. It's part number is HM11143885. Now our 4-pole wire, that's going to come right off the end of the back of the bumper here. You see we've got that nice pad there so when we close the door it allows that to compress without having any harm done to it. Connect it to our cargo carrier or trailer, whatever you've got. Easy to use and then when we don't need it, we just store it right there. This is what our wiring kit is going to look like.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with the 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector. Part number is C56040. Now when we're ready to use our wiring we can simply bring it back and see nice cushioning there, it's going to protect our wire, pull out whatever length we need to connect to our trailer. When not in use, put our dust cover around it there, and what I like to do is just kind of bundle my wiring up, bring that around, secure it off, and we can put the rest of our trays back in place. Now this is what our wiring kit is going to look like when we pull it out of the package. That's what we're after there, that's going to be our standard 4-Pole trailer connector. This will allow us to connect to a trailer, maybe a cargo carrier, it's going to give us our right turn and brake, left turn and brake, our running lights, and our ground. Now to deliver that signal to the trailer, we've got out converter box.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today, on our 2017 Subaru Outback wagon, we're going to take a look at, and also show you how to install, the tow-ready T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with the 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector. Part number is 118467. Now, when we're ready for use, we're just going to drape it right over that weather seal there. That gives us a nice, cushioned area to keep it protected. You don't want to get it in the striker. That's going to cause damage. Like that, ready for use, connected to whatever accessory we've got back here we want to use it with.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to take a lot at, and also show you how to install, the Draw-Tite Custom Fit Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver. Part number is 75673. This is what our hitch is going to look like installed on the Subaru. This square cross-tube is going to come over; it meets here at the receiver tube opening. This is 2" x 2". It's a Class III hitch, so it's going to work out really well for a lot of accessories, just about any accessory that they make that would be hitch-mounted they probably have in a Class III design. It's got a reinforcement collar around the end here.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon - Draw-Tite

Today, on our 2017 Subaru Outback wagon, we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the Draw-Tite Custom-Fit Class II Trailer Hitch Receiver, offering the inch-and-a-quarter by inch-and-a-quarter opening. It's part number is 36493. This is what our hitch is going to look like installed. We're going to have a square crosstube, pretty much visible across the rear of the vehicle until it meets the side plates there. In the middle, we've got our inch-and-a-quarter by inch-and-a-quarter receiver tube opening. This is a Class II hitch, so this is going to work out really good. You can carry four bike racks, cargo carriers, ball mounts for small trailers.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon - Curt

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon we are going to take a look at and also show you how to install the Curt Custom Fit Class 3 trailer hitch receiver. This offers the 2 inch by 2 inch opening. It's part number is C13206. Now here is what our hitch is going to look like installed. It's going to have a nice look to it. Kind of rounded, coming around to our side plates.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon - Curt

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the Curt Custom-Fit Class II Trailer Hitch Receiver, offering a 1-1/4 x 1-1/4 inch opening. It's part number is C12136. This is what our hitch is going to look like installed. It's a really nice clean look, I think. We've got the round tube that's going to come over here. It meets in the middle with our receiver tube opening.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2015 Subaru Outback, we'll be doing a test on the Yakima RidgeBack hanging south 5 Bike Rack. That's part number Y02459. I've already got loaded up on the Outback, just to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it holds our 5 bikes. It actually holds them with 3 points of contact. We've got 2 zip strips for your top two and then one for our seat post too. This one is going to prevent bike to bike contact and a little bit of sway while we're on the road.



Yakima SwingDaddy Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today in our 2015 Subaru Outback we'll be doing a test fit on the Yakima Swing Daddy hanging style four bike rack. That's part number Y02464. I've already got it loaded up on the outback just to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it's going to work with our four bikes. Real quick, right away, I want to point out one of its best features. It has the ability to swing out around to the side of our vehicle so we can gain access to our rear hatch. We'll start right here with our black lever.



Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2015 Subaru Outback, we'll be doing a test fit on the Yakima HoldUp Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack. That's part number Y02443. I've already got it loaded up on the Outback just to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it holds our two bikes. It actually holds our bikes with zero frame contact. We have this wheel hook going over our front wheel putting down pressure into the front wheel cradle, and then for the rear we have a strap going over the rear wheel and it rackets down into place, so that's going to be nice and tight. One of the best features about this bike rack is it has ability to tilt away from our vehicle so we can gain access to our rear hatch. Go ahead and make your way over to the center pin here, pull out, and then we can get into our rear hatch.



Yakima RidgeBack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2015 Subaru Outback we'll be doing a test fit on the Yakima RidgeBack hanging-style 4-bike rack. That's part number Y02458. I've already got it loaded up on the Outback just to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it holds our four bikes. It actually holds them in three points of contact. We've got two zip strips for our top tube. Then for our seat post tube we've got our anti-sway.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2015 Subaru Outback, we'll be doing a test fit on the Kuat NV 2.0 platform-style 2-bike rack. That's part number NV22G. Now, it's also available in a 4-bike rack, and that's part number NV22G-NA22G. I've already got it loaded up on the Outback, just to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it holds our bikes. It actually holds our bikes without any frame contact at all. We've got this large wheel hook going over our wheel, putting down pressure into the front wheel cradle, and then here at the rear, we've got a strap going over our rear wheel and keeping that in place.



Hollywood Racks Trail-Rider Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2017 Subaru outback wagon, we're going to be test fitting the Hollywood Racks Trailrider II bike rack. Part number HR200. 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 this bike is attached to the rack,, we are going to have three points of contact. We are going to have a padded frame hook up at the top, here.



Rola TX-104 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be test fitting the ROLA TX-104 4 Bike Rack, part number 59401. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first feature I'd like to show off is the fact that it has an integrated cable lock in the center of the mast. You pull this out of the mast, wrap it around your bikes, attach it to this end here and lock it into place to prevent theft and tampering. The cradles are adjustable along the length of the bike rack to make loading a little bit easier. How the bikes attach to the rack, we're going to have 3 points of contact. We're going to have 2 straps up at the top here, one off to the side and that's going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike moving too far back and forth.





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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  • 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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  • 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 Draw-Tite part # 75673 are pretty similar they have some differenced that would account for the weight difference. The Curt uses a round cross tube whereas the Draw-Tite uses a square tube. The side brackets of the Curt hitch are actually...
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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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  • Draw-Tite #75673 has 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, a 1-1/8 inch hole saw will be needed to drill an access hole in the frame member on both the driver and passenger side. This hole is necessary in order to feed installation hardware into the frame as shown in the install...
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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 Draw-Tite Class III 2 Inch Hitch, part # 75673. 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 distribution. The...
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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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  • 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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  • To determine if the Thule Force XL cargo box, # TH625, will fit your 2015 Subaru Outback without hatch interference you will need to take 1 important measurement. First, if you can move the crossbars on the vehicle, move the front bar as far forward as it will go. Then measure from the center of the front bar straight back to the seam between the top of the hatch and the roof. If that measurement is greater than 53-5/8 inches the box will fit without hatch interference. I have...
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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 two best bike carrying options for your Outback would be a trunk mounted rack or a hitch mounted rack. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. A hitch mounted rack would be initially more expensive, but having the receiver hitch would offer more flexibility. If the need should arise, you could tow a small trailer or use a hitch mounted cargo carrier. For bike carrying purposes, the biggest advantage offered by the hitch mounted rack would be the fact that the rack...
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  • Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75673 for the 2015 Outback also fits 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 with clip, and a storage...
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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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  • Draw-Tite offers a Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver for your 2006 Subaru Outback Wagon, part # 75560e. If you look at the provided photo, you can see how the hitch appears below the bumper fascia. If you'll be using the hitch for towing, you'll also need the following to complete your towing system. Trailer Wiring Harness with 4-pole trailer connector, part # 118461 Ball Mount, part # 2923 Trailer Ball, # 63845 for a 2 inch, or 19260 for a 1-7/8 inch Locking Hitch...
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  • If you install the Yakima SkyLine Towers, # Y00148, along with the Round Bar Adapter, # Y03536, and the Landing Pad, # Y00241, then you can install any length of the Yakima round crossbars that you wish. Yakima has a 78 inch crossbars, # Y00411, 66 inch crossbars, # Y00410, 58 inch crossbars, # Y00409, and 48 inch crossbars, # Y00408. It is okay to cut them down to a custom length as well if you feel like one is too long once it is installed. There are a few things to keep...
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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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  • Installing a trailer hitch like the Curt Class II Trailer Hitch Receiver # C12136 on your 2016 Subaru Outback can effect your vehicle's ground clearance at the rear. The cross tube of the trailer hitch will sit below the vehicle, as seen in the photo I have attached from the installation instructions, which can cause the hitch to limit your vehicle's ground clearance. I spoke with my contact at Curt and he was able to tell me that, for this hitch, the measurement from the...
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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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