Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector

Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector

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  • Custom Fit
  • Trailer Hitch Wiring
  • Curt
  • 4 Flat
  • Powered Converter
Quickly and easily install a 4-way trailer connector on your vehicle with this custom harness. Connector plugs directly into existing wiring. Powered converter reduces strain on wiring system and is made using SMT to ensure superior performance. Call 800-298-8924 to order Curt custom fit vehicle wiring part number C56040 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Curt products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector. Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring reviews from real customers.


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Curt Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring - C56040

Quickly and easily install a 4-way trailer connector on your vehicle with this custom harness. Connector plugs directly into existing wiring. Powered converter reduces strain on wiring system and is made using SMT to ensure superior performance.


Features:

  • Provides a 4-way flat trailer connector at the back of your vehicle to power your trailer's signal lights
    • Compatible with 5-pole, 6-pole and 7-pole adapters (sold separately)
  • Connects quickly and easily - no cutting or splicing of wires
    • Locate connection point in rear cargo area
    • Plug in connector
  • Includes a tail light converter to ensure that your vehicle's wiring matches that of your trailer
    • Powered module connects directly to battery to avoid overloading vehicle's electrical system
  • Constructed using surface-mount technology (SMT) for consistent, reliable performance
    • Maximizes trailer light yield and intensity while producing minimal heat
    • Ensures superior operation in rough road conditions
  • Comes with dust cap for 4-way flat connector


Specs:

  • Maximum amperage:
    • Stop/turn lights: 3 amps per circuit
    • Tail lights: 6 amps per circuit
  • Limited 1-year warranty


Installation

This custom-fit T-connector plugs into your vehicle's wiring harness, which is located behind the interior trim panel in your rear cargo area. Once you've plugged in the converter, insert the included 10-amp fuse into the integrated fuse holder.


Once installation is complete, the 4-way connector will be stowed in an out-of-the-way location within your cargo area. Adhere the black converter box to the frame of the car using the double-sided tape provided. Secure any loose parts of the T-connector with the provided cable ties.


It is recommended that you use a small amount of grease on all electrical connections - the plug on your automobile and the 4-pole connector itself - to help prevent corrosion.


Powered Tail Light Converter with Surface-Mount Technology

A tail light converter is built into this T-connector. This converter is a circuit-protected, battery-powered unit that bypasses the electrical routes that are used by a basic wiring harness. As a result, there is virtually no draw on your tail light circuits.


Because most trailers run on a two-wire system - wherein the brake and turn signals are carried on one wire - the separate brake and turn signals from your vehicle's three-wire system need to be combined so they are compatible with the wiring system of the trailer. This converter combines the brake and turn signal functions of your automobile so that they run on one wire to properly activate your trailer's tail lights. Note: This will not affect how the tail lights on your vehicle operate.


Curt builds each tail light converter using surface-mount technology (SMT). This method of construction involves soldering electronic components directly to the surface of a printed circuit board. SMT eliminates the need for leads, which are used in older through-hole technology. The result is a circuit board that is smaller yet provides more routing area and that offers superior performance, reliability and durability.


Curt SMT Circuit Boards

Circuit boards constructed using SMT have been shown to perform better under rough conditions with excessive vibration than those made using the through-hole method. And where would vibration be more likely to occur than in towing applications? Curt converters also produce less heat, leading to increased durability and longer life. In addition, lower levels of resistance ensure better performance, especially for parts that operate at higher frequencies.


Each Curt circuit board is made using high-quality components that are pieced together in the most technologically savvy fashion, leading to greater predictability and reliability in functioning.


2010 Subaru with Backup Sensors

56040 CURT T-Connector - Surface Mount Technology - 4 Wire



C56040 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details C56040 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2019 - 2019 Subaru Ascent

2019 - 2019 Subaru Ascent

2018 - 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

2018 - 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

2009 - 2019 Subaru Forester

2009 - 2019 Subaru Forester

2013 - 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon

2013 - 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon

2013 - 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

2013 - 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

2010 - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon excluding Sport

2010 - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon excluding Sport

2016 - 2017 Subaru Crosstrek non-Hybrid models

2016 - 2017 Subaru Crosstrek non-Hybrid models

2014 - 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek non-Hybrid models

2014 - 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek non-Hybrid models



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Video of Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for 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.

What this does is it uses a factory plug, so it's nice and simple to install, it's going to send the signals from the vehicle into our converter box, which will then switch it so it's a usable signal for our trailer. Now the great thing about a powered converter box is that it's not drawing any power from the system. It's just taking the signal, then we have a 12 volt power supply, which you'll see here it comes out of that factory plug as well, you place a fuse in there to protect it from any kind of shorting, and it's going to send out 3 amps per side for our left side brake and blinker, and for our right side brake and blinker, and it's going to send out a total of 6 amps for our running lights. That's going to give us plenty of power to get all the lights on our trailer working properly. You'll see our ground wire here, that's something we can either use the quarter inch self tapping screw, which is provided, to get that installed on to a piece of the body metal so we get a good ground there, or if it's available we'll just use an existing stud. They give us the instructions to help us out and explain to us exactly how we need to install it.

We've got some double sided foam tape there, so we can adhere our box, and some zip-ties and a longer zip-tie there in case we just want to zip-tie it off. Got our fuse here. There's a little bit longer ring terminal just in case we do find a body stud that we can use, it's a little bit larger than what our existing ring terminal will allow for. We're going to have a dust cover as well, now this we'll use to go over the end of the plug, that's going to protect it from dirt and moisture. Now this plug's going to stay inside of the vehicle so it's not going to have a big issue with moisture or dirt in there, but it can also be used to help tidy up our wires and keep them bundled up. We'll show you that here in a few minutes. We're going to begin our installation here in the rear of the vehicle.

Going to remove any of the coverings in the floor, our cargo nets, we just want to clear it out. Want to remove this hard truck pan cover. If we pop up on these side panels, you see that one's going to come out for us. Just lift up on that tray, we'll get that out of the way. Then using either a screw driver or a trim panel tool, we want to pop up the fasteners.

We got one right here, and if we go straight forward in this little pocket there's another one. Once those are out of the way we can lift up, kind of pull out on that foam pad and we'll set it aside. Now we want to reach up right in this area, located just behind this tie down hook, our plug is going to be taped in right up there, no wire loom 00:03:53. We'll just get that pulled out from underneath there so we can make our connection. Right there. We'll bring our Curt Wiring Harness, we're going to plug that right in. Give it a good push pull and make sure it'll stay connected. Then we'll tuck it up underneath that fabric. Now we're going to take our quarter inch bit driver and a self tapping screw, and right around the wheel well here there's a good thick piece of metal, I'm going to put myself tapper right in there and get my hole started. Now with that started, we can put our ground ring terminal on that. Just place that self tapping screw through the ring terminal, and get it secured. Just want that to be secure enough so we can't wiggle it around. Get our harness tucked up out of the way there and bring it on around. We'll use a little bit of rubbing alcohol, we want to clean of the back of our converter box there. We can use that double sided foam tape, stick it to the back of it, peel the other side off, and I'm going to tuck it right back in here, there's a nice little cubby hole with a flat spot. That'll be a great location to keep it back and out of the way. Then we'll route our 4-Pole wire over here to that spare tire storage area. Now we're going to take that provided 10 amp fuse and slide that into our fuse holder, get it capped off, and tuck it up behind there. Now we're ready to replace the foam pad on this side. Replace the keeper pins. I like to bring my wiring up to where it kind of sits right over that lip. Then we'll put in that spare tire tool storage area. Then we'll just run that right down through that little gap right there, and 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. That's really all there is to it. Let's go ahead and test it out and make sure it's working properly. Now to do our test we're just using a basic 4-pole tester here. We'll do running lights, left blinker, right blinker and brakes. All right with everything working properly, that's going to complete our installation of the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with the 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector. Part number C56040, on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon.


Customer Reviews

Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector - C56040

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (621 Customer Reviews)

Quickly and easily install a 4-way trailer connector on your vehicle with this custom harness. Connector plugs directly into existing wiring. Powered converter reduces strain on wiring system and is made using SMT to ensure superior performance.

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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

5 stars for the wiring harness which works just fine in my 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon. The install took some time though (more than it took to install a Curt hitch) because it was hard to locate and expose the car's wiring connector. Would give the install a 3 star for that. The harness instructions have pictures showing where to find that connector behind a panel covering the left rear wheel well. But you don't know exactly where behind that panel, and it's a tight squeeze getting your hand & forearm in there to find it. A small mirror helped. The harness is looped back on itself so you won't see the connector, look for the loop and maybe some blue tape which holds the loop. It's finding that loop that took the time. I routed the harness out through a rubber plug in the spare tire well. It's easy & much neater than running it under the tailgate when you're towing. Remove the rubber plug, slice it from the center to one edge so you can get the wiring harness into it. Figure out how long a wire you need outside the car, reinstall the plug, and seal around the wire with 100% silicone caulk. I connected the grounding wire to an existing bolt inside the car (just secure with a second nut) rather than drilling a new screw hole. 483150


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No issues at all, works as it should.

Charles - 03/17/2019

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2015 Subaru Forester

Ordering, receiving and installing this trailer light connector was easy and without any issues. This was a replacement for one in use only 18 months before failing. If this one fails in a similar time frame, I will try another brand. Hopefully, the first was a fluke and I get several years service out of this one. 587703


Comments

The failure of a trailer taillight converter is typically caused by a wiring problem somewhere on the trailer that leads to a short circuit which ultimately damages the taillight converter. After replacing the damaged wiring harness, be sure to thoroughly check the wiring on the trailer. Begin at the trailer connector, and follow each circuit back to its lamps. Look for pinched wires, loose connections or cracked/worn wire insulation that would allow the wire to short out on the trailer frame. If the short isnt located and repaired, youll continue to blow out taillight converter harnesses. Ive linked to a couple of help articles that should provide some assistance.

-- Mike L - 12/01/2018

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Was easy to install and I'm glad I listened to the video and didnt try to run the wiring to the lower panel. It was pretty simple to install. 576269



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Very easy to install if you are a handy person 568866



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2013 Mazda 3

After installing a Modulite protector on my Mazda 3, I have to say this install was a BREEZE... Imagine an actual plug that you just plug in... WOW, what a mind blower! He He. The product easily installs under the drivers side, rear kick plate. On our 2013, the trailer wiring plug is right at the back of the car. You just have to pull off the hatch trim panel to get to it. Running the extra ground wire is no big deal. I drilled a hole, sanded off the paint around it. screwed down the round flat connector with the provided machine screw, and put some RTV on top of it to prevent rust. 94363


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They both worked great, thank you for the follow up!

Mark F - 02/20/2015

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Wiring kit installed in minutes. Worked first time I tested it then after putting everything in place, it wouldn't work. It turned out to be a bad connection in the plug in my car, not this harness. The kit has everything needed for installation and includes a long cable on the flat 4 plug end. Very easy to store the flat 4 plug inside the car except when using it, just as described in the video. Thanks etrailer!!!! 198683


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The installation was as easy as the on line video suggested. I was very pleasantly surprised it went as well as in the video! This clearly was developed with some thought. Both items were extremely easy to install and have been working fine since installation. Whenever I need anything for my vehicle or camper in the future, I most definitely will go immediately to your webpage.Thank you for quality products at a great price. I have to tell you, this follow-up email just made my day! Thanks for thinking of me............Just another really satisfied customer

John - 06/18/2016

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2013 Subaru Forester

Harness installed in the 2013 Subaru Forester like it was factory. Plug & play done in 10 minutes. Great order cradle to grave for me. 565860



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Ford Edge

With the factory connector installation was a breeze! The hole and plug that the wires exit the vehicle to go to the hitch was on top of a heat shield that had sharp edges, so I used 3/8" plastic split-loom to protect the wiring all the way from the hole to the 4-pin connector. In order to keep the factory rubber plug, I used a utility knife to cut a slit from the center of the plug straight out to the edge of the plug, and then cut a tiny area out of the center of the plug. This let me slide the plug onto the wires and place it right back into its hole. 130770



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The wiring connector was shipped promptly (I needed it ASAP) and was very easy to install. The installation video was easy to follow and completely accurate. The connector was half the price of similar products. Buy this product and save yourself time, money and hassle!! 560198



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2017 Subaru XV Crosstrek

Installing this powered trailer lighting adapter was pretty easy, the most difficult part being removal of the trim panels. If you haven't done this sort of thing before you'll find that an inexpensive set of trim removal tools will be a significant help. Subaru did the wiring job properly - contrary to what I expected you don't have to run a hot wire to the battery, a hot is already present at the connector - and the actual hookup is pretty easy. The assembler who secured the connector pigtail at the factory was perhaps overly enthusiastic with the electrical tape so a sharp knife and some careful dissection was required to avoid damaging any wires. While the instructions suggest drilling a hole and using the included self-tapping screw for the ground wire, on my 2017 Crosstrek that wasn't necessary as Subaru has thoughtfully provided a tapped hole for an M6 screw in the perfect location. I used an M6-100 hex head bolt with both a flat washer and a lock washer. 430177



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2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

This is a follow up on my previous review (the one with the cat in the picture). This is an EXTREMELY simple installation in your 2016 Subaru Outback. Except for the part about finding the OEM plug under the side panel. The etrailer video is very accurate, especially the more recent one that's about 7 minutes long. The hard part is getting your hand up in there far enough to reach the plug. This depends on the size of your hand! In my case, it wasn't until I had help to hold the side panel out while I stuck my hand in there was I able to get it done. I also used a putty knife to pry up the little lip of the side panel over the black plastic trim that is located right beneath the tie-down ring. That gave us enough slack to pull the panel out. The side panel did not suffer any damage by this procedure. There are also insulation pieces in the way, so if you get discouraged keep pushing. It's up there. I actually pulled some of the little squares of insulation out just because (frustration while I was waiting for my help to arrive), but they are easy to stuff back in when you're done. You shouldn't have to do that. While you're hunting, keep in mind that it is really close to the tie-down ring, about 3-4 inches, and it is up high, about the same level as the top of the ring enclosure. Once you feel it, you will know it. There's nothing in there to get your fingers confused. Give it a good pull. There's not much slack, it will only come out far enough to plug in and push it back under. It was plug and play and my trailer lights worked perfectly with no problem. I've been a big fan of etrailer for at least 10 years, and once again they did not disappoint. 453108



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2019 Subaru Outback Wagon

Harness was perfect for my 2019 Outback. The instructions that are available on etrailer and come with the harness which did a great job of giving me the general location of the connector. Took me a little while to fish it out as Subaru had it tucked up in the trim very well. Once I had it out and visible the remainder of the installation was a snap. I did vary from the instructions however and ran the harness through one of the rubber plugs at the bottom of the spare tire well. This allowed for a very clean, permanent installation using a bracket attached to the hitch as the picture shows. 568307



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This is my second purchase from etrailer and as with the first, everything was super easy. I love the videos because it explains everything you need to do. From start to finish installing the wiring harness took about an hour with all the proper tools. There are 2 things I did different than the video. First, I mounted the box to the top of the inside of the plastic side panel, not to the metal frame. The double sided tape piece just wouldn't hold the box to the metal so I just stuck it on top of the inside plastic piece. When you remove the side panel, you'll understand what I'm saying. Second, I took out my spare tire and ran the wiring through the bottom of the spare tire well. There is a round rubber piece that pops out and I ran the wiring through there and wrapped it around the hitch. I didn't like the idea of the wires hanging out of my back lift gate and this way, they are out of the way. 551940



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Great plug in product. Works as stated and installation was a snap. Can’t go wrong with this one. Etrailer has been great during this and all previous transactions. 576343



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

My recent purchase of a trailer hitch and wiring assembly for my 2017 Subaru Outback arrived yesterday while I was underneath my vehicle prepping it for the install.I have dual exhausts so I removed the muffler hangers on either side to unbolt the mufflers from the exhaust pipe. Once that was done removing the heat shields was easy; drilling/enlarging the access hole for the hitch bolts was also not difficult except for dodging the shower of hot metal shavings.The hitch itself was a perfect fit and installed nicely with the aid of a jack. I tightened it to specs, cut the heat shields, reconnected the mufflers and hangers and viola -install complete. The wiring inside the vehicle was also done with ease-( note) to access the connection itself unbolt the driver side latch located on the trim panel to the left of the rear seat as this will allow you to get easier access to the connection that is bound by blue tape to the main wiring bundle. I chose to route the 4 pole wires underneath the foam shelf and into the spare tire well out to the hitch through the access hole using the existing rubber grommet and sealed both sides with Gorilla tape to ensure a weather proof seal. I checked all connections and was pleased with the ease of the install and its ability to allow me to now tow... Both products arrived quickly, installed as indicated and add a useful enhancement for the vehicle . I will be using erailer.com for future purchases and highly recommend them for a thorough, and enlightening web site and great products that perform and install as indicated - overall GREAT customer service and PRODUCTS!! 389654



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2014 Subaru Forester

I installed this on a 2014 Subaru Forester. Does exactly what it is supposed to do and is easily installed. Be sure to remove the threshold trim piece before removing the rear 1/4 panel. I only took the 1/4 panel loose at the back end and the connector is right there behind the very back end of the panel. I left the vehicle's connector where it was and plugged the new connector into it without undoing anything. There is ample room right behind the 1/4 panel on the floor to stick the switching unit down. I used the bolt that holds the left rear tie-down bracket to the frame for the ground lead. The ground terminal will fit this bolt just fine. Sorry, but didn't think to take any photos. Remember to remove the threshold trim piece (the latch hardware piece sticks up through it at the middle). There are videos on their website (for other Subarus) that you can view for further info. The printed instructions included for the Forester doesn't mention the trim piece on the threshold, only says to remove the rear trim piece, so it is somewhat incomplete. 108038


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Still going strong. Havent had any issues.

jd - 11/22/2014

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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

The instructions for the electrical connector were missing the details for the XV Crosstrek. So after taking off most of the panels at the back of the car, I called the tech support number and he suggested to look under the kick plate at the very back of the car. After removing the back panel, the plug was easily found on the drivers side against the back wall of the car. Since this is a new model for 2013, I assume the instructions will be updated shortly. 66859


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White connector is under hatch kick plate , Left of center of rear spare tire compartment. . It is tape to a plastic wire hold down. pop out hold down remove tape there you go. Hard to see and feel with finger tips. remember its at the back of vehicle hatch opening kick plate. NOT UP BY SEATS . GOOD LUCK 2013 crosstrek.

-- comment by: Carl - 05/18/2013

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Thank you for the additional info.

-- Patrick B - 5/20/2013

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Im still having a bit of trouble with the kick plate removal on my Crosstrek. Just to make sure were talking about the same piece... Im assuming the kick plate is the piece that runs across the bottom of the hatch opening that the hatch latch pokes through. It has two button fasteners which Ive removed but the panel still seems to be firmly attached. It appears to snap in but Im a little leery of pulling too hard and breaking it. Is there a trick to its removal?

-- comment by: John R - 07/31/2013

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There are little retention tabs on the underside of the panel that help to hold it in place. Once you remove the push rivets, gently and firmly pull up on the panel. Check out our install video on the 2013 Crosstrek to see it in action. There are a couple of video links below the main photo.

-- Patrick B - 8/5/2013

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Have wire harness for my new 2014 Subaru Forester. Can not find connector in vehicle. Comment below said it is located just left of center at the rear under the hatch kick plate Have no idea what the hatcdh kick plate is : I have used fingers, mirror and flashlight. HELP!! Thanks

-- comment by: Dick G - 08/01/2013

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The kick plate is right at the threshold, the long piece of plastic covering that goes along the cargo area where the latch is. Check out the link to the video on the Crosstrek to see removal of the kick plate.

-- Patrick B - 8/5/2013

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plastic wire hold down in his kick plate sounds like the metal cargo tie in, which has a plastic bezel, in the side panel of my 2014 Forester. I need to remove this in order to access the connector. Seems like Carlo was able to pop his out, which I have not been able to do. Mine has a metal tab poking through the back attachment bracket that could be a release, but so far I have not been able to make it move. Any suggestions.

-- comment by: Ed V - 10/07/2013

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Send me a photo of the tab if you can. I have a feeling it is just a spring tab that helps hold by tension and firmly pulling on it or slightly squeezing and pulling will get it to release. But to make sure, it would help to see pictures first in case it is something other that what I think it is.

-- Patrick B - 10/10/2013

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All is good with the trailer hitch and wiring harness. Thanks to the folks at etrailer we were able to quickly resolve the instructions for the Subaru XV wiring harness. Being a brand new model last year, it was not unexpected that there would be some growing pains with the installation instructions.I have recommended your company to several of my friends who are looking for trailer hitches.

-- comment by: dave - 02/18/2014

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I just installed this wiring kit on my 2014 Subaru Outback. The installation was very straightforward. The connector plug was hidden at the spot that the instructions suggested. I dont think I would have found it without the guide.I ordered the product at 10:00 pm on 317 and received it on 3/20. E-trailer provided emails to confirm the order and shipment.Thanks e-Trailer for great service!

-- comment by: Keith - 03/23/2014

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Thanks for the feedback, glad to know the harness installed with relative ease. Give us a shout if you ever have any questions.

-- Patrick B - 3/27/2014

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Just purchased new 2015 Subaru Forester Im installing hitch and wire harness by myself . Video instruction is absolutely great .Thank you for making my life easier

-- comment by: George Z - 09/01/2014

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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

First off, it works; I tested it with my boat. Second, it's so good that I no longer have to splice wires to get a good trailer light connection. Third, the instruction video by etrailer was a big help but there's one thing that I really need to elaborate on; finding and fetching the Subaru plug in which to hook up the unit. Subaru puts the plug deeply under a side cover that was nearly impossible to fetch. I strongly recommend that you look at the video and add one more thing; remove the forward hold down ring to expose the wire, tape, and plug. Neither my wife with skinny arms nor I could reach it as shown in the video. By removing the hold down ring, I was able to see the wire, slice the tape with a pocket knife, and push the plug toward the rear of the car to make it reachable. We struggled, got cuts, and cussed a bunch trying to find the plug and this made it easy. Also by removing the hold down ring I was able to pull the side covering out enough to get more arm into the gap. Otherwise I would NEVER have been able to make the connection. Otherwise, everything went just as shown on the video. 510712


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Subaru is well-known for varying the location of the connector for the trailer wiring plug, especially on Outback models. On some vehicles, its even located on the passenger side so unfortunately it can take some detective work to locate it!

-- Mike L - 05/21/2018

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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

It was so much fun the first time I did it again! That's right, I'm a repeat off-ender. I traded my 20104 Outback that I had installed the 75673 hitch on back in July. Instead of removing the old hitch, I used it as a bargaining chip to increase my trade-in value on a new 2018 Outback. Since I had done the installation before, I knew what to do. Did the job go any faster? No, because there were a few things a tad different on the 2018 Outback. Foremost, the white connector for the wiring was more difficult to access. Second, there were differences in the way I could route the wire once connected. I also opted to remove the muffler instead of dropping the exhaust and suspending it. Believe it or not, that was just as time consuming, as the rubber supports were new, stiff, and difficult to manipulate. Bottom line, same quality product, excellent customer service, and value. I highly recommend etrailer for your needs and I will come back to them for future purchases. 456725



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2011 Subaru Outback Wagon

Here's some pics, rather than drill into the floor I used the larger eyelet and a grounding washer and used the strut nut. Went well ! 528134



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the harness plugged right into the existing terminal. the wiring is plenty long. i followed others' suggestions and ran the wiring under the spare tire and thru the existing grommet in the spare tire well by cutting a slit in the center of the grommet. then covered the wires with a protective sheaf and then working the four-prong connector through. the only small problem i had was getting to the auto's connector as the wires had been folded, taped and tucked up inside the panel out of sight. i was glad for your instructions that assured me it was there. :) will use a rubber adhesive to seal the grommet. 199920


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The hitch has worked very nicely. Fit my Subaru to a t . Like a few others, I installed the hitch from inside the cargo area, drilling enlarging a couple of holes that were already there. I would recommend you product to others.

david j - 06/17/2016

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No problems with wiring install, it happened as per instructions and pics. I installed on 2014 Subaru Forester. All worked well when tested. 137701


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Please tell which instructions you refer to for a 2014 Forester. Have you found a video? Ive had a heck of a time looking for an easy way to move the rear panel to the side, like the instructions say. Subaru service wants $250 to remove the panel and plug the harness!! Why doesnt Subaru just make it easy and locate the harness connector in the rear hatch next to the spare tire?? Is that a tactic to give their service contractors some extra cash?

-- comment by: Raul M - 07/02/2014

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I used instructions that came with wiring harness. Guess need to read into instructions a bit, maybe several times. The panel pieces are held on with snap in holders... be careful and snap away from auto frame you should be able to reuse the snap pieces. The piece across door opening, the left side needs to come loose first then the big panel piece on left side. The plug will be where the instructions say and there should be a pic showing the plug. Hope this helps. PS, Pay attention to instruction 2C.

-- comment by: - 07/03/2014

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Hi Ken, thanks for your prompt and encouraging reply! Im hopeful again , but please send me a link or copy of your instructions. Were definitely looking at different instructions. Fig 2c in mine is the removal of the styrofoam tray, which I dont think is the crucial step you meant to point to. Do you need my email? Perhaps you can post those instructions here , for the benefit of others having the same problem. Thanks.

-- comment by: Raul M - 07/03/2014

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In the installation instructions for your 2014 Subaru Forrester, section 2C corresponds to photos G and H that show the rear trim panel. The removal of this trim panel is what Ken is referring to in his comment. The installation instructions are linked above on the right hand side of the product page.

-- Rachael H - 7/7/2014


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As others have posted, just can't say enough positive about my experience with etrailer. Received everything in one box in about a week after ordering online. While awaiting the shipment, I worked from the storage area inside the car and pre-drilled the access holes and located the wiring harness plug. The online video was spot-on for what to expect in mounting the hitch. I was able to do the install with the car on its wheels, no jacking or stands. For those without a floor jack, slip a piece of 2"x2" into the receiver and let it hang out the front about 6". You can then balance the hitch on your Subaru car jack, carefully slide it under the car, and slowly lift the hitch into place. Yes, a smooth, flat, level surface (garage floor) is needed for this. My only error in the install was forgetting about the tip of not tightening the hitch bolts completely until the heat shield was re-installed. As another commenter stated, the wiring harness' black box slips under the left rear corner trunk panel just fine. I zip tied the wiring harness to some holes at the top left lip of the spare tire well, ran the wire toward that wide, rubber body plug under the spare tire, cut a slit in the body plug and pushed the wiring harness through. I then used the silver metal duct tape (not gray duct/duck tape) to adhere the wire to the left rear wall of the spare well below where I had zip tied the harness and covered the harness with the metal tape until it exited through the rubber body plug (metal taped over the rubber body plug, too, to ensure water tightness). I didn't time my install, but if I'd done everything in sequence it probably would've taken the 2 to 2.5 hrs as previously posted. Thanks to all for your advice/tips and good luck to the new customers on your home install. 410762



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As the video described, no surprises 643576



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Good price, easy to install, everything was as expected and works properly. What else is there? 642212



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Harness was fairly simple to install. Intructions were good. We have used it several times when towing a trailer over the last year and it worked great. 642167



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Easy to install, works grear. 641718



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Easy to install... plug and go. Hardest part of this installation is the upholstery push pins. Once they release the rest is easy. 641297



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Easy installation. An exact match for my vehicle. 640860



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Very nice but not taped to side of box and it was all smashed up meaning the package so I am hoping it will work. 640385



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Directions were easy to follow. Works as advertised. 639916



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Directions were accurate and installation was quick in my 2019 Subaru Outback. Have not yet tried with my existing trailer. 636645



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I have these on both of my cars. In 4 years I have had 2 failures, one on each car. 635618


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A short circuit in the trailer wiring is the most common reason for taillight converters to fail. The converter is designed to short out before any surges caused by short circuits in the trailer wiring can spread to the vehicle and damage its sensitive and expensive to repair electrical system. Its recommended that any shorts in the trailer wiring be located and repaired before installing a new wiring harness, otherwise youll continue shorting out taillight converters.

-- Mike L - 04/29/2019

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Excellent product plug and play !! 635263



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excellent product! Easy install watch v ideo!! 634762



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It just can't be made any easier to DIY. Everything I need arrived just a few days after I ordered the hitched and light harness complete with instructions and bolts. And it that isn't clear enough there is a how-to-do-it video instructing on my model car. 634165



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Easy installation because of video provided by etrailer. The perfect companion to my trailer hitch. 629739



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Simple and exactly as expected 627908



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Installed on a 2019 Subaru Outback. Very Easy... pretty much plug and play...The hardest part is dissembling the interior to find the factory plug. The instructions were very accurate to where the plug is located. 619545



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Installed this wiring harness on my 2019 Crosstrek. This harness is an easy plug and play installation and comes with everything needed to do the job. Highly recommended. 613705



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Everything as advertised. Was a good Saturday project. Everything purchased from etrailer. Hated having to cut it for my trailer brake wiring, but, worked out great! Will have to do the same with my sons outback. (Will probably move the receptacle over a few more inches on his) 612812



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Easy plug and use. Just as described. 612421



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Worked well 611982



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Fast delivery. Instruction video was clear and accurate. Did wiring harness and hitch in just under 2 hours by myself with car on ramps. 2015 Subaru Forester. 3rd time using etrailer in 6 or 7 years, great company to deal with every time. 611313



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The part arrived yesterday, I finished the install yesterday, and the delivery was way faster than we expected. 610797



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Quick easy install works great thanks. 610524



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2019 Forester install. That was pretty simple! Easy to install and works! Bang done! As long as it continues to work, that will be great. Thank you for making this so easy to do! 610149



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installed easy 609977



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This may have been the first product I have installed that went EXACTLY like the video. I needed no additional tools or parts, everything was as illustrated in the YouTube installation video, and the whole project took about 30 minutes. It installs as advertised, works as advertised. 608946



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This wiring harness fit my 2018 Outback just fine. Installation was easy once I got the Outback's connector out from behind the panel. Getting it free from the tape that held it in place was a pain! I then lifted the plastic piece behind the seat and wiggled it out. Otherwise, it was an easy install. 607626


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