Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

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  • Curt
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 4000 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • 400 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from Curt. Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" part number 13147 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Curt Trailer Hitch - 13147

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.


Features:

  • Custom fit is designed specifically for your vehicle
  • Precision, robotic welding maximizes strength and improves fit
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Stylish, round-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately
  • Assembled in the USA


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 4,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 400 lbs
    • Not rated for use with weight-distribution systems
  • Limited lifetime warranty



etrailer.com Technical Support

At etrailer.com we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.



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This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2009 - 2013 Subaru Forester




Video of Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"


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




Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2010 Subaru Forester - Curt

Today on our 2010 Subaru Forester, we'll be installing the Curt 2 Inch Receiver Tube Hitch, part number 13147. Next we'll go ahead and give you some hitch measurements that will assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4-3/8". From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 14-3/4". This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a ball mount bike rack, or cargo carrier. Now we'll go ahead with the installation. Before we begin, removing the rubber inaudible 00:00:33 from metal hangers, we'll go ahead and take a safety strap and put it under the exhaust so that it'll help control the weight and we can safely lower it. We'll first go ahead and locate the exhaust hangers.

There are a total of 5 hangers, 2 for each muffler, one on the inside and outside of the muffler, and then one just forward of the rear axle. We'll spray each one with a spray lubricant, and then go ahead and remove the rubber isolator from the metal hanger. When removing the metal isolator from the metal hanger, it doesn't matter whether you remove the top or bottom of the isolator. Next we'll go ahead and point out the attachment points. We have a total of 4 attachment points, 2 on each side. These attachment points have rubber plugs covering up the existing hole.

For the forward attachment point, after we remove the rubber plug, we'll need to enlarge the hole enough that we can pass the carriage bolt and block through the hole. For our rear attachment point, we'll enlarge this attachment point enough that the carriage bolt will pass through it. Using a 17/32 drillbit, we'll go ahead and enlarge the hole. Now with our rear attachment point ready, we'll move to the forward attachment point. What we're going to use a round file at the end of the drill and go ahead and file away enough to pass the carriage bolt through. There, not that our carriage bolt will pass through the hole, we'll go ahead and prepare to install our hardware.

Using the bolt leader supplied with our install kit, our 1/2" carriage bolt and 1/2" spacer block, we'll take the bolt leader, feed it through our rear attachment point, and out the forward attachment point/access hole. Then we can feed the block into the frame, followed by the carriage bolt, pulling them out the rear attachment point and into position. Once in place, I'll go ahead and remove my pull wire. We'll reuse the pull wire for the forward attachment point, where we'll use the access hole as the attachment point and our reverse pull method. We'll then feed the carriage bolt into the frame first, followed by the block, and pull them back over the access hole, creating our attachment point. We'll go ahead and leave our pull wire in place, as it will assist it with getting our hitch up into position without pushing our hardware back into the frame.

Now with the driver's side done, I'll move over to the passenger's side and repeat the same process. Take our pull wire, feed it through the forward attachment point, then we can bring our hitch up to the frame, being careful not to push the rear hardware back up into the frame, and then install our 1/2" flange nut. Once we have our flange nut installed, it'll help hold the weight of the hitch. Now with all our fasteners installed finger tight, we can go ahead and run them down. After they're tightened down, we'll then torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Once our fasteners are torqued down, we can then go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. With our exhaust reinstalled, we're now ready to hit the road. That does it for the install of the Curt 2 Inch Receiver Tube Hitch, part number 13147 on our 2010 Subaru Forester. .


Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 13147

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (305 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.

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It's a great hitch. I use it all the time to pull a trailer. 671294



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2009 Subaru Forester

I'm not the most mechanically minded person, but I found the installation process of this to be simple and straightforward. The only challenges I had in installation were fitting the drill up in there to drill the holes bigger (even after lowering the exhaust), and getting the holes in the hitch to line up with the bolts without pushing the bolts through! Definitely required a helping set of hands to raise it up and bolt it on. It's a sturdy product. I plan on using it primarily for a cargo carrier for deer hunting purposes, but I'm sure I'll try to find other things to use it for as well! 563796



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Hitch was fine except for the top of the receiver part which was badly scratched. Of all the places, this is the one place that would show the most. I touched it up with some liquid plastic available from hardware stores used to coat handles on hand tools in order to keep it looking good. This hitch was very easy to install. I would offer some suggestions on making the installation easier; put ramps under the rear tires and drive up on them, lifting the rear. Pull the cover off the rear loading area where the spare is. On each side are taped over holes. Pull the tape and you are looking straight down to the plugs that will be pulled to install the mounting hardware. It's easier to install the bolts from this side than laying on your back getting drill filings down your collar or in your eyes. Use a velcro strap to support the exhaust system. It's very light, maybe 20 pounds to support. Get a second person to start the nuts once you have the hitch held up there. My wife came in very handy for that task. From start to finish took me 60 minutes and that included putting away all the tools. Scale of 1 to 10 on difficulty, I rate it a 4 only because I needed someone to start the nuts. Otherwise, a 3. 11518



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2010 Subaru Forester

Great product and was fairly easy for me to install in my garage . I am a trained mechanic with all OT of tools so if your not familiar with using a die grinder and are using a file it could take awhile to enlarge the holes to fit the spacers and bolts in. Also the directions said to "enlarge the the front holes(holes closest to the front do the car, things can get mixed up when your on your back looking at things upside down and reversed), but you need to enlarge them to fit the head do the bolts as your guide(bolts are about 1/32 larger than the spacers). I had to climb back out and grab my grinder again to enlarge the holes some more to fit the bolts through, also it took me a little while to get the spacer on the fish wire back out, almost lost it in the frame rail. After that fairly easy if you follow the directions with the fishwire. Be carefully to not pushes the bolt back up into the frame rail when you slide the hitch on them the bolts have a little aligning to do when putting the hitch up. I'd recommend a second set of hands. 143702



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I ordered and installed this hitch last month (Aug 2011). I was very satisfied with customer service that took my telephone order and with the fast shipping. I installed the hitch myself and read most of the prior reviews to get hints on installation. I think that the instructional video doesn't make it clear that besides the 2 rubber "doughnuts" supporting each muffler there is an additional doughnut hanger just forward of where the single exhaust pipe forms the "Y" to the dual mufflers. If you don't remove this one you will not be able to lower the mufflers low enough to install the hitch. I think this is why a couple of people had to remove their mufflers to install the hitch. Taking advice of previous reviewer, I also removed the foam storage trays that are on both sides of the spare tire and removed the round pieces of tape covering access holes which allowed me to drill from inside the vehicle. I installed the unit myself. Had the cars rear tires on low ramps. Used a small floor jack at the "Y" to lower the exhaust and kept the jack there to support exhaust. Laying on cardboard I used a second floor jack support and raised the hitch into place and pumped only a few strokes with my right foot as I used my hands to level/balance and position the hitch and started the nuts on the bolts. It took about an hour & 15 minutes to complete the install. A friend was supposed to help me with the job but by the time he got here I was done. I also bought the S64670 Swagman XTC-2 bike carrier and S64029 locking anti-rattle hitch pin. Very satisfied with both. 24031



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This was exactly what I needed. This high quality hitch was very easy to install. Instructions were pretty easy to follow. The YouTube installation video was a lot easier to follow. Now I can move up to 4 mountain bikes on this bike rack with confidence to any place I want to go. Thanks etrailer.com!!! 129828


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Awesome!!!!! This product is of the highest quality. Install was a snap. And it works with all kinds of bike racks.

Ruben H - 05/09/2015

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WOW !!!! Fast delivery !!!! It had taken me a full two hours...I stopped to take pics at nearly every step..I even used the box it came in to lay on while I installed....I'm so happy with all the money I saved ordering through etrailer.com and installing myself. Thank you very much for such a pleasant experience. 22786


Comments

What do you call those orange step blocks to lift the car? Thanks.

-- comment by: John D - 08/21/2013

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Those are typically called drive-on car ramps. They can be made of steel, recycled plastics or there are some home-made ones using 2x10s. Though I would stick with the manufactured ones.

-- Patrick B - 8/22/2013


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Etrailer is the best company to get any type of hitch products in the market outstanding customer service and always have what I need. They are my number one go to for these types of products always! 719274



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Nice quality product, exactly what I wanted, and the installation video was very helpful, made the installation a breeze. 706811



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Subaru Forester

Curt hitch was pretty easy to install. Online videos were a great help. I use the hitch to pull a utility trailer behind my Forester. Great alternative to a truck. I like that is easily fit on the car with no modifications. 700167



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2013 Subaru Forester

Ladies - you can do it! 2013 Forester - Installed by a woman. Package arrived in excellent condition; all parts present. I used the "remove the spare tire trays" method. The side trays are easy to pop out and put back in. I think it was a better option than drilling/grinding from below. I used a 17/32 bit and a small round file. Install was not difficult but for putting the isolators back on. Make sure the rubber isolator is on the long bar of the exhaust hangar as you hang the exhaust back up. :) You'll be glad you did. A few choice words and tenacity got them to behave. All in all, time was close to 60 minute install. I didn't need to lift the car up. MacGuyver'd hitch supports with cinder blocks and split wood until I could get the bolts on. Torqued to [see instructions] per instructions. I get my bike rack in this Thursday. Excited to try out my new hitch! Thanks etrailer. You are a great company! And thank you to all who shared their experiences. You helped out immensely! 691649



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Excellent 690800



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Great product!! 676825



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Worked great until about 8 months in. All the nuts were loose and one had fallen off. Have to find a new but to replace now 671284



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Fit great . just trying to figure how to stop bike rack from moving around in hitch. 666774



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I am very pleased with etrailer.com. The website was clear and easy to use. After placing my order, the product was received more quickly than I thought possible. I still have to do the install, but everything looks perfect. Thanks. 664644



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.etrailer, best products, best prices, best service, very pleased! Bob 663332



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We had it installed by the local Midas dealer. It went up without a hitch. We've used it several times and it has given us no problems. Decent value, reliable as a door hinge. Yes, I'd re-order from this company again. 653788



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Product was shipped fast, everything was in great condition, installation was quick, the video of how to install is worth watching, made the job much easier. Very please and would buy from etrailer again 650700



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Great on my Forester 647106



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I have purchased a couple of hitches, service is friendly and speedy. My car was very new and the specs hadn't been released to produce the hitch yet. etrailer kept me posted with timing and production. Very happy and I saved a bunch of money too! 646837



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2012 Subaru Forester

Easy installation, great product as described. With our 4-cyl 2012 Subaru Forester, installation is tricky but very doable because of the required temporary removal of the exhaust piping. I have had this hitch for about one year for towing a 4x8 trailer, generally for yard work and light construction debris to the dump. For my first time every installing a hitch, it took about 3-4 hours once everything was back together. I plan to use this until the the car dies! 644624



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2012 Subaru Forester

Trailer hitch for my 2012 Subaru Forester had a good price and is very good quality. It fit perfect and looks good. Service and instruction video were great. I have bought 2 hitches for my cars and am pleased with both of them. 640683



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Hitch work great! Thanks 639230



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The tow hitch arrived in good time, now just to see if the installation goes as smoothly as the video's :-) 636444



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So far I can only speak to the online ordering process. Rarely I have used a more customer-centric, informative, intuitive, easy to use website, product was delivered as specified. I'm confident the install will be as advertised. 614812



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A great quality, heavy hitch. An excellent addition to my Forrester. Will be getting a lot of use. 612420



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2019 Subaru Forester

"You get what you pay for" usually holds true, but with this, you get more. The quality and value of this product is just outstanding, end of story. A few notes: By the time you are reading this, it's at least 2019, which means your Forester will be 10+ years old. If you live in a state that has harsh winters and uses salt (Illinois*cough**cough*), then the underside of your Forester is likely very rusty. This will make dropping the exhaust a pain. Here are some tips though. 1. Widen and drill out the holes from the top. If you take out the foam pieces in the trunk, you can access the frame rails from that side. It's easier than lying on your back and you won't get metal shavings in your face. 2. A 1/2" drill bit can be used in place of the 17/32", but you'll need to wiggle it around to get it slightly oversized, or use a grinder. The bit set I have, like most, only goes up to 1/2", and I didn't want to go out and buy another one that I would honestly only use once. Your other option would be to use a step drill bit, if you have one, and that might actually be worth it to purchase. It needs to be slightly oversized to fit the bolt through when it has the guide wire around it. 3. This can be done alone, but I HIGHLY recommend getting a friend's help, even just for a few minutes. The part where you will need it the most is raising the hitch into position. I had a friend hold the bolts in place from the top while I pushed the hitch up and threaded the nuts on, one side at a time. This kept the bolts from being pushed back into the frame rail. 4. Get an exhaust hanger removal tool. If your hangers are anything like mine (rusty studs, stiff rubber), then you'll need it for sure. When putting them back on, use a wire brush and some penetrant to clean the studs and then lubricate the hanger with soapy water. This part took the most amount of time for me. 5. Wear safety goggles (not glasses) when you're under the car. I had rust fall into my eye twice with glasses on, then I switched to full goggles and was fine for the rest of it. 6. Get an extender for your torque wrench if your don't already have one. Without one, there is hardly enough room to turn it (my harbor freight one could get one click per turn. PITA.). 7. Expect that this will take some time. The 30 minute professional install and 60 minute amateur install may have been true back in 2010, but not now. This took me 2.5 hours, and I ain't no slouch. These things are due to the car being older and having rust, not the product. If you're lucky enough to live in an area where this doesn't happen (I'm looking at you, Arizona) then it will likely be a much more straightforward install. Either way though, it's a fantastic value. 612280



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2013 Subaru Forester

Great product and easy to install. Took about 2-3 hours working slowly. The hardest part was getting the exhaust rubber hangers detached from the mounts. Enlarging of hitch mounting holes in the frame are straight forward and not hard to do with a drill and bits. It would be nice if the kit included the proper bits to get the job done...but it's not necessary. Fit and finish is good as I was worried it would hinder the departure angle, it is slightly lower than the exhaust mufflers, but not be much so the departure angle does not change drastically. 611424



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2009 Subaru Forester

Super fast shipping. Quality hitch Reasonably priced . Couldn’t be happier with my order. 4th time purchasing from etrailer and have never had any issue Would absolutely purchase from them without hesitation 608545



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2012 Subaru Forester

Just had the hitch installed. It looks great, have to wait for better weather to see how well it works with my bike rack hooked up to it. May need to purchase the wiring harness at some point if I decide to use it with a small trailer 600938



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2012 Subaru Forester

Just had the hitch installed. It looks great, have to wait for better weather to see how well it works with my bike rack hooked up to it. May need to purchase the wiring harness at some point if I decide to use it with a small trailer. 600937



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2010 Subaru Forester

Very happy with the item. Easy to installed with very detailed instructions. Thanks. Don 599149



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Very easy to install. They have a video to follow, that makes it so much easier. I would highly recommend! 593395



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Very useful addition to my Subie! I had it (very easily) installed by my local mechanic. I use it on various occasions with a trailer, I borrow from a friend. Also use it with a bike rack when needed. Thanks 584122



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great receiver! Easy to install. I installed by drilling the holes from the inside rather than meting under the car and it worked great! Easy to install and looks like it is a perfect fit. If your car is at all rusty, it is definitely easier to just lower the exhaust rather than taking them off. 568106



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2012 Subaru Forester

Wow... I received free shipping and received the item the next day! It was already speedy but then it arrived a day early. I'm blown away. Will be ordering from this company again in the future, if the need arises. 563904



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2012 Subaru Forester

Came in early , great product. This site has all the deals you need and spec for your car 558134



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This arrived 3 days after I ordered it! The instructional video was easy to follow. I was able to install this and I literally only can change my oil and rotate tires. Price was very reasonable and it looks great! 556855



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2010 Subaru Forester

Super easy to install, couldn't have gone better. Shipping was fast and videos were spot on. Couldn't have imagined a better experience! 545234



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2018 Toyota Sienna

Time/ease of installation estimate is based on a brand new vehicle done in a shop with a lift. My 2011 is 7 years old. Unless you are a muffler shop, you can't remove old mufflers and reinstall them. Installation of the hitch is very difficult, especially the first time. It takes Hours, not minutes. Muffler hangars are rusted and difficult to remove and reinstall. Etrailer sent 2 fish lines for 4 bolts. Be prepared to spend a lot of time and effort to install this hitch. 545165


Comments

Removing the muffler hangers can be challenging. If you use the provided link, you can view a video showing how its done.

-- Mike L - 07/24/2018

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2010 Subaru Forester

My husband and son worked to together to install the hitch receiver. Installation was just as expected and took less than an hour. They watched the installation video prior to beginning. 529847



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2009 Subaru Forester

Easy install took about an hour and a h alf. 526199



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2012 Subaru Forester

nice 520812



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2012 Subaru Forester

excellent product, excellent service 518504



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2011 Subaru Forester

Prompt delivery, excellent product! This is our second Curt hitch from etrailer. Exact fit for our 2011 Subaru Forester. Would definitely recommend step drill bit to make enlarging insert holes easier. Round file was tough! Otherwise install no problem. Thank you for a great product and great service. 515798



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2013 Subaru Forester

great product all went great 511849


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no problems

gary s - 06/06/2019

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2009 Subaru Forester

Fast delivery, easy install, perfect fit 506102



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2012 Honda Pilot

nice hitch, great people to work with, very fast shipping! Great install videos on you-tube. Highly recommend, will by my next hitch here. Thank you etrailer. 503280



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2011 Subaru Forester

The hitch was delivered within about 5 days of ordering. As soon as it came, I obsessed about installing it. Part of that is because I am not a "car guy" and do very limited amount of work on my vehicles. I was a bit nervous about installation. One video suggested taking the mufflers off, and the other video suggested dropping the entire exhaust system down. My muffler bolts are getting pretty rusted here in Michigan so I chose the latter. From start to finish, this took me about 70 minutes. Easy installation. Had the help of my 12 year-old to push mufflers out of the way while I drilled and he helped to hold the hitch while I fastened the nuts on. I enlarged the aft bolt hole with a cheap step drill which made short work of that. To enlarge the other hole, I simply ran a drill bit up and down as I pushed it against the side. This took about 1 minute on each side to create a notch. The angle was not very good drilling these holes as the mufflers were in the way and my drill bits were not long enough to drill from the top. I could not be happier with the purchase and installation! The videos were more than helpful. 486831


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  • Trailer Hitch, Ball Mount, Hitch Ball, and Wiring Recommendations for a 2010 Subaru Forester
  • We gauge difficulty of installing a trailer hitch by how long it takes (on average for the every day do-it-yourselfer) to perform the installation. We rate each of the 2 inch hitches for the 2010 Subaru Forester a 4 out of 10, meaning it will take about 40 minutes. All of the 2 inch hitches will require temporary lowering of the exhaust and the widening of a few holes on the frame using a drill (no new holes need to be drilled) to install the hitch. You will also need to fishwire some...
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  • 2 Inch Class III Hitch Recommendation for a 2010 Subaru Forester Limited
  • We have 3 Class III hitches available for the 2010 Subaru Forester Limited, see link. Of the three options we offer, I would recommend the Curt Class III Custom Fit Receiver Hitch, item # 13147, which is the most economical hitch. All of the hitches for your vehicle install similarly and use the same attachment points, so they all will perform the same. The towing capacity of your vehicle is less than the towing capacity of any of the 2 inch hitches offered for it, so you will need to check...
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  • Exhaust Will Not Lower on 2009 Subaru Forester to Install Curt Trailer Hitch
  • So even after releasing the exhaust from all those mounts it still stayed in place? It must really be unwilling to move? Have you tried a gentle pull downward on the rear of the exhaust system? It could be bound up at a pipe connection somewhere and just needs a little persuasion. Also, make sure that you are releasing the exhaust from the hangers on both the passenger's and driver's side. There should just be 3 that you have to release it from. It did go pretty smooth when we installed...
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2009 Subaru Forester to Tow a Small Yard Waste Trailer
  • Whether you are towing a trailer or carrying a bike rack the trailer hitch used will be the same. For your 2009 Subaru Forester I recommend Curt hitch # 13147. This is a Class III hitch with a 2 inch receiver so it is great for towing. I checked the owner's manual for a 2009 Forester and if the trailer does not have brakes then the capacity the vehicle can tow is 1,000 pounds. With brakes the capacity is 2,400 pounds. Check your owner's manual to verify. Since you plan on doing some...
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  • What Class of Hitch Should I Use To Tow Motorcycle Trailer With 2013 Subaru Forester
  • I recommend going with a Class III hitch like the Curt Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 13147, for your 2013 Subaru Forester. A Class III not only offers you the highest towing capacity available for your Forester but it is also more versatile when it comes to the availability of hitch mounted accessories since it provides a 2 inch receiver opening. Since you plan on doing some towing I have included an article that covers the steps to choosing the correct ball mount for your set-up....
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  • Installing Curt Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13147 on 2012 Subaru Forester
  • Although I do not have specific recommendations for installers in your area, when it comes to installing the Curt Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 13147, on your 2012 Subaru Forester this is fairly simple so any local mechanic should be up for the job. I have attached a video to give you an idea of what the install entails.
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  • Replacement Hardware Kit for Curt Trailer Hitch 13147 for a 2012 Subaru Forester
  • You certainly can order just the hardware to install Curt trailer hitch # 13147 on your 2012 Subaru Forester. You will need # RHK and just enter the hitch number and choose the Curt as the manufacturer where indicated. Once the order is placed our warehouse team will assemble the proper kit to send to you. I have included a link to the installation instructions for the hitch and a video showing a typical installation as well for you.
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  • What Supports the Exhaust Once Hanging when Installing a Trailer Hitch on a 2012 Subaru Forester
  • It looks like our installer attached the support strap to something in the vicinity of the anti-sway bar. It doesn't really matter what it is attached to as long as it is a solid structure that won't be damaged when supporting the weight of the exhaust. The strap is supporting the exhaust once it is lowered. It isn't hanging just resting on the support strap. This would not put undue stress on the exhaust manifold. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount kit...
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  • Are The Chain Loops On a Hitch Rated As Tow Points?
  • No. You are not able to use the safety chain loops on your Curt # 13147 hitch as tow points because the loops that are found on the receiver tube of trailer hitches are not rated for towing. These loops are designed to have safety chains looped to them and connected to the trailer in order to provide a layer of safety in the event that the hitch ball or ball mount fail.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2007 Subaru Forester
  • All of the available hitches for the 2007 Subaru Forester have 1-1/4 inch receivers but the good news is that they are Class II hitches which will allow you more options for bike racks because they have a higher weight capacity than Class I hitches. Swinging bike racks are good for access to the rear of the vehicle, but we also have numerous tilting bike racks that allow access to the rear of the vehicle. Take a look at the Saris Glide EX, # SA774. This is a 4 bike rack that tilts out...
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  • Anti-Rattle Device Recommendation for 2 Inch Trailer Hitches
  • I do have a couple of possible options for you that will both fit the Curt trailer hitch # 13147 and the ball mount # 2923. First, if you do not need to have a lock we have anti-rattle device # 93347. If a lock is desired, then take a look at # SR25219 from Softride. This works in much the same way as the above device except that it can be locked. I have included a link to a video review for you.
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  • Will Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13144 For 2014 Subaru Forester Also Fit the 2012 Model
  • When it comes to a Class III hitch for a 2012 Subaru Forester, we offer Curt # 13147, Eco HItch part # 306-X7216, and Draw-Tite # 75650. The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, # C13144, is designed for the 2014 which is a different generation of the Forester so it will not work for the 2012 model.
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  • Rear Fascia Trimming on a 2009 Subara Forester
  • The 2009 Subaru Forester will not need to have the rear fascia trimmed or cut in order to install a hitch. The hitches designed for your vehicle sit just under the rear fascia. Some vehicles will need to have the rear fascia trimmed in order to install a hitch, but not in this case.
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  • Does the Fishwire Tool Come with Trailer Hitch # 13147, Will the Holes Rust on 2009 Subaru Forester
  • The fishwire tool does come with Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13147, for the 2009 Subaru Forester. Corrosion and rust is a possibility and one way to help prevent it from happening is to give the holes a shot of spray paint like you mention. I have included a link to the installation instructions for reference.
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  • Curt Hitch Recommendation for 2011 Subaru Forester Towing a Motorcycle Trailer
  • The only way to know that for sure would be to load the motorcycle into the trailer and check the setups tongue weight. I attached an FAQ article on determining tongue weight for you to check out. Typically, tongue weight is 10-15% of the total weight of trailer. So if your whole setup is 2,100 then most likely your tongue weight would be between 210 lbs and 315 lbs, which would be adequate for a hitch with a 350 lb tongue weight capacity like the Draw-Tite Hitch # 36521. However, I...
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  • Will the Yakima DoubleDown Bike Rack Work with Curt 2 inch Hitch # 13147 on a 2010 Subaru Forester
  • The Curt Class III Round Tube Receiver Hitch, item # 13147, for your 2010 Subaru Forester has a 2x2 inch receiver opening and will work great with the Yakima DoubleDown 4 Bike Rack, item # Y02424. The Yakima DoubleDown 4 Bike Rack is designed to fit both 1-1/4 x1-1/4 inch (Class II only) and 2x2 inch trailer hitches, and has 11-1/2 inches of clearance from center of hitch pin hole to back of upright bar. This means that as long as the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole on...
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  • What Size Hitch Pin is Required for Curt Class III 2-Inch Hitch # 13147 on 2010 Subaru Forester
  • The Curt Class III 2-Inch Hitch, part # 13147, for your 2010 Subaru Forester, will use a hitch pin size of 5/8-inch. It will use the Pin and Clip, part # PC3. If you need a ball mount for the # 13147 hitch it will use the Draw-Tite Ball Mount, part # 2923. The Class I and Class II hitches that have a 1-1/4 inch hitch opening will use a hitch pin size of 1/2-inch, and the Class III and higher hitches with the 2-inch hitch openings use a hitch pin size of 5/8-inch.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver for 2010 Subaru Forester
  • A trailer hitch from a 2015 Subaru Forester will not fit a 2010 Subaru Forester. There was a change in the frame from 2013 to 2014 model years. For your 2010 Subaru Forester, I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 13147. If you will be towing with this receiver, I recommend the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector # 118467. This custom-fit T-One connector plugs into your Subaru Forester's wiring harness, which is located...
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  • Do I Need to Remove the Exhaust on My 2011 Subaru Forrester to Install Curt Hitch # 13147
  • You may only need to lower the exhaust system on your 2011 Subaru Forester to install this Curt Hitch, part # 13147. The mechanic maybe did not realize that you only had to lower it temporarily, and he thought you had to remove the whole system. Or maybe he did not realize that if you unhook the four rear exhaust hangers the exhaust will drop enough to allow you to install the hitch. The exhaust will have to be supported at this point to prevent any damage from being done to the exhaust. I...
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  • Is The Installation Process For Curt Hitch # 12047 The Same As Curt Hitch # 13147 To Use Video
  • Yes, the installation instructions for the Curt Trailer Hitch, part # 13147, are the same as Curt Trailer Hitch, part # 12047. You can use the video for Curt Hitch # 13147 as reference when installing on your 2011 Subaru Forester. The Curt Hitch # 12047 is a Class II 1-1/4 hitch, and Curt Hitch # 13147 is a Class III 2 inch hitch. The Curt Hitch # 12047 comes included with a drawbar, pin and clip. To complete your towing setup, you will need the following items: Tow Ready Wiring, part...
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