Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"

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  • Curt
  • Class II
  • 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • 350 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • Concealed Cross Tube
Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from Curt. Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" part number C12038 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Curt Trailer Hitch - C12038

Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.


Features:

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


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class II
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 350 lbs
  • 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.



12038 Curt Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver



C12038 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details C12038 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

1998 - 2008 Subaru Forester




Video of Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"


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




Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Subaru Forester - Curt

Today on our 2008 Subaru Forester, 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 the inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter opening. The part number is C12038. This is what your hitch is going to look like installed on your vehicle. Got our cross tube, runs over. Now this attaches right into the frame bracket here. This is going to go up and over the exhaust. So it gives you a nice, clean look, and you see our inch and quarter by inch and a quarter receiver tube opening here.

Nice flush looking reinforcement collar around the end of it. Safety chain connection points are going to be nice and easy to get to. They're plenty big enough to get just about whatever size chain you want to connect it. And if you look right in there, we've got our half inch diameter pinhole. It's what we're going to use to secure all of our items with. Looks like we've got plenty of room for whatever accessory you might choose, whether it's a locking hitch pin, anti-rail device, or just a regular hitch pinning clip.

You just want to be sure it's rated for Class II use. Now the Class II bike racks are very versatile. These will allow you to carry cargo carriers, small trailers, bike racks, things like that. It's going to have a 350 pound tongue weight capacity. So that's the maximum downward force that we can put here on the receiver tube opening, and it offers a 3500 pound gross trailer weight rating. That would be the total weight of your trailer and anything that you might load up on it.

This hitch is not rated for use with weight distribution. Curt also recommends the use of a stabilization strap anytime you're going to be hauling non-wheel loads. That would be something like a cargo carrier or maybe a bike rack. Now, we definitely want to take a look at the owners manual on our Forester. We want to see what it's tow rating is and we'll go off of whichever of those numbers are the lowest. Now a couple of measurements that are helpful in selecting ball mounts, bike racks or hitch cargo carriers, would be from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening. We've got about 13 and a quarter inches.

Then from the center of our hitch pinhole to the outer most edge of our bumper. It's about 5. Now to begin our installation, we need to get a few things removed. We'll start here on the driver's side. You've got the rear exhaust hanger. We're going to pry that off. We'll be removing the bolt and and also the bracket, holding it in place. Then if we come forward on the car just a little bit, there's going to be four more bolts there holding that tie-down bracket down. We'll get those out of the way, as well. Now for the larger bolts, we're going to use a 17 millimeter socket. Now the two bolts on the side that go kind of out towards the outside of the vehicle, those are a little smaller. We'll need a 14 for those. Now that we've got enough room just to remove this bolt, which also uses a 14, we can go ahead and do that. We're going to be re-attaching that hanger anyway. There's no real sense in fighting with it. Spin that down out of the way, and then we'll take out those two remaining bolts there. Now that evaporation canister needs to come down. We've got nuts here to take off, two on the back side, one on the front here. For these, we're going to use a 12 millimeter socket. Now we can let that hang down just a little bit and give us room to get into the three bolts we'll be removing here. Now here on the passenger side, we're using one, two, three attachment points to the hitch. These being a little bit rusted up and that, we're going to clean them out. We use nylon tube brush, part number 814092, to free those threads up of any dirt or debris that might be in there. Do the same thing for our driver's side. Now if we come here to the middle, hitting the trunk pan area, we've got a push pin fastener here. Then the nut and the bolt can get out of the way. The idea is to pull the center of this fastener out. Once that's out, the whole thing can come out. Now for these, we'll need a 10 millimeter. This one's not going to be in the way, so we'll just thread that back in. Now with an extra set of hands, we're ready to get our hitch raised up into position. You kind of want to guide it up over the exhaust there. Then on our passenger side, we need to get . See how the hitch will fit right into that hanger bracket location We want to get that in there, and then I'm going to start the bolt further to the rear here because it's easier to get in place. That's about three or four good turns. Now, we'll just align the bracket with the weld nut there. Put that up through there. Thread it in. Now with one started on each side, we'll just let our hitch rest there in position and get the rest of our hardware in place. We're replacing the three larger bolts we removed here on the passenger side, and the four on the driver side. Now we'll take a quick look, just to be sure we've got our hitch centered there. You'll have a little bit of play left and right, so we'll get that squared up. Then we'll snug down those bolts and torque them to specification. Now we'll get our evap canister slid back up into position. We're going to secure it with the nuts we removed when we took it down. Now we'll take the bolt for our exhaust hanger and place that through. Rotate it up into position. Then we'll be putting our clans nut here on the outside. Now we want to torque our bolt here down, as well. And that's going to complete our installation of the Curt Custom Fit Class II Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C12038, on our 2008 Subaru Forester.


Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - C12038

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (128 Customer Reviews)

Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.

- C12038
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2006 Subaru Forester

Purchased for my 06 Subaru Forester XT. Installation, including wiring, took under an hour. If I had brought the right tools out with me the first time it would have been quicker. VERY easy to install yourself. Hitch seems to be good quality. I have a class 3 curt hitch on another vehicle that has been great. Fit on this one is good for a stock vehicle. The only place I noticed a problem was at the charcoal canister on the passenger side. With the hitch installed the canister/bracket fits very tightly against the hitch. Not a huge deal, I was still able to reinstall the canister without modification. If your muffler or tail pipe are larger than stock dimensions you could have a problem there too. Although getting slightly longer hangers would probably solve that too. Overall a great, cost effective, product. And as always etrailer was great to work with. 353306



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Prompt delivery and easy installation 668309



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The product is fine, But the bolts all needed to be changed for a longer size, not just the 1 you included, You should include them for an additional charge, I have them in stock, but many customers will not have them in stock as they are a slightly longe than most shops stock. 667454



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Arrived right away in excellent condition. It was simple for my mechanic to add (I could not do it because the bolts on my car were on very, very tight). It looks nice and I'm very happy with the quality. 655513



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2017 Subaru Forester

As described, this hitch is supporting my bike rack for 2 mountain bikes. Installation was easy after cleaning rusted nuts welded originally to the frame of Subaru Forester 2017. Once I re-threaded them and bought proper metric bolts, installation was very easy. Will buy another one for my Subaru 2014. 651849



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Very happy with the hitch. The videos made it super easy to install and I have had virtually no issues hauling trailers around. Would recommend this product to anyone wanting to install a hitch on their own to make their vehicle more versatile. 647733



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Perfect 645130



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I will update this according to etrailer's response and efforts to reconcile. I will do my best to be constructive, yet the fit of this hitch is anything but. Let me explain. First, the detail on the paperwork is barren at best. Second, it has the bolt measurements completely wrong aside from the provided bolt (for the exhaust mount?) which doesn't match up with the vehicle when the hitch is seated . The bolts that are on the vehicle are 14m and 17m. Not 12m as indicated on the install sheet. So that was a hassle when preparing to find out that I needed different tools/so much for prepping. Also, the tear down to allow hitch access to frame is more extensive than indicated which leads me to believe your company leaves these details out in order to sell the "easy fitment" solution. The breaking point for me though came when I removed the passenger side bolts which also secured the vehicle's EVAP system and can not be reinstalled with this hitch/will not allow the reseating of the EVAP system's mounting bracket. So, in essence, this hitch DOES NOT fit this vehicle. After all this and full day of futile compromise I now have come to the conclusion that my plan to install the hitch, rent a trailer (already reserved) and move my 4BR household this weekend has now become a nightmare of uncertainty and an embarrassment to those counting on my decision to go this route. What do I do now? I guess it's a last minute scramble to find (hopefully) a truck rental or a moving company who specializes in exorbitant fees towards folks in my predicament, one which the hitch was a resolution away from...for naught. While I found you professional and enjoyable to work with and the product presenting a generally acceptable quality, not fitting the vehicle renders these benefits useless and most importantly costs me dearly in both time and further expense. I could never recommend this path to anyone, friend or foe. I wish I had a better report...more for me though than anything else, painful to say the least, rendered by etrailer. I am an OTR driver who spends 3 months out on the road so the small window for me this week to move has been turned upside down, sideways and when I say nightmarish, I mean a complete disruption of life and a madness that no one should have to experience by the negligence of a company who seems to have put sales above reality and truth. It feels criminal. This has wrecked everything. I've been robed of so much and scrambling now to figure out what to do. I have 4 days with desperate stares in my direction as to what what we do now. Thank you? For a huge lesson, seemingly where not to patronage, unless you or the techs have some sort of resolution for me. I expect a call from you to discuss the options in front of us. This is bad. 614327


Comments

Were sorry to hear about the difficulty youre having installing your hitch. After looking over your description of the problem, it seems the major difficulty you had was the installation of the bracket that holds the charcoal canister. I did look over the installation instructions, which I must say arent very clear. The bracket for the canister should be sandwiched between the hitch and the fame member, which will allow the hitch to be installed and the canister to be reattached. If you use the link above showing the hitch being installed on a 2003 Forester, you can see an install video that should make this a little more clear. As far as the hardware goes, when Curt refers to the bolts as being M12, theyre speaking of the diameter of the threaded portion of the bolt, not the actual size wrench needed. This hitch has been around for several years, and it appears that the instructions have not been updated in awhile.

-- Mike L - 03/28/2019

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- C12038
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Good fit, easy to install, and has towed a couple different trailers across Canada without any problems. Paint even seems to be staying on! Great and prompt service from etrailer too. 611679



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2006 Subaru Forester

Great product. Easy installation 30-45 mins with the right tools. Sleek look. 605314



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Fits great and works as it should. I've purchased many hitches over the years for a variety of vehicles and prefer the quality and ease of installation with the Curt brand. 594198



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Fit perfectly good quality works great. 578309



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2007 Subaru Forester

My favorite part about placing this order were the confirmation emails. George emailed; not a robot. George kept me informed throughout the whole process. Jeff installed the hitch in 30 minutes. I like the low profile. We are looking forward to using the hitch to tote our bike around. 560228



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2004 Subaru Forester

Very fast shipping and a great looking and functioning product! Would buy again 559352



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The hitch went on with no problems. A perfect fit. The wiring harness was even easier. Found the plug near the compartment where the spare tire is and just plugged it in and ran it through a hole in the bottom of the compartment. Took less than a week to receive at a very good price. Saved over 300 from having it installed at uhaul. 558083



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Once I got my rusted bolts out the installation was wonderful. Use plenty of penetrating oil on those bracket bolts on your vehicle. 555817



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2007 Subaru Forester

Excellent product. Staff helped out a lot with difficulties during installation. 554650



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2006 Subaru Forester

Product arrived 1 day after I ordered it. And this was with free shipping! Product installation was aided by the online youtube videos. Impressive! 527558



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2003 Subaru Forester

It took me about 30 minutes to install ... in my driveway, laying on my back, with just hand tools... Great product, and easy to install 526468



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2006 Subaru Forester

Low profile design. Easy installation. Youtube video by etrailer was very helpful. 516348



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2006 Subaru Forester

Took me a 1.5 hours to install by myself. Would have been quicker with an assistant! Hitch is solid and seems built to last. Recommended. 506280



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1998 Subaru Forester

Great products and easy installation :) 503050



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Ford Edge

Only issue I have is on the left side where the muffler hanger is located. The hole in the hatch where the bolt for the hanger goes trough is too small. There is a hook on the muffler (hold the rubber hanger) that touches the edge of the hole, which cases it to vibrate and make an irritating noise. If the hole was larger (back to front) the hook would not touch the hitch, this no longer causing a rattle. Tried placing a piece of hose around the hanger to prevent the rattle. 498654



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2005 Subaru Forester

Easy to maneuver website and great demo videos. I received the hitch and bike carrier with the free shipping option in two days. Product was exactly as described and had no scratches. I have not yet put the hitch on my older Forester but expect it to be a reasonably easy install based on the provided video instructions on the etrailer website. Hoping the bolts are not rusted into the car's frame. I will be a repeat customer based on my first experience. 492943



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2001 Subaru Forester

A little tough to get installed, but, once on, the etrailer hitch receiver worked great On my Subaru Forester. I have a heavy-duty bike rack that is often tasked with carrying bikes loaded down with gear, and my hitch has never shown a sign of not working properly. It works as well as it would if the car always had a hitch. Great product. My only complaint or regret is that the hitch receiver placed the bike rack in such a way to obscure my license plate. 492107



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2007 Subaru Forester

Fast shipping, high quality construction, and very easy installation. I didn't even need to jack up my Subaru. I only needed a 1/2" drive ratchet with long extensions, torque wrench, and help from a buddy to hold up the hitch while I bolted it in place. Could not be happier. The electrical was breeze. And the Euro ball hitch helps keep trailers level. The e-trailer videos took all the guess work out, and were much simpler than a black-and-white instruction manual. 491222



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2006 Subaru Forester

Perfect fit. The exhaust rattled after the initial installation but I solved the issue with a piece of rubber. All in all an excellent purchase. 490230



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2004 Subaru Forester

Easy to install, good price and very sturdy. Have used it alot. One small problem is that the chain loops are located so that installing the trailer pin is difficult. Should have been mounted further back. 487060



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fits the car real well. have not used it yet but will be using it for a bike rack 473312



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2005 Subaru Forester

Easy to install, great fit, safe and reliable. Installed the towbar on a 2005 Subaru Forester using the auto hobby shop on base (the vehicle lift and hefty tools-to-borrow made all the difference). Took me about 1.5 hrs to complete the install. The only "downside" is that the hitch is really low so I ended up using a tow-ball with a 2" rise and it still seemed low. But it is what it is, and that was the fix. 472851



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Easy to install and has been doing its job without issue for the last year. Order the plug and play trailer lights too, well worth it. 455490



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2008 Subaru Forester

Package arrived one day later than scheduled, probably due to Thanksgiving weekend. Box had a tear on one end and part of the hitch was out, but it was not damaged or scratched. The extra strap that i purchased was loose in the big box, good thing it didn't fell out. Installation was pretty straight forward by following the video, which was excellent. i instal it myself with the help of a floor jack holding it on one end while i lift and start the thread on the other side of the hitch. Total install time should be around an hour at the most if you had stock exhaust. It took me 3 hours because i had aftermarket/custom exhaust and it got in the way of lining up the mounting holes, in the end i had to drop my entire exhaust so i can install the hitch properly and then a quick trip to the muffler shop to shift the muffler into correct position. Again this is because of custom exhaust, but if you had stock exhaust then it should be super simple to install. Did wish that Curt could include new hardware (slightly longer) for ease of installation, i would've paid a few more dollars for it. Overall excellent product and fitment. 455079



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2007 Subaru Forester

bought hitch & wireing my mechcanic in stalled 444116



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Fit awesome, looks perfect, extremely satisfied! It only took 10 min to install!!! 437063



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Excelent 409506



- C12038
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Solid. Good paint. Fast shipping 409068



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2008 Subaru Forester

Since I needed to install a trailer hitch on my Subaru and at the recommendation of my mechanic I purchased a Curt Hitch from etrailer.com. The website had all the information needed to make an informed decision. The online purchase was smooth, quick, and easy. The shipping information was accurate and the hitch was rec'd on the stated delivery date. I highly recommend this site. 408858



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2007 Subaru Forester

My brother and I both got hitches and put them on this morning. Other than some dirt and rust on our cars installation was straightforward. The videos that etrailer has were very helpful in the few tricky spots. 403096



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good! Just had it installed and all seems fine thus far. Thank you for your excellent communication! 395221



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2008 Subaru Forester

I have a 2008 Forester. My installation went fairly smoothly, most of the difficulty stemming from the bolts being heavily rusted by road salt. I could not get the exhaust hanger bolt loose with PB Blaster so I dismounted the hanger bracket, put the bolt head in a bench vise, and cut part of the way through the nut with a chisel. I'm not sure if it was the chiseling or the hammering that did it, but the nut loosened up, so I was able to re-use the rubber hanger. I noted that the bumper center bracket that supports the bumper plastic does not need to be removed to mount the hitch. I found that the hitch mount bracket bolt holes did not quite line up with the frame holes so I tightened the passenger side bolts first and used a C-clamp to squeeze the driver side bracket a little to the left until the holes lined up. Also there is a tab on the evap canister mounting bracket that was hitting the passenger side hitch bracket and I had to bend that out of the way so the bracket would line up correctly with the canister. Once I had these problems squared away the mount bolted up rock solid. When it came time to install the wiring harness I found the instructions a bit vague about the harness plug location. I removed the passenger side styrofoam tray next to the spare wheel well and found the plug on the wiring harness where it runs under the doorway trim next to the tail light. I just plugged it in, snapped the styrofoam tray back in place, and put the power converter conveniently in the tray. The trailer plug wire lays nicely in the center tray, ready to to use. That part could not have been easier. Overall I'm quite pleased with the product quality. 394692



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2007 Subaru Forester

The delivery was prompt and just what I needed. A note that ball mount and ball are needed to use this would have been helpful. Thank you for your videos for installation they were very helpful. Pleasure doing business with you and your phone staff. Thanks Chris W. 391973



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2003 Subaru Forester

Curt Hitch for a 2003 Subaru Forester. No issues with fit. Product is a simple, well designed hitch receiver. The etrailer instructional video was great. The obvious worry is/was removing the bolts from an older vehicle for installation. The 50 minute estimate for installation only works for a newer vehicle. UPS held the hitch at the local distribution center for three days before finally delivering. Claimed operational constraints!? 391191



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2004 Subaru Forester

Hitch arrived on time, however wiring component was incorrect, the exchange process for the right piece was efficient and timely, no problem. 380819



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2007 Subaru Forester

Nice Product like factorie. 369445



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2001 Subaru Forester

Wonderful hitch for my Subaru , and it's made in the U.S.A. . With the expert instruction video , it went on without a problem . Works great !! Thank You 351668


Comments

I would recomend this product , and have , to everyone I know !

LEKellogg - 03/13/2018

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2003 Subaru Forester

I have always had good experiences with etrailer and this product was no different. It got to me fast even with the free shipping option. The videos and supplement material made installation easy and I was able to tow home my new boat last night without any issues. 346285



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2008 Subaru Forester

Easy to install after watching the video. Only took me about 45 minutes to install. 333398



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1999 Subaru Forester

Works great. It has been over a year since the install, but as I recall it was not too ingenious. 329376



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2008 Subaru Forester

Fitment and construction of the hitch was excellent. The customer service of Etrailer went way beyond what I expected to make sure that I received my hitch that was out of stock in a timely manner. Definitely recommend. 328112



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Product fits as advertised. Customer service was great and delivery fast 325214


Comments

Lost the car that this hitch was attached to in Irma, but we ordered similar for the replacement car from etrailer, same great service

jeff - 12/15/2017

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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2006 Subaru Forester LL Bean
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch for the 2006 Subaru Forester, item # 12038, would make a great choice for transporting bikes with your vehicle. We have a video installation of the hitch on a 2001 Forester for your to review (see link). There are many two bike racks that will work in the Class II hitch. I would recommend the Swagman XC2 Wheel Mount Bike Rack, item # S64650, which is very easy to load and unload, holds the bikes very securely and does not allow them to contact each other or the...
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  • For Curt trailer hitch # C12038 you will get the trailer hitch itself and the hardware needed to install it. The other parts you need depend on what you're going to use the htich for. If you're going to be carrying a cargo carrier or bike rack you also need a support strap # 18050 per Curt's warranty. If you plan on towing a trailer you need to add ball mount # C45503 along with the properly sized ball and the wiring. Those items are not included with the hitch. For a 1-7/8 inch...
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  • Does Curt Trailer Hitch 12038 Come with Lock Washers for Installation on a 2003 Subaru Forester
  • Curt Trailer hitch # C12038 does not include lock washers. So it wasn't that you didn't get them it is that the hitch doesn't come with them. Using Loctite would be a great idea. Blue Loctite is should be all you need, # LT37614. Because the red Loctite is pretty much permanent. So should the hitch need to be removed for any reason, it would take pneumatic tools if you used red Loctite. Also, make sure the bolts are torqued to the specifications in the instructions. If they are too loose...
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  • The Curt Class II trailer hitch you referenced, part # C12038 has a 3500 lb towing/350 lb tongue weight capacity. If you'll only be using the hitch for towing a trailer, it should work just fine for you. However, if you're wanting to use the hitch as an attachment point for other hitch mounted accessories like a cargo carrier or a bike rack, it wouldn't be the best choice. Curt's warranty requirement state that all non-trailer loads need to use a stabilizing strap, like part # 18050. The...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendations for 2003 Subaru Forester
  • The vehicle and the structure under the car where the hitch attaches wouldn't be strong enough to withstand towing a Class III rated trailer, which is why a Class III hitch isn't available for your vehicle. None of our hitch manufacturers offer a Class III option for your 2003 Forester. The Draw-Tite Class II hitch, part # 36311 is a reasonably priced solution. For a trailer wiring harness, use part # 118461. You'll also need a ball mount like # 36051, but you will want to measure your...
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  • What is the Height and Width of Cross Tube on Curt Trailer Hitch C12038 for a 2005 Subaru Forester
  • I went out to the warehouse to measure Curt trailer hitch # C12038 for your 2005 Subaru Forester. The cross tube is 2-1/2 inches front to back and 1-1/2 inches tall. I have included a picture illustrating these measurements for you. I have also linked a video showing an example installation.
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  • Can a 513 Pound Motorcycle Be Carried on a Trailer Hitch Mount Carrier on a 2001 Subaru Forester
  • You are correct. The highest tongue weight capacity of a trailer hitch for the 2001 Subaru Forester is 350 pounds for hitch # C12038. The combined weight of the carrier and the bike would have to be under 350 pounds. The best option and the safest is to use a small trailer or one specifically designed for a motorcycle. You will also need a ball, ball mount, and wiring. The recommended ball mount is # C45503. You also need pin and clip # F-4. For a 1-7/8 inch diameter ball use # A-80...
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  • 6 and 7-Way Trailer Connector Mount for a 2003 Subaru Forester Hitch
  • I went out into our warehouse and measured the cross tubes of both the Curt # 12038 and the Draw Tite # 36311 and found that they have cross tubes that measure 2-1/2 inches by 1-1/2 inches. The 6 and 7-Way Trailer Connector Mounting Box, part # 18156, could be installed onto one of these hitches, but I do not believe it is your best option as you would have to install the mount on the bottom of the cross tube. I would recommend you use a 6 and 7-Way Trailer Connector Mounting Box for...
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  • What Size are the Bolts Used to Install Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2002 Subaru Forester
  • The bolts used on your 2002 Subaru Forester to install Curt trailer hitch # C12038 are 12mm bolts. They are likely coarse threaded. You will need to use grade 5 bolts or better. They should be available at a local hardware store. Pinch bolts are usually used to hold two round things together with some sort of clamp bracket. A good example of this is a bike handlebars where you would loosen it to make vertical and alignment adjustments. I am not sure why the bolts are not long enough....
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  • Class II Hitch and Cargo Carrier Recommendation for a 2004 Subaru Forester
  • The biggest difference between the Class I hitches and the Class II ones are the capacities. Both are a 1-1/4 inch hitch so it wouldn't make a huge difference either way. For your 2004 Subaru Forester we only carry Class II hitches like the Curt Hitch # C12038. All that means is that the hitch has more capacity than your vehicle. But since a towing setup is only as strong as it's weakest component you are still limited to the Class I capacities of your vehicle. Some 1-1/4 inch accessories...
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  • Recommendation For Trailer Hitch For 2003 Subaru Forester
  • Both the Curt Class II Hitch, Item # C12038, and the Draw-Tite Class II Hitch, Item # 36311, are confirmed fits for your 2003 Subaru Forester. The Curt Hitch requires stabilizing straps to be used when using hitch for non-trailer loads like a bike rack. When stabilizing straps are not used, your warranty from Curt is voided. Draw-Tite hitches do not require stabilizing straps to be used on non-trailer loads. The Curt and Draw-Tite Hitches have the same maximum gross trailer weight of...
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  • Where is Curt Trailer hitch 12038 for 2002 Subaru Forester Made
  • The Curt hitch, part # 12038, for your Subaru Forester is made in the U.S.A.
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  • Installing Hitch Meant for 2004 Subaru Forester on 2014 Subaru Impreza
  • The Curt # C12038 is a fit for the 1998-2008 Subaru Forester only, and wouldn't fit your new 2014 Impreza. For the 2014 Impreza, I'd recommend the Draw-Tite # DT24959, assuming your Impreza is a single exhaust hatchback model. For a four door sedan model, that's NOT a WRX or a WRX STi model, go with the Draw-Tite Class I, part # 24960. For a WRX or a WRX STi model, use the Curt part # C113178.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2001 Subaru Forester
  • For your 2001 Subaru Forester there are only hitches with 1-1/4 inch openings available for you. 2 inch hitches are usually reserved for larger vehicles like trucks and SUVs. I attached a help article on hitch sizes for you to check out as well. The most popular hitch we offer with other owners of 2001 Subaru Foresters is the Curt Hitch part # C12038. This is a 1-1/4 inch hitch but it should work just fine for you.
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  • Available Trailer Hitch to Fit a 1999 Subaru Legacy
  • The Curt Class II 1-1/4 Inch Trailer Hitch, # C12270, is the confirmed trailer hitch fit for a 1999 Subaru Legacy Outback. The Curt hitch, # C12038, is only confirmed to fit 1998-2008 Subaru Forester models.
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  • 3-Bike Rack Recommendation for 2007 Subaru Forester
  • Most of the racks you referenced do indeed share similar design traits, features and pricing. However, not all of these carriers include locks and there are a few other key distinctions that separate the Thule Raceway 3 from the rest. The Raceway 3, part # TH9002PRO, includes locks for the rack itself and for your 3 loaded bikes. It also has the feature of using 4 high-strength steel cables, rather than 6 straps; this offers a measure of additional security against would-be thieves....
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  • Can a Bike Rack for 2-Inch Hitch Be Adapted for a 1-1/4-Inch Hitch
  • You are correct that all of the trailer hitches we offer for the 2006 Subaru Forester are 1-1/4-inch Class II types. These cannot directly accept a hitch-mount bike rack intended for 2-inch hitches, although many bike racks are designed to be compatible with both sizes. Without knowing what rack you have I cannot say whether this is the case for you. If your bike rack is the type that fits only a 2-inch hitch, then the ideal solution is to choose a new rack that will fit your Forester's...
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  • Will Installation of Trailer Hitch Receiver on 2008 Subaru Forester Require Drilling
  • We have two trailer hitch receivers for the 2008 Subaru Forester. The Curt # C12038 and Draw-Tite # 36311 and they both install without any drilling. I've linked install videos for both of them for you. If you're going to be towing a trailer with your Subaru use # 118461 for wiring. This harness installs by plugging into a connector that is located either behind the driver's side tail light or in the spare tire compartment. Once installed you'll have a fully functioning 4-way trailer...
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  • Which Vehicles Will Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch 75560 Fit
  • Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" Item # 75560 fits the following vehicles: 2008 - 2009 Subaru Legacy 2005 - 2007 Subaru Outback Sedan excluding Sport 2005 - 2009 Subaru Outback Wagon excluding Sport 2005 - 2007 Subaru Legacy Sedan 2005 - 2007 Subaru Legacy Wagon The hitch is not a fit for a 2005 Subaru Forester. It will take Draw-Tite hitch # 36311 or Curt hitch # C12038.
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for 2002 Subaru Forester
  • You nailed it! All the parts you've mentioned, the Curt Class II # C12038, the Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR, it's # THSTL2 lock are all compatible, and would all work excellently for you. There's not any one particular bike lock you'd need to secure the bikes to the rack, but Thule offers one, part # TH538XT. The neat feature with this lock is if you purchase two lock cores, part # TH450200, you can key both the Snug Tite lock and the cable lock alike, so you won't need to carry two...
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2007 Subaru Forester to Carry a Motorcycle
  • The only trailer hitch available for your 2007 Subaru Forester are Class II hitches with 1-1/4 inch receivers. But the Curt option, # C12038, has a high enough tongue weight capacity at 350 pounds. You would just need a carrier that fits a Class II hitch. And you will also want to check the vehicle owners manual for the tongue weight capacity of the vehicle. Whatever is lower, the hitch or the vehicle, is the capacity you need to go by. If you can tell me the size of the motorcycle you...
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  • 3-Bike Hitch Rack Recommendation for 2007 Subaru Forester with 1-1/4-Inch Class II Hitch
  • The 3-bike hitch rack I recommend for use in your Forester's Class II hitch is the lightweight aluminum LiteRider # Y02471 which weighs only 21-lbs. The LiteRider fits both 1-1/4-inch Class II hitches and 2-inch hitches. Locks are included to secure both the rack and all three of your daughter's bikes. The rack tilts for vehicle access simply by pulling a spring-loaded pin and the rack arms conveniently fold down when it is not in use. It is suitable for use on all types of passenger...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for 2008 Forester to Carry a RockyMounts MonoRail
  • The RockyMounts MonoRail 2 bike rack # RKY10003 will fit the Draw Tite hitch part # 36311 that is a confirmed fit for your 2008 Subaru Forester. It also fits the Curt # C12038 which fits too, but since the Draw Tite doesn't require a stabilizer strap like the Curt does it's the way to go.
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  • Hitch Adapter Availability for a Curt Hitch # C12038 to Allow 2 inch Bike Rack to be Carried
  • We offer adapters like the part # HTAD that will allow you to carry a bike rack designed for a 2 inch hitch with a hitch with a 1-1/4 inch opening, but you should note that when you use an adapter like this the capacity of the hitch will be cut in half. The # Curt Hitch part # C12038 that you referenced has a tongue weight capacity of 350 lbs and has been confirmed to fit your vehicle. So as long as the weight of your bikes and rack are less than 175 lbs this adapter would work for you. A...
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  • Recommended Platform Bike Rack for 2000 Subaru Forester
  • Actually, the SportRack Super EZ you mentioned, part # SR2901LR would be a pretty good choice for you. You will want to make sure the weight of your bikes plus the weight of the rack you choose does not exceed the tongue weight capacity of the hitch installed on your vehicle. Your hitch should have a sticker on it that will state the maximum tongue weight capacity, which is the maximum amount of weight that can be suspended from the hitch. If you do not already have a hitch installed...
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