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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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  • Class II
  • 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • 350 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • Visible 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 C12290 can be ordered online at or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.

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Curt Trailer Hitch - C12290

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


  • 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
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Stylish, round-tube design
  • Drawbar, pin and clip sold separately
  • Assembled in the USA


  • 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 Technical Support

At 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.

12290 Curt Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver

C12290 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details C12290 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2015 - 2019 Subaru Legacy

2013 - 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon

2010 - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon excluding Sport

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 - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon - Curt

Today on our 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon, we'll be taking a look at and installing the Curt Custom Fit Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C12290. Here's what our hitch will look like once it's installed. It's going to have that nice black pattern coat finish, and sleek look and design on the back of the vehicle. It's going to be tucked up underneath the back end here, and almost flush with the back end of the vehicle. It's only going to be out maybe about a half an inch, tucked back underneath the back end of the bumper, so you won't be backing into anything or have to worry about that clearance on the back side. It's going to have an inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter receiver tube opening, with a tongue weight capacity of 350 pounds, and a max towing capacity of 3500 pounds with that nice cleat steel chain tie downs for safety. It's going to have a fully welded design and fairly easy installation with only minor drilling.

The first thing we're going to need to do is place the safety strap underneath the bottom side of our exhaust. We're going to have one hanger here just forward of the rear axle and then two back here, one here, one opposite corner. Lube them up with a little spray lubricant to help you guide them off. Then we'll take a screwdriver, pry-bar, or if you have a rubber isolator or exhaust hanger removal tool, you can use that as well. All right, with the exhaust now lowered, we can drop down that cam buckle just a little, just to give us a little extra room to work. Let's go ahead and remove that heat shield now by removing the Phillips head or 10 millimeter screws, securing it to the body of the vehicle.

There's going to be four of those, two here and two here. I'm going to go ahead and pull that off to the side, because we're going to need to trim that later. Go ahead and remove the two rubber plugs on each side, passenger side and the driver's side. This forward most plug towards the front of the vehicle is actually going to be our access point. The rear one here is actually going to expose our rear mounting point for our receiver hitch. We're going to have to drill and mark another hole right here for that second attachment point on each side.

Now keep in mind everything we do here on the passenger side is going to be replicated on the driver's side with the exception of the heat shield and the exhaust. Just use a flat blade screwdriver to kind of pry those plugs out, and set them off to the side. You can use multiple different ways to enlarge the hole, whether it's wallowing 00:02:56 out the hole and grinding around with a smaller drill bit until you get to the size to get the bits through, or you can use a hole saw like we're going to do today to an inch and an eighth. Now we'll take a little bit of spray paint and spray our bare metal here, so that way we don't get any rust or corrosion. Now we'll take the fish wire, which is going to be that coiled in here, stick it into our rearmost access point for a mounting hole, and then bring it back down to that hole that we just drilled. If you need to you can put a little bit of a bend in it, just to help it get towards that hole.

Bring the coiled in out, place your block over the top or through, and into the hole. Then thread on your carriage bolt to the coiled part of the pole wire. Then push it up into the frame, and pull it out that rearmost point. Go ahead and get an extra set of hands to help us hold it up, and take that fish wire, place it in that rearmost hole, and guide it up. Once you have it in position, remove that pole wire without destroying the coils, because we'll have to use it on that other mold. Take that flange nut and screw it on the bottom. I'm going to go ahead and hand tighten them down so it'll be good for our template. Now we'll go ahead and take our 1730 seconds drill bit, and drill out our hole. Go ahead and take the fish wire and fish it out our access hole that we drilled to begin with, placing your block and your remaining carriage bolt for this side. Pass it through and out the hole. Remove the fish wire and place on your flange nut. Hand tighten it down and repeat that process on the other side. Now go ahead and tighten it down, and then torque it to manufacturer's specifications. All right, now we'll go ahead and hold our heat shield back up into position. That way we can mark out where we're going to need to trim. Take a paint pen and we're just going to mark the edges. Pull it back down and make a straight line, and you use a pair of 10 snips to trim it. Instead of the four bolts, this is now going to be attached using three, and you can always use a different cutting tool if you have one as well. We'll go ahead and clean up our edges a little bit before we put it back up in. We'll just take a file and brush it off. Go ahead and hold our heat shield back up into position, and fasten it down using the hardware that we removed prior. Now we can go ahead and reattach our rubber isolators. Use a little bit of that spray lubricant again and spray the inside of the rubber isolator to help you slide it into position. Lift it up and guide it on. It should be easy enough to where you can just guide them on with your fingers at this point. Remove your safety strap, clean up your area, and you're ready to hit the road. That will do it for our review and installation of the Curt Custom Fit Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C12290 on our 2012 Subaru Outback wagon. You can find this and everything else right here at What's up, man .

Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - C12290

Average Customer Rating:  4.3 out of 5 stars   (15 Customer Reviews)

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

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Subaru Outback Wagon

The hitch/installation had to be modified since the exhaust kept rattling against it. The noise was loud and annoying, and before I knew what it was from, it hurt my confidence in the product, since it was hard to tell exactly what was causing the issue until I brought it into the shop. It's pretty much good to go now, after two rounds of my trusted shop adjusting things under there. I'm not sure what happened but the hitch was likely not correctly sized/fitted to that car model? I specifically chose it based on my car (2013 Subaru Outback). My ultimate goal here was to get a hitch so I could put a sturdy bike rack on it for shuttling the mountain bikes around. In that regard it has been very effective. I have a lot of confidence in the hitch. As it is bolted to the frame, you can tell it is not going anywhere. 640093

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2018 Subaru Legacy

Wow, the best description for this company! I had a question, sent an email and within minutes there was a response. All questions were answered, I just checked the fit and it’s exactly correct. Great support a real person and not a database Thank You 633137

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Product has worked great for what i need, transports 2 bikes very well. Took it on a trip across the country with 2 bikes and no issues. 568959

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2015 Subaru Legacy

Product is exactly as described, shipped fast, arrived quicker than expected, and installation was fairly effortless. All around good purchase, service, and product. 495272

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I am happy that I found ETRAILER ,all of my local parts stores and the dealer were more money for the same setup. My parts arrived in three days. I will use ETRAILER again. I also would tell my friends and others . 466876


The hitch is still great and makes towing easy great buy

Charles S - 01/12/2019


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Everything has worked out great with my Subaru hitch. Great for a bike rack and to tow a small trailer. 463509

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2017 Subaru Legacy

Piece is of good quality and arrived on time, my only suggestion would be to use better packaging, the box arrived with one side ripped open 350167

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2016 Subaru Legacy

Product much harder to install than expected. Coupled with bad customer service, overall a bad experience. 230897

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2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Great product, better have an air grinder to install! 215749

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2010 Subaru Outback Wagon

Ordered my receiver and light wiring on a Monday evening. I received it on Thursday and I installed them Thursday evening. It was a breeze. The installation videos were a great help! This is my second receiver I got from and I will not use anyone else. Great experience!!! 170974

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2013 Subaru Outback Wagon

To begin, had the best price, easy order process, and quick delivery. They are wonderful to deal with. I had a friend help me install the hitch on my 2013 Outback 6 cyl with dual exhaust. Followed the step by step instructions 100%. The hitch installed quickly (1.25 hr) without a hitch (no pun intended). It looks great and I'm sure will work perfectly for the bicycle rack it was purchased to hold. I couldn't be more satisfied with this hitch. 138948


The hitch has endured a NJ winter and now is enjoying a Florida summer with no issues. It is tight and looks like new with no rust or other wear issues. No problems here!

Al R - 07/03/2015


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2014 Subaru Outback Wagon

Wonderful product with speedy delivery. The hitch was installed by myself and my son, it went with just a little drilling and tightening of bolts. Great fit and it looks good. I would recommend etrailer products to anyone. Thanks 96264

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2010 Subaru Outback Wagon

Outstanding quality, great fit, great instructions Kurt really does a good job at ensuring each hitch matches the vehicle. I opted to access the frame rail from the spare tire compartment instead of enlarging the bottom hole, just because I felt more comfortable with that. I believe either way would work fine. It looks great on the 2010 outback too. Visible, but not not awkward looking at all. I can't say enough about the service from etrailer, I'll never buy another trailer related accessory from anywhere else. 45417

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Hitch quality very good, install instructions are incorrect. You must remove muffler and the holes must be enlarged twice as much as instructions say. This is my 4th hitch install so I'n not a novice. But it took me 3 hours. Not 45 minutes as inducated. Regardless, the hitch looks very nice on vehicle. Just what I was looking for. Not nearly as obtrusive as the big square tube 2 " recievers. 36884

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Very pleased with service. Ordered at 8:48PM on 3/14/11 & received in aftternoon on 3/18/11. I have not installed yet but opened package & everything looks good. Will probably install sometime next week. 9759


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  • Trailer Hitch Options and Recommendations for a 2018 Subaru Legacy
  • Curt trailer hitch # C12290 will fit the 2018 Subaru Legacy. We know this because the larger Class III hitch, # 13390, fits both the 2017 and 2018 Legacy and the smaller Class II, # C12290, installs in the same way as the Class III. I couldn't say why Curt lists it the way that they do. But given the option I would go with the Class III, # 13390, since it is a more capable and sturdy hitch that will afford you many accessory options. If you are going to use a hitch for an accessory...
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  • Class II Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • If it were me I would get a Class III, 2 inch trailer hitch because there are more options for accessories. But if you want to go with a Class II hitch there are still many options for bike racks available. Between Draw-Tite hitch # 36493 and Curt hitch # C12290 I would choose the Draw-Tite trailer hitch for a couple of reasons. First, it costs slightly less and saving money is always a good thing. And second, the Draw-Tite hitch does NOT require the use of a stabilization strap when...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2014 Subaru Legacy
  • I do have an option for you, however the Curt Class II Trailer Hitch Receiver # C12290 referenced in your question is not confirmed to fit your 2014 Subaru Legacy. This particular hitch is designed for certain model year Subaru Outback Wagons, as you noted, and it will also fit 2015-2018 models of the Subaru Legacy. It looks like there was a generation change after 2014 on the Legacy and the differences in the rear frame on the new generation allow this hitch to fit, but it will not work...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Step or Ball Mount for a 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon So People Won't Park Close
  • If your 2010 Subaru Outback is a Sport model with single exhaust the most cost effective hitch is # C11315. If it is not a Sport model then the most cost effective hitch is # C12290. For either of these hitches you could add an actual step if you wanted, # CR-605. Or you could just add a ball mount such as # C45572.
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  • Will The Draw-Tite Class III Hitch, # 75673, Fit A 2011 Subaru Outback
  • The Draw-Tite Class III Hitch, # 75673, will fit a 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon, it will not fit the Sport model. The Curt Class III Hitch, # 13390, and the Curt Class II Hitch, # 12290, are also available for the 2011 Subaru Outback. These hitches will not work on the Sport model. See instructions to the right. The Curt Class III Hitch, # 13390, is a Class III hitch rated at 3,500 lbs. gross trailer weight and 350 lbs. tongue weight capacity. It is a 2 inch receiver. See instructions...
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  • How to know if 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon Is Canadian for Curt Hitch Fit
  • I spoke with my contact at Curt and he said you will need to open the driver side door and check the build sticker that is listed there. It will state the country that manufactured the vehicle there.
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  • Bumper Clearance Measurements Of Class ll Hitches For 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • If your 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon is not the Sport model, we have a couple of hitches that are designed to fit your car. The Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # 36493, has a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening and measures 5 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the bumper on a 2011 Outback Wagon. If you measure your bike carrier and it has more than 5 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the carrier, it may work well for you. The Curt hitch...
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  • Hitch Mounted 4 Bike Rack for 1-1/4 Inch Hitch on Subaru Outback
  • All of the hitches we have for your 2011 Subaru Outback are Class II or Class III hitches. The Class II hitch is most likely what you have with the 1-1/4 inch opening and is compatible with 4 bike carriers. The Class I hitch that is also 1-1/4 inches is limited to 2 bikes, but there is not a Class I hitch for your vehicle, so you will be fine. Depending on your hitch # C12290 or # 36493 (both of which are Class II), we have one that has a center of hitch pin hole to outermost part...
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