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

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curt trailer hitch custom fit receiver - class iii 2 inch
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curt trailer hitch custom fit receiver - class iii 2 inch
curt trailer hitch custom fit c13144
curt trailer hitch custom fit receiver - class iii 2 inch
curt trailer hitch class iii c13144
curt trailer hitch custom fit c13144
curt trailer hitch custom fit receiver - class iii 2 inch
curt trailer hitch class iii c13144
curt trailer hitch custom fit c13144
curt trailer hitch custom fit receiver - class iii 2 inch
curt trailer hitch custom fit c13144
curt trailer hitch custom fit receiver - class iii 2 inch
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curt trailer hitch custom fit receiver - class iii 2 inch
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curt trailer hitch custom fit c13144
curt trailer hitch custom fit receiver - class iii 2 inch
curt trailer hitch class iii c13144
curt trailer hitch custom fit receiver - class iii 2 inch
curt trailer hitch custom fit c13144
curt trailer hitch custom fit receiver - class iii 2 inch

  • Curt
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • 525 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • Visible Cross Tube
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 C13144 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Curt Trailer Hitch - C13144

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
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 525 lbs
    • Not rated for use with weight-distribution systems
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Note: All non-trailer loads - bike racks, cargo carriers, and so forth - should be supported with stabilizing straps. Failure to properly support these loads will void your hitch warranty from Curt.


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.



13144 CURT Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver



C13144 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details C13144 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2014 - 2018 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 - 2018 Subaru Forester - Curt

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Subaru Forrester, we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install the current class three custom-fit trailer hitch receiver, part number C13144. So here is what our hitch is gonna look like once we have it installed. It is gonna sit right below the bumper, and the cross tube is gonna be visible just right below, and kinda back in behind the bumper area. It is a class three hitch, which means it's gonna give us that two-inch by two-inch receiver tube opening, and as you can see, it has a nice reinforced collar, not only giving it added strength, but just an overall clean, finished look to it. Since this is a class three, there's gonna be a wide variety of accessories that are available for the hitch, and they're all gonna mount right here using a standard Five Ace pen and clip. Now neither of these are included in the kit, but you can pick them up on our website using part number PC3.Now as far as the safety chain connection points go, it's gonna be a plate style that's loaded into the bottom of the receiver tube here, and as you can see, there's gonna be plenty of room to get your most size hooks on and off.

I can almost get my entire hand through the hook opening. Now as far as weight capacity is concerned, our hitch is gonna feature a 525-pound ton weight along with a 3500 pound gross trailer weight rating. I do wanna mention that you always wanna double-check your Forrester's owner's manual to make sure you don't exceed the manufacturer's weight. Now per the manufacturer, Kirk does recommend the use of a stabilization strap anytime you're towing any non-trailer loads or any loads that don't have any tires, such as a bike rack or a cargo carrier. Now if you need one of those straps, you can pick one up on our website using part number 18050.

I'd like to give you a few measurements, and this is gonna help you when you're deciding for accessories for your new hitch, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or even a cargo carrier.From this center of the hitch, inaudible 00:01:49 to the outermost edge of the bumper, it's gonna be about four inches. And from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, that's gonna be right about 14 and 1/4 inches. So now that we've seen what our hitch looks like and gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed. To begin our installation, we're gonna need to lower our exhaust down. Now you wanna make sure that you support the exhaust before you lower it down so you don't cause any damage.

So if we come right to the rear differential, there is gonna be a hangar right here that we're gonna have to remove, so we're gonna be supporting it right in this general area. So I'm gonna take a strap, find a few points to attach it to, and make sure it's nice and secure. It'll actually go right on the rear tire rods here, and make sure that it'll have enough tension to support the exhaust.So I'm gonna take a little bit of spray lubricant, and we're gonna spray down the rubber isolator, to make it a little bit easier to slide it off the hanger. Then you just take a pry bar, and the main goal here is just to slide it off the rubber isolator. So however you need to get it off, just slide it off like that, now we can move back to the muffler.

Now the muffler, we're gonna have two hangars. One at the back inside towards the back of our bumper here, and if we move to the other side of the bumper towards the back of the muffler, there's gonna be one on the outside. So we're gonna spray both those down with some lubricant, and slide those off the hangars as well. Now this outer one is a little bit harder to get anything to pry in there, but if you got a pair of gloves and you spray it down with some lubricant, you should be able to just pull that rubber isolator off. This is gonna take a little bit of force, but it will slide off if you spray enough lubricant on there.So I'm gonna loosen my strap up enough to where it'll support the exhaust, but we have a little bit more working room at the back, and we got plenty of room to get our hitch in place. Now we're gonna need to remove our heat shield. It's gonna be held on by four bolts, two on the inside of our frame rail, and two on the outside. I'm gonna be using a 10-millimeter socket to pull the bolts out. Once we have all the bolts removed, I'm gonna pull the heat shield out, and we're not gonna be reinstalling it. Now on each side of our frame rail, we're gonna have four plugs starting at towards the front right by the rear axle moving towards the back. Now we're gonna pull all of these old. I'm just gonna take a flat-head screwdriver, come underneath the plug, and pop it out. We'll do this on the other side as well.Now per the instructions, they're gonna want us to enlarge this center hole so that we can fit our hardware through, but we're actually gonna be coming back to the forward hull and enlarging that, because our hardware almost fits through it right now, and when we enlarge this hole, we're not gonna be enlarging any of the holes that our mounting points are gonna be. Our hitch is gonna mount on these three holes toward the back. So we're gonna be using either a file or anything you can to just basically enlarge this hole. Now I'm gonna be using a drill with a deburning bit to file that hole out, and you just wanna periodically take your hardware and check after you've been filing because you don't wanna file too much, just enough to get your hardware in place. So we'll go ahead and file the other side just like we did over here. Since it's never a good idea to leave exposed metal on your car, we'll take a little bit of spray paint, I'm gonna spray the inside of where I filed, and this hopefully will prevent any kind of rust or corrosion from building up.Our kit's gonna come with some pull wire with a coiled end on it. We're gonna wanna feed the coiled end into the furthest rear hole going towards the back where we filed our access hole. It may take a little finesse, but the main goal here is to feed it all the way back and have the coiled end come out this hole, and if you do reach in, just be extremely careful not to cut yourself since we just got done filing. Once we get our pull wire through, put a slight bend in it so I don't have to worry about it falling back in, then we're gonna take one of our square spacer blocks, we're gonna go over the coiled wire, and then we're gonna take one of our half-inch carriage bolts, and we're gonna thread it onto the coiled wire. Now you just wanna make sure that the tail-end of the wire does not go all the way into the frame.You wanna have a little bit so you can grab it still, and when you take our spacer block, and one at a time, we're gonna feed our spacer block in, then we're gonna feed our carriage bolts in, and then we're gonna pull our wire until the hardware comes down and drops through, and we're gonna go and leave the fish wire attached to make it a little bit easier so we don't have to worry about the inaudible 00:07:19 falling back in, and we'll repeat that for all the remaining holes in our frame. Now that we have this side down, we're gonna repeat that on the other side as well. So now with an extra set of hands, we're gonna put our hitch in place, we're gonna take our fish wires, and we're gonna put them through the corresponding holes in our hitch. That's just gonna make it a lot easier than having to worry about pushing the hardware back into the frame.We're gonna raise it up into position, and we're gonna pull one of the pull wires off, so then we get our hardware secured, and we're gonna grab one of our inaudible 00:08:05, put it in place. We're only gonna get one end on each side, hand-tight for now, so we don't have to worry about the hitch falling down. Once we have one in on each side, we'll work on getting the rest of our hardware in. So we're gonna come back with a 3/4-inch socket, and I'm gonna snug up all my hardware. So now I'm gonna come back with that same 3/4-inch socket and a torque wrench and we're gonna torque all our hardware down to the specified amount in the instructions. We'll make sure to repeat that for any remaining bolts. So I'm gonna take a little bit more spray lubricant and spray the rubber isolator as well as the hangar. We can put our exhaust back up. So I'm gonna go ahead and remove our strap, and that'll finish up our installation. And that'll finish up your look at the current class three custom-fit trailer hitch receiver, part number C13144 on our 2018 Subaru Forrester.


Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - C13144

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (299 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.

- C13144

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2015 Subaru Forester


So, I was concerned about the length of the Curt 13144 hitch for my 2015 Subaru Forrester. The pics on etrailer for the 2015 showed a short receiver (tucked in 3-4" under the bumper) and the 2016 pics showed a longer hitch receiver for the same part number, which extended almost even with the end of the bumper. I read some reviews online for this hitch for the Forrester and some people had issues with mounting things with the shorter hitch, so I was concerned about which one I'd be receiving (i wanted the longer one). I don't know if Curt changed the design some time in 2015 or what. I called and brought this up with Angela, she was very helpful and took the time to understand my concerns. I took the chance and ordered it with her, and it was the right part, perfect for the vehicle. Angela stayed with me (via email) through shipping, delivery and even post-purchase, making herself available via phone if I wanted. The customer service at etrailer is excellent! I wish every company could take a lesson from them. Like many others have experienced, the box was torn in 3 places, but it didn't affect the integrity or finish of the part. This hitch is incredibly durable and well constructed. My installation went without a hitch (pun intended!). I followed the Curt video. There are many helpful hints in people's comments that I won't repeat...I used them all, including trimming and keeping my heat shield. A few points. It wasn't clear if I should jack the car up or not. I ended up jacking with a floor jack and set the car on jack stands. It was a very good work height and I'd recommend it to others. My biggest trepidation based on reviews/feedback was dealing with the rubber exhaust hangers, but it was really easy as long as you lubricate them (i.e., WD40). I guess people who struggled didn't lubricate the rubber hangers. I mean, it was SO easy. Took me 1 minute to undo 3 hangers and 1 minute to re-attach at the end of the job. One little thing that might help...when removing the fish wires from the bolts, just pull them taught and start unscrewing. The tension from pulling on it keeps the carriage bolt from spinning and its much faster/easier than trying to hold the bolt and unscrew the fish wires. The only special tool I had to get was a step bit that went to 1 1/8" ($19 @ Harbor Freight). I believe it was a textbook install and from the time I took out my first tool to the time I put my last one away it was just under 2 hours...and I'm not a particularly efficient worker. I like to take my time and double-check things as I go. Your mileage may vary. 286585



- C13144

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2014 Subaru Forester


Over all this hitch works great on a 2014 Subaru Forester XT Touring. I was concerned this hitch would stand out like a sore thumb, but after installing it, it looks nice an tight to the rear bumper and with the dual exhaust of the Forester, everything looks nice an balanced. The hitch arrived with a big hole in the box. I found a couple of scratches in the otherwise nice paint job. I touched it up with some black high gloss metal paint before installing. The installation was actually quite simple. I took my time, so it took 2 hours. I backed the Forester up on some Rhino ramps and I took off the mufflers even though the instructions don't call for it. Removing the heat shields and hole plugs were simple. For those worried about expanding the center hole on their new Forester, don't worry. I used an Irwin #5 Unibit Step Bit to increase the existing hole to 1 1/8 of an inch. A Unibit drill bit progressively increases the size a hole in metal. It is designed for this very purpose. I thought the step bit would do a better job then a dremel. Just make sure you put some oil on it since it gets hot. The resulting hole was nice and clean. I used some red primer paint to give the fresh cut metal some rust resistance too. Threading the bolts through the holes using the fish wire was brilliant. So easy I couldn't believe it. I bolted everything up with the help of my wife supporting one end. I actually put the stock heat shields back on. It is just a matter of cutting out a large rectangle notch in each heat shield. The hitch mount points fills in the notched area. You are left with 3 heat shield bolts that are plenty since they are just made of thin aluminum. I used tin snips to cut it, but you can also use a dremel or grinder. The metal is very soft and thin. I put some grease on the muffler stems that go through the rubber exhaust hanger bushings and the muffler slipped on easier then it was to take off. Over all I am very pleased with the Curt trailer hitch and eTrailer shipped it really fast. This was priced right and a much better deal than the expensive stock hitch. 89537


Comments

Im new to worrying about towing anything and have a 2014 Forester Touring on order. Im trying to figure out what type of tent trailer I can realistically tow with the Forester.Given that the towing capacity of the vehicle itself is 1500 pounds, the rating of the hitch at 3500 pounds is a little confusing. Is it really possible to tow 3500 pounds with this hitch when the Forester itself is only rated at 1500?Im not looking to tow anything massive, but most of the tent trailers Ive looked at exceed the 1500 pound capacity of the Forester so Im trying to figure out some of my options. Thanks in advance for any ideasinsights anyone has.

-- comment by: Matt - 08/26/2013

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The rule of thumb with towing capacities is: Always abide by the lowest rated component. In this case, it is the vehicle itself. The vehicle ratings are determined by a whole host of factors including engine, transmission, suspension and frame among others. The hitch could handle the 3,500 pounds, but that load may over work the transmission or overload the suspension. Do double check the Owners Manual of the Forester once you get it. 1,500 lbs. sounds a little low, though not unreasonably so.

-- Patrick B - 8/26/2013

Comments

I also own the 2014 Forester XT and have reviewed the owners manual. This vehicle is limited to 1500lb and 150lb tongue weight.

-- comment by: Jason - 11/16/2013

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Thanks for the added info. Does it specify in the manual if that figure is for the XT model or for all Foresters? And per Matt's comment, it happens a fair bit that hitches are over-rated for the particular vehicle. The varying hitch classes, at least on the 1-1/4 inch models, typically have weigth ratings of 1K, 2K, and 3500 pounds.Vehicle capacities do not necessarily stick to this standard break down.

-- Patrick B - 11/26/2013


- C13144

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2015 Subaru Forester


2015 Subaru Forester Install - Supplied instructions are comprehensive, recommend reading other reviews / comments and watching e-trailer videos too. I went with the Class III for the 2" receiver for more third party accessory options. Ordered hitch, wiring harness, receiver and recommended strap for non trailer accessories. As others said you receive a order conformation in minutes, shipping conformation the next day and received order a few days later, impressive! Highly recommend unbolting muffler via the two 14mm bolts at the flange (2014-newer Forrester models). Then spray some silicone on the two hanger pins making the muffler easy to slide off with some minor hand manipulation of the rubber hangers (Eliminates need for Lisle Muffler Hanger Pliers, plus you don't need to undo hanging further up exhaust or support lowered exhaust system.) Recommend also buying the Step Drill Bit that has 1 1/8" step to widen the center hole (Under $20 at Harbor Freight Look for 20% Off Coupon in store fliers at store entrance). Step Bit makes a quick clean round opening for fishing bolts and backing plates. I too hit the widened opening with some gray primer. The heat shield doesn't need to be discarded! As instructed remove four 10mm screws holding it in place. Using the two dimpled markings as guides where to drill use a 1/2", 5/8" drill bit or tin sips to make holes. 5/8" bit worked great for me. After fishing all six bolts LEAVE ALL FISH WIRES ON BOLTS) put the heat shield(s) back in place (Thread two of the fish wires through heat shield secure only three of the original 10mm screws. Thread fish wires through corresponding holes in hitch. Having someone to help you raise hitch up (IMPORTANT -Wear Safety Glasses are important to make sure fish wires don't poked your eyes) makes it easy to maneuver in place. Remove fish wires one at a time as you attach 3/4" nuts to bolts making sure the bolt is not accidentally pushed back into frame. Tighten nuts to 110 Ft Lbs (Harbor Freight 1/2" Drive Torque Wrench UNDER $19 with 20% Off Coupon). The Curt Trailer Hitch is first class hitch for $200 (including wire harness, receiver and recommended strap for non trailer accessories) installed under 90 minutes! Best thing is you then have a 2" receiver and saved money versus $500 + $200 labor for only a 1 1/4" Subaru dealer hitch. Money saved can be used for some nice accessories like a top of the line bike rack and your still ahead of the game. THANKS etrailer! 132622



- C13144

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2015


etrailer was extremely fast at processing and shipping my order. The hitch was installed on a 2014 Subaru Forester and was very easy to install. It fits perfectly snug underneath the vehicle and there is no wasted space. Hitch seems to be well made and very strong with good welds. I'm sure it would pull a trailer much too big for the Forester. You can also use tin snips to cut a notch out of the heat shield in the area where the hitch bolts are and reattach it with 3 screws. So you won't have to discard the heat shield. I did the installation without help and used a couple of cheap jack stands to hold the hitch up in place. I didn't even need to jack the vehicle up. To enlarge the center hole, I used a cheap ($18) step bit from Harbor Freight. It's a little easier and quicker than filing or routing. The only warning I would give is NOT to buy the hitch pin - it is secured only with a weak spring clip and there is no hole for a cotter pin. This is unacceptable and I certainly would not trust it even across the driveway. Do yourself a favor and purchase one at a hardware store and you can secure it with a proper pin or through-hole clip. I also ordered the wiring kit and it was easy to install with good instructions and works great. 108033


Comments

nice done. thank you for sharing

-- comment by: Huide - 12/27/2013

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still going strong. Good hitch, well made. Your request for a review after a year of owning it is the mark of a well-managed company. Thanks!

jd - 11/22/2014

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- C13144

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2015 Subaru Forester


I just purchased a 2015 Subaru Forester and needed a hitch for it. To have the dealer install would have been $700 and would have only been the 1 1/4" hitch. I wanted a 2" and have seen good reviews on the Curt hitch. I got confirmation from Curt that this did indeed fit the newest forester and so made the purchase. I thought about doing the install myself, but for $80, the local trailer dealership around here would do the install in an hour and be held liable for any damage done. And since I have no experience with car stuff and did not want to take a chance with doing any sort of damage to the vehicle, I brought it in. It turned out nice. I needed a 4" lift for the ball mount so that my trailer would be nice and level. Also needed to pick up the extended version of it so that it would clear the back bumper of the car. Haven't towed anything yet, but over the next few days, I'll test out the 1500lb towing capacity and see how it works. 128815


Comments

How did your testing go?When you said you would test the capacity, do you mean your trailer is exactly 1500?How heavy is your trailer?

-- comment by: Dan - 08/20/2014

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- C13144

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2015 Subaru Forester


I am very happy with the service provided by e trailer.com, They truly have the lowest prices and if you find a lower price they'll match and give you an additional 10% discount!!!! This hitch is very sturdy and for the price I think it is the best bang for your buck... I followed your install video completely however I don't understand why Curt recommends that the heat shield be removed. I installed the hitch with the heat shield and all i needed to do was to drill two 1/2 inch holes where the R and M are located in the heat shield (there is a pilot indentation there) this area of the heat shield is where the hitch will attach to the car and then I reattached the shield back into the car before attaching the hitch. I don't have a lot of mechanical skills and it took me about 3 hrs to install this hitch by myself and taking breaks in between to wait for paint to dry. I painted with rust resistant paint and undercoating the areas that I enlarged/drilled. Enlarging the holes was the most time consuming part in my opinion but it didn't took that much either I used a Titanium Nitride Coated High Speed Steel Step Drill Bit and enlarged the hole up to 1 3/8. getting it on the car by myself was difficult but I used 2 floor jack towers to hold the hitch in place and that helped but it would have been easier having an extra set of hands to hold it while screwing the bolts I also painted the hitch 3 days prior with 3M rubberized undercoating to give an additional layer of rust proofing I am very pleased with the way it looks on my 2015 Forester. Thanks etrailer.com, I highly recommend, and will definitely buy from you guys again!!! 165441



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First the positive: Product is excellent, everything was there in the box and it fits perfectly under my 2015 Forester. Now the less positive: I read the instructions that came with the hitch receiver and they made little sense to me. Enlarge the middle hole and pass the bolts through there? I didn't make sense, especially to install the bolt/spacer in that hole. Luckily, I watched the video and they say in it to not follow the instructions and use the rear access hole. My question is then: Why not correct the instructions? Also, I didn't like that they enlarge the access hole with pry bars in the video since I wanted to be able to put the plug back in place so here's what I did. I took a reciprocating saw and made four little notch, allowing me to bend two tabs (see pictures). After passing all bolts and spacers, I fold the tabs back and the plug fit perfectly Finally, they don't re-install the heat shield in the video (2016 Forester installation video) but I knew better since I watched other videos for other products. I simply made cuts in mine to fit the bolt holes. In summary, excellent product but some work needs to be done to correct the instructions. Luckily, the site has plenty of videos to help you find the perfect solution. This is why I still give it 5 stars. 245791



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I was originally just looking for a bike rack for my wife's 2014 Subaru Forrester. After viewing the website and watching the instructional video I decided installing a trailer hitch would be the way to go. Living in Missouri I received the hitch the next day. The hitch is top quality and installed with ease. I did decide to fish the bolts through the top inside of the vehicle because I didn't like the idea of enlarging the hole that was an attachment point. Simply pop up the two black buttons on each side to remove the foam, they pop back in when your finished for access. Enlarging the hole shown puts you directly above the center attachment hole. As shown in the pictures I enlarged the hole inside the vehicle and then sealed with butyl tape, Fishing from the top was very easy. I also only removed the minimum amount of heat shield to allow for the bolts and flattened/sandwiched the shield between frame and hitch to eliminate any chance of a rattle. Now I only have to pick out a bicycle rack which I will definitely be ordering from etrailer.com 363219


Comments

Still rock solid. Couldn’t be happier.

Wally - 04/05/2018

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- C13144

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Fast shipping and helpful customer service, in that the original hitch i ordered was going to be delayed, due to out of stock. so i ordered the Curt. The instructions that came with the hitch were clear and easy to follow, but I watched the video, which suggests widening the furthest forward hole, which is already a bit bigger than the three that you put the bolts through. I drilled two holes next to the big hole (so it looked like mickey mouse - sorry i did not take a picture), then just bent the "tab" of metal between my two holes out of the way to fish through the bolts and the flat pieces of metal which prevent the bolts from turning. once i fished everything through (very easy and fun, even), i bent the tabs back into place and replaced the rubber stopper. I also followed the comments from others on the website and trimmed the muffler heat shield so as to leave the bolt holes for the hitch exposed, then reinstalled it with three of the four screws. I lowered the muffler, and held it in place with a strap, like the video suggests. The install went easily, but did take me about three hours. The receiver end of the hitch ends up a couple inches shorter than the end of the bumper, so there is no chance of smashing your shins against it, and it is very tight up to the bottom of the bumper as well. It does not appear that it will impede any type of 4 wheeling in the Forester, which was also a concern, as I see some hitches on cars are so big, that it would impact clearance. 266278



- C13144

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2014 Subaru Forester


The Hitch fit fine, Very happy with the appearance. Took a bit longer to install than instructions suggested. Mostly due to me though. Instead of letting the muffler hang ,I unbolted it and took it out. Pretty easy because the car is new. I also modified the existing heat shield by marking the area that needed to be cut out and reinstalled it. Otherwise a no problems with installation. 97747


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It worked out great. Good fit ,with easy instillation . Works well with the Subaru Forester 2014. Instructions were a bit vague about the heat shield and muffler. So I took the muffler out ,which was still easy since the car was new and I modified the heat shield to fit with the hitch and reinstalled. Looks and fits fine. The biggest challenge was opening the bolt hole in the frame. I did not have a steep drill bit the right size. Since they can be pricey I marked the bolt size on the frame and used a grinding bit in my drill. Thanks

Mike S - 09/01/2014

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If you are mechanically inclined, very easy install to do! Total time to do the job took myself exactly 1 hour. That's the install of the hitch and also doing the electrical for the wiring plug for the trailer. The website on the etrailer.com was fantastic , You can actually watch videos on how to install the hitch and wiring. I just completed doing a 2015 Subaru Forrester and it came out great! People at a etrailer.com know what they're doing and they certainly explain it very well for you to get the job done. Enclosed are pictures of my hitch on the back of the Subaru, the wiring you will not see because it's all tucked in where it's supposed to be and I don't think you need to see that because it was a simple install. 336182



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Ordering: The customer service provided over the phone by etrailer was exceptional and the order was shipped the same day I placed the order on the phone. Installation: The video etrailer provided on YouTube for the 2011 Subaru Forester worked nearly the same for my 2015 Subaru Forester. The paper instructions included with the hitch made it easy to put into place, and the picture instructions with the wiring harness made it easy to find the plug that was hidden behind the interior paneling. I was able to complete the job by myself in an hour and a half. If I ever need another trailer hitch or product, I will be using etailer again. Thanks for the great service. 145772


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After a year and towing a few trailers, I have been extremely happy with the product and I still plan to use etrailer in the future.

Dugan - 08/11/2015

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I "helped" my mechanically inclined friend install this on my 2014 Subaru forester. By his lack of excessive use of expletives I can deduce this was a relatively easy install for him. I helped hold it up underneath the car. I would rate that a 6/7 on the easy scale...Minus one because got dirty. Great site, great product, friendly customer service, very satisfied 130419


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Well - its still there. It survived hauling my yeti and other assorted items on a non wheeled trailer from New Orleans to Alaska! We will put it to the test some more this summer hauling camping equipment on the Denali highway in AK - which is less of a highway and more of a packed dirt road. Still happy with the product!

Jenna B - 05/18/2015

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The trailer hitch is strong and durable, I plan on using for a bike carrier. However here is where Subaru Forester XT owners need to listen up in regards to installation. First they say no drilling, this is [...]. Get yourself a stepped drill bit, you will need this to open up a hole in the chassis to be able to fish the bolts through. Just remove the mufflers completely each one is attached by 2 bolts and some rubber mounts. Taking them out leaves you a generous amount of room to get the hitch in place. Putting them back is easy too, just lube up the rubber mounts with some WD-40. Dropping them may bend your pipes and you'll have a hard time mounting the hitch around them. As for the heat shields you do need to remove them, but do not cut them as they say in their instructions. There are 2 dimpled spots that you can just drill with the step bit to make holes for the mounting bolts to slide through. Then they will not rattle around. If you cut them chances are you're gonna hear them. Also it takes about 90 minutes. If you have a lift and some help, maybe 40 minutes. It took me about 90 minutes doing it myself with out help, using some ramps, and the right tools. GOOD LUCK!! 245804



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Second hitch I bought from etrailer. Best price, quick delivery and most helpful site on the net. I also purchased the 4-pin wiring harness and viewed install videos for both products. Super easy install on my new Subaru Forester. I followed the comments from others on the website and removed the muffler. Little WD40 and 2 easy to reach bolts and the muffler came off easy. I also drilled out the center mounting hole to ale it easier to fish the bolts thru, great idea. The muffler heat shield has to come off but it's super easy to do so with muffler removed. Subaru puts dimple marks over the mounting holes so it's fool proof to drill out the holes. Whole install of hitch and reinstall of the muffler took less than an hour working by myself. The fish wires supplied with the kit make all the difference. They are easy to use and line up the bolts and spacers, brilliant idea. The wiring harness install video is very detailed and invaluable for a DIY install. Followed the video on my phone step by step and 20 min later was done. Very happy with etrailer, the only guys I'll ever deal with for hitch, harness and trailer needs. 223420



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Very great product. I went to the dealership to ask them about a hitch and they wanted over $800 to install one, and that did not include a wire harness. So I shopped around, and found this site. I ordered the hitch and wire harness for a fraction of what the dealer was asking. I received everything within 4 days, got a conformation email within minutes of ordering saying my shipment was being prepared. Then received an email a few hours later saying it was shipped. Very good customer service. The install was very simple also. Came with all the instructions and hardware to complete very easy. Instructions said install would take about an hour, I had it installed in about 30 minutes. Looks very clean on the vehicle. I would recommend this site and product to anyone. Since putting it on I have hauled a piano, dirt, and other stuff in the trailer with no problems. Thank you so much! 129152



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Hitch came quickly with express delivery. Box was destroyed upon arrival, but hitch was un blemished. Now to the installation part, likely by a local shop. I appreciated the installation guide, product details, and Q &A information provided on website. Excellent access and easy ordering. Price outstanding, especially with free delivery. 133006


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Thanks for your follow up one year later. Hitch is outstanding, and was easily installed by my local Subaru dealer. Fit was exactly what was hoped for.Have used in a variety of applications, and continue to be five star satisfied with product.

David K - 05/28/2015

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The Curt hitch arrived in about 5 days. It fit well on the 2015 Subaru Forester. The etrailer video really helped. However, the mechanic made it look too easy. Took me a couple hours but that's mostly because I follow the "measure twice, cut once" philosophy. Here's a few additions I recommend from my experience: buy a reamer instead of grinding the hole larger; if you grind the hole you will need to grind it almost round to get the large bolt head in (the two notches on either side of the hole didn't work); wear safety gear if you grind (leather gloves, goggles, cap); when you put the fishing wire through, hold the free end tight while you manipulate the bolt through the hole; get a strong person to torque the bolts to 110 lb-ft (I just estimated using the impact gun and experience); the air powered cut off tool cut the heat shield like butter; go slowly and methodically to reduce mistakes from rushing; finally, have a partner to help...my wife and I had a couple hours of quality time for this job. Overall, I recommend etrailer, and the product. 157519



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After talking with the customer service people at etrailer to get an idea of what hitch would best work with my 2015 Subaru Forester XT, I wound up ordering the Curt Hitch --- and surprisingly received it within three days. The included instructions were very easy to follow but the video on the website is incredibly helpful. The bolt wires are key and make life much, much easier! I also had to widen one of the holes on each side to push the bolt and carriage plate through, but was easily accomplished with a Dremel since I didn't need much at all. The only note I might make is the Curt Hitch instructions said to discard the heat shield above the muffler. It is easily modified and can be re-installed with little effort. Also, since my car was new, it was easiest to just remove both mufflers to access the work area instead of trying to work around them. The hitch fit perfectly and isn't obtrusive or really even noticeable at all. Extremely happy with the hitch and equally as happy with the price and customer service at etrailer! 158841



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2014 Forester - Very happy, easy installation, hitch appears to be made well. Fishwire works great! I took the muffler off instead of dropping entire exhaust, it was easy and made mounting point completely open. Don't throw away the heat sheild, its easy to modify and put back on. Used vari-bit to enlarge center hole. Had someone help me lift unit into place. 60 minutes to complete. Watch a few videos and read the instructions, you won't have any problems. 137000


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One year after installation all okay.

Craig - 06/22/2015

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Very satisfied. Impressed with both quality of welding and finish. Took it to a friend's business who installs hitched. The internet instructions called for removal of the heat shield. I was reluctant to discard this piece before I put 100 miles on my new vehicle. . . We removed it, trimmed a bit to eliminate interference and . . . no noise, excellent fit, and the shield still shields. The hitch fit is excellent and the quality much superior (check tongue weight ratings . . .) to the one from the dealership. I would not hesitate to urge any friend to order a CURT hitch through your site. The product arrived a day ahead of schedule in a well constructed box in perfect condition. Also, the wiring harness was a snap and definitely a plug and play experience. I will admit being glad to be working with someone who knew the ins and outs of messing with covering panels to get to the proper connection. Your site will be the first place I go in the future. Thanks, DEW 131980



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Installed this hitch on my 2017 forester after work today, Needed a hitch to haul a small trailer, and attach a bike rack and a cargo carrier. It took me about an hour from start to finish. I watched a few different videos on installation in the days leading up to today and read instructions beforehand. Installation was a breeze and hitch feels solid and has a good quality finish. Very happy! 435477



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I chose the Curt class II trailer hitch & Curt wiring harness. The videos along with the customer comments and reviews were very helpful making the installation go smoothly. I backed the car up on ramps to get working room. The hardware provided had much larger heads than shown in the video so I enlarged the 4th hole in order to pull the blocks and bolts thru. The rest of the installation went smoothly. The tube cover with American Flag made a nice finish to the installation. Just an FYI, I have see the same tube cover on several other vehicles in the area. It looks good. 165517



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Need to update your installation instructions. 1. Heat shield needs to be re-installed. You do not want a fire liability. There are two dimples in heat shield that should be drilled out to fit around mounting bolts. 2. Keep fish line on bolts until each nut is installed and locked down. Process rules out pushing bolt up into the frame. 94433


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Product is still performing as advertised. Used to pull a small sailboat and utility trailer. Thanks for a great product at a very good price.

Roger L - 08/13/2014

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Ordered Curt CL3 for our 2016 Subaru on a Wednesday, received Saturday; 1/2 way across the country. etrailer helped with selection, order process, quick shipping and delivery was ahead of schedule. I followed the installation video for a 2017 Subaru which detailed the heat shield mod. bolt installation, and muffler removal, which appeared easier as I do not have access to a lift. The ease of installation was a surprise, had reservations about installing the bolts but it worked like magic, great idea. Working alone took a bit longer, 1.5 hrs. I needed to use a floor jack to raise the hitch in position and I could work under the rear without raising the vehicle. It all went fine. Working with e trailer was a good decision, their recommendation, product and installation video was spot on. The hitch is clearly rugged, and looks good. With the addition of a hitch bike rack we plan to haul our bikes to the Cape and where ever. Thank you Dick G 386272



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Installed the hitch and wire harness on 2015 Subaru. The installation how-to videos were excellent. I did modify a few things, though because I was working alone and I did not have all the same equipment that was shown. First, I left the car wheels on the ground. Second, I put a floor jack under the muffler for support. I took off the three rubber hangers, then lowered the muffler to the ground. Third, I took the heat shield off and cut according to the 2014 Forester instructions before reinstalling. Fourth, installed the bolts according to your mechanics instructions. Then I had two floor jacks and put the hitch on them and raised them equally until they were snug against the car before installing the nuts and torquing them. Finally, I reinstalled the muffler hangers. Those are the major modifications I made that worked for me. So if someone is trying this on their own, these are the suggestions I would recommend. 168292



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Items arrived just as promised. While getting ready to install the unit, we found that the nuts/plates were slightly oversized to fit the access holes. After careful thought, I elongated the holes with a rotary rasp. I then coated the holes with a rust retardant to cover up the exposed metal. I then applied a caulk adhesive to the rubber access hole covers, as their fit was not as snug in the now, elongated holes. The electronics were behind the access panel as described. However the adhesive strip did not hold the harnesses junction box as expected. The good news is, that it does not rattle around behind the cover. Oh, one last point: if you intend to do an install during cold weather, use a heat gun to pre-heat the plastic automotive push-pin fasteners. Otherwise, be prepared to replace the broken ones as they will surely snap off during their extraction. 454297



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I received the hitch earlier this week (shipping was fast) but just installed it today with no problem. Took me an hour to install and the product itself is tough, durable and Made in the USA. ???? I'm glad I choose this brand. Here's some pics of my modified work... 302435



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Hitch installed in little over an hour by myself with no problem. The wiring harness instructions where obsolete and for a 2015 Subaru Forester harness is located it far LR trim panel, not behind LR seat/tire compartment as instructions state. fyi 227505



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I received my Curt Hitch for my 2014 Subaru Forester about 3 weeks ago, didn't have a chance to install it until this weekend. This is the third hitch I've gotten from etrailer.com, I've been very pleased and this hitch was no exception. Like a few other reviewers, I completely removed the muffler, I think that made for a much cleaner install. I also modified the heat shield under the muffler, may not have been necessary, but as long as Subaru put it there. I used a Dremel with a carbon tipped bit to enlarge the middle hole, that and the included fish wire worked very well. The finished look is very unobtrusive, I am very pleased. 119981



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This hitch is nicely made with beautiful powder coating. As mentioned in my first review, unfortunately etrailer went cheap in package didn't protect the hitch well enough and part of it protruded out of the box got scratched (2 big scratches) which you don't want to see in a brand new beautifully made product. I know I am not alone and hope etrailer has improved from this. If I had known this may happen, I wouldn't have ordered it from etrailer. Now back to the hitch, I only use it with my bike rack with one or two bikes on it. So it's only lightly loaded - less than 20 lb for each bike plus the rack. The hitch works well but it decreases the clearance of my 2017 Subaru Forester a little bit which is no concern to me either. Over all I am quite happy with this hitch - beautifully made and solid. 415332



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In the past I had purchased a Curt hitch from etrailer.com for a Jeep I owned. That transaction was flawless. So when I decided to buy a new car and wanted a hitch without having to pay the outrageous price that the manufacturer wanted I went back to etrailer.com. I purchased a Curt model C13144 for my new 2015 Subaru Forester. The ordering process was a great and it arrived in a timely manner. The installation was easy. I took a bit longer because I painted all surfaces that I had disturbed with high heat paint and although the instruction said to discard I reinstalled the heat shield which is located above the muffler. Not an issue at all I merely cut the heat shield where the new hitch would mount and painted the shield with high heat paint. I am very happy with the purchase and the install. 153233



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I bought this Hitch Receiver, to install on my 2015 Subaru Forester. Installation went very smoothly; exactly as shown on the website video. Took about an hour to install. I do have a good set of mechanics tools, but only needed a few wrenches, the jack and Jack stand, for safety. I just let my exhaust system rest on the ground, during the installation of the receiver. It looks great on my car, too! 351393



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Looks good,fits too snug under car, my bike rack barely fits without hitting the bumper or buying an attachment. Took my mechanic 2 hours to install. 138326


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very well, I had an auto shop install it, took longer then expected. Fits Forester very snug, maybe too snug for my Kuat bike rack.

Elisabeth - 08/27/2015

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Nice hitch and easy to install. The heat deflector does not need to be removed as instructed, just trimmed it and reinstalled with the 3 remaining bolts. Looks great!!! 144313


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Hitch is great, I have used it for my hitch haul and also have pulled my 5x10 trailer and all is fine.

Tom F - 08/05/2015

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The trailer hitch arrived when etrailer said it would. The quality of the hitch looked very well done. As far as the installation, the hitch worked perfect with my Subaru 2017 Forester. I had concerns about the brackets lining up with the existing mounting holes, clearing the spare tire well and extending beyond the bumper, all worked perfect. I installed the hitch myself and found that the pipe construction on the crossbar worked perfect when sitting on my jack stands. This allowed me to hold the hitch in place to where I only needed to lift it a little bit to get the nuts started on the carriage bolts. Nice rugged hardware was supplied. Suggest looking at videos before starting this project even though the instructions included were excellent. 348620



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I was bit nervous about installation which requires drilling but it went super easy. The package was shipped fast and arrived in just few days. Installation was easy after watching etrailer's video on YT. I did not cut the heat shield but drilled holes using a unibit and it worked very well (also used a unibit to enlarge hole in frame). 295212



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Installation was a breeze because the installation video and the written instructions included in the package were very clear. Although it was not absolutely necessary, I did use the jack on the muffler side for a bit better freedom of movement, since I chose not to use jack stands. I used a small grinder to open up the center mounting hole, but a step drill bit as was specified would have been much better and quicker. After the mounting bolts were torqued, I installed a Curt Steel Hitch Tube Cover for a finished look. It is very sturdy and accommodates my bicycle carrier and hitch tray perfectly without shaking. The whole operation was very simple, and I am still impressed with how thorough the instructions were. 383960



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I was a little scared to do this myself given that you have to lower the exhaust and widen a hole in the frame but it was simple. The instructions were easy to follow and I watched this video to get an idea of the process first. http://www.etrailer.com/tv-Hitch-install-2009-Subaru-Forester.aspx I drilled a single 3/8th inch hole adjacent to the access hole to widen it then used a dremmel to tweak the hole the rest of the way until I could get the bolts in. The fish wire was way easier that I thought it could have been. You just pull it through and everything pops into place. Etrailer was crazy fast too. I ordered this on Tuesday and it was at my door on Thursday, and all I paid for was standard shipping. 94111



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I was 2/3 thru the process of ordering online my hitch, wires and ball mount when I needed a question answered about shipping. A call to customer service brought me to Carmel, a wonderfully helpful rep. After answering my question, she placed the order directly, followed up with a personal order confirmation. What surprised me was another personal mail after etrailer received confirmation of the on time delivery. I don't buy a lot of trailer hitches...but if I did they would all be bought thru Carmel at etrailer.com. Lol, the hitch, wiring and ball mount are great quality. Their videos will make the installation easy as soon as I finish this review. 337636



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Bought a hitch receiver for my Subaru to move household items to my new home a thousand miles away so I went to e-trailer.com by sheer luck and got an excellent product for the value/cost. Decided to have it installed by a professional and went to that person to find out about his prices. He told me the Curt brand was a great product and said e-trailer sells them. I told him that's where it came from. Also bought the electrical components to hook up to the trailer for running and turn lights. I did not know that they would plug into my Subaru but the right type of system was sent to me. e-trailer got it right and was efficient, affordable and helpful. 271171



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Product received very quickly and in excellent condition. Installation was a breeze and it looks great. A great value for the price. 141104


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Still working perfectly.

Gil - 07/13/2015

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We bought a hitch to mount onto a 2016 Subaru Forester. It was quick and easy to install. The total cost was less than half of what the dealer wanted (bonus is that I know everything is tight, square, and done exactly the way it is supposed to be). The hitch was delivered very quickly. The only issue I had was that the wiring harness connector was not where the instructions/video said it would be. It was routed the same way as the Outback I think. No big deal, when I couldn't find the plug where I expected it to be i just checked the instructions for other installations and the problem was solved. Very pleased with the product and etrailer. 327944



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The receiver arrived in great shape. The instructions were clear and straight-forward. Using a Uni-Bit for enlarging the hole for the hardware to pass through is recommended. I chose to remove the muffler to have better access during installation and I trimmed the heat shield so I could put it back in place. Overall it took me about an hour and a half to complete. Could have done this install in less than an hour with another set of hands and just letting the exhaust hang. Wow! The service at etrailer was great. Their attention to detail shows throughout the whole process, from ordering to receiving. I even received it ahead of schedule. 104464



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Excellent product,with good instructions. About 1.5 to install because fitted the exhaust shield so attach bolts would fit.If you look at the shield you will see 2 "punch mark" just drill the "punch marks" with a step drill to 3/4" so your 2 forward carriage bolts will fit threw the exhaust shield.The cut outs for carriage/spacer I painted and sealed[Rust-Oleum Rust Reformer] and hardware was install,next install exhaust heat shield with only 3 10mm bolts;the inboard/aft bolt is not installed because right side receiver bracket with interfere mounting. I also painted all carriage bolts with Rust-Oleum Rust Reformer when I finished. 412317



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Bought for my 2015 X. Fitment is great, and I have a Curt hitch on my older forester that isn't rusting, so I expect the same from this one. I installed it myself. Wasn't keen on drilling the frame, so I did a no-drill method by removing the bumper cover and beam. It was surprisingly easy for me and only took me about 2 hours. A second hand and a large platform jack was essential for me to get the hitch into position. 181343



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The instructions were very clear and the video showed some alternative options. The other reviews were also helpful on your site. 1. I removed the muffler by unbolting from the exhaust pipe and used the Lisle exhaust hanger removal pliers along with some spray lubricant. 2. I removed the heat shield and drilled out the two dimples to accept the carriage bolts. 3. Widened the middle hole with a step bit to 1 1/8 inch 4. Applied a spray of primer to the exposed metal 5. Followed the directions to place the carriage bolts in position 6. Replaced the heat shield 7. Installed the receiver 8. Reattached the muffler 243673



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The little videos etrailer provides couldn't make this job any easier unless they sent a tech out to do it for me. Easy-peasy! The only thing I encountered in the instructions were that my towing harness plug on my 2014 Forester was not where it said. Another visit to etrailer and guess what? Yup---another well done video showing exactly where it was! The little fish wires they provide to install the carriage washers and bolts are pure genius! Great prices, great products and selection and well backed with OUTSTANDING Customer Service! Etrailer is absolutely my Go-To! Thank you Etrailer! Frank S. 341844



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Hitch and wire harness arrived promptly. Shipper tore a 10 x 8 inch hole in box. I worried the harness or hardware was missing due to the gaping hole, but e trailer smartly secures those items to the hitch with tape. Good job. I had no problems at all, installing hitch after watching and following along the etrailer install video for my Subaru Forrester. Great video library for all makes and years. Those videos are excellent quality and provide perfect instruction every step. Curt hitch is very heavy duty, fit exact, and hardware kit had all the parts necessary to make it easy. Thanks etrailer 425620


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  • Towing Capacity of 2015 Subaru Forester with Aftermarket Hitch
  • The Curt trailer hitch, part # C13144, is a confirmed fit for the 2015 Subaru Forester and has a capacity of 3,500 pounds gross trailer weight (installation instructions linked below). Gross trailer weight is the total weight of the trailer and its contents. The tongue weight capacity for the hitch is 350 pounds, that is the downward force exerted on the ball mount. Tongue weight is typically 10 to 15 percent of gross trailer weight. Trailer hitches and tow vehicles often have different...
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  • Which Class III Trailer Hitch for a 2017 Subaru Forester has the Best Ground Clearance
  • Hidden Hitch as a brand is being phased out but the same company makes Draw-Tite hitches. So for your 2017 Subaru Forester the Draw-Tite Class III hitch is # 75876. When we installed this hitch on a 2017 Subaru Forester, see video link, it measured 13-3/4 inches from the ground to the top of the receiver opening. So to the bottom of the receiver that distance would be approximately 11-1/2 inches. The other Class III option is Curt hitch # C13144. When we installed it the distance from...
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  • Trailer Hitch Comparison For 2015 Subaru Forester
  • Both of the hitches, Curt Hitch part # C13144 and Draw-Tite part # 75876, are Class lll hitches and both have 2 inch receiver openings. Both hitches have identical weight capacity. When installing these hitches, per the instructions both require opening the hole in the frame to 1-1/8 inches to allow for the installation hardware. The 1-1/8 inch hole allows the bolt head to pass through so that it can be used inside the Forester frame. The spacer block that is used when installing the...
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  • Trailer Hitch, Bike Rack and Ski Carrier Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Forester Limited
  • The 2014 Subaru Forester does not come standard with a trailer hitch. You can either purchase the factory trailer hitch when you buy the vehicle or you can have an aftermarket trailer hitch like the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch, # C13144, installed after you purchase the vehicle. Often times, an aftermarket hitch is less expensive than a factory trailer hitch. You do not have to worry about a quality difference. Aftermarket and factory trailer hitches are very similar and most trailer hitch...
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  • Can the Heat Shield of a 2016 Subaru Forester Be Reinstalled After Installing Curt Hitch
  • Curt and Draw Tite are separate companies that came up with their own ways to install their hitches independently of each other. A lot of times there are some variances that don't really make huge differences either way. Specifically with heat shields. For your 2016 Subaru Forester Curt recommends just getting rid of the heat shield as it doesn't hurt anything to remove it. Draw Tite came up with a way to trim it and reinstall it. With that being said, if you wanted to install the Curt...
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  • Need Installation Instructions for Curt Class III 2-Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13144
  • The installation instructions for Curt Class III 2-Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13144 are linked for your reference. This hitch is a confirmed fit for your 2014 Subaru Forester; it fits all versions. The instructions include a listing of tools required, among which is a torque wrench to allow precise seating of the mounting hardware at the specified 110-ft-lbs. Installation requires no drilling, but access holes may need to be enlarged. The exhaust must be temporarily lowered for installation...
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  • Will Removing Heatshield For Installation of Hitch Cause Damage to Subaru Forester
  • My technical contact at Curt assured me that removing the heat shield when installing the Curt hitch # C13144 on your 2015 Subaru Forester will not cause damage to your vehicle. The law mandating the heat shield requirement was originally geared toward muscle cars when they got too hot and gas can spill out and catch the backside of the vehicle on fire. Since then, gas tanks have multiple layers of protection and the heat build up in a regular versus muscle car are drastically different....
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  • Curt or Draw Tite Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Subaru Forester
  • There are several hitches we offer that require modifying or removing the heat sheild for the exhaust. It has never been an issue for those vehicles that the heat sheild was removed. In a worst case scenario you might feel the floor in that area of your vehicle get slightly warmer but even that has not been reported. Between the Draw Tite and the Curt that you mentioned the winner is the Draw Tite part # 75876 in my opinion. Reason being that if you were to ever need to carry a bike...
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  • Are There Dangers to Permanently Removing Heat Shield When Installing Hitch on 2015 Subaru Forester
  • I spoke with my contact at Curt and he said that the hitch will mount in the same location where the shield was previously located. Once the hitch is installed, a heavier piece of metal on the hitch will act as the heat shield. I personally recommend the Curt Class III Hitch, # C13144, for your 2015 Subaru Forester. A 2 inch hitch gives you the added benefit of having more options when it comes to hitch mounted accessories. Curt does require the use of Support Straps, # 18050, for...
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  • Can a 2014 Subaru Forester Carry a 436 lb Motorcycle with the Rage Carrier # SMC600
  • The Curt Hitch part # C13144 that you referenced has a tongue weight capacity of 525 lbs. The Rage Carrier part # SMC600 weighs right at 100 lbs so that leaves you with 425 lbs left of hitch capacity for your motorcycle that weighs 436 lbs. Now if there was any way to lighten your bike by 10 lbs now would be the time. If you were looking for an excuse to buy some lightweight parts for the bike now would be the time. You might even find that if you remove the seat and tool kit that is usually...
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  • Will Removing the Heatshield For Installation of Curt Hitch Cause Damage to 2014 Subaru Forester
  • My technical contact at Curt assured me that removing the heat shield when installing the Curt hitch # C13144 on your 2014 Subaru Forester will not cause any damage to your vehicle. The law mandating the heat shield requirement was originally geared toward muscle cars when they got too hot and gas can spill out and catch the backside of the vehicle on fire. Since then, gas tanks have multiple layers of protection and the heat build up in a regular versus muscle car are drastically different....
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  • Recommend Towing Package for a 2016 Subaru Forester
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C13144 is designed to fit a Subaru Forester from 2014-2018. This fully welded custom trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. It comes complete with all hardware and brackets needed for installation. It is a Class III trailer hitch receiver with a 2"x2" hitch receiver opening. If you are not using the trailer hitch receiver to tow a trailer, you will want to use the Curt Trailer Hitch Support Strap part #...
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  • Comparing Hitch Location Relative to Bumper for 2015 Subaru Forester
  • It's just due to how the hitch was designed. The Draw-Tite part # 75876 does not go all the way out to the end of the bumper but it does stick out further than the Curt part # C13144. I attached installed pictures of both hitches to show you the difference. Judging by the design of the vehicle the reason seems to be due to the fact that the vehicle just has a pretty large distance from the frame to the furthest edge on the bumper.
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  • Will Thule Hitching Post Pro 4 Bike Carrier # TH934XTR Fit 2-Inch Hitch on a 2014 Subaru Forester
  • The hitch you have selected for your 2014 Subaru Forester, Curt # C13144, is an excellent choice for use with a high-capacity bike carrier such as the Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR. I have linked a brief video showing this carrier in use on a Subaru Outback. This Curt hitch is a Class III-rated 2-inch design with a substantial tongue weight capacity of 525-lbs. Tongue weight is the downward force applied to a hitch from whatever is connected to it, whether a trailer or as in this...
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  • Should the Heat Shield Be Reinstalled after Trailer Hitch Installation on 2016 Subaru Forester
  • For your 2016 Subaru Forester, the installation instructions for the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch # C13144 never say to reinstall the heat shield over the exhaust, which is why it is not shown in the video. If you'd like to reinstall the heat shield, it can be trimmed to avoid the hitch and reinstalled. The installation instructions for the Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame Trailer Hitch # 75876 for your Forester state to trim the heat shield to accommodate the hitch installation. I have...
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  • Is it Safe to Remove Heat Shield on 2015 Subaru Forester to Install Curt Hitch # C13144
  • When it comes to installing the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, # C13144, on your 2015 Subaru Forester, the hitch itself will now act as a heat shield for your vehicle. If you would feel more comfortable re-installing the original heat shield, you could do so just as long as you remove the portion of the shield that comes in contact with the frame. Please keep in mind that you will be removing some of the mounting points so there is a good chance that this will cause the shield to rattle and...
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  • Recommendation on a Trailer Hitch With 2 Inch Receiver to Fit a 2014 Subaru Forester
  • For your 2014 Subaru Forester, we have a couple of hitches available that have the 2 inch receiver opening. The Draw-Tite Max Frame Class III Hitch # 75876 and the Curt Round Tube Hitch # C13144 are two best options for a hitch with a 2 inch receiver that will fit your 2014 Forester. Of the two hitches, I recommend the Curt hitch over the Draw-Tite. Both hitches are made to be custom-fit to your vehicle and both have the same weight capacities. I like the Curt hitch because for the...
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  • Recommended Hitch Mounted 3 Bike Platform Rack for 2018 Subaru Forester
  • For your 2018 Subaru Forester, the Curt hitch that meets your criteria and is a confirmed fit is the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # C13144 and will work great for a 3 bike rack. For a 3 bike carrier, I recommend going with a platform rack because it supports the bikes by the wheels. The Saris 3 bike was discontinued, but the Kuat Transfer # TS03G is a similar choice that will also make loading easy due to the design where you can walk in between the rack...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch For 2015 Subaru Forester
  • My recommendation for a trailer hitch for your 2015 Subaru Forester is the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # 75876. It is a Class lll hitch and has a 2 inch receiver opening. It has a towing capacity at 3,500 lbs and a tongue weight of 525 lbs. I prefer the Draw-Tite over the Curt hitch, part # C13144 because does not require you to use stabilizing straps like part # 18050 for non-trailer loads as the Curt hitch requires. The Curt hitch does have the same towing capacity as the other...
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  • Best Class III Hitch & 4-Bike Hitch Rack Fit on 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium
  • All of the Class III hitches we offer for your 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium, the Draw-Tite # 75876, the Curt # C13144 and the EcoHitch # 306-X7216, all use a similar design and use the very same attachment points on the car's frame. This means that the location of the hitch pin hole relative to the back of the bumper will be essentially the same for both the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch (4-3/4-inches, since they come from the same manufacturer) but the Curt hitch # C13144 offers better...
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  • Trailer Hitch to Allow Use of Wheelchair Carrier on 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The Curt custom-fit Class III hitch # C13144 fits all versions of the 2014 and 2015 models years of the Subaru Forester. It does indeed have a tongue weight (TW) rating of 525-lbs, but as you noted your vehicle's TW rating is lower at 200-lbs. When differently-rated items are used together the lower-rated one determines the overall capacity of the system, which will be 200-lbs if that is what Subaru says in their documentation. You will want to check the weight of your chair to see if...
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