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

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

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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 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Curt Trailer Hitch

  • Curt
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • 525 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch

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


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
  • Hitch assembled in the USA
    • Mounting hardware may be imported


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


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

Item # C13144

Installation Details C13144 Installation instructions

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (438 Customer Reviews)

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

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I just installed this hitch on a 2016 Forester. First, the hitch and hardware were all in perfect condition. The instructions were detailed and very helpful. Now that it's installed, it looks great and feels solid. I'm glad I had a nice bit on a my die grinder for the step of widening the two holes, I'm sure a step drill would make easy work of that too. I had never used the fishwire procedure before, but it was very easy and worked great. After plenty of searching, etrailer had the best price for this hitch and followed it up with free and fast shipping, awesome customer service, and most importantly a great product from a great selection. By the way, this is my third hitch from etrailer, the other two are on my WRXs :) Still strong, years long



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2017 Subaru Forester

Got the hitch for bike mount. I did not like the instructions telling me to widen the holes or to get rid of the heat shields. I modified the heat shields and removed the bumper to put the bolts through the frame. Mufflers had to be removed to install the hitch. Removing the bumper did not take long.



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Materials are high quality. The installation instructions, paper and online, are clear. Really appreciated the installation aid tools, especially the wires to fish the bolts and reinforcements up inside of the car frame. The hitch nested perfectly under our 2018 Forrester, and fit with amazing precision around the spare tire well. I did this by myself and used a floor jack to help lift the hitch into place. This worked nicely so I’m sharing a photo of that. One lesson learned was that you do have to unscrew the bolts from the fishing wire or else they won’t fit through the slots in the rack. I was pleasantly surprised to see how precisely it all fit. The installation is rock solid and is nicely hidden away. I was very happy that this unit didn’t require me to cut through my bumper. Overall it took me about 2 hours, maybe a bit longer, FYI.



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2017 Subaru Forester

2017 Subaru Forester Curt Hitch receiver was real easy to install. First review the video ( Etrailer web page), will help a bit specially where to cut part of the muffler heat shield. I cut mine enough to clear the three mounting holes. This way the hitch will squeeze the shield in place as you will be be missing one shield mounting screw. Also, easier too if you have a floor jack. The hitch is pretty much balanced with a floor jack at the center and threading the fish hooks through its holes, jack it up, Install the nuts and done. For enlarging the middle bolt holes, I used a grinder. Make sure you wear safety glass or shield and face mask. Forester have plenty of room without lifting the rear end. Important caution, do not remove the fish hooks until you are ready to replace it with the bolt nuts. Hold the bolt with needle nose or similar while (start) threading the nuts or you will push it back the hole and... Trailer lights?? you need to get the wire harness that's made for the vehicle. The one I got (Curt custom wiring #56040) fit with the coupler included in my car. The harness instructions will tell the location of the car harness coupler. Good luck. Stay Safe..



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Subaru Forester

The hitch was delivered as promised and was in good condition. I only use it for a bike carrier, so its service is light duty. For the Forester, there is the need to make a small modification to the heat shield, so I thought it best to have a mechanic do the fitting as my health issues limit what I can do under a car. I was impressed with the service from eTrailer.



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Subaru

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


Comments
Still rock solid. Couldn’t be happier.
Wally - 04/05/2018



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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.


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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2017 Subaru Forester

The trailer hitch was delivered timely. My son was able to install it relatively easily. And it has performed perfectly ever since. We are very happy with our Curt trailer hitch and with etrailer's service.


Comments
Hitch is working fine. Thanks for asking.
Tom M - 08/20/2018



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Easy to use and fit as indicated on my subaru forester. Had to enlarge the mounting points on my car's frame with a step drill bit. Overall, installation took less than 2 hours with the help of a friend. Fantastic experience with etrailer, from researching the product to installation videos to customer service.



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The hitch fit well with good instructions. Has a good extension distance that doesn't stick out so far to hit your leg ,but far enough for easy access to the hitch pin. After a year the finish is holding up well. Overall a good product.



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Subaru Forester

I took a star off because the hitch is too narrow and contacts the spare tire well on both sides with no side to side adjustability. It would not sit flush on the frame rails until drawn to the full 110 ft-lbs. Installation took 2.5 hours without enlarging any holes in the frame rails and besides the holes in the heatshields is reversible. I have arthritic hands and worked alone when it was 91 degrees and I stopped multiple times to get tools/refreshments/wash my hands and tools. Knowing what I needed beforehand I doubt it would take more than 1.5 to do it again. The bumper cover/mud flap (green) required 8mm, 10mm, and a small screw driver. The bumper support (blue) used 14mm. The Curt hardware is marked in yellow. The disassembly is straightforward and once the bumper support is removed you can easily place the carriage bolts within the frame rails using the fishwires. I used a section of 2x10, two 2x4 cutoffs, and four 3 inch deck screws to create a balanced platform to raise the hitch into place. Once the nuts are on lower the jack and unscrew from the bottom. Reassembly took maybe twenty minutes. Note: My Forester XT has an aftermarket cat-back exhaust system with mufflers 1/3 the size of the OE units so I was able to complete the install with it in place. The Magnaflows are narrow enough that they don’t block access to any of the heatshield bolts or frame rails.



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Excellent service, perfect fit to my vehicle, and fast free delivery. Could not be happier with my purchase from etrailer.com.


Comments
Great!
Matthew - 03/17/2021


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2015 Subaru Forester

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.



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3 years later I can confirm that I have had no troubles with this hitch, the fit was perfect from the very beginning. I installed it myself with minimal issues (just needed a small grinder for one part that I mounted into my power drill). Only minor rusting on one portion after 3 years, but only aesthetic damage, no structural weakness after many hauls. :-)


Comments
To keep the hitch in top shape - and maintain that new-hitch aesthetic - its a good idea to touch up any bare metal spots with a rust inhibiting spray paint whenever you notice them.
-- Etrailer Expert Victoria B - 01/03/2020

Comments
Still rock solid, no issues a year later.
NATHAN - 12/30/2020


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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.



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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!!!



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Subaru Forester

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.



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2018 Subaru Forester

Overall the installation was very easy. To make it easier for myself (no help) I removed both exhaust mufflers. In your web page it doesn’t show a 2018 Forester with dual exhaust. Some hardware stores didn’t have a deburring bit to widen the hole so instead i used a pointed grinding stone and notched 2 sides of the hole (as you may see in one of the pics). This provided enough space for pc#1 & 2 to be dropped in place. Next was to raise hitch into place (luckily i have a motorcycle floor jack). The fit was VERY TIGHT due to the spare tire compartment and possibly the angle of the hitch otherwise you just need to press hitch into place. No harm No foul... Minor blemishes. No problem. Reinstall heat shielding (some cutting needed). Reinstall mufflers and I’m done! Next...Trailer hitch wiring. Thanks for the great products and videos associated with those products.



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2015 Subaru Forester

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.



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2018 Subaru Forester

I ordered the hitch Sunday afternoon about 3:30. At 5:30 i had a confirmation of shipment, and a tracking number, on Sunday! Said the hitch should show up on Thursday, but it was here Wednesday. This is the third hitch I have installed, and the second from etrailer. They all have installed exactly the same. First was a Mazda Protege 5 sport wagon, then an '11 Subaru Impreza wagon, and now an '18 Forester. It took right at an hour to install, just as the instructions said it would. The instructional video is right on for the installation. I would strongly suggest having a helper to hold it in place during the install. We deviated from the instructions in that we removed the muffler completely from the car. It is only 2 bolts, there is no gasket involved, and since the car only has 1000 miles on it, the bolts were easy to remove. The only issue we had, and it is a small one, is we found the passenger side had to be fitted first to fit under the muffler hanger. We fit the drivers side first, and the passenger side then interfered with the muffler hanger and would not fit. I used Dawn dish washing soap to lubricate the muffler hangers going back together, and it made slipping the hangers through the rubber mounts a breeze



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2015 Subaru Forester

I just finished installing this on my 2015 Subaru Forester and so far I think it'll be great. I chose to remove the rear bumper and the bumper bar so I had direct access to the frame, instead of drilling/widening holes for the mounting hardware. It only took me about 20 minutes to get the bumper cover and bumper bar off (first time ever doing it) so I think it's well worth it to avoid cutting into the frame. All things point to this being great. It is a high off the ground as you can get on my car so that seems great. It doesn't stick out too far out the back, looks good, quality material as far as I can tell. Very happy so far. I'm just looking to move some big house items to a storage unit, borrowing a small trailer, and then I'll eventually get a bike rack for the hitch. So my usage is pretty light, but installation went smoothly. About 2 hours 20 minutes from getting the first tool out to putting the last tool away. Had some trouble with exhaust hangers at the end their, and needed my wife's help screwing on the mounting nuts while I held the hitch in place for installation. But all good! I imagine it will function well. It seems well built and super solid, so I'm as pleased as one can be without actually USING the thing :-)



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It was as advertised. Arrived sooner then expected. Our son is a super tech & installed it in about an hour. The step drill is key and watching install video a few times. U won't be towing anything but have a great bike rack. Now very little lifting & no more taking front wheel off for roof rack.



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2015 Subaru Forester

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.



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Good to go, very happy with the hitch. Your 'how to' instal video helped. thanks



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2014 Subaru Forester

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.


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  • Differences in Available Hitches for 2018 Subaru Forester
    There are two different types of hitch available for your 2018 Subaru Forester. One type will be fully exposed once installed like the Curt # C13144 that you'd looked at, that would have the hitch crossbar visible from the rear and the other is the concealed type like # CU64FR which has the crossbar concealed behind the bumper so that the only visible portion of the hitch is the receiver tube and the safety chain hoops. The # C13144 uses round tubing for the crossbar, because most folks...
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    The Curt Trailer Hitch # C13144 is a great option to pair with the Thule Parkway 4 bike rack! I think it looks great installed and you'll have more than enough clearance for the bike rack to fit. I have attached an installation video of this hitch on a 2017 Forester that you can check out. The only other hitch that I'd recommend going with over this is the Curt # CU64FR but that's just because it has a hidden crosstube that looks a bit more clean since all you can see is the receiver. Installation...
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    For your 2017 Subaru Forester, between the Curt Ball Mount # C45030 and Draw-Tite Ball Mount # 2923, I recommend the Draw-Tite # 2923. I like the Draw-Tite because not only does it come with a pin and clip (the Curt does not and would need Pin and Clip # PC3), but it is longer by about 1 inch, so you have a bit of extra clearance. That can come in handy with your Forester when towing with the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13144, which is recessed under the bumper. The Draw-Tite...
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  • What Hitch, Wiring Harness, and Ball Mount do I Need for a 2016 Subaru Forester?
    I recommend part # C13144 to tow your trailer. This hitch offers 525 pounds of tongue weight and 3500 pounds of trailer weight. You need a wiring harness for your trailer lights. Part # C56040 works for your application. I like this harness because it is easy to install and easy to conceal under the vehicle. For a ball mount I recommend part # 989891. This ball mount kit offers a 2 inch drop and a 3/4 inch rise. This kit includes a 1-7/8 inch ball which is common on smaller boat...
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  • Does the Heat Shield of a 2015 Subaru Forester Need to Get Removed to Install Trailer Hitch
    To install the Curt hitch part # C13144 on your 2015 Subaru Forester you will need to permanently remove the rear heat shield. I attached the install video you referenced as well as instructions that detail how this is done. Heat shields like what your vehicle has are there to prevent heat from exhaust from transferring up into the interior of the vehicle. At the rear of a vehicle exhaust components are nearly as hot as they are near the front so removing the rear heat shields wouldn't...
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  • How Much Does the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver C13144 Weigh
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, part # C13144, has a shipping weight of 35 pounds. There isn't a lot of packaging that goes with a hitch so the actual weight of the hitch is around 30 pounds or so.
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  • Hitch Recommendation For A 2015 Subaru Forester
    A reason for choosing a Class III hitch over a Class II is the 2 inch receiver opening on the Class III hitch. The 2 inch hitch is the most common hitch size today. Class II hitchs use a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening. Having a 2 inch receiver opening will give you more options for trailer and hauling accessories. Many of the bike racks, cargo racks and other hauling accessories have the 2 inch hitch shank. The gross trailer weight rating for the Class III hitches for a 2015 Subaru Forester...
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    The Expert Question page you're referring was actually out dated. The previous installation details of the Curt # C13144 and Draw-Tite # 75876 (Previously Hidden Hitch # 87654) have been updated. The updated installation details state the heat shield should be removed when installing the Curt and trimmed for the Draw-Tite. The change is likely due to something that wasn't known originally or a slight difference in the Forester for the later model years.
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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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    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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  • Does Curt Hitch for 2018 Subaru Forest Fit XT Models with Dual Exhaust
    Yes, the Curt trailer hitch part # C13144 is a fit for your 2018 Subaru Forester with dual exhaust. We had a customer come back and leave a review saying it fit on their Forester XT with dual exhaust. I attached a picture of the review.
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  • Are Tools Included to Install the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver C13144 on a 2016 Subaru Forester
    The Class III Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, part # C13144, only comes with the hitch and the hardware needed to install on your 2016 Subaru Forester. Per the instructions, Curt says the installation requires: Die Grinder Ratchet 10mm 3/4 inch Socket 6 inch Socket Extension Phillips Head Screwdriver Jack Stands, like part # PTW1601 Safety Glasses The hitch comes with detailed instructions that also include pictures. I have attached an install video of this hitch being installed...
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    I wasn't able to find your order notes so I am not sure what hitch you have, but the Curt part # C13144 would be the one for your 2014 Subaru Forester that would stick out the most. From the center of it's hitch pin hole to the furthest point out it measures 3-1/2 inches. The hitch opening is basically totally flush with the bumper so you wouldn't need any type of extension with this rack.
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  • Why Does Curt Hitch for 2015 Subaru Forester Require Hole Enlarging But Not Draw Tite
    It looks like the carriage bolt spacers that come with the Curt Hitch part # C13144 are larger than the ones that come with the Draw Tite hitch part # 75876 and that is why the Curt hitch requires enlarging the holes on the vehicle to get the bolts to install. Because of that I can't recommend you install the Curt hitch without enlarging the holes.
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  • Trailer Hitch Fits for 2017 Subaru Forester Limited
    We offer both 1-1/4-inch Class II and 2-inch Class III hitches for the 2017 Subaru Forester. All choices are displayed on the linked page. Hidden Hitch was a brand of hitch, now discontinued. I suggest a 2-inch Class III hitch for its higher capacity and since this size gives you more options for accessory carriers like bike racks and cargo or scooter carriers. Since all hitches for the car will bolt on to the same points on the frame the position of the hitch cross tube and receiver...
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  • What Happens to the Heat Shield of 2014 Subaru Forester When Installing a Hitch
    Actually Curt says that to install their hitch part # C13144 that you referenced you can either remove or trim the heat shield of your 2014 Subaru Forester. The same goes for the Draw Tite hitch part # 75876 that you also mentioned. I attached install videos for both hitches.
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  • Do Heat Shields Get Reinstalled After Installing a Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Subaru Forester
    According to the instructions for Curt trailer hitch # C13144 for the 2015 Subaru Forester the heat shields do not get reinstalled after the hitch is installed. I have included a link to the installation instructions and a video showing installation for you. If you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a...
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  • Support Strap for Curt Trailer Hitch for 2015 Forester
    Curt requires the stabilizing/support strap, # 18050, in order to alleviate the leveraging affect that a non-trailer load places on a hitch. At Curt they like to use the example of carrying a gallon of milk. Think of the strain that would be put on your arm if it is extended opposed to if you carry the milk close to your body. This is what also happens with a hitch when a bike rack or cargo carrier is mounted. Although the hitch itself will support a bike rack or cargo carrier, it puts...
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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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  • Why Does Curt Hitch for 2018 Subaru Forester Have More Towing Capacity than the Vehicle
    With any towing setup you are limited by the lowest rated component as the overall capacity as it would be what fails first. So your 2018 Subaru Forester would be limited to 1,500 lbs regardless of what hitch you have installed. So that begs the follow up question...why do we offer hitches rated for more than the vehicle? The answer to that is our manufacturers design a hitch to fit the vehicle and then do the best they can to make it as strong as possible and rate it independently from...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for 2015 Subaru Forester with Best Hitch to Bumper Clearance
    I checked all of the hitches we carry for your 2015 Subaru Forester and there are two that have the hitch opening as close to the bumper as possible. One is the Curt hitch part # C13144 which has it's hitch pin 4 inches from the bumper and the other is the EcoHitch part # 306-X7216 which has the same dimension. Since the Curt requires a stabilizer strap like part # 18050 when carrying a non-supported accessory like a bike rack the EcoHitch is the route I would recommend for you.
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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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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for Rear Mounted Bike Rack for 2014 Subaru Forester
    I recommend the Curt Class III hitch, part # C13144. This Class III trailer hitch is rated for up to 3,500 pounds of gross trailer weight and 525 pounds of tongue weight. Curt recommends the use of a stabilizing strap on all non-trailer loads, like part # 18050. If you will be using this hitch for accessories note that the receiver opening is 2 inches by 2 inches. The Curt # C13144 is an excellent choice for use with a high-capacity bike carrier such as the Thule Hitching Post Pro #...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver For 2016 Subaru Forester
    I can confirm you are not imagining things, but you do have the companies reversed. There is a stabilization strap recommended with all Curt Hitches and required for some. For instance, the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Class III - 2", # C13144, for your 2016 Subaru Forester has this stabilization strap, # 18050, recommended in the installation instructions I've attached for all non-trailer loads. This means bike racks, cargo, racks, steps, and any accessory that doesn't involve towing...
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  • Can Curt Trailer Hitch be Installed on a 2016 Subaru Forester at Home
    Installation of Curt hitch # C13144 on your 2016 Subaru Forester is not all that difficult at all and I do have confidence that you can perform the installation at home. But if you decide that you want to have the hitch professionally installed then any trusted mechanic or RV dealer with a service center could perform the installation for you. Curt estimates a professional installation will take about 30 minutes while a handy do-it-yourself would take about 1 hour. I have linked the...
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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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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver For 2018 Subaru Forester Compatible with Thule T2 Classic Rack
    For your 2018 Subaru Forester, I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # C13144 which will give you a measurement of 4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the bumper. This will allow the Thule T2 Classic # TH9044 to fit and give you 1/2 inch of clearance to the closest part of the rack when folded up to the vehicle. If you want slightly more clearance, you can use the EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7216...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2014 Subaru Forester for Carrying Hitch Mounted Spare
    The Curt trailer hitch part # C13144 that you referenced weighs 35 lbs. I pulled up the carrier you mentioned and it is designed to fit a 2 inch hitch like this so it would fit and work well in that regard. That being said I have a better hitch solution I can offer. The Draw Tite hitch part # 75876 is a better option for hitch mounted accessories. This hitch does not require a stabilizer strap like the Curt does when carrying non-supported loads like the part # 18050 so it will be an...
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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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