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

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

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  • Curt
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 600 lbs TW
  • 4000 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • Custom Fit Hitch
This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from Curt. Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" part number C13206 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Curt Trailer Hitch - C13206

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
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Stylish, round-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately
  • Assembled in the USA


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 4,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 600 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.



13206 Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver



C13206 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details C13206 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2014 - 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon




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 - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon - Curt

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon we are going to take a look at and also show you how to install the Curt Custom Fit Class 3 trailer hitch receiver. This offers the 2 inch by 2 inch opening. It's part number is C13206. Now here is what our hitch is going to look like installed. It's going to have a nice look to it. Kind of rounded, coming around to our side plates.

We follow that into the middle. That's where our receiver tube opening is going to be. Now this is 2 inch by 2 inch. It's a class 3 hitch, so tons of accessories out there available by Grex 00:00:30, ball mounts, hitch cargo carriers. Should be able to work with them all, as long as those are rated for class 3. Safety chain connection points come around here at the bottom.

You can see our oval shaped hole. Should be plenty of room there for whatever style of chain you are going to be connecting. Then for securing your items we've got our 5/8 diameter pinhole. Now we want to use class 3 rated accessories, and it looks like whether you're going to use a pinning clip, maybe a locking hitch pin, or even anti rattle device, should have plenty of room there to make that happen. I also like to reinforcement collar around the end here. It's got that flushed look.

It sits about even with the edge of the bumper, so we're not going to have to worry about bumping into it. Now the hitch itself is going to offer a 600 pound tongue weight rating, so that's the maximum downward force we can put here at the receiver tube opening. It gives us a 4,000 pound gross trailer weight rating. That's the total weight of our trailer, and anything that we might load up on it. Now we need to look at the owner's manual of the outback.

We need to see what its tow rating is. We can go off of whichever of those numbers is the lowest. Now the hitch is not rated for use with weight distribution. With that being said, Curt will recommend the use of the stabilization strap when we're healing non wheel loads, so cargo carriers, bike racks, things like that. Now a couple of measurements that will be helpful when selecting your ball mount, bike rack, or hitch cargo carrier will be from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening. We've got about 15 and 1/4 inches. Then from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of our bumper is going to be around 2 and 1/4. The first thing we need to do is get our exhaust lowered down and out of the way. This is a single outlet exhaust. We're just going to have 3 hangers. We've got 1 that is located right here at the rear corner. It's on the inside of the car. Then right catty corner there is going to be 1 right up here. Then if we'll follow the pipe forward a little bit there is 1 right in front of this rear differential. Now before we start pulling those, what I like to do is just put a strap underneath the exhaust here. That's going to offer some support. As we remove those hangers this will support it, and then we can gently lower it down as much as we want. Now the next thing we are going to do is start pulling those hangers down. I like to use some spray lubricant on them. This is just going to help them slide off a little bit easier. Then a large screwdriver or pry bar is really what you're going to need. We're just going to slide those off. Do that for our other 2 locations. If you have a dual exhaust you're just going to repeat the same process, but it will be over on the passenger side. A little slack there. Then we can kind of move that exhaust over a little bit. It's going to give us the room we need to work. Now we've got 4 bolts. We've got 1, 2, 3, and 4 that we're going to need to remove. All right. We can set these aside for re-installation later. Now we're going to pull the plugs out of the bottom of the frame rail. That's going to expose 1 of the holes here that we're going to enlarge. Then the 1 here in the rear is going to be 1 of our attachment points once we get our bolt fish wired down through. The first thing we need to do is enlarge this hole located here in the front. That's what we're going to use to slide all of our hardware. We're going to create that to be our access hole. Now you can use a grinder and kind of round it out on each side. What I like to use is a step bit. This is going to allow us just to kind of slowly enlarge the hole as we go. It will keep it kind of more uniform looking. Once we've got these enlarged so our bolt passes freely in and out there. That's what we're looking for. I like to use a little rust proof spray paint here, and just coat that, and let it dry. That way we're not going to have to worry about any corrosion or anything like that on that bare steel. Now we're ready to get our hardware installed. We'll take our bolt leader, or fish wire, whatever you want to call it. We're going to go in the rear most attachment point, and direct it back to where we can get it through the hole that we enlarged. Now onto that we're going to slide 1 of our spacer blocks. We'll thread on one of the 1/2 inch carriage volts. I like to feed them in separately. That's usually the best tactic. Then we'll bring them right back to that rear location. We'll go do the exact same thing for our passenger side. Now with the help of an extra set of hands we'll guide our hitch up over the bolt that we installed. We're going to thread on our flange nut. Once we've got that started on each side that's going to support our hitch. Now we're just going to snug each side down a little bit. That will allow us to use our hitch as a template to drill our forward mounting locations at. Now with those drilled out, we'll just use our pull wires again. Direct them back towards that access hole. We'll slide on our spacer block. Your carriage bolt. And get that pulled down and through. We'll thread our flange nut up on there, and repeat that same process for our passenger side. Now we'll get those snug down. Then we can look in the instructions. There we'll have our torque specifications. We want to torque each bolt down properly. Now we are going to get our heat shield trimmed here. Basically we just want to come up this ridge, just past that, I'll call is the second little channel that runs through, and then right up to the side. This is a pretty thin piece of metal. You can use just 10 snips or whatever you've got there to cut it. Like that. We'll replace the 3 bolts to get it put back into position. We've just removed 1 of the mounting locations there. Now we'll just place it back up in place. Line up the weld nuts, and put our hardware back in, and then just tighten it down. All right, now we'll get our exhaust back in place. Now when we put our exhaust back it's a good idea to re-lubricate those rubber exhaust hangers. That just helps them slide on easier. We can just start at the back and work our way forward. Pull down our safety strap there and our hitch is going to be ready for use. That's going to complete our installation of the Curt Custom Fit Class 3 trailer hitch receiver. Part number C13206 on our 2017 Subaru Outback wagon. .


Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - C13206

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (265 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.

- C13206
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2019 Subaru Outback Wagon

Hitch went on without a hitch. I followed the video directions you included on your website and then again in my purchase order email which gave me the confidence to install myself. I did have to go buy a step bit, but other then that had everything else I needed. My car does however have the dual exhaust and your video shows a single. I was able to install by myself (I laid on my back and pushed the hitch up with my legs while lining up with bolts). I generally can figure out most installations, but your videos are a great tool to have as a guide. I did have one concern upon delivery. The box was ripped open in two large spots (opposite sides). Nothing was damaged thankfully, but the box was oversized by at least a foot or more for the content. I still am very pleased etrailer.com for price, product, and video reviews. 580130



- C13206
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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Hitch arrived well packaged but with several minor scratches. I installed it in my own garage using ramps in about two hours without physical assistance. The step bit suggestions from other reviews were a great help! Well worth the $8 on another online retailer. The hardest part for me was fishing out the wiring harness plug from the side of the car. I strongly suggest watching the etrailer videos on both products. I plan to use this hitch to occasionally pull a 5x10 utility trailer and hitch mounted bike rack. 518954



- C13206
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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Great product and customer service. Shipment was fast. This was the third purchase and install from etrailer. The instructions and videos make the install process easy. Also a great value. My only issue with this install on my 2017 outback was a very snug fit around the spare tire well. It went in eventually with some coaxing. :-) All in all, great experience and would highly recommend! 334535



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The Curt hitch was shipped promptly and arrived without issue. After backing up on a pair of car ramps the accessibility to everything was easy. I strapped the muffler so it would not drop then removed the muffler from the hangers. Spraying WD40 on the hangers definitely makes it easier. I used a step drill to enlarge the holes to pass the bolts through. I was not able to locate a 17/32 drill bit so I used a 1/2 bit which worked fine. My wife assisted in raising the hitch and securing the first two bolts. Taking a leisurely approach we finished in 1:45 hours. Looking forward to using our Thule bike rack in the hitch. 483848


Comments

Great! The Subaru has been busy with the bike rack attached going to various rides. The car has also be pulling our catamaran to the lake. Great hitch, easy install, great buy!

Hobie M - 03/12/2019

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- C13206
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Subaru Outback Wagon

The instructions had me cut out a little more heat shield than necessary, but otherwise it was super easy and everything went together well. I agree with the other reviewers that said this receiver hugs the spare tire cavity a little tight. Also, thank you to the reviewer that suggested a 1 1/8 step drill bit. I had the holes the correct size in just a few seconds and already found uses for it on another project. Fantastic price and instructions on a great hitch receivers for my Outback. I would not hesitate to recommend this receiver or etrailer. Thanks George J for the help as well. 548391


Comments

Fantastic. Flawless operation after one year of near weekly use. I have been using the receiver for a heavy duty bicycle rack that sees regular longer trips on interstate highways. I got down to check the torque on the bolts and everything still looks great.

Patrick - 07/31/2019

58476

- C13206
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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

This Curt hitch has more towing capacity than my 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon can handle, but felt this 2 inch receiver would offer extra stability for a loaded bike rack. The install was straightforward following the directions & videos. Took me more like 2+ hours as I didn't want to make a mistake. One big recommendation is to buy a tapered drill bit as recommended. I first tried drilling a 1/2" hole & attempted to enlarge it with various abrasive/cutting bits chucked in the drill. That makes a sloppy hole & takes lots of time as the frame's steel is much harder than expected. So bought a tapered bit which made a perfect hole in seconds. If I recall correctly you need a 5/8" hole. Also bought some plastic plugs and glued them in the unused holes with silicone caulking. Connected the wiring harness ground wire to an existing bolt (secured with an extra nut) rather than drill a new hole for a screw. Have used the hitch for the bike rack, and for towing a small boat, and it works as it should. 483123


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Works fine, no issues.

Charles - 03/17/2019

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- C13206
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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

The hitch is well made, with heavy materials and good welding. Shipping was prompt. All of the required hardware was included. However, the hitch did not fit well onto my 2015 Subaru Outback. The "wings" were placed or angled inwards too much, and did not clear the spare tire well. Much of the under carriage anti-corrosion material was scraped from the sides of the tire well as I positioned the hitch into place. It barely fit. It seemed pointless to call or return the hitch since the under coating was already damaged by the initial test fit of the hitch, so I just lived with it and completed the installation. The poor fit may be due to a minor individual variation in manufacture, or the 2015 tire well is slightly larger than 2014, I'm not sure. 228058


Comments

Other than the initial fit issue at installation, the hitch has been fine over the last year. The coating is durable and the hitch shows no sign of rust. Ive towed loaded trailers several times with no problems.

R. A - 09/27/2016

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- C13206
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Subaru

Thanks etrailer.com. Free shipping arrived in 4 days. Everything was in the box as ordered and in fine shape. Needed this for 4th of July week in the woods of Upstate NY. Will be used as a carrier and very light trailer work. Do it yourself supplies: Lisle muffler hanger pliers/Step Drill for frame/multiple metric sockets. Since my wife wasn't able to do much lifting I actually removed the muffler and tailpipe as this car is brand new and it was easily removed. With all that out of the way this installation took less than 2 hrs Perfect fit. Great instructional videos, needed to revisit the heat shield portion. Thanks as you saved me a ton of money over Subaru dealer $450-$500 tonnage. PS only cursed once as a hot shard of frame landed directly on the mustache......yowza! 265732



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2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

I decided to buy the Curt hitch for my 2016 Outback because I wanted a rounded tube crossbar (aesthetics) and I wanted the receiver to be far enough back that I would have plenty of tailgate clearance with my bike rack or any other carriers I might use it for in the future. There are other receivers that are more tucked back and less visible, but I felt added clearance with accessories was more important to prevent damage to the car. I also wanted a 2" receiver because there are more accessories/racks available than what you can get for a 1-1/4" version, even though my car is not rated to tow anywhere near the max capacity of a 2" hitch. The installation took me about 2.5hrs, of which the most time consuming parts were prying off the rubber exhaust hangers and opening up slots in the frame holes to allow the carriage bolts and spacers to be fished through. I strongly suggest a carbide cutting tool like the Dremel 9901 which should make quick work of slotting the frame. Also a set of tin snips will make quick work of the exhaust shield trimming, which is very straight forward. Other than those tools, you should have anything else you might need in a basic mechanics set of tools. The finished product is not 100% stealth, but it is tucked up about as far as it could be without having to trim the body work (like with the OEM 1-1/4" hitch). It is relatively unobtrusive, except when specifically looking for it (like I was when decided on which receiver to get) - a layperson walking by is not going to noticed it hanging down. The black tends to blend with the bodywork and shadow under the car . If you have an Outback with the optional shiny roll pan guard, a black receiver might stand out more. This is a fantastic value from etrailer considering not only a low price, but also an incredibly helpful set of videos and photos of the installation. Do yourself a favor and watch their model-specific install video to demystify the process - the installation instructions from Curt are relatively vague without the video supplement. I highly appreciate etrailer's product and model-specific videos and reviews and that is partly why I give this 5 stars. 261565



- C13206
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2019 Subaru Outback Wagon

For those of you that may be looking (as I was) - this hitch does indeed fit a 2019 Outback. I researched various sellers as well as made an inquiry to Curt but no one would confirm fitment to the 2019. Decided to take a chance with this and I am glad I did. The hitch itself was easy to install. The instructions available on etrailer also came with the hitch and were generally easy to follow. I would estimate it took me about two hours to install the hitch and the wiring harness. 568305



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

This is my second hitch and wiring from etrailer. I bought the first one in 2011 then recently the second one for my new 2018 Subaru. Just like the first one this one fits exactly like the photos and video show on the etrailer web sit. I am very happy with it. etrailer is the best site to buy from in my opinion. They package the hitch great, delivery is fast, and (unlike other sites) they also take the time to put out a lot of photos and complete installation videos so I can easily compare other hitches. No other site puts that type of effort into making sure you know exactly what you are buying and how to install it. Thanks etrailer. 440873


Comments

After a year, the hitch still looks great.

DG - 10/09/2018

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- C13206
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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Hitch arrived quickly and the installation instructions were very clear AND they were specific and correct for my car! Something not found too often these days. I have hauled trailers but mostly use it for my hitch mounted bike rack. Performs wonderfully for everything I have used it for. 438904


Comments

Hitch is working as expected, however there is rust evident at the welds. It is on the welds in the corners, not somewhere that the paint has been affected by use. Not a structural problem, but not pleasing aesthetically.

Jim N - 10/03/2018

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- C13206
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Subaru Outback Wagon

This is my second hitch from etrailer for a Subaru Outback. This time around it only took me about 1.5 hours, with a friend helping out. The hitch fits like a glove and looks amazing. I know that some folks have mentioned the hitch could you use a bit more packing in the cardboard box, but mine arrived in fine shape, with no damage. Since this is now my second Curt hitch on my second Outback, I can say the quality is outstanding, and it's SOLID. I'm still a fan of installing it from the spare tire compartment/cargo area of the car and enlarging the forward-most access holes already provided in this area with a step-drill bit, as others have stated. This allows for easy top-down access while fishing the bolts, and made it easier for me to line everything up right the first time. The included instructions do help, but the online videos are so much better. This product can be installed with your typical tools in the garage, but it might make it easier to plan a quick trip to the local hardware store, and pick up the recommended tools in the instructions. I had my previous hitch on another Outback for 2 years, with a Thule bike rack and 3 bikes on it for many months out of the year, and it never failed me; rock solid product. Thanks again etrailer for excellent pricing and fast shipping! 474723



- C13206
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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

Hitch installed on 2018 SUBARU OUTBACK, approx 2 hours by 1 man. A few installation tips: 1. I didn't remove the muffler heat shield, just drilled through. Removed only 1 screw which interfere with Hitch. 2. When reinstall rubber isolators put some grease inside the holes it makes a big difference. 3. I have removed 2 rubber isolators and the muffler, it makes a lot of room. 4. I choose to insert bolt point by drilling a 1" (enlarge an existing hole as you can see in pictures attached) hole from the trunk. Everything done with the car on the ground, don't forget to wear safety glass!!! 486151



- C13206
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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Install was a breeze - exactly like the video. I was able to do it myself, car on the ground, in about 1 hr 15 min. My Outback does have dual exhaust, so a little more work with that. I recommend using the step drill bit as in the video. You'll need one that goes up to 1 and 1/8 inch diameter. Hardest part was holding up the hitch and aligning the first bolt by myself. Extra hands definitely recommended for that, but it's possible to do by yourself, just be careful. 403130


Comments

I’ve had the hitch a year and am so glad for it. In that time, I’ve pulled a small [rental] trailer, small boat, and hitch-mounted luggage rack on a 2,600 mike road trip. The hitch still looks like new. Well worth the small investment in time and money.

Cole K - 07/08/2018

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- C13206
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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

Great trailer hitch! In fact, we used it twice in the last 4 weeks. Solid construction...and even saved my car from damage in a minor fender-bender. Thank you for a great product! 572849



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2019 Subaru Outback Wagon

When I placed my order I asked if there could be more care in the packaging. It was ignored and my hitch needs to be replaced or repainted. 570968



- C13206
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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

After a bit of research, I decided on the Curt 2" hitch for my 2017 Outback, primarily because I intend to use it for bike transport and appreciated the bit of extra room in front of the gate it allowed. My order arrived in just a few days. The box came with one small hole punched in the side, but the hitch was in good shape. I did a lot of reading and research before I started the installation. The online video as well as the pictures and tips from other readers were helpful in giving me a good idea of what was involved. The whole install process took about 90 minutes, not counting prep and clean up. I easily found a step drill at HF, but was surprised by the lack of local availability for a 17/32" drill bit. Most places stopped at 1/2" and then jumped to larger sizes. Lucky for me, I found I already had a 17/32" bit in my bin of odd bits. Once I made my way down through the layers of interior pieces around the spare tire, it was an easy matter to enlarge the front holes (covered by a circle of black tape) to 1 1/8" so the plates and bolts could easily pass. After the inside drilling was done, I used some of those drive up ramps (and jack stands) to allow easier access to the underside of the vehicle. The tip with the spray lube and cargo strap worked as advertised with the muffler and hangers. My Outback is pretty new, so the hangers slid off and on without a problem. The only real "difficulty" I encountered in the installation was fishing the wire from the big hole in the trunk to the small hole underneath. I ended up using a reverse fish from the other direction with a piece of safety wire. It was much easier to spot and grab the wire through the big hole. I enlisted the help of an assistant (wife) for a few minutes to hold one side of the hitch in place while I got the first nut installed. I left the fish wires on until the last minute. Drilling the second set of holes wasn't too tough. I used a center punch and about 4 different size bits to work up to the final dimension. I put some paint on all the bare metal and installed a 3D printed a plastic cap with silicone sealant to cover the access holes in the trunk area. All things considered, I'm quite happy with my purchase. I saved HUNDREDS of dollars over what the dealer quoted me, even after buying some tools for the job. I'm 59 and my skill level is "amateur maker/tinkerer". I've done a fair amount of work on cars and planes, but just don't do that much of it anymore. 412614



- C13206
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2014 Subaru Outback Wagon

Went with the Curt 13206 for our 2014 Outback after researching prices and weighing options for factory vs. aftermarket hitches and wiring. Our intended uses -- some light trailer and camper towing, plus cargo carriers and bike racks -- were a good match for the Curt's ratings (which exceed the Outback's ratings, just a bit of extra assurance). We also liked the more-rearward placement of the hitch opening. The hitch and accessories arrived quickly from etrailer, with no shipping damage. We were pleased with the aesthetics of the Curt hitch in person (rounded tubing, good finish, quality welds). It might not be the most "stealth" offering out there, but appears very solid and not at all conspicuous once installed. The installation was fairly straightforward, got it done solo in the garage in a couple of hours. The hitch was a tight fit around the spare tire well, had to scrape down a bit of the factory undercoating on each side to get it into place (something a few other customers mentioned). The rubber exhaust hangers also took some awkward wrestling -- probably would have been easier if I'd had access to a lift. Also installed the Curt 56040 wiring harness and Tow Ready mounting brackets (18140 + 18144) for the flat-four plug. Again, relatively easy jobs with the how-to demos on etrailer. Since I had the rear flooring pulled out to put in the wiring, I decided to enlarge a couple of existing taped-over holes in the cargo area to fish the hitch mounting hardware into place (rather than enlarging holes on the underside of the vehicle), as suggested by previous reviewers. Similarly, I routed the flat-four harness down through an existing rubber plug in the spare tire well (added some split-loom), and connected it to the Tow Ready brackets on the hitch. I thought this would be a cleaner and more convenient solution than running wiring through the rear hatch when towing. Have to say that the how-to videos and notes from etrailer, along with the tips, tweaks and suggestions from other customers, made these tasks much, much easier and saved a lot of time. Thanks again for the thorough product selection and documentation, and great service. 353792


Comments

Thanks so much for your business and your review, John! Just a quick note - even though the hitch may exceed the capacity of your Outback, the maximum capacity of any towing setup is limited to the capacity of the lowest rated component.

-- Laura E - 03/27/2017

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Comments

Thank you for following up. All is well one year along, were very happy with the hitch and accessories.

John L - 03/17/2018

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- C13206
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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Installed the Curt 2” trailer hitch for my 2017 Outback. Very easy to install, I made one change from the factory instructions; I enlarged an access hole for the bolts on the interior of the car rather than the channel as shown in the instructions. I noticed this area when installing the wiring kit. It resulted in a cleaner installation without weakening the structural channels. After running to the local car wash to vacuum out the trunk, I installed the Swagman bike rack and had a great day!! 501849



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2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Etrailer has built a reputation of customer service "trust" because they have earned it. That's why it works and why it worked for me. Great products with what parts to order as you decide what to order to make your installation a professional job, for the DIYer. UPS is rough with the boxes and many reviewers commented that their boxes had holes in them on delivery, mine did too. But, etrailer tapes ALL of your parts to the hitch and covers the hitch with heavy paper to protect it and your parts from damage. All my parts came in perfect shape with nothing missing or damaged. I did my hitch install by backing my subaru outback on ramps for more room to work and I removed the muffler , only two bolts, which gave me a very open work space. It worked out just like the videos show. I did purchase the hitch mounted cable brackets instead of hanging the cable out the rear hatch. There is a rubber plug that can be popped out under the spare tire that can route the wire in perfect position for the cable brackets. Thanks Etrailer, you guys do it right. 548394



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2014 Subaru Outback Wagon

I purchased this product for my 2014 Subaru Outback. The package came very quickly! Upon receipt, everything was in the box, instructions were easy to follow and were informative to everything you could need for the job. The instructions say for a novice the time would be about 90 minutes (1.5 hours), it took me about 3 hours with very basic knowledge of vehicles. Installation went very easy! Haven’t used the hitch yet, but I tested it while parked and held up perfectly fine! 683498



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Worked well for our older trailer setup. 666720



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Super easy installation. Great product for my trailer hitch!!! 665299



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Fast and ez to install 663969



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I will always deal with Cathy! She is great and has lots of patience. The hitch install was easy and trouble free. 657611



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

The Curt trailer hitch did not fit properly for my 2018 Subaru Outback. The hitch would not fit around the spare tire well. I had to use a large hammer to cave it part of the well without interfering with the spare tire. The wire harness worked great. 647719



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Very nice product, arrived quickly with all needed hardware, 5 star service! 644666



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Perfect 642016



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BMW

I had purchased this same hitch last year so I could add protection to the bumper and rear hatch. Since moving to Portland six years ago, my wife has been rear-ended four times and I have been hit twice while stopped at traffic lights. The hitch allowed us to use a “step/protective” insert. She was hit again two weeks ago. The collision destroyed the step but saved the bumper. As a result, I’d estimate the damage to the BMW was $4000-6000. As a result, I’ll be installing a similar hitch on my Subaru. ( I was hit last summer while driving my ‘63 Triumph TR3.) 641170



- C13206
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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

I ordered a hitch for our 2017 Subaru Outback, plus the wiring harness adapter to accompany. Both were really easy to install. Had to borrow a torque wrench for the hitch but that was about the hardest. The videos on hitch install and wiring harness install were excellent. This is not my first hitch from etrailer and they've all been great products. They put a lot of effort into all the videos, etc to help a DIYer to be successful. 639470



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

I purchased the C13206 trailer hitch for a 2017 Subaru Outback, it worked out great. The installation wasn't too bad, everything fit pretty well and the instructions and instructional video are very good and easy to follow. I'm very pleased with the product. 638687



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2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

The Curt hitch installed mostly well on my 2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R. I bought this same (or similar) hitch for my 2012 2.5i Outback a few years back and that installed with zero issues. This one it seems like the design is a bit different on the rear frame area on the outback which caused me to need a step bit to open up some of the holes to fit the carriage bolt plates through. This was not an issue on the 2012. The wiring harness install was still extremely easy and had no issues either way. 628809



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2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

product received as described. i have put receiver hitches on two other subaru outbacks and they all three have been easy for me to install. you will need a mentality for mechanical ability. the last hitch, i put on by myself - but i do not recommend doing so (but it was easy for me to do after having done two others previously). 628524



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

This is an exceptionally well made product. Installed on a 2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited. Instructions are super easy to follow. Did this by myself, but definitely would be easier if done with a partner as the item is rather heavy (I used a floor jack at my second set of hands). There is a YouTube video (https://youtu.be/Q7yNpIVvMsI) that has a smarter way, in my opinion, of getting the mounting hardware in place. I followed this method and it worked out great (kuddos to this guy for figuring it out). Others have said it took them 1.5 hours and in hind site I probably could have as well, but struggled to get the exhaust off my wife's VERY dirty car and was OCD about only drilling barely large enough for the hardware, getting everything fitted, then disassembled to spray/prime those holes to prevent rust, and then reassembled again. Took me closer to 5 hours, but again, I'm OCD. All in all, very happy with the product and quality of materials. 613952



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Great hitch! Great price ! 610860



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Great product. Good quality . The install instructions were great and had a video 610369



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Wonderful company and great support. Order one day got the next! 609689



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Subaru

This was the third one I have installed all on Subaru Outbacks. All 3 work well. If I need another after market hitch, I'm going to etrailer. 609059



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I only got to use the hitch three times this year, but it worked great. Can't tell about the installation since a body shop did that for me. 608583



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Had this receiver for over a year. No issues no loose bolts nothing. It just works and for a fraction of the price of an OEM one. You are gonna need to tools to install this but no complaints. 608116



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Nice well made hitch. Took some grinding to make it fit. Nothing that would affect the structural integrity. If you have a Bronco just be prepared for slight modifications. No other issues. 600251



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The installation was quite simple etrailer was the best price around. very nice people to do business with 599180



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

Very quick to ship to Alaska. Packaged well with no damage to merchandise. 589218



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What can I say I give you a 10 and A+ it was a pleasure working with your company thank you. 584329



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Toyota Highlander

Hitch and wiring kit installed easily and worked as advertised. Instruction sheet was well written but the videos were great especially since Subaru makes it a little more difficult. Rep that sold it followed up to see if I needed help. Didn't but was a nice gesture. And a great price for the hitch and wiring kit. Currently shopping for a Highlander and plan to use etrailer again. 579563



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

Was very happy with the hitch, had it installed today and it really looks very good on the unit. 572029



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I am very happy with my purchase of my Curt Trailer Hitch. Installation instructions were clear and easy to follow. Took me about 1 hour 1/2 to install and it looks great. Thanks Robert 571622



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Works fine Easy Install Thank you 568231



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Haven't had a chance to install hitch . But wanted to say customer service was excellent. They kept me informed of the status of my order with constant updates. And even tho the item was out of stock I still received it in less than a week from order date. Would use again. Will review again after install. 564915


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  • Comparing the Curt # C13206 and the EcoHitch # 306-X7266 for a 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • I take it that you are debating over the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13206 and the EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7266 for your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon because the Curt is rated for a higher weight capacity but the EcoHitch has a cleaner look. The thing that you need to remember is that when using your vehicle to tow or carry anything you always have to check the weight of the equipment you are using (trailer hitch) AND the weight rating for your vehicle. Whichever...
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  • Differences Between Curt, Draw-Tite, and etrailer Trailer Hitches for a 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The differences that you noted are really the only difference between the Curt # C13206 and the Draw-Tite # 75673 trailer hitches for your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon. The Curt has the round tube style but does require the support strap # 18050 for all non-trailer loads (like your bike rack) while the Draw-Tite has a square tube style and doesn't require the use of the strap. I have a 3rd option for you that combines the features that you like! The etrailer.com trailer hitch # e98847 uses...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver to Fit a 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "direct fit" because all three of the Class III trailer hitch receivers we carry for your 2014 Subaru Outback are custom made and designed for your vehicle. The hitch that has the most factory-like look is the Ecohitch, part # 306-X7162. Once installed all you see is the open receiver tube under the rear bumper of your Subaru. Take a look at the picture I attached. The downside to this hitch is the install requries the bumper to be temporarily...
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  • Why Does Curt Require Stabilizing Straps for Hitch-Mounted Bike Racks but Draw-Tite Does Not
  • The stabilizing straps are a warranty requirement that Curt recommends to help support the hitch. The strap reduces some of the tongue weight load on the hitch, reduces the tendency for attached items to move around while the vehicle is in motion, and prevents some vertical shock from being transferred to the hitch when going over bumps. Using a strap such as Item # 18050 with a Curt hitch will maintain the warranty and provide additional support. I've attached a review video that shows...
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  • Trailer Hitch for 2018 Subaru Outback For Carrying Kuat Transfer Bike Rack
  • For a trailer hitch to fit your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon which will allow you to also use your Kuat Transfer # TS02G the Curt Hitch # C13206 would be your best option as it allows the rack to fold up unlike the Draw Tite. This is a 2 inch trailer hitch which very easily support your bike rack when it has the 2 inch hitch adapter installed. 2 inch hitches are preferred as they have higher capacities and have more accessories made for them. The Curt hitch will allow the rack to fold up but...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon that Will Allow Bike Carrier to Fold Up
  • For your 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon, I actually recommend looking at the Curt Class III Round Tube Receiver Hitch # C13206. Between the three Class III options confirmed to fit your vehicle, the Curt model provides the shortest distance from the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper. When we had a chance to install this trailer hitch on your 2014 Outback Wagon, there was a measurement of just 2-1/2 inches from the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper. I recommend taking...
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  • Draw Tite 75683 vs Curt 13206 Comparison for 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • If there are only two holes on the frame of your 2017 Subaru Outback wagon the Curt hitch part # C13206 was what was installed on your vehicle. Installing this hitch allows you not to have to drill. The Draw Tite part # 75673 will require drilling but doesn't require the stabilizer strap. So it's a bit of a trade off.
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  • Availability of the EcoHitch for a 2018 Subaru Outback
  • The EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver Class III, # 306-X7266, has been confirmed to fit the 2018 Subaru Outback. We also carry 2 other hitches that are confirmed to fit the 2018 Subaru Outback. The Curt Class III Round Tube Receiver, # C13206, and the Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame Receiver Hitch, # 75673, will fit this model vehicle.
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  • Replacement Hitch Installation Hardware Kit for Curt Hitch C13206
  • Yes, we do offer replacement hitch installation hardware kits to allow you to move your Curt hitch # C13206 from your 2015 Subaru Outback to your 2018 model year. You want to order part # RHK. On this item's page simply enter your hitch part number and brand in the fields provided. We will put together a complete hardware kit with all the original parts. The hitch install instructions are linked for you and the tools required are listed.
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  • Comparing Factory Hitch and OEM Hitch for 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • For your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon an aftermarket hitch like the Curt # C13206 is easily the better option. You'll have a much lower price to pay, better capacities, and you won't have to deal with the super shallow hitch pin depth that Subaru has on their factory hitches. This makes fitting accessories like bike racks more difficult so aftermarket hitches are definitely the way to go over the factory hitches. For trailer wiring you'd then want the T-One kit part # 118467 which is a...
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  • 2014 Subaru Outback Trailer Hitch Receiver with Highest Ground Clearance
  • The trailer hitch for your Outback that has the highest receiver is the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 76227. This will have a measurement of 15-1/4 inches from the ground to the inside top of the receiver opening. That will be the best option to maintain ground clearance on your 2014 Subaru Outback. The Curt # C13206 or etrailer # e98847 come in just slightly lower at 15 inches.
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  • Can Trailer Wiring Harness for 2017 Subaru Outback be Routed to Outside Instead of Out of the Hatch
  • I have a possible solution that will allow you to mount a trailer wiring harness 4-Way on the outside of your 2017 Subaru Outback instead of running the wiring through the hatch. On the vehicle remove the flooring in the cargo area beyond what the trailer wiring harness instructions call for. Basically you need to get down to the metal of the cargo area floor. Then look for a grommet through which you can route the 4-Way end of the wiring harness through. If no grommet exists you could...
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  • Comparing Ground Clearance for 2
  • You will lose some ground clearance with the 2" trailer hitches from Draw-Tite # 75673 and the Curt # C13206 as opposed to the 2" trailer hitch from EcoHitch # 306-X7266 on your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon. This is due to the sleek design that EcoHitch is known for. The EcoHitch is a bit more difficult to install, but if ground clearance is what you are concerned about there is no better option. I have attached some installation videos for all 3 hitches as well as some photos that...
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  • Recommended 2-Inch Class III Hitch to Replace 1-1/4-Inch Factory Hitch on 2018 Subaru Outback
  • The guidance you received about not using a 2-inch hitch on your Outback would apply if you were towing a trailer. Most 4-cylinder vehicles are generally not as towing-friendly as those with a V6 or larger engine. While this caution makes sense for towing applications it dos not really apply for use with a hitch-mounted bike rack. You are correct that Subaru's OEM hitches are not great matches for accessory applications like bike or cargo carrier use, and for the reason you stated, and...
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  • Which Hitch for 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon is Least Visible
  • From a visibility point of view the Draw Tite hitch part # 75673 will be your best option for your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon. This hitch is also better priced. They both sit very close to the same distance from the ground. The Curt # C13206 is 15-1/4 inches from the ground and the Draw Tite is 15 inches. What really makes the Draw Tite less visible is that it is tucked in closer under the vehicle than the Curt. The Curt's hitch pin is 2-1/4 inches from the outer edge of the rear bumper...
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  • Bumper Clearance of T2 Bike Rack with Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver on 2018 Subaru Outback
  • The Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 75673 will have a measurement of about 5 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole on the receiver to the outside edge of the bumper. The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # C13206 will be 2-1/4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of your bumper. The EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 306-X7266 has a much cleaner...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver for a 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon with Maximum Bumper Clearance
  • If you have the Thule T2 Classic 2 Bike Platform Rack part # TH9044 with the 2" receiver then you will want to use the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C13206. If you have the Thule T2 Classic 2 Bike Platform Rack part # TH9045 with the 1-1/4" receiver then you will want to use the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C12136. None of the Draw-Tite trailer hitch receivers we have for your Outback Wagon will provide enough clearance for the Thule T2 to clear the rear bumper in their upright...
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  • Curt 13390 Compatibility with 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13206 is a confirmed fit for your 2017 Subaru Outback. The Curt # 13390 is similar in look but will not fit your 2017 Outback. It only fits 2010-2013 model years. The dimensions are different even though the style is similar.
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  • Parts Needed to Tow a Boat Trailer with a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C13206 and the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 75673 are both good options for your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon. I cannot really say one is better than the other but I do recommend using the Draw-Tite hitch as it will not require the use of a stabilizer strap part # 18050 for non-towing applications like the Curt hitch will. A few other keys things to note about each hitch is that the Curt hitch has a round crosstube and is made in...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Wiring for 2018 Subaru Outback Limited
  • For your 2018 Subaru Outback Limited, I recommend the Draw-Tite Class III Max Frame Receiver Hitch # 75673. This Class III hitch features a 2 inch receiver opening and a 4,000 pound towing weight capacity. I took a look at the online owner's manual for your 2018 Outback Limited and found that it has a towing capacity of 2,700 pounds. You will always need to follow whichever limit is lower, the vehicle's or the hitch's, so in this case your towing capacity will be 2,700 pounds. I do also...
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  • Does the Whole Back of a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon Need to be Taken of to Install EcoHitch
  • To help narrow down the trailer hitch options I do recommend going with a 2" trailer hitch receiver as opposed to a 1-1/4" receiver. The 1-1/4" options tend to have more restrictions when it comes to accessories that can be used. Since the installations for the various hitch sizes will be the same from the manufacturers I would definitely go with a 2" receiver. As you can see from the attached photo and installation video, the EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7266 does require...
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  • Parts Needed to Tow A-liner Camper with 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • A car's towing capacity depends on the specific equipment installed on it at the factory and/or at the dealership. Things that affect a car's towing ability include engine size, whether or not it has a transmission cooler and whether or not the trailer being towed has its own brakes. Page 8-22 of the online edition of the owner's manual for the 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon indicates MAXIMUM towing capacities that are noted below but I recommend checking your own printed manual too. 2.5L...
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  • Replacement Trailer Hitch Hardware Including Carriage Bolt Blocks and Fish Wire
  • To put your Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13206 on your 2015 Subaru Outback, I recommend using the hardware kit # RHK which will get you all the parts that originally came with your trailer hitch so you can safely install it on your new vehicle. On this product page you will select the manufacturer and enter the part number of the hitch and then you will get the correct hardware sent to you.
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  • Best Trailer Hitch for 2019 Subaru Outback Limited
  • The best trailer hitch for your 2019 Subaru Outback Limited is the Curt # C13206 because it has the best bumper clearance among hitches that fit your car; this hitch is a fit for both the 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited. This Class III, 2" trailer hitch has a black powder coat finish which helps protect it from corrosion and also has a 4,000 lb towing capacity and a 600 lb tongue weight capacity, allowing you to carry even the heaviest bikes and bike racks. The Curt # C13206 is made in...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon that is Most Hidden
  • In terms of visibility the Draw-Tite part # 75673 is going to be your best option. It does not stick out nearly as much as the Curt # C13206 does. If you wanted to do 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 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. If the ball mount kit does not include a...
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  • Installing Curt Class III Trailer Hitch on 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Curt Class III Round Tube Receiver Hitch # C13206 referenced in your question is confirmed to fit your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon. We do not currently have any installers based in California, but any local shop or mechanic with a good reputation should be able to handle the installation without issue. Curt estimates that an experienced mechanic should be able to install the hitch in about 45 minutes. When installing the hitch on your Outback Wagon, some heat shield trimming and minor...
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