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

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

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  • Draw-Tite
  • Class II
  • 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • 300 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • Visible Cross Tube
This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from Draw-Tite. Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" part number 36493 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch - 36493

This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.


Features:

  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your vehicle
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
  • Tested Tough - safety and reliability criteria exceed industry standards
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Drawbar and pin and clip sold separately


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class II
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 300 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite's Tested Tough program provides testing standards far superior to those outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the go-to source for engineering professionals.



Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.


In addition, Draw-Tite performs static testing on a simulated automobile, as opposed to the rigid fixture used for SAE testing, resulting in a more true-to-life scenario.


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.



36493 Draw-Tite Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver

90208 Hidden Hitch Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver



36493 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 36493 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2010 - 2019 Subaru Legacy

2013 - 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon

2010 - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon excluding Sport



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


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




Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon - Draw-Tite

Today, on our 2017 Subaru Outback wagon, we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the Draw-Tite Custom-Fit Class II Trailer Hitch Receiver, offering the inch-and-a-quarter by inch-and-a-quarter opening. It's part number is 36493. This is what our hitch is going to look like installed. We're going to have a square crosstube, pretty much visible across the rear of the vehicle until it meets the side plates there. In the middle, we've got our inch-and-a-quarter by inch-and-a-quarter receiver tube opening. This is a Class II hitch, so this is going to work out really good. You can carry four bike racks, cargo carriers, ball mounts for small trailers.

Anything like that will work out fine. Got that reinforcement collar around the end that's going to help give it some structural rigidity. You can see our rolled steel style safety chain connection points, gives us plenty of room to get those chains connected. There on the side, you'll see the 1/2-inch diameter pin hole. That's going to work out really well for pins and clips, anti-rattle bolts, locking hitch pin clips, whatever you want to use there. You just want to be sure it's rated for Class II accessories. When it comes to the weight ratings for our hitch, it offers a 300-pound ton weight rating.

That's the maximum downward force that we can put down here at the receiver tube opening. We've got a 3500-pound gross trailer weight rating. That's going to be the total weight of our trailer and then also anything that we would load on top of it. It is a good idea to look into the owners' manual of your Outback to see what it's rated for, and then you'll just use whichever of those numbers are the lowest. A few measurements that are going to be helpful when it comes to selecting ball mounts, bike racks or hitch cargo carriers will be from the ground to the inside top edge of our receiver tube opening. We're going to have about 14 and 1/4 inches.

Then, from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our bumper, it's about 4 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, so we're just going to have three hangers. We've got one that's located right here at the rear corner, to the inside of the car, and then right caddy-corner, there's going to be one right up here. If we'll follow the pipe forward a little bit, there's one right in front of this rear differential. Before we start pulling those, what I like to do is just put a strap underneath the exhaust here.

That's going to offer us some support so as we remove those hangers, this will support it. Then we can gently lower it down as much as we want. The next thing we're 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, and then a large screwdriver or a pry bar's really what you're going to need. We just slide those off. Do that for our other two locations. If you have a dual exhaust, you're just going to repeat this same process, but it'll be over on the passenger side. Give it a little slack there. Then we can move that exhaust over a little bit. It's going to give us the room we need to work. Now we've got four bolts. We've got one, two, three, and four that we're going to need to remove. All right. We can set these aside for reinstallation later. Now we're going to pull the plugs out of the bottom of the frame rail. That's going to expose one of the holes here that we're going to enlarge, and then the one here in the rear is going to be one of our attachment points once we get our bolt fish wired down through. to get our hardware in place, we're going to be creating an access hole here. It's going to be an inch and 1/8 in diameter. I'm going to start with a small drill bit to create a pilot hole, 1/8-inch, whatever you've got. Once we've got this drilled through, we'll then switch over to our larger bit. Once our bolts will clear through there without any problems, then we're ready to go do the same thing over on our driver's side. Now we're going to take one of our fish wires and we're going to put it in our rear attachment point there. We want it to come out the access hole that we created. We're going to use one of our smaller spacer blocks, and slide that up on. Then we're going to thread on one of our 7/16's carriage bolts. Now we'll feed our spacer block up into the hole, follow that with our carriage bolt, and pull it down in place. We'll do that for our forward attachment point as well. In some applications, this hole's going to be a little bit smaller, so keep that in mind. It is where you removed that forward rubber plug. Here, we're going to be using the larger spacer block, like that. Now, we'll head over to the driver's side and repeat the same process there. It's a good idea before raising our hitch into position just to use some rust-proof paint there to just touch up that bare metal so we don't have any corrosion issues down the road. At our forward attachment points here, what we need to do is tape on one of the flat washers provided. I like to tape it up to the frame and then raise my hitch up into position. That'll sandwich it in there, and we can get our hardware in place. With an extra set of hands, we'll get our hitch lifted up into position. I like to remove the pull wire that we had installed on the rear-most fastener. I'll leave the one attached on the front to help guide it into position. We're going to lift our hitch right up over those 7/16's carriage bolts. Now onto these, we're going to add one of our conical tooth washers. The teeth need to be facing up toward the hitch. Then we can thread on our hex nut. Once we've got that started, we'll just allow our hitch to rest there, and we can get the rest of our hardware in place. Now we'll snug down our hardware here. We can grab our torque wrench. We'll want to look in the instructions. There will be our torque specifications, and we can torque all of our hardware down properly. Now we're going to grab our heat shield. This would be the forward area. We want to trim off this little edge here that's in front of that forward attachment point towards the inside of the car. We can just follow those ridges down, go on the high side of that one, and just get rid of that area there. Now we'll want to realign the bolts that go up into our heat shield. Typically, we'd be using four here. There's holes in the hitches that allow it. This heat shield had been previously modified for a different installation, so we'll just be using the three that are left. Now we'll just place it back up in place. A little spray lubricant's going to ease that job for us. All right. We can pull down our strap, and our hitch is going to be ready for use. That will complete our installation the Draw-Tite Custom-Fit Class II Trailer Hitch Receiver, Part #36493, on our 2017 Subaru Outback wagon.


Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - 36493

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (184 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.

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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Solid construction and good fit and finish. The box it arrived in was pretty beat up. And the arms that reach forward along the frame were pushed together a bit. So I got one side bolted up and wedged a screwdriver handle between the spare tire well and the other arm to clear the bolt and assemble. Other than that, the installation went fine. To install the bolts, I removed the cargo area carpet and related parts, then enlarged holes that are directly above the hitch mounting holes. Primed the bare metal after I was done, and covered the holes with duct tape. The pull wires are a very helpful thing to have for getting the mounting bolts into place. Thanks for including them. And the trailer wiring adapter fit perfectly. Its kit did not include the double sided tape referenced in the instructions, but I have some in my stash of home repair stuff. 498291



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I'd get hitched to it if I could ! Feel in love with it at first sight, well made , easy to install (with a little help from a friend) quick delivery and a great youtube install video that took away my fears of a DIY project. Highly recommended. 217525


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still in love and waiting for the time to install a second order on our new Honda H R V ! Ill let you know how it goes.

Greg L - 08/16/2016

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2014 Subaru Outback Wagon

The Product identification on the website was easy and clear for my car. The order process was super easy. We received the order very quickly, and it was delivered complete and in great shape. My Dad helped me install it, and we were both impressed at how good the customer service is with the access to fantastic video instructions for installation. The little bolt threading aids were brilliant! We used the floor Jack to lift the hitch in to place so that we didn't have to struggle with the weight while lining up the bolts. Lucky for us we had the hole saw in our shop. Had we not, it would have been a 30 mile trip to town and back......We had fun, and now I can haul and carry Stuff. Thanks etrailer! 275948


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Its been great.about to buy another one for my other daughters new car. And recommended one for another friends subaru recently too.

Kate S - 01/06/2018

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2011 Subaru Outback Wagon

my wife's 2011 subaru outback. very fast shipping, and the parts are as described. installed it on the floor with the car jacked up on the driver side in 1 hour. very easy install after watching video on etrailers site. the coolest thing on the install was having my wife under the car with me to put it in place at least for 5 min. she might be sophisticated, but i got that extra set of hands to line it up. lol. 16891



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This is my second etrailer hitch for bike racks. Installation took me longer than advertised, but that was just my issues. Moving the muffler connections is difficult but doable. Again my issue as I am working upside down and on my back. The installation video is very useful and covers ever possible detail. 450841


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All is good w/my hitch. I make a lot of recommendations for your products but so many of my friends are not handy so they spend a lot more on their auto manufactured equipment. Ill keep recommending, and you keep up the great work.

Ron - 11/10/2018

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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Great products! I was able to install the hitch receiver by myself in about 90 mins. The video on u tube was very helpful in installing the hitch and wiring harness. 440337


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Working great, use it to tow small utility trailer to haul beaty bark or stuff to the dump.

Charlie W - 10/08/2018

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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

This is the second hitch I have bought from Etrailer. One was for a 1997 Honda CR-V and the most recent is for a 2015 Subaru Outback. Both were delivered on time and were well made. Installation instructions and video were very helpful. I no longer have a truck, so my replacement hauler is a lightweight utility trailer. User friendly web page, thorough information and easy access to all things trailer makes continued use of Etrailer a sure thing. 524735



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2014 Subaru Outback Wagon

My hitch fit great. It is designed well. Being and engineer, I know what it means to have a good design. I would suggest that you talk to the packaging engineer though. The packaging was a mess by the time it arrived at my house. No damage or scratches to the hitch though, which I guess is all that is required of the packaging. I will continue to work with etrailer in the future. I will send pictures next time. Kevin 407691



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Subaru

The hitch was shipped and received in an expedite manner. The box as always was manhandled by UPS but the hitch itself was safe. Hint to shipping (bubble wrapping the hitch would help avoid scratch damage). I opted to enlarge the front hole present in the trunck area from within as the easiest way to pull the bolts through. Least amount of body damage without pulling the bumper off. The top sheet metal is much thinner than the bottom rail and there is a hole already directly above the front hole the bolt will travel through. In fact there is a hole directly above the rear bottom bolt hole as well but I opted to leave it alone and use the bolt threaders for these. A simple rat tail file and half moon rasp and about ten minutes was all that was needed to enlarge these two holes. Gorilla tape sealed them back over after it was finished. I noted that the 3 inch front bolt spacer fit perfectly perpendicular to the rail but the rear one did not so it sits parallel with the rail. This should not be an issue however because the rail at this point is double walled. I installed this hitch by myself in about 2 hours taking my time. I would also like to point out that instead of cutting the heat shield I decided to mark the position of the rear trailer bolt to the shield with a little grease on the bolt and drill a 1 1/4 inch hole in the heat shield over the marked spot with my hole saw. This worked out much cleaner than cutting the entire shield and was much easier than using snips. Over all quite an easy job. The only regret I had was not buying some undercoat while I had the heat shield off to add to what Subaru does not coat bit If the weather warms up the muffler will come off with just as much ease as before. The real test will be attaching the bike hitch and bikes. 120912



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2018 Subaru Forester

I've bought two of these hitches: one for a 2014 Subaru Forester, and now a 2018 Subaru Outback. A local automotive dealer had no problem installing either hitch as etrailer provided an excellent online video of the installation. I tow a 12' kayak on a small trailer (note photos) and never had a problem. etrailer ships promptly with no hassle and have always got it right.z 438085


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The hitch is ideal for the 2018 Subaru and the kayak trailer I tow with it. Never had a problem.

Douglas D - 10/01/2018

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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Hitch is of good quality, very sturdy. Install was more than time listed on site. Drilling 1.125 holes in the frame requires a very good hole saw. Drilling two holes took two hours. Will have to get some foam to seal the holes to keep water out. The instructions that came with it were in Spanish, no English instructions included. I had to download them from the site, no big deal but an inconvenience nonetheless. Instructions were very vague as to where to trim the exhaust shield, pretty much a trial and error kind of thing. Overall it was OK. I will be using this class 2 hitch for a bike rack and to pull a 4' x 8' Harbor Freight utility trailer so I only needed the small hitch, plus, I already had the 1 7/8" and 2" receiver sets so I didn't want to buy more. Also the price for the Class 2 hitch couldn't be beat. 457234


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After a year product is in good shape, no rust is forming on the outside yet. I live in NJ where they salt the roads so that is good.

John S - 12/05/2018

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The construction materials and workmanship of hitch look fine but the installation was awful. Required dropping muffler, drilling two 1-1/8 inch holes in the steel frame, removing and cutting heat shield, topped off with the wrong nuts provided - 3/8" for 7/16th" bolt!!! Close to 10 hours of work - don't attempt this unless you are a professional with professional tools. 140465


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Interesting review, Austin. Seems everyone else has been able to do it in under 2 1/2 hours. Maybe you should have watched the video BEFORE you ordered the hitch to insure the job was within YOUR abilities because its ALL explained for you. It makes me angry when people blame a product when its their OWN short comings.

-- comment by: Chris B - 03/14/2015

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Installation went well, instructions pretty good, although i would allow more time. Here are some recommendations... detach muffler, 2 bolts and much easier with it out of the way. Drilling the holes, go though the top, remove cover where spare tire is, there are existing holes and can cut, saw or use tin snips if you dont have large drill bit. Easier to work and less prone to rust. Last, enlist a helper to hold hitch in place when mounting... very tricky if your going it alone. 24584



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2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

I have a 2011 Subau Outback Limited 3.6R and I am 81 years old. That being said I thought that I would share some minor details on the installation. #1 The dual mufflers have to be removed, start with removing the rear rubber hangers, then remove the two bolts at exhaust pipe, then pull off the muffer at the upper rubber hanger. This is required to get to the heat shield and the frame. The P/N for the exhaust gasket(s) are 44011AE01A from your Subaru dealer, cost is $4.21 ea. Everything else is straight forward on the install. I also bought 12 fender washers approx. 1 1/4 in dia. to reinstall the heat shield(s) as mine were rusted at the M6 bolts. Last but not least, there was no need to jack up the car. The jack came in handy to lift the hitch into position. I used a long broom handle inserted in the 1 1//4 inch opening and while I slowly jacked up the wife pushed down on the end of broom stick to keep the hitch level. The hitch went up on the frame with no problems. This then became an easy install, even the rubber hangers went on easier then taking them off. Overall this operation took me 3 days in my heated garage but I was in no hurry and I have to take it easy because of my prostate cancer et al. To someone in good heath and pays attention to details will find that this is a first class product. Very well made and all bolt holes line up. Highly recommand, this is my second Draw-Tite install. 468774



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2017 Subaru Legacy

Installation took longer than expected and I only had one trip to the hardware store for a socket I held the hitch in place using a strap I pushed one of the bolts almost inside the frame but was able to grab it with a magnet tool It’s on and we are ready for summer 499995



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2013 Subaru Outback Wagon

This is a well made product, but it could use better packaging. (A few nylon ties holding things in place would be nice). I was a little worried when it arrived at my office in a very beat up box with a huge hole. The receiver had suffered some scratches, but a little glossy black touch up paint and undercoating spray covered any exposed steel. I removed the muffler and used the "inside trunk method", enlarging the pilot holes in the rear deck with a 1-3/8" step drill bit. After removing the carpeted cargo area covers, expose the pilot holes by using an upholstery tool to carefully remove the plastic plugs holding the Styrofoam trunk material in place. The pilot holes in my 2013 2.5i Limited Outback were covered by round black stickers. Use a little cutting lubricant when using the step drill, and a Dremel tool for smoothing out rough edges. The blocks and bolts were easily placed in the frame, being pulled almost straight down into position with the pull wires from below. With a little help from my wife, this hitch receiver was bolted to our car's frame and it was a perfect fit. I kind of wish I drilled a hole in the heat shield instead of trimming it, but no one is going to notice that when its hidden above the muffler. After a little cleaning, the trunk holes can be covered with Gorilla tape or plugged, if you can find blanking plugs with flat tops. Re-install the trunk foam, plastic plugs and cargo area covers. Mounting a bike rack will be a piece of cake with this receiver. 75311



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2012 Subaru Legacy

Over all I could not be any happier with my hitch / cargo basket buying and install experience. A huge thank you to Chris and George on the etrailer team. All of my pre-order questions were answered promptly, and everything arrived as scheduled. The boxes were a little banged up, but after reading the reviews, that was to be expected. The install of the Class III hitch on my 2012 Legacy 3.6 could not have gone smoother. The videos really help to set expectations, and lets you know exactly what you need to do. My Legacy 3.6 has a dual exhaust set-up so there was a little more work involved with dropping the exhaust and another heat shield needed to be trimmed, but other than that the instal is exactly the same as the video that shows you how to instal the larger Class II hitch. A few tips, when dropping the exhaust, you will need remove the rubber hangers that support each muffler and the next rubber hanger located right before the exhaust splits from one pipe into two. This will allow you to lower the exhaust far enough out of the way. I had the car supported by jack stands and used a small jack to support the exhaust (see picture). As for drilling the access holes, I did it from under the car and had zero problems. All said and done from the time the car was put on jack stands to the time it was ready to be lowered was exactly two hours. Again, zero complaints! Thank you etrailer! -Sean 191719



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Pontiac Trans Sport Van

First off I'd like to thank the previous reviewers that mentioned that they had gotten the wrong size nuts in the bag of installation hardware. On inspection PRIOR TO BEGINNING I too had the wrong size nuts so it was simply a matter of a quick run to the hardware store beforehand. So, CHECK YOUR NUTS BEFORE YOU START!! This is the 2nd time I've bought a hitch from trailer.com & as usual the parts arrived quickly & with little to no damage in transport. The installation went exactly as shown in the great video only I chose to drill the access hole from the inside the trunk area rather than underneath as another reviewer mentioned. I feel there will be less of a chance of rust developing in the frame using this method. I happened to have a couple of plastic plugs left over from something & used them to plug the 1 1/8" holes after a little touch-up paint on the bare metal. BTW, save those rubber plugs!! You may need them for a future job! Go the Mrs on a creeper to help me get it in place. The funniest part was watching her get up & off that wheeled beast. Did the job in the garage with just the rear end on jack-stands in 2 hours taking me time. 179581


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Didnt see it in the review but if I missed I apologize...what make model / year was the car you installed this on? I have a 2015 and am hoping I can drill the feeder holes from the trunk as well. Thanks in advance.

-- comment by: brian f - 07/22/2015

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Hey Brain F,Mine was a 2013 Outback wagon 2.5. Dont know if the interior is the same as a 2015. My sister-in-law has a 2015

-- comment by: Chris B - 07/24/2015

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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

Had a local tire shop install the hitch, much easier with a lift. No problem, just about 1.25 hours including the wiring, so very reasonable. Looks great, and everything fit well. Added caulk at the gasket to help seal the trunk. This is a Class II hitch, so adequate for my small utility trailer. Ordered the Hitch and the Wiring Harness, plus the bracket, then found I needed a "Universal Adapter" to mount it, but it was shipped fast and the shipping refunded, so I am quite happy with the customer service and instructions. 656763



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Shipped quickly. Fairly easy to install - works great! 654207



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2012 Subaru Legacy

Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4": Product arrived well packaged and is easy to fit. We haven's had much of a chance to use it yet, but it looks neat and sturdy on the car. We mainly need the hitch for a bike carrier and hope to use it often. 643216



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Hitch was as described and attached to vehicle without any glitches. 642138



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Easy installation. Not real noticeable when not in use after I removed all the stickers and added a receiver cover. The electrical pigtail was a simple plug-in after finding the vehicle plug. 639579



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Toyota Tacoma

This hitch has worked well for me. We use to for transporting our bicycles. We moved across the country from Washington, DC to Tacoma, Washington. The hitch fits well. I added some reflective tape for added visibility. 588821



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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Used this on my 2015 Subaru outback to haul a 5x8 utility trailer. Worked great. All parts came as expected and in good shape. 588442



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Installation was carefully planned and clearly presented. No ambiguity or surprises. 580044



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easy to install by myself with a floor jack and wooden brace I made out of 2x4 lumber 579298



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2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

My hitch was delivered fast and in perfect condition. Installation was not difficult. Took about 1 1/2 hours. The wires for fishing bolts through the frame worked great. 576111



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2011 Subaru Outback Wagon

I do light hauling for occasional dump runs and other household type things which this product solved for me seamlessly. The hitch is very well made, very solid. The instructions were completely accurate and very easy to follow. 575784



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2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Arrived in great condition.Wiring kit ordered extra was packed neatly. Easy install for both using the online video installation instructions. Looks great. Very happy. 568526



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Great hitch, fast free shipping! Price and quality of hitch first class!! Great video and easy installation! Will recommend your company to others! 563005



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

never used it when it arrived the instructions stated that I had to drill holes into the frame of my car.. my car is a 2018 and I was not drilling any holes in it. last year when I purchased this product it did not state that I would have to drill direct into the frame .. not sure how it is advertised now 560259



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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Product fit well. Drilled access holes through the top of a 2015 outback via the sides of the spare tire well. Much easier and the holes are directly above the bolt holes underneath (remove round black stickers, they're right there). Product arrived with the flanges punched through the box, but was undamaged. Packaging could be a little better/thicker. 551518



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Subaru Outback Wagon

I purchased based on prior hitch ease of installation and video instructions for this hitch. Perfectly engineered and all the parts (just need to purchase hole drill - recommend). Video shows 2 person install on a lift. With the road clearance of the Subaru Outback I was able to install without jacking. Didn’t have anyone to help, used a paint can to prop while I began fastening. Everything went as described, about a 2 hour job. Definitely recommend! 549794



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The folks at etrailer.com are terrific. Great selection, the best products at the best prices, and their shipping is incredibly fast! I placed my most recent order after normal business hours on a Thursday and received it on the following Monday, halfway across the country. In my experience, they have never failed to exceed expectations. 548119



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Fantastic hitch at a great price! Definitely look on the web for the procedure to remove the bumper to install the bolts, as it was much easier and cleaner than the supplied instructions to drill holes in the frame. 539587



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Hitch and harness just as described Installation video and instructions right on the money. Everything went smoothly Took me about an hour to install Everything working well 538467



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2014 Subaru Legacy

Great install, good product but it hangs WAY too low, bangs and scrapes going in and out of driveways. 529599



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

I installed this hitch on my 2017 Subaru Outback. Did it myself at home. Followed the instructions and watched some etrailer videos and it went pretty smooth. It's really a two-man job to lift the hitch in place. This is my third hitch from etrailer and I have never been disappointed. Always the best price and arrives when promised. 526194



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2013 Subaru Outback Wagon

Little tricky to install, but instructions were good. Recommend a torque wrench. 523383



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They are very good trailer products I like them and they’ve served me very well. I would be a repeat customer and recommend etrailer to my friends. 523270



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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

I installed the hitch myself and instructions were clear and complete. I had no trouble at all. Hitch is good quality, all welds are well made, paint quality is excellent and fitup was exact. 522387



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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

I use it for my bike rack. Is very stable. Would recommend to anybody. 520412



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

Serves our purpose. Easy to install. 514837



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2014 Subaru Outback Wagon

this is the second hitch I have bought from you in the last several years...As always a great deal and easy installation. 502913


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very well glad I installed it

Marjorie, F - 05/01/2019

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The trailer hitch that I purchased from you arrived and even though I had bought the wrong ball mount, replacing those items was easy and very friendly. Mounting the trailer hitch was simple and the directions and video made the job go smoothly. The only problem was finding the connector for the electrical harness. It was really secured well and required removing an extra panel from the car. 502394



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2011 Subaru Legacy

Truly happy with my purchase. A year later and it's still a super useful purchase. Great customer service from etrailer too. 498599



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1992 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup

This was quite easy to install and the directions were simple and clear. Looking forward to a summer of camping in our new 12’ tent trailer. 497312



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2014 Subaru Outback Wagon

Installed hitch on my recently acquired 2014 Outback and towed my surplus furniture out to California from Indiana for my daughter's wedding. Problem-free trip. I also use the hitch to mount a bike rack. Installation was straightforward once I fabricated a cradle out of scrap lumber and used this + car jack to raise the hitch into place underneath the car and then tighten up the bolts. 496440


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Indiana to California and back with a trailer and a hitch - without a hitch.

John - 04/15/2019

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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

I just installed this hitch on my 2018 subaru outback. It fit perfectly and has a very good look to it. The installation was very straightforward and relatively easy if you watch the youtube videos. I only had to buy a 1-1/8 bimetal hole saw for about $12 and it cut the holes super fast,no issues. The fishing for the bolts was super easy. Hardest part was needing a second set of hands to hold the hitch in place while i bolted it up. 491072


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  • Curt vs. Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Comparison for a 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Class II Curt Hitch # C12136 and Class II Draw-Tite Hitch # 36493 for your 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon are very similar, but every Class I and Class II and some Class III Curt Hitches require stabilizing straps to be used when towing non trailer loads. When stabilizing straps are not used on these hitches, the warranty is void and will no longer be covered by Curt. Draw-Tite hitches do not require stabilizing straps to be used on non trailer loads. The Curt and Draw-Tite Hitches have...
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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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  • Best Hitch Recommendations for 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • For your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon the Class III hitch I would recommend is the EcoHitch part # 306-X7266 as the overall winner. It has the higher Class III towing capacities, doesn't require the stabilizer strap when carrying a bike rack like the Curt, but also because it only has the hitch opening that hangs down below the bumper so it's the least visible. It is the most expensive though so the next best option is the Draw Tite part # 75673 which is still a great hitch but it has a visible...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • When choosing between the two Class II trailer hitches available for your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, I do recommend the Draw-Tite Frame Receiver Hitch # 36493. This is because, as you mentioned, Draw-Tite does not require the use of stabilizing straps like # 18050 for non-trailer loads such as bike racks and cargo carriers, which is in part what you plan on using the hitch for. However, when looking at all of the available trailer hitches that are confirmed to fit your vehicle, I actually...
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  • Comparing Class II Trailer Hitches for 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Class II hitch I recommend for your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon is the Draw Tite hitch part # 36493 if your plan is to carry a hitch accessory like a bike rack or cargo carrier as it does not require a stabilizer strap like the Curt does. If you are looking for the most hidden option the EcoHitch part # 306-X7267 is the way to go as only the hitch opening hangs down below the rear bumper. The drawbacks to this hitch are that it costs quite a bit more and the install is more involved....
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2017 Subaru Outback with Factory 1-1/4 Inch Trailer Hitch
  • If the trailer hitch on your 2017 Subaru Outback is the factory hitch then that limits your bike rack options. The issue is that the hitch pin hole on the Subaru hitch is much to close to the receiver opening to use most bike racks safely; especially platform racks that are heavier than hanging racks. The best bike rack option that will work with that hitch is the BikeWing # B01311 which does hold the bikes by the wheels. The other option, provided the factory hitch is not welded on,...
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  • Can Thule Roadway Bike Rack be Used in 1-1/4 Inch Trailer Hitch
  • Yes, the Thule Roadway 2 Bike Rack # TH912XTR can absolutely be used in a 1-1/4 hitch like the Draw-Tite # 36493 that fits your 2010 Subaru Outback (assuming it is not the Sport model). The Roadway has a 1-1/4 inch shank so it will fit perfectly! I do recommend using the Snug Tite hitch lock # THSTL2 to lock this bike rack to your trailer hitch and protect your investment. I have added links to video reviews of the Snug Tite lock and Thule Roadway for you to check out as well.
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  • Trailer Hitch Options and Recommendations for a 2018 Subaru Legacy
  • Curt trailer hitch # C12290 will fit the 2018 Subaru Legacy. We know this because the larger Class III hitch, # 13390, fits both the 2017 and 2018 Legacy and the smaller Class II, # C12290, installs in the same way as the Class III. I couldn't say why Curt lists it the way that they do. But given the option I would go with the Class III, # 13390, since it is a more capable and sturdy hitch that will afford you many accessory options. If you are going to use a hitch for an accessory...
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  • Do Class II and III Hitches for 2012 Subaru Legacy Use Same Bolt Holes
  • If you have a Curt or a Draw-Tite/Hidden Hitch, the bolt holes will remain the same if you stick with the same brand hitch. In other words, if you have the # C13158 Curt Class III hitch, and you decide to go with the Curt Class II, part # C12298, the holes will match up and you won't need to drill additional holes. All the Hidden Hitch and Draw-Tite Class II and III hitches used the same holes.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack for 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Starting with the trailer hitch for the 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon, the Draw-Tite Class II Frame Receiver Hitch # 36493 referenced in your question is confirmed to fit this vehicle and will provide a 1-1/4 inch receiver with a tongue weight capacity of 300 pounds. This trailer hitch will work great for transporting bikes with a hitch-mounted bike rack, however I recommend considering the Draw-Tite Class III Trailer Hitch # 75673, which is also confirmed to fit the Outback Wagon. I recommend...
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  • Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch 76227 for 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • As of this writing (June 2018) we have not had a chance to test fit the Draw-Tite # 76227 hitch so there are no videos of it just yet. There are videos showing the Draw-Tite # 75673 and Draw-Tite # 36493 being installed on an Outback so it is likely that the reviews were referencing these installation videos.
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  • Look of Hitch and Ground Clearance with Curt Class II Trailer Hitch on 2016 Subaru Outback
  • Installing a trailer hitch like the Curt Class II Trailer Hitch Receiver # C12136 on your 2016 Subaru Outback can effect your vehicle's ground clearance at the rear. The cross tube of the trailer hitch will sit below the vehicle, as seen in the photo I have attached from the installation instructions, which can cause the hitch to limit your vehicle's ground clearance. I spoke with my contact at Curt and he was able to tell me that, for this hitch, the measurement from the mounting...
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  • Will Yakima LiteRider Bike Rack fit 2018 Subaru Outback
  • Yes, the Yakima LiteRider # Y02472 will work well on your 2018 Subaru Outback! When we test fit the Class II Draw-Tite # 36493 on a 2017 Outback we found there was 4-1/4" from the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper while the LiteRider measures 9" from center of hitch pin hole to the locking knob. I have added some photos of the LiteRider on an Outback for you to check out. The Yakima LiteRider 2 Bike Rack # Y02472 is a Class II hanging rack that uses a knob to...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • As long as your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon isn't a Sport model the Draw Tite Hitch part # 36493 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit it and would work well for you. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit this vehicle is the Swagman XTC2 Bike Rack part # S64670. This rack has a ton of positive reviews from our customers who have tried it. Check out the review video I attached for more info.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendations for 2010 Subaru Outback
  • The two best bike carrying options for your Outback would be a trunk mounted rack or a hitch mounted rack. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. A hitch mounted rack would be initially more expensive, but having the receiver hitch would offer more flexibility. If the need should arise, you could tow a small trailer or use a hitch mounted cargo carrier. For bike carrying purposes, the biggest advantage offered by the hitch mounted rack would be the fact that the rack would not...
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  • How to Order Replacement Hitch Hardware for 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • We have a way for you to order the correct install hardware. You'll need part # RHK. On the product page you'll need to enter the part number of the hitch you have and select Hidden Hitch or Draw Tite and we'll get you the hardware needed. Since Hidden Hitch is no longer made and they were essentially rebranded Draw Tite hitches one option you have would be to use the part # 36493 and just select Draw Tite.
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  • Class II and Class III Trailer Hitch Availability for 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Any custom-fit hitches made for any given vehicle, even if they are from different manufacturers or are different hitch classes, will mount to the same areas on the vehicle frame. This is because there is one best location to install a hitch based on the frame design and weight capacity. Both the 2-inch Class III Draw-Tite hitch # 75673 and the 1-1/4-inch Class II # 36493 are confirmed fits for the 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon. I went to our warehouse and measured the mounting hole spacing...
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  • Which Trailer Hitch Receiver Has Most Ground Clearance On 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Each hitch is positioned to sit tucked up and close to the bumper as you can see in the product page photos. All of the hitch receivers available for the 2014 Subaru Outback will sit in the same general position with ground clearance varying slightly from each hitch. Other factors include how much tread you have on your tires and how well the tires are inflated. For example, from the ground to the top of the receiver on the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # 75673, measures 16 inches....
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  • Carrying Four Bikes with 2011 Subaru Outback w/ Factory Class I Trailer Hitch
  • The hitch and bike rack manufacturers all agree that no more than two bikes should be carried on any bike rack used on a Class I receiver hitch. The limited tongue weight capacity (maximum amount of downward force that can be safely applied to the hitch) is one reason, but additional bikes after the first two move the load further rearward away from the receiver tube. As the distance between the load and the receiver tube increases, more and more leverage is applied to the receiver tube....
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  • Class II Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • If it were me I would get a Class III, 2 inch trailer hitch because there are more options for accessories. But if you want to go with a Class II hitch there are still many options for bike racks available. Between Draw-Tite hitch # 36493 and Curt hitch # C12290 I would choose the Draw-Tite trailer hitch for a couple of reasons. First, it costs slightly less and saving money is always a good thing. And second, the Draw-Tite hitch does NOT require the use of a stabilization strap when...
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  • Trailer Hitch for 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Wagon for 1-1/4-Inch Yakima Hitch Bike Rack
  • The Yakima HoldUp 2 Bike Rack for 1-1/4-Inch Hitches, part # Y02445, is best used directly into a compatible 1-1/4-inch trailer hitch. While there are adapters that allow different size hitches and racks to be used together, this practice is not ideal since ANY adapter reduces hitch capacity by half and also tends to allow for more random motion of the bike rack while you're underway. Since you do not intend to tow, your bike carrying application will be best served by sticking with...
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  • Which Hitch for 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon Provides Best Ground Clearance
  • The Draw Tite hitch part # 36493 will a bit lower at 14-1/4 inches from the top of the hitch down to the ground whereas the Curt # C12136 will sit 15-3/4 inches from the ground measured the same. Now the Draw Tite will be tucked under the vehicle further by about 2-1/2 inches but the ground clearance difference I believe would make it less visible.
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  • Differneces Between Class II Hitches Offered for 2010 Subaru Outback
  • Hidden Hitch no longer manufactures the hitch for your 2010 Subaru Outback, but I will do a comparison for you. Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch were essentially identical in style and capacity. The price of the Hidden Hitch model was higher because the hitch included the manufacturer recommended ball mount and the pin and clip used to secure the ball mount into the receiver.The Draw-Tite hitch is a quality hitch and is available in a Class II, # 36493, or Class III option, # 75673. The Curt...
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