Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

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  • Draw-Tite
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • 525 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • Concealed Cross Tube
Fully welded vehicle trailer hitch is strong and durable. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. The combination of an e-coat base and a powder coat finish provides excellent rust protection. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from Draw-Tite. Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" part number 76182 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch - 76182

Fully welded vehicle trailer hitch is strong and durable. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. The combination of an e-coat base and a powder coat finish provides excellent rust protection.


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
  • Easy, 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
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately


Specs:

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


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.



76182 Draw-Tite Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver - Max-Frame



76182 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 76182 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2014 - 2018 Subaru Forester



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Video of Draw-Tite Max-Frame 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 Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Subaru Forester

Speaker 1: Today in our 2017 Subaru Forester, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite Class III Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 76182. So here's what our hitch is going to look like. It is going to be tucked up behind the bumper, and all we're going to see is that receiver tube sticking out. It is a Class III hitch, which means it's going to give us that two 2" x 2" receiver tube opening, which is going to open up a lot of options for different kinds of accessories we can mount. Now the way we're going to mount all our accessories, is through the forward hitch pin hole here. It is going to accept a standard 5/8" pin and clip.

Now these aren't included in the kit, but you can pick them up on our website. Now the secondary hole towards the back of the receiver is going to be used exclusively for the J-pin stabilization device.The way that's going to work is we're going inserted through the hitch pin hole and the secondary hook here is going to apply pressure to the accessory on the inside of our receiver tube. We use the nut to draw it in. Now it is a locking device as well, so it's going to keep all of our accessories nice and secure. Our safety chain connection points are going to be a loop style.

They're going to be welded to the bottom of the receiver tube, and you can see even with some really large hooks, we're not going to have too much trouble getting them on or off and not have to worry about any kind of interference.As far as weight capacity goes, our hitch is gonna feature a 525 pound tongue weight. That's going to be the maximum force at the receiver tube. It's also going to have a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating, which is the amount that it can pull, including the trailer and everything you have loaded on it. With those numbers in mind, you always want to double check your Forester's owner's manual and never exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight.My overall impression of this hitch is I really liked the fact that it's completely hidden behind the bumper and all we see is that receiver tube sticking out. The tongue weight being at 525 pounds is a bit higher than most other hitches for our Forester.

That's going to come in handy if we have a large bike rack, up to four bikes, or even one of the larger cargo carriers. We're not going to have to worry about exceeding the tongue weight on our hitch.As far as the install goes, it is going to be a little bit more in depth than others, but the overall look and appearance is going to make up for that. It is going to be completely hidden and since it is up higher it is going to make up a little bit of ground clearance over some of the ones that are going to be hanging down and we're not going to have that cross tube visible underneath.I'd like to give you a few measurements. That's going to help in deciding for accessories for your new hitch, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper it's going to be right about 3".

The measurement's going to come in handy when you're looking at folding accessories to make sure you have enough clearance between the bumper and the accessory itself. From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening is going to be right about 16". Keep that measurement in mind when you're looking for a ball mount to make sure you get the adequate rise or drop to match your trailer. So now that we've seen what our hitch looks like, gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed.To begin our installation, we're going to need to lower down our muffler so we have room to get our hitch in place. So we're going to come just right by the rear axle here. I'm going to put a strap to support it so it doesn't hang down too low. Now we're going to have two hangers, one on the inside of the muffler. Then there's going to be another one on the outside towards the back. It's going to help if you take a little bit of spray lubricant and spray the hanger. It'll help it slide off a little bit easier. I just wanted to take a pry bar and slide that rubber hanger off.Now if you still need a little bit more room you can come back just right behind the rear axle here. We're going to have another hanger. I'm going to spray, a little more spray lubricant on there. I'm going to slide that hanger off. Lower the strap down. Just make sure you don't lower it down too far. Right above our muffler, we're going to have our heat shield. We're going to have four fasteners holding it in place. I'm going to take a 10 millimeter socket and pull those bolts out. Let's pull our heat shield down, and set it aside for now. If your Forester has dual exhaust, you're going to want to remove the other heat shield on the driver's side as well.Now on the bottom of our frame here, we're going to have four rubber plugs. Just take a flathead screwdriver, and we're going to pop them out. We're going to have those same plugs on the other side of the frame as well, so we can pull those out too. Now on our heat shield we are going to have to trim and I marked out the area that we're going to be trimming. Basically if you find the two letters, we're going to be trimming out that square section, so we have room for our hardware to come through the frame. I'm just going to be using a pair of tin snips and cutting it out.As we come to our frame the three holes that are going to be towards the back are going to be our mounting holes, and the larger hole towards the front of our Forester is going to be our access hole. We're going to feed our coiled end and feed it towards the front of our vehicle so we can have the coil then come out the access hole. Just be careful if you do reach in, you don't want to cut your finger on the edge. Once you had the coil then sticking out, you want to make sure that you leave the tail on the other side so it doesn't pull all the way through. Then we're going to take one of our square spacer blocks. We're gonna, slide it over the coiled end. Slide it into the frame. Then we're going to take a carriage bolt and thread it onto the coiled end.You're going to push all of the hardware into the frame and pull it until it drops through the frame. Now we're going to repeat this for the other remaining holes as well as on the other side. We're going to go ahead and reinstall our heat shield. You want to make sure you pull the wires and everything out of the way. When we reinstall it we're not going to be attaching the two bolts on the bottom of the frame, only the two that are on the outside towards the wheel well area, because our hitch is going to sandwich this area and keep it secure.Now per the instructions, they do want you to remove the fascia but we found it a little bit easier, because removing the fascia's never really fun there's a bunch of clips that may potentially break, and it's just a little unnerving when you have to set it down it may get scratched. The main reason why you need to remove it is at the bottom here we're going to have two supports that we're going to have to get around. We're going to pull the two clips out that are holding it in place. One on each side. I'm just going to take a flat head screwdriver, pop out the center section of the pushpin, and then pull out the rest of the clip.With the clips out, we can gently pull on the fascia, just pulling it out a little bit. We can actually just grab the tab. We're just going to bend it outwards so that it's going to be out of the way. Now we can just sneak our hitch in right here and not have to fully remove the fascia. You just want to be careful when you bend these tabs because it is thin metal and you don't want to crease them too much to where they break off. So we're going to bend the other one out just like this.Since our hitch is going to sit behind the fascia, the receiver tubes is going to be coming out of the bottom, so we're going to have to cut a small hole in order for that receiver tube to stick out. I already have it marked out of where we're going to be cutting and the dimensions are in the instructions. Now you just want to take your time whenever you're cutting. You can use a razor blade or a sharp pair of snips, but I'm going to be using a rotary tool so I can have a nice clean cut. We're going to remove our masking tape and clean up the edges with a razor knife, getting all the excess plastic off.Now with an extra set of hands we're going to lift our hitch into place. You want to get your pull wires in to the corresponding holes on the edge of the hitch. When we lift our hitch up we're going to pull slightly outward on the fascia, so we can get behind it. We're going to line up our holes so that the hardware falls through. Then we're going to pull one of the pull wires off. We're going to be securing our hitch with a conical tooth washer and a hex nut. You just want to make sure that those teeth are facing up towards the hitch. We're going to get one set in on each side so we worry about the hitch falling down and then it can support itself.With the hitch loosely in place we're going to go ahead and bend our tabs back, so we can line them up with our fascia and reinstall those push pins. Just bend back both sides, and we put our push pins back in place. If you're having trouble getting your plastic push pins back in place, it could be because the tab right here on our hitch is going to hit the plastic, so we just cut a small notch out. It gives it a little bit of a relief, making it a lot easier to get those push pins back in place.I'm going to come back with 11/16th socket and I'm going to snug up all my hardware. I'm going to come back with that same 11/16th socket and a torque wrench and I'm going to torque all my hardware down to the specified amount in the instructions. We can put our exhaust back up, but before we do, I'm going to take a little bit more spray lubricant and I'm going spray the rubber hangers down, just make it a little bit easier to get them in place. Exhaust back up. We can remove the strap that was holding it. And that'll finish up your look at the Draw-tite Class III Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 76182 on our 2107 Subaru Forester.


Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 76182

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (29 Customer Reviews)

Fully welded vehicle trailer hitch is strong and durable. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. The combination of an e-coat base and a powder coat finish provides excellent rust protection.

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2017 Subaru Forester

I highly recommend the Draw-Tite Max-Frame trailer hitch for the Forester. Some of the other choices might be easier to install, though. This hitch is well made and fits right. I bought it because the receiver is higher, and the tube is hidden behind the bumper -- thus it doesn't reduce the car's ground clearance. It's a very heavy duty hitch, which is overkill on the Forester, but I don't see any problem with that. The printed instructions were not as good as the etrailer video, which was excellent. Unlike the video, I did remove the bumper cover and the muffler -- I think without a lift and a strong helper it would be hard to work around those things, given the weight of the hitch. Trimming the bumper cover took a couple of tries, because the dimensions of the cut as given in the instructions (3.25" W x 2.5" H) are wrong. I found that the factory scribed marks on the back side of the piece (giving about an inch more in height) are right for this hitch. I made a rough cut with a Dremel and then trimmed it with a box cutter -- the knife cut nicely through the plastic. I also bought the T-1 wiring harness, which was easy to install. The purchase process was also excellent -- the hitch was well packed in a heavy box and was delivered promptly. 555128



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2018 Subaru Forester

Excellent build quality, great price, fast shipping and excellent service. I decided to tackle this install myself on my 2018 Forester and while it wasn't easy with just two hands it only took me 2.5 hours. The instructions were very clear and all hardware provided was more than sufficient, very happy with this product. 549701



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2018 Subaru Forester

The trailer hitch fit perfectly ,I did the installation myself and read the previous review and followed the instructions sent and the advice in the review which was excellent and helped greatly with the install.I did remove the rear facia as stated in the instructions, I found it helped to remove the tail light assemblies and be careful to unplug the sensor wires if equipped in the facia also there were 2 more plastic rivets in the wheel well area up above the splash guards that I also removed they were pins that you push in the center to remove . I took several hours and measured many times before cutting the facia then trimmed it to fit and it does look like a factory installation.The only negative is one nut was missing from the installation package sent and I had to go buy one to finish the job. 491392



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2017 Subaru Forester

The instructions were very clear and easy to follow. It could be one person install job of you have a safe way to prop up the hitch while you get the bolts in place. With two people it was a piece of cake. I love that the only part you see is where the tongue receiver comes out through the bumper. 568865



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2018 Subaru Forester

perfect hidden hitch and harness for my 2018 forester , although had to make cutout in bumper taller vertical; definitely the marks on back of bumper are perfect ,also dimples in heat shield were perfect alignment for 1/2 hole.. i would only go through etrailer for trailer needs, they have all the choices and tech support needed.this is not my 1st time with them.. 574487



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2018 Subaru Forester

First ordering, shipping, and available instructions are absolutely 5 stars. But this hitch stuck out a touch more than I thought it would. Perhaps an unrealistic expectation but it thought end of hitch would be around the end of bumper however it sticks out just a couple inches. Not sure if it’s becasue of the model year but I installed this on a 2018 Forester Premium. Notes about install. I removed the heat shield and drilled holes as mentioned in prior review which worked great. I also had some difficulty removing the fascia so decided to instal hitch without removing it and just pull the fascia down after all plugs were removed which worked okay but produced some cursing. I had previously cut the fascia 2.5x3.25” per instructions but found this was not enough in either dimension. I then looked up a video specific to removing the fascia and found that there is a tab underneath taillight that will pop out but requires a little more pressure. Once fascia was removed on the inside there were lines that seemed to be a cut guide. I used a coping saw and followed the rounded corners. Reinstalled and it fit perfect. In summary I think the model car (18 Forester Premium) I have may be slightly different then previous installers because the hitch projects further back than I expected. I would recommend removing the fascia and following the cut guide if you have this model car. I think the Curt hitch may also project rearward but, since I bought and installed this hitch, I don’t really know. Overall happy with the product. 507843



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Ford Edge

The hitch is clearly built to last. The installation was relatively straight forward, however I felt the install was fairly involved (took a few hours). Maybe on a second go I could hit 60min like the instructions state. I watched the etrailer video and found that this was very helpful to reference in addition to Drawtite's relatively simple instructions. A few tips to future owners/installers: I didn't have to cut the heat shields. There are two little dimples on each heat shield that you can use as a guide for drilling out holes. These dimples are aligned with the holes in the frame that you will install two of the three bolts into (per side). I also didn't remove the whole fascia/bumper. Instead, I simply removed the two bottom rivet/clips that attach the bottom edge of the fascia to the frame. You will need to gently bend the metal brackets on the frame down to make room for the hitch. Lastly, support the exhaust well, but make sure to lower it pretty far. This will make the install of the hitch much easier. Cheers! 576487



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Subaru Forester

Installed in a couple hours taking my time. A little awkward for one person but not impossible (propped the receiver up on the box it came in to help get the first bolt/nut started). Also a little unnerving to take the plastic bumper cover off. Took my time and didn't break anything. Looks good! 2016 Forester XT. Invidia exhaust. 527615



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2018 Subaru Forester

When the hitch arrived on my porch in less than 2 days I was shocked! The turn around from shipping to arrival was phenomenal. The box was appropriately sized and packaged so that none of the parts broke through (despite the shipping companies best attempts). We have a 2018 Subaru Forester XT with all the features, so the install wasn't as straight forward as the instructions specify. The instructions did specify that with a dual exhaust (which we have) you would have to do more work to cut both heat shields. But then this is where the instructions are incorrect, you can install all 4 screws into the heat shield once the hitch is installed! There are holes etc that allow for it. The next part that was tough was that my bumper has the backup sensors in it. When putting up the hitch, it bumped into one of the connectors, I originally pushed up on it to bend it out of the way, but that did not work as the hitch goes really deep into the bumper. So I advise that you pull that connector arm down towards the ground and into the bumper. I did a walk around review of it! 567784



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2017 Subaru Forester

First, I think etrailer.com was great in helping me with an issue with this hitch. I would have awarded 5 stars had the first hitch not been faulty. I received it very shortly after ordering and installed it the next weekend. Unfortunately this first hitch was defective and even more unfortunate I wasn't able to notice the problem until after installation. The issue was that as installed, the hitch receiver was about 2 degrees off plumb. Doesn't sound like much, but it was definitely noticeable by both myself and my wife independently. I thought I could correct it by shimming the driver's side of the mount, but after adding 5/8" of shims it still was off by over a half degree. It took me about 90 minutes for the initial installation, but with making and adding the shims, I was into this project for well over 4 hours. Definitely aggravating. An email to etrailer.com got a quick response with the offer to ship another hitch along with a pre-paid return shipment label. The second hitch came in about 5 days. As I was leery about installing another defective hitch, I laid the new one on a flat reference table (my table saw) and was pleased to see that the mounting plates were co-planer. I removed the defective hitch and installed the new one and all was good. The defective hitch on my flat reference showed that there was a definite warp in it. So I was really bummed by having to do all this extra work, but I will get over it. Here are my recommendations to future purchasers: 1. Check to see if the mounting plates on your hitch are co-planer. If not, contact the vendor for advice. Some wobble is probably within spec but you should not tolerate more than 1/16". It's a real pain to get a hitch mounted only to find out that it's skewed to one side or another. 2. Plan on removing the bumper fascia. You do not have to remove the tail lights for this. It's not hard to remove and re-install and it makes the whole job easier. Also, you can cut the relief hole easier and more accurately. 3. The instructions for the bumper fascia cut-out were too small. You need to do your own measurements, but I found that widening the cut by 1/4" (both width and height) was right for my car. As others have pointed out, Subaru has molded what appear to be cut lines on the inside of the bumper fascia. If you cut on these lines, your hole will be slightly too wide and about a half inch too high. Measure, then cut. Bottom line: Draw-Tite seems to have a QC issue. Be careful. Dealing with etrailer.com is top notch 573291



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2018 Subaru Forester

2018 Forester XT Touring. This model has two exhaust cans and a bunch wires, sensors and extra brackets in the rear facia. This complicates the install beyond what is shown in the video but don’t let that dissuade you from getting this hitch. On my install I did not remove the facia but I highly suggest removing both exhaust cans. Very easy to remove and reinstall the cans.. Extra wire/sensor brackets in the facia need to be bent out of the way so the hitch can be installed. I drilled two holes in the heat shield at the two dimples and that worked perfectly. No need to cut shield. The original shield screws can also be reinstalled. Additionally, the frame plug closest to the front of the car can be reinstalled too. This hitch is heavy. I installed a Honda CR-V hitch immediate after this install and the CR-V hitch seems like it weighed 1/2 as much. I had my XT on a car rack and feel this is definitely a two person job. Once complete it looks fantastic. 542152



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2018 Subaru Forester

I have a 2018 Subaru Forester. I chose etrailer.com for my trailer hitch receiver. Personnel from etrailer were very professional and helped me make the right choices for my hitch & electrical wireing. The estimated time of delivery was excellent. Level of difficulty is rated 10 out of 10, and is recommended to be installed by 2 people. I did it by myself. I raised the unit by blocking up the mounting brackets while using a floorjack to raise the receiver end with the ball hitch installed. Instead of trimming the heat shield, it was premarked for drilling, so I drilled two 1/2” holes and they matched up perfectly. For the bumper facia that had to be trimmed, I measured for center point, then used a scribe to put small holes in the facia. Then I put masking tape along my lineup holes, and cut the facia for a perfect fit. The finished installation looks like it came from Subaru, and the only part you can see is hitch mount. I watched the installation video 3 times and followed the instructions that came Draw Tight. Only problem was the instructions said to remove two screws that are under the tail lights to remove the facia. That did not work, so I did the job with facia in place, but with the six plastic plugs removed. I held the facia out as I raised the hitch into position, as it showed in the video. I am extremely satisfied with the installation!! 481258



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2018 Subaru Forester

I needed a hitch for my wife's brand new 2018 Subaru Forester to haul our Yakima bike rack. I also did not want the hitch cross-bar to hang down below the back bumper as the Forester already sits fairly low. I went with the Draw-Tite 76182 over slightly cheaper brands/styles for this reason. The hitch is way more heavy duty than needed but all of my draw bars and bike rack are 2" so I did not want go with a different size. I ordered the Hitch from etrailer.com on Wednesday and it shipped the same day and arrived Friday. It was very well packaged with internal supports inside the box. Packaged perfectly and arrived in great condition. The install was fairly straight forward. The fit was perfect and all the bolts lined up perfectly. The threaded feed wires for feeding the bolts through the frame worked AWESOME and took about 10 minutes to install all 6 bolts (3 per side) in the frame. The biggest trouble I had was trimming the rear bumper on the underside. I had to remove the hitch and re-trim the bumper cover 3 times before I had a perfect fit as I did not want to trim too much. I used a Dremel with a cutting wheel on medium speed. I also used painters tape to mark my cut rather than a marker and this worked well. Rather than completely removing the rear bumper cover assembly, I bent the 2 support tabs as suggested by the install video. I was hesitant to do this on a brand new car but it was quite easy to bend with my hands and bend them back. This was a smaller risk than removing and reinstalling the bumper cover and risking scratching it or dropping it. Also since it was still no the vehicle, this made it easy to trim and I did not need another person to hold it still. On the rubber muffler supports, use a little WD-40 on your finger and they will slide right off/on the welded studs. George from etrailer.com was great and even followed up with an email to confirm my hitch was delivered and to check that it arrived ok. I usually shop Amazon for nearly everything, but the great reviews of personalized service and support prompted me to go with etrailer.com. I highly recommend them and they have the best price to go with that great service and support. The hitch turned out great and looks like a factory install. Thanks etrailer.com! 549139



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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Excellent fit and finish. Installation took 90 mins. Videos provide were on the money. Use is on my 2018 Forrester. Primarily for my bike rack and to tow a small 1500 lbs. max utility trailer. The hitch exceeds the vehicle maximum but fit previously purchased hitches. 518384



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My wife and have been very pleased with this hitch. The instructions were great and it was fairly easy to install. I believe this is the best looking hitch for the Forester as well. We have used it several times with our tray and bike rack and have been very pleased. 654080



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Fits great & looks even better on my 2018 Forester! Very satisfied! Great product installation photos, gives a first hand look what it looks like on your vehicle. 2nd etrailer purchase! I always recommend etrailer.com to friends, who have also been very happy with the products they have purchased! I can now take my boat or trailer in tow with confidence! I also purchased the 118467 T One Vehicle no splice quick connect wiring harness. Thanks Again etrailer.com! 643788



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I’m extremely happy with the Drawtite hitch. Installation was much easier than anticipated on my 2018 Forester. I didn’t even have to raise the vehicle, although it may have made the installation even easier. The only problem experienced was that I had to trim the plastic bumper fascia more than was indicated in the instructions. It wasn’t difficult to accomplish with a coping saw and a sharp box knife. The only part of the hitch that’s visible is the 2” receiver box. I definitely recommend this product for the Forester. 615774



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Installation on a 2018 Subaru Forester was fairly easy, most difficult part was installing the hitch by myself with the use of two floor jacks. Instructions were not nearly as helpful as the installation video on the website and I found I could put all four heat shield screws back in once final hitch install was completed. You cannot see any portion of the hitch once installed expect for the receiver which is why I purchased this particular one. 612547



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2016 Subaru Forester

First off I got this hidden hitch because it does not decrease ground clearance unlike other hitches, and due to the fact I will not be using this hitch much, I do not want the possibly of scraping on high inclines becoming a frequent occurrence despite the Forester's great ground clearance. Quality of this product was excellent for my 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i. The trimming of the bumper took a while! I will get to that shortly. My father-in-law and I did this in about 3 hours. We took our time of course. We did not remove the bumper. Just measure and cut measure and cut. We repeated this several times before we got it right. Now, I wanted to retain the silver bumper underguard, so I had to make two separate cuts (both the bumper and underguard are plastic pieces). People were saying any hitch is not compatible with this extra piece, but I successfully trimmed and mounted it back on to its original location. No extra drilling. The only issue we had was having to make sure the cut on the silver portion was similar to the original fascia trimming. This took more time. As you can see in the head-on picture I had to trim a smaller amount on the right side to account for clearing one part of the hitch. Really not a huge eye sore. In a perfect world everything would be perfectly centered, but as shown in the picture you have to improvise a little with cuts. Pardon some of the scratches on the hitch during our install (if you can see them!). I plan on providing some high quality gloss paint to prevent rusting. All in all, the amount of work was straight forward but did take a while to complete. Still, considering how high this hitch mounts, it was still worth it. Thanks again to e-trailer for great customer service! 607759



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2017 Subaru Forester

Trailer hitch is heavy duty and install was pretty straight forward. I was replacing a 1.25" factory hitch (purchased the car used). I saw another review that mentioned the doing the same thing. What wasn't mentioned in that other review is that a Forester with a factory hitch has had the "REAR BACK BEAM" removed (the factory hitch takes the place of the back beam) and while you may be able to get by without the back beam, I wasn't willing to do so as a rear-end collision may rely on the back beam to absorb some force. A new back-beam will set you back $200 and a day or two while you wait for it to arrive. This wasn't catastrophic but it was a surprise that wasn't entirely welcome. So, back to this hitch - it fits fine with the back beam in place and likely provides a significant increase in protection from a rear end impact. If you are replacing a factory hitch, fishing the bolts through the frame with the back beam and factory hitch removed was very easy and as was mentioned in another comments, 3/4" holes drilled at the two dimples on the heat shields were all that was necessary and installing all four screws in the heat shield wasn't a problem as the hitch doesn't overlap with the forward most inside screw and there is a hole in the hitch that clears the rearward inside screw (I prefer to leave all four screws in place in case the hitch is ever removed). Installed, the hitch looks as clean as the factory install. Overall, pleased with this hitch. One last comment - the packaging was not adequate for such a heavy object. The hitch was half out of the box when it arrived and on one corner was missing a lot of paint. The look is clean and 602054



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2017 Subaru Forester

Trailer hitch was easy to install and was exactly the same as depicted in the installation video. The hitch is low profile and barely hangs below the bumper and extends slightly beyond the bumper. 597711



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2018 Subaru Forester

Product is everything I wanted Built very heavy duty Haul motorcycle trailer with medium weight bike Everything went together "exactly" like the video showed from etrailer including having to trim cutouts for fascia Bought every single thing I wanted for my new 2018 Subaru Forester from etrailer.com and soon more...tnx 595650



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It’s a Christmas gift so I cannot write a full review yet. The shipping was excellent. Received it within a couple days! 592380



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Easy install with a small hydraulic jack and a 2x4 to help hold hitch while bolts were being started. So far has towed a small utility trailer on dump runs and a 1500lb? Crickett travel trailer with ease. There was minor trimming of bumper plastic which was to be expected with a hitch that tucks higher. Looks great, no issues and very happy with purchase. (2015 Forester 2.5i 6MT) 589165



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Second time I've bought a hitch for a new vehicle from etrailer and like the first, installation was easy and solid. I accomplished it w/o a helper, no problem, and was glad I got the hidden-behind-bumper install. After a year of use, couldn't be happier. 580442



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Installed this myself. Heavy, which is good, so used a floor jack to help raise up into place. Happy with it so far, and glad the whole thing doesn't hang low like on some others. 574829



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Ford Flex

etrailer staff was helpful on my choice of hitch it was a little tougher to install but wanted a cleaner look. So for the two star knock down... was ship with a few minor scratches ok. The holes didn’t line up . I called and was told it does happen I needed more TIME to flex it into shape third try got it. I was getting rushed needed the car to use next day. What happened I was shipped five correct bolts and one larger bolt that didn’t fit. etrailer offered to ship it out but needed the car for work. They gave me the size of the bolt I needed headed to Home Depot with a save. So if your planning on this hitch you may need extra time for the unexpected. 557291



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Subaru Forester

Heavy duty hitch and really solid attachment to my Forester. Videos really helped with the installation. The only negative was the way etrailer boxed it. The box was barely holding together when ups delivered it. 522515



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2017 Subaru Forester

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  • Total Weight of EcoHitch and Draw Tite Hitch for 2016 Subaru Forester
  • The total weight of the EcoHitch part # 306-X7216 that you referenced is 53 lbs. The total weight of the Draw Tite hitch part # 76182 you also mentioned is 35 lbs. I know you didn't ask for this, but I can't help but also feel compelled to you that the towing capacity for each is 3,500 lbs total trailer weight... The Draw Tite has a 525 lb tongue weight capacity and the Ecohitch has a 350 lb capacity. So the Draw Tite is lighter, rated higher, and costs less. It would be my...
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  • Comparing the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitches # 75876 and # 76182 for a 2018 Subaru Forester
  • The differences that you noted between the Draw-Tite trailer hitches # 75876 and # 76182 for your 2018 Subaru Forester are spot on. Both are custom hitches so no drilling is required (although you may need to enlarge some access holes) and they both are Class III trailer hitches with a 2" receiver. The cost of the # 75876 is lower because the hitch is less intricate which results in the easier installation as well. The cost of the # 76182 is higher because it is specially designed to...
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  • Will an Aftermarket Trailer Hitch Fit the Same Cutout of OEM Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • If you check out the attached photos of the EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7216 and the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 76182 you can see that they sit in relatively the same place. I went out to the warehouse and found that the from the center of the hitch pin hole on both hitches measured very similar in regards to where the rearmost mounting hole location is on the mounting brackets. In the installation video for the EcoHitch you can see that from the center...
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  • Best Ground Clearance Hitch for 2018 Subaru Forester
  • I attached a picture that shows what the Draw Tite hitch part # 75876 looks like when installed (first picture). The flanges on the sides of the hitch are the portion of it that sticks down the furthest. And since most driveway entrances are at an angle this will be the portion that would drag if anything would. Because of that the Draw Tite # 76182 is a much better fit for your vehicle for ground clearance as only the hitch opening hangs down below the bumper and it fits up tighter to...
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  • How Does Draw-Tite Hitch 76182 Look on 2015 Subaru Forester?
  • The instructions for the Draw-Tite Max Frame # 76182 have a photo showing how the hitch looks when installed on a Subaru Forester and I've included that photo for you. The hitch does have a 3,500 lb towing capacity and 525 lb tongue weight capacity. If you were interested in towing you would need wiring harness # 118467 to get a 4-flat connector, as well as a ball mount. I recommend checking out Ball Mount Kit # 989900, which may fulfill your towing needs in one tidy package; two ball...
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  • Tightening The Bolts on the EcoHitch # 306-X7216 on a 2017 Subaru Forester
  • The EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 306-X7216 will be slightly different than the Draw-Tite # 76182 you mentioned. I've attached a photo of the torque specs from the EcoHitch you mentioned. The attached video along with these specs will help. I will email the installation manual to you as well.
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  • Safety of Trailer Hitches on 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The only difference between a hitch that does not have a concealed cross tube and one that does such as the Draw-Tite # 76182 that you referenced is going to be how it looks and Draw-Tite tests all of their hitches for safety. As for not having reviews we did start carrying this hitch in 2017 which may be the reason why. I cannot speak to how customers like it, but in general, Draw-Tite hitches are very well received. For example Draw-Tite # 75876, which also fits your 2015 Subaru Forester,...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2016 Subaru Forester
  • Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 36523 does fit your 2016 Subaru Forester and it is a great option for carrying bikes. I have linked a video showing an example installation for you. In that video you will notice that we measured 7 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole back to clear the rear bumper. The Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR, nice choice by the way, will extend out far enough to easily clear the bumper. It measures 13-1/2 inches from the center of its hitch pin hole to the...
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  • Trailer Hitches for 2018 Subaru Forester
  • There are quite a few and it can be rather confusing. For starters I recommend getting a Class III trailer hitch on your 2018 Subaru Forester. A Class III hitch has a higher weight capacity and is the larger 2 inch receiver. There are more accessory options, like bike racks and cargo carriers, that fit the 2 inch as opposed to the smaller 1-1/4 inch size. Of the Class III hitches for you there are basically two designs; a visible cross tube with the reciever coming directly from...
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  • Comparing the Curt Hitch C13399 and Draw-Tite Hitch 76182 for a 2017 Subaru Forester
  • It sounds like you might be talking about the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C13399. If that is the case then both this and the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 76182 will have a concealed look therefore only the receiver tube opening will be shown once installed. In regards to the heat shield, this must be trimmed with either option because they install in the same spot on the frame. I have attached a photo that shows how much you will need to trim but this is a very...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Towing Capacity for 2018 Subaru Forester Touring Ed 2.5i
  • I looked up the towing capacity of your 2018 Subaru Forester Touring and it appears to have a capacity of 1,500 lb total trailer weight. For a hitch I really like the Draw Tite part # 76182 which is a confirmed fit, has more than enough capacity, and has a concealed crosstube. For trailer wiring you'd then want the part # 118467 which is a confirmed custom fit as well. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball...
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  • What Tool Is Recommended for Trimming Fascia and Under Panels
  • The Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 76182 is a really nice option for your 2017 Subaru Forester. I've attached the installation instructions and a video to assist. I recommend using either tin snips or a Dremel to trim the under panel and fascia. I recommend using tape and then using a cutting wheel for that trim. To enlarge the frame bolt holes, I recommend the Dremel tool as the rotary action works well to enlarge the edges of the current holes.
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  • Tow Package Recommendation for 2018 Subaru Forester
  • The first thing you need to tow a trailer with your 2018 Subaru Forester is a trailer hitch. For that the best option is the Draw Tite hitch part # 76182 because it has the best towing capacities and is mostly hidden. Unlike other hitches this hitch only has the hitch opening visible underneath it. For trailer wiring you'd then want the Tekonsha kit part # 118467 which is a confirmed fit and our most reliable option we have for your vehicle. I attached an install video for this on a...
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  • Will Installation of Trailer Hitch on 2016 Subaru Forester Allow Moisture Into Frame
  • I suppose it is possible a small amount of moisture could somehow make its way into the frame during the installation of Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 76182 on a 2016 Subaru Forester, but it should not be a concern. If some moisture did make its way upwards into the small holes in the accompanying photo it would be small drops. I imagine you are worried about rust but adding a hitch to your Subaru is not going to be the cause of any corrosion in your car's frame. I have added a link to...
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  • Ground Clearance of Draw Tite Hitch # 76182 When Installed on 2017 Subaru Forester
  • When we installed the Draw Tite hitch part # 76182 on a 2017 Subaru Forester we found that there was 16 inches from the top of the hitch tube to the ground.
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  • Most Hidden Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The hitch we offer for your 2015 Subaru Forester that would be the least visible would be the Draw Tite part # 76182 that you referenced since only the hitch opening will hang below the rear bumper as opposed to the crosstube of the hitch. I was able to track down a picture that shows the hitch installed for you to check out as well. Square tube and round tube hitches are both about the same in terms of strength. One does not have a reputation as being superior to the other.
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  • How Similar Are Installation Processes for Various Hitch Models on 2015 Subaru Forester Premier
  • Yes, since all available hitches that fit a given vehicle will use essentially the exact same installation points on the vehicle's frame the differences between the installation processes for various hitch brands and models will be fairly minor. Apart from minor variances in the install process that will be covered in the included written instructions, the overall process will be very similar no matter which hitch you're installing, so overall any hitch install video will provide useful...
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  • Installed Height Dimension for Draw-Tite Hitch 76182
  • For the Draw-Tite hitch # 76182 we have not yet had a local customer bring in their 2018 Forester for an install so in order to give you the installed height dimension I went to our warehouse and took a measurement of this hitch. The hitch bolts to the bottom of the car's frame so I took a measurement from the top of the hitch mounting brackets down to the bottom of the 2-inch receiver tube. This dimension lets you see where the bottom-most part of the hitch will be, relative to the...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2018 Subaru Forester XT with EyeSight
  • For your 2018 Subaru Forester XT I recommend the Draw-Tite Class III Max Frame Receiver Hitch # 76182 because it features a hidden design where only the receiver is visible beneath the vehicle. This provides you with a clean, OEM appearance unlike the other available options that will feature an exposed crosstube. I have attached an image of the hitch installed on a Forester so you can see exactly what I mean. It will not affect the EyeSight feature on the vehicle. This is a Class III...
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack and Motorcycle Rack for a 2014 Subaru Forester
  • You'll need a couple things for this. For a hitch, I recommend the Draw-Tite Class III, part # 76182. This hitch installs with no drilling or trimming required. If you look around on the internet, you'll see a lot of people are really happy with the Ecohitch, however its position further back and open end means you will be limited on some accessories because their stinger will be too long. The DrawTite sits further forward, giving you the room you need to correctly attach accessories....
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