1. Trailer Hitch
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  6. Concealed Cross Tube
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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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

  • Draw-Tite
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • 525 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch

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

Item # 76182

Installation Details 76182 Installation instructions

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Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (68 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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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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Subaru Forester

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


Comments
Zero complaints... Not even any minor issues! Still happy with purchase.
mario - 12/09/2019

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Subaru Forester

Good fit for my Forester, easy to install - no cutting or bumper removal as would have been required with the EcoHitch I had been considering. Not sure but it may stick out a little farther than the EcoHitch, but I haven't bashed my shin on it yet. It did arrive with some scratches in the paint, but etrailer sent me reimbursement for touch-up paint. My only complaint (not exclusive to this model) is that I wish it had a mounting surface for the wiring connector. (My old Mazda's hitch had plate steel instead of round stock for the safety chain attachment, and had enough room to spare on the plate that you could bolt a wiring connector to it.) 735758



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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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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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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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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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Hitch is perfect so far. Thanks etrailer.com
Gazzer i - 10/13/2019

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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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One year out and still looks great. Solid as a rock and doesnt really impair clearance. Love it.
Joseph - 06/27/2019

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2018 Subaru Forester

We plan to use this trailer hitch on our 2018 Forester with a bike rack to carry e-bikes, maybe tow a trailer some day. Installed on a Saturday morning, less than 3 hrs from start to finish, including time to stop and watch the etrailer video. There are a few installation tips to help the next person do it even easier and faster. See below. Extremely happy with the final result - it is virtually invisible after installation. Very happy with the quality of the product - very rugged 1/4" thick steel, Happy with the installation video and there ate a lot of great tips there. Wire chasers are AWESOME! Some tips to help: - we are told to throw away the rubber plugs after chasing the bolts. I put the larger plugs back in. - the video instructs to keep the fascia in place, whereas the written instructions tell you to take off the fascia. I followed the video and kept it on. I like the idea of not messing with cosmetic parts. worked ok for me, but need to be comfortable bending the metal tabs out of place and re-bending them back. - I used a hydraulic car jack to hold the hitch and position it in place. worked out well for someone working solo on the ground. - the tire well is a bit to large, so i needed to dent it in to allow the hitch to fit. see photo. - the muffler hanger post interferes with the hitch, so i needed a pry bar to help it "sneak by" during installation. see photo - the suggested size for the cutout in the fascia is 3.25" wide x 2.5" deep. I needed to make it more like 3.5 deep to avoid bending and distorting the fascia. see photo - the sides of the hitch interfere with the plastic mounting tabs on the fascia. i needed to cut away notches. see photo have fun! 774816



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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

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


Comments
1 Year Update: I am still happy with this hitch and would purchase it again. Install Tip: make sure you follow the trim outline on the backside of the Subaru bumper cover. I did not trim the horizontal portion high enough as I wanted it to be hidden as much as possible. The problem was, the horizontal cut was too low and the plastic rested on the top of the receiver tube. This allowed water and salt to sit in this spot and start to rust. I ped the hitch and trimmed the horizontal cut 12 higher so that it does not touch the receiver tube. Cleaned up the hitch and touched up with satin black and it looks brand new again. This was my rookie mistake, not the fault of the hitch. I would purchase this same hitch again. The quality, fit, and finish is perfect.
Jeff - 08/23/2019

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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


Comments
No problems at all after a year of use.
John - 08/20/2019

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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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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

I have had this on my 2017 Forester for a couple years. Use it for carrying bikes and a small flat hitch carrier. Never had a problem. 868878



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2017 Subaru Forester

Excellent product....excellent service....excellent follow-up. I would recommend this product from this company to anyone!! 861255



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Great option. It was what I was looking for. Great reviews! Availability met my immediate needs. Video’s very helpful. 857330



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2016 Subaru Forester

fit well 853832



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Love the trailer. It looks great and sits well under my bumper. I didn't give it 5 stars only because I haven't towed anything on it yet. 853059



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2017 Subaru Forester

I will be installing this hitch today. The installation video is extremely well produced. Customer service and quick shipment have been awesome! 845805



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2017 Subaru Forester

We picked up this hitch primarily for a bike rack on our 2017 Forester, but we may do a little towing at some point in the future. I loved this particular hitch because of the clean look once installed. Our local Subaru dealer would only install the smaller 1" Subaru-brand hitch (at $600+ parts and labor), and I didn't like the bulky look of the U-Haul hitches. The hitch itself is really beefy -- very heavy and solid. I was very pleased with the quality of the product. INSTALLATION: Initially I had planned to have our Subie dealer install this hitch, but I later found out that they will only install Subaru brand, so that was out. We called a local towing place to see if they would install it -- and they would -- but it wouldn't be for at least two months. Eventually I decided I would purchase the necessary tools and try it myself. The only tool that I did not buy was the exhaust pipe remover/pliers. They didn't use one in the video, and while it did take me awhile to figure out which hangers I should be pushing/pulling on, I was able to do it with gloves and some spray lube without too much effort. Total tool cost was about $220, which I think is comparable to what labor would have been to install this thing (but we got to keep the tools at the end!). One thing that I had to run back out for is a deep 11/16" socket. The 11/16" carriage bolts that attach the hitch to the frame are all 2" long or so, and I needed a deep socket in order to attach them without the bolt hitting the back of the socket while tightening. The whole process took me around three hours, including backing the car onto some blocks (for extra clearance) getting the additional deep socket, and clean up. FYI the instructions say that a pro should be able to do this in 60 minutes, which I think is probably accurate. I'd guess I could do it in about that time if I had to do it again. Most of it is just figuring out how to accomplish each step in the instructions, which are quite short and simple. The most difficult part by far was attaching the hitch itself. If I had a lift and another person I'm sure it would have been a piece of cake, but I was laying on the garage floor by myself trying to simultaneously hold it in place and attach the washers/nuts. I did eventually get it on there! My advice (if you plan to try this alone) is to position the hitch as closely as you can, and then just try to get one nut on first so that part of the hitch is held up. Then slowly try to get other nuts attached. You have to constantly push the rear fascia out of the way, and the hitch doesn't just go straight up onto the frame, it needs to go up, then move back and around the fuel tank, and then back forward again. So there is a lot of adjusting and repositioning as you're adding your nuts. Once it is in place, you can go back and add the washers before using the torque wrench to tighten. Now that it is all finished, the hitch looks awesome. Looking forward to getting to the MTB trails without having to stuff the bikes inside of the car! Thanks eTrailer! 844870



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Product is as described. Works fine with 50 pound ebike. Easy to use and install when needed. Recently took off and rusty water came out. 837585



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Subaru wanted $500. To purchase and install a hitch. I went with etrailer. I didn’t know anything about hitch’s but James helped me find what I needed for my car and to carry whiles. Etrailer was very easy to work with and my order came shipping free in about 2 days. My mechanic installed the hitch . He did need to notch the bumper very slightly 830844



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The products I ordered are great. The install video for my hitch was very helpful 816679



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Hitch works, and looks great once in stalled. The only issues I had were that some of the installation instructions/videos weren't accurate for my 2019 Subaru Forester. The first was that someone suggested pulling the little plastic plugs off the styrofoam insert from the interior, giving access to a hole large enough to thread bolts and washers through. These plugs are not trivial to take out, and I broke the first one, before abandoning this method. The second issue was with the "thread the bolts and washers through the bumper" trick. One of the holes in the bumper was large enough to accommodate the hardware. The second side only had a hole about the diameter of a pencil -- so there was no other option but take the entire bumper off to give me access to the ends of the vehicle frame. And honestly, that was so much easier than trying to fiddle with getting the hardware through the tiny holes in the bumper. Beyond that, the install went without a hitch! Err... with a hitch? 800671


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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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  • Installation of Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch on 2018 Subaru Forester
    I have added a link to a video of the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch # 76182 being installed on a 2018 Subaru Forester for you to check out, and as you can see by the video - as well as the photo of the underside of the hitch which is on the product page - this hitch does fit very snugly with the spare tire. It is also going to set near the muffler bracket and so long as you have properly re-installed the exhaust hangers there is no reason to think it will break off.
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  • Comparing Curt and Draw Tite Class III Trailer Hitch for 2018 Subaru Forester
    Between the Draw Tite hitch part # 76182 and the Curt # C13144 that both fit your 2018 Subaru Forester I recommend the Draw Tite # 76182 because once installed this hitch only has the opening hanging below the rear bumper so it will give you a much more hidden look. I attached a picture that shows the two hitches installed to show you what I mean.
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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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  • Availability of Hardware for Transferring Trailer Hitch from 2016 to 2018 Subaru Forester
    Your Draw-Tite # 76182 Class III receiver hitch will indeed fit your girlfriend's 2018 Subaru Forester. We do offer a replacement hardware kit as part # RHK. On the RHK page, Type the hitch part number into the provided field. In this case, the number is 76182. Just below where you type that in, there is a drop down menu. Click that, and select Draw-Tite then choose quantity 1. The hardware included with the hitches is meant to be torqued one time only. Torquing the bolts more than once...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2018 Subaru Forester
    The trailer hitch that I recommend installing on your 2018 Subaru Forester is the Draw-Tite # 76182. This is a Class III hitch with a 2" receiver so you can use it with a wide variety of accessories. It features easy-to-use safety chain loops and is more cost-effective than alternative options. If you don't already have a bike rack then I recommend the Thule T2 Pro XTB # TH9034XT because it comes with bike and rack locks, secures the bike(s) without making frame contact, and can carry...
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  • Help Info For Installing Trailer Hitch on 2018 Subaru Forester
    For the Draw Tite hitch part # 76182 that is a confirmed fit for your 2018 Subaru Forester we have an install video that I attached that shows it installing on a similar 2017 model as well as a link to the printed instructions for you to check out as well. I also attached a picture of the hitch installed as seen from the underside of the vehicle.
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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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  • 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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  • Can You Reuse the Fastners When Upgrading to a 2 Inch Hitch on a 2018 Subaru Forester
    The Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 76182 will use the same mounting holes as the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 36523. However, you cannot use the same fasteners that you have now as they are different sizes (1/2" vs 7/16") and the fasteners are torque to yield which means they must be discarded after the initial torque. Therefore, you must use the new fasteners that come with the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver when you install it on your 2018 Subaru...
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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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  • 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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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Subaru Forester
    The best trailer hitch for your 2018 Subaru Forester is the Draw Tite Hitch part # 76182 because it's a 2 inch hitch which means you get the best capacities and there is more accessories available for that size and also because this hitch has a concealed crosstube which means it will be less visible than most other hitches. The EcoHitch # 306-X7216 is very similar to this but costs quite a bit more so the Draw Tite is the way to go.
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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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  • Installation Video to Help Install Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch 76182 on a 2017 Subaru Forester
    They may actually be referring to the video for the EcoHitch # 306-X7216 that also fits the 2017 Subaru Forester because the installation is very similar to Draw-Tite hitch # 76182. I have linked a video for the EcoHitch for you which will help with installation of the Draw-Tite hitch though you would want to use it as a guide only while following the Draw-Tite instructions. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one...
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  • Weight of Draw-Tite # 76182 and EcoHitch # 306-X7216 for 2018 Subaru Forester
    The Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 76182 weighs right at 35 pounds. The EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch # 306-X7216 is just a tad heavier at 37.5 pounds. Both hitches are confirmed to fit your 2018 Subaru Forester and feature a similar hidden design where only the receiver is visible behind the vehicle. Between the two options I recommend going with the Draw-Tite # 76182 because it features a higher tongue weight capacity of 525 pounds (compared to 350 on the EcoHitch)...
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