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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 76227 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch - 76227

  • Draw-Tite
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 4000 lbs GTW
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • 600 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
    • Uses existing hardware
  • 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: 4,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 600 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.



76227 Draw-Tite Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver - Max-Frame

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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 - 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be installing Draw-Tite's Class Three Two Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver. And this is what our hitch looks like when it's installed. The cross tube is going to be hidden completely behind the bumper, so you're only going to be able to see the receiver tube at the back.It's a class three, two inch by two inch receiver. It uses a five eighths inch hitch pin. Now one doesn't come included with this hitch, but you can pick one up here at etrailer.com. Additionally, the smaller hole that's located to the rear of the larger one, will allow to use as a J-pin.

A J-pin acts as an anti rattle device by pressing into any object that's inserted into the receiver tube. It features hoop style safety chain loops, and they're a nice large opening, so it should accommodate just about every shape and size of safety chain.It features a 600 pound tongue weight and that's the force going down on top of the receiver and a 4000 pound gross towing capacity. That's how much it can pull behind it. You do want to verify in your vehicle's owner's manual and ensure you don't exceed any of its towing capacities.And now I've got some measurements for you, to help you when deciding on accessories. From the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube, it measures about 16 inches.

This is important when determining if you need a drop, rise or raise shank on any of your accessories. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the rear bumper, it measures about two inches. This is important when determining if any of your folding accessories can be placed in the upright storage positions without contacting the bumper.We'll begin our installation at the back of the vehicle, with our hatch open. We're going to need to remove both the left and right side tail lights. We'll start with our Phillips screwdriver to remove the small plastic pins located on the inside.

You'll unscrew the center of the tab. Once it pops out, you can then pull the whole pin out. We'll repeat that for the three remaining tabs, one on this side and two on the other side.We can now remove the taillight covers. Those just pry off. We're just going to use a trim panel tool here to help that.

Behind that you'll find two bolts that we're going to remove using a 10 millimeter socket. We can now pull our assembly rearward to remove it. Once you've got it pulled off, we're just going to remove the bulbs from the housing. Just twist those counter clockwise and they pull out. And unplug the electrical connector, here and now we can set the assembly aside. We'll repeat that on the other side.Underneath your taillight assembly, you'll see a small plastic cover, we're going to use a flat bladed screwdriver to pop that cover out, exposing the bolt behind it. We'll then remove that bolt using the same 10 millimeter socket. We'll do that on the other side as well.Next we're gonna move into our fender well area and remove the fasteners here, so we can get our fascia off. You'll find one here at top. Take a Phillips screwdriver and we're going to press in on the center of it, that will allow the pin to be released. You can then take a flat bladed screwdriver and get behind it and pry it out.Down towards the bottom here, if you have the splash guards like we do, there are a couple of fasteners you're going to need to remove. You're going to find one behind the wheel, here. We'll use our flat bladed screwdriver, we'll pop out the center of the pin, and then we can remove the entire pin. Then underneath, if you pull the mud flap down, you'll see there's a fastener located here. We'll need to remove that one as well. And now underneath, going around the perimeter, you're going to find pins that we need to remove on the bottom. There's a total of five. Those are all going to remove by popping up the center and then just pulling the pin out.Now we can remove our fascia. We're going to start on one side, pulling outward to release the tabs and now with the both sides are loose, we're going to grab an extra set of hands to help us pull the fascia rearward. Check for any electrical connectors that may be present. We found one here on our driver's side, so we're just going to disconnect that. There's a release pin, you press in there and then pull it out. And now we'll set our fascia aside where it won't get damaged.We can then take the foam off of our cross beam, we can set that aside. And now we need to remove our cross beam, here. There's four bolts on each side, we're going to take off using a 14 millimeter socket. We can now take our cross beam off and set it aside. We can now set our hitch into position, lining it up with these studs. Here I like to put a nut on it, just a couple turns, just to make sure the hitch doesn't fall off while we grab our cross brace.Now that we've got our bumper cross tube here, we're going to take the nut off that we temporarily installed and slide this over the studs as well. We'll now use the same nuts we removed and reinstall those back on the studs. We'll now tighten our hardware back down. We can then go back and torque all of our hardware to the specifications found in our instructions.Gone ahead and marked out our fascia, per our instructions, how we're going to need to trim it for it to fit back on with our hitch in place. And I'm just going to use some tin snips to cut that out. And you'll want to make sure that you place your foam support back on the bumper before you reinstall the fascia. And we're just going to follow reverse on how we removed it, to get it reattached.And that completes our installation of the Draw-Tite's Class Three Two Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver on our 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon.


Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 76227

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (232 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 Outback Wagon

I have recently ordered, received and installed a trailer hitch and roof rack for my 2018 Subaru Outback. Shipping was in good time, order was correct and installation was easy. Great instructions and how-to videos online were very informative. Etrailer will be first on my list when I need something for my cars. 543163


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No problems at all with my hitch.
Lance - 07/19/2019

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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

We received the trailer hitch we ordered even faster than promised and without any problems and with free shipping. Though it didn't come with any installation instructions these were readily available form the etrailer website. The trailer hitch fit our 2018 Subaru Outback just as the folks at etrailer said it would and went on without a problem. 517552


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Still working great and with the bike rack we bought to go in it we no longer have to struggle to get the bikes on the roof of our car.
Robert - 06/05/2019

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The hitch seems well-built. Installation wasn't too bad. It would be helpful if the instruction video included more detail as to removing the rear fascia. Getting the rear fascia off without damaging it is much more difficult than the video implies. Also, there is no detail on the video as to removing the fascia portion over the bumper which I found to be the most difficult part. A 14mm deep socket is needed to remove the bumper bar. That information should be included in the directions and video (the directions only indicate a 14mm socket is needed. 524843



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

Everything arrived quickly and although the package was beat up the trailer hitch was fine. Took about 2 1/2 hours to install without jack / lift. Reattaching the fascia was the most difficult part. Note that the push pins on the mud flaps (outback) are a different size than the fascia push pins. Couldn't find the video instruction for the outback, so I used that from the Ecohitch. Everything was identical except the the required fascia cutout. This is an incredible company! I have used them before and will continue to use them in the future. 544443



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2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Looks to be a quality product, it installed easy. I have not towed with it yet so only 4 stars. Worth the money for sure! 518596



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Absolutely a plug and play installation. Literally the hardest part was bringing myself to cutting the fascia. The guidance on YouTube for the other hitches was thoroughly enough to give me enough confidence to take on the project myself, instead of paying someone else $150.00 to do it for me. I did try to save the attachment on the fascia near the hitch mount, I am hoping this will give a more secure mount using all of the push pins. I wasn’t even close to feeling confident, but now a close friend want to do his, and I am certain the two of us can get his done in 45 minutes or less. 554966


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Doing just great! Would choose this hitch receiver and etrailer again.
Paul - 08/19/2019

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2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

So I received this hitch in just a few days after placing the order, I opened the box to look it over as heavier items like this commonly get dinged during shipping. I needed to repaint a couple small spots, 10 minute fix. I ordered this hitch for my daughters 2016 outback to keep the vehicle looking sharp as the only thing visible after installation is the receiver. I prepped my tools per the instructions, opened an installation video on my phone and took it step by step, it was surprisingly easy and every one was please with the results!! 553424


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Great!
Paul - 08/13/2019

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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

kudos to Subaru and Draw-Tite for making this so simple. Looks and fits great. Like that the receiver is flush with the bumper - no shin damage while walking by the back of the car. One note the directions did not from my notice let you know to remove the back up sensors - not a big deal but as you pull off the cover/shroud you need to reach in and unplug the wire harness - towards the driver's side - very visible. If you were pulling too hard you might harm something but probably not such as to disable any functionality. 558392


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Thumbs up!
Eric - 08/26/2019

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After a year, I am still very happy with the hitch. It is not as visible as most hitches and I think the car looks better without all the metal showing. It has worked well for towing and used to support a bike rack. I am very satisfied with the product and would recommend it to anyone. 650874



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Hitch is awesome and looks great. Paula the sales operator provided me with amazing customer service. I had originally wanted to order from etrailer but a local installer talked me into ordering from them. After a week passed and found that hitch would not be in for another week, I cancelled that order and called etrailer. Paula was amazing walked me through then whole process and helped me get exactly what I needed. Hitch arrived 2 days later and I had it installed the next day. Paula saved the day 528649



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

I purchased and installed the Draw-Tite Hitch on my 2018 Subaru Outback. The product was installed easily per the instructions. I had no issues with the installation. The product looks great on the car. The etrailer representatives I spoke with prior to purchasing were extremely helpful with making my decision on which hitch to purchase. I was surprised how knowledgeable they were in the products. They really made me feel confident in product. 523929


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The hitch is great. It looks good on the Subaru. I have no complaints. It has been doing its job ever since it was installed.
Jimmy F - 06/19/2019

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Great hitch and customer service is won derful. 644519



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

I received my Draw-Tite Hitch in a cardboard box with no damage which sometimes occurs with heavy parts. I was a little anxious about removing the bumper on my wife's new Subaru, but it went like clockwork. etrailer's instructions and ecohitch's video made it easy. It took me just under three hours from pulling my tools out to putting them away. I took it easy but I'm 72 so bouncing up and down to remove/install the lock pins slowed me down. Perfect Fit. I did use a powered jig saw to cut out clearance for the receiver. The bolt on hitch keeps the integrity of the crumple zone. 526147


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I only use it for a bike rack and a small cargo tray. I bought the two inch receiver so I could transfer the rack from Subaru to truck. After one year of use I’m happy. Works great and no rust.
Richard - 06/24/2019

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2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

EASY install!!!! I mean WOW! It was truly a one person job and took a total of 2 hours... and that was with zero experience, just watching youtube videos for pointers. Hitch looks great and works VERY well with our 2016 Outback! Great buy! 520956


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Still looking and working like new. Buying another for our Subaru Forester.
Daric - 06/13/2019

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2013 Subaru Outback Wagon

I ordered my hitch and got it just 4 days later. I backed the car into the barn out of the sun at 9:45 and had the hitch installed and the car back on the road by 11:30 by myself. The hardest part was getting the clug clips out because of the dust and mud. Putting the bumper cover back on was time consuming, too, but I wanted to make sure everything fit correctly. I even located and replaced a missing plug to make sure all holes were filled. Installing the Tekonsha wiring harness went as per instructions, except I had to remove one cargo hook to allow the fender cover to lift enough to gain access to the vehicle harness. I ran the trailer plug under the interior padding and under the door gasket and will secure it to the hitch receiver with tie wraps. Looks good on my 2013 Outback 3.6R imited (don't mind the dust from the barn floor). 559454


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We dont tow often, but this hitch allows us the flexibility to tow a small trailer and UTV when we need to go outside the county. It is an excellent investment and does not hang out in the way.
Bob - 08/29/2019

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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

I purchased the Draw-Tite Max Frame Hitch Receiver for my 2017 Subaru Outback. The people at Etrailer were great to deal with and helped me to make my choice in purchasing the correct hitch receiver for my Outback. I wanted a hitch that was like a custom fit and the Draw-Tite Max is the one. The instructions were easy to understand and it took about an hour to install. The service from Etrailer was great and they were always there to help me with my questions. I also purchased the Hopkins Plug in simple wiring harness which was very easy to install. 547834


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Looks great and works great . One great hitch.
Larry S - 07/30/2019

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I have to admit I was a little concerned about the instastallation, but it went as planned. I took my time and it went smoothly. Delivery was fast and price was great. Hitch is a perfect fit and looks factory installed. Buy the wiring harness. It’s a snap. 567855



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

E-Trailer has been great! Fast delivery. So much information is available through videos and reviews. I purchased the Draw-Tite hitch 76227 for my 2018 Subaru Outback Touring. The video made installation very simple. I was able to cut around the center pin on the bumper cover to keep the fastener. Back up sensor plug just requires a squeeze on one end to release. It helped to have a helper to hold the bumper while removing and cutting the hole. I just used a mat knife and scored it numerous times. I cut my hole 3.75"w x 4.5"h fit looks great. By using the Draw-Tite hitch, I could reinstall the foam cover on the bumper rail with no issues. I probably would not have attempted this without the videos. 539221



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Relatively simple install on my '15 Outback for a 2" mount 4-place bike rack I already had. Love that it mounts in OE position, but with a 2" receiver the OE doesn't offer, has no bar showing below or reducing ground clearance, requires no drilling/cutting as some others do, and was $100 less expensive than that other hitch. A little tough getting the fascia clipped back on because to the bumper bar and foam being moved back a bit because of the thickness of the mounting flanges, but manageable. As an afterthought, I could have used a Surform rasp to trim a bit off the face of the foam to gain a little extra clearance, but all is well. Very happy with product and quick delivery. Would have been a single day had the UPS truck not broken down. Also was boxed where some vendors ship these items bare, with resulting scrapes and bends. Great service and product from etrailer and Draw-Tite! 529898



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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Product arrived amazingly fast. Took it to a body shop to get it installed, they were at first skeptical that I ordered online but then very happy to see what great product it was. Very happy, thank you! 539679



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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Installation on a 2015 Outback took a couple more hours than the 45 min listed for pros in the manual, but that's on me since I wanted to work slowly and ensure I didn't damage any clips or fittings. I've installed a hitch on another Subaru prior and have also done considerable DIY mechanic work, and this was easily the cleanest install with zero hiccups that I've encountered - the only squirmy part for those averse to permanent alterations is the fascia cut, which done nicely and slowly (I used a Dremel) will look OEM. The hitch mounts directly to the chassis studs on which the bumper rests and is secured by 8 nuts, so it's a simple mount that doesn't require fishing anything through holes with a coil, or grinding, etc. It does, however, require a torque wrench to ensure that nuts are securely and evenly torqued to the chassis after completion. NOTE: 1. There are two installation manual versions - the b&w printout supplied with the kit, and the downloadable color PDF, which is much more highly detailed. I'd advise the installer to access it from a smartphone on the etrailer site while working, as it is more helpful than the printout. 2. There are TWO different sizes of bumper fascia clips you will remove in this process if you have mudflaps attached to the bumper fascia - I don't think the manual noted this. One is smaller and has a sorta leather grain texture on the clip head - one is smooth and larger. The smaller clips are for the mudflaps - the larger for the rear bumper mounts. Keep all clips, screws, and nuts with the respective components during disassembly to avoid future confusion. 529197



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

The hitch looks great on my 2018 Outback and was faily easy to install. I had to jack the car up on the back end to allow the tire to drop down enough to get one of three screws loose to remove the mud flap. My facia has backup sensors and the only difference from the video and instructions is a single wire disconnect similar to the taillights. Very easy to disconnect and reconnect. The only complaint I have is mine came minus the trim piece that is shown in the video were you cut the facia. Since the facia is now not supported in the middle I’m concerned it will flap when the wind catches it when driving. Irritating that it was missing. Install time was under two hours. Minus one star for missing part.. 519764



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2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

It took me awhile to find this hitch, but I'm glad I did as it's the perfect combination of an aftermarket hitch that installs like the OEM one! Safety and increased functionality all in one! First, I'd wanted one to install as the OEM one because I figured (and read) this was ideal for safety. Mounted this way it wouldn't change how the crumple zone in the back worked. Where other hitches that mount underneath the frame may be able to push up the crumple zone if ever in an accident. I also wasn't crazy on the idea of drilling into our Outback to install an aftermarket hitch, but I really wanted a 2" receiver with a higher tongue weight rating. In addition to requiring drilling new holes in our vehicle, the crossbar was visible on all other hitches I could find. I couldn't order this one any faster when I finally found it. It installs like the smaller OEM hitch would, it has a 2" receiver with great weight ratings, and the crossbar is hidden! We'll mostly be hauling bikes with this thing (Thule T2 XT Pro), but a small utility trailer and likely boat is in our future as well! The Outback will be ready now! 514184



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

The first hitch sent to me had a manufacturing defect that made it impossible to install (the bracket on one side was not welded straight). Etrailer customer support tried to help me work through some options to see if I could get it installed, but ultimately shipped me a new one. I want to be clear that this was not the fault of etrailer. This completely appeared to be a defective product from Draw-Tite. Unfortunately, I had to get my bumper off completely before the defect became apparent. The second hitch installed quite easily. It took me about an hour and would have taken less time if I hadn't dropped the 14mm socket INSIDE the bumper. Took a little ingenuity to get it out. I was also a bit to conservative trimming the fascia and had to trim a little more off several times after trying to reinstall the fascia (trim a little, try to install, trim a little more, try and install again). Including these two items, the most difficult part was getting the mud flaps (I think that is what Subaru calls them) reinstalled. Those things were a pain. One bit of advice I have for other DIY installers, though the instructions don't specify it, I highly recommend that the 14mm socket you use be a deep socket. A standard socket is not quite deep enough to gain purchase on the bumper bolts when taking the bumper off. First time around, I had to use a crescent wrench to get things started. Before the replacement hitch came in, I purchased a deep socket and it made things much easier the second time around. I greatly appreciate Brittany at etrailer helping me through the issue of the defective product and the speed at which the replacement got to me. The only thing I would recommend etrailer change is the difficulty rating. It is really quite simple to install this hitch. I have relatives that purchased one of the hitches that require drilling into the frame for their 2017 Outback. They purchased from a local retailer who also installed professionally. The installer remarked to them that it was one of the most difficult hitches he had had to install. By comparison, I expect this one is much much easier. 563143



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

E-Trailer has been great! Ashley was really helpful as well as John's answers to my questions. So much information is available through videos and reviews. I purchased the Draw-Tite hitch 76227 for my 2018 Subaru Outback Touring and the 118467 T-one Wiring Harness. The video made installation very simple. Some notes: I was able to cut around the center pin on the bumper cover to keep the fastener. The center of the cover is 2" from the center of the pin hole as the instructions say, not half way between the tailpipe cutouts. I should have paid more attention when reattaching the bumper cover as I slid it over the lower metal brackets the first time. Never force anything! Back up sensor plug just requires a squeeze on one end to release. It helped to back up on my ramps and have a helper to hold the bumper while removing and cutting the hole. I just used a mat knife and scored it numerous times. I cut my hole 3.75"w x 4.5"h. Could have given the height just about ?" more but fit was tight. Actually could be a little narrower but fit looks great. By using the Draw-Tite hitch, I could reinstall the foam cover on the bumper rail with no issues. Hardest part was seeing the markings on my torque wrench. I probably would not have attempted this without the videos. Mostly I want to hear warnings of what to watch out for as I'm doing the installation. The backup sensor plug was a trick since I had to use my magnifying glasses to see the clip or I might have broken it. I sprayed the bumper with Amsoil Metal Protector before installing as suggested. Fit and alignment was perfect, no adjusting needed. The Draw-Tite hitch weighs less than the Eco-Hitch which helps keep overall weight down when not towing and the foam piece fit since the mounting plates are a little thinner. The cut out is smaller too with the DT. As for the wiring harness, the 2018 Plug is right where the video says it is, just hard to reach and a pain to set free. Don't give up. I couldn't figure out how to remove the tie down loop or it would have helped. Finally got it. I just routed the harness into the spare wheel area. No tape included. End result looks great! 525858


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    The trailer hitch I highly recommend for your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon 3.6R Limited is the Draw-Tite # 76227 because unlike other hitches that fit your car, the Draw-Tite does NOT require drilling and as you can see by the accompanying photo one of our customers took of this hitch on their '18 Outback it has a very clean look with a hidden crosstube. For wiring which will give you a 4-way connector and allow you to power your trailer's lights you need Wiring Harness # 118467 (which...
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  • Receiver Depth of Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch and EcoHitch for 2016 Subaru Outback
    I went out to the warehouse to take the measurements you asked for and found that both of the hitches measured approximately 2-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the end of the receiver. In terms of the receiver depth of the Draw-Tite # 76227 it measured approximately 7-1/2 inches in total while the EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7266 measured about 5-1/2 inches. In terms of clearance the Eco-Hitch # 306-X7266 is about even with the bumper on a 2016...
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  • Installing Class III Trailer Hitch on 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon
    The Draw-Tite Class III Max Frame Receiver Hitch # 76227 referenced in your question is confirmed to fit your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon. We do not yet have (as of August 2018) an installation video for this hitch on your vehicle. I have attached the complete written installation instructions that you can take a look at. I will say that this is a relatively extensive installation process that includes the temporary removal of the bumper/fascia along with some fascia trimming. We actually...
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  • Comparing Concealed Trailer Hitches for 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon Draw Tite vs. EcoHitch
    For your 2018 Subaru Outback we have two great options for concealed trailer hitches. We have the Draw Tite part # 76227 and the EcoHitch part # 306-X7266 that you also mentioned. Both of these will work great but I would go with the Draw TIte over the EcoHitch for price alone. Quality-wise and install time is virtually identical but the Draw Tite costs considerably less so it's what I would recommend. The only big advantage to the EcoHitch is that it's made in the USA and the Draw Tite...
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    I have a similar trailer hitch for your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon that is made in the USA, the EcoHitch part # 306-X7266, but the Draw Tite part # 76227 that you referenced is not. The EcoHitch has the same concealed crosstube like the Draw Tite and would be the best USA made hitch we have. The etrailer.com hitch part # e98847 is also made in the USA but has a visible crosstube so it may not be the style you want. I attached an install video for the EcoHitch for you to check out as well.
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  • Does Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch 76227 Come with Hardware to Install on a 2017 Subaru Outback
    Trailer hitch # 76227 does not come with hardware because it uses nuts already on the 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon. The bumper beam on this vehicle fits over 8 studs in the vehicle frame and is held there with 8 matching nuts. This hitch will be sandwiched between the bumper beam and the end plate where it mounts using the same studs and nuts. I have linked the instructions for you to illustrate this. The review you mentioned is actually referring to EcoHitch # 306-X7266 which comes with...
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  • Best Trailer Hitch and Wiring Harness for 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon
    The best trailer hitch for your 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon is the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 76227 for a couple reasons, chief among them because it has a concealed crosstube that ensures all but the hitch receiver is hidden. The other reason is that unlike other hitches for your '19 Outback, the Draw-Tite It is a bolt-on installation that will not require drilling into your Subaru's frame for installation. This Class III, 2" trailer hitch is almost entirely hidden behind...
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  • Will Tow Ready J-Pin Stabilization Pin and Lock Work w/Trailer Hitch 76227 on a 2015 Subaru Outback
    Yes, Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 76227 for your 2015 Subaru Outback is compatible with the J-Pin lock # 63201. I have linked a video review of this lock for you.
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  • Does Concealed Cross Tube Draw Tite Hitch Fit 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon 3.6R
    Yes, the Draw Tite hitch part # 76227 does fit your 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon 3.6R that has the 6 cylinder engine. It fits both the 4 cylinder and the 6 cylinder models. I really like this hitch as only the hitch opening hangs below the rear bumper which keeps most of it out of sight and helps with ground clearance. I attached an install video for this for you to check out as well. For trailer wiring the very easy to install and reliable Tekonsha kit part # 118467 is what I recommend...
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  • Reinstalling the Bumper on 2017 Subaru Outback With Hidden Trailer Hitch
    We have had some other people have a bit of trouble with the re-installation of the bumper fascia when installing the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 76227 or Curt Trailer Hitch # C13410 on your 2017 Subaru Outback. What has been recommended to help resolve this issue, both in the linked installation video and then by one of our customers in a review (see accompanying cut out) is to make sure you begin by first lining up the section directly under the tail lights is a big help when putting...
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  • Difference in Mounting Plate Thickness Between Draw-Tite and EcoHitch Hitch for 2018 Subaru Outback
    The Draw-Tite Class III Max Frame Receiver Hitch # 76227 referenced in your question is confirmed to fit your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon. I went out to our warehouse with a digital caliper to take a look at both this hitch and the EcoHitch # 306-X7266, which is also confirmed to fit your vehicle. I measured a thickness on the frame brackets of exactly 0.26 inches for both hitch models. I am not sure what might have caused the issue that your local installer mentioned regarding the EcoHitch...
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  • Which Hitch Has Best Ground Clearance for 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon
    The EcoHitch part # 306-X7266 that you referenced is going to tuck a bit tighter under the rear bumper of your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon that the Draw Tite part # 76227. If ground clearance is a priority then the Ecohitch is the way to go.
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  • Parts Needed to Tow a Trailer with 2018 Subaru Outback
    According to an online owner's manual for your 2018 Subaru Outback the 2.5L can tow a trailer up to 2,700 pounds as long as the trailer has brakes. If it doesn't have brakes then the Subaru maxes out at 1,000 pounds. Additionally, there's kind of a weird statement that says "When towing a trailer on a long uphill grade continuously for over 5 miles (8 km) with an outside temperature of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C) or above", the towing capacity is 1,350 pounds. If your trailer is within...
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  • Tools Needed to Install Draw-Tite 2-Inch Hitch 76227 on Subaru Outback Wagon
    If you refer to page 2 of the linked instructions for Draw-Tite 2-Inch Hitch # 76227 you'll be able to see a complete list of the tools needed for installing it. Most of the items are basic hand tools and the one special item, a torque wrench, can often be borrowed or rented from a local auto supply shop. I also linked an article and an install video showing a 2016 model year Outback.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack for Carrying 2 Bikes with a 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon
    For a trailer hitch I recommend the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver # E98847 because it has the most bumper clearance and comes with a matte black finish that does a better job of hiding scratches and dings over the glossy black options. Trailer hitches are used for both trailers and accessories like a bike rack so there is no difference in the installation. If you'd like one with a hidden crossbeam (for a cleaner installed look) then I recommend the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendation for 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon
    For towing a pop up trailer with your 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon the best hitch option is the Draw Tite Class III # 76227 as it's a 2 inch hitch with plenty of towing capacity and because it has a hidden crosstube which allows it to be less visible and better ground clearance. I attached a picture of what it looks like installed as well as an install video for you to check out. For trailer wiring the Curt kit part # C56040 is what I recommend as it has the highest amperage rating which...
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  • Best Trailer Hitch for Use With a Bike Rack On a 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon
    The best trailer hitch that is offered for your 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon is the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 76227. The reason that this trailer hitch is the best is because it is hidden which means only the receiver tube portion is shown (see photo) therefore you can still have the clean factory like look of your vehicle and it sits the closest to the rear edge of the bumper (2") so you can fold the Thule T2 Pro XTB 4 Bike Platform Rack part # TH9034XT-9036XT up without...
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  • Draw Tite Hitch for 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon to Carry Bike Rack and Where to Find an Installer
    For your 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon the Draw Tite hitch part # 76227 is definitely the correct hitch to use to carry your 5 bike Yakima rack since it's a 2 inch hitch. Now to find someone to install this I'd recommend finding a local mechanic to you with a good reputation and let them handle the install. We don't have a list of certified installers so our best recommendation is finding someone you know that is trustworthy in your community. Hitch installs are very basic compared to what...
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  • Does Foam Bumper Support Need to be Trimmed When Installing Draw-Tite Hitch on 2017 Outback
    The foam bumper support on your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon does not need to be trimmed when installing the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 76227. Because the hitch itself adds to the overall thickness it will be a tighter fit when snapping the fascia back on but you should be able to accomplish this without having to modify the foam piece. Looking through a few of our customer reviews that mention this particular aspect of the install it looks like it took a bit more effort...
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  • Draw-Tite Hitch 76227 Installation on 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon
    Draw-Tite 2-inch hitch # 76227 is a confirmed fit on the 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon and for your reference I linked both the written instructions and an installation video showing a 2019 model year. Hardware is not included with the hitch since it uses fasteners already on the car that will be removed and then re-installed. No parts are included for cosmetic treatment of the fascia which does requires trimming for the installation. The instructions detail the trimming to be done with...
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  • Hidden Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon
    At this time (November 2018) the only hitch we offer for your 2019 Subaru Outback wagon that has a concealed crosstube is the EcoHitch part # 306-X7601. I would not be surprised at all if the Draw Tite # 76227 does carry over very soon for the 2019 model but I checked with Draw Tite just now and they still do not show it as a fit.
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  • Hitch and 4-Bike Rack Recommendation for 2018 Subaru Outback
    The factory 1-1/4 inch trailer hitch on your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon can only carry up to 2 bikes at a time due to it's lower weight capacity so you'll have to replace it with an aftermarket 2 inch hitch if you want to be able to carry up to 4 bikes. For that the Draw Tite hitch part # 76227 is the winner. This is a 2 inch hitch with plenty of capacity that will work great. It also has a concealed crosstube too which means it won't be quite as visible either. Unlike the Curt hitch that...
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  • Best Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2014 Subaru Outback
    The best hitch for your 2014 Subaru Outback is the Draw Tite part # 76227. Reason being it has a 2 inch opening (most popular size for accessories), has plenty of weight capacity, and because it's mostly out of plain sight since only the hitch opening is visible below the bumper. This makes it the most aesthetically pleasing.
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