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EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

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  • EcoHitch
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • 350 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • Concealed Cross Tube
This custom-fit trailer hitch with a hidden cross tube installs behind your vehicle's rear bumper, leaving only the receiver visible beneath it. Aluminum and steel alloy construction is durable and eco-friendly. Powder coat finish resists rust. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from EcoHitch. EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" part number 306-X7266 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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EcoHitch Trailer Hitch - 306-X7266

This custom-fit trailer hitch with a hidden cross tube installs behind your vehicle's rear bumper, leaving only the receiver visible beneath it. Aluminum and steel alloy construction is durable and eco-friendly. Powder coat finish resists rust.


Features:

  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your vehicle
  • Hidden cross tube provides a clean, from-the-factory look
  • Easy, bolt-on installation - no drilling or welding required
  • Sturdy, lightweight alloy construction
    • Alloy is made of recycled materials and combines aluminum, steel, and stainless steel
  • Black powder coat finish offers superior rust protection
  • Meets SAE J684 towing safety regulations
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 350 lbs
    • Not rated for weight distribution systems
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Hidden Cross Tube for a Clean, Factory Look

The EcoHitch Hidden trailer hitch is designed to be as inconspicuous as possible. The hitch's cross tube bolts onto your vehicle's frame, behind your rear bumper. No drilling or welding is required. Once the hitch is installed, only the receiver will be visible beneath your bumper. This means that your vehicle can maintain its stylish, from-the-factory look, and you won't have to do any major modifications to its body or frame.


Eco-Friendly Material

With a combination of aerospace-grade aluminum, steel, and stainless steel, each EcoHitch is made of a strong metal alloy that will withstand the test of time. The lightweight alloy is composed of recycled materials. Traditional steel hitch manufacturing can use coal or oil, which can contribute to harmful gas emissions. The EcoHitch's recycled materials limit the carbon footprint during manufacturing, so you get a sturdy trailer hitch while also helping the environment.


Rigorous Strength Testing Ensures Durability

This EcoHitch trailer hitch is tested for durability and sturdiness. Using Finite Elemental Analysis (FEA), individual points of stress on the hitch can be detected and remedied. Designers can accurately test the hitch to ensure that it will meet or exceed SAE J684 standards. The EcoHitch Hidden trailer hitch is carefully researched and strength tested for a durable, high-quality hitch that can resist damage while on the road.


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.



X7266 Tork Lift Central Eco Hitch Hidden Trailer Hitch - 2" Receiver





This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2015 - 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon



Video of EcoHitch Hidden 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 EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the EcoHitch Class III Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 306-X7266.Here's what the hitch is going to look like once we have it installed. It is going to sit completely behind our bumper except for the receiver tube sticking out. The the nice thing about it too is it that it's not going to stick out too far to where we're going to have to worry about hitting our leg, but it is going to be out far enough where we're really not going to have to reach real far underneath to attach our accessories. It is a Class III hitch, so it's going to give us that 2" x 2" receiver tube opening, which is going to open up a lot of doors for different accessories that we can mount, all the way from a bike rack, ball mount, or a cargo carrier.The way we're going to mount all of our accessories is to the hitch pinhole here on the side, and it is going to accept a standard 5/8 pin and clip. While these aren't included in the kit, you can pick them up here at etrailer.com. Now, as far as the safety chain connection points go, it's going to be a loop style, kind of a plate welded to the bottom, and as you can see we're going to have plenty of room to get most size hooks on or off.

We're really not going to have to worry too much because the hitch pin is just going to be just slightly offset, so we shouldn't have any kind of interference.The EcoHitch is going to have a 350 pound tongue weight, which is going to be maximum downward force at the receiver tube. It's also going to have a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating, which is going to be the amount that it can pull, including the trailer and everything we have loaded on it. Now with those numbers in mind, you always want to double check your Subaru's owner's manual and never exceed the manufacturer's recommended towing weight.I'd like to give you a few measurements and that's going to help you when deciding for accessories. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper, it's going to be right about 3-1/2". That measurement's going to come in handy when you're looking at folding accessories to make sure you have adequate clearance, so it's not going to come in contact with the rear bumper.

From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, it's going to be right about 16". That measurement's going to help you when you're looking at ball mounts to make sure you have the appropriate rise or drop to match up to your trailer. So now that we've seen what our hitch looks like and gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed.To begin our installation, we're going to want to open up the hatch, and we're going to need to remove our rear tail lights. So we're going to have to remove this plastic cover. We're going to have two plastic fasteners holding it in place.

So we can grab a small Phillips screwdriver and just unthread it a little bit, and that center section will pop out. Then we can grab it and we can pull the whole clip out. When we go to take this out, we're going to kind of want to pull way from the tail light section and work our way down and kind of pivot it out, and it'll pop right out.Now behind that cover we're going to have two bolts that are holding the tail light assembly in place. So we'll grab a 10mm socket and we'll pull those out. With the hardware removed, we're going to grab our tail light assembly and kind of work it back and forth but pulling straight back, so we don't break any of the alignment pins.

We're going to want to pull out all of the connectors, so that the lights we can actually just twist them and they'll come out. Now with the bottom connector, you're going to want to push in on that tab and release it, and then we can pull it out and set the tail light assembly aside where it won't get damaged. We're going to repeat that process on the other side as well.Now, right below where our fastener was holding out tail lights in, we're going to have this plastic cover. We're going to grab a flathead screwdriver, and there's a small notch on top. So we'll put our screwdriver in there and pop that cover out. It's going to expose a bolt. Again, we're going to want to grab a 10mm socket and pull that bolt out. We'll do that on the other side as well.As we move to the wheel well area, right about where our fender meets our fascia, we're going to have a pushpin going into the fascia here. You'll notice it's going to have a little bit different center section than the outer section. So, again, we're going to grab that flathead screwdriver. We're going to push in on the center section and you'll see it kind of goes in a little bit. We're going to want to take our flathead screwdriver and pry the rest of the pushpin out, and we're going to pull the other one out on the other side as well.On the bottom side of the vehicle we're going to have several pushpin fasteners. We'll have two on each side directly behind the rear tire, and then we're going to have three in the very center. We need to pull all those pushpins out so we can get the fascia off. So, again, we'll grab a flathead screwdriver and we'll come in. There's going to be a bunch of notches going around the edge. We're going to want to come in and pop the center section of that pushpin fastener out, which will take the tension off, and then we can pull the rest of it out.We're going to start where the fender meets the fascia, and we're going to pull directly out. There's going to be a bunch of clips that are holding it in place. We're just going to want to work towards the center releasing those clips. Once we get towards the back here, it may help if you kind of support it from underneath and lift up as you pull away. Now, before you pull the fascia too far away, especially on the driver side, we are going to have a connector there for any kind of rear parking sensors. So you want to make sure you disconnect that before you pull it too far away and cause any damage.We're going to push in on the tab and then we should be able to release the connector. I will let you know it is a rather tight fit. Once we have it disconnected, we're going to set the fascia aside where it won't get damaged. With our fascia removed, it's going to expose the bumper beam and the foam piece that's on top of it. We're going to want to lift up slightly, and we can pull the foam off. Now we're not going to be reinstalling this because once we have our hitch in place, there's not going to be enough room to fit everything back in behind the fascia. This really isn't providing any kind of structural integrity, so we're just going to go ahead and set this aside and not reinstall it.We're going to have to pull our bumper beam off because our hitch is going to get sandwiched in between. There's going to be four nuts total that are holding it on on each side. So if we grab a somewhat long extension and a 14mm socket, we can go through the hole in the bumper beam to access the nuts, and we're going to remove them. When we go to remove the last nut that's holding it in place, you want to make sure you have your hand at least somewhat supporting it because we don't want it to fall down. We can lift our bumper beam off and set it aside.We can grab out hitch and we'll line it up with the four studs that our bumper beam was on, and we'll just have it resting here. We can grab our bumper beam and put that back on top of the hitch. Our hitch is going to come with new hardware, so we're going to have new flange nuts to put in place, and they're going to go in the same locations. So just to make sure everything's going to stay where it needs to be, I'm going to put one on each side, so I can make sure that everything's not going to come falling down.Now, when we removed those pushpins from the bottom, they we're on these support tabs. The one in the center here is going to make contact with the hitch. The easiest thing to do is grab a pair of pliers, and we can actually just bend it up going towards the body of the vehicle. That'll give us a lot more clearance, and we have plenty of room to get our hitch fully seated and not have to worry about that.With the tab bent out of the way so we can push our hitch in as far as we need to, we can get the rest of the hardware loosely in place. Then I'm going to come back with that same 14mm socket. I'm going to snug up all the nuts holding everything in place. And with everything snugged down, I'm going to come back with a 14mm socket and a torque wrench. I'm going to torque all the hardware down to the specified amount in the instructions.Now, in order to get our fascia back in place, we are going to have do some trimming. Now, I already went ahead and drew out what we need to cut, and the easiest way to get your measurements down is we're going to find the center point of our fascia and we're going to measure 5" up. That's going to give us how tall we need. Now at the top, it's going to be 5" wide. So we'll mark those two points, and then at the bottom we're going to measure 7" wide, and then we're just going to connect all those points.When you go to cut this out, you can either use a sharp utility knife and score it several times, and then cut it out the rest of the way, or you can use a rotary tool or a pair of tin snips. I'm going to be using a rotary tool, but whatever you're using, just keep in mind you want to go slow, and you can always cut more if you need to. Then we'll come back and clean all that excess plastic off the edges . should just flake away.At this point, it's not necessarily mandatory, but in our kit they do provide us with a little trim ring to go around the area we cut. Now, the trim piece they give us is going to have a split opening here on the end, so we just want to get started on one side, kind of have to push and then work it into position. Then once you get it started, want to start pushing it around till it's seated all the way on there.As you can see, we are going to have some excess. It's always better to have a little more than not enough. Just go around and make sure the corners are pushed in all the way, then we come back and trim the excess off. Now I will let you know when you go to cut this, you don't want to use a pair of scissors because there is a small piece of metal to help keep the structure inside of here. So you're going to want to use a pair tin snips or a heavy duty pair of side cutters.Now we'll put our fascia back in place, and don't forget to plug in the connector that's on the driver side. Make sure it locks in place. We can just lift our fascia making sure that it clears the hitch, and when you go to put it in place you also want to make sure the tail lights are out of the way and that it goes in the correct spot on the lower section. You don't want to go on top of those support because you'll have an extremely hard time getting it back in place. We'll just start pushing all the clips in making sure they line up.With our fascia clipped in, I'm going to go and put this one fastener back in. That way I can know everything's in the right position. Now we can just start working on putting all the fasteners and our tail lights back in place. Now, when we go to put our tail lights back in, you'll notice that we're going to have this white stud. There's going to be two slots. The white stud is going into this white tab right here, and on the outside we're going to have two white pushpins that are going to have to line up. So when we get it in, we kind of want to loosely line up that pin so it'll go into place making sure that it's at least in the right direction, and then we're just going to push straight back, and it should lock it in.Then we can come back and put the two bolts back in that are holding our tail light housing in. Then we can put that plastic cover back in place. Again, you just want to kind of roll it in place so everything locks in where it should be. When you take those pushpins, make sure that center section is pulled out, push it in. This time we don't need a screwdriver. You just push it in and lock it into place.Now with the pushpin that goes in the outside fender here, you'll remember we pushed it in. So we're going to want to push that tab back out, this time to where that center section's kind of sticking outside a little bit. We put our pushpin in place, and then we're going to lock it in by pushing the center section in to where it's flush with the outside. Now we can put the pushpins back in place underneath. Now, again, you're going to want to make sure that center section is still pulled out, and we'll go through the fascia going into the supports and lock them in. When we get to the center here, just keep in mind we're not going to have that center pushpin. So we are going to be losing that one connection point.That'll finish up your look at the EcoHitch Class III Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 306-X7266, on our 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon.


Customer Reviews

EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 306-X7266

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (102 Customer Reviews)

This custom-fit trailer hitch with a hidden cross tube installs behind your vehicle's rear bumper, leaving only the receiver visible beneath it. Aluminum and steel alloy construction is durable and eco-friendly. Powder coat finish resists rust.

- 306-X7266

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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


works perfectly, I particularly like the way it integrates with the bumper and does not hang down like other hitches that are mounted on the frame beams. 574346



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


Although I have no experience with the OEM hitch, this Torklift Ecohitch 2" is exactly what should have come on my 2018 Subaru Outback from the factory. Easy install, phenomenal quality, and it works like it should. 567719



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Subaru


Fantastic product! Despite the size and obviously heavy weight, my hitch arrived incredibly fast and undamaged (2 days!). I watched the installation video here and was able to do the install by myself in just under an hour. This hitch is WAY cheaper than the OEM hitch from Subaru, which is around $800 installed and easy to install. No drilling required! I love how unobtrusive it is too. It doesn't stick out or down very far at all. 568779



- 306-X7266

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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


I am extremely happy with the EcoHitch. It arrived promptly, was not difficult to install and looks far better on my Subaru Outback than typical frame mounted aftermarket hitches. As usual, etrailer's "How To Install Video" was invaluable -- providing step-by-step instructions on nearly the exact model I have, including exact descriptions of how to release each type of push-pin. Using the video, It took me the projected 2-hour installation time, but only because I spent a half hour or so going to a store to buy a 16mm socket deep enough to undo the factory bumper bolts. A standard or deepwell 1/2" socket will work, my short 3/8" drive socket did not reach the nut. Otherwise, I found this hitch easier to install than a typical frame hitch since all of the heavy lifting is done standing up rather than on your back under the car. There were a couple of very minor items not mentioned in the video that could possibly cause someone some difficulty: 1) my particular model has vestigial mud flaps, no doubt from some factory trim package, that covered the fascia push-pin nearest the wheel well. The flaps are held on by 3 phillips screws and one difficult to access push-pin. I found that with only the screws removed, the flap could be rotated out of the way enough to remove the last fascia push-pin. 2) I had a wire going to the rear sensors in the fascia; easy enough to unplug but likely to become more common as more vehicles include these safety features. In all, this seems to be a nice product and thanks to etrailer for their usual good service. 562944



- 306-X7266

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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


A superb product in every respect. Best thing about the appearance is that there is virtually no appearance; all you see is the receiver opening. The rest is handily hidden behind the bumper. The video showing the installation was a perfect step by step guide which made installation a piece of cake. Plan to use it to tow a small trailer carrying our kayaks. The Subaru dealer wanted a third more and it would have not been the quality hitch. For once my do it yourself paid off and I didn't even shed the usual amount of blood! Oh, the folks at etrailer.com were great to work with. 510333



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This was a very straightforward install. The only trouble I had was trying to figure out how the wheel well trim tabs came out. I only had to break one to figure it out. Also, there was no reason to throw out the foam insert, so I put it back. I didn’t have any difficulty in fitting the bumper back on. Do make sure you get the metal tabs underneath on the right side (inside) before you get too excited and fasten the top down. 563045



- 306-X7266

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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


Still going strong. This low profile trailer hitch is still the best I've seen on Subaru Outbacks. 565242



- 306-X7266

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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


After viewing the install video before and after purchase I finally found the time to install the 2" version. Having all needed tools ready helped. I drove the back wheels of my 2018 Outback up on my old set of ramps to achieve a good working height. Removing tail light assembly carefully went well. Removal of bumper cover slower because of mud flaps. After bolting on new Ecohitch and the bumper beam cutting the receiver notch went slowly only because my knife was not sharp enough. Finished product was a clean and neat appearance. Good service good product. 522990



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Excellent product, easy to install and looks good! 552136



- 306-X7266

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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon


The video reviews sold me on this hitch. However, I cannot use one due to the bad words which would need to be bleeped. First of all, with every good installation or procedure, there is always a list of required material. The ratchet driver needs an extension (6”). The 14mm ratchet head should be the long version, 2.5” in addition to an extension. Please note these materials on a text slide up front, surprised the vendor does not on the instruction booklet. Why are we advised to throw away the foam insert? By replacing with nothing, do we compromise safety or integrity of the bumper in a rear collision, or are we assuming whatever’s hitched (if anything) will get hit first. My husband did not read the instructions or listen to me or the video, and forced the foam back inside. It just made clipping the second side back together tough, but possible by pushing in the bottom bumper corner. So, after all that, the other piece of advise to offer is be prepared if your Outback is 4 years old, like ours (2015, but 4 New England winters), the bolts could be quite rusted and nearly impossible to remove, the cause of some of the bad words). Then the hex socket snaps off, drops inside the bumper and unless you have a strong magnet, you won’t be able to contunue with your socket wrench for the rest of the job, and more bad words will fly. Now we have a beautiful hidden hitch, sleek and streamlined, looks professionally installed. Well, we consider ourselves pros after it’s done 2.5 hours later. We can mount our boat racks on top of the car and bike rack on the hitch. Time for vacation! 550405


Comments

EcoHitch recommends removing the foam because once the hitch mounting flanges are sandwiched between the bumper beam and the body of the vehicle, that extra thickness moves that bumper beam far enough away from the vehicle that the bumper cover will be pretty tricky to get back on. It can be done, but its not easy as you found. The foam provides zero collision protection. In fact, once the hitch is installed, the hitch actually provides additional protection. I hope this helps ease your mind.

-- Mike L - 08/07/2018

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- 306-X7266

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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


Quick installation on my 2018 Subaru Outback. No drilling required to the frame; only required a small cutout from the rear bumper fascia. Feels solid. I use it for 2" hitch accessories, such as a bike rack. There is no exposed crossbar, which makes it look clean in the back. No quality complaints as of yet. So far I'm satisfied with the sturdy feel with a loaded bike rack. I like how it came with new nuts ; as well as, material to cover the cut made to the fascia - gives a professional look to the finish. Would be nice to have a template for the fascia cut out, however it was easy enough to do. Installation took about an hour; could be done by one person, but two sets of hands is always better. The installation video on the product page is extremely useful; I highly advise reviewing it beforehand. However, the is NO NEED to discarding the foam bumper spacer, as suggested in the video. The foam insert was reinserted without force or need for shaving/cutting down. 487791



- 306-X7266

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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


I wanted to put a hitch on my 2018 Subaru Outback and the dealer would only offer a 1.25, so after some research the EcoHitch came out as top rated. I do not plan on towing anything so I opted just for the 2" hitch to carry up to 4 bikes as part of a bike rack from another manufacturer. I had a auto shop do the install who was not a Eco Dealer as I had issues finding one locally that could do it. With that said, the installer said if all hitches by Eco were as easy to install, then he would look into becoming a dealer. The install took 2 hrs and came out great. I found the entire ordering process from etrailer to be smooth, quick and efficient as well as the tracking and post sale followup. 542238



- 306-X7266

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2016 Subaru Outback Wagon


Nice fit and finish. Best looking hitch for my 2016 Outback. I was leary about doing the job as I'm mechanical but have never done any type of auto body work and wasn't sure about the plastic clips. After watching some online videos, I decided to try it.. Of course the first clip I tried broke and the anxiety set in. The rest went good and the job was actually easy. In the instructions and one video it said to discard the foam piece and another one said reinstall it so I decided to "fillet" it. I sliced it in half about the thickness of the hitch plate. (this step took the most time trying to cleanly cut the foam and not my hand). Total installation time set-up to cleaned up -- 2hrs for a novice. If you have the tools, know your way around the clips and not going to modify the foam, it should take less than an hour. Highly recommend the product over the other choices for this car. Thanks to e-trailer for their video showing the different models that fit my car, Probably wouldn't have known about this model if it wasn't for it. 425615


Comments

Perfect, everything as expected, still believe it was the best choice from the product to the etrailer purchase. The only thing would do different would be to put a couple more coats of rust resistant paint on the receiver area before mounting it. Getting some rust there probably ing the hitch wears the paint and combined with the fact that live near the Ocean. But thats easy maintenance. Again best choice for the Outback

Steve S - 08/28/2018

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- 306-X7266

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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


Although this hitch is more expensive than others, the final product is worth the cost. It barely adds anything to the exterior of the car, so it keeps the high clearance of the Subaru and avoids extending past the bumper. It is also a very simple task to install as long as you have the tools. The only thing I was missing was a deep socket for the nuts holding the bumper on. The only mistake I made was when I first pushed the bumper cover back on I accidentally put it above one of the connectors on the bottom, so I had to remove it and push it back on. The most difficult part was actually cutting the bumper cover. I gave up on using a knife to cut through like in the video and just used my tin snips on it. 509172



- 306-X7266

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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


Excellent experience with Etrailer! When I ordered the hitch, Lori quickly notified me that the item was on back order... and it could be up to 4 weeks for it to arrive at my house. She offered me alternatives, if this timing was too long. Fortunately, this worked out with my schedule, and I could not be happier. Installation was a breeze, just follow the videos. I was most concerned about pulling off the bumper cover, but it could not have been easier. I did follow another person's suggestion and shaved 1/4" off of the foam piece with a bandsaw... and reinstalled it instead of throwing it away. Love the look of this hitch! Thanks etrailer! 498200



- 306-X7266

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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon


Easy installation. Looks good installed. Watch the video. Follow the provided instructions, take your time, and you will be done in less than 90 minutes. Worth the extra $ for no drilling and nearly hidden look after installation. 565199



- 306-X7266

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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


This is by far the best choice of the racks that are available... its great to have a proper 2" receiver hanging down with no cross beam. Installation was quite good - the online videos were all that we used (great job E-Trailer) and only checked the written instructions to confirm the torque for the nuts. I took my time to keep all the pieces organized, but the install time was still under 2 hrs. Note that I had a friend of mine helping out which is a huge help - would highly recommend a second set of hands for anyone doing the install. I ended up trimming the styrofoam cover with a saw, taking off roughly the thickness of the hitch flange... a little messy but I didn't want to just take away the foam completely. My car has the back-up sensors which added a little complication when taking the cover on and putting it back on, but they easily unplug and plug back in. Overall, looks like a great product. I'm in eastern Canada and was surprised at how quickly the hitch got delivered... certainly more expensive than other hitches, especially with shipping, but this is head and shoulders above the others and looks so much better without the tube across the back! No pictures unfortunately... I started to take some shots, but had backed the car in so we were sheltered from the wind so the lighting was poor... lots of great pictures from others and again, videos from E-Trailer were great! Jason 510232



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2016 Subaru Outback Wagon


I weighed my options very carefully on my decision of which trailer hitch to purchase for my 2016 subaru outback. After I watched the subaru video describing their tow hitch, I came to the decision to purchase the one that attached to the bumper instead of the frame. Subaru explained they don't drill a hole into the frame because it would weaken the integrity of the crumple zone. I would hate for ANY of my passengers to get hurt because I took the cheaper way out. There was a little delay in shipment and upon calling other distributors I was advised not to loose my place in my order because it was in high demand everywhere and on back order. Glad I didn't change anything. James C. was very up front and in constant communication with me and got my order delivered to me in a very timely manner. I followed the installation video offered by e-trailer to installed my CURT wiring connection and my tow hitch on my own. I was so proud of myself and grateful for the money I saved with e-trailer. Subaru quoted me “around $1200. $600 for the part and $600 for labor”. With the savings, I can enjoy my trip so much more with an extra $900 in my pocket. Thank you everyone at e-trailer and especially James C. and those who made the educational videos. 511147



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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon


Wow, this hitch, instructions, and etrailer video made this installation a breeze. It only took two hours total time and I took my time. I have never written a review before but this hitch was so well done I felt compelled to write something. If you own a Subaru Outback this is the hitch to get. It is so clean all you only see the receiver. Great job etrailer!! 486706



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


Installed today on my 2017 limited outback. Followed the video instructions. Took me about three hours to install but I like to take my time and it was 98 degrees out. The limited has the rear sensors and there is just a small disconnect clip on lower left side (in picture). Looks super clean and I like that its bolt on. Now just waiting on my thule hitch bike rack to carry my mountain bikes :) 525942



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2016 Subaru Outback Wagon


Very well made, looks fantastic on the car. Overall great instructions except that our vehicle (a 2016 Subaru Outback) has wheel well arch covers that need to be partially removed and that is not covered in the instructions or video. I’m very familiar with working with body panels so it was no problem, but might trip up some other folks not quite as familiar. I thought the installation was quite easy, and I did it myself in about 3 hours (moving very slowly and deliberately, double checking every bolt, clip, etc). I should also note that etrailer has wonderful customer service. This hitch was on backorder and took about 5 weeks to arrive, but I received at least three phone calls from eTrailer updating on when it would be available. I was not in a hurry, but I appreciated that they kept me apprised. 444818



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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon


I received this a couple of weeks ago and just got around to installing it this past weekend. The instructions that came in the box, as well as the video on this site, were extremely helpful. This is really easy to do; it doesn't require you to be a mechanic or auto body expert. However, you will need some basic tools (make sure your 14mm socket is deep well). I chose this one over the other, cheaper, options because I loved the fact that there is no bar. The only reduction in vehicle clearance is where the actual hitch is. You can't beat that! 502949



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


Easy to install, looks good, does what it’s supposed to do. Took a little long to ship, some snafu at the factory. However, communication with etrailer was really good and they kept me in the loop constantly. 501894



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


I ordered the 2" ecohitch for my '17 Outback having looked at a few options and ultimately deciding on a hitch that didn't require drilling into the frame. I will be using almost exclusively for a bike rack. I have never installed a hitch and wouldn't consider myself to be knowledgable about cars or their maintenance. I am handy though and found the installation and accompanying instructions to be straightforward and simple enough for a first-timer. I didn't hoist my car off the ground and I found there to be enough room to lie down and work under my Outback. It took me a few hours altogether and I'd say I was taking my time. The product itself seems very well made and the trouble of removing the bumper was worth it for me to have the hitch somewhat hidden and no holes in the frame. There are a few plastic fasteners on the Outback that I suspect were not intended for reuse and they broke upon extraction. That was the only real issue I had with installation and a trip to the hardware store fixed that with new fasteners. So far it is perfect for what I needed and it has the same look as the dealer option hitch Subaru offers. They don't offer a 2" though so I was on my own. Now that I've done one, I would not buy the dealer option even if they offered 2" because they also charge about double. 542387



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


The product install video was spot on. My 2018 outback touring did have mud flaps attached to fascia that I had to deal with but no big deal. 2 hour install and it looks really clean. 505302



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2010 Subaru Outback Wagon


This is a VERY well designed kit. I am a wood worker and not a car guy and total time (with a call to support) was easily under two hours. It looks great and is so nicely unobtrusive. My comments are just to help during installation as the video instructions are very nice. The video shows a professional environment and so glosses over a couple of good-to-know items. 1. When he says "discard the styrofoam insert" he means discard as in you will not be reinstalling this item. If you have a hot wire knife I suppose you could remove 1/4" off the face, but otherwise, store it or pitch it. 2. If your car has backup sensors in the bumper facia, it is a good idea to put something protective on the ground on the right side under the bumper (I used a towel). When you pull the facia, pull from the right (as in the video) then the left being careful to keep the left side close to it's original location. You can set the right side down on the towel while you disconnect the wire inside on the left (see pic). It is NOT an easy to remove connector like you had for the lights so the towel prevent scratches t as you move the cover around while disconnecting this wire. 3. Be sure you have a torque wrench that can do 50 ft-lbs. Sears has a good simple beam-model I picked up for $20. 4. Take your time cutting the cover. Score it slowly 5 or 6 times before trying to put a lot of pressure. This will prevent over cutting or parallel cuts. You HAVE to use some sort of snips on the edge cover - it has metal inside so a knife doesn't work well. 5. Pay attention to the tab positions when reinstalling the facia. I had to pull it off to get the metal under tabs on the correct side underneath. As a side note: I installed the electrical kit. The factory connector is VERY hard to find and get to if you have large hands. In my car it was directly (within 2") behind the tie down. I had to slit the cover at the bottom of the tie down to allow me to pull the panel out far enough for my ham hands. Once located, the electrical took 10 minutes. I enjoyed the project. This install was gratifyingly direct just as the video made it seem. I have another Outback and I'll be getting the same kit for it very shortly. I researched having this installed at a shop and I am happy to have saved the $300 by doing it myself. Take your time, follow the steps and you'll do fine. 502347



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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon


The instructional videos on etrailer.com really made the installation a breeze. The hitch is very sturdy and the powder coat was solid. The hitch is almost invisible, but has already worked well for 6 trips with the trailer. 514101



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


I LOVE the EcoHitch and how hidden it is! My Nephew and I installed it along with a wiring harness. The most difficult part was finding the connector inside my vehicle to plug into. (It was taped up out of the way!) We watched the "how-to" video provided and the installation of the hitch was much easier than anticipated! The local Dealer would have charged $450 to install. There was some cutting involved to get bumper to fit over hidden hitch but this was shown in video so it was anticipated. I had a hitch on my last vehicle that stuck out a bit beyond the bumper and I always had to be watchful to avoid hitting my legs. This one is flush and, depending on the bicycle carrier I use , i may have to put a small extender in to avoid damaging bumper. 502288



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


Installed in one hour. Easy to do. Although I did it myself, I do recommend a helper to assist with the bumper cover to avoid scratching it. 520415



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


Excellent trailer hitch! The design of the hitch is such that it tucks back under the bumper and only the opening is visible. Too many trailer hitches look really big and clunky and hang down low. This one is great because it is not noticeable especially if a rubber cap is used to cover the opening. Installation was very easy and step by step just watch the video. I actually brought my laptop out in the garage and paused it at each step. Installation time was less than 1-1/2 hours start to finish with minimal tools. Even though it can be done alone a second person is helpful when removing and reinstalling the fascia. 427602



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


Thanks for the follow-up. Got it all installed. Thanks. Installation pictures included. 488587



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The new hitch arrived and installation went smoothly. I chose this hitch because it has a sleek design that looks stock on the car, but the instructional video was a big selling point as well. Not having tried a project like this, and worried about messing up our new car, I was nervous and probably would have paid someone else to do it if I hadn’t had the helpful video. The hitch did take about three weeks to arrive, I think it might have been made to order. etrailer was very helpful and responsive to emails. 473158



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


I purchased an Ecohitch Class III hitch, and Thule T2Pro XTB bike platform for my 2017 Subaru Outback Limited. I did the entire assembly and installation in about 3 hours, one afternoon, with very limited assistance from my wife. The hardest part of the entire process was figuring out how to disconnect the connector for the backup sensors, and cutting the hole for the hitch receiver in the bumper fascia. The video was absolutely priceless to show how the little plastic pieces held the fascia together, and how they could be detached. I think that I might buy some new ones because they are not quite as tight when installed the second time. It was not clear from the Thule instructions, but it is helpful to have the hitch installed before putting the bike platform together, because the hitch can get the platform up in the air, and make the assembly a lot easier. I also found that the security cable was could be lengthened a bit, but it still fit, once I figured that the plastic piece was intended to be detached from the arm when it was serving as a lock. This is a very substantial structure to add to the back of the vehicle. I really like the Ecohitch, and the way that it is concealed behind the bumper. This makes it worth the extra money. The Thule is heavy, but now I don't have to lift the bikes up on top of the roof, which is difficult for us mature people with bad shoulders. And our bikes don't have a traditional top-tube, so we needed something that could hold the bikes by the wheels alone. All-in-all a good purchase, easy to install, and it looks like it will work well. I also plan to use the hitch to pull a small trailer, and it looks like that should work well, too. 476665



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After ordering the hitch, I was informed by Alec that it was on back order until mid-January. He gave me an option for another style; but, I wanted the hidden look of this one. All along etrailer kept me up to date on the progess and it showedup yesterday and I installed it today. Thanks to the great video instructions and tips from other buyers, this went in in 1.25 hours! That included removing and re-installing wheel arch moldings. Thanks to Art G.'s suggestion of not throwing out the styrofoam bumper cover, I used a hot styrofoam knife and trimmed about a 1/4" inch off. Not the prettiest look; but no one will ever see it and it gives added protection. Great product and price. Beats going to a dealer! 463302



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


A friend came to the house this morning and helped me install the EcoHitch on my wife's new, 2017 Outback Limited. This is our fifth (5th) Subaru and I have installed a Hidden Hitch and a Curt brand hitch on two of our other Subaru Outbacks, so I have a pretty good idea about how they compare. The EcoHitch was as easy to install as either of the other two brands and did not take any longer to install. From start to finish took somewhere between 75 and 90 minutes after watching the video from etrailer. I like the fact that everything but the hitch receiver is hidden and I still have plenty of ground clearance. I was pleased with my last Curt hitch, but did not wish to drill additional holes in my frame. Addtionally, I do not like having the idea of having a greater liability potential if I chose to ignore Curt's recommendation to use a stabilizer strap when using the hitch for a bike rack, something that I have never done. As much as I like the cost and ease of installation of a Draw-Tite (Hidden Hitch) hitch, that brand sits too far under the car to use with my 1Up bike rack. Additionally, when I had a Hidden Hitch that I used with a hanging style bike rack, I had to put a pool noodle between my bike and car to keep the bike from hitting the bumper because the bike was too close to the car because of the fact that the hitch receiver was too far under the car. I will enjoy the fact that the EcoHitch receiver opening is nearly flush with the bumper as that should cure the aforementioned worry of having the bikes so close to the back of the car. What a great hitch. A final note: the written instructions included with the EcoHitch are not nearly as useful as etrailer's video, which was wonderful. The only improvement that I would suggest to etrailer would be to make a video of the hitch being installed on a car (either a limited or touring model) with back up sensors so that the amateur installer would know to disconnect the sensors before attempting to walk off with the fascia after removing it. Thanks a bunch. I hope this review helps someone else that might be considering a hitch for his/her Subaru Outback! 445032



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


This is beefier hitch than I thought it would be. Very solid hitch with outstanding attachment points. I had several hiccups along the way. There is a foam piece attached to the bumper beam which is to be removed and "discarded" prior to removing the bumper beam. I missed the "discarded" part on both video and instruction sheet. The facia install was not possible with foam still on bumper beam. Once discarded all went smoothly. My tool box is not fully equipped so it took several trips to Lowes and Home Depot to finally get all the required tools and accessories. Instruction sheet that comes with the hitch is a little vague. Thank you for the video! It is very detailed and without it, the process would have been more difficult. Great product and great support from etrailer. 446933



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


Just finished installing my Eco Hitch on a 2018 Subaru Outback. The hardest part of the installation for me was finding my 14mm socket...... Damn, I knew I had one somewhere. Anyway, found the socket and proceeded with the installation. I've installed several hitches and this is by far the easiest install I have ever done. Everything went very smoothly and took just over an hour. The quality of the hitch, parts and instructions are top notch and the end result is probably the nicest I've ever seen. The receiver does not protrude so no shin bumps and it's finished with a nice trim. The chain hitch points are very easy to access and the whole fit and finish is superb. This is my 3rd Outback, the last 2 had factory hitches and they were awful. As long as Torklift is making hitches I will never use anything else! I'm not posting pictures because, honestly, it looks just like the one in their installation video, which btw, is a great help. Watched the video and the install went exactly as depicted. Oh, and Etrailer is great! I knew every step of the way what was happening with my order and it actually arrived a day earlier than planned. Thanks Etrailer! 477366



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


The Eco hitch is an extremely stout and well made item. It is capable if handling much more weight than my car is, but it's invisible cross beam made it a no-brainer for me. The only suggestion that I have is to NOT throw away the Styrofoam bumper cover as instructed in the video. The mounting plates of the Eco hitch are 1/4" steel plates. So it makes sense that you would need to lose 1/4" of the bumper cover in order for the plastic bumper cover to fit back on. But if you own a band saw, removing 1/4" from the rear face of the foam is very fast and simple. Everything went back just fine after that and the bumper has the foam cover to absorb the occasional "soft" tap without tearing the plastic bumper cover. 434889



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


Product exceeded my expectations...and your install video made for an easy install. 510936



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Great product. Not difficult to install, just takes some time. Watched the video a couple of times and was able to put on the hitch without looking at the instructions. Total time to install ~ 2.5 hours. 423241



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


Love the hitch. Researched and the two most popular brands were visible from behind the vehicle. I wanted it hidden as much as possible and EcoHitch delivers! All you see is the receiver. It may sound scary to remove bumper and make small modifications, but overall, was quite easy - approximately 1.5 hours. Follow-up from etrailer.com was helpful and timely! Very very happy with everything from start to finish - thanks! 444105



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Subaru


Very fast shipping. I received my order six days after making my order, despite three days over the Christmas holiday when UPS was not delivering anything. This hitch receiver is much heavier than I expected. It is definitely of the highest quality. A perfect match for my Subaru. 462914



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


Shipping was quick. Dismantalling the Outback was harder than I thought. However mounting the hitch was a breeze. Everything went back on far easier than it came off. Was so worth the extra money because it is almost invisible, absolutely love the design. 462267



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Subaru Outback Wagon


The EcoHitch has got to be the best hitch out there. It's barely noticeable once in, and generally seems like a quality piece of hardware. It takes some work to install, nothing difficult, just lots of clip removal which can be a bit of a pain. But I prefer that to drilling holes in the trunk. For my install I used: phillips and flat screwdrivers, hammer, 10mm socket, 14mm deep socket, ratchet with 6" extension, torque wrench, measuring tape, and utility knife. Having a small prybar as shown in the install video would have made life easier, but not a necessity. The videos etrailer.com provided in my order page were way more helpful than the Torklift instructions. Being able to see it performed on your vehicle removes a significant amount of frustration. 457000



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I just finished installing the Ecohitch. This looks to be a substantially built hitch. The instructions say to discard the OEM foam behind the fascia. I reinstalled it without any problem. I also did a mod on the hitch to prevent the hitch from rattling inside the receiver. A trailer connected to a loose hitch will drive a person crazy, so I fixed that. 469577



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


Great hitch receiver for my 2018 Subaru Outback, just wish it was a bit cheaper. I bought this one for [$200+] (shipping included) where most other aftermarket receivers were under $200. I chose the EcoHitch Hidden Receiver mostly because of the hidden appearance and that it didn't require cutting the exhaust heat shield, where most other receivers do. The tradeoff is that the tongue and tow weight capacities are slightly less than the other styles, which I'm not likely to need given the limits of my Outback. Installation took about 1.5 hours, taking my time, and all of it can be done with one person. Albeit it's nice to have a second person when you're mounting the hitch receiver and bumper beam, so one can hold them in place while the other gets a couple nuts tightened. While the hitch receiver does come with instructions, the video tutorials on etrailer's website are a much better source of instructions. I suggest watching the video a few times prior, then have it available on your phone when you're actually doing the install. 477256



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Subaru Outback Wagon


I have purchased two hitches from etrailer, and am well pleased with the quality products. Instructions are straight forward, with no questions about the installation. The Eco Hidden Trailer Hitch, Now there's something different... Fear about taking apart the rear body bumper- painted fascia was like going where no man has gone before. On your video, with precise visualization on exactly how to remove the fascia, made this a piece of cake,... literally... The hardest part about removing anything is knowing exactly how the parts are connected, so you can remove them without damaging connectors and you don't wind up with a new vehicle with body and bumper parts hanging off. The Subi 2016-17 Outback video was the best, right to the point, No fillers, all meat and information. ThanX etrailer a very comprehensive website, the best products for the best price, and saved me hundred's... not going thru the dealership. IT'S LIKE A KIT... best looking hitch! Tom C. Eastern Pa. 424356



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


Easy install with excellent video instructions. The connector for the rear braking sensors are on drivers side (left) white plug if your car is equipped.Was a pretty easy job with my helper watching from the back of car. 422353



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I don't consider myself to be a mechanic by any means but by following along with the video I was able to install the hitch in under 2 hours and it looks great. The only thing that wasn't explained was that there are 2 different sizes of fasteners so upon re assembly I had to learn that it mattered what fastener went in what hole. etrailer.com had fast shipping and very helpful information available. I would gladly come back the next time I am in need of hitch components 477083



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


I just installed the EcoHitch onto my 2017 Subaru Outback . The hitch is very well built and well engineered to fit onto my vehicle and not compromise the vehicle "crumple zone". I am pleased with the service and the online install video was a real help. 424422


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  • Does Installing EcoHitch in 2018 Subaru Outback Affect Back Up Sensors
  • I attached a picture of the Ecohitch part # 306-X7266 installed by us and you can see the back up sensor on the far end of the bumper. It wasn't a problem for us at all. Removing the foam wasn't an issue either. For the money though I would go with the Draw Tite part # 75673.
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  • Best Hitch Recommendations for 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • For your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon the Class III hitch I would recommend is the EcoHitch part # 306-X7266 as the overall winner. It has the higher Class III towing capacities, doesn't require the stabilizer strap when carrying a bike rack like the Curt, but also because it only has the hitch opening that hangs down below the bumper so it's the least visible. It is the most expensive though so the next best option is the Draw Tite part # 75673 which is still a great hitch but it has a visible...
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  • Draw-Tite vs Eco-Hitch for 2018 Subaru Outback
  • All 2-inch hitches we offer for your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon appear on the page I linked for you and these of course include the Draw-Tite # 76227 and the Eco-Hitch # 306-X7266, both of which require a MUCH more involved installation process than other options we offer. Both require removal of the rear bumper so that the hitch mounting plates can go in between the bumper and the rest of the vehicle. This is shown in the linked photo. To be perfectly honest with you, if I were making...
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  • Comparing the Curt # C13206 and the EcoHitch # 306-X7266 for a 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • I take it that you are debating over the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13206 and the EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7266 for your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon because the Curt is rated for a higher weight capacity but the EcoHitch has a cleaner look. The thing that you need to remember is that when using your vehicle to tow or carry anything you always have to check the weight of the equipment you are using (trailer hitch) AND the weight rating for your vehicle. Whichever...
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  • Availability of the EcoHitch for a 2018 Subaru Outback
  • The EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver Class III, # 306-X7266, has been confirmed to fit the 2018 Subaru Outback. We also carry 2 other hitches that are confirmed to fit the 2018 Subaru Outback. The Curt Class III Round Tube Receiver, # C13206, and the Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame Receiver Hitch, # 75673, will fit this model vehicle.
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  • Comparing the EcoHitch # 306-X7266 and Draw-Tite # 76227 for a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Aside from the physical appearance differences (safety chain loops, mounting brackets, etc,) the EcoHitch # 306-X7266 and Draw-Tite # 76227 are essentially the same trailer hitch and both will fit your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon. The only real difference is that the Draw-Tite has a higher weight capacity but since your Outback Wagon has a towing weight capacity of 2,700 lbs it really doesn't matter because both are rated for more than that and you are limited by your lowest rated component....
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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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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for Ground Clearance for Towing and Carrying Bikes on a 2018 Outback Wagon
  • Adding a trailer hitch will affect the ground clearance on certain vehicles depending on how it installs. In the case of your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon it will affect the ground clearance a little due to the hitch receiver sitting under the bumper and rear fascia. The trailer hitch that will affect it the least and what I recommend using is the EcoHitch # 306-X7266. From the top of the inside of the receiver opening to the ground on a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon is about 16" so the ground...
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  • Trailer Hitch Receiver Confirmed to Fit a 2018 Subaru Outback
  • I did reach out to Torklift and confirmed that the Ecohitch # 306-X7266 fits the 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon. If you also need a wiring harness to power a trailer's lights the Tekonsha # 118467 is a fit. This gives you a 4-way trailer connector at the rear of the Outback. You'll also need a ball mount and hitch ball. I've attached a link of our selection of ball mounts for a 2 inch hitch receiver as well as an article to help you determine the correct rise or drop you may need. Once...
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  • Will Trailer Hitch for 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon Work with Rear Bumper Sensors
  • The EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7266 referenced in your question is confirmed to fit the 2018 Subaru Outback with the rear sensors on the bumper. This custom-fit hitch features a hidden cross tube and will install behind the vehicle's rear bumper, leaving only the receiver visible beneath it. This Class III hitch will provide a 2 inch receiver opening and has a 3,500 pound towing capacity. I have attached the installation details that you can also check out. If...
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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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  • Installation of EcoHitch on 2018 Subaru Outback with Wheel Arch Moldings and Rear Sensors
  • The EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 306-X7266 is a confirmed fit for your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon. I've attached a couple videos of this installation on similar models. We haven't had the wheel trim on these models, so I can only assume there are similar plugs as other vehicles that you need to remove the center section of with a flathead screwdriver and then remove the rest of the plug. The sensors can normally stay in the bumper locations, you...
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  • Will Cutting Fascia to Install EcoHitch Trailer Hitch on 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon Void Warranty
  • When installing an aftermarket product on your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, such as the EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7266 referenced in your question, you are protected by the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. This act states, in part, that unless the installation (and subsequent fascia/bumper trimming) directly caused a problem, the warranty cannot be voided. Basically, the vehicle manufacturer cannot void the warranty simply because you cut into the bumper. The foam padding...
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  • Recovery Point Recommendation for 2018 Subaru Outback After EcoHitch is Installed
  • What you can do is use the safety chain loops on the EcoHitch part # 306-X7266 for your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon as a recover point if the factory recovery point was clocked.
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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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  • Where to Mount Wiring on Trailer Hitch for 2018 Subaru Outback
  • There is a way for you to mount trailer wiring if you were using a brake controller on your 2018 Subaru Outback if you are installing a trailer hitch with a hidden cross tube such as the Draw-Tite # 76227 or EcoHitch # 306-X7266. The 4-way harness you use, such as the T-One # 118467 that fits your '18 Outback, is going to have to come out of your hatch but you could then attach it to the safety chain rings (see accompanying photos) with Mounting Bracket # 118149. This bracket uses zip...
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  • Replacing OEM Subaru Hitch on 2016 Outback for Compatibility with Thule T2 Bike Rack
  • The EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 306-X7266 will install in the same location as your OEM hitch, but if you don't have the bolt on bumper beam I do recommend adding it but you will need to confirm with Subaru if it is necessary or not. This will give you the 2 inch hitch receiver compatible with your Thule T2 Classic # TH9044 you were wanting. This is a confirmed fit that will work perfectly for this application. If you want to keep your current...
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  • Compatibility of Torklift EcoHitch on 2017 Subaru Outback
  • The only Torklift trailer hitch option offered for a 2017 Subaru Outback is the EcoHitch brand # 306-X7266. The mounting faces of the hitch are a perfect fit for the bumper frame mounting location. I've attached a video to assist. If your hitch is the same part number and does not fit when installed as the video shows, then there must be a manufacturer defect or shipping issue.
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