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

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

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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

  • EcoHitch
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • 350 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch

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 - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Torklift EcoHitch. This custom fit Class Three trailer hitch receiver offers the two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. Its part number is 306-X7266. Here's what our hitch is going to look like installed. As you can see, there's a huge difference in this hitch as compared to other hitches out there on the market. Typically, you'll have that cross tube that runs all the way across to the frame brackets where it meets.

In this case, all we're going to have is our receiver tube opening and our safety chain connection points, which is going to give our vehicle a very nice clean look after we've got it installed. Another nice thing about it is it does not extend past the end of the bumper, so we won't have to worry about running into it as we walk by. This is a Class Three hitch, so it has the two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. You'll see Torklift supplied a nice reinforcement collar around the end of it there to give it a nice clean look. In our safety chain connection points there's a good size hole, should be able to connect just about any size safety chain that you might want to use. Now, with this being a Class Three hitch, it makes it extremely versatile.

This works out, of course, great for bike racks, cargo carriers, and ball mounts, but just about any other hitch accessory that's made is probably going to come in a Class Three variety. You'll see here's our hitch pin hole. It's 5/8 of an inch in diameter. You want to be sure to choose Class Three accessories. Regardless of the type you might pick, there's going to be plenty of room around the holes. Whether you're using just a hitch pin and clip, maybe a locking hitch pin, or even anti-rattle device, you shouldn't have any issues getting those in place.

Now, something else I really like about the EcoHitch is the construction of it. It's made from recycled material, so we're helping the environment out there. It's an alloy, so it has aluminum, regular steel, and stainless steel. That's going to help it to resist corrosion better than just a standard steel hitch would, so we won't see quite so much of the rusting. To add to that, we've got a nice dimple coated powder coat finish that, again, is going help resist any corrosion for years to come. When it comes to weight ratings for our hitch, it offers a 350 pound tongue weight capacity.

That's the maximum downward force we can put at our receiver tube opening. It's going to give us a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating. That would be the total weight of our trailer and then anything we we're to load up on it. Of course, you do want to check the Outback's owners manual to see what its tow rating is and not exceed that. Now, a couple measurements that you'll find helpful when selecting your ball mount, bike rack, or hitch cargo carrier will be from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, we've got about 16 inches. Then from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our bumper it's about two and a half. To begin our installation, we want to get our taillight housings removed, so on each side we've got two pushpin fasteners here we'll need to take out to remove this cover. Just want to use a Phillips screwdriver. Just rotate that a little bit and it's going to pop out. Sometimes you'll have to hold the outer portion. Once that's out, you can draw that core out and then the fastener located around it. Now we slide up on this cover. We can set that aside. That's going to expose the two ten millimeter bolt heads that we'll need to remove. Now we want to gently pull rearward. On the back side you'll see a wiring harness come in. We're going to separate it from the keeper there. A little pushpin right here, you've got a little tab to push in right there. That's going to separate that one. The other two, we'll rotate counterclockwise and we can get those removed. Now we'll see our housing aside some place safe. Now we'll head over to the passenger side and repeat that same process. Now on each side, we've got a small cover right here. We'll use a little screwdriver, we want to pop those covers off and we'll see another ten millimeter bolt there that we can remove. We'll get these removed and you'll notice these are a little bit different than the ones we had for the taillight housings themselves. These are going to be more like a screw. Now on the bottom side of our bumper cover, we've got some pushpin fasteners that go around the outside edge. You'll see two located on the outside. This is going to be on both sides of the vehicle. You want to pull that center section out and then the larger portion will come with it. We'll also have three that go right across the rear. We'll get those out as well. We've got one more fastener to remove. That's going to be the pushpin fastener that's located right where the rear bumper cover meets the body of the vehicle. You want to take something small and just push that center section in. Once you've got that pushed in, pull the outside out. We'll do that on both sides. Now we'll start at that corner and we want to start pulling our fascia out. You'll see there's little clips right here, kind of spring-loaded clips, those fit into these little grooves. As you pull them out, if they don't release, you can use a small screwdriver to help it along. Now once we have our fascia released pretty much all the way across, put your hand on it here to hold it and we're going to work this edge out just like we did that side. We'll grab it in the middle and make sure we don't have any electrical connectors behind it that we need to separate, and we can set this aside somewhere safe. Now the foam cover that's over our bumper beam, just kind of lift up and pull out on that. We'll remove and discard it. Now on each side of the bumper beam where it goes in and meets the body of the vehicle, we're going to have four nuts that we need to remove. We've got two on the top side here, and there's also two on the bottom side. We'll use a 14 millimeter socket and the open holes here will allows us with an extension to get in and access them. We'll pull those off. Something I like to do right here on the top side is just use one of the nuts, start it with about three or four threads, and as we take off the rest of our fasteners, we're not going to have to worry about the beam falling. Now we can removed the nut that we had holding it in place. Remove the beam. Now we'll take our hitch, you can see the flanges on each side are designed to slide right over our bumper bolts. We'll put out bumper beam right over top of that. We've got new flange nuts that have come with the new hitch, and we're going to use those to replace the existing factory nuts in the exact same locations on each side. You'll notice right here on the back side of the each, there's of the tabs that was used to attach our fascia. We want to bend that up right up to the rear of the vehicle there. That's going to give us plenty of room for our hitch to come in place and for us to tighten down our hardware. Now we'll snug up each of our bolts and then we can torque them down to the specifications, which are listed in your instructions. Now we're here at the bottom side of the fascia. We need to get a notch cut out that's going to allow for clearance for our hitch. We want to start by finding the center of it. Now from the rear edge of the fascia, we'll bring that center line in five inches. I'm going to mark on each side of that five inches as well. It's going to create a T here. Now on the front side, we need a gap that's seven inches wide. We'll come from our center mark, we'll mark three and a half inches on one side and then we can go out a total of seven. On the back side, we want it to be five inches wide, so if we set the center at two and a half inches, we can mark the end and mark it five inches. Now we can use a straightedge and want to connect our dots here. Now we'll remove this inside section here. We'll take our sharp razor knife. We're going to score right along that line that we marked, and after a few passes we should start making our way through there. Once we've got that cut out, you just want to square up your edges, make sure everything looks nice and neat. Now this I'd consider an optional step, it's going to be up to you whether you want it on your trim piece or not. You see we've got this trim lock, this is designed to just be pushed on around the edge that we just trimmed. Whatever excess you have, you can just trim off. Now we'll bring our fascia back in place. Of course the area we cut out, we want to make sure that fits around the hitch. We'll make sure our tabs go in the appropriate places here. I'm just going to secure it right up here at the corner on each side until I make sure everything's where I want it. Once everything's clipped in, we'll start putting our fasteners back in place. We'll use the screw here. We'll also get our taillight housings put back in place on each side. We just reverse when you remove these, you'll place them in and turn the clockwise now. It'll slide back in. You see this one little push tab here It needs to go in that hole. The slots here and here, they need to slide on these white fasteners. Clip clop, get those popped in place and put our two bolts back in. Your cover back, and you're going to push it in, get it slid down. Then we've got our fasteners go back in. This time we're not going to need the screwdriver. You just push on the middle. You've got your small cover down there. Put it in place, push it in position. We'll got to the passenger's side, we're going to repeat those steps there. Now we're going to go across all the way around the bottom edge here and return the six fasteners. Remember, we eliminated the one in the middle. These are going to work just like the ones for our taillights. You want to push them in with the push portion extended. Push that in and that locks it in place. The last two fasteners we're going to put in are going to be the ones that hold this corner in place. You'll see the hole there, place that in, push it down so it's flush just like that. With all of our fasteners back in place, that's going to complete our installation of the Torklift Class Three EcoHitch, part number 306-X7266 on our 2017 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   (142 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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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



- 306-X7266
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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


Comments

A year later and I’m on my second identical hitch this time for another Outback. First hitch got totaled with the car and I didn’t hesitate to buy this hitch a second time. We were really happy with our original purchase so getting another hidden trailer hitch was automatic for us. Install was the same as last purchase though I feel like the bumper cover on the 2019 Outback touches the top of the hitch just barely. Not enough to worry about, everything’s solid and where it should be.

Steven - 07/16/2019

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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


Comments

It seems to still be working well, and havent had any problems with it so far. No complaints!

Trevor - 03/22/2019

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- 306-X7266
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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



- 306-X7266
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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


Comments

The hitch is very good! I have pulled a 5x8 utility trailer hundreds of miles with this hitch and the only wear is the expected rust inside the receiver. I expected the rust, since I take the hitch out between uses to protect everyone from getting shinned. Ive had multiple comments that the receiver is barely noticeable without the hitch installed.

Robert W - 05/30/2019

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- 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

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



- 306-X7266
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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

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


Comments

Still love this hitch. Just used it yesterday for a small trailer to pick up some bathroom cabinets.

R - 03/24/2019

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- 306-X7266
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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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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


Comments

Love the hitch, works great for my needs. Thanks.

Joseph - 01/25/2019

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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


Comments

As well as expected. Like the tucked in look.

Richard P - 12/28/2018

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- 306-X7266
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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



- 306-X7266
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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



- 306-X7266
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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


Comments

Still great. Took bikes to several bike outings, and then used them to go up to Canada! and then back to FLorida. A great investment.

Ralph - 02/16/2019

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- 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

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


Comments

Towed utility trailer a few times. Used anti rattle clamp I got from you also. Have use fro 2 hitch with Ham Radio radio antenna mount I have but not tried it yet. Only negative is some rust showing where seams of square receiver meets the chain flat wings.

THOMAS D - 06/17/2019

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- 306-X7266
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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



- 306-X7266
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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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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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Excellent product, easy to install and looks good! 552136



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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



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Subaru Outback Wagon

I have been pleased with the wiring harness and it functions well. It has allowed me to use a trailer with my Outback rather than purchasing a pickup to perform all of my hauling requirements. I can depend on my etrailer harness to operate flawlessly every time I use it and I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates a quality product. 718102



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2019 Subaru Outback Wagon

Wow! This hitch has been awesome. Tough as nails. Installed on a 2019 Subaru Outback. This ‘hidden’ hitch is perfect and keeps the ground clearance that you lose with a bolt on hitch. I did the installation myself & was very apprehensive at first since the whole back end of the Roo needed to be taken apart. The you tube video was spot on and all fit up perfect!!! Great job etrailer!!! 697031



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Great product. Easy to install. Had to change it up a little because I was removing an OEM Subaru hitch. That one was too small for my bike rack. Works great with a swing out Thule 4 bike rack. Very sturdy! 694310



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Excellent service and more importantly instructions! We received the hitch a few days after order and installed on a lazy Sunday AM. Started at 9 and done by noon including wiring harness. Between the written instructions and online video we were set up for success. 691092



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Subaru

Bought the hidden hitch. Watched a couple You Tube videos on how to install. Took a couple hours. Looks great and I have had no problems with it. I have a single axle trailer to tow my motorcycle, lumber supplies, etc. I added larger tires do couldn't put the spare in the Subaru. I added a Wilco Hitchgate that fits into the hidden hitch receiver. The Wilco holds my spare tire. It has a receiver to attach my trailer. The hidden hitch comfortably holds the Wilco Hitchgate, spare tire and pulls my trailer. Great product! Been using it for over a year with no problems. 683307



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The Ecohitch Trailer Hitch We purchased last year was a great purchase all around. We did have the [vehicle dealer] install the hitch on our Outback because of installation issues such as heat shield and cutting the bumper. Very happy with the whole deal. The hitch is recessed which really looks good not sticking out like the knock offs. 681711



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solid product. the videos made installation very doable. 681019



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Great responsiveness and follow up from customer service. Product was just as described, easy to install, and still holding up well over a year later. 680759



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The hitch works really good. Well made product 664081



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Works just as it should. Looks great. Not drilling holes in the floor - priceless. 658656



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Subaru Outback Wagon

I bought the hitch last week and it took about a week to get here. The installation video was amazing at showing everything step by step. I do have an outback with the back up sensors and the mud flaps behind the rear wheels so there was a couple extra steps not shown in the video. It took about 3 hours to do the installation by myself. The hardest part was getting the fascia back on tightly afterwards. I did cut about 1/4” off the styrofoam and re-installed it on top of the bumper. I am looking forward to not having to lift my bike up to the top of the car anymore! 656741



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

I installed this hitch on a brand new 2018 Subaru Outback with some trepidation. Watching the video numerous time and having a helper made this doable for me. My car was only a few weeks old so I made sure to take some pictures for people to see me dismantling my new car. Truthfully, with some patience and the etrailer videos , it just wasn’t that hard. Oh, and I like this almost hidden hitch better than any other hitch I’ve owned. Happy! 656682



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Outstanding hitch. Simple to install. This is the first product I have ever purchased and installed in less time then the supplier posted. The video instruction was spot on and made it extremely easy. Total time to install including the wiring was less than 2.5 hours. OUTSTANDING. 655471



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This is supposed to be a "premium" quality hitch. ...But you better buy a can of paint to go with it to cover the rust. After a year of light use (just a bike rack) all the paint on the receiver has flaked off and now sports rusty metal. It makes me a little concerned about what is rusting away which I can't see hidden under the body trim. For the money they could at least do a decent paint job that would last more than a year. I gave it 2 stars because the e-trailer videos were so useful in showing me how to do the installation. Otherwise it would be a ZERO. 654012


Comments

The installation and removal of hitch mounted accessories into the receiver tube will abrade the powder coat over time. Couple that with exposure to snow and ice melting chemicals, and any hitch will corrode to a certain degree. Its a good ideal to spend some time at least once a year lightly sanding and touching up any spots where corrosion is starting. Heres a help article that explains how to properly prevent rust from taking hold.

-- Mike L - 06/07/2019

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Subaru Outback Wagon

Although I have not used the hitch yet, I did install it myself and am very impressed with the quality and design of this product. I am an electrical engineer, and fairly hands on, but was a little nervous having to remove the rear bumper of our new Subaru Outback. Having the video to watch (for both the hitch as well as the trailer wiring harness), was extremely helpful. I would also recommend finding the detailed installation instructions online as they go in to the minute details. It is pretty easy to damage the plastic push in pins, so I will end up having to replace a couple of them. Since some of them are a little different, it is a good idea to figure out a system to identify where they came from. I did not have the strip around my rear wheel well so it was not necessary to remove those, although it was still necessary to remove the plastic guard that looks like a mud flap. When re-installing the bumper, after getting it over the tail light areas, start pushing in on the bumper (snapping it back in to place on the top where it connects to the rear quarter panel) and work forward toward the wheel well, otherwise if you start at the wheel well and work back toward the light, it will not go in correctly. Another comment about the wiring harness is that the plug on the vehicle is pretty hard to find under the side carpet on the drivers side of the vehicle in the cargo area, but if you contort your hand under it about 6-10 inches from the back seat, you will find it about 6" up from the bottom.as shown in the video. Anyway, it took around 4 hours to install everything (including the wiring harness), and I am glad that I did it myself and didn't take it to a local body shop to install. The design is great for my Outback, as you can barely tell there is a hitch on the vehicle as it fits tight under the bumper, and blends in. It is also nice that it doesn't stick out (it is flush with the bumper). It was a little more money, but I think that based on the design and quality of the product it is definitely worth it. 653397



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Couldn’t be happier with the product and with the customer service From Etrailer. Thanks!!! 652222



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I chose this brand because there is no crossbar below the bumper and the slight loss in weight capability really didn’t matter. Plus, because the main part of the frame sits up higher under the body there is less pitting/chips from road debris. Installation was fairly easy. 651391



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Subaru

Perfect hitch for the Subaru Outback!!! The installation instruction and video were spot on. Take your time with the install, and have a second set of hands is my recommendation. It's been on the vehicle for a year now, and has exceeded me expectations. Worth the extra money over the other hitches that fit our vehicle. 651108



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

I installed this receiver on a 2017 Outback 3.6 Touring. All 3 videos on this page are REQUIRED viewing. Also, read my accompanying review on the Hopkins HM11143885 page. Remove the 3 Phillips screws attaching the mudguard to the fender well and rotate it outward to expose a hidden push-pin fastener (seen beginning at 4:10 in the 2017 installation video), which can then be removed. This procedure is covered starting at 3:45 in the 2016 installation video. Wiring for rear parking sensors is on the driver's side, and its removal is covered beginning at 5:50 in the 2018 installation video. I did not discard the foam piece over the bumper beam; it is just a tighter fit when re-installing. 647410



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

Hitch works great, no issues. Installation was easy, did it by my self. It would have been good in the video it included taking the bumper off. A bunch of slide in claps held it tight and had to work it off. Other then that the video was good. 643373



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Ford Flex

Has it been a year already? Wow. I bought this one because 2" is normal and Subaru doesn't offer a 2" (probably to discourage people like me from towing too much weight). I only use it for my 2" bike rack, except this one time when I needed to move a car hauler. The hitch is great. I could have installed it myself in the driveway, but I had my nephew, who was a jr mechanic at a Honda service dept., install it in about 2 hours. He said it was easy with the lift he used. It just peeks out from behind the bumper cover and looks like the factory put it there. We have a pretty beefy bike rack and it stays pretty still during transit. No flex from the connection to the receiver. We go off road a lot in places like Moab and Colorado and have no issues with clearance or flex. 641968



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Best hitch for an Outback! Easy installation, looks and works great. 637892



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Thanks for the follow up The hitch is great Use it to tow a boat and carry bikes. Was very easy to install Great product and great delivery service. 635886



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Hitch was relatively easy to install for my brother who knows what he is doing with cars. Had to pop off a few panels and put the hitch behind the bumper. Once installed you can barely tell it is there. 635825



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one year later and the hitch is holding up well. I preferred this hitch over the other options because it is visually less intrusive. Install was a breeze. The biggest challenge was finding the wires under the rear panel. Other than that, no other difficulties. 634803



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

The ECO Hitch is the only way to go if you want a high-and-tight, clean look. The step-by-step video ETrailer provided was extremely helpful, and, with a little help from my son getting the bumper fascia removed and reinstalled, it was done in less than an hour and a half. The 8, 14mm bolts on the bumper were a little tricky to take off, because I don't' have the fancy tools. But, with a little elbow grease and some knuckle precautions, I was able to manage with very little bloodshed. ECO Hitch knows they've engineered the best product, and ETrailer's service and videos made it worth the extra cost. 627906



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

This hitch installed exactly like the directions indicated and fits perfectly. Very stout & strong fabrication that feels secure for all your trailering needs. 625481



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2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

I'm very happy with the hitch so far. It was straight forward to install, especially after watching the video. It took about an hour and a half including struggling with putting the rear facia back on since I opted not to discard the foam padding. Eventually everything went back together and it looks great. Very clean and discreet, looks like a factory product. I especially like that it doesn't hang down with big metal tubes. I was happy to pay more for the EcoHitch because it is made in the USA and the design is more compact and elegant than the cheaper alternatives. Overall very pleased. 617990



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Subaru Outback Wagon

I spent around 2 months in Orlando Florida for a work assignment and finally got back home to install my EcoHitch trailer Hitch. I watched the installation video a couple of times and learned the extra steps needed to complete the install specifically for our Outback Touring (i.e. taking off the mud guards and disconnecting the Park Distance Control connection). I completed the installation last Saturday and it was fairly easy and took about 3 hours. The extra step of having to remove the rear tires to get to the mud guard fasteners added to the time of the install. The hitch itself had a few scuff marks. I had zero issues with etrailer in the past when it required returns. I thought about whether to return it but decided that returning the item and waiting for another to be delivered was not worth the time spent waiting again. I purchased the Hidden Hitch so we can attach a more secure bike rack to replace our current bike rack that uses straps which we also purchased from etrailer. But now, seeing that the hitch will allow out Outback to pull a light trailer, I am thinking about getting a light wiring harness. 615807


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  • Comparing Draw-Tite, Curt, and EcoHitch Trailer Hitches for 2017 Subaru Outback
  • That is an excellent question, and I believe you were referring to the three trailer hitches for your 2017 Subaru Outback that have concealed cross tubes, the Curt # C13410, Draw-Tite # 76227 and EcoHitch # 306-X7266. The EcoHitch is constructed from an alloy of recycled metals, which is something people do value and is the reason some people opt to go for it. That said, the Curt and Draw-Tite are going to be more cost-effective and they also have higher capacities than the 3,500 lb...
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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Route the Trailer Connector to the Trailer Hitch on a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 76227 that you referenced is an excellent choice for your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon. It has a 2" receiver tube opening and a class III rating. The hitch is a custom fit so no drilling is required. It also comes with a lifetime warranty. For a trailer wiring harness, I recommend the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness part # 118467 because it offers a plug and play installation. We also find that Tekonsha brand wiring products tend to be...
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  • EcoHitch and Wiring Recommendation for 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The EcoHitch part # 306-X7266 is a confirmed fit for your 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon and would be a great option for a hitch. Since you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. If the ball mount kit does not include a ball mount with the...
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  • Tools Needed to Install EcoHitch Trailer Hitch Receiver on a 2016 Subaru Outback
  • I've linked an install video of the EcoHitch, part # 306-X7266, being installed on a 2016 Subaru Outback for you. The tools you need are: Phillips and flat head screwdrivers Ratchet with 10 mm socket Trim Remover, part # ALL648544 Mallet Utility Knife Tape Measure Grease pencil Straight edge Torque Wrench, part # ALL644044
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  • Class III Trailer Hitch for 2016 Subaru Outback that Does Not Require Drilling
  • I do have a 2 inch hitch that is a no-drill installation for your 2016 Subaru Outback. It is the EcoHitch # 306-X7266. These hitches are getting very popular with Subaru owners. I have linked a video showing an example installation for you. Although the instructions for Class III trailer hitches such as # 75673 for your 2016 Subaru Outback state that an access hole will need to be drilled it is possible to avoid that if you can access the inside of the frame another way. In this case...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Is there a Video Showing How to Install an EcoHitch on a 2018 Subaru Outback
  • Installation of the 1-1/4 inch EcoHitch # 306-X7267 will be the same as the 2 inch version, # 306-X7266, which we do have a video on, see link. The vehicle in the video is a 2017 Outback but it will be the same on your 2018 Outback.
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  • Made in USA Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • 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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  • Can the Thule T2 Pro XT Bike Rack be Used with the EcoHitch on a 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • When we installed the EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7266 on a similar 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon we found that from the center of the hitch pin hole to the rearmost edge of the bumper measured 2-1/2 inches. Since the Thule T2 Pro XT, like part # TH9034XT, measures 5 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the bike rack when it is folded, you will be able to easily use your bike rack to it's full potential with this trailer hitch installed. Please...
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  • Comparing Ground Clearance for 2
  • You will lose some ground clearance with the 2" trailer hitches from Draw-Tite # 75673 and the Curt # C13206 as opposed to the 2" trailer hitch from EcoHitch # 306-X7266 on your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon. This is due to the sleek design that EcoHitch is known for. The EcoHitch is a bit more difficult to install, but if ground clearance is what you are concerned about there is no better option. I have attached some installation videos for all 3 hitches as well as some photos that...
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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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  • 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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  • Recommended 2-Inch Class III Hitch to Replace 1-1/4-Inch Factory Hitch on 2018 Subaru Outback
  • The guidance you received about not using a 2-inch hitch on your Outback would apply if you were towing a trailer. Most 4-cylinder vehicles are generally not as towing-friendly as those with a V6 or larger engine. While this caution makes sense for towing applications it dos not really apply for use with a hitch-mounted bike rack. You are correct that Subaru's OEM hitches are not great matches for accessory applications like bike or cargo carrier use, and for the reason you stated, and...
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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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  • 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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  • What Gets Trimmed/Modified to Install Draw-Tite # 76227 on 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • You shouldn't have to trim or modify the foam bumper support of your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon to install the Draw Tite hitch part # 76227. The only thing you'd need to trim is the rear fascia panel to allow it to fit back over the hitch. I attached a picture that covers the reinstallation of the foam panel as well as the cut out dimensions. The foam panel is part of the support system for the rear bumper so we cannot recommend modifying it.
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  • Compatibility of EcoHitch Trailer Hitch Receiver and Yakima Hold Up Evo on 2017 Subaru Outback
  • If you have the 2 inch EcoHitch # 306-X7266, then the 2-1/2 inch from hitch pin hole to outermost bumper will have no issues when using the Yakima HoldUp EVO 2 Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches # Y02479 or 4 bike # Y02479-2. It will be very similar to the Crosstrek videos I've attached regarding clearance space for your reference. If you have the 1-1/4 inch receiver # 306-X7267, you will have about the same clearances, but you would then need to use the Yakima HoldUp EVO 2 Bike Platform...
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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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