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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

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The best technical support and full trailer hitch installation instructions. Lowest price Forester trailer hitch guarantee and expert service. Subaru Forester, 2015 trailer hitch by Curt are available from etrailer.com. For expert service call 800-298-8924 to order your Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" part number C13144, or order online at etrailer.com.
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2015 Subaru Forester - Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

  • Curt
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • 525
  • Custom Fit Hitch

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your Subaru Forester's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.


Features:

  • Custom fit is designed specifically for your vehicle
  • Precision, robotic welding maximizes strength and improves fit
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Stylish, round-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin, and clip sold separately
  • Assembled in the USA


Specs:

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



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.



13144 CURT Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver

Item # C13144

Installation Details C13144 Installation instructions
Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
3,500 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
525 lbs.


Weight Distribution Capacity
Hitch does not allow
use of weight distribution



No drilling required Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time

Tech Tip

We recommend that all non-trailer loads (bike racks, cargo carriers, etc) should be supported by stabilizing straps, such as 18050, sold separately. No drilling required for installation , Access holes may need to be enlarged by drilling, filing, or rotary tool , Exhaust must be temporarily lowered for installation , Heat shield must be permanently removed for hitch installation






Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - C13144

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (398 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.

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2014 Subaru Forester

Bolted on brilliantly Very well made. 570106



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2017 Subaru Crosstrek

Everything was intact and delivered on time. 574746



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2018 Subaru Forester

This is the second trailer hitch that I've purchased from etrailer.com. Both were for Subaru Forester's. Both were installed by my Subaru mechanic. His comment says it all "I've installed quite a few hitches of varying quality over the years....... you got yourself a good very good one". 572076



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2014 Subaru Forester

Over all this hitch works great on a 2014 Subaru Forester XT Touring. I was concerned this hitch would stand out like a sore thumb, but after installing it, it looks nice an tight to the rear bumper and with the dual exhaust of the Forester, everything looks nice an balanced. The hitch arrived with a big hole in the box. I found a couple of scratches in the otherwise nice paint job. I touched it up with some black high gloss metal paint before installing. The installation was actually quite simple. I took my time, so it took 2 hours. I backed the Forester up on some Rhino ramps and I took off the mufflers even though the instructions don't call for it. Removing the heat shields and hole plugs were simple. For those worried about expanding the center hole on their new Forester, don't worry. I used an Irwin #5 Unibit Step Bit to increase the existing hole to 1 1/8 of an inch. A Unibit drill bit progressively increases the size a hole in metal. It is designed for this very purpose. I thought the step bit would do a better job then a dremel. Just make sure you put some oil on it since it gets hot. The resulting hole was nice and clean. I used some red primer paint to give the fresh cut metal some rust resistance too. Threading the bolts through the holes using the fish wire was brilliant. So easy I couldn't believe it. I bolted everything up with the help of my wife supporting one end. I actually put the stock heat shields back on. It is just a matter of cutting out a large rectangle notch in each heat shield. The hitch mount points fills in the notched area. You are left with 3 heat shield bolts that are plenty since they are just made of thin aluminum. I used tin snips to cut it, but you can also use a dremel or grinder. The metal is very soft and thin. I put some grease on the muffler stems that go through the rubber exhaust hanger bushings and the muffler slipped on easier then it was to take off. Over all I am very pleased with the Curt trailer hitch and eTrailer shipped it really fast. This was priced right and a much better deal than the expensive stock hitch. 89537


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Im new to worrying about towing anything and have a 2014 Forester Touring on order. Im trying to figure out what type of tent trailer I can realistically tow with the Forester.Given that the towing capacity of the vehicle itself is 1500 pounds, the rating of the hitch at 3500 pounds is a little confusing. Is it really possible to tow 3500 pounds with this hitch when the Forester itself is only rated at 1500?Im not looking to tow anything massive, but most of the tent trailers Ive looked at exceed the 1500 pound capacity of the Forester so Im trying to figure out some of my options. Thanks in advance for any ideasinsights anyone has.
-- comment by: Matt - 08/26/2013

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The rule of thumb with towing capacities is: Always abide by the lowest rated component. In this case, it is the vehicle itself. The vehicle ratings are determined by a whole host of factors including engine, transmission, suspension and frame among others. The hitch could handle the 3,500 pounds, but that load may over work the transmission or overload the suspension. Do double check the Owners Manual of the Forester once you get it. 1,500 lbs. sounds a little low, though not unreasonably so.

-- Patrick B - 8/26/2013

Comments
I also own the 2014 Forester XT and have reviewed the owners manual. This vehicle is limited to 1500lb and 150lb tongue weight.
-- comment by: Jason - 11/16/2013

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Thanks for the added info. Does it specify in the manual if that figure is for the XT model or for all Foresters? And per Matt's comment, it happens a fair bit that hitches are over-rated for the particular vehicle. The varying hitch classes, at least on the 1-1/4 inch models, typically have weigth ratings of 1K, 2K, and 3500 pounds.Vehicle capacities do not necessarily stick to this standard break down.

-- Patrick B - 11/26/2013


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2015 Subaru Forester

2015 Subaru Forester Install - Supplied instructions are comprehensive, recommend reading other reviews / comments and watching e-trailer videos too. I went with the Class III for the 2" receiver for more third party accessory options. Ordered hitch, wiring harness, receiver and recommended strap for non trailer accessories. As others said you receive a order conformation in minutes, shipping conformation the next day and received order a few days later, impressive! Highly recommend unbolting muffler via the two 14mm bolts at the flange (2014-newer Forrester models). Then spray some silicone on the two hanger pins making the muffler easy to slide off with some minor hand manipulation of the rubber hangers (Eliminates need for Lisle Muffler Hanger Pliers, plus you don't need to undo hanging further up exhaust or support lowered exhaust system.) Recommend also buying the Step Drill Bit that has 1 1/8" step to widen the center hole (Under $20 at Harbor Freight Look for 20% Off Coupon in store fliers at store entrance). Step Bit makes a quick clean round opening for fishing bolts and backing plates. I too hit the widened opening with some gray primer. The heat shield doesn't need to be discarded! As instructed remove four 10mm screws holding it in place. Using the two dimpled markings as guides where to drill use a 1/2", 5/8" drill bit or tin sips to make holes. 5/8" bit worked great for me. After fishing all six bolts LEAVE ALL FISH WIRES ON BOLTS) put the heat shield(s) back in place (Thread two of the fish wires through heat shield secure only three of the original 10mm screws. Thread fish wires through corresponding holes in hitch. Having someone to help you raise hitch up (IMPORTANT -Wear Safety Glasses are important to make sure fish wires don't poked your eyes) makes it easy to maneuver in place. Remove fish wires one at a time as you attach 3/4" nuts to bolts making sure the bolt is not accidentally pushed back into frame. Tighten nuts to 110 Ft Lbs (Harbor Freight 1/2" Drive Torque Wrench UNDER $19 with 20% Off Coupon). The Curt Trailer Hitch is first class hitch for $200 (including wire harness, receiver and recommended strap for non trailer accessories) installed under 90 minutes! Best thing is you then have a 2" receiver and saved money versus $500 + $200 labor for only a 1 1/4" Subaru dealer hitch. Money saved can be used for some nice accessories like a top of the line bike rack and your still ahead of the game. THANKS etrailer! 132622



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2018 Subaru Forester

Prompt delivery. Great fit but I disagree with the installation video for the 2018 Subaru Forester. The video shows hanging the exhaust system from straps but I simply unbolted the muffler from the exhaust pipe (two 3/8 bolts) and removed it completely out of the way. The video shows discarding the heat shield but I found that it is easy to drill two bolt holes in the heat shield for the hitch bolts with a unibit so that the shield can be reinstalled, not discarded. Lastly, the video shows enlarging the end hole to 1 1/8" dia. to insert the bolts and plates but I enlarged the middle hole instead (as suggested in the written instructions) because the enlarged middle hole is covered and protected from the elements by the hitch. Enlarging the end hole (as shown in the video) leaves that end hole open to the elements because the hitch does not cover it and the rubber plug that originally occupied that hole no longer fits. I really like eTrailer. They have the right parts and great service. I will buy from them again. 546482



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2015 Subaru Forester

I just purchased a 2015 Subaru Forester and needed a hitch for it. To have the dealer install would have been $700 and would have only been the 1 1/4" hitch. I wanted a 2" and have seen good reviews on the Curt hitch. I got confirmation from Curt that this did indeed fit the newest forester and so made the purchase. I thought about doing the install myself, but for $80, the local trailer dealership around here would do the install in an hour and be held liable for any damage done. And since I have no experience with car stuff and did not want to take a chance with doing any sort of damage to the vehicle, I brought it in. It turned out nice. I needed a 4" lift for the ball mount so that my trailer would be nice and level. Also needed to pick up the extended version of it so that it would clear the back bumper of the car. Haven't towed anything yet, but over the next few days, I'll test out the 1500lb towing capacity and see how it works. 128815


Comments
How did your testing go?When you said you would test the capacity, do you mean your trailer is exactly 1500?How heavy is your trailer?
-- comment by: Dan - 08/20/2014

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2015 Subaru Forester

First the positive: Product is excellent, everything was there in the box and it fits perfectly under my 2015 Forester. Now the less positive: I read the instructions that came with the hitch receiver and they made little sense to me. Enlarge the middle hole and pass the bolts through there? I didn't make sense, especially to install the bolt/spacer in that hole. Luckily, I watched the video and they say in it to not follow the instructions and use the rear access hole. My question is then: Why not correct the instructions? Also, I didn't like that they enlarge the access hole with pry bars in the video since I wanted to be able to put the plug back in place so here's what I did. I took a reciprocating saw and made four little notch, allowing me to bend two tabs (see pictures). After passing all bolts and spacers, I fold the tabs back and the plug fit perfectly Finally, they don't re-install the heat shield in the video (2016 Forester installation video) but I knew better since I watched other videos for other products. I simply made cuts in mine to fit the bolt holes. In summary, excellent product but some work needs to be done to correct the instructions. Luckily, the site has plenty of videos to help you find the perfect solution. This is why I still give it 5 stars. 245791



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Subaru Forester

I took a star off because the hitch is too narrow and contacts the spare tire well on both sides with no side to side adjustability. It would not sit flush on the frame rails until drawn to the full 110 ft-lbs. Installation took 2.5 hours without enlarging any holes in the frame rails and besides the holes in the heatshields is reversible. I have arthritic hands and worked alone when it was 91 degrees and I stopped multiple times to get tools/refreshments/wash my hands and tools. Knowing what I needed beforehand I doubt it would take more than 1.5 to do it again. The bumper cover/mud flap (green) required 8mm, 10mm, and a small screw driver. The bumper support (blue) used 14mm. The Curt hardware is marked in yellow. The disassembly is straightforward and once the bumper support is removed you can easily place the carriage bolts within the frame rails using the fishwires. I used a section of 2x10, two 2x4 cutoffs, and four 3 inch deck screws to create a balanced platform to raise the hitch into place. Once the nuts are on lower the jack and unscrew from the bottom. Reassembly took maybe twenty minutes. Note: My Forester XT has an aftermarket cat-back exhaust system with mufflers 1/3 the size of the OE units so I was able to complete the install with it in place. The Magnaflows are narrow enough that they don’t block access to any of the heatshield bolts or frame rails. 530119



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2018 Subaru Forester

Ok, I ordered this hitch receiver Thursday afternoon and it was here on Monday about 1pm. It doesn't get must faster than that with free shipping .We didn't get started on the instillation until Wednesday but it only took about 2 hrs. and we were going slow as we only had a rat tail file to enlarge the one hole on each side. All went as planed and I'm very pleased. The video was the key 575505



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Subaru

I was originally just looking for a bike rack for my wife's 2014 Subaru Forrester. After viewing the website and watching the instructional video I decided installing a trailer hitch would be the way to go. Living in Missouri I received the hitch the next day. The hitch is top quality and installed with ease. I did decide to fish the bolts through the top inside of the vehicle because I didn't like the idea of enlarging the hole that was an attachment point. Simply pop up the two black buttons on each side to remove the foam, they pop back in when your finished for access. Enlarging the hole shown puts you directly above the center attachment hole. As shown in the pictures I enlarged the hole inside the vehicle and then sealed with butyl tape, Fishing from the top was very easy. I also only removed the minimum amount of heat shield to allow for the bolts and flattened/sandwiched the shield between frame and hitch to eliminate any chance of a rattle. Now I only have to pick out a bicycle rack which I will definitely be ordering from etrailer.com 363219


Comments
Still rock solid. Couldn’t be happier.
Wally - 04/05/2018

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Need to update your installation instructions. 1. Heat shield needs to be re-installed. You do not want a fire liability. There are two dimples in heat shield that should be drilled out to fit around mounting bolts. 2. Keep fish line on bolts until each nut is installed and locked down. Process rules out pushing bolt up into the frame. 94433


Comments
Product is still performing as advertised. Used to pull a small sailboat and utility trailer. Thanks for a great product at a very good price.
Roger L - 08/13/2014

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2017 Subaru Forester

The trailer hitch was delivered timely. My son was able to install it relatively easily. And it has performed perfectly ever since. We are very happy with our Curt trailer hitch and with etrailer's service. 421640


Comments
Hitch is working fine. Thanks for asking.
Tom M - 08/20/2018

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- C13144
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2015 Subaru Forester

So, I was concerned about the length of the Curt 13144 hitch for my 2015 Subaru Forrester. The pics on etrailer for the 2015 showed a short receiver (tucked in 3-4" under the bumper) and the 2016 pics showed a longer hitch receiver for the same part number, which extended almost even with the end of the bumper. I read some reviews online for this hitch for the Forrester and some people had issues with mounting things with the shorter hitch, so I was concerned about which one I'd be receiving (i wanted the longer one). I don't know if Curt changed the design some time in 2015 or what. I called and brought this up with Angela, she was very helpful and took the time to understand my concerns. I took the chance and ordered it with her, and it was the right part, perfect for the vehicle. Angela stayed with me (via email) through shipping, delivery and even post-purchase, making herself available via phone if I wanted. The customer service at etrailer is excellent! I wish every company could take a lesson from them. Like many others have experienced, the box was torn in 3 places, but it didn't affect the integrity or finish of the part. This hitch is incredibly durable and well constructed. My installation went without a hitch (pun intended!). I followed the Curt video. There are many helpful hints in people's comments that I won't repeat...I used them all, including trimming and keeping my heat shield. A few points. It wasn't clear if I should jack the car up or not. I ended up jacking with a floor jack and set the car on jack stands. It was a very good work height and I'd recommend it to others. My biggest trepidation based on reviews/feedback was dealing with the rubber exhaust hangers, but it was really easy as long as you lubricate them (i.e., WD40). I guess people who struggled didn't lubricate the rubber hangers. I mean, it was SO easy. Took me 1 minute to undo 3 hangers and 1 minute to re-attach at the end of the job. One little thing that might help...when removing the fish wires from the bolts, just pull them taught and start unscrewing. The tension from pulling on it keeps the carriage bolt from spinning and its much faster/easier than trying to hold the bolt and unscrew the fish wires. The only special tool I had to get was a step bit that went to 1 1/8" ($19 @ Harbor Freight). I believe it was a textbook install and from the time I took out my first tool to the time I put my last one away it was just under 2 hours...and I'm not a particularly efficient worker. I like to take my time and double-check things as I go. Your mileage may vary. 286585



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2014 Subaru Forester

etrailer was extremely fast at processing and shipping my order. The hitch was installed on a 2014 Subaru Forester and was very easy to install. It fits perfectly snug underneath the vehicle and there is no wasted space. Hitch seems to be well made and very strong with good welds. I'm sure it would pull a trailer much too big for the Forester. You can also use tin snips to cut a notch out of the heat shield in the area where the hitch bolts are and reattach it with 3 screws. So you won't have to discard the heat shield. I did the installation without help and used a couple of cheap jack stands to hold the hitch up in place. I didn't even need to jack the vehicle up. To enlarge the center hole, I used a cheap ($18) step bit from Harbor Freight. It's a little easier and quicker than filing or routing. The only warning I would give is NOT to buy the hitch pin - it is secured only with a weak spring clip and there is no hole for a cotter pin. This is unacceptable and I certainly would not trust it even across the driveway. Do yourself a favor and purchase one at a hardware store and you can secure it with a proper pin or through-hole clip. I also ordered the wiring kit and it was easy to install with good instructions and works great. 108033


Comments
nice done. thank you for sharing
-- comment by: Huide - 12/27/2013

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still going strong. Good hitch, well made. Your request for a review after a year of owning it is the mark of a well-managed company. Thanks!
jd - 11/22/2014

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Look at the markings on the pics, this is made easy for ya'll 120449



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Subaru

Hitch receiver arrived quickly and I was able to have a Subaru dealer attach it today. Thanks etrailer! 855345



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We always get great service from etrailer. Our shop has used purchased several hitches from your site and has never been disappointed. The online videos are great as well! 852102



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Perfect for what I needed at a reasonable price. 851165



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fast service with the correct parts thank you 848809



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Easy to install. I used a 3/4” bit to enlarge the center mounting hole, worked perfect. Looks and fits nice, sets way under our Subaru Forester not very noticeable, good as it gets. Everything was included, good instructions too. 828669



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The installation was pretty easy! The wire enables you to feed the screws and metal pieces easily. The only thing is that the hitch seems a little small, was tight getting on last the spare tire area and it sits a bit crooked. 828017



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This hitch was very easy to install, I must admit I chose to remove the bumper which allowed me access to the frame. I didn't want to drill into the frame to widen the pre-existing holes. Install took about 70min. The only reason I am giving them 4 starts and not 5 is becuase they seemed to have increased their price to $144. I understand supply vs. demand but etrailer cannot justify a $49 price increase (I paid $95). 819319



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The trailer hitch was as easy to install as shown on the etrailer web site, and it appears to be very well made. 818429



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We were in a rush to get the hitch and it showed up on our front step with a week to spare. Really solid hitch and finish. 810009


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  • Hitch Recommendation for 2015 Subaru Forester with Best Hitch to Bumper Clearance
    I checked all of the hitches we carry for your 2015 Subaru Forester and there are two that have the hitch opening as close to the bumper as possible. One is the Curt hitch part # C13144 which has it's hitch pin 4 inches from the bumper and the other is the EcoHitch part # 306-X7216 which has the same dimension. Since the Curt requires a stabilizer strap like part # 18050 when carrying a non-supported accessory like a bike rack the EcoHitch is the route I would recommend for you.
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  • Hitch Recommendation For A 2015 Subaru Forester
    A reason for choosing a Class III hitch over a Class II is the 2 inch receiver opening on the Class III hitch. The 2 inch hitch is the most common hitch size today. Class II hitchs use a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening. Having a 2 inch receiver opening will give you more options for trailer and hauling accessories. Many of the bike racks, cargo racks and other hauling accessories have the 2 inch hitch shank. The gross trailer weight rating for the Class III hitches for a 2015 Subaru Forester...
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  • Does the Heat Shield of a 2015 Subaru Forester Need to Get Removed to Install Trailer Hitch
    To install the Curt hitch part # C13144 on your 2015 Subaru Forester you will need to permanently remove the rear heat shield. I attached the install video you referenced as well as instructions that detail how this is done. Heat shields like what your vehicle has are there to prevent heat from exhaust from transferring up into the interior of the vehicle. At the rear of a vehicle exhaust components are nearly as hot as they are near the front so removing the rear heat shields wouldn't...
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  • Why Does Curt Hitch for 2015 Subaru Forester Require Hole Enlarging But Not Draw Tite
    It looks like the carriage bolt spacers that come with the Curt Hitch part # C13144 are larger than the ones that come with the Draw Tite hitch part # 75876 and that is why the Curt hitch requires enlarging the holes on the vehicle to get the bolts to install. Because of that I can't recommend you install the Curt hitch without enlarging the holes.
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  • Will Removing Heatshield For Installation of Hitch Cause Damage to Subaru Forester
    My technical contact at Curt assured me that removing the heat shield when installing the Curt hitch # C13144 on your 2015 Subaru Forester will not cause damage to your vehicle. The law mandating the heat shield requirement was originally geared toward muscle cars when they got too hot and gas can spill out and catch the backside of the vehicle on fire. Since then, gas tanks have multiple layers of protection and the heat build up in a regular versus muscle car are drastically different....
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  • Are There Dangers to Permanently Removing Heat Shield When Installing Hitch on 2015 Subaru Forester
    I spoke with my contact at Curt and he said that the hitch will mount in the same location where the shield was previously located. Once the hitch is installed, a heavier piece of metal on the hitch will act as the heat shield. I personally recommend the Curt Class III Hitch, # C13144, for your 2015 Subaru Forester. A 2 inch hitch gives you the added benefit of having more options when it comes to hitch mounted accessories. Curt does require the use of Support Straps, # 18050, for...
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  • Is it Safe to Remove Heat Shield on 2015 Subaru Forester to Install Curt Hitch # C13144
    When it comes to installing the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, # C13144, on your 2015 Subaru Forester, the hitch itself will now act as a heat shield for your vehicle. If you would feel more comfortable re-installing the original heat shield, you could do so just as long as you remove the portion of the shield that comes in contact with the frame. Please keep in mind that you will be removing some of the mounting points so there is a good chance that this will cause the shield to rattle and...
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  • Trailer Hitch Comparison For 2015 Subaru Forester
    Both of the hitches, Curt Hitch part # C13144 and Draw-Tite part # 75876, are Class lll hitches and both have 2 inch receiver openings. Both hitches have identical weight capacity. When installing these hitches, per the instructions both require opening the hole in the frame to 1-1/8 inches to allow for the installation hardware. The 1-1/8 inch hole allows the bolt head to pass through so that it can be used inside the Forester frame. The spacer block that is used when installing the...
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  • Support Strap for Curt Trailer Hitch for 2015 Forester
    Curt requires the stabilizing/support strap, # 18050, in order to alleviate the leveraging affect that a non-trailer load places on a hitch. At Curt they like to use the example of carrying a gallon of milk. Think of the strain that would be put on your arm if it is extended opposed to if you carry the milk close to your body. This is what also happens with a hitch when a bike rack or cargo carrier is mounted. Although the hitch itself will support a bike rack or cargo carrier, it puts...
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  • Hitch and Related Towing Components for 2015 Subaru Forester
    The 2-inch Class III trailer hitch receiver you referenced, Curt # C13144, is indeed a correct fit for your soon-to-be 2015 Forester (congrats on the new vehicle). This hitch offers a 3500-lb maximum gross trailer weight capacity. Two articles with hitch installation tips are linked for you. Along with this you will need ball mounts, hitch balls, and pin and clip for towing. A simple cost-effective option is the etrailer ball mount kit # 989900 which includes two ball mounts of different...
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  • Kuat Sherpa 2.0 Recommendation for 2015 Subaru Forester XT
    The Kuat Sherpa 2.0 # SH22G would be a great choice for the Curt Hitch part # C13144 that you have installed on your 2015 Subaru Forester. It would fit well and would do an excellent job carrying your bikes as it is arguably the nicest platform bike rack on the market. Curt requires the use of their stabilizer strap part # 18050 when using their hitch to carry a non-supported load like a bike rack. I attached a review video for you to check for the strap as well.
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  • Trailer Hitch to Allow Use of Wheelchair Carrier on 2015 Subaru Forester
    The Curt custom-fit Class III hitch # C13144 fits all versions of the 2014 and 2015 models years of the Subaru Forester. It does indeed have a tongue weight (TW) rating of 525-lbs, but as you noted your vehicle's TW rating is lower at 200-lbs. When differently-rated items are used together the lower-rated one determines the overall capacity of the system, which will be 200-lbs if that is what Subaru says in their documentation. You will want to check the weight of your chair to see if...
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  • Pin Hole to Bumper Clearance Dimension for Curt Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch for 2015 Subaru Forester
    The Draw Tite Hitch # 75876 will have a distance of 6-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole out to the furthest point out on the rear bumper. It's pretty close to the Curt hitch part # C13144 that you referenced as well. If 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,...
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  • Do Heat Shields Get Reinstalled After Installing a Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Subaru Forester
    According to the instructions for Curt trailer hitch # C13144 for the 2015 Subaru Forester the heat shields do not get reinstalled after the hitch is installed. I have included a link to the installation instructions and a video showing installation for you. If you plan on doing 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...
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    Are you looking for the hardware for a Curt trailer hitch receiver that fits yours 2015 Subaru Forester? If so, there are two of them; a Class III, # C13144, and a Class II # C12100. Both use 6 bolts, 6 nuts, and 6 plates. Just determine which on you have by the size of the receiver opening. The Class II is 1-1/4 inches and the Class III is 2 inches. You only want to measure the inside opening. Once you know which model number your htich is use part # RHK and select "Curt" from...
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  • Distance From Hitch Pin Hole to Bumper Curt Hitch # C13144 Installed on 2015 Subaru Forester
    Sounds like you are looking for the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole of the Curt Hitch # C13144 out to the furthest point out on the rear bumper of your 2015 Subaru Forester. When we installed this hitch on a very similar 2015 Forester as yours we found that dimension to be right at 3 inches. Check out the install video and picture I attached that shows this measurement.
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  • Curt Trailer Hitch Installation on 2015 Subaru Forester
    Curt hitch # C13144 fits several model years of the Subaru Forester including your 2015 and the 2016 model year shown in the linked video you referenced. The forward-most hole in the car's frame, the one that is shown in the video being enlarged with the pry bars, is simply for accessing the interior of the frame rail, but not for installation of the hitch hardware. Three, not four, fasteners are used on each side of the hitch. When you place the hitch up into position under the car you'll...
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  • Why Can't Hitches for 2015 Subaru Forester be Used with Weight Distribution Systems
    The Class III hitches available for your 2015 Subaru Forester like the Curt part # C13144 are not rated for weight distribution systems. Typically this is not due to the hitch itself but more so the vehicle the hitch will install onto. Weight distribution systems do put a bit more stress on the vehicle/hitch than a standard ball mount and not all vehicle frames are able to handle that. But for a ball mount that would allow your trailer to be towed level you would need to get a different...
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  • Weight of Curt Hitch for a 2015 Subaru Forester
    The Curt Hitch part # C13144 that you referenced weighs 35 lbs. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Installation Procedure for Curt Class I Hitch # C13144 on 2015 Subaru Forester
    According to the installation instructions, which I've linked for you, the head shields are removed and left off. With the hitch in place, the mounting flanges of the hitch will act as the heat shields and will prevent the heat from the exhaust from being conducted to the interior of the vehicle. Please be aware that if the hitch is used for non trailer loads like a cargo carrier or a bike rack, a stabilizing strap like part # 18050 must be used to comply with Curt's hitch warranty...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2015 Subaru Forester
    For her 2015 Subaru Forester the Curt Class III hitch part # C13144 is a great option that would work well. For the install though your best option is to find a local mechanic in the area with a good reputation and let them install it. Hitch and wiring installs are pretty basic for mechanics relative to what they normally do so almost any wouldn't have a problem. For trailer wiring then you'd want the Tekonsha kit part # 118467 which is a confirmed fit and our most reliable option. Since...
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester
    The Yakima Holdup Bike Rack part # Y02443 that you referenced would be a great rack for your 2015 Subaru Forester with a Curt Hitch part # C13144 installed on it. We haven't had a chance to test fit the two here yet, but we did test this rack on similar vehicles and it worked well. Check out the review video I attached to the right.
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  • Why Do Trailer Hitches Have Higher Towing Capacities than the Vehicles They Fit
    You bring up a great point which brings up a great question. There is a good reason that hitches like the Curt # C13144 have a higher capacity than the vehicle it fits. Hitch capacities are rated separately from the vehicle they are installed on. I know it's somewhat annoying and confusing, but a hitch has it's own weight capacity that was determined by the manufacturer that is independent of the vehicle. Typically it makes sense to make hitches with similar capacities as the vehicle...
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2015 Subaru Forester Limited
    The Curt trailer hitch # C13144 is listed as a fit for all models of the 2015 Subaru Forester. I have linked the instructions for you to view. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It includes 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. And for wiring you can use # C56040.
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  • Best Trailer Hitch for Using the Thule Parkway Bike Rack on a 2016 Subaru Forester
    The Curt Trailer Hitch # C13144 is a great option to pair with the Thule Parkway 4 bike rack! I think it looks great installed and you'll have more than enough clearance for the bike rack to fit. I have attached an installation video of this hitch on a 2017 Forester that you can check out. The only other hitch that I'd recommend going with over this is the Curt # CU64FR but that's just because it has a hidden crosstube that looks a bit more clean since all you can see is the receiver. Installation...
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  • Recommend Towing Package for a 2016 Subaru Forester
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C13144 is designed to fit a Subaru Forester from 2014-2018. This fully welded custom trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. It comes complete with all hardware and brackets needed for installation. It is a Class III trailer hitch receiver with a 2"x2" hitch receiver opening. If you are not using the trailer hitch receiver to tow a trailer, you will want to use the Curt Trailer Hitch Support Strap part #...
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  • How Much Can a 2015 Subaru Forester Tow
    The towing capacity of your 2015 Subaru Forester is 1,000 lbs if the trailer doesn't have brakes and 1,500 lbs if it does have brakes according to the owner's manual. Therefore, as long as the camper you are looking at has brakes or you add them then yes you can safely tow the trailer with this vehicle. In order to tow a trailer with your Forester you will need a trailer hitch, wiring harness, and ball mount/hitch ball. For a trailer hitch I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver For 2018 Subaru Forester Compatible with Thule T2 Classic Rack
    For your 2018 Subaru Forester, I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # C13144 which will give you a measurement of 4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the bumper. This will allow the Thule T2 Classic # TH9044 to fit and give you 1/2 inch of clearance to the closest part of the rack when folded up to the vehicle. If you want slightly more clearance, you can use the EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7216...
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  • What Hitch, Wiring Harness, and Ball Mount do I Need for a 2016 Subaru Forester?
    I recommend part # C13144 to tow your trailer. This hitch offers 525 pounds of tongue weight and 3500 pounds of trailer weight. You need a wiring harness for your trailer lights. Part # C56040 works for your application. I like this harness because it is easy to install and easy to conceal under the vehicle. For a ball mount I recommend part # 989891. This ball mount kit offers a 2 inch drop and a 3/4 inch rise. This kit includes a 1-7/8 inch ball which is common on smaller boat...
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  • Are Tools Included to Install the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver C13144 on a 2016 Subaru Forester
    The Class III Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, part # C13144, only comes with the hitch and the hardware needed to install on your 2016 Subaru Forester. Per the instructions, Curt says the installation requires: Die Grinder Ratchet 10mm 3/4 inch Socket 6 inch Socket Extension Phillips Head Screwdriver Jack Stands, like part # PTW1601 Safety Glasses The hitch comes with detailed instructions that also include pictures. I have attached an install video of this hitch being installed...
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  • Why Does Curt Hitch for 2018 Subaru Forester Have More Towing Capacity than the Vehicle
    With any towing setup you are limited by the lowest rated component as the overall capacity as it would be what fails first. So your 2018 Subaru Forester would be limited to 1,500 lbs regardless of what hitch you have installed. So that begs the follow up question...why do we offer hitches rated for more than the vehicle? The answer to that is our manufacturers design a hitch to fit the vehicle and then do the best they can to make it as strong as possible and rate it independently from...
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  • What to do with Heat Shield When Installing Trailer Hitch Receiver on 2017 Subaru Forester
    The Expert Question page you're referring was actually out dated. The previous installation details of the Curt # C13144 and Draw-Tite # 75876 (Previously Hidden Hitch # 87654) have been updated. The updated installation details state the heat shield should be removed when installing the Curt and trimmed for the Draw-Tite. The change is likely due to something that wasn't known originally or a slight difference in the Forester for the later model years.
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  • Can Curt Trailer Hitch be Installed on a 2016 Subaru Forester at Home
    Installation of Curt hitch # C13144 on your 2016 Subaru Forester is not all that difficult at all and I do have confidence that you can perform the installation at home. But if you decide that you want to have the hitch professionally installed then any trusted mechanic or RV dealer with a service center could perform the installation for you. Curt estimates a professional installation will take about 30 minutes while a handy do-it-yourself would take about 1 hour. I have linked the...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2014 Subaru Forester with Best Bumper Clearance
    I wasn't able to find your order notes so I am not sure what hitch you have, but the Curt part # C13144 would be the one for your 2014 Subaru Forester that would stick out the most. From the center of it's hitch pin hole to the furthest point out it measures 3-1/2 inches. The hitch opening is basically totally flush with the bumper so you wouldn't need any type of extension with this rack.
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  • Need Installation Instructions for Curt Class III 2-Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13144
    The installation instructions for Curt Class III 2-Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13144 are linked for your reference. This hitch is a confirmed fit for your 2014 Subaru Forester; it fits all versions. The instructions include a listing of tools required, among which is a torque wrench to allow precise seating of the mounting hardware at the specified 110-ft-lbs. Installation requires no drilling, but access holes may need to be enlarged. The exhaust must be temporarily lowered for installation...
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  • Is Stabilization Strap Required for Bike Rack on 2014 Subaru Forester w/Curt Class III Trailer Hitch
    Curt recommends using the stabilization strap, # 18050, or something similar, for all non-trailer loads with trailer hitch # C13144. There is no specific place the strap has to go. Ideally you will want the strap end that is attached to the vehicle to be higher than where it is attached to the bike rack. Because you have that rear spoiler the hook will most likely not be able to fit right at the top of the hatch on your 2014 Subaru Forester. To get around that you can use quick loops...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2014 Subaru Forester for Carrying Hitch Mounted Spare
    The Curt trailer hitch part # C13144 that you referenced weighs 35 lbs. I pulled up the carrier you mentioned and it is designed to fit a 2 inch hitch like this so it would fit and work well in that regard. That being said I have a better hitch solution I can offer. The Draw Tite hitch part # 75876 is a better option for hitch mounted accessories. This hitch does not require a stabilizer strap like the Curt does when carrying non-supported loads like the part # 18050 so it will be an...
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  • Trailer Hitch Fits for 2017 Subaru Forester Limited
    We offer both 1-1/4-inch Class II and 2-inch Class III hitches for the 2017 Subaru Forester. All choices are displayed on the linked page. Hidden Hitch was a brand of hitch, now discontinued. I suggest a 2-inch Class III hitch for its higher capacity and since this size gives you more options for accessory carriers like bike racks and cargo or scooter carriers. Since all hitches for the car will bolt on to the same points on the frame the position of the hitch cross tube and receiver...
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  • Should the Heat Shield Be Reinstalled after Trailer Hitch Installation on 2016 Subaru Forester
    For your 2016 Subaru Forester, the installation instructions for the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch # C13144 never say to reinstall the heat shield over the exhaust, which is why it is not shown in the video. If you'd like to reinstall the heat shield, it can be trimmed to avoid the hitch and reinstalled. The installation instructions for the Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame Trailer Hitch # 75876 for your Forester state to trim the heat shield to accommodate the hitch installation. I have...
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  • What Happens to the Heat Shield of 2014 Subaru Forester When Installing a Hitch
    Actually Curt says that to install their hitch part # C13144 that you referenced you can either remove or trim the heat shield of your 2014 Subaru Forester. The same goes for the Draw Tite hitch part # 75876 that you also mentioned. I attached install videos for both hitches.
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  • How to Order Replacement Hardware for Installing Curt Trailer Hitch in a 2017 Subaru Forester
    The Curt hitch part # C13144 is a fit for a 2017 Subaru Forester. To order replacement hardware you would need part # RHK. On the product page you will need to enter the part number of the hitch and select Curt from the drop down menu and we will ship you out the correct hardware.
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  • Why Do Some Hitches for 2016 Subaru Forester Require Removal of Heat Shield
    The 2 inch trailer hitches for your 2016 Subaru Forester, Curt part # C13144 and the Draw Tite part # 75876 are both very similar in the way they install and will perform. Heat shield modification is pretty standard as far as install steps go. We have found that leaving them on or totally removing them doesn't really affect anything. Sometimes one manufacturer will come up with a way to trim it and reinstall and another might just say get rid of it all together like in this case. In...
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  • Will the Yakima Ridgeback Work with my Class 3 Curt Hitch
    The Yakima RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack part # Y02458 will work out perfectly with the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C13144. The hitch has a 2" receiver tube opening which is fully compatible. Check out the linked video that has some additional details for you.
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  • Installation of Trailer Hitch Where Exhaust Rattle is Possible
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13144 is a confirmed fit for your 2014 Subaru Forester 25i Premium. I can definitely appreciate the caution as a rattle would drive anyone crazy. We have not experience this with that particular installation, but there are also ways to ensure it doesn't happen. I've attached an article to assist so you can ensure you get the benefits of a hitch without any exhaust rattle.
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