Videos are provided As a guide only. Refer To manufacturer
installation instructions And specs For complete information.
Item # 36284
Confirmed To Fit
To see if this custom-fit item will work for you please tell us what vehicle you'll use it with.
This item qualifies for free shipping
Shipping Weight: 36 lbs
This fully welded, corrosion-resistant Subaru Outback Wagon trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.
Note: Hitch installation requires use of 7/16" Bolt Leader (part 80103-1; sold separately)
Draw-Tite's Tested Tough program provides testing standards far superior to those outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the go-to source for engineering professionals.
Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.
In addition, Draw-Tite performs static testing on a simulated automobile, as opposed to the rigid fixture used for SAE testing, resulting in a more true-to-life scenario.
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.
No drilling required for installation
Video of Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"
Videos are provided As a guide only. Refer To manufacturer
installation instructions And specs For complete information.
Today on our 2000 Subaru Outback Wagon, we'll be installing the Draw-Tite Hitch, part number 36284. Here's what the hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements in helping you choose some accessories such as a ball mount, bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is approximately 6 inches. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 14 inches. Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. Now we're going to need to go ahead and lower this carbon canister down here on the passenger side. To do this there are three nuts that will need to be removed to get the main body of the carbon canister out of the way.
Two at the rear of the vehicle and one in the center from the front of the canister. With this lowered out of the way, we'll need to remove two more bolts that hold the bracket to the frame of the vehicle. Now with the carbon canister lowered down out of the way, we'll need to go ahead and lower the rear most exhaust hanger so we can slide the exhaust over to give us a little extra room. To do this we'll use some spray lubricant and in this case, we went ahead and used a large pry bar or a large flat head screwdriver will work as well. Now with the rubber exhaust hanger removed, we'll go ahead and point out the locations that we'll be mounting our hitch. We'll be using both of the tow hooks, one on each side. The two farthest forward locations, the larger one that we'll use as the access hole and then a smaller one that'll have the carriage bolt and the spacer block pulled into it. Let's go ahead and remove the two rubber plugs.
Now for the two forward locations one on each side, we'll use a carriage bolt, a spacer block, a mechanical tooth washer and a hex nut. Here's what that would look like. The two front locations are exactly the same hardware. The two rear locations, however, are a little bit different. The hardware on the passenger side at the rear location utilizing the tow hook, will be a hex bolt, a spacer block, then it will go through the tow hook and then we will go through two spacer blocks doubled up and then finally through the hitch. Once the bolt is through that, then we will put a lock washer followed by a hex nut on that. For the driver's side, we'll be using another hex bolt, a spacer block, then we'll go through the tow hook.
Then we'll just put one space block this time on, through the hitch followed by a lock washer and a hex nut. Next we'll fishwire our hardware into position. First we'll take the fishwire and put it through our mounting location and out our access hole. Next we'll place our space block on and then thread on our bolt. Now we can pull our hardware into position. We'll repeat this for the other side. Now we're ready to go ahead and get an extra set of hands to help us raise the hitch up into place.
On the driver's side you need to make sure that the hitch goes to the outside of the tow hook. For the passenger side, you'll make sure that the hitch goes on the inside of the tow hook. Once you raise the hitch up into place, we'll go ahead and put the conical tooth washer and the hex nut on loosely on both of the front locations. With these two in place, we can go ahead and install the rear hardware, making sure that we use three spacer blocks on the passenger side and two spacer blocks on the driver's side. Now with all the hardware installed, we can go ahead and tighten things down and then torque them to the manufacturer's specification. With all the hardware torqued, we can go ahead and put the carbon canister back up into place. Now that this is back up, we can go ahead and put the rubber exhaust hanger back up that we removed earlier. With that, that will conclude our installation of the Draw-Tite Hitch, part number 36284, on our 2000 Subaru Outback Wagon. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (20 Customer Reviews)This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.
2002 Subaru Outback. Excellent communication daily from eTrailer until it arrived, which was on exactly the day they estimated! Tracking was great. Instructions that arrived with the item were not all that great, but I had watched eTrailer's online video and read the online tips. Installed slick as snot with a perfect fit -- even though I was lying on my back in a flooded garage. Even the lighting converter installed in minutes. Hauled a 3000 GVW trailer 500 miles with it the next day. Went to retorque the 4 bolts following the trip and they were still tight as a miser's coin purse. Love these guys and will tell all my friends! 73884
by: Jason G10/14/2014
Precise fit to the 01 Outback. This is not difficult to install but there should be two people to lift the hitch into position. Once the bolts are threaded, its a one person job. Special attention should be paid to spacer orientation during installation particularly on the car frame tiedown points. It may appear that they will not fit into the tiedown flared edges but they will. It is important that the spacers fit flush to the frame so spend the time to orient them correctly fliping the spacers around if necessary. Read the instructions carefully and make sure you purchase the bolt leader. The leader is passed through the small hole in the frame and the spacer then out the big hole where the bolt is then threaded on and then pulled through into place in the spacer and small hole. Finish up with a torque wrench. Skipping on proper torque (too tight or loose) can easily lead to a highway disaster. Auto parts stores rent them too. Space is tight on the rear tiedown point driver side so torquing the bolt is better rather than torquing the nut-- Use a 3/4 inch socket and wrench. A 11/16 socket is all that's required on the upper points. Check them all twice alternating between front and rear. 155846
by: Beth Ralston06/04/2013
The product was exactly what I needed and easy to install (per my friend who knows how to do these things). I haven't actually used it yet as I'm waiting for my bike rack to arrive. 83202
Ordered both the hitch and the wiring T one connection. Arrived on time with the wiring taped to the hitch in an easy way to remove. Easy enough to install by yourself if you allow more time and acrobatics to hold the hitch up against the car, much easier with help. It isn't enough to take down the black box on the right, you really want to remove the mounting hardware that holds the little box up against the frame. The hitch basically aligns itself. The bolt threader is not necessary if you have a mechanical finger pickup tool and a magnet. I held the head of the bolt at a right angle with the mechanical finger tool and that was good enough to guide the bolt where it needed to be in the frame with the spacer. Fits close to the car and looks great. Would definitely use E trailer again. 79527
The instructional videos were extremely helpful, especially since they had the make, model and year for my application. The bolt leader (fish wire, must be ordered separately) was also a must for this application as getting the spacer block and carriage bolt positioned inside a small frame rail would be impossible otherwise. I would like to see the bolt leader included with the hitch. The hitch installation was smooth and straight forward, the only complications being due to the rusted fasteners on my car. I did use a thread-lock compound on the four hitch mounting bolts. 35725
by: Mike B11/07/2013
Excellent experience. Trailer hitch was shipped quickly - ordered on Thursday and received on Monday. Watching the video made it very easy and straight-forward to install. No problems at all with eTrailer.com or the hitch. 106697
Man. I'll tell you what, my new Draw-Tite Sportframe #36284 trailer hitch is flat out the bee knees. The Draw-Tite Sportframe #36284 trailer hitch pulls like a Peter Built and that ain't no lie. I had that thing hooked up to like three chicken coupes, dragging them around the yard like a dog with an itchy butt. That Draw-Tite Sportframe #36284 trailer hitch never even put out a bead of sweat. 345438
Install went well, the instructional video is far better than the paper instructions included with the hitch. You will need to unbolt the charcoal canister as well as the mount it attached to in order to slide the hitch up past it. The paper instructions only tell you to remove the canister. Aside from that, everything installed as advertised, no interference or rattles. 238830
by: Rich D01/09/2012
Product was shipped fast and received in great condition. Installation was simple and quick. I especially appreciated the videos that were specific for my year and model of vehicle - particularly helpful for the wiring harness adapter (installation of the adapter is near-trivial, but guidance in how to disassemble the cargo area trim was very helpful). 29365
by: subie dude08/19/2011
Recieved in two days, at no cost! Very easy install at 30 min. including putting tools away and washing hands. Hitch was as described and fit perfectly. I have not towed with it at this time. It looks good as it is under the bumper far enough that it is mostly hidden and appears to only reduce clearance by a small margin. 22303
by: Chuck S.03/11/2013
The instructional video was very helpful. The only help I needed was to install the first bolts while I held it in place. It went in exactly as shown in the video. I'm very happy with the product. 70008
by: Joe C.05/15/2011
Product received in a timely manner, unfortunately the mounting hardware was missing. After a call to customer service, the missing parts were shipped from their supplier. 14059
by: Pete Mackin06/30/2012
The shipping was fast, hitch fit car like a glove and the instruction video was extremely helpful. I will definitely refer my friends to etrailer.com. Thank-You!!!! 46320
The install was easy enough, it was complete in slightly over an hour with the assistance of a friend who help hold the hitch up so I could get the bolts started. 156980
by: ERIC P03/09/2012
I was floored with the buying experience with etrailer.The website is awsome and easy,and I received my order fast.very good company to deal with. 33445
by: Erik H.07/31/2011
Very easy install. was on in about 45 minutes thanks to the install video on the website 20620
by: Mark S.07/16/2012
Nice hitch! Fits great. E-trailer always comes through! 48077
Great product but best of all, super fast delivery!!! 22810
by: carl s.03/22/2011
well made and easy to install just what I expected 10064
GREAT GREAT 1778
Ask the Experts about this Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch
Do you have a question about this Trailer Hitch?
At etrailer.com we guarantee:
Highest quality trailer hitch for the best price.
Real product know-how.
Most detailed, accurate trailer hitch information available.
Information for this part was:
Installations, made easy.
Personalized service for life.
Trusted since 1946.
Info for this part was:
At etrailer.com we provide the best information available about the products we sell. We take the quality of our information seriously so that you can get the right part the first time. Let us know if anything is missing or if you have any questions.