etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2"

etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2"

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  • etrailer
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 525 lbs TW
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • Custom Fit Hitch
This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your Subaru Forester's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from etrailer. etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" part number e98839 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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etrailer Trailer Hitch - e98839

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your Subaru Forester's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look.


Features:

  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with 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
  • Matte black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Stylish, round-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately
  • Made 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


Rugged, Matte Black Finish

The sturdy steel construction is protected with a matte black finish for added durability. This unique powder coating gives etrailer hitches a carbide-like appearance and a rugged look that sets them apart from traditional glossy hitches. In addition to being rust and corrosion resistant, the tough matte coating hides dirt, scuffs, and dings better than a glossy finish.


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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.



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E98839 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details E98839 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2014 - 2018 Subaru Forester




Video of etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2"


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Subaru Forester

Today in our 2018 Subaru Forester we're going to be installing etrailer.com's Class III 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number E98839. It's a Class III 2" x 2" hitch, so it's going to be great for all of your towing needs from bike racks to cargo carriers to trailers, it'll handle it all. It uses a 5/8" hitch pin. That one doesn't come included with your hitch, but you can pick one up here at etrailer.com. It uses plate-style safety chain loops and has a very large opening, so it'll accommodate just about every shape and style of safety chain.It features a 525 pound tongue weight, which is the force going down on top of the receiver, and a 3,500 pound gross towing capacity. That's how much you can pull behind it.

You do want to verify in your vehicle's owner manual to ensure you don't exceed its weight rating. Now, to help you on deciding on accessories I've got some measurements for you. From the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube it measures about 14 1/4". This is important when determining if you need to drop, rise, or raise shank or any of your accessories. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the rear bumper it measures about 3 1/2".

This is important when determining if any of your folding accessories can be placed in the upright storage position without contacting the bumper.We'll begin our installation under the vehicle. We're going to put a strap in place to catch our exhaust as we're going to need to lower that down. Next, we'll remove all the exhaust hangers. There's going to be two back by muffler and one toward the center of the vehicle. We're going to use a little bit of silicone spray to make it easier to remove these hangers.

Then, we're just going to pry them off. Then, you can loosen your strap a little bit to lower it down. Next, we'll remove the heat shield located above our muffler. If you have dual exhausts you may need to remove one on each side.We're going to use a 10 mm socket to remove all the bolts. Then, we'll set this aside.

We'll now remove the three rubber plugs located on each side. We'll now need to enlarge our center hole on each side to about 1 1/8" to get our hardware to fit in. We can then spray the holes that we just drilled out with some clear coat just to help prevent rust from occurring. Now, we'll take the fish wires that come in the kit and we're going to go in through a small hole and bring it out through our middle hole. Here we can slide on our spacer and thread on our carriage bolt. We can feed those back up into the frame. You may have to get a little creative on how you're going to it in there depending on the size of the hole you cut out. Then, pull it back out through the hole.We're going to repeat this for the holes that are remaining. For our center hole, we're going to do a reverse pull wire method to get that one in. We'll slide our spacer over our pull wire then thread our bolt on and then push our bolt up into the frame followed by our spacer. Then, just pull it back down. We're going to do that on the other side as well. Now, with an extra set of hands we're going to lift our hitch into position. You want to make sure to feed your pull wires down and do the appropriate loop and hold the line up in. Then lift it up into position, making sure that all your bolts came down through. Remove the pull wire from your bolts. I like to do one at a time and get one started on each side. That'll hold it into position, making it easier to install the rest of your hardware.Then, tighten out all your hardware with a 3/4" socket. Then, torque the hardware to the specifications found in the instructions. We can now lift our exhaust back into position and reinstall it on the hangers. We can now remove our strap. We won't be reinstalling the heat shield so we're all set. That completes our installation of etrailer.com's Class III 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver on our 2018 Subaru Forester.


Customer Reviews

etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" - E98839

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (298 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look.

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2018 Subaru Forester

I just installed the etrailer hitch on my 2018 Subaru Forester, following the installation video on the etrailer site. The video is excellent. The only thing I did differently was to cut a notch in the heat shield so I could keep it in place rather than discard it as the video showed. I was not comfortable removing the heat shield, as it must have been put there for a purpose. I watched another video that showed how to modify and reinstall the heat shield. That video also advised that you enlarge the FORWARD hole to feed in the guide wire and bolts rather than compromise the size of one of the other holes which actually need to support the bolts and the hitch. Both variations worked great. Other than those differences, I did everything else just as the etrailer video showed. The installation was a breeze. I simply backed the car up onto ramps, and there was plenty of room to access everything. All steps were as easy as shown in the video. I did the installation myself without help, and simply supported one side of the hitch (which weighs 38 lbs.) on a sturdy 5 gallon bucket, which allowed me to easily raise the other side and get a couple of nuts onto the bolts to hold it in place. Really, watching the installation videos is key. Now I just wish the Forester had a greater towing capacity than 1,500 lbs.! 644738



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Haven’t installed yet but will do so in the near future. Instructions and video seem like an easy task. 640756



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2018 Subaru Forester

Product well built. However, directions suggest removing a heat shield at the muffler and not reinstalling. Heat shield is there for a reason! Slight modification of the heat shield and you can reinstall. Would suggest changing the installation instructions. 578293


Comments

According to the engineering folks at the hitch manufacturer, the hitch itself provides enough shielding that the heat shield doesnt need to be reinstalled.

-- Mike L - 10/29/2018

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2016 Subaru Forester

Product shipped quickly. The website was easy to navigate. The product look to be of high quality and I will definitely order from etrailer again. 545860



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This hitch looks nice, sturdy and very well made. Mounted it to 2016 SubaruForester using it to hold a bike rack and two bikes, total about 70 lbs. It was shipped quickly and I received it the very next day. By watching the installation video, it made it very easy for 2 people to install. I only had one muffler and exhaust to deal with and saved the heat shield by drilling two 1/2 holes and cutting away a small section to fit around a gusset and mounted to two of the hitch bolts and 3 existing heat shield screws. It worked out great and looked good. It took about an hour to install. I'm very pleased. 614048



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This is a very nice quality hitch but the instructions are worthless. Might help if they had someone write the instructions who have actually seen the vehicle and is mechanically inclined on installing the product. The easiest way to install this hitch was to simply remove the muffler instead letting the whole exhaust system hang down and trying to squeeze the heavy hitch over the exhaust system and mount it. I bought this hitch over the other brand because it was American made, now they need to hire a qualified American to write the instructions. 534701



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I was 2/3 thru the process of ordering online my hitch, wires and ball mount when I needed a question answered about shipping. A call to customer service brought me to Carmel, a wonderfully helpful rep. After answering my question, she placed the order directly, followed up with a personal order confirmation. What surprised me was another personal mail after etrailer received confirmation of the on time delivery. I don't buy a lot of trailer hitches...but if I did they would all be bought thru Carmel at etrailer.com.Lol, the hitch, wiring and ball mount are great quality. Their videos will make the installation easy as soon as I finish this review. 534794



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I have only just opened the package, so my review is a bit premature? But my experience so far with the website and the delivery time has been terrific. Looking at the hitch I’m very impressed with the rigidness and beautiful gloss black finish. So far no complaints and would certainly recommend etrailer! 534677



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This is my 3rd purchase through etrailer.Products are always shipped promptly and arrive on time and in good condition. Installations go as described in their videos, usually with no unexpected problems. 534699



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Easy install. Video is very helpful. 534683



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Subaru Forester

I purchased this trailer hitch a year ago. I have only used it along with my Swagman XTC2 bike rack. The hitch went on easily. Very minor modifications to my forester. I have not had any issues with either of them. Very happy with my purchase of both. I would recommend this combo if you are only looking to haul 2 bicycles. 534678



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Have dealt with eTrailer before, and as usual, the product and service were top-notch, and price very reasonable. Nice trailer hitch, install was challenging without a lift, only because one of the muffler hangers (the one on the passenger side of the muffler) was difficult to reach and take off. I gave it a try, but couldn't get that one hanger off. Other than that, it was pretty obvious that the install wouldn't be a big deal. Took it to our mechanic, they popped it on for $50. I shouldn't have bothered trying it myself! No complaints, will be back next time I need a hitch. Cheers. 534696



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2016 Subaru Forester

The hitch arrived on time, it had all the correct parts as well as fishing tools, which I did not expect. The instructional video on line is very good. The hitch itself is high quality. its exactly as advertised. My only concern is the need to remove the heat shield to install the hitch (2016 Subaru Forester) I hope I don't regret that later. I installed it myself, but did not take photos to share with you, I'm 74 years old, you would have regretted seeing me in action. Thank you for such an excellent product, and great service. Paul 554367



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2018 Subaru Forester

The hitch went on my 2018 Subaru Forester exactly as advertised. Perfect fit. I took advice of one review and drilled two 1/2” holes in heat shield for the bolts to pass and it worked well. I also removed muffler for ease of access. 545018



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2017 Subaru Forester

Incredibly easy to install on our 2017 Subaru Forester. Very sleek and hidden. Be ready with a dropcloth or for when you need to use a step drill bit to expand one of the holes or you will get fine metal shavings everywhere (and they can get hot)All in all took under an hour and we'll be enjoying it for many years to come! 534679



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Have got 2 emails from you addressed to Matt. I am not Matt. I did receive the hitch but have not had it installed yet. I just picked up the new vehicle it was for and the dealer I purchased the car from refused to install the hitch due to it not being original equipment. I am very happy with the hitch, the electronics and the delivery. The price and free shipping was a major factor in buying from etrailer. 534889



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Items arrived just as promised. While getting ready to install the unit, we found that the nuts/plates were slightly oversized to fit the access holes. After careful thought, I elongated the holes with a rotary rasp. I then coated the holes with a rust retardant to cover up the exposed metal. I then applied a caulk adhesive to the rubber access hole covers, as their fit was not as snug in the now, elongated holes.The electronics were behind the access panel as described. However the adhesive strip did not hold the harnesses junction box as expected. The good news is, that it does not rattle around behind the cover.Oh, one last point: if you intend to do an install during cold weather, use a heat gun to pre-heat the plastic automotive push-pin fasteners. Otherwise, be prepared to replace the broken ones as they will surely snap off during their extraction. 534703



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2015 Subaru Forester

Ordering: The customer service provided over the phone by etrailer was exceptional and the order was shipped the same day I placed the order on the phone.Installation: The video etrailer provided on YouTube for the 2011 Subaru Forester worked nearly the same for my 2015 Subaru Forester. The paper instructions included with the hitch made it easy to put into place, and the picture instructions with the wiring harness made it easy to find the plug that was hidden behind the interior paneling. I was able to complete the job by myself in an hour and a half. If I ever need another trailer hitch or product, I will be using etailer again. Thanks for the great service. 534884



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Subaru Forester

This trailer hitch was great and did everything I needed it to. Even ended up using it to pull a car out of a ditch and never had a problem. I actually traded in my vehicle and left it on because I thought removing and reusing the carriage bolts from inside the frame would be more trouble than it's worth, but I immediately bought a brand new hitch (the same exact one) and already installed it on my new Forester. 534728



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2018 Subaru Forester

Recently bought a 2018 Forester. Subaru wanted $600 for a hitch, so this price was so much better. Installed the electrical myself by following Etrailer's very nicely done video specific to the Forester. My local mechanic installed the hitch without too much cutting and saved the shield. Photos show how it looks from one distance and then a little further back. Not too obtrusive I think. Etrailer customer service was very helpful in making sure I picked the right products. Very happy customer. 574480



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2015 Subaru Forester

Product delivered as ordered. Seems sturdy, fitted vehicle it was ordered for. Installation was fairly simple. Looks good on vehicle. 580610



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The Hitch fit fine, Very happy with the appearance. Took a bit longer to install than instructions suggested. Mostly due to me though. Instead of letting the muffler hang ,I unbolted it and took it out. Pretty easy because the car is new. I also modified the existing heat shield by marking the area that needed to be cut out and reinstalled it. Otherwise a no problems with installation. 534916



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Great price for a great hitch. We don’t use it often, but it’s nice to know we can depend on it when we do. 534687



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Subaru

Pretty stoked to find a class III 2" receiver hitch for my 2018 Subaru.The instructional video found on this site is very complete and gave me the confidence to install this hitch at home instead of paying the dealership to put it on for me.Over all I am very pleased with the value and service that was offered to me from etrailer.com 534685



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Installed in less than one hour. Would recommend using step bit vs. deburring tool for safety reasons and re-installed modified heat shield. 534694



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2018 Subaru Forester

Super happy with your trailer hitch receiver I just installed on my 2018 Subaru Forester. It installed and went in really easy just like on the video. The fishing wire for the bolts was unbelievably so easy to use & I had no problems fishing them to their designated location. Look great & excited for my next trip with my Thule bike rack on the back & my kayaks on the roof.. Thank you .. 556593



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Great product. Fast shipping. Fits like a glove. 534692



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2017 Subaru Forester

This hitch is nicely made with beautiful powder coating. As mentioned in my first review, unfortunately etrailer went cheap in package didn't protect the hitch well enough and part of it protruded out of the box got scratched (2 big scratches) which you don't want to see in a brand new beautifully made product. I know I am not alone and hope etrailer has improved from this. If I had known this may happen, I wouldn't have ordered it from etrailer. Now back to the hitch, I only use it with my bike rack with one or two bikes on it. So it's only lightly loaded - less than 20 lb for each bike plus the rack. The hitch works well but it decreases the clearance of my 2017 Subaru Forester a little bit which is no concern to me either. Over all I am quite happy with this hitch - beautifully made and solid. 534721



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Subaru Forester

The trailer hitch is strong and durable, I plan on using for a bike carrier. However here is where Subaru Forester XT owners need to listen up in regards to installation. First they say no drilling, this is [...]. Get yourself a stepped drill bit, you will need this to open up a hole in the chassis to be able to fish the bolts through. Just remove the mufflers completely each one is attached by 2 bolts and some rubber mounts. Taking them out leaves you a generous amount of room to get the hitch in place. Putting them back is easy too, just lube up the rubber mounts with some WD-40. Dropping them may bend your pipes and you'll have a hard time mounting the hitch around them. As for the heat shields you do need to remove them, but do not cut them as they say in their instructions. There are 2 dimpled spots that you can just drill with the step bit to make holes for the mounting bolts to slide through. Then they will not rattle around. If you cut them chances are you're gonna hear them. Also it takes about 90 minutes. If you have a lift and some help, maybe 40 minutes. It took me about 90 minutes doing it myself with out help, using some ramps, and the right tools. GOOD LUCK!! 534830



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I ordered the hitch and electrical connections from etrailer and they fit and work great. The only problem I encountered: Foresters are built with the wiring harness connector in different locations. Ours was in the sidewall (left side up high). Once I located that it was a breeze. The parts are well made and quick to install. 534697



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Subaru Forester

2014 Forester - Very happy, easy installation, hitch appears to be made well. Fishwire works great! I took the muffler off instead of dropping entire exhaust, it was easy and made mounting point completely open. Don't throw away the heat sheild, its easy to modify and put back on. Used vari-bit to enlarge center hole. Had someone help me lift unit into place. 60 minutes to complete. Watch a few videos and read the instructions, you won't have any problems. 534891



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2014 Subaru Forester

I "helped" my mechanically inclined friend install this on my 2014 Subaru forester. By his lack of excessive use of expletives I can deduce this was a relatively easy install for him. I helped hold it up underneath the car. I would rate that a 6/7 on the easy scale...Minus one because got dirty. Great site, great product, friendly customer service, very satisfied 534899



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Subaru Forester

Second hitch I bought from etrailer. Best price, quick delivery and most helpful site on the net. I also purchased the 4-pin wiring harness and viewed install videos for both products. Super easy install on my new Subaru Forester. I followed the comments from others on the website and removed the muffler. Little WD40 and 2 easy to reach bolts and the muffler came off easy. I also drilled out the center mounting hole to ale it easier to fish the bolts thru, great idea. The muffler heat shield has to come off but it's super easy to do so with muffler removed. Subaru puts dimple marks over the mounting holes so it's fool proof to drill out the holes. Whole install of hitch and reinstall of the muffler took less than an hour working by myself. The fish wires supplied with the kit make all the difference. They are easy to use and line up the bolts and spacers, brilliant idea. The wiring harness install video is very detailed and invaluable for a DIY install. Followed the video on my phone step by step and 20 min later was done. Very happy with etrailer, the only guys I'll ever deal with for hitch, harness and trailer needs. 534846



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2018 Subaru Forester

Was delivered promptly and in great condition. I also ordered the wiring harness which came along with installation instructions for my 2018 Subaru Forester. The instructions for the harness which were listed as for 2009-present models was not correct. These instructions need updating to correspond with the current location of the Subaru's connection which is located behind the driver's side taillight. 534698



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Very pleased with this product. My husband installed it himself. He was ecstatic over the innovative way of threading the bolts into place. Highly recommend purchasing this hitch for your model of car. 671262



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My husband had this on his car in no time he was pleased with the construction & ease of instillation. 668982



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The instruction video online made this a very easy install. Took just a little over an hour since I had to borrow a deep socket to finish the task from a neighbor. Looks great and ready to get the bike mount for the reciever now. 663546



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Subaru Forester

I purchased the eTrailer hitch on the recommendation of a dear friend who had purchased, installed, and love this hitch (he has a Subaru Forester also). The installation videos are excellent and provide "step by step" instructions on the entire process! I'm particularly impressed with the threaded "fish wires" that guide the carriage bolts and spacers into place and hold them sturdy until the nuts are secured. The fit and finish of the receiver's matte black powder coat protects and leaves a clean, professional look (probably more important corrosive protection in parts of the country where snow and salt are used in the winter - not a problem in Southern California). With a few tools, some patience, and a helping hand, this eTrailer hitch beats Subaru's product priced at more than $500!!! You have another believer!!! 661278



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The video for my particular vehicle was helpful. if you are interested the changes I made was to remove the muffler entirely (single exhaust with two bolts) and rather than eliminating the heat deflector, I modified it's attachment points slightly and re-installed the deflector. All works well. 657496



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2016 Subaru Forester

The hitch I purchased for my 2016 Subaru Forester arrived in good condition. I advise you to watch the installation video eTrailer has on their website. It is very informative and well done. The installation went off without a problem. Make sure you have a torque wrench to complete the tightening of the bolts, this is very important. It does require 2 people to lift the hitch in place and seat the bolts. I recommend etrailer hitches, they have a well thought out system. 654881



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As usual quality, installation procedure is good. I take two stars off (one for the last hitch I ordered) due to the shipping box situation. Both times most of the hitch is hanging outside the box and is all scraped up. I repainted both. Still, the only place to go for towing **everything**. 653298



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2015 Subaru Forester

Hey hey!!! Now this one is a real good go , as heavy as a hitch made for a truck yet smaller for my forester, nice one , a really good buy and fairly simple , the heat shield for muffler I removed and cut and replaced back , just make sure bolts are torqued as spec says, again God bless y'all, 647142



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2018 Subaru Forester

My trailer hitch is sturdy and easy to install. My order arrived in a timely manner, and the price was right. 646627



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2016 Subaru Forester

I followed the youtube howto and was able to to get the hitch installed without dropping the entire exhaust; I only undid the hangers on the muffler itself and was able to get the bolts in and the hitch bolted up in under 45 minutes. The part that took the longest was getting the hitch lifted into place working alone. It is ideally a two-person job; one person to hold the lift up while the other tightens the nuts and I ended up scraping my hand up a bit wrestling it into place alone (it's more awkward than heavy) but the included install kit helped immensely because with the bolts screwed into the fish wires I didn't have to worry about knocking the bolts up inside the frame and having to figure out how to retrieve them. I simply threaded the fish wires through the mounting holes then was able to get one nut threaded on one side with the other side resting on the muffler, then getting another nut caught on a couple of threads of the other, then it went very with the rest using my makita impact driver to zip the nuts into place. Primary use: cargo carrier for camping, and a bicycle rack. It's good to know we're all set up for a trailer if needed as well. End result: Hitch is installed, already used for a cargo carrier with no exhaust interference causing rattles. We are very satisfied with this. 643768



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Sturdy and well-designed hitch. However, it arrived with numerous defects in the paint finish due to rough handling (impacts and scratches), either at the factory after painting, or during shipping. The corrugated cardboard shipping box showed some rough handling but was not punctured. Several paint defects exposed the bare steel, so I spray painted them before installation to prevent future rust. Installation went well. I was replacing the mufflers at the same time, so I just removed them, which simplified the hitch install. Rather than drill out the center mounting hole, I removed the rear bumper and fished the hardware through the rear opening in the frame rails, and used a floor jack to raise and hold the hitch in place while attaching the hardware. 640829



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2015 Subaru Forester

Well built and fits perfectly. 639643



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Super easy to install. Kit has everything I needed at unbeatable price. Also arrived in just 2 days. Couldn’t be happier. 639203



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2017 Subaru Forester

Hitch went on perfectly. If you had any troubles just watch their step by step video they have of their site for your vehicle/hitch (you should watch it first anyway it's really good). This will be the 4th receaver I have purchased from etrailer and have yet to be disappointed. All good stuff and the staff are really friendly and helpful. The gauge of steel is nice and thick, the welds are great as usual and the flat black finish is a really nice touch. 636823



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Received my hitch yesterday, pulling my trailers with it today. No installation problems or challenges whatsoever. Received my hitch in three days in perfect condition......I have no suggestions to improve this company's service. All is well. Thank you for being here for us. 636071



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2016 Subaru Forester

Watch video easy install. Hardest part was removing and reinstalling the rubber tailpipe hangers. The silicone spray is a big help. 634764


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  • Is a Stabilizer Strap Needed for the Class III Curt Trailer Hitch for a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The Class III Curt Trailer Hitch # C13144 does require the use of a stabilizer strap like part # 18050 to comply with the warranty. Instead of going with the Curt option I recommend using the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch # e98839 or the Draw-Tite # 75876 which give you a Class III trailer hitch with a 2" receiver as well. Neither of these trailer hitches require the use of a stabilizer strap and they are confirmed to fit your 2015 Subaru Forester. If you are still needing a cargo carrier...
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  • Best Hitch for 2018 Subaru Forester
  • Apart from the EcoHitch 2-inch hitch model # 306-X7216 that you referenced, which is pricier due to its fabrication from recycled materials, all of the other 2-inch hitch options for your 2018 Forester share similar weight capacities and similar more-friendly prices. I definitely recommend a 2-inch Class III option. Of those, I recommend the etrailer model # e98839. This hitch is USA-made and it offers easy no-drill installation using included hardware. The linked video will show you...
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  • Easiest Hitch Installation for 2017 Subaru Forester for Towing 4 x 8 Rented Utility Trailer
  • Of the hitches available for your 2017 Subaru Forester, the easiest installation will be with the 2-inch etrailer hitch # E98839 and the Draw-Tite # 75876 that you referenced. Both are no-drill installs that will take about an hour and both require unbolting the car's heat shield. I linked a video showing hitch # E98839 being installed on a Forester. I also included the written instructions and a helpful article. For a wiring harness use kit # 118467 which is a simple plug-and-play installation....
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver and Cargo Basket for 2015 Subaru Forester
  • Thanks for the information. For your 2015 Subaru Forester, I recommend the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver # E98839 which has a 2 inch receiver and is able to support tongue weights up to 525 lbs. This hitch will have the top shank of your cargo carrier sit at 14-1/4 inches off the ground. Then based on your desires for lighting since most carriers of this size have the powder coat finish to protect from rust and similar clearances, I recommend the 24x60 Reese Cargo Carrier for...
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  • Weight of etrailer Trailer Hitch for 2014 Subaru Forester
  • The etrailer.com Trailer Hitch # E98839 that fits your 2014 Subaru Forester weighs 30 lbs. This hitch is a great choice for your Subaru and will give you a perfect way to carry your bikes. It has a 2" receiver and hefty 525 lb tongue weight capacity so even the heaviest bike rack and bikes will work. The hitch is made in the USA and comes with a lifetime warranty, which speaks to how durable it is. I have added a link to an install video of the hitch for you to check out as well.
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  • Lightweight Cargo Carrier Needed for Use on a 2017 Subaru Forester
  • We do have a few options for you to choose from. I recommend going with an aluminum carrier because they are much lighter than a steel cargo carrier. The Curt # C18100 is a 19x60 carrier that weighs in at 29 lbs and has inside dimensions of 60" long x 19-1/8" wide x 2-3/4" tall. This carrier also has a folding feature for extra rear clearance when you aren't carrying anything. A hitch pin and clip like part # PC3 are sold separately. For a comparable carrier that has higher sides...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack for 2017 Subaru Forester
  • Yes, trailer hitch # E98839 fits your 2017 Subaru Forester and Reese Eclipse 4 Bike Rack # 63124 is compatible. This is a very good economical option for your Forester and the Eclipse will allow you to carry 4 bikes so long as they do not exceed the 30 lb per bike weight limit. If you are looking for locks to protect your investments you can use Cable Lock # CAB-10 to secure your bikes to the rack and Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock # HE6001 to secure the Eclipse to your hitch. Additionally,...
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  • Would 2 inch Hitch of 2015 Subaru Forester Have Capacity for Kuat NV 4 Bike Rack NV22G-NA22G
  • 2 inch hitches generally have quite a bit of tongue weight capacity but you might still check the capacity of the hitch you have installed on your 2015 Subaru Forester to make sure the weight of the Kuat NV 2.0 part # NV22G-NA22G plus your bikes would not exceed the capacity. The NV itself has a weight of 108 lbs. The 2 inch hitches we have for your vehicle like the # e98839 have a tongue weight capacity of 525 lbs which would be more than adequate.
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  • Is There a Trailer Hitch Fit for a 2018 Subaru Forester Sport
  • The etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver # E98839 is confirmed to fit all models of the 2018 Subaru Forester, however according to my research I am not seeing that there was a Sport model released for the 2018 model year. There is a Sport model for the 2019 Subaru Forester for which the correct fit is the Curt Trailer Hitch # C13409. I have attached a picture from the Manufacturer showing this fit on the Sport model. Either way, if you can confirm which option you have and what you...
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