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
  • 4000 lbs GTW
  • 600 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • Visible Cross Tube
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. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from etrailer. etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" part number E98847 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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etrailer Trailer Hitch - E98847

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.


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: 4,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 600 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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E98847 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details E98847 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2014 - 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon




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 - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Speaker 1: Today on our 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install the etrailer class 3 customer fit trailer hitch receiver, Part Number E98847.So here's what our hitch is gonna look like once we have it installed in our Outback. You can see that the cross tube is gonna be visible, and it's gonna sit right below the bumper. But it is gonna have that nice carbide flat black finish to it, so it's gonna blend in with the plastic on the bottom of our bumper really nice. Now it is gonna be a class 3 hitch, which means it's gonna give us that 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube opening and have a really wide variety of accessories, whether we're looking for a ball mount to tow a trailer or a bike rack or even a cargo carrier.Now the way we're gonna mount any of those accessories inaudible 00:00:44 the hitch pin hole here on the side, and it is gonna accept a standard 5/8 pinning clip. Although they're not included in the kit, you can pick them up here at etrailer.com along with locks to keep your accessories safe.Now as far as the safety chain connection points go, it's gonna be a plate style welded to the bottom of the receiver tube and as you can see, we're not gonna have too much trouble getting most size hooks on or off. We're gonna have plenty of room and not have to worry about any kind of interference.For the weight capacity our hitch is gonna have a 600 lb.

tongue weight, which will be the maximum downward force at the receiver tube along with a 4,000 lb. gross trailer weighting, which is the amount it can pull including the trailer and everything we have loaded on it. Now with those numbers in mind, you always wanna double check your Outback's owner's manual, and never exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight.I'd like to give you a few measurements, and that's gonna help you whenever you're looking at accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount, a bike rack, or even a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper be right about 2-3/4". That measurement's gonna come in handy when you're looking at folding accessories to make sure you have adequate clearance so you don't make contact with the rear bumper.On the ground, the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening is right about 15-3/4".

That measurement's not only gonna come in handy when you're looking for a ball mount to match up to rise or drops of your trailer, but also at that height, I would recommend a bike rack or a cargo carrier with a raised shank. That way we have a little bit more ground clearance.so now that we've seen what our hitch looks like and gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed.To begin our installation, I do wanna mention that we already ran our 4 pull wiring, and we actually ran it out through our grommet at the bottom of the trunk. It's gonna be a lot easier to see and get to before we get the hitch in place. So this would be a good way to have your wiring right by your hitch once we have it in place. But to get our hitch in place, we are gonna have to lower our exhaust down.

So you wanna make sure that you get a strap, and you support it so it doesn't hang down too far. So let's just find a spot on our frame, hook our strap up, and then we're gonna start working on loosening and removing the rubber isolators. So we're gonna have a rubber isolator towards the middle of our Subaru at the back of the muffler, and if we move to the outside or we go towards the front of the vehicle, we'll have another rubber isolator.I'm gonna take a little bit of spray lubricant, I'm gonna spray it on the isolator and the rubber hanger, and then your main goal here is just to take a pry bar or whatever you have and you're gonna wanna slide that rubber isolator off. So that once we get them both off, we'll be able to move it down.Now if removing these two doesn't give you enough slack, cause we are gonna have to remove that heat shield above it, we can actually move farther back in the exhaust. Right about where the axle is we'll have another isolator, and we can remove that one as well.

Just make sure you do have that support strap or something supporting the exhaust so it doesn't come down too far.Now with our exhaust down, we can loosen up that strap so we have more room to work with, but it's still gonna be supported. So then our heat shield is gonna be above our muffler. It's gonna be held in place by four bolts. We're gonna wanna pull those out. So we'll grab a 10 millimeter socket, we can take them out. I'm gonna pull that heat shield out and set it aside for right now.Now on each side of the frame towards the very back of the bumper and then right before we get to the sub frame and axle, we're gonna have these plastic rubber plugs in the frame. So we wanna take a flathead screwdriver. We're just gonna pop them out. So we're gonna take both the plugs out on the front and rear on both sides. Now the hole at the bottom of the frame towards the front of our vehicle is gonna act as our access point to get the rest of our hardware in place.We're gonna need to enlarge this hole so that we can fit our spacer block and our carriage bolt inside. Now obviously, it's not big enough right now. So there's a couple different ways you can do this. You can either use a file, a rotary tool and cut it out, or you can use a stud drill bit like I'm going to, and we're just gonna enlarge that hole and periodically check cause we only want it to get big enough to where we can get our spacer block and carriage bolt inside. Looks like we still have a little bit more drilling to do, but once we have this side done, we're gonna go and repeat that on the other side of the frame as well.So now that we have that hole enlarged, you can see our spacer block fits as well as our carriage bolt. Now it's never a good idea to leave exposed metal on the bottom of your vehicle, so I'm gonna take a little bit of spray paint and spray it around, hopefully preventing any kind of rust or corrosion from building up. And we'll do that for the other side as well.So we're gonna get ready to fishwire our hardware in place. We're gonna start with the hole that's towards the very back of the bumper. We're gonna take our pull wire, and I'm gonna put a small bend in it. I'm gonna feed the coil bend into the frame. I'm gonna be going towards the access hole that we just enlarged. Now you wanna be careful if you do have to reach in cause you don't wanna cut yourself. Sometimes it helps if you just reach in so you can feel the end of the wire and help guide it out. And once we have the end of the coiled wire out, you wanna make sure that the tail on the other end stays on the outside of the frame.So I'll go ahead and put a small bend in there so it won't go in. Then I'll take one of our spacer blocks, feed it over the coil under our wire and push it up in the frame. And we'll take our carriage bolt and thread it onto the end of the coiled wire. You can feed that into the frame as well. I'm gonna pull on our pull wire til the bolt drops down. So right now we're gonna go ahead and leave our pull wire attached so we don't have to worry about the bolt going back inside. And we'll repeat that entire process for the other side as well.Now with an extra set of hands, we're gonna lift our hitch up. We're gonna take our pull wire. We're gonna feed it from the top of our hitch going down through those holes and lift our hitch up so that the bolt's gonna drop down through our hitch. And when we remove our pull wire, you wanna make sure that you unthread it and you don't just rip it off because we are gonna have to use each side again to put one last bolt in.So we'll carefully remove our pull wire. Then we'll take a flange nut. We're gonna loosely secure it, putting one on each side. So now we'll notice that we are gonna have one more attachment point back here, but it's gonna go into the solid section of our frame. So I'm gonna take 1/2" drill bit and coming in from the bottom going through the hitch, I'm gonna mark my frame just by using the drill a little bit, and that'll give me a nice center point. I can come back with a smaller bit and make a pilot hole. So now that the pilot hole's drilled, I'm gonna come back with a 1/2" drill bit. I'm gonna enlarge that hole to a full 1/2". Now since the bolt's gonna be the same size as the 1/2" drill bit we're using, it's not a bad idea to just kind of move the drill bit around a little bit to wall out the hole just enough so there's room for the bolt to move. We can always double check by taking our bolt and making sure that it will go through the hole.We're gonna use that same method. We gonna take our pull wire, feed it in through our mounting location and go back towards our access point. Have the coiled end come down. We'll put our spacer block over the end and then thread our carriage bolt in place. Make sure it comes down and remove the pull wire, and attach another one of the flange nuts. I wanna repeat this for the other side as well.I'm gonna come back with a 3/4" socket, and I'm gonna snug up all my hardware. Now we're gonna come back with a torque wrench and a 3/4" socket, and we're gonna torque all the hardware down to the specified amount in the instructions. You wanna make sure to repeat that for all of your remaining hardware.Now our heat shield is gonna have to be trimmed in order to get it installed because our hitch is taking up some of the space. So if we come to the outer edge here where we have our two mounting points, right in front of one of them we're gonna have that little curve right here. If we just make a line and then come straight across, we're gonna be cutting out this section right here. So we're gonna be losing that one mounting point. Now cutting this is gonna be fairly easy if you have a pair of aviation snips cause this is really thin sheet metal. So we just cut that section out. And then any other minor trimming that we may need to do, we can always do, but we'll go ahead and test fit it to make sure that it lines up properly.We're gonna loosely put our heat shield in place. Take those 10 millimeter bolts, at least loosely by hand get a few in so it'll hold itself up. Let's keep in mind we did lose that one mounting location, so we're only gonna be putting three back in. As you can see, we're gonna have plenty of room where it's not gonna interfere with our hitch.We'll come back with that 10 millimeter socket and snug up those bolts. So we can put our exhaust back in place now. But I'm gonna take a little bit of spray lubricant, spray it on the rubber isolators. Way it's a little bit easier to get them in place. We just lift our exhaust up, slide the rubber isolator back onto the hanger. Make sure to get the one by the axle as well. Once we have all those in place, we can remove the support strap from earlier.That'll finish up your look at the etrailer class 3 custom fit trailer hitch receiver Part Number E98847 on our 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon.


Customer Reviews

etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" - E98847

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (205 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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2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Very good to work with. Should of called in in the first place, I ordered the wrong one first. Lori got Me straightened out! Thanks 599515



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2019 Subaru Outback Wagon

Third hitch purchased from etrailer this year and they all install with ease and fit perfectly. The prices cannot be beat and customer service is second to none! 574890



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2019 Subaru Outback Wagon

Once again excellent service, delivery and product. Received my hitch and wiring package for my 2019 Subaru Outback yesterday, installed it today, fit perfectly. This hitch came with a mat finish which better fits the looks of the rear bumper cover of the Outback. One note, the 2019 wiring plug that is located behind the drivers side wall cover is much more difficult to get to than my 2012, I would suggest removing the tie down hook (10 mm screw) so you can pull the wall cover out and get to the plug, the wiring is attached with a plastic push pin and not just taped much easier if you remove the screw which allows you to get to the plug. Terminal fit perfectly, and wiring tucked nicely under the wall covering. Thanks etrailer, you saved me $600.00 from the dealer cost !! 575136



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Subaru

The trailer hitch for my Subaru out back was a great quality and reading past reviews was easier to mount by cutting a window with my Dremel from under the trunk area,thinner metal easygoing then under twice as thick to oblong 3 sidded cut at forward foam button also kept everything the same to put together and plenty of fishing space too and by attaching front bolts allowed me to drill rear holes with hitch in place and not dropping to do so. A time and work saver,hope this helps the next person too 546900



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Subaru

Just put on etrailers hitch. This is my third one that I have installed from etrailer on my past Subaru. I went with the etrailer hitch because I liked the matte black finish over the gloss black Curt. This one is easier than the Draw- Tite because it weighs less and I was able to handle it myself. I would suggest using a good step drill bit when enlarging the holes and make sure they are big enough. It took me 2 hours to complete mainly because of cutting the new holes and enlarging the other holes. Hitch was delivery very timely from etrailer just like the previous ones that I installed. 551238



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What a impressive piece of metal but don't plan on installing till weather gets warmer. Doesn't seem like a big deal to install according to directions. Also shipping was incredibly fast received within 48hrs of ordering. Thanks guys. 536430



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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

The Customer Order Service an communication was excellent. I installed this hitch on my 2015 Outback and the only small feedback that I have is that the fuel tank fits very snug between the two mounting brackets. In my opinion it will be great if at least there's a 1/4" clearance, but other than that everything is good. 536416



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The C13206 trailer hitch installation went smoothly (~2 hours) and I found the etrailer YouTube videos to be extremely helpful. The hitch looks great, exactly as I expected it would, and I'm looking forward to putting it to good use. I really appreciate that there were absolutely no surprises during the installation.Thank you - 536373



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Good product. Fishing the bolts through the frame was easier than I expected. Trying to enlarge the OEM frame holes by filing as described in the instructions is ridiculous. I purchased a drill bit and opened them up that way. 536338


Comments

All items purchased are still working fine. Thanks!

Ron P - 07/12/2018

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Printed instructions and video were clear and easy to follow. Project took approx. 2 hours. Would have been easier with 2 people to lift the hitch receiver into place but generally went smoothly by myself. 536279



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Custmer service is great. They keep you well informed from the time you place the order to the time its delivered. The quality of the etrailer brand hitch is very apparent to the point that I would rate it above the others and making for a trouble free installation The hitch will be used for a platform bike rack. 590885



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

Received my product in the time promised!!! It is very robustly built. Extremely clean welding, and a nice looking hitch! Installation was a breeze for my wife and I, after watching your very informational video! Will reccomend your company and products, for sure! Thank You 547597



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Subaru Outback Wagon

Nice hitch, great price. I’ve researched price for a couple weeks before going w etrailer. If you’re a DIY, the install is doable. Etrailer have videos specific to my Subaru Outback to help w the installation process. 558702



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Easy install. Video made it painless. Will "5 Star" recommend. Was going to rent a Uhaul to help with a move but ramp too narrow for ridding mower. Needed a trailer and the Suberu dealer wanted almost $500 to install one. Less than 160 and I'm good-to-go. 536271



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Subaru

Hitch installation went very much as expected. Our vehicle has dual exhaust so it took quite a bit longer than 1.5 hours to install. The video on etrailer was very useful and a valuable tool before and during the install. Installing the wiring was another story. Something that should be so simple and easy became a point of aggravation. Trying to locate and especially retrieve the factory wire connection on our Subaru was nearly impossible UNTIL I called a friend that is a Subaru mechanic and he told me that you must remove the cargo tie down loop before trying to locate the wire connector. Very simple solution. This trick should absolutely be added to the video! 536384



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Product arrived ahead of schedule. The hitch had a nice coating and excellent instructions. The hitch did fit but was too snug around the spare tire compartment. I see no reason why the manufacturer Could not open up this dimension a 1/4"-1/2". As installed the hitch rubs the exterior of the spare tire compartment. All in all a good product that met my requirements better than an OEM hitch from subaru 536421



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One year follow up.Purchased a new car and this hitch to haul one to three mountain bikes around this country (20,000 miles to date). Installed the hitch myself using the instructions and had no problems at all. Great price and very solid construction. Good product and highly recommend it. Pat 536388



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After reviewing the online installation video, I decided that I could do it myself. I'm glad the video was there to give me confidence. I read the reviews also and was satisfied that this was the product I wanted. When the dealer wanted $300 bucks for the same thing, plus another $300 + to install, my decision was made. The product came and as one review mentioned, the box had a big hole in it. My box had 2 big holes in it and I wondered if it might be all scratched up but it was fine. The installation went well. I had some ramps that I backed onto then put jackstands under each side for safety insurance. The muffler came off easier than I expected and I was glad I used the tie down strap to secure the muffler from falling down. I had to borrow a step bit and that worked perfectly. Beware of the hot steel pieces of debris falling as you drill. I had a couple of those babies land on my neck and they were very hot. I used needle nose pliers to get the second guide wire through to put on the second bolt, that made the fishing of the wire a snap. I searched high and low for a 17/32 bit (spent more time looking for that than the entire installation) to drill the hole for the front bolt, never could find it. I ended up using a 1/2 bit and reaming out the hole a little larger and it worked out perfectly. I like the look of this hitch and it turned out perfectly. 536278



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I had read a lot of reviews and based upon them it was clear that this was an easy choice. The item is beefy and well made, and looks good too. etrailer was highly recommended too. I concur. My minor ( yes ~minor~ ) criticisms are as follows: 1. the video links provided were for different models and years; I had to search for more appropriate videos. Not a biggy, but may ease frustration on others if there were better linkage/coordination of videos to item/ car model / order, no?2. for individuals like myself who installed the item solo, it would have been helpful if some tasks were not skipped over in the videos: in particular lifting the hitch up to the frame of the car by one's self was tricky. I ended up using a milk crate to support one side while I bolted on the other. It would have been nice if this was included in the preparation section. Of course getting a helper would have made install much easier, but no one was available for me at the time. Otherwise, the instructions and videos were great and I am very happy with my trailer hitch. 536344



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Tracer

UPS said hitch was delivered to front door at 6pm on Thursday ... not there Called Et and got the UPS ship number .... and offer to help Called UPS .. very helpful .. they put a tracer on the package as well as calling the local UPS when it open later in the day to check on driver notes Friday ... 2pm ... UPS arrived with the package Great followup by both eT and UPS ... hitch still in the box 573967



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today I will tell you about our new hitch C13206 for our 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon from etrailer. I had several models to pick from, and this model was my selection, which exceeded the gross weight I will be pulling. However, this model like most was the easiest to install and only one cut on the heat shield. Personally, I like the "round" look as oppose to the square look. I have a small trailer in which I carry music instruments, and needing this in a hurry the 1.5 hours it took to install was a plus. This will also come in use for my bike rack now that summer has arrived. Thank you for this fine product. 536287



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Subaru Outback Wagon

I watched the eTrailer video before I ordered this hitch. The hitch was delivered to my house 2 days after I ordered it - very quick. The installation was "exactly" as the video I watched. It took me about 2 hours to install it. I did not need to jack my Subaru Outback up, because it had plenty enough ground clearance. My experience was Excellent with eTrailer, and the installation!! Very pleased!! 536390



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

My recent purchase of a trailer hitch and wiring assembly for my 2017 Subaru Outback arrived yesterday while I was underneath my vehicle prepping it for the install.I have dual exhausts so I removed the muffler hangers on either side to unbolt the mufflers from the exhaust pipe. Once that was done removing the heat shields was easy; drilling/enlarging the access hole for the hitch bolts was also not difficult except for dodging the shower of hot metal shavings.The hitch itself was a perfect fit and installed nicely with the aid of a jack. I tightened it to specs, cut the heat shields, reconnected the mufflers and hangers and viola -install complete. The wiring inside the vehicle was also done with ease-( note) to access the connection itself unbolt the driver side latch located on the trim panel to the left of the rear seat as this will allow you to get easier access to the connection that is bound by blue tape to the main wiring bundle. I chose to route the 4 pole wires underneath the foam shelf and into the spare tire well out to the hitch through the access hole using the existing rubber grommet and sealed both sides with Gorilla tape to ensure a weather proof seal. I checked all connections and was pleased with the ease of the install and its ability to allow me to now tow... Both products arrived quickly, installed as indicated and add a useful enhancement for the vehicle . I will be using erailer.com for future purchases and highly recommend them for a thorough, and enlightening web site and great products that perform and install as indicated - overall GREAT customer service and PRODUCTS!! 536355



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It's hard to get excited by a trailer hitch but I am very happy with mine. Most important to me was the ease in which the unit installed. The instructions were clear, all hardware was included, and their was an installation video available to follow; I was able to install my Hitch in just over an hour. I'll be returning to etrailer for any future product needs!Lee 536354



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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

The hitch is well made, with heavy materials and good welding.Shipping was prompt. All of the required hardware was included.However, the hitch did not fit well onto my 2015 Subaru Outback.The "wings" were placed or angled inwards too much, and did not clear the spare tire well. Much of the under carriage anti-corrosion material was scraped from the sides of the tire well as I positioned the hitch into place.It barely fit. It seemed pointless to call or return the hitch since the under coating was already damaged by the initial test fit of the hitch, so I just lived with it and completed the installation.The poor fit may be due to a minor individual variation in manufacture, or the 2015 tire well is slightly larger than 2014, I'm not sure. 536429



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I just completed the installation. The hitch seems very well made and looks great on the car. I would have to say though that this the toughest installation I've done. It two of us a full 2 hours to complete. We determined half way through that the job couldn't be done with the mufflers in place. It only took a couple extra minutes to remove them and it made the job so much easier. 536411



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

I ordered this for my wife's 2017 3.6 Outback. We have a 2-inch receiver bike rack so we needed an appropriate hitch. It shipped quickly and arrived undamaged. I didn't even put the car on a lift or jack it up. I pulled it nose in to our garage and used the gradual slope of the driveway to increase the access space under the vehicle. There were 5 exhaust hangars to pop off because of the dual mufflers. This was easy with lube and a pry bar. Following the advice of others, I purchased a 1 1/8" step down bit and a 1/2" titanium drill bit. The step-down bit was pricey [$$] but absolutely worth it. It took less than 10 seconds to enlarge the forward holes with the step-down bit. Time and lack of stress was worth [$$].The hitch was easy to mount with the first two bolts and fit perfectly around the spare tire portion of the body. The titanium drill bit made drilling the second set of holes quick and easy. Once all the holes were drilled, I sprayed the freshly drilled holes with flat black spray paint. Once dry, I added the second set of bolts and nuts. The two heat shields were easy to trim with a set of tin snips. The exhaust hangars went on easily with another shot of lube. The only thing I didn't have that I ended up needing was a 19mm deep socket. 18mm was the largest I had. Even with a trip to the auto parts store to buy the socket, I was done, start-to-finish, in less than 2 hours with no help. All of the decals peeled off easily with minimal residue. The hitch looks great and my wife is happy. Complete success for about [$$$] in materials. 536369



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Arrived in a few days but was scratched up from shipment. Had to do some paint touch up before install. Install went quick (1 hour) and probably could have been reduced with purchase of a better quality rotary file. eTrailer install video was a big help to prep for the install. The frame rail hole that was enlarged needs to be sealed afterwards to prevent salt laden road grime from getting inside the frame rail. 536426



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Subaru

i installed your trailer hitch on my neighbors 2016 Subaru. To prepare, I watched the video provided. Overall, both the product and the instructions were very good. I felt one aspect of the instructions were a bit oversimplified. That had to do with enlarging the access holes so the flat straps and anchor bolts would fit through them. I tried the rotary file and a rotary stone. It was very slow going. I ended up using an air powered mini hack saw. Also, the instructions should tell the installer to make sure the bolt fits through the access hole before using the fish wire. I made the mistake of only checking the flat strap thinking if it would. It was a real challenge to fish the flat strap back out so I could enlarge the hole. The hitch itself is very well done. Looks great once on. 536365



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Ford Flex

eTrailer earned their 5 stars through the support that they gave me even on a Saturday. As it turned out the hitch mounting flanges were flexed and the hitch would not into place correctly. I call etrailer and Molly looked at the pictures I had sent. She mentioned the flexing of the plates and sent me a pdf guide to fix the flex. I put the hitch in my vice and realigned the flanges as Molly said it would!! The install was then a breeze on my Subaru, less than an hour!! The provided fish wire for the bolts is a genius tool too!! Excellent company and support staff!! Thanks!! 536291



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The hitch and wiring harness arrived quickly. I was unable to install it immediately due to a prior commitment thus the delayed review. Although the wiring harness was easy to install, it was slightly different from the included directions. This wasn't a problem, just a comment. The hitch went on as advertised and was relatively easy to install with another person to help hold it in place. You WILL need a die grinder to enlarge the access holes for the carriage bolts and spacers. The instructions said to lower the mufflers for installation. I found it easier to just remove them. It's two 14mm bolts on each one. Altogether it took about 1 1/2 hrs. It's a well made hitch and I give it 5 stars. 536377



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I decided to go with the etrailer branded class 3 hitch for my wife's 2019 Outback after getting etrailer's recommendation on which one would be best paired with my Thule T2 Pro XTB bike rack, which is a great rack, btw. Main reasoning was that the hitch sits back on the vehicle a little more and gives better clearance for the rack when folded up. This would apply to other kinds of hitch mounted accessories too. The hitch is not quite as hidden under the vehicle as some of the others but I was more concerned about using the bike rack as intended. Installation was not too bad, with the biggest challenge for me being the tight spaces around the muffler to drill the necessary holes even with the exhaust lowered as described in the video. I even considered removing the muffler for better access but was able to get it done without that. Main concern was damaging the exhaust system in the front if it was lowered too much. Using lubricant on the rubber exhaust hangers worked great for removing and putting them back on at the end. The tip for using a step drill bit worked great to enlarge the access holes the appropriate amount, as well. I was able to do the installation by myself with the help of a small rolling dolly on which to sit the hitch on while I bolted up the first set of bolts. It held the hitch up enough to work on one side at a time without having to support the entire weight of the hitch by myself. Having a helper would be better for sure. The 6 out of 10 installation difficulty scale seems about right to me. The hitch itself seems to be good quality, nice welds, matte finish looks great on the vehicle too. It also fits like a glove around spare tire well. No adjusting really necessary, just install the first set of bolts in the existing frame holes and you are lined up. You do have to drill the 2 more forward set of holes but using the hitch frame as the template (it's already mounted on the vehicle at this point) of where the holes go, it was a snap from there. I'll attach a couple of pics with the bike rack installed to show how much clearance there is. I also tested with a bike on the rack and was able to open the rear hatch all the way with the bike rack in the lowered position (a feature of the Thule T2). Hopefully, this will help others that want to use accessories that require clearance for bumper and hatch. Great communication and follow up from the etrailer team too! 641794



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Packaged extremely well! And very fast shipping! I haven’t installed it yet, but after watching the video, I’m sure there will be no problem! 658037



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Arrived within 3 days of ordering. Hitch and parts in perfect condition, installed easily after watching the video. Fit and finish exceptional. 646968



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Very well made. Install went very well 642313



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Solidly made, love the matte finish. Installation went exactly as on the written directions, with one exception, which I would urge be updated. In particular, the written instructions in the box provide a template for enlarging the hole in the frame through which the attachment bolts must be fed but the template shape is far too small. Luckily, the online installation video showed how to do it adequately, which requires drilling a 1.25" diameter hole using a step drill bit. Once I did that, everything went wonderfully! 638589



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Product worked great and was relatively easy to install. It looks nice when mounted and was cost effective. The install video helped a lot. 637356



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I had a body shop put this on but installation was straightforward and hitch looks great. 637062



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Product fit my 2014 outback as described. No pics on the website show this generation of OB, but it does fit. I chose to have my mechanic install the hitch as it requires some drilling, exhaust lowering, and cutting of a heat shield. He charged me 1.75 hours. The hitch is very stout and heavy. etrailer did a good job packaging, but there was still some scratching/light gouging to the unit. I sanded the damaged area and touched it up with black matte primer and it is now very hard to see. This is my third order from this company. They are a model for customer service in my experience. I will shop here again. 636922



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Was able to install this by myself in 1 1/2 hours! Installed on my 2019 Subaru Outback for receiving a bike rack. Fits perfectly. 635703



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Can't give 5 star 'cuz it was'nt square. . made install a little difficult 635266



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Have a helper when you put on the hitch makes it a lot easier just follow the videos and instructions and installation is a breeze. 629654



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Installed hitch on a 2019 Subaru Outback. Easy to install but would definitely recommend using a step bit to drill the mounting holes. Surprisingly, I would have assumed that (4) fish wires would have been included with the hitch. It would have made the install much easier and would have earned a (5) star rating. Re using the (2) fish wires for the rear bolts is a challenge due to the space constraints of the frame of the hitch. You will bend the fish wire while removing from the front bolts which makes it difficult to align the fish wire to the threads of the rear bolts. 619544



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Product arrived on time. This is a really nice looking hitch. I like that it is matte black. Goes nice with the gray on my wife’s Subaru Outback! One tip that I would give installers. On the video when drilling the hole to pull the support plate through they say to make it just big enough to fit the plate through. I did that but the bolt head was bigger than the plate. Use the head of the bolt as your measure of how big to make that hole. Also. Spend the money and buy a step bit. It’s worth every penny !! 617783



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This is my second hitch purchase and installation from etrailer - and both were great! My first one was on a RAM truck...it was as simple as bolting it on...that was it. This one for my Subaru took a little more work, but in the end it wasn't all that difficult. My advice to you - if you're thinking of doing this - is to DEFINITELY purchase a step-down bit for your drill...and while you're at the hardware store you may as well purchase a 1/2" drill bit for drilling through metal. This will shave (see what I did there?) ALOT of time off the installation. Having these two items makes this install incredibly simple. Thanks! 612768


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-- Mike L - 03/19/2019

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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Excellent product and customer support. Installation went smoothly following the procedure provided. 608175



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Items arrived ahead of schedule, the hitch had punctured the box, but that is on the shipper, I’m sure. No damage to any of the contents. The installation went exactly like the video, the fish tool for the bolts is ingenious! The only difficulty I had was getting the inside muffler hanger reinstalled on each side, due to the hitch brackets causing interference; I ended up unbolting the mufflers and reinstalling, which was not a big problem. All in all it was a good experience. Just hope the cross-country trip with the trailer goes as well! 603679



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great pricing..and super fast service...very satisfied... 603304



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Hitch came on time and installed quickly! Verry Happy! 600329



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2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Unlimited

Excellent product but install required drilling the two front holes in frame on my 2019 outback 594788


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