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

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

Item # e83ZR
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Is this right For you? Product Expert Kathleen M says:

Yes, if you:

  • Like that the matte finish blends in with your bumper and offers the added bonus of better rust protection than other brands
  • Worry about damaging the fascia or clips that secure it, therefore prefer an install that doesn't make you pull it off of your Subaru

No, if you:

  • Haul a camper or trailer that sways a lot and would need a weight distribution hitch
  • Aren't comfortable using a file or drill to open up an access hole to get some of the hardware in place
  • Might get annoyed by seeing the cross tube hanging below the bumper
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 Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" part number e83ZR can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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etrailer Trailer Hitch - e83ZR

  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • etrailer
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • 525 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch

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
  • 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
    • Mounting hardware may be imported


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.


Matte Carbide Finish vs Glossy Finish

Matte Carbide Finish vs Glossy Finish

etrailer Technical Support

At etrailer 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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Customer Reviews

etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" - e83ZR

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (32 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.

- e83ZR
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The hitch arrived in a severely damaged box but the hitch itself was undamaged despite obviously bouncing around the box during shipping. Even the paint was fine. Much better packaging is needed to prevent damage to the product and, more importantly, to the shipping personnel or customers who need to handle the box. The hitch could easily fall through the box and injure someone during shipping or customer handling. The box was much too large for the hitch and the hitch was unsecured in the box. The hitch fit my vehicle perfectly and the fish wires made installation of the bolting easy. Regarding the instructions provided, here are some enhancement recommendations: 1) Rather than drop the muffler off of the mounts it is better to unbolt the muffler at the flange and remove the rear mount, letting the muffler hang on the front mount. This doesn’t stress the up-stream exhaust joints when using the provided instructions and it gets the muffler further out of the way without taking it off the car. 2) There is no way to install the front bolt in the driver side undercarriage molding with the hitch installed. The instructions should note that the front bolt will not be reused (similar to the guidance regarding the heat shield). 3) It would be helpful to recommend a step drill be used to enlarge the middle mounting hole and add a caution that drilling will produce metal chips. Safety glasses and debris precautions should be taken.



- e83ZR
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2022 Subaru Forester

I just finished installing this hitch on to my 2022 Forester, and I couldn't be more pleased with it. The installation was just like the video that is posted to your site, and the wire feeding tools made it a breeze! I did not have to modify the plastic underbody panel on my 2022. It fit back under the car, and I added a self tapping screw to hold it in place. Thanks for making it so easy!



- e83ZR
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2022 Subaru Forester

The Hitch fits perfectly! We followed the installation video without issue. Works with 2022 Forester Wilderness. I would recommend using step bit to widen hole.



- e83ZR
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2021 Subaru Forester

Installation worked just as shown in the videos. All holes lined up and fit was perfect. Took me a while to file out the hole for insertion of the bolts and clips, as I did not have a step bit up to 1.125". But I made it work with a file. Actually looked to me like it might be possible to access the frame opening by enlarging a hole in the top side, under the rear floor mat and foam insulation. Multiple holes there are taped over. Might be worth a look to see if they access the frame cavity. I drilled and tapped a hole in the hitch frame (prior to assembly) to reattach the back screw on the driver side underbody panel. Video said that wasn't necessary, but I thought, why not? Photo below. This was my second hitch and wiring from etrailer - very happy with both.



- e83ZR
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2022 Subaru Forester

Well built and easy to install. If you watch the video you can’t go wrong. However I did not find it necessary to trim the plastic driver side underbody piece. It fit fine without cutting it. I figure if I ever remove the hitch I can reinstall the the plastic piece as it came from the factory.



- e83ZR
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2021 Subaru Forester

I have bought multiple products through E-trailer, and have had no problems every thing fit and worked as they should.



- e83ZR
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2019 Subaru Forester

I will be getting my new lease vehicle shortly. Three years ago I ordered a hitch for my 2019 Subaru Forester. I called etrailer to see if the hitch would fit the 2022 model year. Unfortunately I needed to order a new hitch for the new car. The good part is that I was sent the exact part number to order when I was ready. This is the second excellent experience I’ve had with etrailer!! Painless on many levels!!



- e83ZR
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2022 Subaru Forester

Received trailer hitch receiver after ordering in only 2 days. I was able to get a friend with a car lift to assist me just 2 days later. We watched the installation instruction video and then easily installed the hitch receiver in about 1&1/4 hours. It is strong, looks good and I am sure will provide the service that I need. ( I don't know how to add pictures)



- e83ZR
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2022 Subaru Forester

Second receiver from etrailer I’ve installed on a vehicle. The fit and finish is excellent, the instructions are good, the instructions are complete. My new forester has a few different trim pieces to remove but the process was straightforward. Use a floor jack or a couple buddies to line up the receiver. Took me about 2 hours.



- e83ZR
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I really like the finish on this hitch. It’s a heavy hitch as it should be for Class III rating with a 2” receiver. However, I don’t particularly like the welds. They look sloppy, or as I call them, bubble gum welds. There’s no nice beads of weld run at the joints. But I’m only using it to haul a couple mountain bikes, so I’m sure it will do the job fine. Otherwise, a decent hitch.



- e83ZR
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5 stars! Great price and quality! Just had this installed on my 2021 Subaru Forester. I opted to have it installed at a local dealer who charged me $[xxx]. Took the guy about 30 minutes to install.



- e83ZR
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Great Product. I was told by professional installer that the hitch was very "user friendly" for installation.



- e83ZR
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I ordered a trailer hitch and within one week it was delivered! Great service



- e83ZR
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Product is great quality. Welds look well done and the over all feel of the hitch is very sturdy. Bought to use occasional cargo basket and bike rack. Packaging could be a bit better but this hitch will withstand almost anything. Not yet mounted but for the price this hitch is overkill for my use.



- e83ZR
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2020 Subaru Forester

Installation video was very helpful. Product installed within two hours. I will purchase from this vendor again. Good customer service as they kept me in the loop on shipping. Thank you.



- e83ZR
by:
2020 Subaru Forester

Perfect fit for the vehicle the hitch was bought and installed on.



- e83ZR
by:
2019 Subaru Forester

This receiver seems to be very well constructed and sturdy. It fits nicely, as well as a 2" receiver that does not require bumper trimming can fit (does not extend past the bumper, and is as close to the bumper as can be). 5 stars for that. The installation instructions could use some help. The layout of the document seems to be a bit random, and it's missing some information (like the need to trim the heat shield). The diagrams are smallish and unclear. The website says the heatshield must be permanently removed, and the paper instructions say it must be reattached after the receiver is mounted. I certainly think it should be reattached but that requires some minor trimming, that does not seem to be mentionned anywhere. 3 stars as this could be vastly and easily improved. As for installation time of 1 hour... well, if you have a professional lift and some perfect tool for enlarging the holes, maybe. For most people it will likely take a few hours, so plan accordingly. Now a note on cars and hitch mounts (that is not affecting my rating of this receiver). Cars have existed for over 100 years, and hitch receivers for a long time too. I find it unbelievable that we are still having to enlarge holes, trim this or that to make those fit together. It's not like we're trying to install a steam engine in the most recent rocket! Why isn't there some kind of industry standard template(s), a bit like what exists for TVs and wall mounts?



- e83ZR
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2019 Subaru Forester

Great quality and I’m very happy so far. The delivery was fast. Everything fit like it should. I’m happy with the service so far so I am buying my bike rack here too.



- e83ZR
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2021 Subaru Forester

Haven't opened box yet. I am having GT Customs install the hitch and wiring harness.



- e83ZR
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Exceed my expectations, I am so satisfied with the service , was the first time buying from you guys and you have a new customer from now on .thank you very much.



- e83ZR
by:
2020 Subaru Forester

This hitch is everything I need and more. It is sturdy and it looks good too. The install took me 3 hours. That was longer than I expected, but I am sure I could do it a lot faster the next time around. I would certainly recommend a step bit over a file or Dremel to widen the access hole.



- e83ZR
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I tried to order from carparts.com but received a notification the day it was suppose to arrive that the item was not in stock. Found the same receiver at a cheaper price with free shipping on etrailer.com and it came a day early! Thank you!



- e83ZR
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2019 Subaru Forester

fits well good quality good fit



- e83ZR
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Nice sturdy hitch. The installation instructions are far from complete.



- e83ZR
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2019 Subaru Forester

Good quality and easy installation.


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