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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
Our Price: $163.77
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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. Great 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
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • etrailer
  • 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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Installation Details E83ZR Installation instructions

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (250 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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Top quality receiver, installed by a friend who is a car body specialist. This will enable attachment of a bike rack on the back end of my vehicle vs. roof rack; Much easier for me at this stage of my life.

Mgs

10/9/2023

I am sad to say the trailer hitch has not gotten much use. The bike carrier was a hand-me-down and would not seat securely, making transport very unstable. It will take a newer bike carrier and I will then be able to report back. There have been family issues preventing me from prioritizing a new bike carrier this past year.

Etrailer Expert

Mike L.

11/2/2023

@Mgs We're sorry to hear that! Let us know if you need assistance choosing a new bike rack, we'd be happy to help!
Etrailer Expert

Mike L.

11/2/2023

@Mgs That's awesome, we're glad to hear that!


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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!

Glenn D.

4/26/2023

My hitch receiver is great! We mostly carry bikes on the back of our car with it, but I have occasionally used it to pull a small flatbed trailer, hauling mulch, dirt, etc.



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When the box arrived I had doubts about the hitch because the box was damaged in several places and had been taped numerous places by UPS. Upon opening the box, the hitch survived the UPS journey. There were some scratches on the hitch but they won't show once the hitch is installed. It looked like the hitch was put in a box that was too small for the hitch. I followed the directions in the video and installation went well. One caveat, make sure the nuts will thread onto the bolts before you fish the bolts into place. I had two bolts that had bunged up threads on the end. It took a little extra work to get the nuts started without pushing the bolts up into the frame and seeing them lost forever. I used a floor jack to lift the hitch into position, much easier than trying to hold the hitch up and starting a nut to support the weight. Installation took longer than I thought it would, mainly because my dog was supervising and had to constantly perform quality control inspections on every step of the installation. I am very satisfied with the installation and think the hitch looks great installed on the car.



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I can't give this rating more than 2 stars. Simply because of the fact that when this item was delivered the entire Hitch was hanging outside of the shipping box and parts(bolts and nuts) literally taped to the hitch. I don't know if the shipping box was not adequate enough or what but it's completely un acceptable! Very disappointed.



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2024 Subaru Forester

Just installed on our 2024 Subaru Forester. Took several hours but I am 64 and do not have a lift like they do in the video. Also the etrailer instal 2023 Video is much better than the 2024.



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Great deal for a quality product! Subaru wants $[XX] plus labor for a hitch and I can't imagine it's that much better than this for under $[XX]. I unbolted the muffler and disconnected the rear hanger rather than dropping the exhaust, plenty of room even without jacking up the vehicle. Step drill made quick work of enlarging the hole, hook tool made fishing the wire a breeze and floor jack with a zip tie made it a one man job. Took me a little over an hour with no unexpected surprises.



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This is another fine product from etrailer. So easy to install. On the passenger side underneath, one of the 10mm bolt holes was covered up with the hitch. It would have been nice if a snall hole was drilled into the spot where the 10mm screw holds the plastic panel in place. It is most likely ok, without this bolt, but would have been nice to put it back in. I would give 4 and 1/2 stars and five stars if the hole was there to put the aft 10mm bolt back in.



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Excellent product! As described and fit perfectly. All hardware is included. It took me about an hour to install with assistance from my wife. I’m a repeat customer due to the excellent customer service/support. They have videos on [online] to help guide you in the installation process. Thank you etrailer once again from a loyal customer.



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2024 Subaru Forester

I purchased a new vehicle and had this new e-trailer hitch installed so I could continue to use my deer hauler that I’ve been using for a few years.
I was very disappointed when I went to attach the deer hauler.
I started to slide it into position but the hitch is designed that its sits to far under the SUV and the hauler hits the back of the vehicle before the holes line up making it impossible to attach the trailer hitch pin and clip when the hauler is in the upright/travel position.



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Subaru Forester

I put this hitch on my wife’s 2021 Subaru forester. Well built hitch and all the necessary parts were provided. The wires used to pull the bolts through the frame made the installation very easy. Removing the heat shield was very simple. I watched the available videos which made the job easy to complete. Had the hitch installed in less than two hours from start to finish.



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After watching the install video I decided to buy the hitch from etrailer.I don't have a lift so jacking the car up was the hardest part. Hats off to the manufacturer because it fits perfectly with no modifications. I'm 63 and I put it on myself in a couple hours



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after 1 year the paint and finish still look good. even with the two chains connected during towing the finish looks good. no rust showing up. I live in New England lots of snow and rain. works great.



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My second hitch from etrailer. Quality product, fast turn a round from ordering to delivery and fantastic customer Service.



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2023 Subaru Forester

Trailer hitch arrived in poor condition. It was sticking out of the shipping box in three or four places. It was dirty and missing the protective heavy paper wrap around the body of the hitch. I believe that it had been returned. In fairness to etrailer, as soon as they were made aware of these issues a replacement was shipped. The second hitch arrived without any of these problems. I have bought several trailer hitches from etrailer before and never had a problem. I just wish they would have thought twice before shipping me a damaged product.



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Subaru Forester

Very happy with this trailer hitch. Had to remove the muffler to install on my Subaru Forester but other wise it was easy.



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Works like a charm, fits my car. Bike rack connected smoothly and easily after install by local shop. As usual, impressed with eTrailer pricing, speed, and service. Great shop. I think this is the third or fourth hitch and/or roof rack I’ve bought here. All to great success. I’ll keep coming back.



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i love the powdercoat finish install was easy except for the access hole to fit the steel plates and the bolts had to be bored out to about 1 and an eighth inch. Also it was easier just to unbold the mufler and let it swing out of the way when i only unhooked the farthest most rear hanger as seen in the photos. that was way easier than unhooking multiple exhaust hangers



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2019 Subaru Forester

The instructions are very clear and the installation went smoothly. It’s a high quality product.



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Might need to add a bit more packing to keep the mounting plates from protruding out of the box. Other than that, arrived in one piece with all parts & no damage.



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2023 Subaru Forester

The hitch receiver showed up on the day expected and I had my son help me do the installation onto our car. We both watched the video produced by eTrailer prior to install then went to work. Enlarging the hole for the mounting bolt and bracket took the longest amount of time then after that it was a breeze to get the hitch installed. Etrailer is my choice for how-to videos and towing components!



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2022 Subaru Forester

Installation went very well. I watched your online video first which was very helpful. Took about three hours because I did it alone in my driveway so had to create ways to hold up hitch while I started installing nuts. Also went slowly so I wouldn't make mistakes. If I had to install another one it would probably take half the time or less with a helper.



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Shipped extremely quickly and arrived in great shape. Would recommend this company for anyone who needs a new hitch.



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Definitely a two person job when bolting the hitch on. Otherwise very straight forward install. Don’t plan to tow. Just using it for bikes and a large cargo box for trips.



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Subaru

The welding is consistent and even pooling while heated. And finish paint is smooth. (My 2nd Subaru install). I love how easy the feed thru wires make the install.

Did have a major problem with the packaging. UPS driver was glad to get it off his truck. I don’t think it was in the box to be turned on end.. metal part blew thru the side



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2021 Subaru Forester

Hitch was pretty easy to install after following along with the video. Do yourself a favor and make sure you have a step drill bit before starting to widen two of the holes.

Josh

8/19/2023

Works great still after a year of installing it!


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  • Trailer Hitch Fitment for a 2023 Subaru Forester
    Yes, you can use the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e83ZR 2023 Subaru Forester. This is a fit for the 2022 model and according to my research this is the same generation as your 2023 so they will be compatible with each other! Attached is an installation video of this hitch on a 2021 Forester for you to check out. If you let me know what you plan on using the trailer hitch for I'd be happy to make an additional recommendation for you!
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  • Does etrailer Hitch # e83ZR Fit 2023 Subaru Forester Wilderness
    Yes, the etrailer hitch part # e83ZR is a fit for your 2023 Subaru Forester Wilderness and would not require any additional steps to install.
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  • Is the etrailer Trailer Hitch a Good Option for a 2024 Subaru Forester
    Yes, the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e83ZR is an excellent choice for your 2024 Subaru Forester! My favorite part about this hitch is the matte black finish because it not only does a great job at matching any black finish on your vehicle, but it also is excellent at hiding scratches that might happen from road debris hitting it. We've had the chance to install this on a 2023 Forester so I'll be attaching a link for the installation video as well as a photo showing what the finished...
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  • Will Installation of etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver Void Warranty on 2024 Subaru Forester
    Installation of the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e83ZR will not void the warranty on your 2024 Subaru Forester. Consumers are protected under the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act. This allows aftermarket parts to be installed without warranty issues unless the installation or part caused a problem.
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  • Recommended Hitch and Tongue Weight Capacity for a 2020 Subaru Forester
    Happy to help! Your dilemma is a common one. The etrailer Hitch item # e83ZR has a tongue weight that is rated higher than your 2020 Subaru Forester's. Hitch manufacturers do this because of the hitch fitting other models or even vehicles with a higher capacity. You always want to refer to your vehicle's capacity though. The easiest way to confirm what your Forester's capacity is is to have a local dealership run your VIN.
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  • How To Install A Hitch On A 2022 Subaru Forester
    When installing The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2 inch # e83ZR onto your vehicle you do have to remove the 4 heat shield attachments and remove the underbody panel but you will attach it back on after. After removal of the heat shield you will enlarge the center hole on each side of the frame rail to about 1-1/8 inches to allow the mounting hardware to pass through. Then you will fishwire the 1/2 inch carriage bolt and spacer through the...
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  • Does the Heat Shield Need to be Removed to Install the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver
    The heat shield actually has to be permanently removed to install the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e83ZR on your 2024 Subaru Forester.
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  • Recommended Hitch for Tongue Weight Capacity on a 2020 Subaru Forester
    It won't hurt your vehicle or cause any warranty issues by installing a hitch with a higher capacity than your Forester. The etrailer Hitch item # e83ZR has a tongue weight that is rated higher than your 2020 Subaru Forester's but this is common amongst hitch manufacturers.
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  • Trailer Hitch For A 2022 Subaru Forester
    The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e83ZR is confirmed to fit your 2022 Subaru Forester. The trailer hitch has a bolt-on installation with no welding required. It has a matte black powder coat finish over a protective base which offers a superior rust resistance. This trailer hitch has an extra coating of paint and will survive the elements longer then the other hitches confirmed for your vehicle. The trailer hitch has a maximum gross trailer weight up to 3,500 pounds and has a maximum...
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  • Will the Thule T2 Pro XTR Bike Rack Work on a 2019 Subaru Forester
    Yes, the Thule T2 Pro XTR Bike Rack # TH83JV will fit your 2019 Subaru Forester, as long as you have a 2" hitch. Bike rack fitment is more about what hitch you have, more so than what your vehicle is. If your Forester does not already have a 2" hitch, you can add one using the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e83ZR which has a bolt-on, no-drill installation.
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  • Does etrailer Hitch for 2015 Subaru Forester Fit 2021 Subaru Forester
    There was enough of a difference between the 2015 Subaru Forester and 2021 Subaru Forester that a new hitch had to be designed. So you would need a new hitch like the part # e83ZR.
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  • Trailer Hitch Receiver Fit For 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness
    I was able to verify for you that there is indeed a trailer hitch receiver that fits your 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness, which is the following part: - etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e83ZR The will fit both the base Forester as well as the Wilderness because they share a frame, with the differences being things like more more ground clearance and an added oil cooler for the Wilderness. The Wilderness is the more adventure/outdoors model of the '22 Forester, and the etrailer hitch...
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  • Availability of Replacement Hitch Install Hardware
    Hey Louis, yes we do offer replacement install hardware for all of the hitches we carry with the part # RHK. You'd need to enter the part number for the hitch you need the hardware for on the product page and we'll ship you out the correct hardware kit.
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  • Is The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e83ZR Able To Fit A 1-1/4" Shank Bike Rack
    The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e83ZR is designed with a 2" receiver tube so you would just need to use a reducer sleeve # e63YR in order to haul your bike rack with a 1-1/4" shank.
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  • Comparing etrailer and Curt Hitch for 2019 Subaru Forester
    The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver part # e83ZR which is a fit for a 2019 Subaru Forester is similar to the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C13409. The only difference is our house brand has a matte finish which helps it blend in more with the vehicle. The Curt hitch has a glossy finish.
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  • Trailer Hitch For A 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness
    When installing a trailer hitch on your 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2 inch # e83ZR is confirmed to fit. The trailer hitch has a gross towing weight up to 3,500 pounds and has a gross tongue weight up to 525 pounds. I would recommend checking your vehicles manual for the proper towing capacity for your vehicle. Per our records it shows it can tow up to 3,000 pounds The hitch has a simple bolt-on installation...
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  • What Hitch do You Recommend for My 2021 Subaru Forester?
    For your 2021 Subaru Forester I recommend the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e83ZR. This custom-fit Class III hitch will be perfect for your towing needs. It has a matte black powder coat finish which will help hide any dirt or dings while providing corrosion resistance. It comes with a limited lifetime warranty and is made in the USA. Since you will be doing some towing you will also need wiring. The most reliable wiring harness is the Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness # 118467....
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  • Trailer Hitch Confirmed to Fit a 2022 Subaru Forester
    For your 2022 Subaru Forester, the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e83ZR is a confirmed fit. This hitch is made in the USA, has a bolt-on, no-drill installation and will provide you with a 2" hitch receiver. It also has a nice matte black finish. The 2" receiver is the most common size used for hitch mounted accessories such as bike racks, cargo carriers and ball mounts. If you plan to do any towing, you can round out a tow package by adding the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness # 118467...
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  • Recommended 1-1/4 Inch Hitch for a 2021 Subaru Forester
    I have a 1-1/4" hitch available for your 2021 Subaru Forester but the only etrailer house brand hitch we have ever had for your Subaru is item # e83ZR. We've never made 1-1/4" hitches only 2" ones. To add a 1-1/4" hitch to your Forester you will want the Curt Trailer Hitch item # C12198 you were looking at. This hitch is custom fit and bolts to your Subaru with included hardware.
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  • Difference Between Curt and etrailer Hitch for 2024 Subaru Forester
    The difference between the Curt # C13409 and etrailer # e83ZR for your 2024 Forester is the powder coat finish. Outside of that, they have the same design and capacity. The Curt has a glossy finish while the etrailer hitch has a matte black finish. I prefer the matte black since it looks more like an OEM part. It also helps hide dirt and dings you will get over the years. If you don't have a preference either way I would choose whichever has the best price.
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  • Curt vs. etrailer Trailer Hitch For 2024 Subaru Forester
    Just a single difference exists between the Curt and etrailer trailer hitches for your 2024 Subaru Forester, which is the finish. The etrailer hitch has a matte black finish, while the Curt hitch has a glossy black finish, so you can choose which you prefer. The hitches that fit your '24 Forester are the following part numbers: - Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13409 - etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e83ZR The matte black finish does hide those inevitable small scuffs a bit better than...
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  • Complete Towing Setup for 2022 Subaru Forester
    To tow a trailer with your 2022 Subaru Forester you will need a trailer hitch, wiring, and a ball mount. I recommend the following parts: -etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e83ZR -T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness # 118467 -etrailer Ball Mount Kit for 2" Hitches # 989900 The etrailer hitch is a Class III hitch with a 3,500 lb capacity. It features a bolt-on installation and also has a matte black powder coat finish. This finish gives it more of an OEM look and helps hide dirt and scratches....
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  • Trailer Hitch Confirmed to Fit a 2022 Subaru Forester
    For your 2022 Subaru Forester, the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e83ZR is confirmed to fit. This hitch is made in the USA, has a bolt-on, no-drill installation and will provide you with a 2" hitch receiver. The 2" receiver is the most common size used for hitch mounted accessories such as bike racks, cargo carriers and ball mounts. It also has a nice matte black finish. If you plan to do any towing, you can round out a tow package by adding the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness # 118467...
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  • Does Heat Shield Get Reattached to 2021 Subaru Forester w/ etrailer or Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver
    You do indeed have the option of reinstalling the heat shield with either the etrailer Trailer Hitch # e83ZR or Curt Trailer Hitch # C13409. You would need to drill holes in the heat shield and then re-install it, but this is totally optional so if you'd like you can do so but it isn't necessary.
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