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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"

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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. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from etrailer. etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" part number e98912 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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etrailer Trailer Hitch - e98912

  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • etrailer
  • Concealed 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
  • Sturdy, square-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.


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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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etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" - e98912

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (220 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.

- e98912
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1. etrailer should clearly list recommended tools for installing. Minimally: car ramps, creeper, impact wrench (with sockets and various extensions). Of course (eye and hand protection)! 2. For this install, you also need a drill and a properly sized step-bit to enlarge (2) of the mounting holes. It would have been useful useful to recommend the specific step-bit size needed. My largest step-bit is 1/2" and the bolt head is much larger than that! Grinding with the wrong tool was frustrating and time consuming. I would have purchased the correct bit if I knew before I got under the car! 1 hour instead of 2+! 3. Despite the video instructions, I did not need to lower the muffler to install.



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I have a subaru 2021 crosstrek and this hitch worked perfect. Took about 1.5 hours to install by myself. Watched the video once and that made it real easy. Had ramps to get the backend off the ground, removed the 4 hangers holding the exhaust with a rope securing it and was now able to drill the access holes. I used a step drill bit but this was the hardest part. The metal is very strong so it took a while to get he hole drilled. After that the installation went smoothly. Used a milk carton and wood wedges to hold the hitch in place while I put the nuts on and used locktight on the bolts.



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2018 Subaru Crosstrek

Really like the receiver! With the help of the install video, was able to mount it to my 2018 Crosstrek pretty easily. Enlarged the frame holes with a rotary tool (easy process overall, would’ve taken a little longer if filing by hand but would’ve been doable), had no trouble lowering the suspension (part I was most dreading- turned out to be no sweat) and had a helper for 2-3 min when putting the receiver in place. The price was great, shipping was quick, and the install video was so awesome to have. Thanks!



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2021 Subaru Crosstrek

I don't think I could ask for a better engineering and executed product at a better price! I was particularly impressed with the the cables used to fish the carriage bolts, I can't imagine what a nightmare the job would have been without those. Definitely watch the installation video all the way through before you buy and before you install. I didn't do that but was luck enough to have the step-bit & paint needed (also could have used a file). We use the hitch for a heavy Kuat bike rack and 2 full-suspension e-bikes and it seems plenty strong.



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2019 Subaru Crosstrek

Great product and easy to install, fit perfectly. I recommend watching the etrailer install video first as it provided some insights not called out in the instruction sheet. I installed this on the ground and was a bit concerned at first from watching the video -the car was on a lift- but after watching then inspecting my own vehicle, it wasn't difficult to maneuver around. I also didn't have help holding the hitch up while getting the nuts on so I used my floorjack as a lift and held it to the jack with zip ties... Sounds goofy but it worked very well. very solid product, highly recommend.



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etrailer rocks! I bought the e98912 for my 2019 Subaru Crosstrek.I tow a motorcycle and plan to add a bike rack. It's nice to have more than one vehicle with a hitch - this solves a big problem for me (pulling with an old pickup). The e98912 is very solid and better than I expected. I could have installed it, but instead I paid a trusted body shop a reasonable sum and two hours later I was pulling my trailer. The receiver is barely visible and with an added cover it looks awesome! I love etrailer.com!



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I purchased the e98912 hitch and the the Kuat bike rack, both of which I researched and am very happy with. The order arrived in the expected time frame. We installed the hitch ourselves on a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek, based on the video and printed instructions. The video was extremely helpful in guiding us through the installation. I especially like the matte finish, and while the primary use will be for the bike rack, the hitch can clearly handle other applications. Thank you for that great video presentation and for the fine service and support etrailer provides. And, I want to give special thanx to Tammie for her support in guiding me through the purchase of these items.



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Perfect. Easy install and looks great. I am glad I spent the few extra dollars to get the matte finish. The most difficult part is probably the exhaust hangers. I just used pliers and a screwdriver after a shot of silicone. My wife helped me get it up into place.



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Best customer service! Thank you Paula! Shipped right out and received fast. Super easy to install! The video is a great help. Exactly what I wanted!



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Great product! Video was very helpful with installation on our 21 Crosstrek. We are pleased with the outcome. Thank you!



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I managed to install this all on my own. All parts there. Took about an hour with just me and a couple of car ramps along with muscle from my 12-year old daughter when it came time to raise into position. Very easy to do with all of the you tube videos out there. Looks good and can’t wait to use it for hauling my bike (when I get one).



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Hitch actually delivered a day early. Super easy to install and looks great on car. Plan on using tomorrow. Thanks for the great service.



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2019 Subaru Crosstrek

Item did arrived on time i was little disappointed when i saw the package on door there was hole on both sides when i opened it there is scratches on the edges of the hitch but i know it won’t effect the performance of the hitch just the paint i would suggest to put more packing materials inside the box or styrofoam to prevent damaging the product inside we know these is pretty heavy solid metal and during transit the handler they just throw this here and there that’s the only my complaint.


Comments
I apologize about the scratched hitch. In order to keep rust at bay I would advise to cover any with anti-corrosive paint.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 08/18/2021


- e98912
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2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Heavier than the 1 1/4” hitch I installed on my Ford C-Max, this was a bear to lift into place. Unlike the video, I simply followed the instructions that came with the hitch and did not remove the exhaust hangers. The ones on the Crosstrek feel like semi-urethane and I didn’t have a good enough pry tool to get them to move. I did this by myself but a second set of hands would have surely eased things. It was definitely hard to lift into place but once I got one bolt spun into place it made things a little easier. A floor jack or rolling stool to support the hitch will be your best friend. But overall nice and I do like the matte finish. I had to touch up a couple scratches but the majority of it is hidden bulky the plastic bumper.



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The hitch was easy to install. Now we're ready to take our bikes to the beach.



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When I ordered my trailer I did so to add a bike rack to my car as I tore my shoulder and lifting the bike on top is no longer possible. This hitch makes things so much easier. Although a bit complicated to install on a Subaru Crosstrek, it’s well worth the effort. Just make sure you have a drill bit to widen the holes on your vehicle and you’re good to go. The trailer itself is very sturdy and fits like a glove onto a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek. It’s difficult but you can even install it by yourself without lowering the exhaust (however it’s easier if you do). I highly recommend this hitch for what I use it for, bike rack mount and small hitch trailer mount.



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2019 Subaru Crosstrek

This is the second time that I have ordered from etrailer and been pleased with both experiences. My favorite aspect of the process is the instructional video, for installation assistance. It includes pre-advise of those "gotchas" that can easily double the time it takes to complete the job. Second, I really like that the kit included the specialized "fish tape" for guiding and orienting the bolts inside the car frame: the right tool for the job. I am glad that I wasn't having to fashion a solution for tumbling the bolts around on my own! Just remember to leave the wires on until you are ready to thread the nuts on, or after the rack is positioned.



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Excellent product. Fit exactly as your directions and your you tube directed. We put this hitch on a 2018 Subaru Crosstrack. The thing I appreciated most was that you were very specific that the hitch would fit our year and car model. A number of reviews of other companies said the hitch did not fit their car. Took about 2 hours. Make sure customer has a drill bit big enough to expand the holes.



- e98912
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Subaru

This requires a Dremmel tool or similar with a tungsten carbide bit. You need this tool to slightly widen the access hole on the Subaru sub-frame so the spacer mounts can go in. Therefore it is not technically a plug and play kit, but most people know someone with this tool. I just wish the site would have mentioned it before purchase. Another side note is that I recommend having a trolley jack handy. To get the hitch receiver in the correct position, I had to raise the rear of the car at the rear differential with the jack. That gives you the space to angle the hitch receiver around your exhaust system.



- e98912
by: 05/13/2021

Trailer hitch fit perfect, happy with the results and quality Thumbs up!



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Very organized website, they even ask the trim level of your model. I was able to watch an install video of my car. And, best of all, I got a Class III hitch at the best price I found on the web. I’m very pleased....have used etrailer before, they are excellent.



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etrailer.com took the guess work out of finding the right trailer hitch for my vehicle and needs. The combination of printed instructions and videos made installation a snap. Two recommendations...1) "unscrew" the metal fishing wires a bit before placement of the hitch...I had them fully threaded and it was harder to remove them once the rack was in place, 2) I installed this on my own...and extra set of hands will make it much easier to lift the hitch and navigate the muffler/exhaust.



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Installed on 19 Crosstrek without any issues. Much prefer this textured powdercoat to the curt hitch which is glossy. Installed in under an hour. Used a tranny jack to lend a helping hand getting it raised into place. Best of all, this does work with the nameless 5" muffler axle back exhaust. I chopped a quarter inch off each of the exhaust hangers on the muffler just to give it some additional shimmy room as it barely fits between the hitch mounts.



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2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Precise solid product. I enjoyed instaliing it. Your video instructions were excellent. I was able to install while lying on my back, without lifting the vehicle or lowering the muffler. I used a number of blocks to hold it in place. I also just used a small round file to enlarge the hole for the bolt and washer. My use will be primarily for a bike rack.



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2019 Subaru Crosstrek

A file is all you need to open the most forward frame holes. I reversed my Crosstrek onto some standard ramps to get the back up in the air a little and dropping the exhaust made the installation a lot easier. A second pair of hands and something to rest one side on while fastening the other helped. I installed the hitch on a 2020 limited and it fit perfectly, so order away if you’re concerned about a verified fit. Follow along with the video and it shouldn’t be too bad.


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  • How Does etrailer Hitch Look Installed on 2019 Subaru Crosstrek
    I have added some photos of how the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch # E98912 will look when installed on a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek. Though these are photos of the Curt Trailer Hitch # C13382, the two hitches are the same except for the etrailer hitch has a matte black finish compared to the gloss black finish of the Curt hitch, which basically just means the etrailer hitch has a bit more of a rugged look and isn't quite as prone to scratches. As you can see by the photos, the etrailer.com Trailer...
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  • Concealed vs. Completely Hidden Trailer Hitch for 2021 Subaru Crosstrek
    You are on the money with the differences between the trailer hitch receivers that fit your 2021 Subaru Crosstrek in regards to completely hidden vs. concealed crosstube. The completely hidden option - the EcoHitch Stealth Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7365 - simply has receiver that you can remove, which means that it will be exactly like you don't have a hitch on at all if you aren't using it. The concealed crosstube options - the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13382 and etrailer...
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  • Appearance of etrailer Brand e98912 Class III Trailer Hitch Installed on 2020 Subaru Crosstrek
    I've provided a photo of the etrailer # e98912 Class III hitch installed on a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek. There were no appreciable changes to the rear of the Crosstrek for the 2020 model year, so the hitch would appear the same as shown on the 2019. The hitch is a concealed design, with only the receiver tube and safety chain hoops visible. Many find this preferable to something like the Draw-Tite Class III, part # 76209 which would be completely visible. I've provided a photo showing how both...
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  • Will the etrailer Hitch part E98912 Work on my 2021 Subaru Crosstrek
    Yes the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver part # e98912 is a confirmed fit for your 2021 Subaru Crosstrek. It offers a 2" receiver tube opening and allows you to use the very common 2" or Class 3 type accessories. If you are going to haul a trailer or use lit accessories I recommend the The Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector part # 118467. This will allow you to use any trailer or accessory that has the standard 4-pole flat trailer connector. It is...
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  • Difference Between The Curt & etrailer Class III 2 Hitch Receiver
    Both the Curt # C13382 and the etrailer # e98912 hitch are a 2" Class III hitch receiver that will provide a maximum gross trailer weight of 3,500 lbs and a maximum tongue weight of 525 lbs. You are correct, they are an identical hitch but our hitch receiver is a little less glossy which makes it hide the blemishes it get from just driving down the road. Ours will look newer, longer. Both do not come with any accessories # C45534 but do come with the hardware to install. Shane did make...
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  • Do the Frame Holes Need To Be Enlarged for the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek
    The etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver part # e98912 which is a fit for your 2019 Subaru Crosstrek uses 1/2" carriage bolts. In some cases, you will need to slightly enlarge the frame holes in order to use this bolt size. That said, there is no way for us to tell you whether or not this is required because it varies by vehicle. The frame hole tolerances are not that exact from the manufacturer. If you crawl under your vehicle and try to stick any 1/2" bolt through these holes that will...
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  • Best Trailer Hitch for a 2020 Subaru Crosstrek
    The best trailer hitch for a 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver part # e98912 which is a direct bolt-on fit with no cutting or drilling required so you won't need to permanently modifying the vehicle. It has a hidden cross tube so all you will see is the receiver tube, not the unsightly bulky cross tube so you get the best overall appearance. The best part of all is that it's super easy to install so you can do this yourself at home. I have attached an install...
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  • Does etrailer Trailer Hitch e98912 Include Everything Needed To Install On 2021 Subaru Crosstrek?
    The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98912 you were looking at for your 2021 Subaru Crosstrek includes all of the required mounting hardware to get the hitch installed. This hitch has a 525lb tongue weight rating making it perfect for carrying a bike rack with your Crosstrek. Since the # e98912 will have the receiver nearly flush with the rear bumper of your vehicle, you will have no issues with racks interfering with the rear bumper. If you have not already decided on a rack,...
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  • Which Hitch Will Fit on a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
    I have a solution for you, but the etrailer # e98912 has not been confirmed to fit on the Hybrid models of the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek. Instead, you'll want to use the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 76209, which has been confirmed for use on the Hybrid models. This is also a Class III hitch that has a 2" receiver, so it's great for both towing and carrying hitch mounted accessories. It looks like you were looking at a bike rack as well, and...
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  • Trailer Hitch Fit for 2021 Crosstek Hybrid
    Yes, some of the hitches that are designed for a Subaru Crosstek also fit your 2021 Hybrid. I recommend using the Draw-Tite Class III item # 76209 2" receiver, it has been confirmed to fit your hybrid model. The receiver has a 4500 lbs towing capacity and max 675 lbs tongue weight limit. The Draw-Tite receiver is a no drill installation and comes with all the hardware you need. I have linked an installation video.
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  • Bicycle Hitch Rack Hardware
    If you are purchasing a new bicycle hitch rack the hardware to attach the rack to your hitch receiver will come with the rack. I prefer the Kuat NV 2.0 bike rack, part # NV22G, because it is a platform rack that holds the bike by the wheels ensuring the rack does not touch the frame. This is especially preferable if you are transporting bikes with carbon frames. I have included a link below.
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  • Will the etrailer Hitch Fit a 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
    Yes, the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver part # e98912 is a fit for a 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. It offers a bolt-on fit with no cutting or drilling required. It will be great for use with hitch mounted accessories such as bike racks or cargo carriers. It can also be used for towing.
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  • Can My 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Use The Entire 525lb Tongue Weight Rating Of The etrailer e98912?
    I took a look in the owners manual of your 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and found that it has a 200lb tongue weight rating, so while the etrailer Trailer Hitch # e98912 has a much higher 525lb tongue weight rating you will still be limited to the lower rating of the vehicle. These differences are due to the hitch manufacturers testing their hitch independently of the vehicle so it is always recommended to check your vehicles owner's manual and use the lowest rating between the hitch and vehicle....
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  • Comparing Curt Trailer Hitch C13382 and etrailer Trailer Hitch e98912 For 2021 Subaru Crosstrek
    The hardware used to mount the etrailer # e98912 and Curt # C13382 is the same. Since the mounting locations on your 2021 Subaru Crosstrek dictate the type of washer used to secure the carriage bolts, and the length of the bolts, it is pretty common for hitches to use the same or very similar hardware. When comparing the two hitches both have the same ratings of 525lbs tongue weight and 3500lb trailer weight rating so you can not go wrong with either option. I prefer the etrailer...
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  • What Is The Lightest Class III Trailer Hitch Available For A 2018 Subaru Crosstrek?
    I checked out all of the Class III trailer hitch receiver options for your 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, and the lightest hitch is a tie between the etrailer # e98912 and the Curt # C13382 with both of them weighing in just over 30lbs. Both of these hitches have the same 525lb tongue weight rating and 3,500lb trailer weight rating, and have the same hidden crosstube design so you cannot really go wrong with either hitch. However I do recommend going with the etrailer # e98912 due to its...
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  • What is Ground Clearance for etrailer Hitch that Fits 2021 Subaru Crosstrek
    When we installed the etrailer hitch part # e98912 on a 2021 Subaru Crosstrek like yours we found that the distance from the ground to the bottom of the hitch measured 13 inches.
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  • Will Drilling Be Required for Installation of a Hitch on the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek
    The answer to this question really depends on the frame of your 2021 Subaru Crosstrek; in some cases the factory hasn't created big enough holes to run the installation hardware through, so the existing holes need to be enlarged to get the hitch mounting hardware on. If you check out the installation video of the etrailer # e98912 hitch that you were looking at, it shows the whole process. This isn't going to be the same on each vehicle, but it is not uncommon that it's going to require...
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