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  • 2013 Subaru WRX Impreza Trailer Wiring Harness Recommendation
  • Since your 2013 Impreza is a WRX wagon the trailer wiring you would need is a hardwire kit and not the custom install kit part # HM11143865 that you referenced. The # 119250KIT is the way to go. Instead of hardwiring to taillight circuits it uses sensors that clamp around them instead so you don't have to make any permanent modifications.
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  • How to Measure to Determine if Thule Vertex Swing Bike Rack Will Clear Bumper of Vehicle
  • On the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT the distance from the hitch pin hole to the knob at the foot of the carrier is 8-1/2 inches. You will need to measure from the pin hole of your hitch out to the furthest point out on the bumper. If that distance is less than 8-1/2 inches this rack will fit and clear it.
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  • Installed Height of Draw-Tite 2-Inch hitch 75673 on 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • When we installed Draw-Tite 2-Inch hitch # 75673 on a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon we measured the height of the top of the receiver opening as 15-inches above ground. You can see this dimension illustrated in the linked video at the 1:40-minute mark. This height will vary based on wheel and tire size on the car, tread condition, and cargo and passenger load. The bottom of the receiver tube will be approximately 2-1/2-inches closer to the ground, about 12-1/2-inches.
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  • What is the Maximum Crossbar Spread that Will Work with the Swagman Enforcer Bike Rack
  • I went out to the warehouse to measure the Swagman Enforcer bike rack # S64704 for you. As it comes the maximum crossbar spread for the rack is 34-1/2 inches. However, it is possible to potentially get another 13 inches by disassembling the fork mount and sliding the front mounting foot forward by loosening the bolts holding it on and retightening/assembling everything. But really it is meant for a max of 34-1/2.
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  • Can a 2 Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver be Installed on 2017 Subaru Impreza
  • The available trailer hitches that are confirmed to fit the 2017 Subaru Impreza are all Class I hitches with a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening. This is most likely because the Impreza is not designed to handle both the towing weight and tongue weight that a higher rated trailer hitch can provide. The tongue weight is the concern when using a hitch-mounted bike rack. Depending on the manufacturer of your bike rack, you may be able to use a hitch adapter like the Brophy # HTAD, which will...
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  • Do Trailer Hitches have Threaded Hitch Pin Holes for Bike Racks with Anti-Rattle Hitch Bolts
  • Trailer hitches do not have threaded hitch pin holes. The threaded bolt for your Thule bike rack will thread into a weld nut (or other retention device) that is in the bike rack's shank and pull it tight to the side of the hitch receiver. This is good because it means that the bike rack with have anti-rattle abilities no matter what hitch it is in.
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  • Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for 2017 Subaru Forester that Has Spoiler
  • We checked with Thule and the Raceway part # TH9001PRO is a confirmed fit for your 2017 Subaru Forester with it's rear spoiler setup. That being said if you really want to avoid any spoiler issues the best option is the Holllywood Racks Over the Top part # HRF2 which is specifically designed to fit vehicles with spoilers like yours. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Kuat Bike Frame...
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  • Can Longer Crossbars Be Used On Fitted Roof Rack Of 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon?
  • You can use longer crossbars on your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon as long as they don't go out past the mirrors on your vehicle. If they go out past the mirrors you can get ticketed for that. I reached out to Thule and confirmed that the Thule Podium Foot Pack for Aero Bars # TH460R and the fit kit # THKIT4052 will work with the 53 inch crossbars # THARB53. I also confirmed that the Thule Hullavator Pro Kayak Carrier and Lift Assist with Tie-Downs - Side Loading # TH898 will fit with...
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  • Will the Thule Hull-A-Port Pro and the Thule Glide and Set Fit on a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • To find out if the Thule Hull-A-Port Pro # TH835PRO and the Thule Glide and Set # TH883 rooftop kayak carriers will both fit on your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, you will need to do some measuring. Normally, if you were using 2 of the Glide and Set carriers, a 53 inch bar spread is required. Since the Hull-A-Port Pro is a J-Style carrier, the same rule doesn't necessarily apply since the J-Style carrier holds kayaks on their side. If you are only hauling 2 boats then you should be okay,...
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  • Recommended 4-Way Wiring Harness For Trailer Side
  • The 4-way flat trailer harness I recommend is the Optronics 35 ft. Wishbone 4-Way Trailer Wiring Harness with 42" Ground Wire # A35W42B. This harness is a wishbone and that means it will have a tail light wire on each side of the trailer so you won't need to run a jumper across the frame. This harness makes it quick and easy to wire your trailer. This harness is compatible with any 4-way flat vehicle side trailer connector like the T-One you referenced. I've attached videos for your...
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  • 4-Pole Trailer Wiring Harness Mounting Bracket for Use with Curt Hitch
  • Curt Easy Mount Wiring Bracket # C58000 is meant for 2-inch hitches, so for your 1-1/4-inch Class II hitch # C12284 you are better off using # C58002 for a 4-pole flat type trailer connector. Or, you can leave the wiring inside the car when you are not towing to protect the connector from damage and corrosion. Applying dielectric grease # 11755 to all connectors also helps prevent corrosion.
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  • Comparing Curt & Draw-Tite Class III Trailer Hitches for 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • The hitch I recommend for your 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is the 2-inch Class III Draw-Tite # 76084. Unlike the Curt # C13135, the Draw-Tite does not require you to use a support strap # 18050 with non-trailer loads like bike and cargo carriers. Both will install under your rear bumper fascia as shown in the linked video. The hitch comes with all required installation hardware. Both brands produce a quality hitch and both share the same weight capacities but the USA-made Curt's powder...
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  • Yakima Skybox Lock Housing Replacement Recommendation
  • Does the latch look like part # Y8880348? This the confirmed replacement latch for the Yakima Skyboxes but without knowing which one you have for sure it's hard to say with 100 percent certainty.
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  • Parts Needed to Install Brake Controller in 2010 Subaru Outback with Factory 7-Way
  • For a wiring kit to install the brake controller to your 7-wat you would want the Wiring Kit for 2 and 4 Brake Electric Brake Controllers # 5506. This will provide the power source and ground for the wiring for the brake controller. You will need to test the wires from the brake pedal switch of your vehicle to find a circuit that has voltage when the brakes are applied and none when not applied. This will be the circuit you will run the red wire to. Finally you will need to run a length...
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  • Yakima Mighty Mounts Compatible With 2017 Subaru Forester OEM Crossbars
  • According to my contact at Yakima, the Universal MightyMounts for Yakima Roof Mounted Accessories # Y03590 are the best mounts for your 2017 Subaru Forester with OEM crossbars. These mounts can be locked to your bars using the Yakima Accessory Lock Housing - Same Key System (SKS) Compatible # Y07220 along with the Yakima Same Key System (SKS) Lock Cores (QTY 4) # Y07204
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch For 2017 Subaru Impreza
  • The trailer hitch I recommend for your 2017 Impreza is the Draw-Tite # 24886. This is a Class l hitch and it has a 1-1/4 inch opening. We have not heard that the Crosstrek trailer hitch # C13135 will work with an Impreza. Installing one on the vehicle would certainly void the warranty and is not advised. You can use a hitch adapter like part # HTAD. Using any adapters in the hitch will reduce the capacity of the hitch by 50 percent, but if the items you want to carry in the hitch are...
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  • Compatibility Of Stromberg Carlson Bike Bunk And 2015 Aliner Ranger 12 Trailer
  • The Stromberg Carlson Bike Bunk Trailer-Mounted Bike Rack Carrier for A-Frame Trailers - 2"-100 lbs # CC-275 will be your best bike rack option on your Aliner Ranger 12 Trailer. There are many customer reviews on this product that you can see on the linked page. I don't know that we have any reviews of an Aliner. My only concern is probably hand in hand with yours that even though it is your best choice of a bike rack, it may be tight clearing the opening of that front roof hatch. I...
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  • Compatibility Of Stromberg Carlson Bike Bunk And 2015 Aliner Ranger 12 Trailer
  • The Stromberg Carlson Bike Bunk Trailer-Mounted Bike Rack Carrier for A-Frame Trailers - 2"-100 lbs # CC-275 will be your best bike rack option on your Aliner Ranger 12 Trailer. There are many customer reviews on this product that you can see on the linked page. I don't know that we have any reviews of an Aliner. My only concern is probably hand in hand with yours that even though it is your best choice of a bike rack, it may be tight clearing the opening of that front roof hatch. I...
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  • Recommendation To Remove Roof Rack Mounted Bike Carrier For Car Wash
  • The Rhino-Rack MountainTrail Rooftop Bike Carrier - Fork Mount # RBC035 is not recommended to go through a touch car wash. I recommend removing the bike rack prior to the wash which will only take a minute or two. It probably would not need to be removed on a touchless car wash but your warranty would not cover car wash damage.
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  • How Does Wire Attach to Epicord 30 Amp Twist Lock Inlet part # 277-000138
  • If you remove the white casing of the Epicord 30 Amp Twist Lock Inlet part # 277-000138 you will see where wires can attach to the back of the socket. Each of the pins has a set screw that you would use to tighten the wire. Basically you would insert stripped back wire into each pin and then use the set screws to secure them there.
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  • Ball Mount for 2016 Subaru Outback with 2 inch Curt Trailer Hitch Installed
  • The Curt 2 inch hitch part # C13206 which is a fit for your 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon actually doesn't sit too far recessed under the rear bumper of your vehicle. I attached a picture that shows that it actually is almost flush so a ball mount like the part # C45030 that you referenced would be a great choice. For a hitch ball we have the part # 63845 for a 2 inch ball or part # 63847 for a 2-5/16 inch ball. For trailer wiring you then would want the Tekonsha kit part # 118467 which...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller For 2008 Subaru LLBean Outback
  • The best brake controller for your 2008 Subaru Outback is the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 # 90195. This brake controller is similar in size to many others, but the functions are much easier to understand with the LCD screen. This controller runs constant diagnostics and will allow you to see issues without needing to decipher codes. It is customizable to driver perferences and has 3 levels of boost. For your 2008 Outback, you will need to use the Universal Brake Controller Wiring Kit #...
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  • Recommended Platform Bike Carrier For 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon That Allows Rear Cargo Access
  • We do offer platform-style bike carriers that will tilt away from the back of the vehicle with bikes loaded but the Thule Doubletrack, part # TH990XT does not have that feature. The center mast does fold down when the bikes are unloaded so you have access to the rear cargo area. The bike carrier I recommend is the Thule T2 Classic, part # TH9044. I have attached a link to an installation video of this bike rack on a 2017 Outback you can check out. As the video shows, the rack can be...
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  • Bike Rack for 2016 Subaru Outback that Allows Access to Rear Cargo Area with Bikes Loaded
  • When a trunk bike rack is installed you cannot open the rear hatch or liftgate of the vehicle. I do have one great solution that will work but it will require installing a hitch on your 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon like the part # 75673 which is a confirmed fit. My favorite bike rack to recommend is the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT because it can carry up to 4 bikes and can swing out and away from the rear of the vehicle to give you complete access to the rear cargo area with bikes...
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  • Which Thule Assisted Kayak Carrier is a Fit for 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon with Factory Crossbars
  • For your 2016 Subaru Outback with factory crossbars the only Thule assisted kayak carrier we offer that is a confirmed fit is the Thule Slipstream # TH887XT.
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  • Yakima Fairing to Fit Aero-Style Roof Crossbars on 2016 Subaru Forester
  • Usually a wind fairing does the most good on the noisier types of roof rack bars, the basic round and square types. These tend to whistle a lot more than elliptical/aero-style bars that resemble an airplane wing. This wing-like shape cuts through the wind better and so makes less noise. More and more OEM bars supplied by auto makers use the aero-style construction. On such a crossbar addition of a fairing can actually increase the overall noise level. For a 40-inch Yakima fairing that...
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  • Tilting Bike Rack and Hitch Recommendation for 2016 Subaru Crosstrek
  • If you want a rack for your 2016 Subaru Crosstrek that can til with bikes loaded we have the Thule T2 Pro bike rack part # TH9035 which can fit a 1-1/4 inch hitch like the # 24886 which is confirmed as a fit for your vehicle. This would be a great option that would work well for you that we would recommend highly. Check out the review and install videos I attached for more info as well.
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  • Recommended Kayak Carrier for RockyMounts Ouray Crossbars on 2002 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • I went out to the warehouse to measure the width on the RockyMounts Ouray Crossbars # RKY3052. The width of the aero-style bar is right at 3-1/4 inches. If you need the complete roof rack for your 2002 Subaru Outback Wagon, you will also add # RKY3002 for the Flagstaff Towers. The SportRack Mooring Stacker Kayak Carrier w/ Tie Downs # SR5324 referenced in your question are compatible with crossbars that have a maximum width of 3 inches, so unfortunately these will not fit this roof rack. I...
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  • Will the Kuat Beta Bike Rack Work With the Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Kuat Beta # B202-114 will work great with the 1-1/4 inch trailer hitch on your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon. Since the Beta is only 18 lbs and has a weight capacity of 80 lbs, it is light enough that it will be compatible with the trailer hitch with the pin hole only 1 inch from the opening of the receiver. For peace of mind and to secure your investment and deter theft, I recommend using the Kuat Bike Rack Hitch Lock # KUATLOCK along with the Swagman Replacement Cable # S2005....
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  • Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Roof Rack & Ski Rack Compatibility on 2016 Subaru Crosstrek
  • The Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero roof rack system made of parts # RRVA118B-2 and # RRSX005 is a complete roof rack system for the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek that has factory-installed roof side rails that run from front to back. You will NOT need to use the Heavy-Duty Crossbar Adapter Kit # HD-FK1 to install their Ski Carrier # RR574 on the Vortex bars. The kit is needed only when installing the ski rack on their heavy-duty bars like # RB1500. Since the Vortex bars have a T-bolt channel in their...
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  • Roof Top Cargo Box to Fit Both a 2017 Kia Sorento and 2017 Subaru Outback with Factory Roof Rack
  • The Yakima RocketBox Pro 14 # Y07192 is confirmed to fit the factory racks on both your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon and your 2017 Kia Sorento. The RocketBox Pro holds up to 14 cubic feet of gear and includes locks to keep everything secure.
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  • Yakima Round Bar Roof Rack for 2014 Subaru Forester with Raised Factory Rails
  • The Yakima RailGrab Towers # Y00139 will fit the factory raise rails on your 2014 Subaru Forester. For easier installation you can also use the TimberLine Towers # Y00147. The TimberLines also need the RoundBar Adapter # Y03536. For either set of towers the 48 inch crossbars are recommended. Part # Y00408. If you don't have the factory rails and you have a naked roof you'll need: 48 inch Crossbars # Y00408 SkyLine Towers # Y00148 RoundBar Adapters # Y03536 Landing Pad # Y00233
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver For 2005 Subaru Outback XT Limited Wagon With MT Turbo
  • For your 2005 Subaru Outback XT Limited Wagon, I recommend the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 75560. This is a confirmed fit for all models with the exception of the Sport model, so it will work for the turbo MT model. This trailer hitch receiver is an easy bolt-on installation with the included hardware. It is a square-tube design with a black powder coat over an e-coat base for superior rust protection. The 2 inch receiver will give you...
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  • Kuat Skinny Basket Internal Height and Weight
  • The Kuat Skinny Basket part # SK01 that you referenced weighs 55 lbs. Removing the extension will remove about 9 lbs from the total weight. The internal height down the very middle between the support beams of the basket would be right at 6-1/2 inches.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Wiring for 2016 Subaru Legacy
  • For your 2016 Subaru Legacy Sedan, I recommend going with a Class III trailer hitch. While you may not ever need the higher rated weight capacity of a Class III hitch, the 2 inch receiver opening will allow you to choose from many more hitch-mounted accessories such as bike racks and cargo carriers than that of a 1-1/4 inch receiver on a Class II hitch. I recommend the Draw-Tite Class III Max Frame Receiver Hitch # 75673 for a couple of reasons. First, when compared to the Curt Class...
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  • Bike Rack Fits for 2003 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The hitch you would have on a 2003 Subaru Outback would be a 1-1/4 inch hitch like the part # 36284. We have quite a few racks that would be a fit for that. The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit this vehicle is the Thule Roadway 2 part # TH912XTR. We asked our demo and install guys to name their favorite, most easy-to-use bike racks and this one showed up in nearly everyone's top three. Check out the review video I attached for more info. I also attached...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Subaru Crosstrek that Doesn't Require Stabilizer Strap
  • With platform bike racks the stabilizer strap like part # 18050 does require a bit more creativity but we have come up with a solution. What you need to do is run the strap through the bike frame and then around the center post of the bike rack and then back to the trunk lid. Check out the picture I attached for more info. Or the easier alternative for your 2017 Subaru Crosstrek is get a hitch like the Draw Tite part # 76084 which does not require the strap at all. This would give you...
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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation for Factory Crossbars of 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • I have a great solution that is similar to the Thule Roll Model part # TH884 but it only can fit square crossbars. Instead the Thule SlipStream part # TH887XT would be what you would want. This is a confirmed for your crossbars and allows for kayaks to load in a similar fashion.
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  • Recommended Platform Bike Rack for Two 52 lb Electric Bikes on a 2016 Subaru Forester
  • I do have a solution for you, but the Hollywood Racks Trail Rider # HR200 that you referenced has a max weight capacity of 90 lbs so it will not be able to safely carry both of your 52 lb electric bikes safely on your 2016 Subaru Forester. If you want to stay with the Hollywood Racks brand, they have the Sport Rider SE2 # HR1450E which is made to carry electric bikes. This is a folding bike rack that will fit in a 2 inch hitch receiver, has a weight capacity of 80 lbs per bike, and also...
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  • Recommended Trunk-Mounted Bike Carrier For 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • If a thief really wants to take the bikes or rack they will figure a way to get them, but we do have a couple bike racks that make it much harder. The Thule Passage 2 Bike Carrier, part # TH910XT is a nice bike carrier but it does not have locks, so it is really tough to find a way to lock the rack and bikes. I do have another solution for you. I recommend the Thule Archway, part # TH9009XT. This bike carrier features an integrated locking cable to secure the bike to the carrier....
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  • Rack-Mountable Cargo Tray Options for Installation on Round Yakima Crossbars
  • The Rhino-Rack Pioneer Platform Cargo Rack # JA8200 and similar items are not intended for installation on an aftermarket roof rack but we do have rack-mountable options for you. The linked page will show you all cargo baskets and cargo trays that will mount nicely on your round Yakima crossbars. The options include the Rhino-Rack Steel Mesh Cargo Basket # RLBM-U which measures 48 x 38, and the same-size Pioneer Platform carrier # RR42114BF.
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  • Rack-Mountable Cargo Tray Options for Installation on Round Yakima Crossbars
  • The Rhino-Rack Pioneer Platform Cargo Rack # JA8200 and similar items are not intended for installation on an aftermarket roof rack but we do have rack-mountable options for you. The linked page will show you all cargo baskets and cargo trays that will mount nicely on your round Yakima crossbars. The options include the Rhino-Rack Steel Mesh Cargo Basket # RLBM-U which measures 48 x 38, and the same-size Pioneer Platform carrier # RR42114BF.
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  • Does Draw Tite Trailer Hitch for 2017 Subaru Forester Require Drilling of Frame
  • The Draw Tite hitch part # 75876 that is a confirmed fit for your 2017 Subaru Forester has the fit tip that states that access holes may be required to be enlarged, but if you check out the install instructions it does not mention that. Only the heat shield trimming. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well. In it we did enlarge the holes to make the install smoother. You can enlarge yours you can then spray paint over the holes if needed to protect them.
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  • 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Aftermarket Hitch Installation
  • The aftermarket hitches we offer do not install using the OEM hitch opening. Both the light-duty 1-1/4-inch Class I hitches like # 24886 and the higher-capacity 2-inch Class III hitches like # 76084 made for your car mount under the bumper cover as you noted. When a choice is available, I always recommend the sturdier higher-capacity hitch. The Class III Draw-Tite # 76084 will give you better compatibility with a range of hitch-mount accessories like cargo carriers and bike racks. Please...
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  • Trailer Hitch Installation on a 2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R with Dual Exhaust
  • If your 2013 Subaru Outback has dual exhaust the installation process will be the same. You would just follow the same procedure on the right side as you would on the left side. We don't have a video showing installation on a dual exhaust model though. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch...
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  • Car Top Cargo Box Fit Factory Roof Rack of 2016 Subaru Forester
  • The Car Top Cargo Rooftop Box # CTC-18S will fit crossbars that are no more than 3-3/4 inches wide and 1-3/16 inches tall. You'll need to measure the bars on your 2016 Subaru Forester to confirm a fit. It also requires a crossbar spread of 22 inches but can be expanded to 31 inches by drilling holes into the box. There isn't a smaller capacity version of this box. For a similar style box that's smaller look at the Yakima RocketBox Pro # Y07191 that is confirmed to fit your Forester....
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  • Parts Needed to Fit the Yakima HullRaiser Kayak Carrier to Factory Crossbars
  • If your 1999 Subaru Legacy has Aero crossbars then yes, you will want to use the Yakima HullRaiser to HullRaiser Aero Conversion Kit, part # Y8860031. For all other style of factory crossbars you will want to use the Universal MightyMounts for Yakima Roof Mounted Accessories,part # Y03590.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2017 Subaru Impreza Hatchback
  • Using a hitch mounted bike rack is not towing so it is still a viable option for your 2017 Subaru Impreza. When it comes to Thule trunk mount bike racks generally they consider vehicles that have spoilers as no-fit applications so I do not recommend a trunk mount rack for your vehicle. For a trailer hitch I recommend Draw-Tite hitch # 24886. Please note that all of the hitch options for the hatchback models only fit if the vehicle has single exhaust as opposed to dual. I have linked...
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  • Base Plate and Tow Bar Recommendation for 2003 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • We have one base plate kit that is a fit for your 2003 Subaru Outback Wagon. For that you would want the part # 915-1 which will fit and work well. We don't have any universal base plates or tow bars that I would recommend for you. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow your vehicle. The most popular compatible tow bar is the Falcon 2, # RM-520. For safety cables you can use # RM-643. The...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for 2011 Subaru Outback Wagon that Allows Thule Doubletrack to Fit
  • I have a great solution for you but using the # 75673 would be too close for me to be able to safely recommend the Thule Doubletrack you mentioned. The Curt hitch part # 13390 on the other hand has a distance of only 3-1/2 inches from the pin hole to the outer edge of the bumper to the Thule DoubleTrack part # TH990XT would easily clear folded up or down. This would be the best setup we can recommend.
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  • Rubber Adjusters for Titan Chain Cable Snow Chains on 2017 Subaru Forester
  • The Rubber Adjusters # PW105 will fit rim sizes 15 to 18 inches and will work well with the Titan Chain Cable Chains # TC1038
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  • Recommended Complete Flat Tow System For 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek With Automatic Transmission
  • Your 2013 Subaru Crosstrek XV automatic transmission can be flat towed if you don't have a CVT model which cannot and I'd be happy to help with a complete system for you. For your base plates, I recommend the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # BX3615. For this install you will want to use Loctite Threadlocker # LT37420. This can be used seamlessly with the Blue Ox Aladdin Tow Bar - Motor Home Mount - 7,500 lbs # BX4325 that you referenced. That will come with the safety cables...
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  • Does Blaylock EZ Jack Match Curve of Andersen Tuff Chock
  • You definitely want to put some sort of chock in the wheel that's still on the ground when raising a trailer. The Blaylock EZ Jack # EZ-JACK is not the same radius as the Andersen Tuff Chock # 3605. The Tuff Chock does match the Andersen Rapid Jack # AM3620.
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  • Parts Needed to Change 4-Way Wiring Harness to a 7-Way Wiring Harness on a 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The easiest thing for you to do would be to use the Universal Installation Kit # ETBC7 to get the 7-Way wiring harness at the rear of your 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon. This kit includes a wiring harness that has a 4-way and a 7-way built into it which is useful if you decide to tow a smaller trailer that only has a 4-way. It also includes the necessary wiring that you would need for a battery and a brake controller. Even though your camper does not have brakes on it I recommend running...
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  • Parts Needed to Install Brake Controller in 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • You are on the right rack. The # ETBC7 comes with everything needed to convert the 4-way to a 7-way and install a brake controller. The Curt Triflex part # C51140 is a fantastic brake controller that would work well in your 2015 Subaru Outback and would install just fine with the # ETBC7. Check out the install video I attached that shows a controller installed in a similar Outback.
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  • Trailer Jack that Can be Used with Let's Go Aero LittleGiant # TLK864
  • With the Let's Go Aero LittleGiant # TLK864 a trailer jack like the part # PSEJ10000101 would work well. It would bolt to the channel of the trailer and give you the ability to jack the trailer up or down and the ability to roll with it's wheel caster.
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  • Will the VeeMe Bike Rack Fit a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • Yes, the VeeMe, # VME-V2 will work with your 2015 Subaru Forester whether you have the factory hitch or an aftermarket trailer hitch. I have included a link to a video review of this bike rack for you. I also recommend an anti-rattle hitch lock # SHP2082 to limit movement of the rack in the hitch and to deter theft.
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  • Will the VeeMe Bike Rack Fit a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • Yes, the VeeMe, # VME-V2 will work with your 2015 Subaru Forester whether you have the factory hitch or an aftermarket trailer hitch. I have included a link to a video review of this bike rack for you. I also recommend an anti-rattle hitch lock # SHP2082 to limit movement of the rack in the hitch and to deter theft.
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  • Recommended Roof Basket for 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • On your 2015 Subaru Outback I suggest the Yakima LoadWarrior # Y07070 if you have at the factory roof rack. I've attached a video for you to take a look at. If you need a roof rack first it will depend on the style of roof you have. If you have rails that run front to back and are flush to the roof I suggest the Yakima round bar system: 48 Inch CrossBars # Y00408 SkyLine Towers # Y00148 RoundBar Adapter # Y03536 Landing Pad # Y00241 If your rails are raised and not flush to...
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  • Will the Yakima LiteRider Fit the Factory Trailer Hitch on a 2017 Subaru Forester
  • Since the hitch pin hole on the factory hitch on a 2017 Subaru Forester is so close to the face of the receiver the Yakima LiteRider # Y02472 is not recommended. The 2-bike rack that I recommend for the factory Subaru hitch is the VeeMe # VME-V2. I have linked a video review of this rack for you.
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  • Recommended Anti-Rattle Device for 2 inch Hitch-Mounted Cargo Rack on 2017 Subaru Forester
  • There are a few different types of anti-rattle devices that differ in how they actually work to reduce the movement of a hitch accessory like your Cargo Rack. I recommend using a threaded pin device, as this will do the best job at cutting down on movement while also replacing the standard hitch pin with one that can be locked, thus is able to deter theft of any accessory you have mounted. The Let's Go Aero Anti-Rattle Trailer Hitch Receiver Lock # 63232 is a great option that will dramatically...
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  • Recommended Anti-Rattle Device for 2 inch Hitch-Mounted Cargo Rack on 2017 Subaru Forester
  • There are a few different types of anti-rattle devices that differ in how they actually work to reduce the movement of a hitch accessory like your Cargo Rack. I recommend using a threaded pin device, as this will do the best job at cutting down on movement while also replacing the standard hitch pin with one that can be locked, thus is able to deter theft of any accessory you have mounted. The Let's Go Aero Anti-Rattle Trailer Hitch Receiver Lock # 63232 is a great option that will dramatically...
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  • Recommended Parts to Add a 7-Way Wiring Harness and Brake Controller on a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • I cannot see what is in your shopping cart so I will list what I recommend using to be able to use your Tekonsha brake controller on your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon. Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - # 75673 T-One 4-Pole Wiring Harness - # 118467 (this excludes the Sport model) Universal Installation Kit - # ETBC7 There is no plug-n-play option for a Tekonsha brake controller, like part # 90195, to use with your Subaru at this time so you will have to do some splicing. I did attach...
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  • Recommended 2 Inch Hitch Receiver For Bike Rack On 2010 Subaru Legacy GT Wagon
  • For your 2010 Subary Legacy GT Wagon, I recommend the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver Class III - 2" # 75673. This is a sturdy, square tube design with a black powder coat finish over an e-coat base for superior rust protection. It comes with all the hardware needed. I've attached a video to help. This trailer hitch receiver will work very well with your bike rack.
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  • Rhino Rack Pioneer Roof Basket Recommendation to Fit Yakima Round Crossbars
  • The largest Rhino Rack Pioneer roof basket that comes with universal mount hardware that would fit the round Yakima bars you have is the Rhino Rack Pioneer part # RR42115BF. This is 58 by 47 inches and would work well on your 2008 Subaru Outback Wagon.
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  • Rhino Rack Pioneer Roof Basket Recommendation to Fit Yakima Round Crossbars
  • The largest Rhino Rack Pioneer roof basket that comes with universal mount hardware that would fit the round Yakima bars you have is the Rhino Rack Pioneer part # RR42115BF. This is 58 by 47 inches and would work well on your 2008 Subaru Outback Wagon.
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  • Can 4-Bikes be Carried on a 2015 Subaru Forester with Factory 1-1/4 Inch Trailer Hitch
  • The 2-bike limit for the Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR is if it is used in a Class I hitch. It can still hold 4 bikes if used on a Class II hitch. But the hitch on your 2015 Subaru Forester is a Class I and the use of an adapter will not allow you to carry 4 bikes. It will actually make things worse because the use of an adapter will reduce the tongue weight capacity of the hitch by 50 percent. The factory Subaru hitch is a problem because the pin hole is so close to the end of the receiver....
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  • Roof Rack and Fit of Thule Force XL Cargo Box on 2017 Subaru Outback Touring with Flush Side Rails
  • By lower roof rails do you mean that your 2017 Subaru Outback Touring has the flush side rails that run front to back but not crossbars that run side to side? If so then first thing you will need is a roof rack. The most cost effective roof rack option right now is the Thule square bar rack using the following parts: 50 inch load bars # THLB50 Podium feet # TH460 Fit kit # THKIT4052 This roof rack mounts to fixed mounting points on the side rails. Locate the forward mounting...
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  • Recommendation to Carry 15 Ft Canoe on 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon with Factory Side Rails
  • I do have a solution for you, however we do not currently offer landing pads that can mount to the gutter of your roof after the factory side rails are removed on your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon. For your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon that has factory side rails, I recommend the Rhino Rack Vortex StealthBar Roof Rack # JA7975. This will include two 30-7/8 inch, aerodynamic crossbars that will mount to the factory side rails on your Outback Wagon. They have a weight capacity of 176 pounds,...
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  • Thule Roof Rack For 2017 Subaru Impreza 5 Door With Raised Rails
  • I reached out to my contact at Thule and they confirmed that the roof rack you will need for your 2017 Subaru Impreza 5 door with raised rails will consist of the Rapid Crossroads Footpack # TH450R and the 53 inch Aeroblade load bars # THARB53 or # THARB53B for the black finish.
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  • Is the SportRack SR3141 Bike Rack Compatible on a 2016 Subaru Crosstrek
  • I have a solution for a trunk mounted bike rack to fit a 2016 Subaru Crosstrek. However, the SportRack, # SR3141, is not a confirmed fit for your vehicle. For the 2016 Crosstrek you have two option to choose from when picking a trunk mounted bike rack. If you have a spoiler on your vehicle, then the only racks that will work on your vehicle will be the Hollywood Racks Over-The-Top Bike Racks, # HRF2 for two bike rack and # HRF2-3 for a three bike rack. If you do not have the spoiler...
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  • Why Was Install of Transmission Cooler on 2011 Subaru Outback Attached to Vehicle Bumper
  • Sometimes you have to get a bit creative with the mounting of transmission coolers like what our installer did in the instal video of the Derale part # D13503. It may seem like the bumper beam would block most of the air flow but there's going to be quite a bit of air moving around in that area so it will still make a big difference to the transmission fluid temperature. If you wanted to use the zip ties to attach the cooler to your radiator you certainly could though. You are most likely...
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  • Will Yakima Fullswing Bike Rack Fit a 2017 Subaru Outback with Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13206 that you have on your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon has about 2-1/4 inches from the hitch pin hole to the outer edge of the bumper. That isn't very much which is good. The Yakima FullSwing # Y02465 measures about 9 inches from the hitch pin hole to the closest point of the rack. So there's plenty of clearance for the rack to fit on your Subaru. Swinging the rack open is pretty simple. All you need to do is loosen a handle and pull a pin. It locks...
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  • Recommendation for Least Visible Trailer Hitch on 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Both the Draw-Tite Class III Max Frame Receiver Hitch # 75673 and the Curt Class III Round Tube Receiver Hitch # C13206 are both great options for a Class III trailer hitch on your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon. Both have the same 600 pound tongue weight capacity and 4,000 pound towing weight capacity. The Draw-Tite # 75673 is going to be a bit less noticeable on your vehicle because it sits back more from the rear bumper than the Curt, but you will still have no problem accessing the receiver....
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch For 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • All of the trailer hitches we offer for your 2014 Crosstrek have the receiver tube below your rear bumper. The trailer hitch I recommend for your Crosstrek is the Draw-Tite Max-Frame, part # 76084. This a Class lll hitch and it has a 2-inch receiver opening. I recommend the Class lll hitch because it has many more options for anything you want to use the hitch for, from bike racks to cargo carriers. If you want to let me know what you plan on using the hitch for I will be glad to...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Recommendation for 2014 Subaru Forester
  • For trailer wiring for your 2014 Subaru Forester I recommend the Tekonsha kit part # 118467 because this brand of harness tends to be the most reliable over time when compared to other brands. Realistically you won't be blowing the fuse of this kit on a regular basis so needing easy access to it would not be as big of a deal as you would think. I would be surprised if you were to ever blow this fuse. Most likely you will install the harness and never have to worry about the fuse as that...
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  • Will Giant Roam XL Bike Fit on Swagman XC
  • I did some checking and the wheelbase of your Giant Roam XL is 43 inches which is easily compatible with the Swagman XC part # S64650 as it can fit wheelbases up to 51 inches.
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  • Thule Roof Rack for 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon Using Existing Square Bars
  • If your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon has flush mount rails on its roof then we have fit kits that will work with your Thule square bars. The 50 inch bars, # THLB50 are the recommended length but longer can be used. Most states limit the bar length to the outside edge of the mirrors but you should check your area if you have longer bars. Then the feet you'll need are # TH460. The fit kit will depend on the trim package of your Outback. If you have the Touring model use # THKIT4052...
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  • Does Yakima FatCat 6 Fit Factory Crossbars of 2004 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Yes, I checked with Yakima and the Fatcat 6 # Y03088 that you referenced is confirmed as a fit for the factory crossbars you have on your 2004 Subaru Outback wagon.
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  • Maximum Bike Top Tube Diameter for Hollywood Racks Express 2 Trunk Rack HRE2
  • My contact at Hollywood Racks advised that their Express 2 trunk rack # HRE2 has cradles that will accommodate frame top tubes up to 1-1/2-inches in diameter. But he did note that the cradle on this rack has been successfully modified by customers whose bikes have larger diameter top tubes. The fix was to cut a slice into the center of the cradle to allow the two halves to separate slightly; this allows the larger top tube to fit inside the split cradle. Since the straps are long enough...
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  • What is the Correct Location to Install Tire Chains on a 2016 Subaru Outback
  • According to the 2016 Subaru Outback owner's manual, snow tire chains or cables need to be installed on the front wheels only. The manual also states that if you decide to use snow chains or cables that you will have to use SAE Class S style devises. Class S chains or cables are designed to be used on vehicle's that have clearance issues between the wheel and the wheel well of the vehicle. The Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains, # PW1046, is an example of a Class S style device that is...
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  • Curt Class I Hitch Fit for 2017 Subaru Impreza 5-Door Hatchback with Single Exhaust
  • The correct Curt Class I hitch for your 2017 Subaru Impreza 5-Door Hatchback with single exhaust is part # C11465. I confirmed this with my contact at Curt. The other hitch # C11286 is a fit only for 2012 through 2015 model years. The Sport designation does not matter in this case. Thank you for noticing this; we will make the correction on our website.
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  • Tongue Weight Capacity of 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon with Class III Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch
  • You are correct. You will always be limited by a total setup's weakest component. In the case of installing the Draw-Tite Class III trailer hitch # 75673 on your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, you will have to follow the 200 pound tongue weight capacity of the vehicle, even though the hitch itself can support much more. Keep in mind that there is still an advantage to getting a Class III over a Class II trailer hitch for your Outback Wagon as there are far more available hitch-mounted accessories...
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  • Shank Adapter Recommendation for Yakima Ridgeback 2 Bike Rack
  • For the adapter kit on your Yakima Ridgeback 2 Bike Rack # Y02457, I recommend the 2" Shank Adapter Kit # 8890298. This is designed specifically for your Yakima Ridgeback 2 and will convert the 1-1/4" shank on the bike rack for use with a 2 inch hitch receiver. This also includes the anti-rattle wedge which will ensure a secure connection with the trailer hitch and help to minimize rattle when using the bike rack.
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  • Hitch Adapters and Cargo Carriers for 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Hitch adapters like # HTAD do offer convenience, in that they allow you to install an accessory of one size into a hitch of another size. The trouble is that using any hitch adapter changes the overall geometry of the system, and this results in loss of 50-percent of the hitch's rated capacity. The capacity is lost because the accessory item will now be further away from the hitch (due to the adapter) and this causes extra stresses on the hitch tube that lower its rated capacity. So,...
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  • Recommended 3 Bike Hitch Mounted Hanging Rack For 2017 Subaru Forester With 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • The bike rack I recommend for your 2017 Subaru Forester with a 1-1/4 inch trailer hitch receiver is the Thule Helium Aero 3-Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting - Aluminum # TH9043. This is a light weight carrier at only 35 lbs but is can carry 3 bikes at 35 lbs each. It has quick-release levers that let you fold down the arms and tilt the rack forward to access your Forester's cargo area. It has One-Key System that secures the rack to the vehicle and the bikes to the rack with...
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  • Will Installation of Trailer Hitch Receiver on 2008 Subaru Forester Require Drilling
  • We have two trailer hitch receivers for the 2008 Subaru Forester. The Curt # C12038 and Draw-Tite # 36311 and they both install without any drilling. I've linked install videos for both of them for you. If you're going to be towing a trailer with your Subaru use # 118461 for wiring. This harness installs by plugging into a connector that is located either behind the driver's side tail light or in the spare tire compartment. Once installed you'll have a fully functioning 4-way trailer...
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  • Methods to Transport Two 47-lb Kayaks on 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Your two 47-lb kayaks' combined weight is near 100-lbs and this may be approaching the limit for your Subaru Outback's roof. I suggest checking your owner's manual (or with your local dealership) to confirm how much weight the car's roof can safely handle. Naturally, this limit cannot be exceeded. If you do find your kayak load is very close to the car's limit you can save on some weight by using a foam block type carrier. Foam block kayak carriers offer the advantages of low cost and...
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  • Tire/Wheel Combo For 3,000-Lb 15-Ft Camper Trailer
  • The Loadstar trailer tire you asked about is part # AM3S333. This tire/wheel combo has an 8-ply rating and has a maximum load capacity of 1,725 lbs at 65 psi. This combo has a speed rating of 65 mph. The wheel has a 5 on 4-1/2 wheel bolt pattern. For this size tire this is the tire I would recommend. I have attached a link to a helpful article that explains how to determine the wheel bolt pattern on your trailer you can check out. Most trailer tires do not have to be balanced. Tires...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch For 2015 Subaru Legacy
  • I see the vehicle you entered is a 2015 Subaru Legacy. The 36490 trailer hitch by Draw-Tite has been replaced with part # 36588. This hitch is designed to fit Toyota Rav4 for 2006 through 2015. That hitch weighs in at about 26-lbs. If you are looking at the trailer hitch for a 2015 Legacy I recommend the Draw-Tite, part # 75673. This is a Class lll hitch and it has a 2-inch receiver opening. I recommend the Class lll hitch because it is much more versatile than the Class ll hitch, part...
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  • 2017 Subaru Impreza 5 Door Trailer Hitch Availability
  • I am not sure who you spoke with but I just checked with Draw Tite and they have their hitch part # 24886 listed as a confirmed fit for your 2017 Subaru Impreza 5 door so it will work just fine. The Curt hitch part # C11465 is also a confirmed fit according to Curt as well.
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  • Will Transmission Cooler For 2011 Subaru Forester Get Fluid Too Cold
  • With transmission fluid it's really hard to over-cool it. It's not like an engine that has to reach an operating temperature before it runs right and is ready to be driven. Canada does get very cold so in the process of warming up your motor to drive your 2011 Subaru Forester you would have warmed up the transmission fluid plenty even with the Derale # D13503 installed.
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  • Hitch Cargo Carrier to Carry a Wheelchair on a 2013 Subaru Impreza
  • The # 60305 hitch receiver you installed on your 2013 Subaru Impreza is a Class I hitch that has a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening. The MaxxTow Wheelchair Carrier # MT70260 fits Class III, 2 inch hitch receivers so it will not fit your hitch receiver. We do offer three cargo carriers that will fit a Class I hitch: Curt # C18145 Curt # C18110 Surco # 52017 Another thing to pay attention to is the weight of the wheelchair you plan to put on the carrier. Many electric wheelchairs...
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  • Is it Possible to Wire a Back-Up Camera to a Vehicle Using a Trailer Wiring Harness
  • It is possible to use the trailer wiring harness, # 118467, to wire a back-up camera to your 2011 Subaru Forester. However, there could be issue in how the camera will operate and to the vehicle's wiring. You will have to find a 12-volt power source to operate the camera. The only way to get a non-pulsing 12-volt signal will be to wire into the tail light circuit of the harness. Using the turn or stop light circuit would cause the camera to turn on and off rapidly. To operate the camera...
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  • Trailer Wiring Recommendation for 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • In terms of keeping trailer wiring protected there is no better way to accomplish this than how the Tekonsha wiring harness part # 118467 is designed to be used. The 4-way is stored on the interior when not in use which protects it from road debris and developing corrosion from weather and then when needed pulls out of the hatch and the door is shut on it. The thick rubber door seal protects the wiring.
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  • Economic Bike Rack Recommendation for 2016 Subaru Outback
  • If you are wanting to go the economic route a trunk bike rack is the way to go. The Thule Passage 2 part # TH910XT is a confirmed fit for your 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon and would work well. I attached an install video that shows the rack installed on a 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon as well. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Kuat Bike Frame Adapter Bar # UB01 to provide a horizontal top tube...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon or Carrying 3 Bike Rack
  • Based on the capacities of the hitch on your 2017 Subaru Outback it seems to be a Class I hitch which can only carry up to 2 bikes at a time due to the weight and leverage. To use the Yakima LiteRider 3 part # Y02471 would require you to remove the hitch you have installed and then install the Draw Tite hitch part # 36493 in place of it.
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  • RV Bike Rack Recommendation for Scamp 13 with Two Inch Hitch
  • At the rear of a trailer or RV the ride quality is very rough when compared to the ride quality at the rear of a passenger vehicle. Reason being the suspension isn't as sophisticated and there is a longer distance between the rear axle and the rear of the trailer which exaggerates the movement of the trailer when hitting bumps. Because of that only a few bike racks were designed to be reinforced enough for that type of use. The Advantage SportsRack V-Rack # HE1011 that you referenced...
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  • Recommended Rubber Springs for Suspension Enhancement on a Trailer With 800 lbs Max Load
  • If you are wanting to use rubber springs then I recommend the Timbren Trailer Suspension Enhancement System for Light-Duty Trailers, part # TTRA1702. These springs have a capacity of 1,000 lbs and measure 2-3/4 inches tall and 3-3/8 inches diameter with no load, and 1-1/8 inches tall and 5 inches diameter when loaded. Even though these do not fit the height and diameter that you want, they are the best solution for improving your trailer's ride because they were specifically designed...
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  • Higher Capacity Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Subaru Forester
  • You would need a higher capacity Class III trailer hitch for your 2017 Subaru Forester. For that you would want the Draw Tite hitch part # 75876 which has a tongue weight capacity of 525 lbs.
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