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  • EcoHitch
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • 350 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • Concealed Cross Tube
This custom-fit trailer hitch with a hidden cross tube installs behind your vehicle's rear bumper, leaving only the receiver visible beneath it. Aluminum and steel alloy construction is durable and eco-friendly. Powder coat finish resists rust. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from EcoHitch. EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" part number 306-X7266 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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EcoHitch Trailer Hitch - 306-X7266

This custom-fit trailer hitch with a hidden cross tube installs behind your vehicle's rear bumper, leaving only the receiver visible beneath it. Aluminum and steel alloy construction is durable and eco-friendly. Powder coat finish resists rust.


Features:

  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your vehicle
  • Hidden cross tube provides a clean, from-the-factory look
  • Easy, bolt-on installation - no drilling or welding required
  • Sturdy, lightweight alloy construction
    • Alloy is made of recycled materials and combines aluminum, steel, and stainless steel
  • Black powder coat finish offers superior rust protection
  • Meets SAE J684 towing safety regulations
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 350 lbs
    • Not rated for weight distribution systems
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Hidden Cross Tube for a Clean, Factory Look

The EcoHitch Hidden trailer hitch is designed to be as inconspicuous as possible. The hitch's cross tube bolts onto your vehicle's frame, behind your rear bumper. No drilling or welding is required. Once the hitch is installed, only the receiver will be visible beneath your bumper. This means that your vehicle can maintain its stylish, from-the-factory look, and you won't have to do any major modifications to its body or frame.


Eco-Friendly Material

With a combination of aerospace-grade aluminum, steel, and stainless steel, each EcoHitch is made of a strong metal alloy that will withstand the test of time. The lightweight alloy is composed of recycled materials. Traditional steel hitch manufacturing can use coal or oil, which can contribute to harmful gas emissions. The EcoHitch's recycled materials limit the carbon footprint during manufacturing, so you get a sturdy trailer hitch while also helping the environment.


Rigorous Strength Testing Ensures Durability

This EcoHitch trailer hitch is tested for durability and sturdiness. Using Finite Elemental Analysis (FEA), individual points of stress on the hitch can be detected and remedied. Designers can accurately test the hitch to ensure that it will meet or exceed SAE J684 standards. The EcoHitch Hidden trailer hitch is carefully researched and strength tested for a durable, high-quality hitch that can resist damage while on the road.


etrailer.com Technical Support

At etrailer.com we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.



X7266 Tork Lift Central Eco Hitch Hidden Trailer Hitch - 2" Receiver



306-X7266 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 306-X7266 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2015 - 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon



Video of EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Torklift EcoHitch. This custom fit Class Three trailer hitch receiver offers the two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. Its part number is 306-X7266. Here's what our hitch is going to look like installed. As you can see, there's a huge difference in this hitch as compared to other hitches out there on the market. Typically, you'll have that cross tube that runs all the way across to the frame brackets where it meets.

In this case, all we're going to have is our receiver tube opening and our safety chain connection points, which is going to give our vehicle a very nice clean look after we've got it installed. Another nice thing about it is it does not extend past the end of the bumper, so we won't have to worry about running into it as we walk by. This is a Class Three hitch, so it has the two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. You'll see Torklift supplied a nice reinforcement collar around the end of it there to give it a nice clean look. In our safety chain connection points there's a good size hole, should be able to connect just about any size safety chain that you might want to use. Now, with this being a Class Three hitch, it makes it extremely versatile.

This works out, of course, great for bike racks, cargo carriers, and ball mounts, but just about any other hitch accessory that's made is probably going to come in a Class Three variety. You'll see here's our hitch pin hole. It's 5/8 of an inch in diameter. You want to be sure to choose Class Three accessories. Regardless of the type you might pick, there's going to be plenty of room around the holes. Whether you're using just a hitch pin and clip, maybe a locking hitch pin, or even anti-rattle device, you shouldn't have any issues getting those in place.

Now, something else I really like about the EcoHitch is the construction of it. It's made from recycled material, so we're helping the environment out there. It's an alloy, so it has aluminum, regular steel, and stainless steel. That's going to help it to resist corrosion better than just a standard steel hitch would, so we won't see quite so much of the rusting. To add to that, we've got a nice dimple coated powder coat finish that, again, is going help resist any corrosion for years to come. When it comes to weight ratings for our hitch, it offers a 350 pound tongue weight capacity.

That's the maximum downward force we can put at our receiver tube opening. It's going to give us a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating. That would be the total weight of our trailer and then anything we we're to load up on it. Of course, you do want to check the Outback's owners manual to see what its tow rating is and not exceed that. Now, a couple measurements that you'll find helpful when selecting your ball mount, bike rack, or hitch cargo carrier will be from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, we've got about 16 inches. Then from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our bumper it's about two and a half. To begin our installation, we want to get our taillight housings removed, so on each side we've got two pushpin fasteners here we'll need to take out to remove this cover. Just want to use a Phillips screwdriver. Just rotate that a little bit and it's going to pop out. Sometimes you'll have to hold the outer portion. Once that's out, you can draw that core out and then the fastener located around it. Now we slide up on this cover. We can set that aside. That's going to expose the two ten millimeter bolt heads that we'll need to remove. Now we want to gently pull rearward. On the back side you'll see a wiring harness come in. We're going to separate it from the keeper there. A little pushpin right here, you've got a little tab to push in right there. That's going to separate that one. The other two, we'll rotate counterclockwise and we can get those removed. Now we'll see our housing aside some place safe. Now we'll head over to the passenger side and repeat that same process. Now on each side, we've got a small cover right here. We'll use a little screwdriver, we want to pop those covers off and we'll see another ten millimeter bolt there that we can remove. We'll get these removed and you'll notice these are a little bit different than the ones we had for the taillight housings themselves. These are going to be more like a screw. Now on the bottom side of our bumper cover, we've got some pushpin fasteners that go around the outside edge. You'll see two located on the outside. This is going to be on both sides of the vehicle. You want to pull that center section out and then the larger portion will come with it. We'll also have three that go right across the rear. We'll get those out as well. We've got one more fastener to remove. That's going to be the pushpin fastener that's located right where the rear bumper cover meets the body of the vehicle. You want to take something small and just push that center section in. Once you've got that pushed in, pull the outside out. We'll do that on both sides. Now we'll start at that corner and we want to start pulling our fascia out. You'll see there's little clips right here, kind of spring-loaded clips, those fit into these little grooves. As you pull them out, if they don't release, you can use a small screwdriver to help it along. Now once we have our fascia released pretty much all the way across, put your hand on it here to hold it and we're going to work this edge out just like we did that side. We'll grab it in the middle and make sure we don't have any electrical connectors behind it that we need to separate, and we can set this aside somewhere safe. Now the foam cover that's over our bumper beam, just kind of lift up and pull out on that. We'll remove and discard it. Now on each side of the bumper beam where it goes in and meets the body of the vehicle, we're going to have four nuts that we need to remove. We've got two on the top side here, and there's also two on the bottom side. We'll use a 14 millimeter socket and the open holes here will allows us with an extension to get in and access them. We'll pull those off. Something I like to do right here on the top side is just use one of the nuts, start it with about three or four threads, and as we take off the rest of our fasteners, we're not going to have to worry about the beam falling. Now we can removed the nut that we had holding it in place. Remove the beam. Now we'll take our hitch, you can see the flanges on each side are designed to slide right over our bumper bolts. We'll put out bumper beam right over top of that. We've got new flange nuts that have come with the new hitch, and we're going to use those to replace the existing factory nuts in the exact same locations on each side. You'll notice right here on the back side of the each, there's of the tabs that was used to attach our fascia. We want to bend that up right up to the rear of the vehicle there. That's going to give us plenty of room for our hitch to come in place and for us to tighten down our hardware. Now we'll snug up each of our bolts and then we can torque them down to the specifications, which are listed in your instructions. Now we're here at the bottom side of the fascia. We need to get a notch cut out that's going to allow for clearance for our hitch. We want to start by finding the center of it. Now from the rear edge of the fascia, we'll bring that center line in five inches. I'm going to mark on each side of that five inches as well. It's going to create a T here. Now on the front side, we need a gap that's seven inches wide. We'll come from our center mark, we'll mark three and a half inches on one side and then we can go out a total of seven. On the back side, we want it to be five inches wide, so if we set the center at two and a half inches, we can mark the end and mark it five inches. Now we can use a straightedge and want to connect our dots here. Now we'll remove this inside section here. We'll take our sharp razor knife. We're going to score right along that line that we marked, and after a few passes we should start making our way through there. Once we've got that cut out, you just want to square up your edges, make sure everything looks nice and neat. Now this I'd consider an optional step, it's going to be up to you whether you want it on your trim piece or not. You see we've got this trim lock, this is designed to just be pushed on around the edge that we just trimmed. Whatever excess you have, you can just trim off. Now we'll bring our fascia back in place. Of course the area we cut out, we want to make sure that fits around the hitch. We'll make sure our tabs go in the appropriate places here. I'm just going to secure it right up here at the corner on each side until I make sure everything's where I want it. Once everything's clipped in, we'll start putting our fasteners back in place. We'll use the screw here. We'll also get our taillight housings put back in place on each side. We just reverse when you remove these, you'll place them in and turn the clockwise now. It'll slide back in. You see this one little push tab here It needs to go in that hole. The slots here and here, they need to slide on these white fasteners. Clip clop, get those popped in place and put our two bolts back in. Your cover back, and you're going to push it in, get it slid down. Then we've got our fasteners go back in. This time we're not going to need the screwdriver. You just push on the middle. You've got your small cover down there. Put it in place, push it in position. We'll got to the passenger's side, we're going to repeat those steps there. Now we're going to go across all the way around the bottom edge here and return the six fasteners. Remember, we eliminated the one in the middle. These are going to work just like the ones for our taillights. You want to push them in with the push portion extended. Push that in and that locks it in place. The last two fasteners we're going to put in are going to be the ones that hold this corner in place. You'll see the hole there, place that in, push it down so it's flush just like that. With all of our fasteners back in place, that's going to complete our installation of the Torklift Class Three EcoHitch, part number 306-X7266 on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon.


Customer Reviews

EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 306-X7266

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (93 Customer Reviews)

This custom-fit trailer hitch with a hidden cross tube installs behind your vehicle's rear bumper, leaving only the receiver visible beneath it. Aluminum and steel alloy construction is durable and eco-friendly. Powder coat finish resists rust.

- 306-X7266

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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


This is a VERY well designed kit. I am a wood worker and not a car guy and total time (with a call to support) was easily under two hours. It looks great and is so nicely unobtrusive. My comments are just to help during installation as the video instructions are very nice. The video shows a professional environment and so glosses over a couple of good-to-know items. 1. When he says "discard the styrofoam insert" he means discard as in you will not be reinstalling this item. If you have a hot wire knife I suppose you could remove 1/4" off the face, but otherwise, store it or pitch it. 2. If your car has backup sensors in the bumper facia, it is a good idea to put something protective on the ground on the right side under the bumper (I used a towel). When you pull the facia, pull from the right (as in the video) then the left being careful to keep the left side close to it's original location. You can set the right side down on the towel while you disconnect the wire inside on the left (see pic). It is NOT an easy to remove connector like you had for the lights so the towel prevent scratches t as you move the cover around while disconnecting this wire. 3. Be sure you have a torque wrench that can do 50 ft-lbs. Sears has a good simple beam-model I picked up for $20. 4. Take your time cutting the cover. Score it slowly 5 or 6 times before trying to put a lot of pressure. This will prevent over cutting or parallel cuts. You HAVE to use some sort of snips on the edge cover - it has metal inside so a knife doesn't work well. 5. Pay attention to the tab positions when reinstalling the facia. I had to pull it off to get the metal under tabs on the correct side underneath. As a side note: I installed the electrical kit. The factory connector is VERY hard to find and get to if you have large hands. In my car it was directly (within 2") behind the tie down. I had to slit the cover at the bottom of the tie down to allow me to pull the panel out far enough for my ham hands. Once located, the electrical took 10 minutes. I enjoyed the project. This install was gratifyingly direct just as the video made it seem. I have another Outback and I'll be getting the same kit for it very shortly. I researched having this installed at a shop and I am happy to have saved the $300 by doing it myself. Take your time, follow the steps and you'll do fine. 502347



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


Great hitch receiver for my 2018 Subaru Outback, just wish it was a bit cheaper. I bought this one for [$200+] (shipping included) where most other aftermarket receivers were under $200. I chose the EcoHitch Hidden Receiver mostly because of the hidden appearance and that it didn't require cutting the exhaust heat shield, where most other receivers do. The tradeoff is that the tongue and tow weight capacities are slightly less than the other styles, which I'm not likely to need given the limits of my Outback. Installation took about 1.5 hours, taking my time, and all of it can be done with one person. Albeit it's nice to have a second person when you're mounting the hitch receiver and bumper beam, so one can hold them in place while the other gets a couple nuts tightened. While the hitch receiver does come with instructions, the video tutorials on etrailer's website are a much better source of instructions. I suggest watching the video a few times prior, then have it available on your phone when you're actually doing the install. 477256



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2016 Subaru Outback Wagon


Nice fit and finish. Best looking hitch for my 2016 Outback. I was leary about doing the job as I'm mechanical but have never done any type of auto body work and wasn't sure about the plastic clips. After watching some online videos, I decided to try it.. Of course the first clip I tried broke and the anxiety set in. The rest went good and the job was actually easy. In the instructions and one video it said to discard the foam piece and another one said reinstall it so I decided to "fillet" it. I sliced it in half about the thickness of the hitch plate. (this step took the most time trying to cleanly cut the foam and not my hand). Total installation time set-up to cleaned up -- 2hrs for a novice. If you have the tools, know your way around the clips and not going to modify the foam, it should take less than an hour. Highly recommend the product over the other choices for this car. Thanks to e-trailer for their video showing the different models that fit my car, Probably wouldn't have known about this model if it wasn't for it. 425615


Comments

Perfect, everything as expected, still believe it was the best choice from the product to the etrailer purchase. The only thing would do different would be to put a couple more coats of rust resistant paint on the receiver area before mounting it. Getting some rust there probably ing the hitch wears the paint and combined with the fact that live near the Ocean. But thats easy maintenance. Again best choice for the Outback

Steve S - 08/28/2018

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- 306-X7266

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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon


The video reviews sold me on this hitch. However, I cannot use one due to the bad words which would need to be bleeped. First of all, with every good installation or procedure, there is always a list of required material. The ratchet driver needs an extension (6”). The 14mm ratchet head should be the long version, 2.5” in addition to an extension. Please note these materials on a text slide up front, surprised the vendor does not on the instruction booklet. Why are we advised to throw away the foam insert? By replacing with nothing, do we compromise safety or integrity of the bumper in a rear collision, or are we assuming whatever’s hitched (if anything) will get hit first. My husband did not read the instructions or listen to me or the video, and forced the foam back inside. It just made clipping the second side back together tough, but possible by pushing in the bottom bumper corner. So, after all that, the other piece of advise to offer is be prepared if your Outback is 4 years old, like ours (2015, but 4 New England winters), the bolts could be quite rusted and nearly impossible to remove, the cause of some of the bad words). Then the hex socket snaps off, drops inside the bumper and unless you have a strong magnet, you won’t be able to contunue with your socket wrench for the rest of the job, and more bad words will fly. Now we have a beautiful hidden hitch, sleek and streamlined, looks professionally installed. Well, we consider ourselves pros after it’s done 2.5 hours later. We can mount our boat racks on top of the car and bike rack on the hitch. Time for vacation! 550405


Comments

EcoHitch recommends removing the foam because once the hitch mounting flanges are sandwiched between the bumper beam and the body of the vehicle, that extra thickness moves that bumper beam far enough away from the vehicle that the bumper cover will be pretty tricky to get back on. It can be done, but its not easy as you found. The foam provides zero collision protection. In fact, once the hitch is installed, the hitch actually provides additional protection. I hope this helps ease your mind.

-- Mike L - 08/07/2018

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- 306-X7266

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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


A friend came to the house this morning and helped me install the EcoHitch on my wife's new, 2017 Outback Limited. This is our fifth (5th) Subaru and I have installed a Hidden Hitch and a Curt brand hitch on two of our other Subaru Outbacks, so I have a pretty good idea about how they compare. The EcoHitch was as easy to install as either of the other two brands and did not take any longer to install. From start to finish took somewhere between 75 and 90 minutes after watching the video from etrailer. I like the fact that everything but the hitch receiver is hidden and I still have plenty of ground clearance. I was pleased with my last Curt hitch, but did not wish to drill additional holes in my frame. Addtionally, I do not like having the idea of having a greater liability potential if I chose to ignore Curt's recommendation to use a stabilizer strap when using the hitch for a bike rack, something that I have never done. As much as I like the cost and ease of installation of a Draw-Tite (Hidden Hitch) hitch, that brand sits too far under the car to use with my 1Up bike rack. Additionally, when I had a Hidden Hitch that I used with a hanging style bike rack, I had to put a pool noodle between my bike and car to keep the bike from hitting the bumper because the bike was too close to the car because of the fact that the hitch receiver was too far under the car. I will enjoy the fact that the EcoHitch receiver opening is nearly flush with the bumper as that should cure the aforementioned worry of having the bikes so close to the back of the car. What a great hitch. A final note: the written instructions included with the EcoHitch are not nearly as useful as etrailer's video, which was wonderful. The only improvement that I would suggest to etrailer would be to make a video of the hitch being installed on a car (either a limited or touring model) with back up sensors so that the amateur installer would know to disconnect the sensors before attempting to walk off with the fascia after removing it. Thanks a bunch. I hope this review helps someone else that might be considering a hitch for his/her Subaru Outback! 445032



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I purchased an Ecohitch Class III hitch, and Thule T2Pro XTB bike platform for my 2017 Subaru Outback Limited. I did the entire assembly and installation in about 3 hours, one afternoon, with very limited assistance from my wife. The hardest part of the entire process was figuring out how to disconnect the connector for the backup sensors, and cutting the hole for the hitch receiver in the bumper fascia. The video was absolutely priceless to show how the little plastic pieces held the fascia together, and how they could be detached. I think that I might buy some new ones because they are not quite as tight when installed the second time. It was not clear from the Thule instructions, but it is helpful to have the hitch installed before putting the bike platform together, because the hitch can get the platform up in the air, and make the assembly a lot easier. I also found that the security cable was could be lengthened a bit, but it still fit, once I figured that the plastic piece was intended to be detached from the arm when it was serving as a lock. This is a very substantial structure to add to the back of the vehicle. I really like the Ecohitch, and the way that it is concealed behind the bumper. This makes it worth the extra money. The Thule is heavy, but now I don't have to lift the bikes up on top of the roof, which is difficult for us mature people with bad shoulders. And our bikes don't have a traditional top-tube, so we needed something that could hold the bikes by the wheels alone. All-in-all a good purchase, easy to install, and it looks like it will work well. I also plan to use the hitch to pull a small trailer, and it looks like that should work well, too. 476665



- 306-X7266

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2016 Subaru Outback Wagon


I weighed my options very carefully on my decision of which trailer hitch to purchase for my 2016 subaru outback. After I watched the subaru video describing their tow hitch, I came to the decision to purchase the one that attached to the bumper instead of the frame. Subaru explained they don't drill a hole into the frame because it would weaken the integrity of the crumple zone. I would hate for ANY of my passengers to get hurt because I took the cheaper way out. There was a little delay in shipment and upon calling other distributors I was advised not to loose my place in my order because it was in high demand everywhere and on back order. Glad I didn't change anything. James C. was very up front and in constant communication with me and got my order delivered to me in a very timely manner. I followed the installation video offered by e-trailer to installed my CURT wiring connection and my tow hitch on my own. I was so proud of myself and grateful for the money I saved with e-trailer. Subaru quoted me “around $1200. $600 for the part and $600 for labor”. With the savings, I can enjoy my trip so much more with an extra $900 in my pocket. Thank you everyone at e-trailer and especially James C. and those who made the educational videos. 511147



- 306-X7266

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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


I am extremely happy with the EcoHitch. It arrived promptly, was not difficult to install and looks far better on my Subaru Outback than typical frame mounted aftermarket hitches. As usual, etrailer's "How To Install Video" was invaluable -- providing step-by-step instructions on nearly the exact model I have, including exact descriptions of how to release each type of push-pin. Using the video, It took me the projected 2-hour installation time, but only because I spent a half hour or so going to a store to buy a 16mm socket deep enough to undo the factory bumper bolts. A standard or deepwell 1/2" socket will work, my short 3/8" drive socket did not reach the nut. Otherwise, I found this hitch easier to install than a typical frame hitch since all of the heavy lifting is done standing up rather than on your back under the car. There were a couple of very minor items not mentioned in the video that could possibly cause someone some difficulty: 1) my particular model has vestigial mud flaps, no doubt from some factory trim package, that covered the fascia push-pin nearest the wheel well. The flaps are held on by 3 phillips screws and one difficult to access push-pin. I found that with only the screws removed, the flap could be rotated out of the way enough to remove the last fascia push-pin. 2) I had a wire going to the rear sensors in the fascia; easy enough to unplug but likely to become more common as more vehicles include these safety features. In all, this seems to be a nice product and thanks to etrailer for their usual good service. 562944



- 306-X7266

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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


This is by far the best choice of the racks that are available... its great to have a proper 2" receiver hanging down with no cross beam. Installation was quite good - the online videos were all that we used (great job E-Trailer) and only checked the written instructions to confirm the torque for the nuts. I took my time to keep all the pieces organized, but the install time was still under 2 hrs. Note that I had a friend of mine helping out which is a huge help - would highly recommend a second set of hands for anyone doing the install. I ended up trimming the styrofoam cover with a saw, taking off roughly the thickness of the hitch flange... a little messy but I didn't want to just take away the foam completely. My car has the back-up sensors which added a little complication when taking the cover on and putting it back on, but they easily unplug and plug back in. Overall, looks like a great product. I'm in eastern Canada and was surprised at how quickly the hitch got delivered... certainly more expensive than other hitches, especially with shipping, but this is head and shoulders above the others and looks so much better without the tube across the back! No pictures unfortunately... I started to take some shots, but had backed the car in so we were sheltered from the wind so the lighting was poor... lots of great pictures from others and again, videos from E-Trailer were great! Jason 510232



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I ordered the 2" ecohitch for my '17 Outback having looked at a few options and ultimately deciding on a hitch that didn't require drilling into the frame. I will be using almost exclusively for a bike rack. I have never installed a hitch and wouldn't consider myself to be knowledgable about cars or their maintenance. I am handy though and found the installation and accompanying instructions to be straightforward and simple enough for a first-timer. I didn't hoist my car off the ground and I found there to be enough room to lie down and work under my Outback. It took me a few hours altogether and I'd say I was taking my time. The product itself seems very well made and the trouble of removing the bumper was worth it for me to have the hitch somewhat hidden and no holes in the frame. There are a few plastic fasteners on the Outback that I suspect were not intended for reuse and they broke upon extraction. That was the only real issue I had with installation and a trip to the hardware store fixed that with new fasteners. So far it is perfect for what I needed and it has the same look as the dealer option hitch Subaru offers. They don't offer a 2" though so I was on my own. Now that I've done one, I would not buy the dealer option even if they offered 2" because they also charge about double. 542387



- 306-X7266

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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


Just finished installing my Eco Hitch on a 2018 Subaru Outback. The hardest part of the installation for me was finding my 14mm socket...... Damn, I knew I had one somewhere. Anyway, found the socket and proceeded with the installation. I've installed several hitches and this is by far the easiest install I have ever done. Everything went very smoothly and took just over an hour. The quality of the hitch, parts and instructions are top notch and the end result is probably the nicest I've ever seen. The receiver does not protrude so no shin bumps and it's finished with a nice trim. The chain hitch points are very easy to access and the whole fit and finish is superb. This is my 3rd Outback, the last 2 had factory hitches and they were awful. As long as Torklift is making hitches I will never use anything else! I'm not posting pictures because, honestly, it looks just like the one in their installation video, which btw, is a great help. Watched the video and the install went exactly as depicted. Oh, and Etrailer is great! I knew every step of the way what was happening with my order and it actually arrived a day earlier than planned. Thanks Etrailer! 477366



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


I LOVE the EcoHitch and how hidden it is! My Nephew and I installed it along with a wiring harness. The most difficult part was finding the connector inside my vehicle to plug into. (It was taped up out of the way!) We watched the "how-to" video provided and the installation of the hitch was much easier than anticipated! The local Dealer would have charged $450 to install. There was some cutting involved to get bumper to fit over hidden hitch but this was shown in video so it was anticipated. I had a hitch on my last vehicle that stuck out a bit beyond the bumper and I always had to be watchful to avoid hitting my legs. This one is flush and, depending on the bicycle carrier I use , i may have to put a small extender in to avoid damaging bumper. 502288



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


Straightforward installation according to the video. Like others the access to wiring is difficult but the installation of the hitch is very straightforward. I’d recommend having extra fasteners available as the plastic becomes iffy over time and make sure your 14mm sockets are deep enough to accommodate the removal of the factory nuts. The low profile is fabulous and far superior to other products. Looks better than the factory. Now the Subaru can accommodate accessories and a lightweight trailer. It is not a difficult install with the correct tools but requires some attention to detail when working with the fascia. Two people make the job much easier but not necessary. 556751



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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon


The instructional videos on etrailer.com really made the installation a breeze. The hitch is very sturdy and the powder coat was solid. The hitch is almost invisible, but has already worked well for 6 trips with the trailer. 514101



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


Easy install with excellent video instructions. The connector for the rear braking sensors are on drivers side (left) white plug if your car is equipped.Was a pretty easy job with my helper watching from the back of car. 422353



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I have purchased two hitches from etrailer, and am well pleased with the quality products. Instructions are straight forward, with no questions about the installation. The Eco Hidden Trailer Hitch, Now there's something different... Fear about taking apart the rear body bumper- painted fascia was like going where no man has gone before. On your video, with precise visualization on exactly how to remove the fascia, made this a piece of cake,... literally... The hardest part about removing anything is knowing exactly how the parts are connected, so you can remove them without damaging connectors and you don't wind up with a new vehicle with body and bumper parts hanging off. The Subi 2016-17 Outback video was the best, right to the point, No fillers, all meat and information. ThanX etrailer a very comprehensive website, the best products for the best price, and saved me hundred's... not going thru the dealership. IT'S LIKE A KIT... best looking hitch! Tom C. Eastern Pa. 424356



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


Installed today on my 2017 limited outback. Followed the video instructions. Took me about three hours to install but I like to take my time and it was 98 degrees out. The limited has the rear sensors and there is just a small disconnect clip on lower left side (in picture). Looks super clean and I like that its bolt on. Now just waiting on my thule hitch bike rack to carry my mountain bikes :) 525942



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


This is beefier hitch than I thought it would be. Very solid hitch with outstanding attachment points. I had several hiccups along the way. There is a foam piece attached to the bumper beam which is to be removed and "discarded" prior to removing the bumper beam. I missed the "discarded" part on both video and instruction sheet. The facia install was not possible with foam still on bumper beam. Once discarded all went smoothly. My tool box is not fully equipped so it took several trips to Lowes and Home Depot to finally get all the required tools and accessories. Instruction sheet that comes with the hitch is a little vague. Thank you for the video! It is very detailed and without it, the process would have been more difficult. Great product and great support from etrailer. 446933



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


Quick installation on my 2018 Subaru Outback. No drilling required to the frame; only required a small cutout from the rear bumper fascia. Feels solid. I use it for 2" hitch accessories, such as a bike rack. There is no exposed crossbar, which makes it look clean in the back. No quality complaints as of yet. So far I'm satisfied with the sturdy feel with a loaded bike rack. I like how it came with new nuts ; as well as, material to cover the cut made to the fascia - gives a professional look to the finish. Would be nice to have a template for the fascia cut out, however it was easy enough to do. Installation took about an hour; could be done by one person, but two sets of hands is always better. The installation video on the product page is extremely useful; I highly advise reviewing it beforehand. However, the is NO NEED to discarding the foam bumper spacer, as suggested in the video. The foam insert was reinserted without force or need for shaving/cutting down. 487791



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Subaru Outback Wagon


The EcoHitch has got to be the best hitch out there. It's barely noticeable once in, and generally seems like a quality piece of hardware. It takes some work to install, nothing difficult, just lots of clip removal which can be a bit of a pain. But I prefer that to drilling holes in the trunk. For my install I used: phillips and flat screwdrivers, hammer, 10mm socket, 14mm deep socket, ratchet with 6" extension, torque wrench, measuring tape, and utility knife. Having a small prybar as shown in the install video would have made life easier, but not a necessity. The videos etrailer.com provided in my order page were way more helpful than the Torklift instructions. Being able to see it performed on your vehicle removes a significant amount of frustration. 457000



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


After viewing the install video before and after purchase I finally found the time to install the 2" version. Having all needed tools ready helped. I drove the back wheels of my 2018 Outback up on my old set of ramps to achieve a good working height. Removing tail light assembly carefully went well. Removal of bumper cover slower because of mud flaps. After bolting on new Ecohitch and the bumper beam cutting the receiver notch went slowly only because my knife was not sharp enough. Finished product was a clean and neat appearance. Good service good product. 522990



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The Eco hitch is an extremely stout and well made item. It is capable if handling much more weight than my car is, but it's invisible cross beam made it a no-brainer for me. The only suggestion that I have is to NOT throw away the Styrofoam bumper cover as instructed in the video. The mounting plates of the Eco hitch are 1/4" steel plates. So it makes sense that you would need to lose 1/4" of the bumper cover in order for the plastic bumper cover to fit back on. But if you own a band saw, removing 1/4" from the rear face of the foam is very fast and simple. Everything went back just fine after that and the bumper has the foam cover to absorb the occasional "soft" tap without tearing the plastic bumper cover. 434889



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This was a very straightforward install. The only trouble I had was trying to figure out how the wheel well trim tabs came out. I only had to break one to figure it out. Also, there was no reason to throw out the foam insert, so I put it back. I didn’t have any difficulty in fitting the bumper back on. Do make sure you get the metal tabs underneath on the right side (inside) before you get too excited and fasten the top down. 563045



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2016 Subaru Outback Wagon


Very well made, looks fantastic on the car. Overall great instructions except that our vehicle (a 2016 Subaru Outback) has wheel well arch covers that need to be partially removed and that is not covered in the instructions or video. I’m very familiar with working with body panels so it was no problem, but might trip up some other folks not quite as familiar. I thought the installation was quite easy, and I did it myself in about 3 hours (moving very slowly and deliberately, double checking every bolt, clip, etc). I should also note that etrailer has wonderful customer service. This hitch was on backorder and took about 5 weeks to arrive, but I received at least three phone calls from eTrailer updating on when it would be available. I was not in a hurry, but I appreciated that they kept me apprised. 444818



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


The product install video was spot on. My 2018 outback touring did have mud flaps attached to fascia that I had to deal with but no big deal. 2 hour install and it looks really clean. 505302



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


I wanted to put a hitch on my 2018 Subaru Outback and the dealer would only offer a 1.25, so after some research the EcoHitch came out as top rated. I do not plan on towing anything so I opted just for the 2" hitch to carry up to 4 bikes as part of a bike rack from another manufacturer. I had a auto shop do the install who was not a Eco Dealer as I had issues finding one locally that could do it. With that said, the installer said if all hitches by Eco were as easy to install, then he would look into becoming a dealer. The install took 2 hrs and came out great. I found the entire ordering process from etrailer to be smooth, quick and efficient as well as the tracking and post sale followup. 542238



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


Although this hitch is more expensive than others, the final product is worth the cost. It barely adds anything to the exterior of the car, so it keeps the high clearance of the Subaru and avoids extending past the bumper. It is also a very simple task to install as long as you have the tools. The only thing I was missing was a deep socket for the nuts holding the bumper on. The only mistake I made was when I first pushed the bumper cover back on I accidentally put it above one of the connectors on the bottom, so I had to remove it and push it back on. The most difficult part was actually cutting the bumper cover. I gave up on using a knife to cut through like in the video and just used my tin snips on it. 509172



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After ordering the hitch, I was informed by Alec that it was on back order until mid-January. He gave me an option for another style; but, I wanted the hidden look of this one. All along etrailer kept me up to date on the progess and it showedup yesterday and I installed it today. Thanks to the great video instructions and tips from other buyers, this went in in 1.25 hours! That included removing and re-installing wheel arch moldings. Thanks to Art G.'s suggestion of not throwing out the styrofoam bumper cover, I used a hot styrofoam knife and trimmed about a 1/4" inch off. Not the prettiest look; but no one will ever see it and it gives added protection. Great product and price. Beats going to a dealer! 463302



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


Just a couple of notes on the video. First, I thought why discard the foam, I'll keep it. Video should have stated you must discard to allow the the extra thickness of the hitch. Second, on reassembly, make sure that the bottom portion of the bumper facia seats itself on the correct side of the rear tabs and the side under panels before starting the side fascia attachment, otherwise the facia will not seat properly on the sides of the car. I had the added task of removing and reinstalling after-market fender well trim and mud flaps, but otherwise the installation went well. The look of the hitch is great and I have the satisfaction knowing that everything was done correctly by me. 544043



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


Product exceeded my expectations...and your install video made for an easy install. 510936



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


Excellent experience with Etrailer! When I ordered the hitch, Lori quickly notified me that the item was on back order... and it could be up to 4 weeks for it to arrive at my house. She offered me alternatives, if this timing was too long. Fortunately, this worked out with my schedule, and I could not be happier. Installation was a breeze, just follow the videos. I was most concerned about pulling off the bumper cover, but it could not have been easier. I did follow another person's suggestion and shaved 1/4" off of the foam piece with a bandsaw... and reinstalled it instead of throwing it away. Love the look of this hitch! Thanks etrailer! 498200



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Excellent product, easy to install and looks good! 552136



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I received this hitch in a timely manner and in well condition. Installing it was easy. Follow the video directions found on th website, it really makes the job easy and effective. It took me about two hours to complete thw job. If you can have another person to help you it's always a plus, otherwise the job can be simple enough for one person. Once installed, the hitch looks clean and does not intrude with with the car' aerodynamics. It's worth the extra money. I'm planning on using it to carry a basket and possibly a small trailer at some point in the future. Overall, great customer service and product selection. 541737



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Excellent trailer hitch! The design of the hitch is such that it tucks back under the bumper and only the opening is visible. Too many trailer hitches look really big and clunky and hang down low. This one is great because it is not noticeable especially if a rubber cap is used to cover the opening. Installation was very easy and step by step just watch the video. I actually brought my laptop out in the garage and paused it at each step. Installation time was less than 1-1/2 hours start to finish with minimal tools. Even though it can be done alone a second person is helpful when removing and reinstalling the fascia. 427602



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


This particular product was late to ship. etrailer did everything within their power to make me happy. After a little digging the manufacturers website says these are made when ordered, explaining the delay. etrailer could have referenced this to forfeit any blame but did not. Clearly, this was not not their fault. They truly seemed focused on my experience. Thumbs up. The hitch went on quickly and easily. Instructions are laid out well and there are many youtube videos highlighting installation, if needed. Wish i could say more but haven’t towed with it yet. It looks good, nice welds, and seems rock solid. 501779



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


Although I have no experience with the OEM hitch, this Torklift Ecohitch 2" is exactly what should have come on my 2018 Subaru Outback from the factory. Easy install, phenomenal quality, and it works like it should. 567719



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


Easy to install, looks good, does what it’s supposed to do. Took a little long to ship, some snafu at the factory. However, communication with etrailer was really good and they kept me in the loop constantly. 501894



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Great product. Not difficult to install, just takes some time. Watched the video a couple of times and was able to put on the hitch without looking at the instructions. Total time to install ~ 2.5 hours. 423241



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


A superb product in every respect. Best thing about the appearance is that there is virtually no appearance; all you see is the receiver opening. The rest is handily hidden behind the bumper. The video showing the installation was a perfect step by step guide which made installation a piece of cake. Plan to use it to tow a small trailer carrying our kayaks. The Subaru dealer wanted a third more and it would have not been the quality hitch. For once my do it yourself paid off and I didn't even shed the usual amount of blood! Oh, the folks at etrailer.com were great to work with. 510333



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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon


I received this a couple of weeks ago and just got around to installing it this past weekend. The instructions that came in the box, as well as the video on this site, were extremely helpful. This is really easy to do; it doesn't require you to be a mechanic or auto body expert. However, you will need some basic tools (make sure your 14mm socket is deep well). I chose this one over the other, cheaper, options because I loved the fact that there is no bar. The only reduction in vehicle clearance is where the actual hitch is. You can't beat that! 502949



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


Installed in one hour. Easy to do. Although I did it myself, I do recommend a helper to assist with the bumper cover to avoid scratching it. 520415



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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


This tow hitch looks incredible. I had it professionally installed by Chuck's Trucks in Nashville, the Torklift certified installer in my area. I love the fact that it barely affects my ground clearance. I'm so happy I chose this hitch over the other options, and especially over the Subaru model with the smaller receiver. 524243



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The new hitch arrived and installation went smoothly. I chose this hitch because it has a sleek design that looks stock on the car, but the instructional video was a big selling point as well. Not having tried a project like this, and worried about messing up our new car, I was nervous and probably would have paid someone else to do it if I hadn’t had the helpful video. The hitch did take about three weeks to arrive, I think it might have been made to order. etrailer was very helpful and responsive to emails. 473158



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If you’re looking for a hitch for your Subaru Outback this is one I recommend. This was a great purchasing experience. The ordering process was easy, great price, and received my hitch quickly. The quality of the hitch exceeded my expectations. The supplied instructions for installing the hitch are step by step, and detailed with all information I needed. Installation took me about 1 1/2 hours. It looks great only the hitch itself is seen. I’ve only put a bike rack on it so far but rock solid. 465445



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The Hitch fit my 2017 Subaru Outback perfectly. The installation video was easy to follow and ultimately saved me $400 in installation costs from a dealership. I did have to drive out to purchase a deep reach metric socket in the middle of the installation to the 8 nuts onto the existing studs. Would commend that be noted in the install video and instructions. I also rented a torque wrench for final torque. I highly recommend this product. Looks great and was perfect for my new 1UP bike rack. 555287



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


Still going strong. This low profile trailer hitch is still the best I've seen on Subaru Outbacks. 565242



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We received the hitch yesterday and my son installed it this morning on my 2016 Subaru Outback. While it wasn't quite as easy as shown in the video, it was installed with no problems. He remarked at the quality of the finishes and how well built the unit was. It was so much easier to install than one of the normal underneath the car hitches. It looks real well on the car. I am very pleased with the 306-X7266 trailer hitch and I feel it was well worth the higher cost. 524052



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


Thanks for the follow-up. Got it all installed. Thanks. Installation pictures included. 488587



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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon


It’s been one year since we bought and installed this hitch. We get compliments on its appearance, or actually on its limited appearance vs the big bulky hitches out there. It’s very unobtrusive with only the receiver visible. The installation video was great. My wife did kind of freak out when she saw the bumper cover and bumper off the Outback. But all went well and we are very pleased. We tow a small kayak trailer and use a hitch mount bike rack and this works great. 559718



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I don't consider myself to be a mechanic by any means but by following along with the video I was able to install the hitch in under 2 hours and it looks great. The only thing that wasn't explained was that there are 2 different sizes of fasteners so upon re assembly I had to learn that it mattered what fastener went in what hole. etrailer.com had fast shipping and very helpful information available. I would gladly come back the next time I am in need of hitch components 477083


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  • Best Hitch Recommendations for 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • For your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon the Class III hitch I would recommend is the EcoHitch part # 306-X7266 as the overall winner. It has the higher Class III towing capacities, doesn't require the stabilizer strap when carrying a bike rack like the Curt, but also because it only has the hitch opening that hangs down below the bumper so it's the least visible. It is the most expensive though so the next best option is the Draw Tite part # 75673 which is still a great hitch but it has a visible...
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  • Does Installing EcoHitch in 2018 Subaru Outback Affect Back Up Sensors
  • I attached a picture of the Ecohitch part # 306-X7266 installed by us and you can see the back up sensor on the far end of the bumper. It wasn't a problem for us at all. Removing the foam wasn't an issue either. For the money though I would go with the Draw Tite part # 75673.
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  • Draw-Tite vs Eco-Hitch for 2018 Subaru Outback
  • All 2-inch hitches we offer for your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon appear on the page I linked for you and these of course include the Draw-Tite # 76227 and the Eco-Hitch # 306-X7266, both of which require a MUCH more involved installation process than other options we offer. Both require removal of the rear bumper so that the hitch mounting plates can go in between the bumper and the rest of the vehicle. This is shown in the linked photo. To be perfectly honest with you, if I were making...
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  • Comparing the Curt # C13206 and the EcoHitch # 306-X7266 for a 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • I take it that you are debating over the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13206 and the EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7266 for your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon because the Curt is rated for a higher weight capacity but the EcoHitch has a cleaner look. The thing that you need to remember is that when using your vehicle to tow or carry anything you always have to check the weight of the equipment you are using (trailer hitch) AND the weight rating for your vehicle. Whichever...
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  • Comparing the EcoHitch # 306-X7266 and Draw-Tite # 76227 for a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Aside from the physical appearance differences (safety chain loops, mounting brackets, etc,) the EcoHitch # 306-X7266 and Draw-Tite # 76227 are essentially the same trailer hitch and both will fit your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon. The only real difference is that the Draw-Tite has a higher weight capacity but since your Outback Wagon has a towing weight capacity of 2,700 lbs it really doesn't matter because both are rated for more than that and you are limited by your lowest rated component....
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for Ground Clearance for Towing and Carrying Bikes on a 2018 Outback Wagon
  • Adding a trailer hitch will affect the ground clearance on certain vehicles depending on how it installs. In the case of your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon it will affect the ground clearance a little due to the hitch receiver sitting under the bumper and rear fascia. The trailer hitch that will affect it the least and what I recommend using is the EcoHitch # 306-X7266. From the top of the inside of the receiver opening to the ground on a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon is about 16" so the ground...
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  • Will Cutting Fascia to Install EcoHitch Trailer Hitch on 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon Void Warranty
  • When installing an aftermarket product on your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, such as the EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7266 referenced in your question, you are protected by the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. This act states, in part, that unless the installation (and subsequent fascia/bumper trimming) directly caused a problem, the warranty cannot be voided. Basically, the vehicle manufacturer cannot void the warranty simply because you cut into the bumper. The foam padding...
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  • Difference in Mounting Plate Thickness Between Draw-Tite and EcoHitch Hitch for 2018 Subaru Outback
  • The Draw-Tite Class III Max Frame Receiver Hitch # 76227 referenced in your question is confirmed to fit your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon. I went out to our warehouse with a digital caliper to take a look at both this hitch and the EcoHitch # 306-X7266, which is also confirmed to fit your vehicle. I measured a thickness on the frame brackets of exactly 0.26 inches for both hitch models. I am not sure what might have caused the issue that your local installer mentioned regarding the EcoHitch...
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  • Will Trailer Hitch for 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon Work with Rear Bumper Sensors
  • The EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7266 referenced in your question is confirmed to fit the 2018 Subaru Outback with the rear sensors on the bumper. This custom-fit hitch features a hidden cross tube and will install behind the vehicle's rear bumper, leaving only the receiver visible beneath it. This Class III hitch will provide a 2 inch receiver opening and has a 3,500 pound towing capacity. I have attached the installation details that you can also check out. If...
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  • Availability of the EcoHitch for a 2018 Subaru Outback
  • The EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver Class III, # 306-X7266, has been confirmed to fit the 2018 Subaru Outback. We also carry 2 other hitches that are confirmed to fit the 2018 Subaru Outback. The Curt Class III Round Tube Receiver, # C13206, and the Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame Receiver Hitch, # 75673, will fit this model vehicle.
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  • Made in USA Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • I have a similar trailer hitch for your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon that is made in the USA, the EcoHitch part # 306-X7266, but the Draw Tite part # 76227 that you referenced is not. The EcoHitch has the same concealed crosstube like the Draw Tite and would be the best USA made hitch we have. The etrailer.com hitch part # e98847 is also made in the USA but has a visible crosstube so it may not be the style you want. I attached an install video for the EcoHitch for you to check out as well.
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  • Installation of EcoHitch on 2018 Subaru Outback with Wheel Arch Moldings and Rear Sensors
  • The EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 306-X7266 is a confirmed fit for your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon. I've attached a couple videos of this installation on similar models. We haven't had the wheel trim on these models, so I can only assume there are similar plugs as other vehicles that you need to remove the center section of with a flathead screwdriver and then remove the rest of the plug. The sensors can normally stay in the bumper locations, you...
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  • Replacing OEM Subaru Hitch on 2016 Outback for Compatibility with Thule T2 Bike Rack
  • The EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 306-X7266 will install in the same location as your OEM hitch, but if you don't have the bolt on bumper beam I do recommend adding it but you will need to confirm with Subaru if it is necessary or not. This will give you the 2 inch hitch receiver compatible with your Thule T2 Classic # TH9044 you were wanting. This is a confirmed fit that will work perfectly for this application. If you want to keep your current...
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  • Does Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch 76227 Come with Hardware to Install on a 2017 Subaru Outback
  • Trailer hitch # 76227 does not come with hardware because it uses nuts already on the 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon. The bumper beam on this vehicle fits over 8 studs in the vehicle frame and is held there with 8 matching nuts. This hitch will be sandwiched between the bumper beam and the end plate where it mounts using the same studs and nuts. I have linked the instructions for you to illustrate this. The review you mentioned is actually referring to EcoHitch # 306-X7266 which comes with...
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  • Compatibility of Yakima Dr. Tray with EcoHitch Hidden Hitch on a 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • I reached out to my contacts at Yakima, who gave me some useful information about the Dr. Tray, part # Y02473. The Dr. Tray requires 3 inches of hitch depth to work properly, while the EcoHitch Hidden Hitch, part # 306-X7266 has a depth of 6-1/2 inches, giving you plenty of room to use it on your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon. The Dr. Tray does have a 3rd bike option available as part # Y02475, and it can be used with this hitch. There is also a kit variant with the 3rd bike included...
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  • Will Connectors Easily Clip Back Together for Installation of EcoHitch on a 2018 Outback Wagon
  • Yes, if any wiring needs to be unplugged behind the bumper of your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon for installing the EcoHitch # 306-X7266 it will disconnect and reconnect easily. It should just be a simple tab application. I have attached an installation video on a 2017 Outback Wagon for you to reference.
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  • Bumper Clearance of T2 Bike Rack with Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver on 2018 Subaru Outback
  • The Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 75673 will have a measurement of about 5 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole on the receiver to the outside edge of the bumper. The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # C13206 will be 2-1/4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of your bumper. The EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 306-X7266 has a much cleaner...
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  • Is the EcoHitch for a 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon Compatible with the Thule T2 Classic # TH9044
  • Out of the available EcoHitch options for your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon I recommend going with the part # 306-X7266 which is a Class III hitch with a 2" receiver. This gives you access to more accessories than you would have it you used a 1-1/4" receiver. Although we haven't had a chance to install the EcoHitch on a 2018 Outback Wagon as of yet, the past two year models had 2-1/2" of clearance from the hitch pin hole to the furthest edge of the bumper. This means that you will be able...
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  • Trusted since 1946.

    We've been serving customers since our parts store first opened in 1946 and continue to be recognized by our customers, our vendors and third parties for exceptional service.
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