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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

Item # C13206
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Product Expert Kathleen M

Is this right for you? Product Expert Kathleen M says:

Yes, if you:

  • Prefer the more traditional glossy black finish
  • Have a folding carrier that sits pretty close to the back of your Subaru when it's folded

No, if you:

  • Are new to DIY projects or have limited tools to cut or drill as needed to install this hitch
  • Might get annoyed by seeing the cross tube every time you look at the back of your Subaru
  • Have a steep driveway that you don't want to risk scraping with a carrier or platform bike rack
This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from CURT. Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" part number C13206 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 1-800-496-5010 for expert service.
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CURT Trailer Hitch - C13206

  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 4000 lbs GTW
  • CURT
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • 600 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.


Features:

  • Custom fit is designed specifically for your vehicle
  • Precision, robotic welding maximizes strength and improves fit
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Stylish, round-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately
  • Hitch assembled in the USA
    • Mounting hardware may be imported


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 4,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 600 lbs
    • Not rated for use with weight distribution systems
  • Limited lifetime warranty


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.



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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - C13206

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (375 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.

by:
2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

This is the second hitch I have purchased from etrailer.com. The first one [for a 2006 Outback Wagon] went on so easy, I purchased one for our 2018 Outback. This one was a little more challenging to install. But, after watching the video, I decided that it was within my abilities. I am no seasoned mechanic by any means. I change my own oil and do other minor repairs. I have included some pictures of the install. My most important tool was my covid-19 approved second helper. By clamping the hitch to the floor jack, I was able to maneuver and position the hitch with minimal effort. Without it, it is certainly a 2 person job.

Etrailers instructions are very clear and well written. Watching the video for your specific car is extremely helpful. The one hour install time is right on the money. The more experience and better tools you have, the faster it will go. Mine took longer, because I'm not that experienced. In the video, the mechanic used a stepped drill bit. This made the install go much smoother. Use a face shield, because the filings are very hot if you are lying on your back while drilling.
I am very pleased with etrailer.com and will go to them first for my towing needs.


Comments
After one year, the hitch is still looking great! No signs of rust, corrosion or unusual wear. I check the mounting hardware as recommended, and everything is still as tight as when first installed. Still very pleased with my purchase!
Steven - 08/18/2021


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Great trailer hitch receiver! Easy to follow instructions and videos online make it ver easy to install and do work on. I use this to for my bikes, moving trailer, small camper and equipment trailer!




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Subaru Outback Wagon

I purchased the hitch to put on our Subaru Outback so that I could put a cargo tray on the car to go to the mountains. I am very satisfied with the hitch and it still looks like new. Driving the car at 30 mpg. vs. my truck at 15mpg.to go upstate or on small trips is a no brainer. I also use it for hunting and it hauls deer just fine!




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2014 Subaru Outback Wagon

Went with the Curt 13206 for our 2014 Outback after researching prices and weighing options for factory vs. aftermarket hitches and wiring. Our intended uses -- some light trailer and camper towing, plus cargo carriers and bike racks -- were a good match for the Curt's ratings (which exceed the Outback's ratings, just a bit of extra assurance). We also liked the more-rearward placement of the hitch opening.

The hitch and accessories arrived quickly from etrailer, with no shipping damage. We were pleased with the aesthetics of the Curt hitch in person (rounded tubing, good finish, quality welds). It might not be the most "stealth" offering out there, but appears very solid and not at all conspicuous once installed.

The installation was fairly straightforward, got it done solo in the garage in a couple of hours. The hitch was a tight fit around the spare tire well, had to scrape down a bit of the factory undercoating on each side to get it into place (something a few other customers mentioned). The rubber exhaust hangers also took some awkward wrestling -- probably would have been easier if I'd had access to a lift.

Also installed the Curt 56040 wiring harness and Tow Ready mounting brackets (18140 + 18144) for the flat-four plug. Again, relatively easy jobs with the how-to demos on etrailer. Since I had the rear flooring pulled out to put in the wiring, I decided to enlarge a couple of existing taped-over holes in the cargo area to fish the hitch mounting hardware into place (rather than enlarging holes on the underside of the vehicle), as suggested by previous reviewers.

Similarly, I routed the flat-four harness down through an existing rubber plug in the spare tire well (added some split-loom), and connected it to the Tow Ready brackets on the hitch. I thought this would be a cleaner and more convenient solution than running wiring through the rear hatch when towing.

Have to say that the how-to videos and notes from etrailer, along with the tips, tweaks and suggestions from other customers, made these tasks much, much easier and saved a lot of time. Thanks again for the thorough product selection and documentation, and great service.


Comments
Thanks so much for your business and your review, John! Just a quick note - even though the hitch may exceed the capacity of your Outback, the maximum capacity of any towing setup is limited to the capacity of the lowest rated component.
-- Etrailer Expert Laura E - 03/27/2017
Thank you for following up. All is well one year along, were very happy with the hitch and accessories.
John L - 03/17/2018


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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

This Curt hitch has more towing capacity than my 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon can handle, but felt this 2 inch receiver would offer extra stability for a loaded bike rack.
The install was straightforward following the directions & videos. Took me more like 2+ hours as I didn't want to make a mistake. One big recommendation is to buy a tapered drill bit as recommended. I first tried drilling a 1/2" hole & attempted to enlarge it with various abrasive/cutting bits chucked in the drill. That makes a sloppy hole & takes lots of time as the frame's steel is much harder than expected. So bought a tapered bit which made a perfect hole in seconds. If I recall correctly you need a 5/8" hole. Also bought some plastic plugs and glued them in the unused holes with silicone caulking.
Connected the wiring harness ground wire to an existing bolt (secured with an extra nut) rather than drill a new hole for a screw.
Have used the hitch for the bike rack, and for towing a small boat, and it works as it should.


Comments
Works fine, no issues.
Charles - 03/17/2019


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2016 Subaru Outback-Wagon

I would say it was not the easiest thing to install for the first time but it turned out great. To get this mounted, make sure you have right tools, plenty of time, and nice weather. I installed it in the middle of the winter, at night, and my tools were not so great. I also lost a bolt inside my frame and had to retrieve it. However, now I can install it in 1/4 of the time it took me to install the first one. The etrailer staff was very helpful to answer my questions and ordering was very easy.
The hitch looks great! it goes very well with the body but it is visible from underneath the car. I used it to pull a small rental trainer and used my bike rack on it. It worked great.
I was recommended this hitch by a coworker and I would recommend it to you as well.
One suggestion I would say is to add an anti-rattle pin lock. It makes a tremendous difference.


Comments
After about one year, the hitch is doing great! Had many trailers pulled by my outback.
Kevin - 07/26/2019


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Installation instruction was clear and straight forward, and the process was fairly easy. Didn't need to drill down from above as others have stated, just use a little rational, logical thinking when setting up and pulling the bolts and washers through the frame. Even the electrical wiring was super easy with no splicing required with my kit, plug and play. Ran the wire out the plug in the spare tire well and resealed so the connector is out at the hitch where and when it needs to be without pinching it in the rear hatch.
We use it for pulling small trailers for yard cleanup, a kayak trailer we also purchased at etrailer.com, and even pulled a small car on a dolly.
If your worried about dragging it while crawling over obstacles in the woods, that is a real possibility with this hitch. Drag the hitch, or rip your bumper plastic off, your choice. Or get a vehicle better suited to handle the terrain.




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BMW

I had purchased this same hitch last year
so I could add protection to the bumper and rear hatch.
Since moving to Portland six years ago, my wife has been rear-ended four times and I have been hit twice while stopped at traffic lights.
The hitch allowed us to use a “step/protective” insert.
She was hit again two weeks ago. The collision destroyed the step but saved the bumper. As a result, I’d estimate the damage to the BMW was $4000-6000.
As a result, I’ll be installing a similar hitch on my Subaru. ( I was hit last summer while driving my ‘63 Triumph TR3.)


Comments
The product purchased and installed by me was a 2x2 hutch. Installed on my Subaru Outback. We retired and mired to Portland ,Oregon six years ago. Since arriving I have been rear ended 2x And my wife 4x. I ed bumpersteps into the hitch. Now when rear ended in stop and go traffic the replaceable bumper absorbs the blow and saves expensive bumper repairs. My wife and I have each saved thousands of dollars in repairs. A bonus are the many other uses of a hitch.
Jeffrey - 05/13/2020


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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

It did the job and I love it the futUre of pulling all types of cargo and equipment is bright:)




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2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

I decided to buy the Curt hitch for my 2016 Outback because I wanted a rounded tube crossbar (aesthetics) and I wanted the receiver to be far enough back that I would have plenty of tailgate clearance with my bike rack or any other carriers I might use it for in the future. There are other receivers that are more tucked back and less visible, but I felt added clearance with accessories was more important to prevent damage to the car. I also wanted a 2" receiver because there are more accessories/racks available than what you can get for a 1-1/4" version, even though my car is not rated to tow anywhere near the max capacity of a 2" hitch.

The installation took me about 2.5hrs, of which the most time consuming parts were prying off the rubber exhaust hangers and opening up slots in the frame holes to allow the carriage bolts and spacers to be fished through. I strongly suggest a carbide cutting tool like the Dremel 9901 which should make quick work of slotting the frame. Also a set of tin snips will make quick work of the exhaust shield trimming, which is very straight forward. Other than those tools, you should have anything else you might need in a basic mechanics set of tools.

The finished product is not 100% stealth, but it is tucked up about as far as it could be without having to trim the body work (like with the OEM 1-1/4" hitch). It is relatively unobtrusive, except when specifically looking for it (like I was when decided on which receiver to get) - a layperson walking by is not going to noticed it hanging down. The black tends to blend with the bodywork and shadow under the car . If you have an Outback with the optional shiny roll pan guard, a black receiver might stand out more.

This is a fantastic value from etrailer considering not only a low price, but also an incredibly helpful set of videos and photos of the installation. Do yourself a favor and watch their model-specific install video to demystify the process - the installation instructions from Curt are relatively vague without the video supplement. I highly appreciate etrailer's product and model-specific videos and reviews and that is partly why I give this 5 stars.




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2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

After a bit of research, I decided on the Curt 2" hitch for my 2017 Outback, primarily because I intend to use it for bike transport and appreciated the bit of extra room in front of the gate it allowed. My order arrived in just a few days. The box came with one small hole punched in the side, but the hitch was in good shape.
I did a lot of reading and research before I started the installation. The online video as well as the pictures and tips from other readers were helpful in giving me a good idea of what was involved. The whole install process took about 90 minutes, not counting prep and clean up. I easily found a step drill at HF, but was surprised by the lack of local availability for a 17/32" drill bit. Most places stopped at 1/2" and then jumped to larger sizes. Lucky for me, I found I already had a 17/32" bit in my bin of odd bits.
Once I made my way down through the layers of interior pieces around the spare tire, it was an easy matter to enlarge the front holes (covered by a circle of black tape) to 1 1/8" so the plates and bolts could easily pass.
After the inside drilling was done, I used some of those drive up ramps (and jack stands) to allow easier access to the underside of the vehicle. The tip with the spray lube and cargo strap worked as advertised with the muffler and hangers. My Outback is pretty new, so the hangers slid off and on without a problem. The only real "difficulty" I encountered in the installation was fishing the wire from the big hole in the trunk to the small hole underneath. I ended up using a reverse fish from the other direction with a piece of safety wire. It was much easier to spot and grab the wire through the big hole. I enlisted the help of an assistant (wife) for a few minutes to hold one side of the hitch in place while I got the first nut installed. I left the fish wires on until the last minute.
Drilling the second set of holes wasn't too tough. I used a center punch and about 4 different size bits to work up to the final dimension. I put some paint on all the bare metal and installed a 3D printed a plastic cap with silicone sealant to cover the access holes in the trunk area.
All things considered, I'm quite happy with my purchase. I saved HUNDREDS of dollars over what the dealer quoted me, even after buying some tools for the job. I'm 59 and my skill level is "amateur maker/tinkerer". I've done a fair amount of work on cars and planes, but just don't do that much of it anymore.




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2019 Subaru Outback Wagon

For those of you that may be looking (as I was) - this hitch does indeed fit a 2019 Outback. I researched various sellers as well as made an inquiry to Curt but no one would confirm fitment to the 2019. Decided to take a chance with this and I am glad I did. The hitch itself was easy to install. The instructions available on etrailer also came with the hitch and were generally easy to follow. I would estimate it took me about two hours to install the hitch and the wiring harness.




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The Curt hitch was shipped promptly and arrived without issue. After backing up on a pair of car ramps the accessibility to everything was easy. I strapped the muffler so it would not drop then removed the muffler from the hangers. Spraying WD40 on the hangers definitely makes it easier. I used a step drill to enlarge the holes to pass the bolts through. I was not able to locate a 17/32 drill bit so I used a 1/2 bit which worked fine. My wife assisted in raising the hitch and securing the first two bolts. Taking a leisurely approach we finished in 1:45 hours. Looking forward to using our Thule bike rack in the hitch.


Comments
Great! The Subaru has been busy with the bike rack attached going to various rides. The car has also be pulling our catamaran to the lake. Great hitch, easy install, great buy!
Hobie M - 03/12/2019


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2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Very nice quality product. Shipping was fast, and the box arrived in one piece, considering the size and weight. The installation was relatively easy, with most common tools found in the average garage. It took me 2 hours with some minor help from a second set of hands. I opted to go the route other folks were recommending, by going in via the wheel well area of the 2016 Outback. This did turn out to make it a lot easier than expected. The hitch straddled the under carriage well, and the bolts lined up perfectly. My only minor complaint was having to deal with 2 mufflers (3.6 version has dual exhaust), but they were easy to remove and made the process of installing the hitch so much easier. I'm only using this for a bike carrier, and it fits perfectly. Mission accomplished, and thanks eTrailer for a very affordable and easy to install product!


Comments
Fantastic product that simply works! No issues at all.
Kevin T - 07/25/2017


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2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Pretty easy to install. The etrailer video was helpful, but some of the youtube videos show schmucks like me who have to crawl under the car tricks to make it even easier.




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Jena was very easy to work with on the phone and knew her stuff! I received the hitch and wiring harness in two days, and all the accessories I needed were included. The quality of the hitch and accessories was excellent!
I installed everything in less than 4 hours, and had the trailer hooked up. It pulled perfectly and all the lights worked!
I am very happy with the customer service and the appearance and operation of the new hitch!


Comments
I works great and I am happy with it!
Ken P - 01/17/2018


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2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

This is the second Curt receiver I've owned and I feel like they're pretty good quality and are not that hard to install if you take your time and have all the right tools handy.

I don't do any towing, it's mostly used for bike and cargo racks...

I do have two gripes though. One is that the hitch does shave a few inches off your ground clearance, which is the trade off for a higher weight rating, and the other is mostly how these items get stored/shipped. My first one that I purchased from a local high-end accessory shop did the install, and the second I installed myself, both had some of the powder coating knocked off and had exposed metal which will end up rusting like my first one.

I prob could have sprayed over it or returned, but the packaging was gone and I just didn't want to hassle with it.

The image is of my first Curt hitch that had signs of rust after about a year.


Comments
I am sorry to hear the hitch was received in the condition you described. The hitches are shipped to us from the manufacturer stacked one on top of another and they can scratch each other up thank you for bringing this to our attention. We recommend touching up the scratches with a rust resistant paint. The manufacturer recommends using Krylon Gloss Rough Tuff Enamel Spray paint to touch up any defects, which you will then have on hand for your regular hitch maintenance.
-- Etrailer Expert Laura E - 11/04/2016


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2019 Subaru Outback Wagon

etrailer shipping was VERY fast-like 2 days fast! Installation was not so easy even with the great video on their website. I have installed 2 other hitches (on a Honda CRV and HRV) and did them both by myself (not counting the trip to a friend to torque them down). For this hitch, I enlisted the help of my son. Drilling into the frame is NOT easy even with a step drill. The hitch barely fits around the spare tire so you really have to manhandle it up to the frame. The worst part was dropping and reinstalling the muffler...hint: grease up the black rubber hanger and remove it from the top, over the bump (you will understand once you dig in). If we had know this it would have saved about 45 frustrating minutes! Oh, and purchase a step bit to drill- [hardware store] has one for around $20 and will work for the 4 holes you need to work on. Great hitch from etrailer! but be warned about installation. As son said, "You paid a fortune for a new car-could you not pay $200 more for someone to install this son of a gun?!" ...lesson learned, son!


Comments
After a year, hitch is still in great condition. Highly recommend!
SUSAN - 05/14/2021


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I put this hitch on our Subaru Outback to receive and carry a two bike rack. The hitch is very secure and solid. The instructions were clear and the final installation is great. Would recommend.




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Subaru Outback Wagon

This hitch looks great. Thanks to the video available on your website i was able to pick the perfect hitch for my needs. This hitch IMO has perfect aesthetics for the Subaru Outback. Very heavy duty hitch and well made. Received it very quick. You guys at etrailer are great!


Comments
The Curt Hitch still looks brand new and functions perfectly.
Debbie - 11/14/2017


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2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

This is my third hitch from etrailer. Each time has been the same easy purchasing process, great price, and quick shipping. There is good support and follow up from them as well. Here is my feedback from this installation on my 2018 Subaru Outback 3.6 touring:
- I have installed a bunch of hitches over the years and this one went pretty smoothly. Watching the video helps a lot so you don't have to keep constantly referring to the instructions while you are working.
- I needed to enlarge the frame holes bigger than the instructions said to because even though I could pass the plate washer through the hole, the carriage bolt itself definitely needed a bigger opening. I used a corded Dremel tool with cutoff wheels to cut the holes to the necessary size.
- since the fish wires have to be reused, BE CAREFUL unthreading the bolts from them the first time so you don't stretch or twist them out of shape. Doing so will make it much harder to fish the second set of bolts through the small holes that you drill in the frame.
-A few tips that made this more convenient for me.....Like others have said, I strongly recommend use of either ramps or jackstands so you aren't cramped under the car. I also suggest some carpet remnants or pieces of foam flooring to lay on. Additionally, a rolled up sheet or an old pillow doubled over helped me keep my head and neck from getting fatigued and strained because you have to look up and see what you're doing. Safety glasses are a must to keep dirt and metal fragments from falling in your eyes as you wrestle with exhaust hangers and drill/enlarge holes. And for the exhaust hangers - spray them liberally with lube and they slide off and back on with way less effort. Really liberally.

Total install time 2h40m. I am not a car mechanic but an avid tinkerer and only slightly mechanically inclined.

In all I am very pleased with the product and it was hundreds and hundreds less than having a dealer install a hitch. Thanks etrailer!




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Subaru Outback Wagon

This is my second hitch from etrailer for a Subaru Outback. This time around it only took me about 1.5 hours, with a friend helping out. The hitch fits like a glove and looks amazing. I know that some folks have mentioned the hitch could you use a bit more packing in the cardboard box, but mine arrived in fine shape, with no damage. Since this is now my second Curt hitch on my second Outback, I can say the quality is outstanding, and it's SOLID. I'm still a fan of installing it from the spare tire compartment/cargo area of the car and enlarging the forward-most access holes already provided in this area with a step-drill bit, as others have stated. This allows for easy top-down access while fishing the bolts, and made it easier for me to line everything up right the first time. The included instructions do help, but the online videos are so much better. This product can be installed with your typical tools in the garage, but it might make it easier to plan a quick trip to the local hardware store, and pick up the recommended tools in the instructions. I had my previous hitch on another Outback for 2 years, with a Thule bike rack and 3 bikes on it for many months out of the year, and it never failed me; rock solid product. Thanks again etrailer for excellent pricing and fast shipping!




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The product came as promised and I am very happy with it. My only complaint is with the installation instructions. The instructions were vague in steps when related to my vehicle. I also watched several videos on how to install a hitch to me vehicle as well as videos on how to install that hitch. It was not a one for one match. Had to use my brain a bit. Before hand, I was intimidated by the wiring, being more familiar with hardware. The wiring harness could not have been easier. Seriously, so simple. All said and done, I am happy with the product and saved on the installation as well.




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2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

I have used a Curt trailer hitch on a 2016 Subaru for over a year. I am very satisfied with the product.

The price was reasonable, performs as expected, the hitch shows no signs of rust, and looks good on the car.

I installed the hitch following the excellent video instructions on your website without problems. With the help of another person, the install took less than one hour. I use the hitch with a Thule bicycle rack.

Thank you




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Watched the installation video on the Etrailer website and installed the hitch with the help of my dad. It was very straight forward and easy to install. I used the hitch 100% for a dual bike rack. I’ve made countless trips with two bikes, no issues with the hitch. Great product!



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    When we installed the Curt hitch # C13206 on a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon we found that from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of our bumper was right at 2-1/4 inch.
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  • How Much Does Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver C13206 For 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon Weigh?
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13206 you were looking at for your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon weighs in at 36lbs. I included a video of the # C13206 being installed on a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon for you to take a look at.
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Hitch Install Where Creaking is Heard with Bike Rack Used
    Have you tried retorquing the hardware to see if that gets rid of the creaking? You might also try loosening the hardware and then retorqueing when the weight of the vehicle is on the suspension (so not jacked in the air in any way) as that will make sure the hitch isn't binding anything in the chassis and suspension.
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  • Distance from the Hitch Pin Hole to Bumper on Hitches for 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
    On the Curt hitch part # C13206 the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the furthest point out on the bumper will be right at 2-1/2 inches. On the Draw Tite Hitch # 75673 the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the furthest point out on the bumper is 4-1/2 inches. Both of these hitch are the exact same because they are made by the same company. The distance from the pin holes to the opening surface of the hitch is about 2-1/2 inches. So if you subtract 2-1/2...
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  • Differences Between Curt and Hidden Hitch for a 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon
    For some vehicles there are hitches available that do not have visible cross tubes. For your 2016 Subaru Outback wagon there are only options like the part # C13206 that have visible crosstubes. While the Curt hitch part # C13206 and the Draw-Tite part # 75673 are pretty similar they have some differenced that would account for the weight difference. The Curt uses a round cross tube whereas the Draw-Tite uses a square tube. The side brackets of the Curt hitch are actually larger and use...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2016 Subaru Outback
    For your 2016 Subaru Outback Curt has the part # C13206. This hitch will fit as long as your Outback is not a Sport model. There is no option at this time for the Sport models. Since 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 ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. If the ball mount kit does...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
    I have a solution for your hitch clearance needs on your 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon. I've found that the Draw-Tite # 75673 brand will give you the most clearance with a measurement of 16 inches from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver. The Curt brand # C13206 will give you a ground clearance of 15 inches from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver. I would recommend the Draw-Tite brands for your needs. I have linked our page with the hitches that fit your specific...
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  • Installing Curt Class III Trailer Hitch on 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
    The Curt Class III Round Tube Receiver Hitch # C13206 referenced in your question, which is confirmed to fit your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon, is a relatively straightforward installation process. Because the hitch is custom-fit for your vehicle, it will use existing holes in the Outback Wagon's frame to help with installation. The exhaust will need to be temporarily lowered, and the heat shield will need to be modified or trimmed. We do not have any installers located in California, but...
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  • Curt Stabilization Strap # 18050 Recommended Versus Required for Warranty on Trailer Hitch Receiver
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver- Class III # C13206 doesn't require stabilization strap # 18050 any longer. Curt used to require it and has recently soften their wording to simply recommend because many customers were not happy with it. We are updating our website as we find their changes from "Required" verbiage to "Recommended". You can see this in the upper right hand of the instruction link I've attached.
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  • Comparing Factory Hitch and OEM Hitch for 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon
    For your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon an aftermarket hitch like the Curt # C13206 is easily the better option. You'll have a much lower price to pay, better capacities, and you won't have to deal with the super shallow hitch pin depth that Subaru has on their factory hitches. This makes fitting accessories like bike racks more difficult so aftermarket hitches are definitely the way to go over the factory hitches. For trailer wiring you'd then want the T-One kit part # 118467 which is a confirmed...
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  • Comparing Class III Trailer Hitches for 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon
    We do indeed have a nice selection of Class III trailer hitches available that are confirmed to fit your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon. The primary difference between the hitch models is their physical appearance and how they will actually mount to the vehicle's frame. I like the Draw-Tite # 76227 Class III hitch which features a hidden design where only the receiver portion of the hitch will be visible beneath the rear bumper. Because of this the installation process is a bit more involved...
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  • Bolt Hole Dimensions for Installing the Curt Trailer Hitch # C13206 on a 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13206 is a custom fit trailer hitch that has been confirmed to fit your 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon. However, I did go out to the warehouse to get the measurements that you asked about for peace of mind. The bolt holes furthest away from the receiver opening measure 32-1/2" apart on center, and the bolt holes closest to the receiver measure 33-1/4" on center. From the back set of holes to the front set is about 8" on center. I have attached a photo for...
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  • Trailer Hitch for 2018 Subaru Outback For Carrying Kuat Transfer Bike Rack
    For a trailer hitch to fit your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon which will allow you to also use your Kuat Transfer TS02G the Curt Hitch # C13206 would be your best option as it allows the rack to fold up unlike the Draw Tite. This is a 2 inch trailer hitch which very easily support your bike rack when it has the 2 inch hitch adapter installed. 2 inch hitches are preferred as they have higher capacities and have more accessories made for them. The Curt hitch will allow the rack to fold up but...
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  • Draw Tite 75683 vs Curt 13206 Comparison for 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
    If there are only two holes on the frame of your 2017 Subaru Outback wagon the Curt hitch part # C13206 was what was installed on your vehicle. Installing this hitch allows you not to have to drill. The Draw Tite part # 75673 will require drilling but doesn't require the stabilizer strap. So it's a bit of a trade off.
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