Trailer Hitch for 2018 Subaru Outback For Carrying Kuat Transfer Bike Rack

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I have a 2018 Subaru Outback and a Kuat Transfer 2 bike rack TSO2G and need to install a hitch. What do you recommend?

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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 requires you to use a stabilizer strap so it's a trade off.

Also the Draw Tite brand does not require the use of a stabilizer strap like the Curt hitches do.

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Question:

I plan on installing a Draw Tite 2inch hitch part #75673 onto my 2018 Subaru Outback. I have a Kuat Transfer 2 bike rack TSO2G. Will I have enough clearance between the vehicle and bike rack when the rack is folded up?

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When the Transfer is folded up there's 5 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the nearest portion of the bike rack. When we installed the # 75673 on a similar 2017 Outback we found it had 5 inches from the pin hole to the outer edge of the bumper so it would be basically too close to fit without possibly scratching the paint.

A better option would be the Curt hitch part # C13206 which only has 2-1/4 inches of clearance to the bumper so it would fit easily folded.

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