Hitch & Support Straps for Using Thule T2 Pro XTB 2 Bike Platform Rack TH9034XT on 2015 Subaru WRX

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Would the Thule XT 2 Pro fit in the recessed area where the hitch receiver sits? Im concerned about the Auto Pin that the bike rack uses. I cant really judge the opening by just the pictures.

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Thule recommends using any of their hitch bike racks, such as their T2 Pro bike rack # TH9034XT, only in those hitches that offer at least 1-1/2-inches from the receiver opening to the center of the hitch pin hole. This dimension is shown in the linked diagram.

Thule's concern is that when there is less than this amount of steel between the hitch pin hole and the end of the tube the weight of the loaded rack could damage the hitch. This is a safety concern more than a concern about convenient access.

I went to our warehouse to measure the EcoHitch # 306-X7257 and found that there is only 1-1/8-inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the end of the receiver tube.

Since the EcoHitch is the only 2-inch hitch option for your 2015 Subaru WRX I understand your interest in it to allow use of the T2 Pro. If you definitely do want this hitch and bike carrier combo then I strongly recommend using two of the Curt support straps # 18050 on the rack and car. These straps will reduce the random motion of the rack and take some of the load off the hitch tube.

If you should ever choose to add the Thule rack expansion accessory # TH9036XT to convert the rack to a 4-bike carrier then these straps should be considered essential.

As far as you concern about clearance for the T2's AutoAttach system, we have not tested this combination of vehicle, hitch and rack but based on review of the hitch and the rack dimensions I would say there is a 50/50 chance you will need to trim a notch in the right side of the recess to allow room for the Auto Pin to swing into place.

The other hitches made for your WRX are lighter-duty Class I types with a 1-1/4-inch receiver opening. These are Curt # C11408 and Draw-Tite # 24968 and both are limited to 200-lbs tongue weight, which means any bike rack with your bikes loaded cannot weigh more than this 200-lbs. Between the two I recommend the Curt for its easier installation; note use of the support straps is mandatory for maintaining the Curt hitch warranty.

Thule does offer their outstanding EasyFold platform rack # TH903202 which will fit BOTH 1-1/4-inch and 2-inches hitches. This rack handles heavier bikes (up to 65-lbs each), includes locks and even a loading ramp, folds up for simple storage and it weighs only 45-lbs. The cost of the combination of Curt hitch # C11408 and the Thule EasyFold # TH903202 comes in just a little bit lower than the EcoHitch and T2 combination. This is my recommendation.

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