Trailer Hitch Installation - 2004 Subaru Forester

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2004 Subaru Forester


Today we're going to do an install on an '04 Subaru Forester. And we're going to use part #36311. We've got a class II receiver hitch being mounted on. And there's a few parts that have to come off and we'll show those to you. A few of the parts that have to come out to make way for the hitch on the passengers side are the tie down bracket here and the canister here. With the canister, these bolts and this bolt and one in the back will have to come out to lower this. So we can get to that bolt, so we can take it out. This will all go back up when we're done. Next we'll do this center support. The bracket won't go back up there, but we will reinstall the screw for safe keeping if the hitch ever comes off

Next we'll take off the exhaust hanger right here. After that, we take off the tie down bracket and the exhaust bracket.

Trailer Hitch Installation: Next we put the hitch on the vehicle when we have everything out of the way. We also use a strap to pull the exhaust out of the way just to have more working room. We'll un-tether our muffler here, because next we have to put this bracket up behind the hitch and bolt up inside. We've leaped ahead and put all the bolts in the drivers side.

Now we'll start on the passenger side. We'll go ahead and insert this bracket between the hitch and the frame. There's a little trick to doing that since we have this lowered down. You pop off this bracket here, this hose you slide off, and it gives you more room to run this bracket up to the hitch where you need to be.

Now all of our bolts are in position we can torque them down starting with the drivers side. Next we'll reinstall the canister here. The last thing we need to do is put the facia support we connect to the hitch and rehang the exhaust. That concludes this install.


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