Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Subaru Legacy - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2011 Subaru Legacy


Today on our 2011 Subaru Legacy we'll be installing the draw tie hitch part number 75673. Here's what our hitch will look like once it's installed. Next will go ahead and give you a couple of measurements that will assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outer most edge of the bumper is approximately 4-1/2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 10 inches. This will assist you in selecting accessories such as a drawbar, a bike rack or a cargo carrier.

Now let's go ahead with the installation. First before we can begin our install we'll need to lower the exhaust. There are three exhaust hangers that I'll be removing. One just behind on the inside of the muffler, one in front of the muffler to the outside and one just forward of the rear axle. Before you remove your exhaust I highly recommend to put a safety strap underneath the exhaust.

This will allow you to safely, and slowly lower the exhaust so that you don't damage it. To remove these exhaust hangers first spray each of them with some spray lubricant to make it easier to remove and reinstall later. Now with our exhaust lowered we are going to go ahead and remove the heat shield. There's a total of four fasteners that we'll need to be removed. Hang on to both the fasteners and the heat shield as we will be returning the heat shield and reinstalling it later.

Next we'll prepare to install our fasteners. We have a total of four attachment points with rubber plugs installed in them currently. We'll go ahead and remove these rubber plugs now. One you are through the two on the passenger's side I'll repeat the same process on the driver's side. Now we are ready to start preparing to install our hardware.

Keep in mind each process we do here on the passengers side will get repeat identically on the driver's side. In order to get our hardware in the frame, we'll need to drill an inch and eighth hole in the frame approximately two inches behind the forward heat shield attachment point. To put our fasteners in place we'll be using the pole wire provided with our install kit, our seven sixteenth carriage bolt, our one inch by two-inch block that will be for our rear attachment points and our one inch by three inch block for our forward attachment points. All right we have a hole drilled out we are ready to go ahead and start installing our fasteners taking our pole wire through the attachment point and out the access hole we just drilled, we'll go ahead and put our rear hardware in place and then our forward hardware. Once again, this is a process that we will repeat identically on the driver's side. As we pull our hardware into position, we'll leave the pole wire on to the hardware to make it easier to install our hitch without pushing our fasteners back up into the frame. Now with all our fasteners in place it's good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold your hitch while you install your fasteners. As we put our hitch up into position, we'll feed the pole wire through the attachment points in the hitch. Then once the hitch is firmly against the frame, we'll go ahead and remove the pole wire. We'll go ahead, and install our conical tooth washer with the teeth of the washer facing the hitch and secure it with our seven sixteenth nut. As we install our fasteners we want to leave our hitch just loose enough that we can move it around. Now with all our attachment points in place we'll move back over to the driver's side taking two of the heat shield fasteners and screw them in through the hitch. This will assist us in lining up the screw holes for our heat shield as we tighten the hitch down. Now we can go ahead, and tighten and torque our hitch to specifications. Next we'll go ahead and remove the two heat shield fasteners that we installed to help line up the hitch. With our fasteners out of the way we can now go ahead and test fit our heat shield in position for the area that will need to be cut out around the forward attachment point of the hitch on the driver's side. With my heat shield in place I'll just go ahead, and take a color marker and mark out this area. Now with that done we'll go ahead. And take a pair of tin snips and cut off this corner of our heat shield. With that done we can now go ahead and reinstall the heat shield and all four fasteners. With that heat shield in position we can now go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. Once we have the exhaust installed we'll go ahead and remove the safety strap and this will complete the installation of our draw tie hitch part number 75673, on our 2011 Subaru Legacy.


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