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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Subaru Forester - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2013 Subaru Forester, we'll be installing the Draw-Tite Hitch, part number 75650. This would our hitch will look like once it's installed, next we'll go and give you a couple of measurements to assist your selecting accessories within your hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is 6-3/4 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 14 inches. This will assist your selecting accessories such as a bolt mount, bike rack or cargo carrier. Now we'll go ahead with the installation.

Now to begin our install, we'll first need to lower the exhaust, to safely lower the exhaust we put a safety strap underneath to help support the weight. Then we'll need to remove 5 rubber isolators from the metal hangers. To remove the rubber isolators from the metal hangers, we'll use some spray lubricant and a pry bar pliers to remove the rubber isolator. Once we have all 5 removed, we can then use the safety strip to safety lower the weight of the exhaust. Now that we've gained access to the frame rails we can go ahead and pull out the attachment point. We have a total of 4 attachment points, 2 on each side, we'll be using the holes that are already pre-drilled in the frame by the manufacturer.

To use those holes, we'll first go ahead and remove the rubber plugs or grommets. Using a flat-blade screwdriver, we can simply get underneath them and then remove them and set them aside because they will not be reinstalled. Now, to get our hardware into the frame, we'll need to enlarge the forward access hole. To do this, we're going to use a 3/8 drill bit and drill next to the hole. Then using a round file bit. We'll go ahead and open it up a little larger and go ahead and test fit our half-inch hardware.

Now that the half inch hardware will go in place, there's one rubber bolt that we need to remove, it's the forward attachment point for the muffler heat shield. We can go ahead and remove this bolt as it will not be reinstalled, we can go ahead and repeat this same process for the opposite side. Now we're ready to go ahead and install our hardware. The hardware for our forward attachment point will be a 7/16 carriage bolt and block, secure it with a 7/16 conical tooth washer and nut. We also use a 7/16 pull wire provided with our install kit to put them into place. Our forward attachment point will be a half inch carriage bolt and block along with a half inch conical tooth washer and nut.

To get that into place, we'll be using the half inch bolt leader provided with the install kit. Now, let's go ahead and get our hardware into the frame. We'll take our pull wire, feed it to the attachment point and out the access hole. We'll then slide on the block right on the carriage bolt. We'll feed the block and nut into the frame and pull them into position. For our forward attachment point we'll slide the block under the bolt leader and then thread on the carriage bolt. Then using a reverse pull method, we'll feed the carriage bolt into the frame first followed by the block, then pull them back over the top of the access hole. We'll leave the bolt leaders on at this time as it will assist in getting our hitch up into position without pushing our hardware back in the middle of the frame. We can now go ahead and repeat the same process on the passenger side. Now with all our hardware in placed, we're ready to go ahead and install the hitch. It's a good idea to get extra hands to help you hold the hitch while you install and fasten it. We'll feed the bolt leaders to the attachment points of the hitch and bring the hitch up against the frame. We can then remove the bolt leader and install the conical tooth washer and nut, making sure that the teeth of the washer face the hitch. With all our hardware installed finger tight, we'll go ahead and run it down. Next, well torque to specifications as indicated in the instruction. Now, with our hitch secured and torqued to specification, we go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. That will complete the install of our Class III - 2 inch Draw-Tite Hitch, part number 75650 on our 2013 Subaru Forester. .

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