Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek


Today on our 2015 Subaru Xv cross track, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the curtain custom fit class three trailer hitch receiver. This offers a two inch opening, its part number is C13135. Here's what the hitch looks like once we get it installed. As you can see it tucks nicely right underneath the rear bumper. Really beefs up the look of the back of the car. You've got tapered ends on each side which ads to the good looks of it.

Nice black powder coat finish going to come all the way across. This one gives us the two inch by two inch opening, so this is going to be a very versatile hitch. The end of the receiver tube is just in recess form the backside of the bumper so we won't have to worry about hitting it or bumping into it when we go back, but its located far enough back to where we can really get a lot of great uses out of it. We've got a 5/8ths inch pinhole, this is going to work with a l the 5/8ths inch pen accessories. As you can see there's not really any interference from either sides, and also the immobilizer would fit around there if you want ed to use a hitch mobilizer.

Going in there without any kind of issue. We can go up to a 525 pound tongue weight rating, so that's the amount of pressure we're putting down right here, the amount of pressure at our ball mount. You want to make sure that the Subaru can handle that, check the owners manual, sue whichever of those numbers are the lowest. Its also rated for a 3500 pound gross trailer wright rating, which is the total of your trailer, and everything you've got loaded up all combined. Again, check and make sure that the Subaru can handle that, if not use the lower of the numbers. Got nice safety chain connection point on both sides, a rolled bar style.

Plenty of room to get our connections in there, wont have any kind of interference or anything like that. Its just overall an nice clean look, fairly easy to install. You will have to enlarge one hole just a little bit, but not that big of a deal. A couple of measurements you'll find helpful in selecting your ball mount, bike rack, or hitch cargo carrier, be from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, we've got about 13 /12 inches. From the center of the hitch pinholes, the outermost edge of our bumper, we've got about two. Were going to start by looking at our attachment points.

Here in the passenger side, just beside the exhaust, we're going to have three plugs in the bottom of the frame rack. We want to remove the one that's in the back, and the one that in the front. The one in the middle it can stay right where its at. This one, and this one, and then int he exact same spot over on the drivers side. Our forward attachment point is also going to be our access hole, so we need to be able to pass our half inch bolt carriage head bolt up through that hole, as well as our spacers. What we're going to do is I'm going to use a rotary tool to enlarge it. Just check our hardware, make sure everything going to go in okay. Well start fish lining our bolts into the location. Now take the smaller of our two fish wires, pass it back through the frame. You want to feel for it with your finger, and pull that down and out. Were going place on the smaller of the spacer blocks, smaller of our carriage bolts. These will be the 7/16ths, and just feed those up in there separately. Now I'm going back to the rear, just like that. Now for our forward location, we're going to use the longer space blocks, these will be 3 1/2 inches. Wire goes up through, a larger carriage bolt goes onto he larger blot leader. Place your bolt up and in, push it back a little bit. Spacers inaudible 00:03:46goes in. That's all there is for getting our attachment points and location here. Well go over to the passengers side and repeat that exact same process. Were going to prep our hitch with the spacer blocks. These are going to go over the forward attachment point hole location. We just kind of get them taped onto here, and then we'll clean out the hole. Well do that on both sides, so when we raise it into position it'll be right where we want it. Now we can raise our hitch up into position, get an extra set of hands to guide it up into place. We'll just bring our bolts down through the spacer blocks, we also want our forward bolt to come through, then we'll just thread on our flange nut. We can allow it to rest there while we get our other one started. We can take our 7/16ths inch flange nuts and put them on the rearward holes. Now, all we have to do is get them torqued down to specification, and we'll be done. With all of our fasteners torqued down, that's going to complete our installation of the curtain custom fit class three trailer hitch receiver. Part number C13135 on our 2015 Subaru Xv Crosstrack.


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