Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek

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

Ryan: Hey everybody. Ryan here at Today on our 2015 Subaru Crosstrek XV, we're gonna be taking a look at, and showing you how to install, the Class III two inch trailer hitch receiver. Now compared to some of the other hitches available, this one is going to be a little bit more visible, but in my opinion I think it looks pretty good on the back of our Subaru.It contours nicely to the back, and the flat black carbide finish blends in. And there's an upside to being visible, as well, and that's going to be how easy it is to use. Everything's going to be in the open, making connecting or disconnecting any accessories very easy.

Another thing I like is that our hitch is going to give us really good clearance. It's going to be almost flush with our bumper and that's going to work really well for any folding accessories.The hitch is going to have a two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. It's also going to have a reinforced collar for extra strength. Now it does have a standard five eighths size pin hole. Now keep in mind, the pin and clip does not come included.

However, if you need one, you can find it here at etrailer. It's going to have loop style safety chain openings, which aren't huge, but they are big enough and open enough use just about any size hooks that you might have.Now many of our Subaru owners use their hitches to do a little bit of everything, and this hitch is going to accommodate that lifestyle. It's going to have some pretty impressive weight capacities. As far as the maximum gross tongue weight rating, that's going to be 525 pounds. That's the amount of weight pushing down on our hitch.

And that's going to be enough weight capacity to use just about any size cargo carrier or even those three and four bike racks.As far as the maximum gross trailer weight rating goes, it's going to be 3,500 pounds, the amount of weight pulling on our hitch. So the weight of your trailer plus anything you might have on it. Now I do want to mention it is always a good idea to check with your Subaru's owner's manual to make sure your car can pull that much weight.Now I'm going to give you a couple of measurements. You're going to use these to figure out which hitch mount and accessories to get. From the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube opening, it's going to be about 13 inches.

You're going to use that to figure out if we need to get a ball mount with either a drop or a rise. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of our rear bumper, that's about two and a half inches. You're going to use that to figure out if any folding accessories you might have can be stored in the upright position without contacting the bumper.Many of our customers said they're able to put the hitch on themself with very little problems. Speaking of which, let's go ahead and do it together now. To begin our installation, we're going to be here underneath the back of our car. We're going to need to remove two rubber plugs from each side of our frame rail. We're going to be removing the one closest to the front and the one closest to the rear. We're going to leave this center one in place. To get these out, just take a flat head screwdriver and pry underneath them. Keep in mind, from this point on, anything we do to one side, we're going to repeat on the other.Now in order to get our hardware into the frame rail, we're going to need to enlarge this access hole just a little bit. And we need to make it big enough to where our spacer blocks and our bolts can fit through it. To do that, I'm just going to use a stepper drill bit. However, if you'll have one of these, you can use a file or even a die grinder.Now just to help prevent any rust or corrosion on the bare metal from enlarging our hole, we'll just take a little spray paint and cover that metal up. To get our hardware in place, we're going to use the fish wire technique. Now we're going to first start with this hole, and so we'll grab the smaller fish wires of the two that we have. It will be for the seven sixteenths bolt. Take it, coiled end, lift through the hole, and push it back to get it to drop out of our access hole. You may have to reach in there. Now once we have it down, we're going to take one of the spacer blocks where the opening is not centered in the block. It'll be the smaller block. Put that over the coiled end. Then we'll take our smaller seven sixteenths carriage bolt and thread that on to the fish wire. You can feed the hardware up into the frame rail. Then we'll pull our fish wire down to get our bolt to drop through.Now this hole's going to be a little bit different. We're going to use the reverse fish wire technique. And so what we're going to do here is grab our half inch fish wire and the larger and longer spacer block. Put the space block over the coiled end. And then we'll take our larger half inch carriage bolt. Thread that on. And drop it back down.Now before we put our hitch into place, what we're going to do is tape a spacer block to the holes at the back of our hitch. So these holes will be closest to the front of the vehicle. So we'll line up the hole with our block. The hole, the hitch. I'm just going to use some packing tape. Just lightly tape it down to help keep it in place.Now with an extra set of hands, we can lift our hitch into place. Slide it over the exhaust. On the side with the fish wires, we'll drop those through the corresponding holes in the hitch. And push it into place. Once we have our hardware through, we can take off the fish wire and secure with the flange nut.Now you want to get one started on each side, that way the hitch will support itself while we work on the rest of them. Now keep in mind, since these are different size bolts in the front and back, to use the correct corresponding nut. That way we don't have any issues.With our hardware in place and hand tight, now we can snug it all down. Now we can use a torque wrench to tighten all of our hardware down to the proper spec. You can find that specification in your instructions.And that will do it for our look at, and our installation, of the trailer hitch receiver on our 2015 Subaru Crosstrek XV.

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