Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2019 Subaru Forester

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2019 Subaru Forester, we're taking a look at, I'm gonna show you how to `install the Draw Tite class three Max frame trailer hitch receiver. This is what our hitch is gonna look like when it's installed. You can see the cross tube is visible, but it's nice and close to the bottom of our fascia, and it's going to have a round tube design fits nicely with the contour of the vehicle.It's going to be a class three hitch, so it's going to work great for any of your class three accessories. Two inch by two inch receiver tube opening, nice reinforced collar gave us a little extra stability there. Hitch pin hole is going to be five eighths inch in diameter. It takes a standard five eighths hitch pin.

It does not come with a hitch, however it can be found here at etailer.com.This small hole here, this is for a J-pin stabilization device. What that's used for us to take any shake and play out of any of your hitch mounted accessories. That also does not come with a hitch, however, it can be found here at etrailer.com. We're going to have plate style safety chain loops, and you can see we have very large openings to accommodate different size hooks. This hitch is going to have a nice black powder coat finish, it's really gonna resist any rust or corrosion.As far as the weight capacities go, you're going to have a 525 pound Max tongue weight, which is the downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube, 3,500 pound Max trailer weight, which is the trailer plus the load included.

You can use weight distribution with this hitch. Weights are going to stay the same. I do recommend checking the owner's manual of your Forester to make sure the vehicle can withstand that amount of weight.You're going to go with the lowest number between the vehicle and the hitch. Now let me give you a few measurements to help you on deciding on any hitch mount accessories you may need, such as a bike rack, ball mount or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the bumper, it's going to be about five inches.

This number is important for any of your hitch mount accessories that may fold up against your vehicle.From the ground to the top innermost part of your receiver tube, it's going to be about 14 inches. Now let's show you how to get this installed. First thing we need to do is on our driver's side frame rail we need to remove this underbody panel. On the outside. We're going to have some pushpin fasteners.

Take a flathead screwdriver, or a trim panel tool if you had one, pry out that center and pull out the rest.We're gonna have a couple of bolts, we're gonna use a 10 millimeter socket to remove those. Looks like we're going to have one more push pin fastener right inside this wheel well. Once you get that loose, you're going to have one here, and it may be easier just to remove this one too. There. So we don't to need to take it all the way off. They shouldn't give us enough room to get our hitch up on the frame rail, and then we're going to install this over top of our hitch.Next thing we're gonna do is we need to lower our exhaust. Before lowering our exhaust, take a strap, run it from your axle or you can run it from your springs. We just want to support our exhaust when we remove our hanger. So now we're going to have three rubber hangers remaining to remove. We're going to have one here, we're gonna have one over here, and we're gonna have one right here on the front of our axle.You're gonna take some silicone spray or lubricant, we're going to spray our hangers down. Take a pry bar and we're gonna pry that off like that. And we'll lower it down to give us enough room for our frame here on the passenger side. Now we'll take our 10 millimeter socket. We're going to remove our heat shield on her passenger side. So this is our heat shield. It actually went up like this, this was the part that was on our frame rail.You see how I have it marked here This is what we're going to be cutting out. We're just going to use some tin snips or aviation shears to cut it. Now we can reinstall our heat shield. Next, we're gonna pull out these three rubber plugs and this plastic one. Hold onto this back one 'cause we are going to be reinstalling it later. Next, we're going to be installing our hardware. We're going to be using these three holes on each frame rail.We're going to need a pull wire, carriage bolt, and a spacer block. We're going to start with this most rear hole, and we're going to come out this hole. Take the spring end, go through the hole like that, and put on your spacer block. Go ahead and push it up into the hole, and then thread on your carriage bolt. Grab the end of your wire. And just pull it out just like that. We're going to do the same thing with these two holes, and the same thing on the other side of the vehicle.With an extra set of hands, we'll remove our pull wires and raise our hitch into place. Gonna take conical tube washer, teeth facing towards the hitch and the nut to help hold the hitch in place while we install the remaining hardware. That's where we use an 18 millimeter socket. We're going to tighten and torque all of our hardware to the specifications in the instructions. Go ahead and reinstall the plugs that we use for our access hole.And then on our passenger side, we'll reinstall our heat shield, and then our under body panel on our driver's side. The factory bolts that we took out will not work. It'll work back here, it won't work on that one if they're too short. I'm just going to go ahead and install the two new bolts or we have. Now we'll reinstall our exhaust. Once you have your hangers back in place, you're gonna remove your safety strap. That'll do it for a look at and installation on the Draw Tite class three max frame trailer hitch receiver on our 2019 Subaru Forester.

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