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Best 2009 Subaru Forester Roof Rack Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best roof rack options available for your 2009 Subaru Forester. Now when choosing roof racks for your particular vehicle, I want you to keep in mind that this is going to be for the Subaru Foresters with factory raised side rails. These are going to be the top three options for that vehicle. Up at the top we have the Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero roof rack system. Here we have the Thule AeroBlade Edge roof rack system. At the bottom we have the Inno Aero Bar roof rack system. The Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero roof rack system consists of part numbers RRVA126B-2.



Best 2009 Subaru Forester Trailer Wiring Options

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester, we'll be taking a look at the best options available for your trailer hitch wiring. The two options we'll be taking a look at are the CURT custom wiring harness, part number C56040 and the Tekonsha T-One connector wiring harness, part number 118467. They both come with a four pole flat trailer hitch connection at the rear of your vehicle, and they come with everything you need to get them installed. The Tekonsha offers 2.1 amps for stop and turn, whereas the CURT offers 3 amps. For our tail light signal, the Tekonsha offers 5.6 amps and the CURT offers 6 amps. The Tekonsha is grounded into the connector, whereas the CURT, you'll have to ground to your vehicle with a self-tapping screw. They both feature 10 amp fuses to protect their circuit.



Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester we're going to do a test fit on the Thule Hitching Post Pro. This is a folding and tilting 4-bike rack. They've designed it for use with 1-1/4" or 2" hitches. The part number on it is TH934XTR. To begin our test fit we're going to slide the shank of the rack into the receiver tube of our hitch. Want to line up our pinhole with our hitch pinhole. Then we're going to take our anti-rattle bolt, which is provided, and we'll begin to thread that in.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Subaru Forester - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester we're going to be installing the Hidden Hitch trailer hitch receiver, part number 60893. Now here's what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground we have 14". From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper we have 6". Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. To begin with, let's go ahead and point out the five rubber exhaust hangers that we're going to need to remove in order to lower our exhaust down out of the way enough to install our hitch. Now before we remove any of these rubber exhaust hangers we're going to go ahead and install a safety strap to support the exhaust so it doesn't get lowered down or doesn't come down too far where it could be damaged.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Subaru Forester - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester we're going to be installing the Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver, part number 24807. Now here's what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground we have 14". From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper we have 6". Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. To begin with, let's go ahead and point out the five rubber exhaust hangers that we're going to need to remove in order to lower our exhaust down out of the way enough to install our hitch.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester, we'll be installing the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-pole Flat Trailer Connector, part number C56040. To begin with, we'll need to go ahead and raise the rear hatch of the vehicle. Then we'll go ahead and remove the rubber cover or the rubber tray that sits in the back of the vehicle. Well also need to remove the Styrofoam cover that's just above the spare tire as well as the carpet that covers the spare tire. All of this can be lifted out and set aside. The final piece that we'll need to remove is the Styrofoam section that's just to the left of the center tray. That'll be on the driver's side. To remove this though, there are two push fasteners that we'll need to remove.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Subaru Forester - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester, we're going to be installing the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 90222. Here's what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. We'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground, we have 13 and 3/4 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our bumper, we have 6 inches. Let's go ahead and install our hitch. To begin with, let's point out the five rubber exhaust hangers that we're going to need to remove in order to lower our exhaust down out of the way enough to install our hitch. Before we remove any of these rubber exhaust hangers, we're going to go ahead and install a safety strap to support the exhaust so it doesn't get lowered down or doesn't come down too far, where it could be damaged.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Subaru Forester - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester, were going to be installing the Draw-Tite Hitch, part number 36521. Heres what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now, well go ahead and give you a couple of measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the top if the opening in the receiver to the ground, we have 13 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our bumper, we have 6 inches. Now, lets go ahead and install our hitch. To begin with, lets go ahead and point out the five rubber exhaust hangers that were going to need to remove in order to lower our exhaust down out of the way and off to install our hitch. Now, before we remove any of these rubber exhaust hangers, were going to go ahead and install a safety strap to support the exhaust, so it doesnt get lower down or doesnt come down too far where it could be damaged. Were going to use a little bit of spray lubricant and large pry bar to remove the rubber exhaust hangers. Next, well go ahead and use our safety strap now that our rubber exhaust hangers have been removed to lower our exhaust down to give ourselves a little more working room. Next, were going to need to remove a bolt from each side of our heat shield.



Husky Liners Classic Front Floor Liners Review - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester we'll be doing a test-fit of the Husky Liner Floor Mats, part number HL34072, in the gray color. These mats are also available in black, part number HL34071. To begin with, we'll start here on the driver side. We'll go ahead and remove any existing floor mat or floor liner that may be in place already. Now we're ready to go ahead and install our new Husky Floor Liner. You will notice that the new mat may have holes where the two factory pins are that hold the original into place. This is to make sure you get complete coverage of the carpet here, and it does not allow any dirt or debris to get down underneath the mat. You can see on the back of the mat there are stay-put nibs that help lock the mat into your carpet and keep it in place. This mat is made of a rubberized thermo-plastic material that will not crack or break, and it also withstands most hazardous chemicals such as oil, gas, or even battery acid. As you can see, the mat is specifically designed to contour to the floor of your vehicle. As you can see, here on the driver side, our gas-door latch is just underneath where the mat'll be.



Covercraft Premier Custom Front and Rear Floor Mats Review - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester well be doing a test fit of the Covercraft Premier Custom Auto Floor Mats for both the front and rear in the grey color. Part number CC76249247. The Covercraft Premiere Custom Auto Floor Mats also come in a variety of colors that can be checked out on the etrailer website. We'll go ahead and begin here on the driver side front. We'll remove any floor mats that we're already in place and replace them with our new Covercraft auto floor mat. You'll notice that there are two holes that will sit right over the factory pins that keep the mat in place. The backing is also coated with rubber and rubber nibs to help keep it in place.



Thule Helium Aero Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester . Here on our test course, we'll start by going to this lane, this is going to show us the side-to-side action. This simulates turning corner or evasively maneuver. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curve or a pot hole or driving over uneven pavement. Once we get to the full speed bumps, we'll see the up and down action, this will be just like driving in and out of a parking lot, parking garage or driveway.



Pro Series 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester, we're going to do a test fit on the Pro Series 24x60 Cargo Carrier. They've designed this for use in two inch hitches. It offers a 500 pound weight capacity. The part number on it is 63153. To begin our test fit, we'll need to slide the shank of the rack into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do we'll guide it in that our pin hole lines up with our hitch pin hole. We'll then slide through our standard five eights pin.



Rhino Rack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester we're going to do a test fit on the Rhino Rack folding and tilting 4-bike rack. They've designed this for use with 1-1/4 or 2" hitches. Part number on it is RBC044. Now this is also available in a 2-bike configuration if you don't need quite as many slots. Part number on that is RRRBC045. To begin our test fit we're going to slide the shank of the rack right into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll slide it in far enough so that our pinhole lines with our hitch pinhole.



Swagman XTC 2 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester we're going to do a test fit on the Swagman XTC 2. This is a platform-style folding 2-bike rack. They've designed it for use with 1-1/4" or 2" hitches. Part number on it is S64670. To begin our test fit we need to slide the shank of the rack into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we slide this in we want to make sure that our pinhole lines up with our hitch pinhole. We can then take our anti-rattle bolt which is provided, slide that in, and begin threading it.



Swagman Fork Down Roof Bike Rack Review - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today, on our 2009 Subaru Forester we will be test fitting the Swagman Fork Down Roof Mounted Bike Rack, part number S64710. With the Thule Rapid Podium Roof Rack system on our vehicle we will begin our test fit by placing the Swagman Fork Down directly onto our load bars. Here at the front platform we will want to bring our u bolts around the underside of our load bar, feeding them up through the platform and securing them by installing the two wing nuts. Once we have those tight we can repeat that process for the other side of our front platform. We will move to the rear and drop our u bolt through the top of our bike rack. Making sure that the bolts go around our rear load bar, we will want to fit our bracket around our bolts and then secure it by tightening down our wing nuts. With the front and rear secure we can go ahead and undo the rear wheel strap and make sure the skewer at the front is loose. We will grab our bike and place it onto the bike rack.



Thule SUP Taxi Stand-Up Paddleboard Carrier Review - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester, we'll be test fitting the Thule SUP Taxi Stand Up Paddle Board carrier with a two board capacity, part number TH810. With a Thule Rapid Podium roof rack system on our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing half of our carrier onto our front bar. We'll bring the rubber coated straparound the front bar, fitting it back into the foot of the carrier. We'll then use the small hand knob to secure it around our bar. We'll move to the other sideand repeat this process. We'll grab the other half, place it onto our rear bar, and repeat the same tightening process that we used at the front. We do however want to be sure that both halves of our carrier are in line with each other for better hauling of our paddle board. With the front and rear halves of our carrier secure to our bars, we can now loosen up our strap, and place it over to the other side of our vehicle. We'll grab our paddle board and place it onto our carrier.



Thule AeroBlade Podium Roof Rack Installation - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester we'll be test fitting the rapid podium roof rack system from Thule using part numbers THARB47, TH460R, and THKIT3079. With our roof rack assembled according to the instructions, we'll begin our test fit by removing the covers for our fixed points. These covers don't actually fully remove, they just flip up. We can then insert our bolts to each hole, making sure we tighten them down with the allen key. Then we'll go ahead and put our spacer slider over top each bolt. Now we'll grab our front bar and place it on the front part of our roof. We'll want to make sure that the bolts go through the hole in the center of our foot pack. Now we'll want to check to make sure that we have even bar overhang on each side. We'll use an allen key to tighten the two bolts on our foot pack to secure it in position where it is on the bar. We'll do this for both sides.



Swagman Upright Roof Mounted Bike Rack Review - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester, we'll be test fitting the Swagman rooftop bike rack, part number S64720. With a Thule Rapid Podium roof rack system on our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing the Swagman bike rack directly onto our load bars. Here at the front platform, we'll take our u-bolts, and bring them around the underside of our load bars. We'll feed them back up through the platform, and secure it by tightening the wing nuts. We'll move to the other side of the platform and repeat this process. Here at the rear, we'll take our u-bolt and drop it through the top of our bike rack, making sure that the bolts go around our rear load bar. We'll then fit the bolts through the bracket and secure it by installing our wing nuts. With the front and rear secure, we can go ahead and undo the wheel strap here at the rear and the wheel strap at the front. We'll also loosen up the hand knob for our frame jaws. We'll grab our bike and place it onto our bike rack.



RockyMounts TieRod Roof Bike Rack Review - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester we'll be test fitting the Rockymounts Tierod roof mounted bike rack, part number RKY1014. With the Thule Rapid Podium Roof Rack System on our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing our tierod bike rack onto our load bars. Here at the front we'll remove the black plastic cover and bring our straps around our front bar. We can then fit the straps back into the head of the carrier and use an allen key to tighten the allen bolt which will tighten our straps around our front bar. Once we have that tight we can replace our black plastic cover. Here at the rear, we'll undo an allen bolt so we can bring our rear clamp around our rear bar. We'll drop the allen bolt back through and tighten it in place with an allen key. With the front and rear secure, we'll go ahead and undo the rear wheel strap and make sure the skewer at the front is loose. We'll grab our bike and place it onto our bike rack, dropping our front forks down onto our skewer. We'll secure the bike first by tightening our skewer and then move to our rear and tighten with the wheel strap. That completes today's test fit of the Rockymounts Tierod roof mounted bike rack, part number RKY1014, on our 2009 Subaru Forester. .



RockyMounts TieRod Stretch Roof Bike Rack Review - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester, well be test fitting the RockyMounts TieRod Stretch roof-mounted bike rack, part number RKY1011. With the Thule Podium Style Roof Rack System on our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing the RockyMounts Tierod Stretch directly onto our load bars.Here at the front well bring the rubber-coated straps around the front bar and remove our black plastic cover. Well fit the straps into the head of the carrier and then use an Allen key to tighten the Allen bolt, which will secure our straps around our front bar. We can then replace our black plastic cover.Here at the rear well loosen up an Allen Bolt to bring our rear clamp around our rear bar, well drop the Allen Bolt back through and tighten them down using an Allen key.With the front and rear secure, well go ahead and undo the rear wheel strap and make sure the skewer at the front is loose. Well grab our bike, place it onto the bike rack and drop our front forks down onto our skewer. Well secure the bike first by tightening our skewer and then move to the rear and tighten with the wheel strap. With our bike loaded up.



Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack Installation - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester, we'll be test fitting the Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack system using Part Numbers TH7502-TH7502. We'll begin our test fit by placing our first bar onto the front of our roof. There's a crease in which we will set up our next tube, which will ensure our bar is perpendicular to the raised side rails. With this done, we can take the rubber coated steel straps on number three and insert it into the bottom portion of the blade. We'll then wrap the strap around the raised side rail bringing it back up into the holes of the strap, placing it into the holes of the top portion of the blade. We'll then do this on both sides and using the tensioning tool to turn the black bolt to bring the straps up around tightly against the rail.



Thule Sonic Medium Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today, on our 2009 Subaru Forester, well be test fitting the Thule Sonic Medium Rooftop Cargo Box with 13 cubic feet of space, Glossy Black in color, part number TH634B. With the Thule Rapid Crossroads Roof Rack System on our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing the box up onto the vehicles bars. After positioning the clamps to fit over the bars, we can unlock the box and open the lid, exposing the 2 closest knobs. We can turn the knobs to bring the clamps up around tightly against each bar. You'll know the knobs have been fully tightened down when the knobs start to click. We can then move to the other side of the vehicle and repeat the same process. Now, this double-sided opening lid will also enable you to easily load an unloader cargo from either side of the vehicle.



Thule Pulse Medium Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today, on our 2009 Subaru Forester, we'll be test fitting the Thule Pulse Medium roof top cargo box with 14 cubic feet of space, matte black in color, part number TH614. This box does only open from one side, so you'll need to be position on the passenger side of your roof. With the Thule Rapid Crossroads roof rack system on our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing the box up onto the vehicle's load bars. We can now unlock the box and open the lid, exposing the four slots int eh bottom the of box We can then take the clamps, slide them down through the slots over top of each bar, and then turn the knobs to tighten down the clamps. Once everything is all tightened down and secured, that'll complete today's test fit of the Thule Pulse Medium, part number Th614, on our 2009 Subaru Forester.



Thule Crossroad Roof Rack Installation - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester, we'll be test fitting the Thule Crossroads Roof Rack System using part numbers THLB50 and TH450. This roof rack system is also available as a kit with locks as part number TH45050. We'll begin our test fit by placing the front bar onto the front of our roof. Now there is a crease in which we are going to use to help us position the front bar. We'll use the crease as a guide to make sure that our feet are right next to it, which will ensure our bar is perpendicular to the rear side rails. With the front bar in place, we can pop off the end caps, bring the rubber-coated steel straps around the rail, and hook them into the connection points.



Thule Big Mouth Roof Bike Rack Review - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester, well be test fitting the Thule Big Mouth Roof Mounted Bike Rack, part number TH599XTR. With the Thule crossroad roof rack system assembled on to our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing the bike rack up on to the vehicles bars. Starting at the front, well bring the bracket around the underside of the front bar and insert the T-bolt into the designating spots. We can then turn the black wing nuts to tighten down the clamps up against the front bar. Now Im moving to the rear, well remove one of the wing nuts to bring the rear bracket around the underside of the bar. Well then reinstall our wing nut to secure the rear part of the bike rack to the bar.



Thule Sonic XXL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today, on our 2009 Subaru Forrester, we'll be test fitting the Thule Sonic XXL rooftop cargo box, with 22 cubic feet of space, metallic silver in color. Part number TH636S. With the Thule Rapid Crossroads Roof Rack System on our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing the cargo box up onto the vehicle's load bars. After positioning the clamps to fit over the bars, we can unlock the box and open the lid, exposing the two closest knobs. We can then turn the knobs to tighten down the clamps up against each bar. You'll know when the clamps have been fully tightened down, when the knob starts to click.



Thule Pulse Large Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today, on our 2009 Subaru Forester, we'll be test-fitting the Thule Pulse Large Rooftop Cargo Box, with 16 cubic feet of space, matte black in color, part number TH615. When positioning the box on your roof, remember that it only opens from one side, so you'll need to position it on the passenger side of your vehicle. With the Thule Rapid Crossroads Roof Rack system on our vehicle, we'll begin our test-fit by placing the cargo box up onto the vehicle's load bars. We can now unlock the box and open the lid, exposing the four slots in the bottom of the box. We can then take the clamps, slide them down through the slots, over top of each bar and then turn the knobs to tighten down the clamps. Once everything is all tightened down and secured, that'll complete today's test-fit for the Thule Pulse Large, part number TH615 on our 2009 Subaru Forester.



Thule Pulse Alpine Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today, on our 2009 Subaru Forester, we'll be test-fitting the Thule Pulse Alpine Rooftop Cargo Box, with 11 cubic feet of space, matte black in color, part number TH613. Remember that it only opens from one side, so you'll need to position it on the passenger side of your vehicle. When positioning the box on your roof, remember that it only opens from one side, so you'll need to position it on the passenger's side of your vehicle. With the Thule Rapid Crossroads Roof Rack system on our vehicle, we'll begin our test-fit by placing the cargo box up onto the vehicle's load bars. We can then unlock the box, open the lid, exposing the four slots in the bottom of the box. We can nowtake the clamps, slide them down through the slots, over top of each bar and then turn the knobs to bring the clamps up around tightly against the load bars.Once everything is all tightened down and secured, that'll complete today's test-fit for the Thule Pulse Alpine, part number TH613on our 2009 Subaru Forester. .



Thule Force XXL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester, we'll be test fitting the Thule Force XXL roof top cargo box with 21 cubic feet of space, arrow skin black in color, part number TH626. With the Thule rapid crossroads roof rack system already assembled onto our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing the box onto the vehicle's bars. After positioning the clamps to fit over the bars, we can unlock the box and open the lid, exposing the 2 closest knobs. We'll turn the knobs to bring both clamps up around tightly to each bar. Moving around the other side of the vehicle, we'll repeat the same process. This double sided opening lid will enable you to easily load and unload your cargo from either side of the vehicle. Once everything is all tightened down and secured, that'll complete today's test fit for the Thule Force XXL roof top cargo box, part number TH626, on our 2009 Subaru Forester. .



Thule Force Large Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today, on our 2009 Subaru Forester, we'll be test-fitting the Thule Force Large Rooftop Cargo Box with 13 cubic feet of space, Aeroskin Black in color, part number TH624. With the Thule Rapid CrossroadRoof Rack system on our vehicle, we'll begin our test-fit by placing the cargo box up onto the vehicle's bars. After positioning the clamps to fit overthe bars, we can unlock the box, open the lid, exposing the two closest knobs. We can then turn the knobs to tighten down the clamps up against thebars. Moving to the other side of the vehicle, we'll repeat the same process. Now, this double-sided opening lid will also enable you to easily load and unload your cargo from either side of the vehicle. Once everything is all tightened down and secure, that'll complete today's test fit for the Thule Force Large Rooftop Cargo Box, part number TH624on our 2009 Subaru Forester.



Thule AeroBlade Crossroad Roof Rack Installation - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester, we'll be test fitting the Thule Rapid Crossroad Roof Rack System using part numbers THARB47 and TH450R. We'll begin our test fit by placing the front bar onto the front of our raised side rails. Now there is a crease in which we are going to use to help us position the front bar. We'll use the crease as a guide to make sure that our feet are right next to it, which will ensure our bar is perpendicular to the raised side rails. With the front bar in place, we can pop off the end caps and bring the rubber-coated steel straps around the underside of the rail and hook them into the connection points. We'll then use the included tensioning tool to tighten on the black bolt, to tighten on the straps up against the rail.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today on this 2009 Subaru Forester we are going to be installing wiring harness part number 118467. We are at the rear of the vehicle and the port that we are going to need to plug our wiring harness into is located inside the cargo area underneath the floor board over here on the driver side of the vehicle. We are going to need to remove quite a few pieces to gain access to the port. The driver side styrofoam has a few retaining fasteners holding it in to position. To remove those you can either use a flat headed screwdriver or you could use a rivet removal tool. 00:33



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2009 Subaru Forester, we are going to install part number 13147 from Curt. All right we will go ahead and show you, the hitch mounts up to the body of the vehicle and to get started we are going to have to actually lower the exhaust so we have more working room. All right also what we are going to do is put on a little safety strap, you can use a wire or something, just to control the exhaust so when we take it off the hangers it will not come falling down. All right we are just going to spray them down with some lubricant. And there is one up towards the front of the vehicle we will need to undo also. You are going to do the same two on the passenger side. Now with the exhaust out of the way you get a better view of the frame rail. What we have got to do next is go ahead and remove the rubber plugs here and here. We will just pop out this one here. With that one I think we can just grab a pair of pliers and pull straight down. All right we will do the same thing on the passenger side.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Subaru Forester

Today on this 2009 Subaru Forester we are going to be installing Draw-Tite hitch part number 75650 and this installation will also apply for Hidden Hitch part number 87493. The first thing we need to do is lower the exhaust down. There are four main hangers and then there is one forward hanger that we need to lower the exhaust off of. 00:20





2009 Subaru Forester Questions and Answers


  • Adapter Recommendation to Install Thule Big Mouth Roof Mounted Bike Rack on Aero Bars
  • There is a way to install the Thule Big Mouth Roof Mounted Bike Rack that you referenced on aero style bars like what you have. To do this you will need the Thule XADAPT2 AeroBlade and Xsporter Load Bar Adapter # Xadapt2 and you would be good to go. You can also purchase the Thule ProRide, part # TH598003, which includes the XAdapt2 parts. It also includes a number of updated features and an easier to manage frame clamp.
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  • Removal of the Front Bumper and Grill to Install a Transmission Cooler on a 2009 Subaru Forester
  • From the research I did it looks like you will need to remove the front grill and bumper to install a transmission cooler like the Derale Dyno-Cool Tube-Fin Transmission Cooler Kit # D12906. There will be 16 plastic rivets that will need to be removed. You can use a screwdriver to pop them out. Take your time getting these out so you do not break them. Once the grill and bumper are removed you will have plenty of room to work to install a transmission cooler like the # D12906. I am...
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  • Curt vs. Draw-Tite Hitch for a 2009 Subaru Forester XT
  • Either the Curt Hitch # 13147 or the Draw-Tite Hitch # 75650 would work very well for you. The main difference between the two is the tube design like you noticed. There is not an advantage to having a round tube over a square tube hitch or vice versa. Some people just prefer the look of one over the other. Check out the picture I attached that shows both hitches installed on a vehicle so you can see which look you prefer. When determining the towing capacity of a setup you must always...
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  • Attaching License Plate to Cargo Carrier
  • The legalities regarding a cargo carrier obscuring a rear license plate can vary widely by state. Your best bet would be to directly contact the State Police or Department of Transportation in the states in which you will be traveling. The Pilot 20x45 Cargo Carrier, part # CR-114N does not provide a dedicated place to attach a license plate. You could drill two holes through the rear rail in order to bolt the plate in place, or simply use zip-ties to temporarily attach the plate, if...
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  • 7-Way connector for a 2009 Subaru Forester
  • To get the 7-way connector to the rear of your 2009 Subaru Forester you will need to use the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness, item # 118467, and then install the Adapter 4 Pole to 7 Pole and 4 Pole, item # 37185. When you install the Adapter you will have to wire a 12 volt power wire from the number 4 pole in the 7-Way, to the vehicle battery (see link). Use a 40 amp circuit breaker, item # PK54540, with 10 gauge wire to protect the trailer and vehicle. We offer a Brake Controller 7...
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  • Comparing the SportRack Vista XL Cargo Box with Thule and Yakima Cargo Boxes, 2009 Subaru Forester
  • Basically, it depends on what features you want in a cargo box. The SportRack Vista XL, # SR7018, is going to give you all of the basic features of a cargo box. The main difference is going to be the mounting hardware. The Vista XL uses u-bolts, which you can see in the last picture on the product page. The u-bolts are going to be a secure connection, but they take a lot longer to attach to the crossbars on the vehicle roof. Yakima and Thule boxes have a clamping type of mechanism that...
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  • Comparing the Yakima RocketBox Pro 14 Cargo Box with a SportRack Vista XL Cargo Box
  • To me the Yakima RocketBox Pro 14, # Y07192, is not only one of Yakimas best boxes, but one of the best boxes that we carry. The reason is because of its shape and features. The box measures 74 inches long by 33 inches wide and despite its size it still has 14 cubic feet of storage space. The RocketBox also features a simple and easy to use mounting system that clamps around the crossbars rather than using u-bolts to mount them like the Vista XL box. I have included links to the installation...
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  • Wiring Kit Needed for Dinghy Towing a 2009 Subaru Forester Behind a 1992 Monaco Motorhome
  • To wire your 2009 Subaru Forester for dinghy towing behind a motorhome you will need to install a tow bar wiring diode kit like the Roadmaster 6-Diode Universal Wiring Kit, # 154-792-118158, or use removable towing lights like the E-Z Mount Tow Light Kit, # EZT20B. The Tow Ready Harness, # 118467, and the Curt Mfg. Harness, # C56040, are designed to allow you to tow a trailer with your Forester and will not work for flat towing the vehicle because the brake, turn and taillight signals...
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  • New Trailer Tire Recommendation for a Haul-Master Folding Trailer with 5.30-12 Tires
  • The tire sizes 4.8-12 and 5.3-12 are very similar and often used on similar applications. As I'm sure you are aware, the 5.30-12 tires are just a little wider and they have slightly higher weight ratings. Since you are already using 5.30-12 tires, I recommend staying with that same size. A wider tire will have better ground contact and using a slightly stronger tire certainly won't hurt anything, especially if you are loading the trailer to the maximum weight capacity a lot. The Kenda...
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  • Ground Clearance between Trailer Hitch and Ground on a 2009 Subaru Forester
  • Part # 2923 is a ball mount and not a hitch. When installed in a 2 inch trailer hitch the bottom of it will be roughly an inch below the bottom of the receiver. When we installed Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75650 on a 2009 Subaru Forester we found that from the ground to the top of the receiver opening was 14 inches. That means to the bottom of the receiver would be approximately 11-1/2 inches and to the bottom of ball mount 2923 in the drop position would be about 10-1/2 inches (in the...
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  • Does the Fishwire Tool Come with Trailer Hitch # 13147, Will the Holes Rust on 2009 Subaru Forester
  • The fishwire tool does come with Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13147, for the 2009 Subaru Forester. Corrosion and rust is a possibility and one way to help prevent it from happening is to give the holes a shot of spray paint like you mention. I have included a link to the installation instructions for reference.
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  • Which Trailer Hitch is Safest and Performs Best for a 2009 Subaru Forester
  • The Curt Curt Class II Hitch, part # 12047 has more attachment points because of its higher weight capacity. It is rated at 3,500lbs while the Draw Tite Class I Hitch, part # 24807 and Hidden Hitch Class I Hitch, part # 60893 are rated for 2,000lbs. Ratings for hitches are subjective. They do have to comply with DOT specs before they can be sold. Each manufacturer is held to the same standard. The big advantage in this case is the Curt being a Class II. There are more accessories available...
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  • Trunk Mount Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2009 Subaru Forester and 2011 Subaru WRX
  • For the 2009 Subaru Forester, you have numerous trunk mount options, see link, including the Passage 3, # TH911XT, that you have referenced. For the 2011 WRX it gets a little more complicated. If that vehicle has a rear spoiler, it is considered a no-fit application. The spoiler will not allow a trunk mount bike rack to be mounted safely on the vehicle. But without a spoiler you can use the same Passage 3 bike rack for it. If you will be carrying womens, childrens, or alternative...
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  • Will SuperSpring Coil Inserts Fit on a 2009 Subaru Legacy
  • If you can provide me with some measurements of your coil springs, I can determine if any of our SuperSprings Coil Inserts will work on your 2009 Subaru Legacy. Unfortunately SuperSprings has not tested any of their coil inserts with your vehicle, but we may be able to find something that will work. If you can send me the overall diameter of your coil spring, the distance between each coil and the diameter of the spring coil, I can see if we have an insert that will work for you. I...
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  • Is a Transmission Cooler Needed to tow an 1800lb Camper with a 2009 Subaru Forester
  • A transmission cooler is not necessarily mandatory for towing, but you will definitely want to check your owners manual to see if there are any stipulations from Subaru saying a cooler is required. You will sometimes see that the vehicle manufacturer requires a transmission cooler be installed for towing purposes, just to retain the vehicle warranty. The Derale Transmission cooler # D13502 would be a good choice for your 2009 Subaru Forester. It would work well for your application,...
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  • Where Should a Transmission Cooler Be Installed on a 2009 Subaru Forester
  • The ideal location for a supplemental transmission cooler like # D13502 is directly behind the grille in front of the air conditioning condenser and radiator. I have included a diagram that shows the 3 possible locations. In the picture, space A, in front of the AC condenser, is best because it gets the most air flow. Space B, between the condenser and radiator, is next but you will see a decrease in efficiency. And space C, behind the radiator, is the least efficient so if you have...
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  • Availability Of An A-Frame Trailer Jack With Round Mounting Flange With 4 Holes
  • Almost all A-frame jacks have the triangle mounting plate with the 3 inch on center holes. We do not carry anything that has the 4 holes. We do have some electric jacks like the Stromberg Carlson Electric Trailer Jack - Drop Leg - A-Frame - 23" Lift - 5,000 lbs - Black, # JET-5000 that have a round plate to mount, but the holes are still lined up with the triangular mount design. Unfortunately you will either have to weld the bracket or drill holes in your coupler for modern standard...
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  • Do Draw-Tite or Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitches Require a Stabilizer Strap on a 2009 Subaru Forester
  • Curt hitches that cannot be used with weight distribution systems require a stabilization strap, # 18050, for any non-trailer load such as a bike rack or cargo carrier, to be in compliance with the Curt warranty requirements. If you would just be towing a trailer you would not need to use the strap. The Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch trailer hitches (like # 75650) do not require the use of a stabilization strap. I have included a link to the installation instructions and a link to a video...
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  • Tire Cable Recommendation for a 2009 Subaru Forester with 215/65R16
  • For your 2009 Subaru Forester with 215/65R16 tires the product that would have the best shot at working is the part # PW2016C as it is a tire cable that would have the best clearance. We can't recommend you go against what your manufacturer states for tire chains but if you contact a Subaru dealer in your area you may be able to get them to OK the use of low clearance cables like this. I attached a video of a similar 2010 Forester having these cables installed.
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  • Rear Fascia Trimming on a 2009 Subara Forester
  • The 2009 Subaru Forester will not need to have the rear fascia trimmed or cut in order to install a hitch. The hitches designed for your vehicle sit just under the rear fascia. Some vehicles will need to have the rear fascia trimmed in order to install a hitch, but not in this case.
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  • What Do I need to Wire My 2009 Subaru Forester to Tow A Trailer
  • We currently offer a T-One wiring harness, part # 118467 for your 2009 Subaru Forester. This part is separate from the hitch, and will be installed on the rear of the vehicle. You will find connection point for the plug in your spare tire compartment.
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  • Can a 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch be Installed on a 2005 Ford F-350 with Firestone Air Springs Installed
  • As long as you have Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Rear Kit, # F2400, or Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Rear Kit, # F2398, you will be able to install a 5th wheel installation kit. If you have a different Firestone kit or one that bolts to the outside of the frame, you will not be able to install a 5th wheel installation kit without removing the suspension enhancements. The Reese Quick-Install Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit, # RP50082-58, will fit your 2005...
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  • 2 Kayak Carrier for the Factory Roof Rack on a 2009 Subaru Forester
  • For 2 kayaks I recommend going with either the Thule Stacker, # TH830, or the Yakima BigStack, # Y04041. Either of these carriers will fit the factory crossbars on your 2009 Subaru Forester and can hold your 2 kayaks. Essentially, what both of these carriers do, is provide vertical uprights that you can tie off 2 kayaks to. They very much work in the same manner and I would not say one is better than the other. I recently placed a kayak on the roof of a vehicle that was using the...
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  • Exhaust Will Not Lower on 2009 Subaru Forester to Install Curt Trailer Hitch
  • So even after releasing the exhaust from all those mounts it still stayed in place? It must really be unwilling to move? Have you tried a gentle pull downward on the rear of the exhaust system? It could be bound up at a pipe connection somewhere and just needs a little persuasion. Also, make sure that you are releasing the exhaust from the hangers on both the passenger's and driver's side. There should just be 3 that you have to release it from. It did go pretty smooth when we installed...
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  • Exhaust Has to Be Lowered for Hitch Installation on a 2009 Subaru Forester
  • Temporary lowering of the exhaust is the first step for installation of Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, # 75650, and for all of the available hitches for the 2009 Subaru Forester. I have included link to the installation instructions and an installation video for this trailer hitch below. If you plan on doing some towing with this hitch, the recommended ball mount is # 2923. You can use hitch ball # 19260 (1-7/8 inch diameter), or # 19247 (2 inch diameter). For trailer wiring, you would need...
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  • Universal Trailer Towing Mirrors for a 2009 Subaru Forester
  • The K Source Universal Clip-On Extra Large Towing Mirror, # KS3891, works best on a mirror with a more flat back than what is on your 2009 Subaru Forrester. But of the universal towing mirrors that we currently offer this is likely your best bet.
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for 2009 Subaru Forester
  • Yes you will first need to install a trailer hitch to carry a hitch bike rack with your 2009 Subaru Forester. Whenever available we recommend going with a 2 inch trailer hitch like the part # 75650 which is confirmed as a fit as more racks are made for this hitch size and they have more capacity. The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit this vehicle is the Thule Roadway 2 part # TH912XTR. We asked our demo and install guys to name their favorite, most easy-to-use...
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  • Dimensions of Yakima Replacement Rear Wheel Tray for ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier # Y8880137
  • The Yakima Replacement Rear Wheel Tray for their ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier, part # Y8880137, is an exact replacement for the part supplied on their Forklift roof-mount carrier # Y02098. I pulled both the carrier itself and the replacement part from the warehouse and took measurements for you. The bike carrier itself measures 53-1/2-inches long overall. The distance from the back of the head unit to the rear of the carrier is approximately 44-inches. The front-to-back dimension...
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  • Hitch Adapter for a 1-1/4 Inch Receiver on a 2009 Subaru Forrester
  • The Hitch Adapter 1-1/4 inch to 2 inch, part # 80303, can only be used with a Class II receiver. You will need to double-check the hitch on your Forester to be sure that it is a Class II hitch. Usually Class II hitches have a 3,500 pound capacity. If so, you can use the part # 80303. If not, and you have a Class I receiver, you can use the Hitch Adapter, part # HTAD. However, please be aware that in using an adapter you will reduce the tongue weight capacity of your hitch by 50 percent....
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  • Is Additional Pin Or Hook Needed When Using SportRack Ridge Swing 4 Bike Rack
  • There is no need for an additional pin or hook as you described for the SportRack Ridge Swing 4 Bike Rack, part # SR2415. The bike rack does have a threaded anti-rattle hitch pin which does a good job of reducing rattle when the bike rack is installed. This bike rack will hold up to 4 bikes and has a weight capacity of 140 lbs. When loading bikes in the carrier it is always a good practice to place the heaviest bike closest to the vehicle to keep additional stress off the back of the...
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