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Old 04-14-2012, 12:14 PM   #1
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Default 2012 2.0 trailer hitch?

I am looking for a hitch for my new 2012 Impreza Sport Premium 2.0 CVT hatchback. I did a search, and everything I found was either for a WRX/STI or someone modified something to fit. I apologize if it has been covered and I missed it.
I am also aware that towing is not recommended on the new 2.0. Just looking for a place for a receiver style bike rack
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:33 PM   #2
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According to all the other threads on this, the Draw-Tite 24849 should be a fit for the 2012 Subaru Impreza Sport however please remember that your owner's manual says VERY SPECIFICALLY that the 2.0 Impreza should NOT be used for towing.

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Old 04-14-2012, 05:32 PM   #3
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Area rep told me before I bought my Imp, that Subaru would not cover warranty if a hitch was installed. He didn't specify exactly what, and I didn't ask, and you can fight, but given the brand new engine and tranny, I decided it's easier to tow with our other car...
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:15 PM   #4
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The XV can tow (according to the Canadian web site), and Aussie Imprezas can tow (according to the Australian web site), but North American Imprezas cannot? Anybody know why?
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:35 PM   #5
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I thought it was just the cvt that couldn't tow. manual can tow just fine iirc.
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:11 AM   #6
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The XV can tow (according to the Canadian web site), and Aussie Imprezas can tow (according to the Australian web site), but North American Imprezas cannot? Anybody know why?
Most likely this is an 'Artifical Limitation' imposed by Subaru due to the rather new and untested tweaks in the Impreza CVT but that's just a guess. I doubt there is a reason why it can't, just that Subaru says YOU can not tow with it, not that the vehicle CAN'T tow.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:21 AM   #7
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So I looked up the 24849 on the Draw-Tite site and it says it is for the WRX. I know that while both Imprezas, the 2012 WRX is a completely different car than my 2012 2.0 Sport. Pardon my scepticism, but does it actually fit without modification?
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:38 AM   #8
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I believe the manual tells you to not tow on either the CVT or the 5-speed.
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:06 AM   #9
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So I looked up the 24849 on the Draw-Tite site and it says it is for the WRX. I know that while both Imprezas, the 2012 WRX is a completely different car than my 2012 2.0 Sport. Pardon my scepticism, but does it actually fit without modification?
There are pictures on the forums here somewhere, sadly I'm at work and search isn't coming up with much on my iPad. If you do a search on the model number you'll no do but find the same thread with pictures that I pulled the original info from.
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:10 AM   #10
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I have the Draw-Tite on my 2012 Impreza, made for the '08-'12 WRX. It does fit. There is a slight conflict of real estate with the muffler pipe; shorter exhaust hangers to tuck the muffler up towards the chassis solves the issue.

I have towed small loads (200-600lbs) easily, and was even seeing mid-32mpg with the CVT. Enjoy!
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Old 04-26-2012, 01:33 PM   #11
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Greetings all, first post. I'm waiting for my 2012 5 dr to arrive and have been reading about hitches for this car. I only need it for my bike rack.Thanks to all on this forum for the pics and info. I spoke with Draw Tight today and they said that they are aware of the muffler clearance issue, but no news as of yet on a new hitch in production, suggested to call weekly.
So, for those of you that have installed the 24849, how much of an issue is it and what have you done to address the clearance issue?

Thanks , Dave
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:59 AM   #12
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Anyone with a welding friend consider making one themselves?

I don't think it would be that hard actually, but since I can't weld, I can't say for sure.

I'd love to do dual exhaust on this car, but there will likely never be a dual exhaust capable hitch, and I'd like the receiver to be hidden by the cut-out in the bumper, so it will probably have to be custom made to fit with that kind of a set up.
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:14 AM   #13
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Curt Manufacturing has a hitch for the 2012. I haven't tried it myself yet.
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:42 AM   #14
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Curt Manufacturing has a hitch for the 2012. I haven't tried it myself yet.
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That's the one I'm gona order once I jet the ok from the wifey
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:57 AM   #15
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Please let us know your experience and pic if you get one, Thanks.

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Old 04-28-2012, 01:51 PM   #16
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I just install mine 5 days ago
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:41 PM   #17
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IMPREZA 2012, What brand?

I was hoping the hitch would make use of the 2x2 (?) cutout that is just above it in the bumper.
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Old 04-28-2012, 05:50 PM   #18
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The brand here in Canada it's SRG. They use 4 bolts to fix it. I don't know if they have to drill it to be flush to my bumper.
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Old 04-30-2012, 02:58 PM   #19
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IMPREZA 2012, What brand?

I was hoping the hitch would make use of the 2x2 (?) cutout that is just above it in the bumper.
+1 that would be super hot!
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:43 PM   #20
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IMPREZA 2012, What brand?

I was hoping the hitch would make use of the 2x2 (?) cutout that is just above it in the bumper.
Good luck putting in the hitch pin.
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:21 AM   #21
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Good luck putting in the hitch pin.
You could reach behind the bumper cover, if you have small hands.
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Old 05-01-2012, 04:09 PM   #22
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E trailer com offers a good solution!
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:41 AM   #23
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E trailer com offers a good solution!
Any hitch in particular you pointing too?

Thanks
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:09 PM   #24
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Greetings all, first post. I'm waiting for my 2012 5 dr to arrive and have been reading about hitches for this car. I only need it for my bike rack.Thanks to all on this forum for the pics and info. I spoke with Draw Tight today and they said that they are aware of the muffler clearance issue, but no news as of yet on a new hitch in production, suggested to call weekly.
So, for those of you that have installed the 24849, how much of an issue is it and what have you done to address the clearance issue?

Thanks , Dave
Keep us updated as you find more. I'm looking to install one for a bike as well and would rather wait on one that fits without adjusting the muffler fit.
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:08 PM   #25
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I'd make a new thread, but I don't have the post count.

I installed the Draw Tite 24807 on my 2012 sedan. It ships with instructions for the 2.5i and it looks like they assume the 2.0i is no different. Drilling new holes in the frame is required, as is chopping off an exhaust hanger peg from the body, shortening one on the muffler, and modifying the heat shield.

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