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Old 08-21-2012, 02:22 PM   #76
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yesterday I saw 2012 5-door with a hitch mounted bike rack. I did not get a good look at as it was driving by, but the bike rack was a thule.
That was probably me. The rack is a Thule TH990XT.
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:04 PM   #77
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That was probably me. The rack is a Thule TH990XT.
Would you have been in South Austin traveling north on S. Lamar.??

it would have been mid morning-ish

I don't even remember what color it was.

Might have to go that route my self some day when I can save up some extra mod money.

Mind sharing what the hitch cost you installed?
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:44 AM   #78
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I don't go to South Austin often, but we have family in North Austin. If the Impreza was filled with people, it was probably me.


C11286 CURT Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar Class I - 1-1/4" =$147.95

TH990XT Thule Doubletrack Bike Carrier Hitch Mount =$269.95

3 to 5 Day Express Shipping =$24.49

Total =$442.39
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:38 PM   #79
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So why not just take off the rear muffler to save 30lbs and replace it with the hitch? I wonder if the outback or forester oem hitch would fit the impreza...like it does in the wrx. Replaces bumper beam so it saves weight. Now if it would come out of that little fog light cover thing it would be awesome!!
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:26 PM   #80
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this is what i just posted on the SOA facebook page.

Do you know what make me mad the most about my new 2012 Impreza 2.0i Sport Premium? It's not the car, it's the company. I love my car. I called SOA twice about installing a tow hitch to use it for a cargo carrier and my back rack. I asked if it would be ok if I installed it to use it to carry those items. I also mentioned that i will not wire for a trailer, because I will not tow with it. I get a load of crap saying, "the transmission and the rear differential is not designed for the weight of it." I told them its about 40 pounds for the tow hitch. Come on, four grown adults weight about 550ish-580ish. The person on the phone repeated the same thing. Then, I did a little research. Apparently, the Australian version can tow with both manual and CVT. And there is a Subaru genuine "Tow Bar" or tow hitch accessory option. I emailed SOA about this. and asked what are the design differences between my car and the Australian's? The representative told me that they don't know what they are and that both car could be the same. Then, the person goes on to talk about regulations on towing of different countries. How is that remotely relavent when "the transmission and the rear differential is not designed for the weight of it"? Apparently, the transmission and the rear differential are going to break anyway. The reason that i am worried about installing a hitch is because I bought the Subaru extended warranty for 100K miles. It would be a waste if my transmission broke for whatever reason and if I had a hitch SOA would not cover the repairs. Also, I am not very tall and would hate to put stuff on top of my roof such as a bike. I would hate to slip and scratch my paint or make dents.
And why don't you put on a hitch, get on with life, and if you need to take it in for warranty... REMOVE the hitch?
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:34 PM   #81
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And nobody is going with a euro style hitch? what do they run in Australia? I wouldn't be able to deal with the ground clearance of one of those Curt or whatever style on our cars.

I had a wesfalia (oem product in europe) detachable hitch on a vw. Had virtually zero impact on ground clearance when it was attached. And when you're done pop that thing off! It's amazing.

Proper quick search yielded this: http://bbs.scoobynet.com/showpost.ph...7&postcount=10

ok have at it

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Old 09-16-2012, 12:33 AM   #82
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And nobody is going with a euro style hitch? what do they run in Australia? I wouldn't be able to deal with the ground clearance of one of those Curt or whatever style on our cars.

I had a wesfalia (oem product in europe) detachable hitch on a vw. Had virtually zero impact on ground clearance when it was attached. And when you're done pop that thing off! It's amazing.

Proper quick search yielded this: http://bbs.scoobynet.com/showpost.ph...7&postcount=10

ok have at it
Subaru has one listed for XV: http://www.subaru-global.com/12xv_rr_accessories.html

Unfortunately, this is not going to work with bike racks
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Old 09-16-2012, 12:55 AM   #83
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what do you mean, just bike racks. that thing isn't going to work at all with our car. that thing hangs way too low!
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Old 10-15-2012, 05:08 PM   #84
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I am looking for a hitch for my 2012 5-door WRX. The only one I have seen requires cutting the rear fascia. Have any suggestions?
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Old 10-15-2012, 05:42 PM   #85
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And why don't you put on a hitch, get on with life, and if you need to take it in for warranty... REMOVE the hitch?
I like your idea!! ^^

I've been frustrated that Subaru doesn't allow installation of a hitch, even just for use with bike racks, and their "too much weight" argument is silly. As a mechanical engineer, I know that this use will result in absolutely no harm to the vehicle!

The other option would be to mount the bikes up top but I'm afraid I will slam them into the top of my garage. Saw the result of that a lot when working as a bicycle mechanic through college. It only takes one second of inattention.
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:55 PM   #86
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Subaru has one listed for XV: http://www.subaru-global.com/12xv_rr_accessories.html

Unfortunately, this is not going to work with bike racks
Hey!!! There's the answer, that's great. It probably does not hang low, and seems like it simply replaces the bumper rail on our cars. Might have to cut a hole in your bumper or something, but that's great.

I'll dig around more, but I would bet the ground clearance is awesome with that setup. And you can detach it when not in use.

There are a ton of accessories that fit on tow balls. Bike racks included, I have a Thule rack that fits a towball.
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:41 PM   #87
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From what I have read in this thread subarus logic is kinda nutty.

lets see things that weight enough that they could cause problems according to subaru:

my impreza comes with 16" rims and I put on 17" rims woops, thats added weight oh no my diffs are done, or i have 18", 19" rims etc, same argument.

I just installed new speakers, dynamat my car and put some subs in the back, woops subs weight too much golly gee my diffs are dead again, how dare you dynamat your car didn't you know you could fry the diff and transmission.

bike rack: kuat sherpa 20lbs, 2 cannondales 40lbs, 1 hitch 30 lbs total weight 90lbs
woops 90lbs on the back end of the car thats too much, ditto for any adolescent, if you transport kids they weight too much and that is going to kill your diff.

bike rack on roof = drop in mpg, your car also has to work harder due to air resistance nothing like a huge bike stuck on the roof to make you hate gas going up to $4 or $5 per gallon. bike rack on hitch bikes stay in slipstream of car aka less air resistance so less of an mpg hit so car won't be working as hard

Unfortunately subaru isn't unique in their bs warranty threats, every car company and every dealership do nothing but try to find loopholes so that they do not have to honor their warranties even when they know the problem is purely mechanical. Don't let yourself be a victim of warranties, I never had a car that didn't need a fix to rectify problems the manufacturer called "normal" I also know that I couldn't give a hoot about what warranty a or b says if I followed some of the warranty stipulations or manufacturers guidelines for maintenance on my cars they would all be junks. I'll follow their advice as soon as they decide on the definition of what severe service is until then I will stick with common sense and not fall prey to true cost of ownership bs and other PR crap that serves no value. just my 2 cents.
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Old 10-16-2012, 04:39 AM   #88
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From what I have read in this thread subarus logic is kinda nutty.

lets see things that weight enough that they could cause problems according to subaru:

my impreza comes with 16" rims and I put on 17" rims woops, thats added weight oh no my diffs are done, or i have 18", 19" rims etc, same argument.

I just installed new speakers, dynamat my car and put some subs in the back, woops subs weight too much golly gee my diffs are dead again, how dare you dynamat your car didn't you know you could fry the diff and transmission.

bike rack: kuat sherpa 20lbs, 2 cannondales 40lbs, 1 hitch 30 lbs total weight 90lbs
woops 90lbs on the back end of the car thats too much, ditto for any adolescent, if you transport kids they weight too much and that is going to kill your diff.

bike rack on roof = drop in mpg, your car also has to work harder due to air resistance nothing like a huge bike stuck on the roof to make you hate gas going up to $4 or $5 per gallon. bike rack on hitch bikes stay in slipstream of car aka less air resistance so less of an mpg hit so car won't be working as hard

Unfortunately subaru isn't unique in their bs warranty threats, every car company and every dealership do nothing but try to find loopholes so that they do not have to honor their warranties even when they know the problem is purely mechanical. Don't let yourself be a victim of warranties, I never had a car that didn't need a fix to rectify problems the manufacturer called "normal" I also know that I couldn't give a hoot about what warranty a or b says if I followed some of the warranty stipulations or manufacturers guidelines for maintenance on my cars they would all be junks. I'll follow their advice as soon as they decide on the definition of what severe service is until then I will stick with common sense and not fall prey to true cost of ownership bs and other PR crap that serves no value. just my 2 cents.
How much Dynamat did you use and what part of the car did you use it on?
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:34 AM   #89
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How much Dynamat did you use and what part of the car did you use it on?
I didn't actually dynamat my car I am just saying, If i were gonna go ballistic and do a complete audio upgrade I would rip the car apart dynamat the doors and a few odds and ends however by the nonsense logic from subaru customer rep response the weight of speakers, plus sub, plus dynamat, plus amp should work out to what 30lbs or some such number which is the same as a hitch which then in this imaginery world could destroy my car. lets not even mention if I wanted to move my kid to college or move some stuff the weight involved there and how that could also destroy my car. By their logic the only thing that won't destroy the car would probably be air.
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Does the XV Crosstrek in the U.S. allow towing? The Canadian site lists a hitch as an accessory for the XV, but there's nothing in the specifications section about towing capacity.
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:54 PM   #91
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Yes, looks like the US allows the XV to tow and also lists an official hitch bar. Towing capacity is in the specs as 1500lbs.
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:19 AM   #92
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I didn't actually dynamat my car I am just saying, If i were gonna go ballistic and do a complete audio upgrade I would rip the car apart dynamat the doors and a few odds and ends however by the nonsense logic from subaru customer rep response the weight of speakers, plus sub, plus dynamat, plus amp should work out to what 30lbs or some such number which is the same as a hitch which then in this imaginery world could destroy my car. lets not even mention if I wanted to move my kid to college or move some stuff the weight involved there and how that could also destroy my car. By their logic the only thing that won't destroy the car would probably be air.
That sounds about right. Service manager is quite anal about anything that is aftermarket.
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:08 PM   #93
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I just saw they are selling a trailer hitch kit for the 2013 VX. Will this work on our Impreza?
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:02 AM   #94
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I just saw they are selling a trailer hitch kit for the 2013 VX. Will this work on our Impreza?
I am thinking about this aswell.
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I am thinking about this aswell.
Cheaper to get the curt hitch
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I just saw they are selling a trailer hitch kit for the 2013 VX. Will this work on our Impreza?
Just wanted to let anyone know that is interested that i went ahead and had my dealer install the XV hitch on my Impreza Sport and that it fits just fine. I'll get some pics up soon. Only issue was that the XV wiring harness that came with the hitch has a proprietary plug on it to plug directly into the XV which the normal Impreza's do not have...

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Old 01-17-2013, 08:26 PM   #97
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what was the cost of hitch and install?
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:39 PM   #98
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what was the cost of hitch and install?
Hitch is about $400. Not sure about install, but I'm sure you could do it yourself. Running wiring, should you decide to do it, would probably be harder than installing the hitch.

http://www.subarupartsforyou.com/cp_...p?partid=22532

jd0101: I would love to see the photos. I'm not sold on that weird circular part that hangs off to the left. What is that for? I do like that it's damn near invisible.
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Seriously that's a rip off the curt is 120 and any mechanic can just screw it on takes less than 30 mins Yikes
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:18 PM   #100
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but the xv hitch reciever actually uses that cut out.


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