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Old 03-03-2015, 10:47 AM   #1
enderx475
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Default '02 Wagon with tow hitch?

Yes, I searched -- plenty of threads, pretty much no answers. Maybe you can dig up one with a good answer... link 'em if you got 'em.

I have a '02 WRX Wagon with a Greddy Evo2 catback. The car previously had a tow hitch on it which fit just fine, but the Evo2 has a big ass muffler that doesn't clear the tow hitch so the hitch had to come off when it was installed.

Two questions:
  1. How can I gain clearance for this specific exhaust to clear the tow hitch? Extended hangers? Any problems with this?
  2. What aftermarket exhaust do you run that does clear the tow hitch without additional modification?
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Old 03-03-2015, 12:47 PM   #2
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I have a cheap annoying 4" Ebay style exhaust with stock exhaust hangers. The exhaust just barely clears my hitch (~ 1/4").

I plan on getting a set of longer exhaust hangers when I save up enough for a new exhaust.
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Old 03-03-2015, 01:09 PM   #3
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I have a cheap annoying 4" Ebay style exhaust with stock exhaust hangers. The exhaust just barely clears my hitch (~ 1/4").

I plan on getting a set of longer exhaust hangers when I save up enough for a new exhaust.
What issues have you encountered with this so far?
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Old 03-03-2015, 01:40 PM   #4
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What issues have you encountered with this so far?
With 3 trips to CO from TX this winter, I haven't had any issues with the hitch so far. All my issues have been with my exhaust dragging due to sagging springs, none with the hitch.

The hitch has worked wonders for my bike rack and small cargo racks.
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Old 03-03-2015, 01:45 PM   #5
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With 3 trips to CO from TX this winter, I haven't had any issues with the hitch so far. All my issues have been with my exhaust dragging due to sagging springs, none with the hitch.

The hitch has worked wonders for my bike rack and small cargo racks.
Aha, very interesting. The exhaust shop that installed my catback said the hitch wouldn't fit. Maybe they were wrong.
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Old 03-03-2015, 01:51 PM   #6
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I have an Apexi Worldsport exhaust on my 05 WRX with a trailer hitch and stock exhaust hangers. Fits perfect, no rubbing.
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Old 03-03-2015, 02:13 PM   #7
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Here's a picture with my exhaust and the hitch to show that it fit.
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Old Yesterday, 12:16 PM   #8
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my uhaul hitch clears the tanabe exhaust. After around 6 years though something shifted and it started hitting the hitches. I just bent my hanger on one on side a bit and its more stable and not more bumping.

i have towed a trailer from WA to AK and recently from WA to AL with no problems.
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Old Yesterday, 12:51 PM   #9
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here you go

Kartboy extended hangars.

http://www.kartboy.com/x4/product.ph...0&bestseller=Y
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Old Yesterday, 01:18 PM   #10
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I used a Curt hitch on my Bugeye sedan with a GReddy Evo2 using ONE Kartboy XL hangar.
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