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Old 12-19-2001, 12:46 AM   #1
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Default Hitch / towing options?

I'd like to get a hitch for the rear of our '02 and would appreciate your feedback. What options are there out there? Subaru offers one in their accessory catalog, is that the one to get?

We'll be towing a small boat trailer and a small U-haul 4x8 trailer

Thanks,
Chris
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Old 12-19-2001, 04:59 AM   #2
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One of my colleagues at work has one with the subaru hitch, but he hasn't even run it in yet so I doubt he has any info. There was also someone else locally who towed a caravan with his, but I don't know the upshot of that either. I think there may be some kind of issue with the self levelling struts if the subaru hitch isn't used, but I don't think you get that anyway.
Good luck with your quest!
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Old 12-19-2001, 06:58 AM   #3
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I put a Subaru hitch on my 2000. Turned out it was made by Valley Industries. It was a piece of cake to install, only took about an hour. I've towed a 4x8 trailer with no problems. I don't think I'd tow a caravan with it though.

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Old 12-19-2001, 10:44 AM   #4
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I have an aftermarket hitch for my Forester. Not sure of the brand. I have towed a 1500lb. boat several times. The only drawback I have discovered in the brakes are inadequate. I hope to upgrade to the STi 4-pots someday. (Of course, now that I think of it, my brakes need replacing anyway, maybe that's the problem)

Other than that, no prob...
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Old 12-19-2001, 12:05 PM   #5
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I called the local subaru dealer's part department. he said they are a bitch to put on and require the rear bumper to come off and be cut....could he be confusing it with an Outback or something? The list price is $267.87 at the dealer, but with my discount its about $205.

thanks for the info. I'll see if I can track down Valley industries.

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Old 12-19-2001, 02:32 PM   #6
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That guy is full of crap. The hitch (at least the one I have that is rated 3,500 lbs.) bolted on to the rear under the bumper. They had to take off (and reattach) what I think is a charcoal canister in the right rear, since the hitch uses one of the bolts. Took all of 35 minutes to install...

And that is for a class II hitch. Call any local trailer hitch shop. They'll probably have it in stock, my place did. And Subarus in South Florida are as rare as all hell...
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Old 12-20-2001, 01:14 PM   #7
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I called around a bit more, other Subaru dealers sold them for $228. I called the my VW/Subaru dealer again, they had 3 in stock, $193 was my cost. U-Haul also had one for $160.

I installed the Subaru hitch last night . It went fairly well once everything was unbolted and out of the way. My only problem is that I can't get the center bolt on the pass. side to thread back in. The front and rear bolts went in but this one won't for some reason. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-20-2001, 01:32 PM   #8
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Those prices seem high. I only paid $190 for my hitch INSTALLED!!!

As for suggestions...

Did you leave the other two very loose (only barely started in the threads) before you put in the third, or were they pretty tight? A simple thing many people forget or overlook. Many times the holes for the bolts (on the hitch) will not be round but slightly oblong to allow for movement / fine tuning of placement.

If you tried that, then check both your bolt and the threads on the hole. Are either buggered up? If so, use a thread chaser to fix them. Also check to make sure that the OEM bolt (if that is what you are using) is long enough for the new application. Maybe you need a longer bolt?

Not that either? Try using a high speed airtool to get the friggin thing started. Just don't crossthread...

I don't have any other suggestions for you. Sorry if I was too elementary, but I'm not sure what you've tried yet...
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Old 12-20-2001, 03:46 PM   #9
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I did leave them loose but not that loose, I'll loosen them to just a couple threads and try again.

The bolts are the OEM bolts from the same holes.

thanks. I appreciate all your suggestions.
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