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Old 06-09-2009, 09:07 AM   #251
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Ordered my stuffs just now, hoping to get my saggy butt spacers in before the hitch gets here.
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:55 AM   #252
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With my Cobb single tip exhaust in place, there was about 1/2" clearance between the tailpipe and the bumper cover, MUCH less than the factory exhaust had. I always worried about the clearance and melting/burning my bumper. It was recommended that I put some longer hangers on it at the time of the exhaust upgrade, but I never did. Now, with my Curt hitch, I did put on two longer hangers as mentioned above. I now have clearance that should have been there all along. Sure, ground clearance reduced, but now I'm at where I should have been all along! I don't hit the ground at all, not even close. And that's with the weight of the Curt hitch, my bike rack, and my mountain bike on the back.

Why would you get a Hidden Hitch instead of the Curt? I installed a Hidden Hitch on my Volvo and the finish/welds are much better on the Curt. I read two messages earlier in this thread about holes not lining up (and one message referred to an entirely different car/manufacturer!). Mine were perfectly in line. No issues at all. If your 05 STi is like my 05 WRX, then there should be no issues at all either.

Thanks for the info. Do only the kartboy hangers work or can I just go to a NAPA store and pick up some longer hangers?
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Old 06-09-2009, 03:18 PM   #253
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I rock a DeLan Hitch for my bike rack. I was able to keep the rear diffuser but drilling some holes in the side of the diffuser and zip tying it up under the bumper and cutting out some for the receiver. You canít see the zip ties unless you are actually under the car.



This is what I carry (old car)



Front of the car, just for the hellva it.
where did you find this hitch?
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:10 PM   #254
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Thanks for the info. Do only the kartboy hangers work or can I just go to a NAPA store and pick up some longer hangers?

Can't answer that for sure. I bought the 2 hangers straight from the Kartboy website for $9 each. They don't charge shipping and they shipped via USPS the same day! I had the hangers in my hands in 2 days. That was before the hitch even arrived!
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:05 AM   #255
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Nice to have AWD for wet boat ramps... Pics are from a few years ago. Still have the Jetski, but not the WRX anymore.

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Old 06-11-2009, 01:44 AM   #256
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Just got back from a trip to retrieve the new race kart hauler. Two hours of dirt roads, city driving, ferries and freeway. STI pulled it like a champ! Even stopped on a dime when I got caught out by a rather quick light on a 50 mph backroad.



I caught the owners parents snapping a few pics out of the corner of my eye as we were leaving. Probably were expecting a massive crash at the bottom of the hill when comparing the subie to the giant truck the PO had used to haul it, lol.

Cant use sixth gear below 55 mph or you won't accelerate well (so fifth for those slower hills). Gotta say I had my doubts, but it came through with flying colors. I'll be adding brakes in a bit, then she'll be unstoppable (well, very stoppable, but you get my drift ). Need a two inch or so higher ball receiver to level that out and get more clearance for the jack stand too.
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Old 06-13-2009, 05:58 PM   #257
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Got the Curt hitch on today, worked like a charm. Fitment was perfect. Linked wire harness in this thread worked perfect for the 2004 WRX Wagon.

Pics with trailer/dirtbike to come.
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Old 06-20-2009, 12:09 PM   #258
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Just installed the Draw Tite hitch on my STI this morning. Hitch went on pretty smoothly in about an hour. Of course I had to remove the rear diffuser but I knew that before hand. I chose the DT due to the fact I like the strength of the continuous metal tubing and the 6 bolt mounting. My Maddad Whisper single tip exhaust needed lowering slightly (well about 3/4") to work, but I was able to retain the stock exhaust hangers. One reason I liked the MD exhaust so much is the fact that it tucks up underneath the car so well. With the hitch on, the exhaust hangs down under the car more than before but nothing terrible. The hitch feels solid as a rock
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Old 06-20-2009, 12:13 PM   #259
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Liked my Curt on my WRX so much that when I sold it and got a Foz and purchased another Curt.




Didn't sag my suspension, I had lowering springs in the rear, and stockers up front!
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Old 06-23-2009, 09:25 AM   #260
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Everything you need for 2004 WRX Wagon-



Curt installed-


With Trailer and Fun time ride-




Random notes-
-If the car is older, get under there a couple days in advance and PB blast the bolts repeatedly.
-I ended up with a kartboy extended on the passenger side and a stocker on the drivers side for hangers. It gave me the best fit
-I did it without removing the axleback at all except for the one hanger
-My car is on STi Springs on factory struts with Paranoid fabrications 3/8" saggy butt spacers in the rear
-WIth Hawk HPS pads the car stops well enough with the total trailer and bike
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:07 PM   #261
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Just got back from a trip to retrieve the new race kart hauler. Two hours of dirt roads, city driving, ferries and freeway. STI pulled it like a champ! Even stopped on a dime when I got caught out by a rather quick light on a 50 mph backroad.



I caught the owners parents snapping a few pics out of the corner of my eye as we were leaving. Probably were expecting a massive crash at the bottom of the hill when comparing the subie to the giant truck the PO had used to haul it, lol.

Cant use sixth gear below 55 mph or you won't accelerate well (so fifth for those slower hills). Gotta say I had my doubts, but it came through with flying colors. I'll be adding brakes in a bit, then she'll be unstoppable (well, very stoppable, but you get my drift ). Need a two inch or so higher ball receiver to level that out and get more clearance for the jack stand too.
what is the total weight of this??? i am looking at buying a small seadoo boat and its like 2700lbs with the trailer......i dont want to get rid of my wrx just for the boat.....decisions!!!!
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Old 06-24-2009, 09:31 AM   #262
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Everything you need for 2004 WRX Wagon-
Random notes-
-If the car is older, get under there a couple days in advance and PB blast the bolts repeatedly.
-I ended up with a kartboy extended on the passenger side and a stocker on the drivers side for hangers. It gave me the best fit
-I did it without removing the axleback at all except for the one hanger
-My car is on STi Springs on factory struts with Paranoid fabrications 3/8" saggy butt spacers in the rear
-WIth Hawk HPS pads the car stops well enough with the total trailer and bike
Looks good to me. The fit is just like on my '05 WRX sedan, same hitch too. I'd like to get rid of the Curt metallic label since that catches my eye when I look at it, otherwise pretty stealthy.
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:50 AM   #263
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Everything you need for 2004 WRX Wagon-

Random notes-
-If the car is older, get under there a couple days in advance and PB blast the bolts repeatedly.
-I ended up with a kartboy extended on the passenger side and a stocker on the drivers side for hangers. It gave me the best fit
-I did it without removing the axleback at all except for the one hanger
-My car is on STi Springs on factory struts with Paranoid fabrications 3/8" saggy butt spacers in the rear
-WIth Hawk HPS pads the car stops well enough with the total trailer and bike
How do you like the sti springs on stock struts?
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Old 06-24-2009, 01:15 PM   #264
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Installed my curt hitch yesterday on my 05 sti. I have a cobb turbo back exhaust and haven't totally figured out what I'm gonna do with the exhaust hangers. Right now I have a kart boy to the right of the muffler and a stocker to the left. Looks like I need a hanger inbetween the kartboy and stocker though for the hanger right in front of the muffler. Right now its not connected but my exhaust isn't moving around either so I may just leave it.

The curt came with a drop down type ball hitch though. If you flip it to put the ball higher the lock hole doesn't line up. Anybody just file the hole to use it upside down?
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Old 06-24-2009, 02:46 PM   #265
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Installed my curt hitch yesterday on my 05 sti. I have a cobb turbo back exhaust and haven't totally figured out what I'm gonna do with the exhaust hangers. Right now I have a kart boy to the right of the muffler and a stocker to the left. Looks like I need a hanger inbetween the kartboy and stocker though for the hanger right in front of the muffler. Right now its not connected but my exhaust isn't moving around either so I may just leave it.

The curt came with a drop down type ball hitch though. If you flip it to put the ball higher the lock hole doesn't line up. Anybody just file the hole to use it upside down?
i would just redrill it. you could just file the hole, but that seems like it would take a lot of time
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Old 06-24-2009, 04:33 PM   #266
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I have an 04 sedan wrx and was looking into getting a trailer hitch to lug my bikes and quad/jet skis around. Im not going to get a Curt due to what i have heard from experienced people who deal with hitches. I was told draw-tite and hidden hitch were good ones to pick. I would get an oem one but I dont think they sell ones for sedans. correct me if i am wrong. From those of you with experience which would you choose: draw-tite or hidden hitch? I have a cobb turboback.
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:09 AM   #267
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I have an 04 sedan wrx and was looking into getting a trailer hitch to lug my bikes and quad/jet skis around. Im not going to get a Curt due to what i have heard from experienced people who deal with hitches. I was told draw-tite and hidden hitch were good ones to pick. I would get an oem one but I dont think they sell ones for sedans. correct me if i am wrong. From those of you with experience which would you choose: draw-tite or hidden hitch? I have a cobb turboback.
What have you heard about the Curts? I just installed one monday and it went on flawlessly. Hardest part of the install was undoing the exhaust off the hangers. lol
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Old 06-25-2009, 07:24 AM   #268
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Im not going to get a Curt due to what i have heard from experienced people who deal with hitches. I was told draw-tite and hidden hitch were good ones to pick. I would get an oem one but I dont think they sell ones for sedans. correct me if i am wrong. I have a cobb turboback.
You heard wrong about the Curt. Just read back among these messages and see all of us that have recently installed Curts without issues, especially with Cobb turbobacks.
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Old 06-25-2009, 07:48 AM   #269
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Question for the guys who tow boats/jet skis, you guys run mud/snow or something other than summer/all season when you guys have to launch? I know boat launches can be slippery with water, mud, slime and other stuff.
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Old 06-25-2009, 08:34 AM   #270
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yeh i know a lot of people have installed Curts with no problems but I know some people who have dealt with tow hitches for a long time and trust their word and they all said they tend to keep away from the Curts..plus id rather have a 6 point bolt on system as oppose to the 4 which i believe Curt is..correct me if i am wrong
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Old 06-25-2009, 03:29 PM   #271
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will the wrx wagon oem hitch bolt onto a sedan wrx? or maybe even with a little modding?
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Old 06-26-2009, 03:35 AM   #272
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yeh i know a lot of people have installed Curts with no problems but I know some people who have dealt with tow hitches for a long time and trust their word and they all said they tend to keep away from the Curts..plus id rather have a 6 point bolt on system as oppose to the 4 which i believe Curt is..correct me if i am wrong
Wouldn't the weakest link be the "bolt" holding the receiver to the hitch?
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Old 06-26-2009, 08:30 AM   #273
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it probably is but id still prefer the 6 bolts..id feel safer in my mind..lol..does anyone know if any oem hitches from subaru will fit sedan imprezas?
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Old 06-28-2009, 07:55 PM   #274
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With the 4 bolt design, 95% of the tongue weight is held up by the rear 2 bolts. And multiply that times the length between the trailer ball and bolt, you've got some serious stress on those 2 bolts. The 6 bolt design distributes the weight more evenly between the rear and middle bolts. If I was installing the hitch on a vehicle with a true frame, the 4 bolt design wouldn't bother me. But the unibody on my sti is not really made to be structurally supportive in the manner a hitch bolts up. Basically my philosophy is the more points of attachment the better.
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Old 06-28-2009, 10:30 PM   #275
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Liked my Curt on my WRX so much that when I sold it and got a Foz and purchased another Curt.




Didn't sag my suspension, I had lowering springs in the rear, and stockers up front!
Did you really tow that!! if so how far and how was it???
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