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Old 07-16-2011, 01:03 AM   #551
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I can tell most that the majority of angled exhaust catbacks will be very close to the OE Subaru hitch.

I had to send back an N1-style exhaust and get a straight back style exhaust to clear. Also the mid hanger, at the diff, had to be 1/2"-3/4" longer.. the stock rubber hanger wasn't happening in this lifetime.

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Old 07-18-2011, 07:32 PM   #552
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Watch pulling seadoo's on steep launch ramps as our cars don't have enough torque. I twisted 1st gear on ra set because I had to launch it.
do you have a larger turbo? Ive never had to launch my car to pull mine out even on steeper ramps
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:05 PM   #553
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At the time I had RA gears and a vf39. I twisted 1st gear.
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:00 AM   #554
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ah im just on stock wrx turbo and stock tuning
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Old 07-20-2011, 09:10 AM   #555
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Ok, I'm looking to start towing my bike next month, and I am looking at possible options. I have a 2005 wrx, with a turbo xs standard muffler. I've got some questions that have most likely been answered, but I haven't had time to read the entire thread. I have skimmed it.

1. Will I HAVE to buy extended exhaust hangers to make any of these hitches fit?
2. If no, what hitch is the best to fit with normal exhaust hangers?
3. Will I need to buy wiring or will the hitch come with everything I need?
4. What other parts will I need to buy to make this work?
5. Do I need to jack the car up or take the exhaust off to install?
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Old 07-23-2011, 11:36 PM   #556
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1. Will I HAVE to buy extended exhaust hangers to make any of these hitches fit?
Im not sure where that exhaust sits but it all depends how high up the tip is. With my Stromung I have about 1.5"-2" of clearance. I could take a picture for you tomorrow.

2. If no, what hitch is the best to fit with normal exhaust hangers?
As far as I know theyre all pretty much the same? I have a Curt and it fits great, you'll just have to take off the tow hook on the right hand side and the tie down used for tow trucks on the left to make it fit flush.

3. Will I need to buy wiring or will the hitch come with everything I need?
All depends what kind of kit you get. For $112 I only got the hitch, I had to go out and buy the receiver myself. Still dont have the wiring but shhhh

4. What other parts will I need to buy to make this work?
Everything mentioned above and a trailer

5. Do I need to jack the car up or take the exhaust off to install?
You might be able to get away without it but it makes it worlds easier to do so. I did.
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Old 07-24-2011, 05:18 PM   #557
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my Sti with my GP1300r
Nice. My Kawasaki SXi Pro and X2 should be no problem. Now I just need to get rid of my damn truck...
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Old 07-29-2011, 10:59 PM   #558
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Any idea if a 2008 OBS can tow a small cargo trailer? I'm thinking about buying one and converting it into a camping trailer.
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Old 07-31-2011, 12:01 PM   #559
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Something for you pwc owners to think about is the rear diff vent. So you don't fill it up with water.
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Old 07-31-2011, 01:20 PM   #560
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i have yet to get water in mine, when i back in water only gets about 1/2 way up the diff, they have a vent on top to but i wasnt sure if it had a check valve or anything. its alot of work to take it off to put one on.
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Old 07-31-2011, 01:29 PM   #561
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Speaking of tow hitches, I've decided to take mine off... I never use it. If anyone is in the market.. mine fits 02 - 07 Imprezas, and comes with the wiring harness and ball joint.
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Old 07-31-2011, 02:43 PM   #562
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This is the set-up I am looking to do but I have a couple of questions....

Do you really need that strap from the rack to the car? Or are you just being overly protective of the bikes and rack? Is the rack sturdy with two bikes on it? Have you tried three bikes?
Sorry for the late response, but yes, I'm being overprotective for both the rack and the bikes. I was laughed at on Mtbr.com in the 1up thread for using the load stabilizing strap. It seems I'm the only nut to over do so.

I'm using a Curt hitch and if one reads their warranty/manual it states all non-trailer loads need a stabilizing strap. The strap was ten bucks, takes a minute to install, so why not?

As for the 1up USA Quik Rack, it is definitely the best mtb-related purchase. Sure it was over $200 of my planned rack budget but this is the last rack I'm ever going to buy, so why not? I would buy it again. Simple installation, all aluminum construction and made in the USA for anyone that cares.

It is super sturdy with 2 bikes and no strap. Zero movement in the hitch and zero bike movement on the rack as well. You can store up to three bike with their system if you have a 2" hitch. For the 1.125", it's a 2-bike maximum.
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Old 07-31-2011, 03:04 PM   #563
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Not sure if this was ever discussed, but will subaru dealer void the warranty if they see the hitch installed in your new car?
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Old 07-31-2011, 05:29 PM   #564
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i dont see why they would as they offer hitches in the parts dept
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Old 07-31-2011, 05:37 PM   #565
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i dont see why they would as they offer hitches in the parts dept
Depends on if the hitch is for a Forrester or Tribeca. The owner's manual is the ultimate authority whether you can tow w/ your car or not. If not, and you tow... and it can be determined that the towing caused the damage to that part, Subaru is not required to fix it. I know I towed w/ my car, and had zero problems towing a decent size trailer over the Appalachian Mountains.
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:52 PM   #566
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I recently put a hitch on my new car, and noticed all the instructions from different manufacturers recommend or require a support strap if using the hitch for things besides towing. I've never used one before but the load of a couple bikes bouncing around back there can easily exceed the 200# tongue weight of a class 1 hitch.
can we talk about this a bit more?

I've got a yakima rack on my impreza (here's a pic of it on my outback)

goodtimes by joelmirandaphotography, on Flickr

I just had a Curt hitch installed a couple weeks back and noticed that the bikes bounce around quite a bit. I took it back to the shop where it was installed to have a bolt tightened down and mentioned the bouncing. He said it was due to too much weight on the hitch. ~60lbs in bikes plus the hitch rack. He said its possible that it could just rip the bolts out of the frame if it bounces around too much.

He suggested either going to roofrack or having a weld shop see if they can reinforce the bolts or something. He also mentioned using a strap, but will I run the risk of damaging my trunk with the bikes bouncing around? Its not as bad if I've just got one bike, but I've got 2 on there fairly often.

I might just move to a roof rack, but want to check in on this thread first. I really don't want to damage or weld anything on my car.

I appreciate the help.

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Old 08-03-2011, 03:17 PM   #567
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can we talk about this a bit more?

I've got a yakima rack on my impreza (here's a pic of it on my outback)

goodtimes by joelmirandaphotography, on Flickr

I just had a Curt hitch installed a couple weeks back and noticed that the bikes bounce around quite a bit. I took it back to the shop where it was installed to have a bolt tightened down and mentioned the bouncing. He said it was due to too much weight on the hitch. ~60lbs in bikes plus the hitch rack. He said its possible that it could just rip the bolts out of the frame if it bounces around too much.

He suggested either going to roofrack or having a weld shop see if they can reinforce the bolts or something. He also mentioned using a strap, but will I run the risk of damaging my trunk with the bikes bouncing around? Its not as bad if I've just got one bike, but I've got 2 on there fairly often.

I might just move to a roof rack, but want to check in on this thread first. I really don't want to damage or weld anything on my car.

I appreciate the help.

-joel
I have a Curt hitch too. Didn't notice any excessive bouncing without a strap, but just for safe measures and my own paranoia, I use a strap. The only thing it limits is quick access to the hatch.

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Old 08-03-2011, 09:37 PM   #568
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I think your hitch doesn't stick out as far. I saw one of those yesterday and admired its compactness. It does look like you've got some big bikes though.
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:45 AM   #569
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so my car lost right side brake and blinker today, stupid converter box took a **** i guess. what a pita
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:42 PM   #570
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So I just installed a Uhaul hitch on my car. I can't wait to start pulling stuff. I am using stock hangers right now and the exhaust is touching the hitch. It is touching pretty tightly. No rattling. Anybody have this same issue with stock hangers? Any damage done? If not I think I may leave it. If it can cause damage to my exhaust tip I will order hangers. I'd rather not have the extendeds though if I don't need them. I like the way it sits now.
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:56 PM   #571
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I think your hitch doesn't stick out as far. I saw one of those yesterday and admired its compactness. It does look like you've got some big bikes though.
I drove around with a single bike on the back last week and the bike/hitch harly moved. I think the problem is most likely when i've got two bikes. Where can i find the strap with a hook that'll fit on my trunk? is that something I can just get from any ol' hardware store?

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So I just installed a Uhaul hitch on my car. I can't wait to start pulling stuff. I am using stock hangers right now and the exhaust is touching the hitch. It is touching pretty tightly. No rattling. Anybody have this same issue with stock hangers? Any damage done? If not I think I may leave it. If it can cause damage to my exhaust tip I will order hangers. I'd rather not have the extendeds though if I don't need them. I like the way it sits now.
I'd be willing to bet that the contact will eventually damage the exhaust tip. It might just be scratches or maybe melt some of the hitch finish onto the exhaust tip. but it will be something. There's probably some vibration you can't feel just by pushing on it with your hand. I'd get some XL hangers.

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Old 08-08-2011, 09:36 PM   #572
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^^ might rub through the exhaust over time. Mostly I would say, rattle sound would be the problem.
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:12 AM   #573
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So I just installed a Uhaul hitch on my car. I can't wait to start pulling stuff. I am using stock hangers right now and the exhaust is touching the hitch. It is touching pretty tightly. No rattling. Anybody have this same issue with stock hangers? Any damage done? If not I think I may leave it. If it can cause damage to my exhaust tip I will order hangers. I'd rather not have the extendeds though if I don't need them. I like the way it sits now.
The longer hangers will move it down less than an inch, rubbing is not good IMO. I have 3 long hangers I could sell you for cheaper than vendors.
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Old 08-10-2011, 12:22 PM   #574
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Got my Curt Hitch installed. They have room to move the bar above the exhaust up a tad, it would help, but I ordered extended hangers. Worry they may not work as the exhaust barley wants to be pulled down.
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Old 08-10-2011, 12:39 PM   #575
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The longer hangers will move it down less than an inch, rubbing is not good IMO. I have 3 long hangers I could sell you for cheaper than vendors.
Feel free to PM me an offer. They're already cheap though, and I have a local vendor who helps me out A LOT. I try to give him as much business as I can.
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