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Old 08-12-2009, 07:40 PM   #1
skullnbaja
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Default U-Haul Hitch on Baja Sucks!

Had a hitch installed on my '03 Baja Sport a few years ago, complete with electrical hookups. Cost me about $180 from U-Haul. Anyway, after I got home I came to realize the hitch was loose! Took it back the next day and they said that is how it should be! WTF? I tightened a few nuts as best I could seeing as it's extremely difficult to get to the nuts. It no longer has play, but i still don't feel comfortable using my hitch for anything more than a bike rack.
Any suggestions on what I shoud do? Any one have similar problems from U-Haul? Been thinking about taking it to the Subaru dealer and having them install a factory Baja hitch instead.
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:59 PM   #2
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no way it should be loose. id try taking it to a different uhual dealer or calling the corporate office and complaining.

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no way the actual hitch bracket should be loose. its normal to have a tiny bit of play in the mount where it slides in and you put the pin through.
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Old 08-13-2009, 07:46 AM   #3
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Quite possibly they installed the wrong hitch. There are two different models for the Baja. Can't remember where the break point is.

Check the driver's side top of the hitch all the way on the end. See if there's a tab that's up against your pinch seam. If so, take a grinder to the tab and then tighten things up.
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Old 08-13-2009, 04:35 PM   #4
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I had a U-Haul hitch on my baja and the hitch actually bent a part of my unibody, where they had to drill a couple holes. If you plan on towing anything, you should replace the hitch with one that uses the OEM mounting points. I bough a new one over at etrailer and so far, no damage to my car.

http://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2003_Subaru_Baja.htm

The design that damaged my car is listed at the bottom. The first two are a much better design.
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Old 08-13-2009, 07:25 PM   #5
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I installed a Subaru genuine part hitch when I bought MY BAJA, back in 2004.
VERY easy installation, 4 bolts, thats it. I forget what I paid for it back then, and I have used my hitch quite often, one time towing my pop-up home! (It weighed 3,000, empty! No, I don't recommend doing this!)
Recently, I checked all the bolts, no problems, tight as the day I installed it.
Go with the factory hitch, follow the instructions, and forget about it!
Keep it under 90, folks!
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Old 08-13-2009, 11:34 PM   #6
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I installed a Subaru genuine part hitch when I bought MY BAJA, back in 2004.
VERY easy installation, 4 bolts, thats it. I forget what I paid for it back then, and I have used my hitch quite often, one time towing my pop-up home! (It weighed 3,000, empty! No, I don't recommend doing this!)
Recently, I checked all the bolts, no problems, tight as the day I installed it.
Go with the factory hitch, follow the instructions, and forget about it!
Keep it under 90, folks!
DITTO WITH ME - IMO, NEVER TRUST UHAUL OR OTHER AFTERMARKET STUFF ON YOUR SUBIE........HITCH, WIRING OR OTHERWISE..ALSO, IT CAN SET YOU UP TO BE LEGALLY LIABLE IF THE HITCH FAILED AND YOU CAUSED AN ACCIDENT.
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Old 08-13-2009, 11:47 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by su-be3 View Post
I installed a Subaru genuine part hitch when I bought MY BAJA, back in 2004.
VERY easy installation, 4 bolts, thats it. I forget what I paid for it back then, and I have used my hitch quite often, one time towing my pop-up home! (It weighed 3,000, empty! No, I don't recommend doing this!)
Recently, I checked all the bolts, no problems, tight as the day I installed it.
Go with the factory hitch, follow the instructions, and forget about it!
Keep it under 90, folks!
Absolutely....don't F#$% with installing a NON-Subie hitch!!
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Old 08-14-2009, 07:42 AM   #8
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Besides, when I priced it out for the hitch/harness, it was cheaper to get the OEM one.
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Old 08-14-2009, 10:36 AM   #9
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Heh.. I think I bought my OEM hitch from a local member here a few years back. What was it.. $160? pretty good deal.
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Old 08-14-2009, 01:00 PM   #10
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I had a U-Haul hitch on my baja and the hitch actually bent a part of my unibody, where they had to drill a couple holes. If you plan on towing anything, you should replace the hitch with one that uses the OEM mounting points. I bough a new one over at etrailer and so far, no damage to my car.

http://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2003_Subaru_Baja.htm

The design that damaged my car is listed at the bottom. The first two are a much better design.
The one that damaged your car listed at the bottom is the same design U-Haul used. Its too damn narrow, the two above seem better designed as they span a much wider width and probably bolt to much more secure areas.
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