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Old 04-30-2013, 07:27 PM   #26
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The hitch for a WRX or STI is a Class 1, so only 2K pound capacity and 200 pound tongue weight. Subaru does not recommend any trailer towing. I use my hitch only for my bike rack so no idea about light wiring.

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Old 05-03-2013, 06:22 PM   #27
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I was looking to do the same setup as leonel.brodhead and started researching it myself. I also came across several note saying that the car is ill equipped for towing and that it's not recommended by Subaru. Everyone says "recommended" as if Subaru has a condition when towing would be allowed. I looked this up and found this exact statement in my owners manual which seem pretty definite to me.

Trailer towing
"Your vehicle is neither designed nor intended to be used for trailer towing. Therefore, never tow a trailer with your vehicle. SUBARU assumes no responsibility for injuries or vehicle damage that may result from trailer towing, from any trailer towing equipment or from any errors or omissions in the instructions accompanying such equipment. SUBARU warranties do not apply to vehicle damage or malfunction caused by trailer towing."

Does anyone know what the story with this is? Is this purely a liability thing to deter irresponsible drivers? Or does this actually have some merit? Such as vehicle weight compared to the towed trailer, Clutch / transmission, or the engine overall? With the added weight wouldn't the engine be in boost most of the time?

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Old 06-25-2013, 02:42 PM   #28
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Hello. First post new member here.

I just picked up a 2013 WRX Premium with STI short throw and STP exhaust last Friday. It's Satin White and an incredible car.

I am planning on putting a trailer hitch on here for hauling around bikes. The rack I'm using is a 1-Up (best bike rack on the market), but I have the 2+2 bike model which only comes in a 2" mount.

(To make a long story short if anyone is interested: 1-Up makes a 1 1/4" rack but it only holds 2 bikes. The 2" 2 bike rack is expandable by adding another 2 bike rack. We use the 2+2 on our Tahoe because we need to haul 4 bikes. 1-Up racks are expensive, so I'm not inclined to spend another $500 on a 1 1/4" dedicated 2 bike rack for the WRX.)

On my old Honda, I was using a 1 1/4" trailer hitch with a 2" adapter. The hitch I'm looking at for the WRX is the Curtis C11317.

From the pictures in this thread it looks like the 1 1/4" hitch is pretty close to the rear bumper. Does anyone know if there is enough room to use a 2" adapter on there?

Thanks, and I am learning a ton about my new car on this forum!

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Old 08-26-2013, 10:56 AM   #29
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to the guys with the hitch on their sedan, the hitch looks like it touching the rear bumper, have you guys noticed any damage or wear from use?
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:48 AM   #30
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:29 PM   #31
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I don't see what the difference is between those two Curt hitches. I'd call Curt or etrailer and find out. You might also want to give the guys at hitchanything a look at to. They have really good prices on their hitches. Thats where I got mine. Here are a few tips when installing that I found useful. http://www.hitchanything.com/trailer...tall-tips.html
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:00 PM   #32
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I wish someone made a hitch that came through the bottom rear fog light spot. That way you could cover the hitch receiver with the little rectangular plastic piece when not in use and completely hide it.
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Old 04-28-2014, 04:02 PM   #33
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I wish someone made a hitch that came through the bottom rear fog light spot. That way you could cover the hitch receiver with the little rectangular plastic piece when not in use and completely hide it.
I've been wondering this same thing, even talked with a local trailer/lawn equipment guy that does hitch installs. Maybe the OEM Forester hitch that replaces the bumper beam, but cut the drop tube and reweld?

Anyone have experience or ideas?
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Old 06-21-2014, 10:16 AM   #34
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The problem with coming through the fog light hole, and the Forrester hitch would work with some modification, is that you could not reach in to place the pin that holds in the trailer/rack/whatever.

I have been working on this for a while and the pin is the main issue.

I have resigned to just get the curt hitch and have it come below the bumper.
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Old 08-08-2014, 02:45 PM   #35
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This is the trailer I have...
http://letsgoaero.com/ProductDetail.asp?Pid=96

Here you go...


With the bike...
What wiring kit did you go with?
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Old 08-08-2014, 02:57 PM   #36
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This is my setup
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Bout a ton of pavers
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:25 PM   #37
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This is the trailer I have...
http://letsgoaero.com/ProductDetail.asp?Pid=96

Here you go...


With the bike...
What wiring kit did you go with?
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Old 10-31-2014, 07:52 PM   #38
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Just as an FYI the WRX 2012 sedan wiring kit works on the 2013 WRX, but i'm sure that's obvious as it's the same car - etrailer.com has the wiring kits. Got mine for around $70 shipped basically plug and play.

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Old 12-04-2014, 08:06 PM   #39
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I just installed the Curt hitch on my 2013 by myself without any floor jacks or jack stands. I don't recommend doing this alone but if your creative, then you can. I followed the OP's instructions for removing the bumper to fish wire the bolts and brackets through the frame because there was no way I was going to follow Curt's way of drilling the hole's in the frame bigger. I have the SPT exhaust so rather than drop all the hanger's, I just unbolted the flange and dropped the muffler on the passenger side. Then just lifted the hitch into place using my spare tire jack after I had all the hardware in position. It worked out pretty well and I'm happy with the result. For those of you wondering if it hit's the bumper well yes it does, but it's not a lot of pressure on it and when I do the wiring I think I'll just put some foam tape on top of the hitch just to prevent and scratches or scuffing. It's really not that bad though. You can hardly tell that the hitch is even there.






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Old 12-05-2014, 10:45 AM   #40
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Good information and pics.

Any chance you can get a picture of the entire rear of the car so I can see how it looks in relation to the exhaust?

I am still debating this but I really want to be able to carry bikes on my WRX....

How long did it take to install?
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Old 12-05-2014, 12:22 PM   #41
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Good information and pics.

Any chance you can get a picture of the entire rear of the car so I can see how it looks in relation to the exhaust?

I am still debating this but I really want to be able to carry bikes on my WRX....

How long did it take to install?
Like this? It took me about 3 hours I would say. I had a hard time getting the bumper panel off because it was hung up on one of the plastic tabs so I had to take my taillight out which was a pain because you have to remove the truck liner to get at it. If it wasn't for that it would have been about 2 1/2 hours. I would say take the taillights out anyway just to make everything easier when removing it. The bumper snapped right back in when I was done and it was real easy. The only issue I have now is the trunk trim piece doesn't quite look right after getting it back in. I took it out in a hurry and I don't remember how it fit before. If anyone has a picture of theirs I would appreciate if you could post it. I thought it was tucked under the rubber trunk seal before but I'm not sure, and now I have a slight gap there and it's a bit loose, see bottom two pictures.

Edit*** I think I have that trim piece figured out.





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Old 12-05-2014, 02:02 PM   #42
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Thanks for the pictures. That really doesn't detract from the looks of the rear end and exhaust at all.

Hmmm. I have 4-5 months before mtn bike season cranks up again....
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Old 12-08-2014, 01:12 PM   #43
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Hi CoreyS,

I noticed that you are considering a trailer hitch for your 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX. We manufacture EcoHitch for 2008-2014 Impreza WRX/STI hatchback. The hitch features a removable receiver adapter. When the receiver adapter is removed the hitch is completely concealed:





We will also be releasing EcoHitch for the sedan variant of the vehicle in the next 30 to 60 days. I hope this information helps in your trailer hitch search.

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Good information and pics.

Any chance you can get a picture of the entire rear of the car so I can see how it looks in relation to the exhaust?

I am still debating this but I really want to be able to carry bikes on my WRX....

How long did it take to install?
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Well I just finished the wiring. I used the Uhaul module http://www.uhaul.com/MovingSupplies/...odule?id=13612. It's not "plug and play" you have to tap into the harness for the running lights and turn signals but it's cheaper than the Curt module. The tech at Uhaul told me that they tap into the trunk light switch that has constant power. I don't suggest that because I found that wire and it is only maybe 16 gauge wire and who knows what else is on that circuit, so don't do it. I ran power behind the seats and under the door trim along the drivers side. Once you get under the dash, you can poke a hole in the rubber grommet where the trunk release cable goes though and fish a wire through there. It's not easy but with persistence, it can be done. I went that route because I couldn't find any access in the floor behind the pedals as it was insulated all the way up the firewall. It was a real pain but knowing that it's wired to the battery correctly gives me piece of mind. I would think twice about going to Uhaul and if you do make sure they are wiring it to the battery like the instructions say to because you really don't want any extra draw on other circuits. I have to wonder how many cars they wire like that to save time.
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Old 12-25-2014, 10:27 PM   #45
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Well I just finished the wiring. I used the Uhaul module http://www.uhaul.com/MovingSupplies/...odule?id=13612. It's not "plug and play" you have to tap into the harness for the running lights and turn signals but it's cheaper than the Curt module. The tech at Uhaul told me that they tap into the trunk light switch that has constant power. I don't suggest that because I found that wire and it is only maybe 16 gauge wire and who knows what else is on that circuit, so don't do it. I ran power behind the seats and under the door trim along the drivers side. Once you get under the dash, you can poke a hole in the rubber grommet where the trunk release cable goes though and fish a wire through there. It's not easy but with persistence, it can be done. I went that route because I couldn't find any access in the floor behind the pedals as it was insulated all the way up the firewall. It was a real pain but knowing that it's wired to the battery correctly gives me piece of mind. I would think twice about going to Uhaul and if you do make sure they are wiring it to the battery like the instructions say to because you really don't want any extra draw on other circuits. I have to wonder how many cars they wire like that to save time.
My curt wiring harness was plug and play besides the power and ground. It had commectors that connected to the rear tail lights. I did my power wire exactly like you did - poked a hole in the grommet right by the harness/trunk cable and ran it along the fender.

Anyone know if subaru trys to void your warranty for towing? Ill tell them i use my hitch for a bike rack but if they see the wiring i might be SOL if something happens.
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Old 12-26-2014, 11:31 AM   #46
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Sorry I need to make a correction there. It's not the trunk release it's the hood release cable that I followed. The wires for the hitch are completely hidden on my car. The module is taped to the inside of my rear fender behind the liner and the plug and wires are next to the spare tire. The power cable is wire tied and hidden under the red plastic battery cap also so you can't tell any of it is there. Unless the dealer has to pull my battery or spare tire they won't know it's there. I have read about others saying the hitch is just for a bike rack and I don't see them denying warranty for that.


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Old 02-06-2015, 03:00 PM   #47
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Hi CoreyS,

I noticed that you are considering a trailer hitch for your 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX. We manufacture EcoHitch for 2008-2014 Impreza WRX/STI hatchback. The hitch features a removable receiver adapter. When the receiver adapter is removed the hitch is completely concealed:





We will also be releasing EcoHitch for the sedan variant of the vehicle in the next 30 to 60 days. I hope this information helps in your trailer hitch search.

Hello. Thanks for the information.

Nice that you offer a 2" mount. The 1Up bike rack that I have is for a 2" hitch.

Do you have any picture of the hitch installed on a '13 generation WRX sedan? I am trying to picture where the hitch is hidden and how I would install the bike rack (i.e., whether there would be enough room for the rack around the bodywork).

Thanks,

Corey

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I looked at their hitches for the sedan and it looks good. Replaces the bumperbeam like the Forrester hitch. The receiver end looks to be removable and drops below the bumper. When not in use it looks like you. An remove it.

I'm interested...but at $250, its a little expensive for my blood right now. I think its worth it though.
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I looked at their hitches for the sedan and it looks good. Replaces the bumperbeam like the Forrester hitch. The receiver end looks to be removable and drops below the bumper. When not in use it looks like you. An remove it.

I'm interested...but at $250, its a little expensive for my blood right now. I think its worth it though.
If I could get pics or an installation guide to see how it installs and where the hitch is, I just might make the stretch for it.

I am hoping to install a hitch this spring (which means in the next 2 months).

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I looked at their hitches for the sedan and it looks good. Replaces the bumperbeam like the Forrester hitch. The receiver end looks to be removable and drops below the bumper. When not in use it looks like you. An remove it.

I'm interested...but at $250, its a little expensive for my blood right now. I think its worth it though.
All Subaru EcoHitch’s are now $25 off through Feb. 14th with tax included and free shipping to the lower 48 states.

The hitch is available and comes in both 1 1/4” and 2” receiver sizes. When not in use the hitch is completely concealed behind a knockout panel.

If you would like, send a request to ecohitch@tlcentral.com and we would be happy to send you the installation instructions for your vehicle. Just include the year, make, model and whether you have a sedan or hatchback and we will respond to you promptly.

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