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Old 07-10-2003, 09:39 PM   #1
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My wife and I are building a new house in PA and sold our current one to take advantage of the summer market here in VA. We're moving into an apartment for a few months before we make the big jump up to PA. We wanted to take a few small pieces of furniture to the apartment so I was anticipating renting a truck to take the stuff to PA in the fall.

Today, I decided I'd try the trailer option instead. I ordered a Da'Lan class I receiver hitch. Found one for the Baja on two web sites - bought it from hitchesonline.com. The directions make the install of both the hitch and the wiring harness pretty easy - but I'll let you know how it turns out. The hitch only requires you to drill out 4 small holes and looks like it mounts more securely than the OEM hitch. And, the hitch, wiring kit and ball cost just over $200, including shipping.

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Old 07-11-2003, 12:14 AM   #2
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wow that's good. my bf and i are moving to ny; and have been looking at trailer hitches for a while, though they are all much more then 200. I'll have to look into that, let me know how it works.

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Old 08-03-2003, 06:41 PM   #3
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I installed the trailer hitch on my Baja this weekend. It is made by Da'Lan and matched the mounting holes on the bumper perfectly. I did have to drill 4 holes to secure the hitch to the underside of the frame. Total install of the hitch was about 15 minutes.

The wiring kit was pretty wasy, too. It probably took about an hour but most of the time was spent finding good ways to route the wires and securing them with zip strips. I did have to remove the rear light pods to tap into the wiring for the lights but the kit comes with quick clips that just snap over the exising wires.

The hitch is a "receiver" type so you don't have the trailer ball hanging there all the time. It looks great - now I just need to find some time to try it out!

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Old 08-04-2003, 04:38 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info!
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Old 01-22-2005, 11:14 PM   #5
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I installed a Hidden Hitch Class I hitch on my 2004 Baja turbo with no problem and found the 6-pole weather plug under the rear right wheel well. I purchased a Haulmaster folding utility trailer with a 4-flat plug attachment. My problem is that I can't find the right adapter to get from the 6-pole plug on the car to the 4-flat plug on the trailer.

I saw a whole list of "hardwire" harnesses at the hitch websites that may be appropriate for Subarus, but I guess my problem is that I'm not sure which "hardwire" converter/adpater to order for the 2004 Baja (turbo) out of all those listed. I understand there's something about splitting the taillight signal for use as turn signals (or some such), but just haven't been able to figure out which system is the right one. Also, there's a 6-pole square plug on the car and a 4-flat plug on the trailer. Does the "kit" come with the appropriate adapter? And how the heck do you pop that weather plug off the hookup on the car side. I'm sure a 4-year old can figure these things out, but I don't have one handy to help me out here. So, please excuse my naivete, but any advice would be much appreciated.
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Old 01-22-2005, 11:52 PM   #6
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That harness adapter comes in the factory hitch,you may be able to just get the adapter from subaru.
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Old 01-23-2005, 01:30 AM   #7
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I can ... for $100. Just figured that I can get something for considerably less, but can't get any info from the Subaru folks on exactly what I need, hence my questions of this forum.
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Old 01-23-2005, 09:54 AM   #8
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I installed a Hidden Hitch two weekends ago. I cost about $110 and did not require any drilling. It also included the drawbar.The Draw Tite hitch also installs without drilling, by the way, and it's about the same price. I used one of the recommended 4-plug adapters, which cost something like $15. You can find everything you need at www.e-trailer.com.

Works as well as you would expect. I rented a U Haul trailer and towed a motorcycle the next day!
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Old 01-23-2005, 03:25 PM   #9
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I looked at the available trailer hitches. I went with the stock one from Subaru. The kit included all the hardware and wiring. Took me all of 10 minutes to put the hitch on, and 2 minutes to hook up the included wiring harness (that was after it took me 10 minutes to figure out that the connector by the wheel well had a cap on it and I had to take it off to connect the included harness).

The included harness converts from a 6 wire to a 4 wire flat plug. I only wish they kept it at a 6 wire or even the new standard 7 wire connectors.
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Old 01-23-2005, 03:45 PM   #10
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how'd you get that cap off the connector by the wheel well? Some trick or do you have to pry it off with a screwdriver?
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Old 01-23-2005, 07:19 PM   #11
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There should be a push or pull lock tab on one of the sides,yes there kinda hard to unlatch at times.
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Old 01-24-2005, 07:58 PM   #12
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how'd you get that cap off the connector by the wheel well? Some trick or do you have to pry it off with a screwdriver?
Just push on the sides for the lock tabs and pull.

Yea, it's embarrassing, but it took me awhile to realize there was a cap there, then figure where the tabs were.
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Old 01-25-2005, 12:04 AM   #13
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Hey I just purchased a subaru trailer hitch for my 05 turbo baja. Is it really that
easy to install? I thought it had to be welded. The dealer is gonna charge me around 200 bucks to put it on. I havn't seen it yet cuz we had to order it. Am I gonna pay too much? Just wondering.
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Old 01-25-2005, 01:45 AM   #14
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I have an '05 non-T and I was just too lazy to want to figure out how to get everything on so I had the dealer put it on for me. $200 for labor sounds about right. When I had one put on my Windstar, a class 3 hitch and labor was close to $400 (please don't smack me if you have better deals! ). It's a hitch, I'm happy. I've towed a u-haul 8 footer with 2/3 cargo okay, although I found the non-T a little underpowered and had to take it easy (slow lane and such). Firewood in the bed with no trailer was no problem.

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Old 01-25-2005, 08:15 AM   #15
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Hey I just purchased a subaru trailer hitch for my 05 turbo baja. Is it really that
easy to install? I thought it had to be welded. The dealer is gonna charge me around 200 bucks to put it on. I havn't seen it yet cuz we had to order it. Am I gonna pay too much? Just wondering.
Thanks
JS
Please save your money and install it yourself. It is very easy! Four bolts a few washers and a couple of ty-wraps. There are instructions for everything and it shows how to route the wires. They really aren't kidding when they say 15-20 minute installation, and that includes sweeping the floor, unpacking the box, having a beer, installing the hitch, and cleaning up.

I got the subaru hitch, I thought the price was a bit steep, but it comes with everything, including a rubber plug that says SUBARU for the receiver and it fits perfect.

If you don't have 'em spend a few bucks on wrenches or sockets (metric) and install it yourself.

Good Luck!
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Old 01-25-2005, 07:51 PM   #16
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What TurboBaja said. It's a total no-brainer. The installation papers says you need 2 people to 'guide' the hitch over the tail pipe... You can do it alone.

I had the square plug, but it's out in the desert somewhere now
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Old 01-25-2005, 08:11 PM   #17
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Just thought you all would like know,if you use a 2 inch drop receiver you can lower the tail gate with the tag lowered and it won't hit the receiver.This is good if you don't want to be swapping it in and out all the time.I thought that it would be to low,but the 5 x 12 trailer i pull sits level with the drop receiver.So i leave mine in all the time.
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Old 01-29-2005, 12:14 AM   #18
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Alright, I just unpacked the Subaru trailer hitch, it does look easy to install. Mine says to use standard not metric. I think I'll find out either way, so thanks for the advice (thanks for saving me 200+) and I'll soon tell you how well the install went.

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Old 01-29-2005, 12:29 PM   #19
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Alright, I just unpacked the Subaru trailer hitch, it does look easy to install. Mine says to use standard not metric. I think I'll find out either way, so thanks for the advice (thanks for saving me 200+) and I'll soon tell you how well the install went.

john
Oh yea, it does use SAE bolts. Why??? I have no clue. Maybe because the US is the only country in the WORLD that hasn't moved to metric, and Subaru doesn't want to upset us.

It did bother me. I had to go to my neighbor to borrow his SAE tools. Which is ironic, because he's always coming over to borrow my metric tools to work on his new Chevy's and Fords.
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Old 02-03-2005, 10:02 PM   #20
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We installed the Hitch, you know what?
It was Real Hard threading the "vertical" bolts- almost as if there was overspray paint but worse- like maybe the threads were the wrong pitch- std/metric again? The instructions said torque to approx 50 pounds- I bet it took 150+ just to turn the bolt
It worked though!
and check this out- Stevens Creek Subaru sold me the Subaru trailer-hitch Bike Rack rig for $160 OTD today, no tax! Hope the check clears!
Thanks again for the help- john s
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Old 02-06-2005, 11:56 PM   #21
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I think mine came from hitchfinder.com. ($141).It is a Reese, that took 20 minutes to install, and it came with a great diagram,even showed where to put each washer.
I went to U-Haul for the wiring plug, it was $42 installed, they use a universal thing that "clips" onto the wires very close to the factory plug. But the best part is how well the Baja tows the big Zodiac, I got to test the whole rig today, and it seems to labor the car less than it did the Dodge truck.. It's a 16' boat w/ a 4-stroke 40, probab'ly weighs 900 lbs. w/ the trailer.
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Old 05-31-2005, 08:40 PM   #22
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Have a Nice Day? drawtite hitch from e-trailer almost fits

I have (mostly) installed the drawtite hitch from etrailer online on my 2005 wrx wagon. No drilling, and the bolt holes line up, but it touches the muffler hanger.
It almost fits ... the left side muffler hang tab hits, and i'll have to grind 1/2" or 3/4" off the driver side hitch arm to get the muffler at the right height. And even then, the top of the chrome skirt around the exhaust will also press against the hitch crossbar, but this is springy metal (on the muffler) so i'm hoping that won't cause vibration noise.

Good news, it was something like $100 with shipping. But with the hassle, i think i should've gotten the subie part.

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