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Old 11-30-2004, 07:35 PM   #1
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I've got a MYO4 Outback Sport that is stock except for a WRX rear sway bar. My girlfriend's dad wants to give me his old Sunfish sailboat and trailer. For those of you not familiar with Sunfish, they're small, lightweight sailboats with a single sail and removable keel, honestly probably not that much bigger or too much heavier than an 18 ft. canoe. The trailer is pretty small too, so I'm not necessarily worried about being ABLE to tow the package, but moreso, I'm looking for assurance from those of you that have towed things such as small boats/jetskis/small trailers with your Subies.

Do you have the Subaru hitch?
What about a wiring harness?
Will a hitch be in the way or cause problems if I mod, particularly my exhaust? Does suspension play an issue in towing?
(I'm currently thinking Cobb stage 2 power package, KYB AGX struts w/ Eibach springs)
Whether I go with the Subaru hitch or something aftermarket (are they available for Imprezas?), will I be able to install it myself? (I'm pretty handy, did the swaybar on my own and have helped several friends with catbacks and headers)
Should I upgrade my brakes? (WRX rotors up front, Legacy turbo upgrade from subaruwrxparts.com in the rear?)

Please note that I am NOT trying to start a debate about any of the upgrades I've proposed here, I'm just wondering if upgrades of those types, aside from manufacturer, are feasible and or appropriate for installing a hitch and towing.

Thanks for all your help, I hope some of you find this thread useful, as my search didn't turn up any satisfactory results!
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Old 11-30-2004, 07:40 PM   #2
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sunfish class are great boats. my cousin has one and they towed it with their 1996 taurus wagon... i think your 2.5L should have more than enough torque for the job. the brakes and all... well that all depends, don't drive to the harbor like you're smuggling drugs and i wouldn't worry about it, but as with towing anything, you should take it easy at all times. i don't think you'd run into too much trouble with mods, other than possible clearance issues(which i highly doubt, most aftermarket exhausts are smaller than the stock set up) and worst comes to worst you're forced with the decision of which part to equip your vehicle with.

good luck though, maybe someone else can give you some firsthand advice... i mainly wanted to say have fun with the sunfish! they're awesome little boats!
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Old 11-30-2004, 07:44 PM   #3
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etrailer.com

You can find a hitch there and the stuff you need. Look at the connector for the lights on the trailer so you get a wiring harness to match. It is not a hard install, just have someone to help with the canister on the right rear of the car. They just need to hold it out of your way when you hold the hitch up with one hand and put the bolts in with the other.
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Old 11-30-2004, 07:45 PM   #4
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oh, none of the mods will be in the way.

If the hitch gets in the way, just get the extra long hangers. You can find a few companies that make them offered on most performance sites.

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Old 11-30-2004, 07:55 PM   #5
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Old 11-30-2004, 09:53 PM   #6
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Old 11-30-2004, 10:59 PM   #7
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I have a wrx wagon and i got my hitch at etrailer, probably the cheapest place for a quality hitch, hides up real good. the only thing that might hit is some exhausts. I have a borla single tip and i just cup off the chrome coffee can exterior shell while leaving the stainless inner tip and it barely fits and i'm surprised it doesn't rattle. But like people say, just go get some longer hangers and that will be fine too, i just didn't want it hanging lower and i didn't like the big coffee can look anyway.

Hitch itself is easy to install, two people is much better than one unless you're really strong and like holding up a 40lb weight with one hand while trying to bolt it in. Be careful and make sure all the vacuum hoses for the fuel tank evap cannister are still on tight after you do the install because you will have to move it a bit and one of the hoses gets loose easily, if not you'll start throwing CEL's.
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Old 12-01-2004, 02:43 PM   #8
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My brother just strapped his to the roof.
I tow the rally car with a GT and have no problems.
Hitches and wiring are made for the cars and work fine.
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Old 12-01-2004, 08:01 PM   #9
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Sorry, not trying to hijack, but does anyone know if they make a hidden hitch for the impreza's? I would love a tow hitch, but I would like it to be up in the bumper, not under it. Maybe the kind where you fold down the license plate and the reciever is right there? Ever hear of this sort of thing on a car?
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Old 12-02-2004, 01:57 AM   #10
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I appreciate all the help and feedback! I'll definitely be checking out etrailer.com. With regard to the wiring though.... Where does the wiring harness get wired into??? Do I actually have to locate the wires going to my brake lights, and splice the wiring harness into those???
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Old 12-02-2004, 11:04 AM   #11
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You might want to look at this thread.

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Old 12-03-2004, 01:00 AM   #12
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My brother just strapped his to the roof.
I was thinking the same thing. If I were going to carry a Sunfish, I'd think it'd be easiest on the roof

That said, I have a Drawtite hitch on my Forester (from etrailer.com). As someone mentioned, it likely would interfere with some exhausts, but should be easy to work around. The only thing I use the hitch for is a bike rack. Considered a snowboard rack, but the boards fit inside just fine.
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Old 12-03-2004, 01:04 AM   #13
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Sorry, not trying to hijack, but does anyone know if they make a hidden hitch for the impreza's? I would love a tow hitch, but I would like it to be up in the bumper, not under it. Maybe the kind where you fold down the license plate and the reciever is right there? Ever hear of this sort of thing on a car?
I think they do. I have a Hidden Hitch on my sedan, and for bike racks, I prefer the Drawtite on the Forester. The HH is set back so far, that I have to lay the bike rack down to open the trunk. Pulling a trailer using a drawbar, I don't think the inset hitch is a drawback, but it's inconvenient for bike racks.
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Old 12-03-2004, 01:41 AM   #14
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well see the standard uhaul trailer hitch weighs about 14.375lbs but the autozone hitch weighs about 14.756lbs and the factory hitch wieighs in at a hefty 20lbs so the weight savings for the uhaul may be worth it
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