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Old 10-23-2005, 02:34 PM   #1
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Subaru Banner 2006 WRX trailer hitch install (for bike rack)

So here is the first major project for my friend's 2006 WRX sportwagon....a light duty trailer hitch for a rear mount bike rack.

For those interested in a similar hitch, here is the model info - Draw-tite hitch and draw bar with all mounting hardware included:


He wanted to paint the hitch the same color as the car. Sand with 320, wipe with degreaser, primered.....and only the areas that can been seen from the rear:

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Old 10-23-2005, 02:49 PM   #2
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Here are the factory bolts for the tie downs. Be sure to remove the exhaust tip so it doesn't get damaged while jostling the hitch around.

All three 17mm bolts need to be removed on the passenger side. To get to the forward bolt, we had to remove the three 10mm nuts that hold the plastic vapor recovery box. There is a quick disconnect hose that is easily removed by pressing on the blue tabs. Remove the tie down loop. There lots of blue waxy, goopy stuff on the box.
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On the driver side, there are four 17mm bolts. But you will need to remove the exhaust hangers to get to them. Discard the tiedown flange (the one that isn't welded to the frame).
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During the test fit, we found that the spot weld flange for the trunk floor interfered with the hitch. We took a block of wood and gently bent the flange forward slightly:

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Old 10-23-2005, 02:52 PM   #3
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Smile Mounted hitch

About 4 coats of silver grey Duplicolor sprayed and then a clear coat. Installed and tad-dah!





One thing to note, with the draw bar attached a my ancient Graber bike rack, the lift gate cannot be opened. This guy is planning on welding a custom rack so it can clear the gate.

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Old 10-23-2005, 03:16 PM   #4
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Nice write up - nice work - looks great

hitch bike racks = easier to carry bikes
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Old 04-16-2006, 12:50 PM   #5
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I installed a draw-tite hitch on my WRX wagon and it fit perfect and worked great. It comes close to the larger 2005 exaust but still does not touch. I bought mine from etrailer and they actually sent me the bar that the ball attaches too with the hitch which is a $20 value that I thought was cool.
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Old 04-16-2006, 01:54 PM   #6
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Nice write up - nice work - looks great

hitch bike racks = easier to carry bikes
When you ride a 42lbs downhill bike, hitch mounted platform bike racks are the only option...sad thing is I cant bring myself to put a hitch on the back of my wrx
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Old 05-25-2006, 04:42 PM   #7
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An update. I just installed the drawtite hitch on the back of my 2006 WRX wagon. I encountered the same issues as JPX. This is my 2nd hitch install, as I previously had a 2004 WRX wagon, and took the hitch off there, and placed it on the '06. I didn't have the spot weld flange for the trunk floor interference on my '04, but I did on the '06. That was my only problem. I didn't have any wood handy, so I used a floor jack to force the hitch into place. It worked nicely.

One other tip: When removing the exhaust tiedown flange, remove the 14MM bolt first, since you can get leverage on that bolt with the 2 17MM bolts in place.
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Old 05-25-2006, 04:49 PM   #8
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doesn't look like it'll be possible to run the hitch with an aftermarket exhaust. (at least one that tucks up in the bumper more)

doh.
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Old 05-30-2006, 03:54 PM   #9
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doesn't look like it'll be possible to run the hitch with an aftermarket exhaust. (at least one that tucks up in the bumper more)
Yeah, twin tips and a Borla-looking type of muffler will most likely not fit or it will rub at the very least. Factory exhaust tip just fits in there with this hitch.
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Old 06-08-2006, 08:49 PM   #10
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I have an '06 STI which came with a rear diffuser under the bumper. Does anyone know if these hitches will clear the diffuser?
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Old 06-20-2006, 10:47 AM   #11
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Well first off - thanks to JPX for the write up, I used it for my install of a drawtite hitch on an '06 WRX wagon.

OK - with the good out of the way, this was a massive ordeal, relative to the promised 50minute install time.

First night:
Removed everything, set up for a test fit. The Hitch/Underbody interface was too small. I had to use a jack and a screwdriver to pry the "uprights" on the hitch out to place the hitch in the correct position. After that, I discovered the same seam weld interference that is mentioned above.

Used the block of wood trick to adjust the seam - after re-prying the hitch back out from under the car.

Re-lift the hitch, more prying, to find that the holes don't line up very well. At this point I've had enough, so I pull the hitch back out, reinstall the bolts.

Second night:
More wedging and cursing to get the hitch under the car, I set about getting the bolts in place. To do so involved the use of a screwdriver through the hitch/unibody mounting holes to pry and contort the hitch to line up enough to get the bolts started. In the process, the threads on one of the holes gets messed up. However - I'm able to get 5 of the 6 bolts in place, and torque them in in increments going back and forth across the car.

So - the upshot to this point:
Hitch is in, required ~4hours worth of work, and I still need to use a tap to clean the threads on the final hole to install the last bolt.

To add insult to injury, I am using the hitch for a bike carrier - a Yakima Bighorn. For whatever reason, the drawtite hitch has a "dimple" in the receiver tube, behind the receiver pin hole. The result of this was that the carrier would not fit into the hitch, the pin holes would not line up. So a dremel to notch the tube in the rack, and it fits. This is a "known issue" with the draw-tite hitches according to my bike shop.

Conclusion:
PITA install - marginal fitment quality, lots of sweating and swearing to get the hitch inplace. 4X the indicated install time.

Draw-tite hitch will not "out of the box" fit a Yakima Bighorn hitch bike carrier.
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Old 06-20-2006, 06:22 PM   #12
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Thankfully, I never had all the issues you had taylormade. I do have a Subaru branded hitch bike carrier to go w/ my drawtite with no fitment issues. All the bolts lined up fine for me. I wonder if there was a manufacturing problem w/ yours. I had mine originally on my old '04 WRX wagon, and successfully moved it to the '06.
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Old 06-20-2006, 10:39 PM   #13
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I wondered the same thing - it is definitely the right part, it's "close", but it's like all the tolerances were stacked up in the wrong directions.

Tangent question - anyone know what the thread pitch is on the M12 bolts in the rear? (i.e. M12x1.25, 1.5 etc)
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Old 06-21-2006, 10:29 PM   #14
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very clean i like it. good call on repainting it
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Old 06-22-2006, 08:58 AM   #15
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Final Installment - Used M12x1.25 tap to clean threads, final bolt is installed.
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Old 06-22-2006, 11:29 AM   #16
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Thankfully, I never had all the issues you had taylormade. I do have a Subaru branded hitch bike carrier to go w/ my drawtite with no fitment issues. All the bolts lined up fine for me. I wonder if there was a manufacturing problem w/ yours. I had mine originally on my old '04 WRX wagon, and successfully moved it to the '06.
my reese hitch (identical to draw-tite/hidden hitch) suffered some shipping damage which caused the holes to not line up properly. i didn't realize this until i had one side already bolted on, so i too had to go out and buy a tap to fix one of the weldnuts on my frame that i screwed up pretty good.

it's worth measuring the distances between the holes on the hitch prior to installation to make sure the hitch is straight. mine wasn't, so i just had to throw it in a vice and bend it straight. and those things are tough to bend ;p
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Old 08-20-2006, 02:05 AM   #17
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Smile Bike rack mounted to hitch (Graber)

To round out this posting, here are some pictures of the bike rack in use with the hitch.

The rack itself is a Graber 2-bike rack I bought back in 1994. It was only $70 new at the time and has served valiantly through 4-bike carries, multiple commuter roles, and as a cheater bar for breaking axle nuts loose.

As shown, my friend has replaced the riser bar with one that is 1 foot taller. This sets the bike higher in the air to clear the ground on steep inclines. Need to steal the rack back to paint that ghetto looking rusty POS.


This configuration DOES NOT allow the rear hatch door to open with dropping the rack down. But this is pretty easy to do with the lynch pin that pivots the assembly down.

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Old 08-20-2006, 09:31 AM   #18
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The Draw tite hitch will not fit an '06 STI without permanently removing the rear diffuser. You also have to do some minor bending of the sheet metal like the previous poster stated.
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Old 05-16-2007, 04:42 PM   #19
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Default exhaust hanger

for anyone who has installed the drawtite-hitch:

how did you remount the outside (drivers side) of exhaust?

the hitch comes with a pre-drilled hole and some hardware for remounting the exhaust hanger, but it dropped my exhaust 1.5-2". I don't really like the looks of it, has anyone tried reusing the stock exhaust hanger?

i have an 07 2.5i

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Old 02-27-2008, 02:54 PM   #20
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Have any of you guys towed tire trailers with your hitches?
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Old 07-26-2009, 12:34 PM   #21
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Hey has anyone used on of those 1.25" to 2" adapters? I have a nice Thule rack but it is a 2 "
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Old 05-29-2010, 03:00 AM   #22
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Sorry for bringing this ancient thread back to life. I was updating all the pciture links (thanks a LOT cardomain.com ) And I felt compelled to respond to these posts that were never answered.
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Have any of you guys towed tire trailers with your hitches?
This particular hitch is not really rated for towing larger trailers. But I suppose it depends on your tolerance for what should/should not be done. So to answer the question more directly, no , this WRX has not pulled a trailer.

On the other hand, my 96 Legacy has pulled lots of things.


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Hey has anyone used on of those 1.25" to 2" adapters? I have a nice Thule rack but it is a 2 "
Those adapters are useful, but I get nervous about how much further they stick out from the hitch.
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Old 05-31-2010, 11:06 AM   #23
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I'll continue searching, but in the meantime does anyone know what year of factory Subaru Hitch will fit an 07 Wagon? Looks like the usual 02-07 but I can get a '00 for dirt cheap, just need confirmation that it will fit. Any help is appreciated.

WD

EDIT: Older model hitches have been superseded to new model part #, 98-07 at least are all the same. Likely 93-07.

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