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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"

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Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from CURT. Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" part number C12100 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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CURT Trailer Hitch - C12100

  • Class II
  • 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • CURT
  • 350 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch

Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.


Features:

  • Custom fit is designed specifically for your vehicle
  • Precision, robotic welding maximizes strength and improves fit
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Drawbar, pin and clip sold separately
  • Hitch assembled in the USA
    • Mounting hardware may be imported


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class II
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 350 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


etrailer.com Technical Support

At etrailer.com we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.



12100 Curt Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver

Installation Details C12100 Installation instructions

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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - C12100

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (120 Customer Reviews)

Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.

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My hitch arrived poorly packed, the box ripped open, and none of the hardware exists to install the hitch. The hitch is scratched and damaged. This can’t be the first time. I ship things daily, and just don’t understand why the hard corners of the hitch would not be packed in styrofoam or extra cardboard to prevent this.


Comments
I will have our Customer Service team reach out to you. I recommend touching up the affected areas with a rust resistant paint which you will then have on hand for regular hitch maintenance.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 04/13/2022


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Install was pretty straight forward, I used the larger hole in front of the mount holes and only had to cut small grooves in it to pass the bolts and flange. Took about a hour to do entire job.


Comments
Works great, no issues.
Daniel - 08/29/2021


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seems like a good hitch and harness. the package however was delivered with huge holes in the box. please work on better bracing the hitch, given its shape.


Comments
I will have our Customer Service team reach out to you.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 03/04/2022


- C12100
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2018 Subaru Forester

I ordered late Saturday night, got an email it shipped (for free) on Sunday, received it on Wednesday and installed it on Thursday! The price/value cannot be beat. The dealer priced hitch and wire harness for my 2018 Forester at $500 UNinstalled and $864 installed. I paid way less for hitch and harness through Etrailer and installed myself. Saved $325-$689 depending on if I had decided to have them install or not. I backed my vehicle up on 2 x 6's stacked 2 high. That was perfect clearance for me to fit under but not too high to reach. I dropped the exhaust but then decided to just remove muffler all together (2 bolts) as it is the most obstructive in the project. Not sure but probably could have gotten away with just removing muffler without dropping whole exhaust. Sprayed some old white grease in a can I had laying in the garage on the exhaust hangers and everything came off with little effort. Used a Dremel with a round grinding bit to oval out the holes closest to front of vehicle for the hardware. The "fishing wires" for the hardware work great! As others suggested I saved the heat shield by doing a bit of modifying with a few holes and a notch for the hitch bracket. I was prepared to use the two floor jacks with a 1x2 method to hold the hitch up to install but a friend had dropped by so they held it up while I secured the bolts. The hitch install probably took me 1½ - 2 hours and the wiring install took less than 15 minutes. Watch the install videos and read the review comments for the easiest install methods and tips! Looks great, it is just a bit recessed under the bumper. It had a couple of scratches when received but I touched them up with some black Rustoleum which matched perfectly. I have only towed with it once but worked awesome! I am very satisfied! Thanks ETrailer!!



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2017 Subaru Forester

Super fast shipping. Could not been any easier to install. Worth every penny. Wish I had more vehicles to put a hitch on.



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2016 Subaru Forester

etrailer is doing it right. The install videos were very helpful for a first-timer. The ones showing dimensions were especially helpful to assure the products would fit. Great selection, great prices, clear instructions, a follow-up email came within hours of receiving the package, and etrailer’s correspondence included an actual person’s name! The reviews were really helpful for purchasing and for installation. I chose the 1 1/4" size to carry a Thule 2-bike rack. As noted in other reviews: I put the bolts and plates through the larger 4th hole (less grinding and the fishwires reach), used spray lube on the rubber exhaust hangers (disengaging them was the trickiest part of the installation), trimmed the heat shield, had a helper hold the hitch, and blocked the car up just a bit. The Curt hitch receiver is robust and fits my 2016 Forester perfectly. Pretty painless installation all in all.



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I had it on in 45 minutes working alone. I used jack stands to hold hitch up in place. Bolt fish wires worked perfectly. Instructions were excellent



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2015 Subaru Forester

We used this hitch on a 2015 Forester. It works great now that it is installed. Getting it installed was not as simple as other installs I have done because a large hole had to be drilled/milled into the tube of the chassis to fishwire the bolts in place. I had to get a different milling bit to get the hole large enough, but once done with the hole, the install went quick and easy.



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The hitch fit perfect, all the bolt holes lined up, the paint was not even scratched when I got done. The videos showed every single step of installation for my make and model, no surprises, no glitches. The rest of the aftermarket industry should pay attention.



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2015 Subaru Forester

I am delighted with the hitch for my 2015 Forester, from ordering over the phone to prompt delivery, to unpacking and discovering it is made in America and of high quality. Installation took longer than expected mainly due to the slow and awkward process of enlarging the center access holes on each side with a rat tail file. Additionally, I was able to retain the heat shield, intact, by mounting it OVER the hitch mtg flange with just the addition of a couple of 1/2" holes (location dimples already there) and some light shaping with a hammer (pix attached). I elected to remove the muffler for installation, an easy job. Installing wiring harness was straight forward, once how to loosen the side panel was understood. The installation looks great! Thank you eTrailer.


Comments
Thanks for the info. I wasnt looking forward to losing the heat shield.
-- comment by: Sid - 06/30/2014

Comments
Great advice on putting the heat shield over the mounting flange, and calling out the dimples in the heat shield, I appreciate it Ian! Its just a shame the Forester cant pull more than 1500 lbs.
-- comment by: Jeremy C - 07/20/2014

Comments
As I expected that the process of enlarging the access holes would be more tedious, I experimented an alternative way to install the rig without fishwire. It turned to be much easier for me at least. You get better access to the frame if you remove the bumper entirely. It is less complicated than it seems. There are a couple of screws that hold the plastic cover and after you remove them just snap the cover out. The next is to remove the bumper bar which is hold together by 6 big bolts 3 each side. You remove them with a regular tubular hex key dont remember the size and the bar goes out. You gain full access to the interior of the frame and if you not have big hands you can fit the hitch bolts with your bare fingers or you may still use the fishwire. Anyway, you fit the bolts through the open end of the frame bars instead of through an enlarged hole. Then is a matter of few minutes to put the bumper back. I think it is the same procedure that is employed by the dealer shop.
-- comment by: Constantin - 12/07/2015



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2016 Subaru Forester

Great hitch and electric connection kit was a "no brainer" to install. I watched several installation videos and installed accordingly. etrailer.com had the lowest price I could find anywhere and I received the hitch, wiring, and ball in a couple days. Did I mention free shipping? All in all, I'm a very satisfied customer! Thanks etrailer. Ana



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Great little hitch. Compact in appearance but good tongue and pull capabilities. I saved over a lot using etrailer and towpro. Very pleased and wish I would've discovered the site before having a hitch put on the van at the place that sounds like youhaul.


Comments
I havent had any issues with it. Looks good and not too bulky.
Scott C - 12/31/2015



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Product shipped immediately and arrived 3 days later - Great Directions provided were good but the video's answered all questions I had. Took 3 hours to install and had no problems. Chose the true no-drill option of completely removing the full bumber, crash bar, rear lights and muffler. No issues. A truly quality product and the price can not be beat. Re: No-Drill Process - See Reviews where a good discussion and comments describe the method. This is my 3rd purchase from etrailer and it always is a positive experience.


Comments
Trailer hitch is great. I continually recommend your site to friends.
Pete S - 09/04/2018



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2014 Subaru Forester

Rather than spending nearly $500 for the factory hitch for my Subaru Forester, I bought this one from etrailer for a fraction of the price. I am very pleased with the hitch. I like the way it looks because the main part is hidden behind the bumper, and the receiver is readily accessible for my bike rack. Installation was very easy and straight forward. The instructions are spot on and easy to follow. My only issue was that my grinder bit was old and it made enlarging the holes a longer process. But that was my problem, not the design. The hitch fits perfectly under the twin exhausts on my 2014 XT Touring. The bike rack attaches easily. Etrailer was very prompt with their shipping. When I need another hitch, I can see me buying from them again. I am very pleased with their customer service.



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2017 Subaru Forester

This is a great product! Having said that, the install was far more difficult than I had anticipated. One of the most difficult aspects is re-attaching the exhaust system to the rubber hangers (yes, I used lubricant). In the videos and in the literature, they suggest a prying tool such as a prybar. However, in most cases, there is nothing to pry against. There is probably a specific tool for this task. Just know going in YOU WILL struggle with getting the hangers back onto the exhaust system! I used a ratchet strap for one and another one required my wife to play tug-o-war with a cord attached the rubber hanger while I manipulated the hanger onto the metal post. Additionally, I would HIGHLY recommend watching the install videos for both the 2017 AND 2018 Forrester and combining the directions of both videos. In my opinion, this results in a much easier install which allows you to KEEP the heat shield, DO NOT remove the muffler, and drill out the FOURTH larger hold and leave the three mounting holes intact. The right tools are absolutely essential, and if you've never done this before (like me) plan for the better part of a day.



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2015 Subaru Forester

Quick delivery. Easy to select the right hitch on website. Installation not difficult. Very satisfied. Thanks.


Comments
After a years use by my outdoors person daughter the hitch has worked great. Occasional small loads with nearly full time bike hauling has resulted in no problems at all. Would do it again good price, easy install, works as advertised...good value
Michael a - 08/03/2017



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2017 Subaru Forester

I had a local shop install it on our 2017 Subaru Forester and was told that it installed easily and as advertised. It is very solid and works with our Allen bike rack. My only negative comment is that the receiver seems to be too large for the male portion of the rack so that, when our 2 bikes are on the rack, the bikes lean slightly. It is merely annoying, not unsafe but the fit is less tight than it was with our hitch on our old Forester. I have tried shimming it but have not solved the "problem". Other than this comment, I am pleased with my purchase, both the hitch and the service.



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2015 Subaru Forester

This was installed on a Subaru 2015 Forester. I rate it good because the product was pretty much as I expected. It is heavy duty and does mount very solid on the Forester. I think I will feel very comfortable pulling a 500 pound (empty weight) utility trailer plus load. Installation was also as expected. Like most reviewers say, most difficult part was enlarging the middle mounting holes enough so you can fish the bolts through. The fishing wire works very well to aid in getting the bolts into place. I have installed several hitch receivers on other cars in the past and this was maybe slightly easier than others. The main issue is that these always rust so bad at least here in the north with the salted roads. Not that it hurts there usage, but it doesn't look very good. The paint job looks good on this unit but I have no reason to think this will not rust like all the others I see. I am thinking I will try to paint it every fall.



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2018 Subaru Forester

This is my fourth install and they keep getting easier. Great product. Great price. Great service. I especially appreciate the installation videos. Very reassuring to see how easy it really is!



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The hitch is easy to use and will hold 4 bikes for transporting. It folds up and stores in a compact space. It's a great hitch for our family.



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Honda Insight

The whole process was EXCELLENT !! Using the web site was easy and got me to the product I wanted with little fuss. It did give me options, but they were options that made sense for the hitch I was looking for. The item was in stock and shipped quickly as promised. The web site also had a video which showed in great detail how to attach the hitch purchased to the vehicle it was purchased for. This certainly gave me and my friend some excellent insight into how to go about the work. The hitch is now attached and is just what I was looking for. I think all Curt hitches are built right and how easy it was to install just makes me feel that when I may need another I know where I will look: etrailers on line and Curt!! This was a very positive experience and I would highly recommend using etrailers to anyone who may ask !!!!


Comments
After one year the hitch is working as well today as when it was first installed. I expect it will last as long as I own the vehicle as it shows no sign of not being able to do so. Again, great service for a great product!!!
Donald - 08/26/2019



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Kawasaki Mule

My daughter installed the hitch for me today. She was very impressed with the ease of the installation. She had no problems at all. She also installed the wireing, the only thing we need there is an adapter kit to take it from a 4 wire to a 7 wire adapter, which we will be ordering today. The hitch cover is beautiful I love it,the only problem I had with it was it was the wrong size. I got the 2in instead of the 1 1/4 in. but no problem I will just send it back for an exchange. I don't have any pictures to post, but I have a kawasaki mule that I will be hauling on a small trailer to differant areas. Thanks again for your product.


Comments
Have had absolutely no problems with the hitch. Our trailer pulls so easy on it that we forget its back there sometimes. Very happy with it
Donna E - 03/14/2015



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The product shipped very fast and the install was exactly like the video described. Customer support was very helpful and very quick to answer all of my questions. If I need a trailer hitch again, I will shop here first.



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2017 Subaru Forester

The C12100 was a perfect fit with detailed easy to understand instructions as well as a video on the web site. The only modification I did was instead of cutting the heat shield as aggressively as the instructions I made a smaller cut then mounted the shield over the hitch adding flat washers under the nuts to prevent distortion while torquing the fasteners. This gives the shield better support and is less likely to have a rattle at a later date. The entire project took 1.5 hours.


Comments
Everything is working fine.
Neil P - 04/04/2018



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2015 Subaru Forester

The product and service are great. The Curt installation video was perfect. Easy enough to understand written, but the video is even easier! My package didn't come with Tabasco, but the hitch was already painted black (watch video to understand). BTW - you need a good $20 carbide grinder bit (for your drill). The frame will eat Dremel bits alive!


Comments
Still great. I did not have a need to wire up the trailer lights last year because it was just used for a bike rack. I needed to wire it up this summer and so went to the video for that, which again was great. Cars have so many hidden interior fasteners, someone needs to show installers the secret handshake to remove panels safely - and that is what your videos do. As a side note, I was discussing this with my trusty auto-parts store while buying some trailer hardware and they said: yeah, thats why we like Curt too.
Chris B - 11/02/2017


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  • What are the Dimensions of the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Part # C12100
    I went to our warehouse to get the Curt trailer hitch # C12100 to provide you a couple key measurements you requested. 1. From the opening on the hitch receiver and back to the hitch pin hole is 2-inches. 2. The receiver opening will be 8-inches deep. 3. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 6-inches. And from the face of the receiver back to clear the rear bumper will be 4 inches. See the diagram to the right. I also included an installation...
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  • Does a 2016 Subaru Forester Need to Be Lifted to Install Trailer Hitch
    The install instructions for the Curt hitch part # C12100 for your 2016 Subaru Forester do call for jack stands so you will need to raise the rear end of the vehicle at least slightly to easily install the hitch. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well.
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  • Heat Shield Removal When Installing Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver on 2017 Subaru Forester
    The trailer hitch receiver you purchased for your 2017 Subaru Forester is the Curt # C12100. In the video the installer does choose to cut the heat shield and reinstall it. However, Curt's instructions state to remove it. Either way is fine.
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  • Is it Okay to Remove Heat Shield of 2018 Subaru Forester When Installing Trailer Hitch
    For all of the trailer hitches we offer for your 2018 Subaru Forester, including the Curt # C1200, the heat shield does get permanently removed. Our hitch manufacturers have determined that nothing adverse happens without the heat shield and the presence of the shield really doesn't make a difference. At worst the floor boards at the rear of the vehicle might get slightly warmer if the car is idling for an extended period of time, but we've yet to hear anything from any of our customers...
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  • Would Curt Hitch from 2009 Subaru Forester Fit 2016 Forester
    There is a large enough difference between the 2009 and the 2016 models of the Subaru Forester that Curt had to come up with a new hitch fit so you would not be able to transfer your old hitch to your new 2016 Forester. You'd have to go with a new hitch like the Curt # C12100 that you referenced which is the current Class II Curt hitch that fits the vehicle. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2004 Subaru Forester
    I have a trailer hitch fit for your vehicle, but none of the trailer hitches that we offer for the 2004 Subaru Outback are listed as fits for the 2004 Subaru Forester. I do not think the hitch will fit your 2004 Forester. For a trailer hitch for your 2004 Forester I recommend the Draw-Tite Clas II Frame Receiver Hitch # 36311. This hitch will provide you with a 1-1/4 inch receiver and is great for light-duty towing. I have attached an installation video of this hitch for you.
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  • 1-1/4 inch Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Subaru Forester for Bike Rack
    For your 2017 Subaru Forester we have the Draw Tite hitch part # 36523 which is a confirmed fit that is a 1-1/4 inch hitch. I like this hitch over the Curt because it does not require a stabilizer strap like the Curt hitch # C12100 that is also a fit for your vehicle. Both hitches require drilling though. Draw Tite needs frame hole enlargement. I attached an install video for the Draw Tite hitch for you to check out as well.
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  • Trailer Hitch Size Options for a 2019 Subaru Forester
    I do have an option for you but the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C12100 is not a fit for your 2019 Subaru Forester. There was a generation change from 2018-2019 which is why the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C12100 will not work because it is designed for the older 2014 - 2018 body style. For your 2019 Subaru Forester you have a few options to choose from but they all have a 2" receiver tube opening. The 2" receiver tube opening is truly best for your Forester because it will...
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  • Trailer Hitch Availability for a 2016 Subaru Forester XT
    The trailer hitches we offer for the 2016 Subaru Forester will fit all models of the vehicle including the XT models. The Curt hitch part # C12100 would work for a 1-1/4 inch hitch, but since there is a 2 inch hitch available for your vehicle, part # C13144 this is what I would recommend for you. This will give you increased capacities and will offer more accessory options since more things are designed to fit 2 inch hitches than 1-1/4 inch hitches. Price is available for both hitches...
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  • Can Factory Trailer Hitch on 2015 Subaru Forester be Removed to Install a Class II Trailer Hitch
    If the factory hitch on the 2015 Subaru Forester is indeed welded on then you would have to have it professionally removed because it would have to be cut off of the vehicle. And even then, depending on where it was attached to the vehicle you may not be able to install an aftermarket hitch. This is something you would have to have a professional installer take a look at prior to purchasing a hitch. Sometimes, when an OEM hitch is welded on the vehicle, it's a structural component of...
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  • Can Installation Hardware from Previous Curt Hitch be Used to Install New Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch
    When installing the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 75876 to replace the Class II Curt # C12100 on your 2014 Subaru Forester, I do not recommend using the same installation hardware from the Curt hitch. Looking at the included hardware for both trailer hitches, it does appear that they each use different size bolts and the Draw-Tite hitch uses 6 conical washers, while the Curt does not. Installing the Draw-Tite Hitch using different hardware than what was included with the...
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  • Comparison of Draw-Tite and Curt Class II Trailer Hitch Receivers for a 2017 Subaru Forester
    The two Class II trailer hitch receivers for your 2017 Subaru Forester are the Draw-Tite # 36523 and Curt # C12100. They are very similar in a lot of ways. The capacities of each hitch and the installation process are all basically the same. When installed the Draw-Tite will measure about 6 inches from the hitch pin hole to the outer most point on the bumper where the Curt will be about 3-1/2 inches. So the Curt will stick out quite a bit more. This may make the Curt better because it...
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  • Weights of the Curt # C12100 and Draw-Tite # 75876 Hitch Receivers for a 2017 Subaru Forester
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C12100 that you referenced weighs about 30 lbs and has a Max Tongue Weight (TW) capacity of 350 lbs and a Max Gross Towing Weight (GTW) capacity of 3,500 lbs. The Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 75876 that you referenced weighs in at 2 lbs more (about 32 lbs) and has a Max TW of 525 lbs and a Max GTW of 3,500 lbs (GTW is increased to 4,000 lbs when using a Weight Distribution System). Both are confirmed to fit your 2017 Subaru Forester, however,...
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  • Replacement Hardware for Curt Class II Trailer Hitch Receiver 12100
    To get replacement hardware for your Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C12100 you'll need the Replacement Hardware Kit # RHK (be sure to input the correct info about the hitch). We don't have individual hardware pieces available so in all honesty if you're only missing one piece I would just take a trip to your local home improvement or hardware store and pick up the missing Grade 8 flange nut so you don't have a lot of extra pieces lying around.
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  • Will Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver from a 2016 Subaru Forester fit a 2018 Subaru Forester
    Yes, the same two Curt trailer hitch receivers, part # C12100 for the Class II and part # C13144 for the Class III, that fit a 2016 Subaru Forester also fit the 2018 model year. I've linked videos of both of them being installed for you. If you already own the hitch and want to move it from the 2016 to the 2018 you need replacement hardware. Use part # RHK and then select Curt and enter the hitch's part number. This will order the exact hardware originally included with the htich.
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  • Replacement Hardware for Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver on a 2015 Subaru Forester
    Are you looking for the hardware for a Curt trailer hitch receiver that fits yours 2015 Subaru Forester? If so, there are two of them; a Class III, # C13144, and a Class II # C12100. Both use 6 bolts, 6 nuts, and 6 plates. Just determine which on you have by the size of the receiver opening. The Class II is 1-1/4 inches and the Class III is 2 inches. You only want to measure the inside opening. Once you know which model number your htich is use part # RHK and select "Curt" from the...
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  • What Size Bolts Does Curt Hitch C13144 Use for Install
    The bolts that come with the Curt hitch # C13144 that you referenced are 1/2-13 x 1 3/4, GR8 carriage bolts. I attached a link to the install instructions as well as a link to an install video for more help as well. We also carry replacement install hardware for all of the hitches we offer with the part # RHK.
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  • Best Class II Hitch for 2017 Subaru Forester for Clearance When Using a Swagman G10 Bike Rack
    Between the Curt Class II Hitch, # C12100 and the Draw-Tite Class II Hitch, # 36523, the Curt hitch is 2-1/2 inches closer to the rear bumper on a 2017 Subaru Forester. We test fitted both hitches on the same 2017 Subaru Forester and found that the Curt receiver sits closer to the bumper and in turn will allow more clearance between the vehicle and a tow accessory like a bike rack. If your are almost touching the bumper of your vehicle when folding your Swagman G10 Bike Rack in the...
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  • Recommended Aftermarket Hitch for 2017 Subaru Forester for Using Swagman XC 2-Bike Rack S64650
    The hitch I recommend for your 2017 Subaru Forester for use with your Swagman XC 2-Bike Platform Rack # S64650 is the 2-inch Draw-Tite Class III hitch # 75876. This hitch offers substantially higher weight capacity (525-lbs vs 350 for the Curt # C12100) and since it is a 2-inch hitch it will offer better compatibility with the range of available hitch accessories and towing items. This 2-inch hitch is shown in the linked installation video which features a 2017 Forester, like yours. I...
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  • Recommended 4-Bike Hitch Rack for 2016 Subaru Forester with 1-1/4-Inch OEM Hitch
    Both 1-1/4-inch Class II and 2-inch Class III hitches are made for your 2016 Subaru Forester. These differ in weight handling capacity with the 2-inch hitches like Draw-Tite # 75876 offering a 525-lb tongue weight rating versus only 350-lbs for a Class II hitch like Curt # C12100. If you need a 4-bike rack and have an interest in changing out your hitch to # 75876, then the best option is to use Yakima's hanging-style RidgeBack Bike Rack # Y02458. The linked video shows this rack in use...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch For a 2016 Subaru Forester
    I definitely recommend The Curt # C12100 for your 2016 Subaru Forester. It is rated to 3,500 pounds towing and is rated 4 out of 10 for the install difficulty. I have included a link to an install on a 2016 Forester as well. With this being a 1 1/4 inch hitch, it can be a little limiting for accessories like bike racks or cargo carriers and the like. Another good option would be etrailer.com's class 3 hitch with a 2 inch receiver, # e98839. The install would end up being exactly the same,...
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  • Trailer Hitch For 2016 Subaru Forester & Is Hollywood Destination Bike Rack Good Choice
    It absolutely is. You made a great choice with the Destination rack, and the best hitch for it on your 2016 Subaru Forester is from Curt; here are the part numbers for both: - Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C12100 - Hollywood Racks Destination Bike Rack for 2 Bikes # HLY94FR Let's start with the hitch, and the reason I like the Curt # C12100 so much for your '16 Forester is because it has the best bumper and ground clearances of the hitches that fit your Subaru. That's important because...
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  • Trailer Hitch for 2015 Subaru Forester for Use with a Hitch Bike Rack
    Your 2015 Subaru Forester can be equipped with your choice of two sizes of hitch, either a 1-1/4-inch Class II type such as Curt # C12100 or a 2-inch Class III type such as Curt # C13144. Both will install in the same manner using their included hardware and the time and effort required is essentially the same for both. Given this, I suggest you opt for the 2-inch Class III hitch. A 2-inch Class III hitch is stronger and will have the flexibility to allow broader use than a 1-1/4-inch...
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