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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

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This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from Curt. Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" part number CU64FR can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Curt Trailer Hitch - CU64FR

  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Curt
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • 525 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.


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
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately
  • Hitch assembled in the USA
    • Mounting hardware may be imported


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 525 lbs
    • Not rated for use with weight-distribution systems
  • Limited lifetime warranty


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13435 Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver

Replaces Curt 13399

Installation Details CU64FR Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles





Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - CU64FR

Average Customer Rating:  4.4 out of 5 stars   (22 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.

- CU64FR
by:

This hitch is not bad, but it is NOT fully compatible with Forester XT! XT has dual mufflers which are large and causes muffler hangers to rest on hitch severely amplifying noise. This happens because side cutouts are too small. Not sure if much can be done to fix this - may need to cut some metal out to make room for hangers.


Comments
This is actually a common issue that can be easily fixed. I would not advise to cut anything. You can either bend the muffler hanger so that it pulls the exhaust away from the hitch with a pry bar. Or you can use a different rubber isolator between the exhaust and exhaust hanger. Rubber isolators can be purchased at local hardware stores and it may to easier to take it to a muffler shop to install.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 08/16/2021


- CU64FR
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The product was excellent. I do believe the included instructions could have been a little bit clearer, however, the video was excellent. I did find the installation much more difficult than was suggested. The hitch fit perfectly. Couple observations make sure you wash out the back of your car before installing this product there is so much dirt in the facia. Also one does not have to actually remove the Muffler as suggested. I also did not have to remove the bumper assembly after removing the facia. one just needs to unscrew the lower of the 3 bumper screws about a 1/2 an inch for the unit to clear. Thank you etrailer for a quality product at a quality price this is my 2nd purchase. 2015 Subaru Forester.



- CU64FR
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Fit perfectly. Instructions were clear. The installation video from etrailer was very helpful. A few notes, mentioned by others in comments or in the video: (1) The hitch receiver heavy. It would help to have another person available when you need to lift it up to the frame of the car. I was able to do it alone by putting the hitch receiver up on a makeshift scaffold (concrete blocks). (2) Pay attention to the issue of having to put the small lip at the rear edge of the hitch receiver up over the bolts at the back of the car frame (shown in the video at 8:11). It helps to angle the front side of the unit down while lifting it up to the frame. I snugged up one side of the hitch receiver to the frame before making sure the lip was over the bolt on the other side and had to loosen up the snugged side and get the lip in place on both sides before snugging up either. (3) I had to cut about a 1/2 inch more of the bumper away than is outlined in the instructions (video at 5:35) -- 3 inches up instead of 2.5 inches, but I was able to do that additional trimming at the end of the install. It wasn't super hard to deal with these issues. I am glad I purchased this receiver; it's worth the little bit of extra effort to have the hitch up tight to the bumper with minimal protrusion. It's clean and sharp.



- CU64FR
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The hitch bolted up easy . The dimensions to cut the bumper were to small so extra trimming was required.



- CU64FR
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Very study hitch. However, it is a "little" tricky on the install as it just barely (by about 1/4" or less) clears the body bolts on the back to sit flush. Also, the support gussets that make it a "hidden hitch" extend too far outboard IMHO than needed and it takes some tweaking to keep the exhaust from vibrating against it. However, the bolt fishing wire installation was very smooth and trouble free. The instructions for the heat plate modifications is right on the money! Many installation of this type of hitch on this model say to just remove the heat shield, but I like this best practices method of modifying the plate to allow the hitch to sit flush to the mounting body rail, while still providing the heat protection it was installed from the factory for. The cut-out instructions for the rear valance are a "best guess" and it is really better for you to use the hitch itself to make the area to be cut out for better results. The hitch still "sticks out" a little more than I'd like, but it is much more recessed than any of the other options for this model outside of the exorbitantly priced factory option. All in all thai is an excellent hitch for this price point!!! (photo shows tools needed to "adjust" exhaust pipe for clearances)



- CU64FR
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I picked this hitch specifically because it does not protrude as far from the rear bumper as others do. It was very tight to install on my 2017 Subaru Forrester XT. It required some slight modifications to some bolts that prevented the hitch from sliding into place which may have been because of the dual mufflers. The hitch remains very tight against the mufflers which causes some significant vibrations under load. Likely easily correctable by a muffler shop. All in all, good product and meets my needs.


Comments
Thank you for your review. Exhaust rattles do occur on some vehicles but most of the time it can be fixed. I have attached a helpful article that outlines a couple of techniques to potentially eliminate or reduce the rattle.
-- Etrailer Expert Heather A - 05/07/2021


- CU64FR
by:

This hitch does a great job pulling a trailer. It was fairly easy to install (the muffler re-install is a pain with the tight clearances). My only complaint is the clearances with the muffler, which causes rattling where they come in contact. I'm working on trying different muffler hangers to improve that, but it would be helpful if they were included or if that was a note indicating that they would be necessary.



- CU64FR
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The hitch for my Subaru Forester is great and installed well. The instructions for cutting the rear bumper are not accurate. Not enough material is removed to allow the bumper to move back into its former position. Other than that it went well, and I look forward to using my new hitch.



- CU64FR
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Well made. Easy to install. Paint is good. Packaging was excellent. Above average quality. Would be excellent if somebody removed the piece of wire from a bad start welding. I almost cut my hand on it.



- CU64FR
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Great product, very helpful video.Support went out of their way to help me with a re-route to my order. I was able to complete the install without much trouble with minimal tools and 1 person. It did take 5 hours but I am a slow worker. I found a prevous review by Ralph H described my experience perfectly in a previous review so I am quoting here for anyone thinking of doing this install themselves. " (1) The hitch receiver heavy. It would help to have another person available when you need to lift it up to the frame of the car. I was able to do it alone by putting the hitch receiver up on a makeshift scaffold (concrete blocks). (2) Pay attention to the issue of having to put the small lip at the rear edge of the hitch receiver up over the bolts at the back of the car frame (shown in the video at 8:11). It helps to angle the front side of the unit down while lifting it up to the frame. I snugged up one side of the hitch receiver to the frame before making sure the lip was over the bolt on the other side and had to loosen up the snugged side and get the lip in place on both sides before snugging up either. (3) I had to cut about a 1/2 inch more of the bumper away than is outlined in the instructions (video at 5:35) -- 3 inches up instead of 2.5 inches, but I was able to do that additional trimming at the end of the install. It wasn't super hard to deal with these issues. I am glad I purchased this receiver; it's worth the little bit of extra effort to have the hitch up tight to the bumper with minimal protrusion. It's clean and sharp."



- CU64FR
by:

Easy to install on your own and has not had a single hiccup since installing



- CU64FR
by:
2017 Subaru Forester

Heavy Duty/Solid. Directions were ok as this will not fit snug against the frame unless you back out (2) 14mm subframe bolts. it's just too tight of a fit but that is ok, because once this hitch on tight, it isn't going anywhere. Shipping was great too, Big thanks to Carol C!



- CU64FR
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Arrived earlier than expected. Exactly what I needed.



- CU64FR
by:
2014 Subaru Forester

Fits well with a low profile. Trim of the heat shield with snips was easy and the rear fascia trimmed quick with a grinder.



- CU64FR
by:

Quick service, easy install with supplied kit. It took me less than 30 minutes and looks like a factory install.



- CU64FR
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High quality, nice finish, heavy duty, great hardware. Shipping was really fast even during Covid-19 challenges



- CU64FR
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Ordered late Sunday. Delivered Thursday AM. Very happy with the service.



- CU64FR
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Easy Install



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- CU64FR
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2017 Subaru Forester



- CU64FR
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2015 Subaru Forester


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Ask the Experts about this Curt Trailer Hitch

  • Differences Between Curt Class III Trailer Hitches for 2015 Subaru Forester
    The primary difference between the two is that once installed, the # C13144 will be completely visible from the rear of the vehicle. The # CU64FR is designed a bit differently, the hitch crossbar will be concealed behind the bumper with the only visible portion of the hitch being the receiver tube and the safety chain hoops. The # CU64FR is preferred by most because the entire hitch isn't visible. Because we pay more for the hitch and it's more in demand, the # C13144 is priced higher....
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  • Comparing the Curt Hitch CU64FR and Draw-Tite Hitch 76182 for a 2017 Subaru Forester
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # CU64FR and the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 76182 will have a concealed look therefore only the receiver tube opening will be shown once installed. In regards to the heat shield, this must be trimmed with either option because they install in the same spot on the frame. I have attached a photo that shows how much you will need to trim but this is a very minor alternation and not anything you should be worried about as it will have...
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  • Distance From Ground To Hitch and Pin Hole To Bumper on Curt Hitch CU64FR for 2017 Subaru Forester
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # CU64FR is going to be very similar to the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 76182 which are both fits for a 2017 Subaru Forester. In regards to the Draw-Tite, the distance from the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube is 16" and the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the rear edge of the bumper is 3". These measurements are going to be very similar if not the same as the Curt hitch. That said, as these...
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  • Trailer Hitch for 2014 Subaru Forester That Does Not Have Vibration or Rattling
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # CU64FR fits your 2014 Subaru Forester, and is the updated version of the 13399, though it does have the same welded gussets and it is possible to still conflict with the dual exhaust hanger. We have not seen any complaints at all about this vibration occurring with the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver # 76182, so that would be the other option I recommend, but if you want to totally avoid the gussets and guarantee no vibration at all, the only option...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Towing Accessories for 2015 Subaru Forester
    We don't have the items kitted, but I'd be happy to recommend a hitch, wiring harness, ball mount and trailer ball for you. For a hitch, I'd recommend either the Curt Class III # C13144 or the Class III # CU64FR. Both hitches have the same 3500 lb towing/525 lb tongue weight capacity, the difference between the two is the installation difficulty and their appearance once installed. The # CU64FR is a concealed-type hitch, once installed the crossbar will be concealed behind the bumper...
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  • How To Obtain 18" Coupler Height with Curt Trailer Hitch CU64FR for 2014 Subaru Forester
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # CU64FR while installed on a 2014 Subaru Forester will sit around 16" off the ground when measuring to the top inside edge of the receiver tube opening. Therefore, in order to get an 18" coupler height you'll need a ball mount with 2" rise, the Curt Fusion Ball Mount for 2" Hitches part # C45155 has everything you need.
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  • Do You Recommend Using a High-Low Adapter with 2018 Subaru Forester and Bike Rack?
    I don't recommend using a high-low adapter with this hitch and bike rack for a few reasons. First, it will reduce the tongue weight rating of the hitch receiver by 50%. Second, it will not allow the stability of a rack without the adapter which adds another moving component. Third, the additional height will likely cause an issue with having the tailgate clearance you will want. The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # CU64FR on your 2018 Subaru Forester Touring...
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  • Which Concealed Trailer Hitch Receiver Fits Closest to The Rear Bumper On a 2018 Subaru Forester?
    Both the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # CU64FR and Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 76182 are going sit virtually flush with the rear bumper on your 2018 Subaru Forester. If I had to give one the slightest edge it would be the Draw-Tite. The EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7216 does appear to fit the closest to the bumper of all the class III 2" receivers that are hidden in the bumper, for your Forester.
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  • Weight of Curt Hitch for Subaru Forester
    The Curt hitch # CU64FR weighs right at 43 pounds when it's shipped so its actual weight is just little less than that. This hitch fits the Subaru Forester from 2014 to 2018
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  • Most Hidden Trailer Hitch that Fits 2018 Subaru Forester
    The most concealed trailer hitch that fits your 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5 touring would be the Curt # CU64FR which only has the hitch opening hanging below the rear bumper. The price is available at the link below. It would take right at 1.5 hours to install for a shop to do so you'd need to know their shop rate to determine what they'd charge most likely.
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  • Do Curt Hitches Still Need to Use a Stabilizer Strap When Carrying a Bike Rack
    Curt just recently decided to stop requiring the stabilizer strap with their hitches like the part # CU64FR that you referenced when carrying non-supported loads like bike racks. Also, this hitch didn't ever have that requirement since it can be used with weight distribution systems and that's where they drew that line.
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  • What is the Difference Between the Curt CU64FR and 13435
    The Curt # CU64FR is the same hitch as the Curt part number 13435, we just use different part numbers in a lot of cases. This hitch will fit on the 2014 - 2018 Subaru Forester. If you're going to be towing with this hitch then you'll also need a wiring harness; for that I recommend using the Tekonsha # 118467 because of the reliability of Tekonsha wiring. I've linked some review and installation videos of these parts, as well as our entire selection of ball mounts and hitch balls for...
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  • Does Curt Trailer Hitch C13399 for 2017 Subaru Forester Require Bumper Trimming
    The Curt hitch part # CU64FR that you referenced does require rear fascia trimming to install. I attached a picture that shows where the fascia and heat shield trimming will need to take place.
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  • 2 Bike Platform Rack Carrier Dimensions For Use With a 2018 Subaru Forester
    With the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # CU64FR on your 2018 Subaru Forester you will have approximately 2" from the hitch pin center hole to the farthest point on your rear bumper. The Thule T2 Pro XTR Bike Rack # TH83JV has the following measurements. Distance from center of hitch pin hole to: Closest part of rack when folded down: 7" Closest part of rack when folded up: 5" Farthest part of rack when folded down: 41-1/2" Farthest part of rack when folded up:...
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  • What Is the Difference Between the Curt Hitch CU64FR (C13435) and C13399 for a Subaru Forester
    Correct, the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # CU64FR (C13435) replaced part C13399. The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part C13399 will actually not fit a 2018 Subaru Forester, only up to 2017 so the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # CU64FR (C13435) is the one you will want to use. There was a change made to accommodate exhaust clearance issues.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack for 2016 Subaru Forester XT
    For your 2016 Subaru Forester XT I highly recommend the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch # CU64FR because of its concealed design that allows only the 2 inch receiver to be visible behind the vehicle and the fact that it's made right here in the USA. This custom hitch will use existing holes in the Forester's frame for a no-drill installation and it features a tongue weight capacity of 525 pounds, more than enough to support a bike rack and 3 or 4 loaded bikes. I have attached an image...
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  • 2016 Subaru Forester XT Touring Exhaust Rattle After Hitch Install
    Exhaust rattling against a trailer hitch is a common occurrence but it is easily fixed although it does require a bit of modification. Exhaust pipes and mufflers hang on rubber isolators. The hangers can usually be manipulated to gain more clearance between the exhaust and the hitch. Or you can source different length isolators and go with ones that allow the exhaust to have the needed clearance. I have included a link to the right that covers the different fixes for this problem. Heavy...
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  • Does the Curt Hitch for a 2016 Subaru Forester Require Trailer Harness for Bike Rack/Cargo Carrier
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # CU64FR which is a fit for a 2016 Subaru Forester will not require a trailer wiring harness if just being used with a bike rack or cargo carrier. There are some cargo carriers which have lights built-in but this is not very common so not something I would be concerned with.
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  • What year Foresters does the Curt Hitch Part # CU64FR Fit
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # CU64FR is designed to fit the 2014-2018 models on the Subaru Forester. If your Forester falls within this range you will be in good shape. If it does not please let me know because we do carry a full line of Forester hitches and can get you what you are looking for. I linked a video my buddy David did on the installation process of the hitch for you to check out.
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  • Troubleshooting Exhaust Rattle After Installing Curt Hitch on 2015 Subaru Forester XT
    Normally when a hitch install causes exhaust rattle the solution is to move the exhaust hangers or get longer or shorter isolators to allow the exhaust to be held at a different height. Worse case scenario the best solution would be to take the vehicle to a muffler shop and see if they can manipulate the exhaust in a way to allow it to be free of vibration.
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  • What Is the Towing Capacity of the Curt Hitch CU64FR for a 2015 Subaru Forester
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # CU64FR which is a fit for your 2015 Subaru Forester has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 lbs and a maximum tongue weight rating of 525 lbs. I confirmed this with Curt for you as well. Please note that if the towing/tongue weight capacity of your Forester is lower than that of the above then this is what you will need to abide by.
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  • Why Is the Curt Hitch for 2018 Subaru Forester Not Compatible with Weight Distribution
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # CU64FR which is a fit for a 2018 Subaru Forester is indeed incompatible with a weight distribution system. This is a device that is used to help distribute the weight of the trailer across both axles on the vehicle. The Curt TruTrack Weight Distribution System part # C17500 is an example. The Subaru Forester is a unibody so you would not be able to use a weight distribution system no matter which hitch you choose.
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  • Solution for Hitch Install that Hits Exhaust and Makes Noise
    Exhaust rattle is fairly common problem with hitch installs that can easily be fixed. Since exhaust systems are designed for slight movements they don't always sit in the same spot on every vehicle, so when a hitch is designed for a vehicle the hitch might sit close and not rattle on one vehicle, but on another vehicle the clearances might be different and the exhaust might hit the hitch. To see how to address the exhaust rattle you are experiencing check out the video I attached to...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Subaru Forester
    Overall I prefer to recommend 2 inch hitches whenever available as they have better capacities and also have more accessories made for them. I really like the Curt Hitch # CU64FR for your 2017 Subaru Forester as it has the 2 inch opening and also is mostly hidden which allows a cleaner look and better ground clearance. Then for trailer wiring the Tekonsha part # 118467 is the easiest to install and has most reliable converter box.
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  • Differences in Available Hitches for 2018 Subaru Forester
    There are two different types of hitch available for your 2018 Subaru Forester. One type will be fully exposed once installed like the Curt # C13144 that you'd looked at, that would have the hitch crossbar visible from the rear and the other is the concealed type like # CU64FR which has the crossbar concealed behind the bumper so that the only visible portion of the hitch is the receiver tube and the safety chain hoops. The # C13144 uses round tubing for the crossbar, because most folks...
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  • Best Trailer Hitch for Using the Thule Parkway Bike Rack on a 2016 Subaru Forester
    The Curt Trailer Hitch # C13144 is a great option to pair with the Thule Parkway 4 bike rack! I think it looks great installed and you'll have more than enough clearance for the bike rack to fit. I have attached an installation video of this hitch on a 2017 Forester that you can check out. The only other hitch that I'd recommend going with over this is the Curt # CU64FR but that's just because it has a hidden crosstube that looks a bit more clean since all you can see is the receiver. Installation...
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