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  1. Trailer Hitch
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  3. Class III
  4. 2 Inch Hitch
  5. 3500 lbs GTW
  6. Concealed Cross Tube
etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2"

etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2"

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This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look. Great Prices for the best trailer hitch from etrailer. etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" part number e98912 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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etrailer Trailer Hitch - e98912

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

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look.


  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with 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
  • Matte black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately
  • Made in the USA
    • Mounting hardware may be imported


  • 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

Rugged, Matte Black Finish

The sturdy steel construction is protected with a matte black finish for added durability. This unique powder coating gives etrailer hitches a carbide-like appearance and a rugged look that sets them apart from traditional glossy hitches. In addition to being rust and corrosion resistant, the tough matte coating hides dirt, scuffs, and dings better than a glossy finish.

Matte Carbide Finish vs Glossy Finish

Matte Carbide Finish vs Glossy Finish

etrailer Technical Support

At etrailer 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.

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Installation Details E98912 Installation instructions

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etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" - e98912

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (897 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Perfect for 2022 Subaru Crosstrek! This hitch is a great price and tucks in really nicely under the rear bumper. I did the installation myself without any problems, I backed the rear up onto ramps to give me a little more room and also used a Dremel tool to enlarge one of the frame holes on either side.
So far I've towed my fiberglass camper 400 miles, super happy with this hitch!



Ive towed my fiberglass camper a little under 2,000 miles since my initial review including through some rough roads in the mountains, its just as solid as when I first installed it. Highly recommend!

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

The hitch itself is excellent quality. Came quick. Box had a couple holes in it but product was undamaged. Very easy to install by myself with the help of my floor jack. For my 21 Crosstrek you do not need to remove the 6 frame plugs just 4 of them. Also I have a Nameless axle back exhaust which it will fit but you either have to buy longer exhaust hangers or cut and shorten the ones you have.



Still solid. Looks great and is holding up well. Still very happy with the hitch.


This is a very well made hitch receiver, very solid and looks great on my 2023 Crosstrek! Installation is just as described in video provided. I bought a 1-1/8” step up drill that worked great to enlarge one hole in each side. As mentioned in other reviews this is a 2 person job and you need to have the car up on blocks.
I’m very impressed with the product and service of etrailer. I called them to ask some questions, they answered right away and were able to answer my questions.
Thank you to the crew at etrailer!


Installation went well. Some previous year installation reviews mentioned having to undo the muffler bracket but that was NOT the case for my 2024 Subaru Crosstrek. It slid right into place without an issue. I liked the bolt fish wires. I was able to install the hitch receiver by myself using 2 jack stands to prop the receiver as the bolts were tightened. I have a Dremmel tool and using a cut disk, kind of like a grinder, I was able to enlarge the hole to feed the back stops through in a matter of a few minutes. This went a lot faster than it could have using a grinder or file.

Subaru XV Crosstrek

Installed on a 2024 Crosstrek Wilderness. Perfect fit. Also installed the wiring harness I purchased from etrailer. I found a factory hole in the spare tire area which I ran the wiring through. Everything looks clean.

2024 Subaru Crosstrek

The etrailer hitch fits perfectly on my 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness edition. The matte black finish matches well with the matte black cladding of the Wilderness edition. Very satisfied with the product and the service from Kyle at etrailer.

2023 Subaru Crosstrek

Easy enough to install. Instructions were okay but the video on website was better for a first timer to install this. I did use a 1 1/8 drill bit for the 2 front holes and Rust-Oleum Enamel spray to hopefully stop it from ever rusting on me. Have yet used the hitch but feels good quality and sturdy after I torqued the bolts to 110lbs as instructed.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

This is my 2nd trailer hitch from etrailer and I am so happy with it. Instructions were very clear in the video tutorial which was extremely helpful. I didn’t have a cone but nor did I want to spend $50-100 on one so I busted out my Dremel with a coarse red grinder on it and it took me less than 5-7 mins to widen the holes in the frame. I used this hitch for my 2021 Crosstrek Sport. I haven’t used it for anything yet but the hitch looks and feels very sturdy, and it fits one of my hitch racks perfectly. I’m very happy and would highly recommend.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

Great product and great video guide. Shipping was fast but the quality of shipping wasn’t great. The box came with several holes which scratched the hitch.

I’d recommend addition padding, especially on each corner



1 year later the hitch is doing great. Carries bike rack no problem

2024 Subaru Crosstrek

Pretty disappointed in the shipping/packaging. It came quickly, but arrived with a big enough hole that it was pretty much out of the box in several places. There’s scratches all over that are down to bare metal, so I’m pretty nervous about it rusting, I’ll have to seal them before I can put this on.

Etrailer Expert

Jenny N.


I can see the hitch arrived in bad shape. What I recommend is touching up the hitch with a rust resistant paint like Rustoleum. Customer Service will be in touch.

2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek

Great hitch! Sturdy and strong. The design of the hitch makes it mostly hidden and the matte finish matches my 2018 Crosstrek better than other hitches with a glossy finish. Great customer service and quick shipping as well!

Subaru XV Crosstrek

The finish feels and looks pretty solid. I will be installing it on my Crosstrek ASAP. I’m really only using it for transporting my bikes but I’m sure I’ll be buying a cargo rack as well. Definitely a good investment for a great price.



I ended up totaling my car and the hitch held up! Haha Before hand it had helped a ton and had no issues with it at all.

2019 Subaru XV Crosstrek

After doing a lot of research into and reading a number of reviews, I decided to give this hitch a try on my 2019 Subaru Crosstrek plugin hybrid. I am a backyard DIY guy and have a fair set of tools but even so I was initially concerned about the clearance space under the car and also if I had the right tools on hand. The YouTube installation video provided on this site was spot on and a big help. While I don't think I needed it, I purchased a tool to assist with the removal of the exhaust system rubber hangers. It did make it easier though. I had two drive on ramps for the car so that I could get and work under the vehicle more easily. Given all of that, with the assistance of my daughter, we installed this really quiet easily in around 2 hours. Note that everything was well packed in shipping, all parts were there, and basically it went together exactly as the video showed.

We have used this a number of times for our 2 bike carrying rack. It's solid for sure and after one year has held up just fine without any apparent ware. So, I'm a happy user at this point.



After a year, the hitch is still on our car and works a good as the first time we used it. I havent noticed any wear or changes to it. Its just solid. I would recommend this to anyone needing this for their Crosstrek

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

Installation took 20 minutes, even using a hand file to enlarge the holes on the frame. Couldn’t have been easier. Hitch arrived undamaged, everything went perfectly.


I said I would never work on exhaust systems or trailer hitches again--I'm 72yo and a bit creaky. But everybody wanted $500 to $600 to install a hitch on the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek. I installed it by myself which took a total of 6 hours. 2 hours actual working, 4 hours finding tools. I didn't jack the car up cause the jack stand pads I had didn't fit the 0.708 deep pinch welds. No way would the hitch wrestle in place with the car on the ground. So I took off the muffler. Made it much easier to hog out the frame holes for the blind bolts. I used a step drill which was easier than a die grinder IMHO. Lots of hot sharp chips in your face, so a face shield is better than just safety glasses. With the muffler out, it's easy to raise the hitch on a floor jack. Tip-- there is nothing to lift on at the balance point of the hitch. Just put a 2" square hitch ball mount backwards into the receiver (so it projects toward the front of the car) The hitch will balance somewhere along the ball mount and you can lift it easily. Not all that difficult even by yourself.

2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek

Installed it the same day it arrived. Followed the instructional video for the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek. Wasn't able to install it myself like one of the reviewers said he was able to do. Heavier than I thought. Had to get my son-in-law to help me lift it into place and bolt it up. But, we got it installed. And, it fit my 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Limited perfectly.



Update: After a year, my hitch is still functioning without a hitch. All good. Thanks

Etrailer Expert

Mike L.


@Chris HA! We see what you did there... Thanks!

2019 Subaru XV Crosstrek

I installed this trailer hitch on a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek. The install was pretty straightforward and not too complicated. It didn’t require removing any major components of the vehicle. Everything but the receiver is tucked up under the bumper and can’t be seen without climbing under and looking for it, so it looks great. This receiver is what I’d expect if it came from the factory on the car in quality and appearance.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

I installed my etrailer hitch on my 2021 Subaru Cross Trek and found it to be pretty smooth installation. I watched the install video a few times to really understand the steps. I ended up installing on my own and I would strongly recommend another set of hands. My install time was longer due to it just being me. The fish wires, rack and hardware are all incredibly rugged. Everything went together just as described. My only wish is that the bolts that are at the front with the spacer could be about a 1/2" longer. This would help with the clearance and being able to more easily thread the nut on. I'm not sure if the internal frame rails can accept a longer bolt to fish so that may be why the shorter bolts are used. I would absolutely buy this rack again for another vehicle. I will also buy with etrailer as often as I can. I just ordered a new Kurt rack to go with my new hitch.


Another great product etrailer. This is my third purchase from etrailer, and as always the product shipped quickly and was a direct fit. I order directly through one of the reps, Mike B who is fantastic.

Installation took me 1.5 hours in the driveway on ramps. 2023 Subaru Crosstrek.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek

Just installed this on a 2023 Crosstrek. Opened the mounting holes by making a small cut with a round file. Easy install with a second set of hands to hold the hitch while the nuts get screwed on.

William H.


Still a solid hitch and still attached to the car. No issues at all.

Etrailer Expert

Mike L.


@WilliamH Awesome, we're glad your # e98912 etrailer brand hitch is working well for you!


Installation was not fun, but not terribly difficult. I installed without ramps or jackstands and I really should have used them. Anyways the hitch has been working great and it is very low profile. I am only using it for a bike rack so it hasn't done anything heavy duty, but it's just as solid today as it was a year ago



I have used this hitch for a year just to attach a bike rack ny for towning. It was a pain to install myself, but I did it. Now after a year the hitch is just as solid as day 1. Its not super low profile or anything, but thats fine. Would definitely buy again.


Amazing and easy install!! Super quick! You don’t have to take your exhaust off either which is nice and different from a lot of other models. It took my friend and I only about 30 minutes! Make sure you have a place to jack your car! And it looks amazing!!

2023 Subaru Crosstrek

Quality product and straight forward installation. Watching the videos ahead of time was a big help.
As usual shipping was very fast. never disappointed with etrailer products and service!!

2023 Subaru XV Crosstrek

Was able to install without lowering exhaust, on 2023 crosstrek sport. Front bolts are almost too short because of a metal joint in the frame. Three bolts just dropped in and the last took over an hour of finessing. Story of my life. Looks good, cross member is hidden behind bumper.



Great, I installed myself. Easy


Packaging was badly damaged but the unit was in tact with just minimal scratches.
One entire leg of the hitch was sticking out.

At least this one was not bent like the last one I ordered from XPE

Etrailer Expert

Katrina D.


When it comes to scratches, you can use a rust-oleum type of paint to cover those scratches. This will help prevent any corrosion in the future. I do apologize for the inconvenience of this, and have sent your information over to customer service for them to see if there is any type of compensation that we can do for you. I have a link below for your reference.

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