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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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Is this right For you? Product Expert Kathleen M says:

Yes, if you:

  • Like that the matte finish blends in with your bumper and offers better protection from scratches and rust
  • Prefer that the cross tube hides nicely behind the bumper so it doesn't distract from the overall look of your Crosstrek

No, if you:

  • Would feel safer getting a hitch with the highest weight ratings available for your Crosstrek
  • Are new to DIY projects or have limited tools to enlarge the holes in the frame to get the hardware in place
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. Lowest 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
  • etrailer
  • 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. 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   (353 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

This is my 3rd hitch that I've purchased from etrailer..quality product and fast shipping..I needed one for my '21 subaru crosstrek to pull a small trailer and use a small cargo carrier for my bbq, propane tanks, gas cans, etc..things I don't want to haul in my vehicle..the instalation went smooth after watching the helpful video..the hitch is working out great!

2022 Subaru Crosstrek

This hitch was everything I was looking for!
My biggest concern was that most hitches make your vehicle look very ugly and this one tucks up nice and neat under the muffler and bumper only showing the attachment point. The videos they supplied made installation very easy!
I put the bike rack on it already so the picture I have is it with the bike rack.


Install was straight forward and took about 2 hours all in. The video was really helpful to follow along with. I didn’t fully drop the muffler, just removing the 2 driver side muffler mounts to make enough room for the drill to widen the frame holes. I used a 1 1/8” step drill bit to widen the frame holes and that was the perfect size to get the carriage bolts into the frame.
This DIY install (hitch + buying a new drill bit) saved me around $300 off a quote from a local shop.


Great hitch, arrived in great condition, and the final install looks great. It is a bit more complicated getting it installed than others I have done, but if you are the type looking to put on your own hitch, it probably can be done with tools on hand. It was helpful to have good resources available on etrailer to watch/refer to.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek

Good quality and nice finish appearance. I was able to install it by myself in about 90 min. A Dremel tool worked well to make a widening notch in the car frame to allow insertion of the bolts and plates. Several good YouTube videos are out there which are helpful. It looks great on my car.


Hitch fit perfectly on my 2021 Crosstrek. Highly recommend etrailer
Thank you!

2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek

Only 4 stars for now because it takes time to review durability on the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek. Otherwise initial impressions of the product is excellent. It arrived in a beat-up box but hardly any scratches to the hitch itself. The hitch + hardware is just shy of 30 lbs. People installing this themselves should get a step drill bit, ramps/jackstands, Torque wrench that goes to 110 ft-lbs, and paint. For the 2018 Crosstrek, I also had to get some washers for the forward bolt hole area since it was recessed a bit (unlike the rear bolt hole). This way the included spacers are more supported. Anyways, look at all the e-trailer videos and you'll have a great idea of what needs to be done. The only think I don't have is a 110 ft-lbs torque wrench (my only goes to 75) so I'll need to take care of that later.

Over a year since we installed this. No issues but we garage our car every day and only use the hitch for bike rack, not towing. We also dont go on dirt trails so the hitch is not exposed to extreme elements. That said, Ive had no issues, no rust, no loose bolts or anything. Very happy with this purchase. Will buy again for next vehicle.
Eddy - 05/28/2022


Fits like a glove easy install on my 2021 Crosstrek Sport

Great would buy again
Ricky - 03/31/2022


Awesome product as always and no issues to report. Very easy installation. Everything included in package needed. The only thing I needed for the job that made it super easy was a step drill bit to widen the holes for the bolts. Using the fish wire was genius.

Subaru XV Crosstrek

I am not usually one to post reviews for auto/car products, but I have had a great experience! It has been a year, and my dad (who is knowledgeable about cars) installed my trailer hitch receiver on my Subaru Crosstrek for me so that I could use a trailer-hitch bike rack. I have had no trouble at all, the hitch looks as good as it did last year and seems like it will continue to work just as I need it to.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek

This hitch is OK for the price, but it has a few issues. Positives are it looks sufficiently sturdy, and it wasn't too hard to install. The bolts are slightly larger (1/2" vs 7/16") than the similar Draw-Tite hitch, and the torque spec is might higher (110ft-lb vs 50ft-lb), so I'm not worried about it coming loose. This etrailer branded hitch is made by Curt (see fine print at the bottom of the instructions) and appears to be identical to the Curt hitch except for the matte paint and slightly lower price. I wonder if the Curt version would have better paint?

Mine arrived with some paint missing near where it bolts to the frame. You would never see it, but I don't want it to rust. I sprayed some black paint on it, but I shouldn't have to do that on a brand new product. It seems like the factory paint is extremely thin and I also noticed a few chips. I was tempted to spray the whole thing, but again I shouldn't have to do that. Luckily most of it is hidden under the bumper, and the inside of the receiver will rust no matter what once the paint wears off.

My 2019 Crosstrek has some structural adhesive on the frame rails in front of the front set of holes that interfered with the included spacer and with the hitch itself. I didn't want the hitch or spacer to be resting on adhesive, so I added a washer and ground the spacer to be a little smaller so there would be a metal on metal connection. It would be better if the included hardware came with a different spacer and maybe some washers. It would also help if the front of hitch had clearance for this adhesive. Maybe just a bit less metal in front of the front set of holes would so it.

The pieces that the carriage bolts fit into seem to be not quite wide enough for the front set of holes. They don't spin in the frame in the rear holes, but they do spin in the front holes. There was enough friction to tighten the bolts to spec, but once they inevitably rust a little it might be impossible to remove without cutting the nuts. I don't plan on removing the hitch of course, but I want to keep my options open in case it gets in the way of any future repairs.

Yes, when it comes to scratches on the hitch, it is best to use a Rustoluem type of paint to cover up those scratches. This will help prevent rust as time goes on. I have a link below for reference.
-- Etrailer Expert Katrina B - 03/30/2022

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Looks great. Easy to install. I use it for my bike rack.

One year later in still works and looks great!!
John P - 01/09/2022


1. etrailer should clearly list recommended tools for installing. Minimally: car ramps, creeper, impact wrench (with sockets and various extensions). Of course (eye and hand protection)!

2. For this install, you also need a drill and a properly sized step-bit to enlarge (2) of the mounting holes. It would have been useful useful to recommend the specific step-bit size needed. My largest step-bit is 1/2" and the bolt head is much larger than that! Grinding with the wrong tool was frustrating and time consuming. I would have purchased the correct bit if I knew before I got under the car! 1 hour instead of 2+!

3. Despite the video instructions, I did not need to lower the muffler to install.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

I just got finished installing a receiver hitch on my 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, which only took about a 1/2 hour, fit like a glove!! After watching the installation video the hardest part of the install was holding the hitch in place to get the nuts started, I chose not to take the muffler loose and still had room to get it in place. The hitch arrived when they said it would (would have been sooner if not for the weekend) and the free shipping was a big plus. Thanks for a well built and fitting product.


Exactly as described.
Tools about 45
minutes solo.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

The experience I have had working with etrailer has been nothing short of amazing. I placed my order after reading glowing reviews. I did not expect anythig special, but I was treated like I placed a huge order. Contacted immediately to let me know that my class III receiver would ship in a few days, and if I needed one immediately, that they had options. I was in no hury, but it was thoughtful that they reached out. Two days later I was notified the order shipped, and two days later it was at my house. Great people, great company, great service. I have not installed the hitch or wiring assembly, but at this point I am just so thrilled with the experience I wanted to share. I look forward to finding a reason to order again from them.

Looks and functions great
Clint - 01/28/2022


I have a subaru 2021 crosstrek and this hitch worked perfect. Took about 1.5 hours to install by myself. Watched the video once and that made it real easy. Had ramps to get the backend off the ground, removed the 4 hangers holding the exhaust with a rope securing it and was now able to drill the access holes. I used a step drill bit but this was the hardest part. The metal is very strong so it took a while to get he hole drilled. After that the installation went smoothly. Used a milk carton and wood wedges to hold the hitch in place while I put the nuts on and used locktight on the bolts.

2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek

I watched the etrailer installation video which answered any questions I might have. I have an air compressor and a carbide grinder so the slight frame hole enlargement was easy. I slid the hitch under the back and tilted it up, sliding the mounting extensions over the exhaust. I used a floor jack to lift the rear of the hitch under the receiver. The rest of the installation was just like the video. The fit, welds and finish are perfect. My vehicle is a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek

Great product and easy to install, fit perfectly. I recommend watching the etrailer install video first as it provided some insights not called out in the instruction sheet. I installed this on the ground and was a bit concerned at first from watching the video -the car was on a lift- but after watching then inspecting my own vehicle, it wasn't difficult to maneuver around.
I also didn't have help holding the hitch up while getting the nuts on so I used my floorjack as a lift and held it to the jack with zip ties... Sounds goofy but it worked very well.
very solid product, highly recommend.


Easy install with extra set of hands. Did not need to drop muffler to install and tucks behind bumper nicely.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

I don't think I could ask for a better engineering and executed product at a better price! I was particularly impressed with the the cables used to fish the carriage bolts, I can't imagine what a nightmare the job would have been without those.
Definitely watch the installation video all the way through before you buy and before you install. I didn't do that but was luck enough to have the step-bit & paint needed (also could have used a file).
We use the hitch for a heavy Kuat bike rack and 2 full-suspension e-bikes and it seems plenty strong.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

The hitch was for a 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport. When installing, I discovered the included spacers could not be used to have a sufficient number of threads with the bolt. I then had to carefully remove the assembly and line up the bolts while trying not to lose the parts in the frame, making the job much more difficult and time-consuming.

You mentioned that the spacers were not able to be used with the bolts and I had a few follow up questions that I wanted to ask. Was it the same with all the bolts? Were the spacers allowing the bolts to fit into the square holes?
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 03/24/2022
The spacers were only for the two bolt holes towards the front of the vehicle as shown in the video. The spacers only allowed the two bolts to pass halfway through the nuts. After carefully removing the spacer, the bolts were just long enough to go through the entire nut. I had no issues with the two bolts near the rear of the vehicle. All bolts fit into the square blocks fine, otherwise, I would not have been successful at tightening them down. Hope that helps.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 03/24/2022
I recommend viewing the video that we have on a 2021 Subaru Crosstrek at mark 8:56 forward to see how much bolt threads you will have.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 03/24/2022


etrailer rocks! I bought the e98912 for my 2019 Subaru Crosstrek.I tow a motorcycle and plan to add a bike rack. It's nice to have more than one vehicle with a hitch - this solves a big problem for me (pulling with an old pickup). The e98912 is very solid and better than I expected. I could have installed it, but instead I paid a trusted body shop a reasonable sum and two hours later I was pulling my trailer. The receiver is barely visible and with an added cover it looks awesome! I love!

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Great product and videos made installing the hitch and harness pretty simple. Looks great on my crosstrek


I have installed an eTrailer hitch on two cars now. easy install , very unique kit to facilitate installation. I was able to do it alone, although a second pair of hands would be helpful.

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