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Install for Curt # C13144 and Draw-Tite # 75876 Class III Hitches on 2015 Subaru Forester

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i see in the video that the hidden hitch does not require drilling the acces hole wider but the curt one does. Can you explain this?thank you

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The installation instructions for both hitches state that the access hole might need to be enlarged. The reason for this is that the size of the block washers that fit up into the vehicle frame member can vary a bit, as can the diameter of the access hole in the vehicle frame member. If the block washer won't fit up through the access hole, the hole will need to be slightly enlarged. You can use a rotary tool or die grinder as shown in the hitch install instructions or even a cold chisel. Place the chisel against the side of the access hole, and give the chisel a rap or two with a hammer, which should enlarge the hole slightly but would otherwise not harm anything.

The best hitch for you will depend on what you're planning on using it for. If you'll be towing exclusively, the Curt # C13144 would work fine. Curt stipulates in their warranty requirements that a stabilizing strap like part # 18050 needs to be used for all non-trailer loads such as bike racks or cargo carriers. Since some vehicles that have the spoiler or small wing on the top of the hatch don't have a good place to fasten the strap, if there's the slightest chance you'll be using the hitch for receiver mounted accessories like a bike rack or cargo carrying tray, go with the Draw-Tite # 75876 which doesn't require using the strap.

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