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Recommended Trailer Hitch w/ 2 Inch Receiver For Carrying Bike Rack on 2009 Subaru Forester

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Hi i would like to get a 2inch hitch to hook up my bike rack. I drive a subaru 2.5 XT 2009, Is this the right hitch to get, or would you recommend something else? Does this require a lot of drilling Curt Class III Round Tube Receiver Hitch - 2009 Subaru Forester thanks

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The Curt Class III hitch you referenced, part # 13147 is indeed a fit for your 2009 Subaru Forester. However, I'd recommend the Hidden Hitch model, part # 87493. I make this recommendation because the warranty requirements of the Curt hitch state that a stabilizing strap like part # 18050 must be used on all non-trailer loads in order to preserve your warranty coverage. The strap isn't compatible will all vehicles, so I'll typically recommend the Hidden Hitch or the Draw-Tite brand which do NOT require a strap. The Hidden Hitch model is a bit less expensive, but is the identical hitch manufactured by the same company, Cequent Performance Products.

The drilling involved is just used to slightly enlarge the two of the existing hitch attachment holes on the underside of the vehicle. A rotary or Dremel tool could be used as well. You can see the details of the hole enlargement by clicking on the link to the installation video I've provided.




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