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Compatibility of 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek with Kuat Sherpa Bike Rack and Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch  


Hi, I have a 2015 crosstrek and need a trailer hitch to put my kuat sherpa rack on. Id prefer to use the draw-tite as it looks to be the cleanest and most minimal. How can I ensure that I will be able to open the hatch with my mountain bike wide flat bars, not like the one if your video for the crosstrek/kuat rack? Thanks


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The Draw-Tite Class I Sport Frame Receiver Hitch # DT24959 is a great choice for your 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek. This hitch will in fact sit further behind the rear bumper and has a smaller, 1-1/4 inch hitch receiver, both which help make the # DT24959 less conspicuous. When we installed this hitch on a 2017 Crosstrek, we found the center of the hitch pin hole to sit 2-1/2 inches under the rearmost point of the vehicle bumper. I have attached an installation video of this hitch for you. This hitch will work well for you if your Kuat Sherpa 2.0 is designed to fit in a 1-1/4 inch hitch receiver, like the # SH12B. The closest part of the Sherpa 2.0 # SH12B when it is folded down will sit 13 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole.

If your Kuat Sherpa 2.0 # SH22B, is designed to fit a 2 inch hitch receiver, then the Curt Class III Receiver Hitch # C13135 is the hitch you will want for your 2015 Crosstrek in order to carry your bike rack. In order to comply with the warranty for this hitch, you will want to use a support strap # 18050 with all non trailer loads, like your Sherpa bike rack. We found this hitch's hitch pin hole to sit 2 inches under the vehicle bumper. Though this receiver would be a bit more noticeable on your vehicle, it will give you an additional 3/4 inch of clearance between your bike loaded on the rack and your vehicle. An installation video of this hitch is also linked for you.

The closest part of the Sherpa 2.0 for 2 inch hitches # SH22B will also sit 13 inches away from the center of the hitch pin hole. With the clearance these racks provide, I do not have any concerns about the handlebars of your mountain bike causing a problem when opening the rear hatch.

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