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Does Trimming Heat Shield for Hitch Install on 2017 Subaru Forester Void the Warranty


Hi, Does trimming the heat shield for the installation of a trailer hitch on a 2017 Subaru Forester void the warranty in any way?


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Consumers of aftermarket products are protected by the Federal Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act. The Act states that if something breaks on your vehicle and you take it in for warranty repair, the dealer must honor your warranty unless whatever modifications you have added to your vehicle actually caused the probĀ­lem in question.

If you plan on doing some towing with hitch # 75876 I recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag.

If the ball mount kit does not have the right rise or drop to tow the trailer level, use the link I have included that explains how to measure to choose a ball mount to tow the trailer level.

And for trailer wiring you can use # 118467 to add a 4-Way flat connector to the rear of the vehicle. I have linked videos showing example installations of the hitch and wiring for you.

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