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Do I Need to Remove the Exhaust on My 2011 Subaru Forrester to Install Curt Hitch # 13147

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Mechanic I took the hitch to for installation says the exhaust system must be removed to install hitch per the written instructions, and refuses to install the hitch. I understood the system just needed to be lowered with a strap to install the hitch. Which is correct?

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You may only need to lower the exhaust system on your 2011 Subaru Forester to install this Curt Hitch, part # 13147. The mechanic maybe did not realize that you only had to lower it temporarily, and he thought you had to remove the whole system.

Or maybe he did not realize that if you unhook the four rear exhaust hangers the exhaust will drop enough to allow you to install the hitch. The exhaust will have to be supported at this point to prevent any damage from being done to the exhaust.

I attached a link to the instructions below for you to check out.

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