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Where Do the 8 Flat Washers Install for the EcoHitch # 306-X7211 on a 2014 Subaru Impreza Wagon

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Mike, I am installing this Ecohitch 2inch hitch on my 2014 Subaru Impreza wagon and I just noticed that there are 8 of the large stainless steel washers. I know I would put the bolts on in this order from top to bottom- 1/2inch bolt, internal tooth star washer, 1x2 plate washer, HITCH, Large s/s washer, lock washer and nut. Where do the other 4 large s/s washers go? I have only seen 1 video where the person put 2 of the large washers on the bottom before the lock washer and nut?

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Once the hitch is in position over the bolts hanging down from the frame you will need 2 of the flat washers per bolt instead of just 1. That is what is indicated in the instructions for the hitch:

"Step 8. With all hardware properly fished into position, raise hitch onto hanging hardware. Be
careful not to push bolt hardware back into frame rails. Secure bolts with two 1/2” flat washers, one
1/2” lock washer, and one 1/2” nut. Once hitch is secured and centered on vehicle, torque all
hardware to 75 ft-lbs."

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