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Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver For 2018 Subaru Forester Compatible with Thule T2 Rack

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I have a 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium. I am looking for a hitch that will work with the Thule T2 Classic 2 - 2inch bike rack. I noticed it needs to have a bumper clearance distance of 4.5inch or less. Can you please recommend the best option for this rack?

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For your 2018 Subaru Forester, I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # C13144 which will give you a measurement of 4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the bumper. This will allow the Thule T2 Pro XTR # TH83JV to fit and give you 1/2 inch of clearance to the closest part of the rack when folded up to the vehicle.

If you want slightly more clearance, you can use the EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7216 which will give you an additional 1/2 inch of clearance for your bike rack but at an additional cost for the hidden crossbar.

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