Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2016 Subaru Forester

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Hi - I have a 2016 Forester and need to buy an aftermarket hitch as well as a bike carrier. I like the Thule TH934XTR that you show. Will the Draw-Tite hitch # 36523 that you recommend for the 2014 also be a good choice for the 2016? Can you recommend another, if not? Thanks! I am going to wait to order anything until I have an idea of what would be the best fit.

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Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 36523 does fit your 2016 Subaru Forester and it is a great option for carrying bikes. I have linked a video showing an example installation for you.

In that video you will notice that we measured 7 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole back to clear the rear bumper. The Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR, nice choice by the way, will extend out far enough to easily clear the bumper. It measures 13-1/2 inches from the center of its hitch pin hole to the back of the upright mast. I have linked a video showing this rack on a Forester for you.

If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical men's bike would) then I recommend using bike adapter bar # 64005. This will allow you to carry those bikes more level and will provide better ground clearance. I have linked a video showing how the adapter works.

Another hitch that you might like that is also compatible with the bike rack is Draw-Tite hitch # 76182. The installation is more involved but once installed only the receiver will be visible. If you are interested I have linked a video showing an example installation of this hitch as well. The pin hole to bumper measurement for this hitch is 3 inches.

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