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Recommended Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack for 2016 Subaru Forester XT

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Hello! I need a hitch for my 2016 Subaru Forester XT. It needs a 2inch receiver. This will only be used for a hitch mounted bicycle rack. Ill need one of those as well for 3 to 4 bikes.

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For your 2016 Subaru Forester XT I highly recommend the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch # CU64FR because of its concealed design that allows only the 2 inch receiver to be visible behind the vehicle and the fact that it's made right here in the USA. This custom hitch will use existing holes in the Forester's frame for a no-drill installation and it features a tongue weight capacity of 525 pounds, more than enough to support a bike rack and 3 or 4 loaded bikes.

I have attached an image of the hitch installed on the Forester along with the written installation instructions that you can look through.

Then for a bike rack I really like the Thule Camber 4 Bike Rack # TH9056 which can handle 4 bikes that are up to 37-1/2 pounds each. It features anti-sway cradles and ratcheting straps to provide easy and secure loading and the 7 inch spacing between the cradles (much more than most other models) prevents bike-to-bike contact . The arms on the carrier can be folded down when it's not in use and the entire rack can tilt away from the vehicle for easy rear cargo access on your Forester.

I do recommend adding the Hitch Lock # THSTL2 and Cable Lock # TH538XT to help deter theft and secure your investments.

I have attached a video demonstration on the Thule Camber that you can also check out.

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