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Does Heat Shield Need to Be Replaced after Removing Trailer Hitch from 2015 Subaru Legacy

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If I want to remove my trailer hitch, insufficient ground clearance, is it necessary or recommended to replace the heat shields that were cut to accommodate the hitch? Thanks!

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If you remove the hitch, it is recommended that the altered exhaust heat shields be replaced.

Just as a quick FYI, we offer the EcoHitch # 306-X7271 for your 2015 Subaru Legacy. The receiver opening sits at about the same height for the same ground clearance, but the rest of the hitch crosstube is recessed behind the back bumper. I've linked to a photo showing what the hitch looks like once installed.

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