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Trailer Hitch With Best Ground Clearance for 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness

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I am getting a 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness, their new model with additional lift, etc. Ive installed your Curt C67JR on a 2021 Outback and it is a straight forward installation, I use it to pull a Taxa Cricket Popup, about 2,250lbs. I got my hitch and wiring from you. My questions- Will that hitch work with this new sub-model? How much will it effect the departure angle? Are there better hitches that wouldnt hurt the departure angle. Towing that kind of weight should I get new rear springs? Any other recommendations for me?

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According to Curt, the # C67JR Class III hitch is compatible with all models of the 2022 Subaru Outback, including your Wilderness model.

I don't have specifics about the departure angle, but as you can see in the photo I provided and the linked installation video, when we installed the # C67JR on a 2021 Outback, the receiver tube butted right up against the underside of the bumper fascia. If you measure down 3 inches from the underside of your bumper fascia, that will be the lowest point of the hitch. This hitch and the Draw-Tite # DT94MR would sit in the same spot as the Curt, but because the Draw-Tite is a bit easier to install, that's the hitch I'd recommend for you.

The other available hitches would sit a bit lower and would have more affect on ground clearance and departure angle.

With a 3500 lb towing capacity, you should be good to go without a transmission cooler. Your vehicle has a CVT transmission which lacks the lines from the transmission to the radiator that a cooler would tap into.

Chances are that the 250-300 lb tongue weight of your pop-up won't cause much in the way of sag in the vehicle's rear suspension, but if it does you can use the Coil Sumo Springs, part # CSS-1125R. The Coil SumoSprings install between the coils of your rear springs which will prevent most of the sag caused by a trailer's tongue weight. The springs are pliable, so they'll provide support but will have some 'give' so your ride quality won't go out the window.

You'll also need a trailer wiring harness like the Curt # C56040, a ball mount like # 2923 and a trailer ball like part # 19261 for a 1-7/8 inch or # 63845 for a 2 inch ball.

I've linked to some installation videos that you might find helpful.

Installed View of Curt CU89FR Class III Hitch
Installed View of Curt CU89FR Class III Hitch
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