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Will Swagman Trailhead Hitch-Mount 2-Bike Carrier # S63360 Fit 2014 Subaru Impreza Hatchback

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I am looking for a bike rack for my 2014 Subaru Impreza Wagon that does not carry the bikes on the top of the car. On your website, I saw the Swagman Trailhead 2 Bike Carrier for 1-1/4inch and 2inch Hitches - Tilting, and was wondering if this, or another bike carrier in this category, would fit my car. Thank you for your assistance.

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The particular hitch receiver fits for your 2014 Subaru Impreza Hatchback (wagon) vary depending on the configuration of the exhaust. However, all of the hitches we offer are the 1-1/4-inch size and all are rated as Class I hitches. This means they are light-duty hitches that can carry up to 2 bikes, but no more than two.

If you have the WRX or WRX-STi (with a quad tip exhaust) you can install hitch # C11120 from Curt. If your hatchback has a single exhaust you have a choice of three hitches, all rated equally, that can be seen using the provided link.

With a Class I hitch on your Impreza you need to select a compatible Class I bike carrier. The Swagman Trailhead 2 Bike Carrier # S63360 that you referenced is fully compatible with a Class I hitch. The linked video illustrates this unit. I suggest you use a stabilizing strap # 18050 to support the rack.

The only thing you will want to check is the clearance distance on your hitch from the hitch pin hole to the rear-most part of the Impreza. This will tell you how much clearance you need from a hitch-mount rack. The Trailhead 2 offers a substantial 11-inches of clearance from the hitch pin hole to the upright bar, which should be plenty for most applications.

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