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Are There Dangers to Permanently Removing Heat Shield When Installing Hitch on 2015 Subaru Forester  


Your trailer hitches for the Subaru Forester all say the heat shield must be permanently removed. I presume this shield was put there for a purpose. What are the dangers or down sides to removing the shield.


Expert Reply:

I spoke with my contact at Curt and he said that the hitch will mount in the same location where the shield was previously located. Once the hitch is installed, a heavier piece of metal on the hitch will act as the heat shield.

I personally recommend the Curt Class III Hitch, # C13144, for your 2015 Subaru Forester. A 2 inch hitch gives you the added benefit of having more options when it comes to hitch mounted accessories.

Curt does require the use of Support Straps, # 18050, for all non-trailer loads including bike racks, cargo carriers and so forth. Failure to properly support these loads will void your hitch warranty from Curt.

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