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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2020 Subaru Outback Wagon

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2020 Subaru Outback Wagon


Hey everybody, Ryan here at etrailer. Today on our 2020 Subaru Outback wagon. We're going to be taking a look at it, and showing you how to install the draw tight max frame trailer hitch receiver. So one of the things I really like about the hitch is the way it's going to look, once you have it installed on the back of your Subaru. Since the main portion of the hitch sits behind the bumper, it's going to be pretty much completely hidden. And only thing you're really going to be able to see is the receiver tube opening here.

And one of the things that they'll separate this one from some of the other hitches is that the receiver tube opening is going to come out past our bumper a little ways. And that's important for those folding accessories and a lot of Outback wagon owners love to use those folding type accessories.And since it comes out a little bit further, it's going to give us that extra clearance that we need to put them accessories in the upright position, without having to worry about them hitting the rear bumper. The hitch is also going to sit nice and tight up against the bottom of our Subaru, and that's going to help maximize our ground clearance. So if you do happen to use a cargo carrier or something like that, it comes out a little bit. Shouldn't have to worry about it, bottoming out when you're going up a steep hill or big bump or something like that.But with that being said, this is a class three hitch.

So it's going to have a two inch by two inch opening, super common size and tons of accessories available for the size. It's going to have a reinforced collar for extra strength, and it's going to use the standard five eighths pin and clip. The pin and clip does not come included, but if you need one, you can pick it up here at etrailer. There's also a smaller hole in front of our pin hole and that's there to be used with a J-Pin, and what that J-Pin does is eliminates any rattle or play here in the connection point.They have loop style safety chain openings, which are pretty thick and heavy duty. And give us enough room to use just about any size hook that we might have.

As far as he hitches weight capacities go, it's going to have a 525 pound maximum gross tongue weight rating. So that's going to be the amount of weight that's pushing down on the hitch. That's a pretty high number. So you should be able to use just about any size bike rack or cargo carrier that you would want to. As far as the maximum gross trailer weight rating goes, it's going to be 3,500 pounds, and that's going to be the amount of weight that's pulling on the hitch.

So it's the weight of your trailer plus anything that you might have on it. And we always like to recommend, it's never a bad idea to check with your Subaru's owner's manual to make sure your Outback wagon can pull that much weight.Now, I'm going to give you a couple of measurements, and you're going to use this to help figure out which hitch mounted accessories to get. From the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube opening. It's going to be about 16 inches. So chances are pretty good, if you do plan on doing a little bit of towing, you're probably going to need to get a ball mount a slight rise. From the center of the hitch pin hole, to the edge of our rear bumper. That's going to be about an inch and a half, and you're going to use that measurement to help figure out that if any folding accessories you might have, can be stored in that upright position without contacting the bumper. So at the end of the day, a hitch you really can't go wrong with, it's going to look good and perform for any situation that you might be in.Now as far as the installation goes, even though it sits behind the bumper, it's really not that bad, actually. It's pretty easy to get to. Shouldn't take you a whole lot of time. Believe it or not. In my past experience, these are almost easier to install than the ones that hang below, because you have so much more room to work once the fascia is out of the way.So to begin our installation, we're going to be here at the back of our Subaru, and we are going to need to remove our fascia because the hitch does sit behind the fascia here. So first thing we're going to do is open up our hatch and pull our tail lights out. So to get the tail lights out, we'll have to take this little cover off. We're going to have two little plastic Phillips head screws. With these you just use very light pressure, you don't really have to push down at all. They're kind of inaudible 00:04:25, head of it pop up. And you're able to grab that fastener and pull it completely out. Same thing for this one here.Now, if you'd grabbed the plastic trim piece from this side, kind of pull it towards you, pop that out. And to get our taillight out. We're going to have two fasteners. We can either use a 10 millimeter socket or a Phillips head bit. Pulls out. You can grab your light, kind of wiggle it and pull back towards you. And we're just going to disconnect it just so we can set it off to the side, out of the way, here's the connector here. You push down on the center, pull the two apart, it freeze it. So I'll set this to the side and just repeat the same process to get our other taillight removed.Now, if we move underneath the back of our Subaru, along the bottom edge of our fascia, we're going to have three push pin fasteners. We need to pull out. This one here, here, and over here. Way to get these out, you can take a Flathead screwdriver and kind of work underneath the head of it. Sometimes it can be a little tough to get out, just cause a lot of dirt likes to kind of build up in there. But once you have the head released, you should be able to pull the whole thing out. Repeat that process with the other one here. On the side of our car, again, on the bottom part of our fascia here. We're going to have two more of those same pushpin style fasteners. So we'll pull these out and simply just repeat this over on the other side of our car.Now, if you move over to our wheel well, you can see, if you kind of pull out on her fascia, it's still going to be connected up here at the very top by this plastic rivet. So we're going to pull that out and these are a little different, you can take a small Flathead or Phillips may even work too, but got to push down on the center of it. Once it kind of pushes down all the way, you're able to kind of get behind it and work it out. You can see this is freed up now. So we're just going to do the same thing over on the other side of the car. Now we're able to do is remove our fascia.I like to start at one corner and work my way in towards the center. It also can help to make a little more manageable. If you have a friend on the other side, kind of mirroring what you're doing over here. You can do it by yourself if need be. What you're going to do is grab the corner here where it meets that quarter panel and carefully just pull out on it. And it's releasing these little clips here.Just keep working all the way over to about where the taillight pocket is here. And I'm going to go over on the other side and do the same thing. That way I can just go in the center, pull out and release our fascia. So once you have it freed, you careful not to pull it too far back because you may have some electrical connectors in here, in our case we do not. But that's just something to keep in mind. Now that I have this off, let's set it off to the side.The fascia out of the way, we can actually remove our bumper beam itself and our case over here on the driver's side, we have a sensor here that we're just going to remove from the bumper beam. Yours may or may not have it. It does just take a trim tool or a Flathead screwdriver, pry up on it. You can just kind of let it hang off to the side for now. So there's going to be three 14 millimeter fasteners that hold each side of your bumper beam on. One here, one here at the bottom, and one that's the same just over here in this top corner. So I'm going to grab a 14 millimeter socket and an extension get it through the bumper beam there and we'll get those removed.Now on the other side of the bumper beams set up the same way. So I'm just going to do that over there as well. With all of the hardware removed. Now you can grab the beam, work it off and set it to the side. Now what I went ahead and did was grab our hitch and on each mounting surface, I reign a bead of silicone around it. Now this silicone does not come included with the hitch. So now we can grab our hitch, push it up against the body of our vehicle. And then what we're going to do is grab our bumper beam and slide that as well. Now to kind of help hold everything up, I'm going to take the factory nut and just put it on the stud here on each side.That way everything kind of support itself while we're working on the rest of the bolts. Now for the remaining hardware, we're going to replace the original ones that we pulled out with the new included bolts. So what we're going to do is take the bolt conical toothed washer. I want to make sure that the teeth on the washer are going to face this way towards our hitch. And so I'm just going to get the remaining ones, started hand tight. With all of our hardware now in place and hand tight, you can go ahead and snug it down.Now we can grab our torque wrench and tighten all the hardware down to the amount specified in our instructions. And if we ended up removing the sensor, what you can do now is simply just push it back into position. Now what we can do is move over here to our fascia. And we're going to have to trim out a small opening to give us clearance for our hitch. So there is a diagram and instructions, and I just drew that out right here. This is pretty thin plastic. So I'm just going to use a pair of tin snips to cut it. We can also use a utility knife, Dremel tool or anything like that. Now that we cut out our opening here in our fascia, we can reinstall it the opposite way that we removed it. And that'll finish up our look at and our installation of the draw tight max frame trailer hitch receiver on our 2020 Subaru Outback wagon.


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