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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2000 Subaru Outback Wagon - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2000 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2000 Subaru Outback Wagon, we'll be installing the Draw-Tite Hitch, part number 36284. Here's what the hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements in helping you choose some accessories such as a ball mount, bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is approximately 6 inches. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 14 inches. Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. Now we're going to need to go ahead and lower this carbon canister down here on the passenger side. To do this there are three nuts that will need to be removed to get the main body of the carbon canister out of the way.

Two at the rear of the vehicle and one in the center from the front of the canister. With this lowered out of the way, we'll need to remove two more bolts that hold the bracket to the frame of the vehicle. Now with the carbon canister lowered down out of the way, we'll need to go ahead and lower the rear most exhaust hanger so we can slide the exhaust over to give us a little extra room. To do this we'll use some spray lubricant and in this case, we went ahead and used a large pry bar or a large flat head screwdriver will work as well. Now with the rubber exhaust hanger removed, we'll go ahead and point out the locations that we'll be mounting our hitch. We'll be using both of the tow hooks, one on each side. The two farthest forward locations, the larger one that we'll use as the access hole and then a smaller one that'll have the carriage bolt and the spacer block pulled into it. Let's go ahead and remove the two rubber plugs.

Now for the two forward locations one on each side, we'll use a carriage bolt, a spacer block, a mechanical tooth washer and a hex nut. Here's what that would look like. The two front locations are exactly the same hardware. The two rear locations, however, are a little bit different. The hardware on the passenger side at the rear location utilizing the tow hook, will be a hex bolt, a spacer block, then it will go through the tow hook and then we will go through two spacer blocks doubled up and then finally through the hitch. Once the bolt is through that, then we will put a lock washer followed by a hex nut on that. For the driver's side, we'll be using another hex bolt, a spacer block, then we'll go through the tow hook.

Then we'll just put one space block this time on, through the hitch followed by a lock washer and a hex nut. Next we'll fishwire our hardware into position. First we'll take the fishwire and put it through our mounting location and out our access hole. Next we'll place our space block on and then thread on our bolt. Now we can pull our hardware into position. We'll repeat this for the other side. Now we're ready to go ahead and get an extra set of hands to help us raise the hitch up into place.

On the driver's side you need to make sure that the hitch goes to the outside of the tow hook. For the passenger side, you'll make sure that the hitch goes on the inside of the tow hook. Once you raise the hitch up into place, we'll go ahead and put the conical tooth washer and the hex nut on loosely on both of the front locations. With these two in place, we can go ahead and install the rear hardware, making sure that we use three spacer blocks on the passenger side and two spacer blocks on the driver's side. Now with all the hardware installed, we can go ahead and tighten things down and then torque them to the manufacturer's specification. With all the hardware torqued, we can go ahead and put the carbon canister back up into place. Now that this is back up, we can go ahead and put the rubber exhaust hanger back up that we removed earlier. With that, that will conclude our installation of the Draw-Tite Hitch, part number 36284, on our 2000 Subaru Outback Wagon. .

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Employee Zack K
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Zack K
Employee Shane T
Test Fit:
Shane T

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