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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Subaru Outback Wagon - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2005 Subaru Outback Wagon


Today on our 2005 Subaru Outback Wagon, well be installing the Draw-Tite Hitch, part number 75560. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next well go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 6. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 12. This will assist you in selecting accessories such as a drawbar, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier.

Now lets go ahead with the installation. First before we can install the hitch, well need to lower the exhaust. Before we lower the exhaust, well put a safety strap underneath so we can control how far and fast the exhaust will fall. So to lower the exhaust, well need to remove a minimum of four hangers, two for each muffler. I recommend to go ahead and remove a fifth hanger just forward of the rear axle.

Now this will allow us to go ahead and lower the exhaust far enough to easily get the hitch in place. As you can see, we can now gain access to the frame rail. We can go ahead and point out the attachment points. Our forward attachment points will be removing the rubber plugs here and the rear attachment point well be removing the hanger bolt here. This will both then be attachment points into the weld nuts into the frame built in by the manufacturer.

Well have two for each frame rail for a total of four frame rail attachment points. The fifth attachment point will be the tow hook here the center of the rear of the vehicle. Now lets go ahead and remove the bolts and plugs from the frame rail. After we remove the plugs, well go ahead and use some spray lubricant and a nylon tube brush, part number 814092 to thoroughly clean the threads out to make sure our hardware will go in nice and easily. A quick tech tip, I recommend to take one of the new fasteners and go ahead and thread it in by hand to make sure it would go nice and easily.

Well be using the new 10mm bolts and three ACE conical tooth washers in the frame, carriage bolt and block, conical tooth washer and nut at the tow hook. Well go ahead and put our carriage bolt and block through the tow hook first and then raise the hitch into position. Its a good idea to get an extra set of hands and help you hold the hitch while you install your fasteners. Well install the rear frame rail fasteners first, leaving enough room to slide our spacer block between the hitch and the frame. Because of the offset of the frame bracket where were attaching in the front, well need to add spacer blocks to the rear attachment points. Now with our spacer blocks sandwiched between the hitch and the frame, well go ahead and repeat the same process on the opposite side. Now with all our fasteners in place, we can go ahead and tighten them down. Next well go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. And with that completed, were ready to go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. And that will complete the install of our Draw-Tite Hitch, part number 75560 on our 2005 Subaru Outback Wagon.


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