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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Subaru Impreza - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2009 Subaru Impreza


Today's 2009 Subaru Impreza, we're going to install part number C11315 from CURT. This is what the hitch looks like once installed on the car. Next, we'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a bicycle rack or cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground, will be around 11 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper, will be about 2 inches. Now, we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. First thing we need to do is go ahead and lower the exhaust.

To help us do that, we'll go ahead and install a strap underneath the vehicle to help hold the exhaust when we lower it down. Next, we'll spray down the rubber hangers with some lubricant. We'll spray them down and then go ahead and pry off the hangers. There'll be 2 for each muffler. Then, up by the back axle, remove another hanger to give us a little bit more working room.

Let's go ahead and lower it down onto our strap. Now, there'll be 4 plugs in the frame rails we'll have to remove. There'll be 2 on each side. We'll go ahead and show you how the hardware interacts with the hitch. On the holes closest to the bumper, we'll install the 7/16 carriage bolt with the 2 and 1/2 inch square hole spacer. Underneath, we'll get the 7/16 lock nut.

Now, on the hole going towards the front of the car we'll get the 3 inch long spacer block and a 1/2 inch carriage bolt. Underneath, we'll get the 1/2 inch flange nut. Optional will be a spacer block, used as needed, to level out the hitch. Now, we'll go ahead and install 7/16 hardware closest to the bumper. We'll take our fish wire, which comes with the kit, and we'll go ahead and push it through the hole we're going to use. We'll go ahead and push it out our access hole, going towards the front of the car.

Then we'll take our block, we'll thread it on, then push it into the frame. Then we'll take our carriage bolt, thread it on, and push it in head first, and into the frame. Then, we'll gently pull through and out the bottom. We'll do this on both sides of the car. Now, we need to install our 1/2 inch hardware. We'll go ahead and do a test fit and you can see how it won't fit. We'll have to make some room for it. In this case, we're going to use a 3/8 inch drill bit and drill a hole right next to it. We want it to overlap just a little bit. With the hole enlarged, we'll go ahead and install our hardware, a little bit differently this time. We'll go ahead and thread our bolt leader through our block and then, we'll thread it onto our bolt before we install the frame. Then, we'll push the bolt in, and then the block, then pull it back through the same hole. We'll do this on both sides of the car, as well. Now, at this point, we can go ahead and lift the hitch up into position. You'll definitely want an extra set of hands to help hold it up. Then, we'll go ahead and install our flange nut for our 7/16 bolt. Then, we'll install our 1/2 inch flange nut for the 4 fasteners. We'll do this on both sides of the car, as well. After our hardware's loosely installed, we'll go ahead and stud 00:03:02 down the bolts and then torque the bolts as specified in the instructions. Then we'll go ahead and push the exhaust back up into the hangers. We'll spray them down once again to make them a little bit easier to put on. Then, we'll work them on, one at a time. OK and with that, that'll finish it for our install, part number C11315 from CURT on our 2009 Subaru Impreza. .


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