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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon well be installing the Draw Tite Hitch, part number 75673. Heres what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next well go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist your selecting accessories for your new hitch such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4-1/2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 16 inches. Now well go ahead with the installation. Now to begin our install well first need to lower the exhaust. To safely lower the exhaust well put a safety strap underneath it first to help control the weight of the exhaust once we remove the exhaust hangers.

Now with our safety strap in place well go ahead and use some spray lubricant on the three hangers well be removing. Now we can use a pry bar or pliers to remove each of the rubber isolators from the metal hanger. Now we can use the safety strap to safely lower the weight of the exhaust. With the exhaust down and out of the way Im going to go ahead and remove the rubber isolator just to get it out of the way so that when we remove the heal shield its not in the way. Next well remove the four fasteners that secure our heat shield. Once we remove the fasteners well go ahead and pull the heat shield down and set it aside for now. Next well go ahead and point out the attachment points.

These attachment points have rubber plugs that in the frame well need to remove. There are two attachment points on each side. Keep in mind each process we do on one side well then repeat identically on the opposite side. Now that we have our attachment points exposed measuring from the hole just behind the front attachment point back approximately two inches well need to use a hole saw bit to cut an access hole so that we can get our hardware into the frame. Were cutting a 1-1/8 inch hole in the frame for our access hole. First Ill go ahead and mark where well be drilling the access hole. Itll be approximately center in the frame and two inches back behind the small hole behind the forward attachment point. Then Im going to go ahead and drill a pilot hole.

This will make it easier to drill out the hole saw access point. Now with the access hole drilled out well need to install the rear attachment point hardware first. To do that well use the carriage bolt and short block provided with our install kit. To get our hardware in place well use a pull wire or bolt leader supplied with the install kit. Well take it feed it through the attachment point and then out the access hole. Once we have our bolt leader in place well slide on our block and thread on the carriage bolt. Well feed the block into the frame first followed by our carriage bolt and then pull them into position over our attachment point.

Now we can leave our bolt leader attached as it will assist with getting our hitch up into position without pushing our hardware back up into the frame. Well go ahead and repeat the same process for our forward attachment point where well use the carriage bolt and the long block for our attachment point hardware. Take the bolt leader go through the attachment point and out the access hole. Slide on our block and thread on the carriage bolt. Feed the block into the frame first followed by the carriage bolt and then pull them into position creating our attachment point. Once again well leave our bolt leader attached. Now with our passenger side done well go ahead and repeat the same process on the drivers side. Now with all our hardware in place were ready to install the hitch. Its a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install the fasteners. Keep in mind that our forward attachment point will get a flat washer sandwiched between the hitch and the frame. Well put our flat washer onto the forward pull wire first. Then we can feed the pull wire through the attachment point. Once we have the hitch up well go ahead and remove the pull wire install the conical tooth washer and nut with the teeth of the washer facing the hitch. Once we have our fasteners installed on one side well repeat the same process on the other side. Now with all our fasteners installed we can go ahead and tighten them down. Once theyre tightened down we can then torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Once we have our hitch tightened and torqued to specifications well need to go ahead and cut out the heat shield where its going to make contact with the hitch so we can reinstall it. Using a paint marker well mark out the sections of the heat shield that will need to be trimmed. Now to make your cut out you can use a cut off wheel or a pair of tin snips. Once weve got the cut out made we can go ahead and reinstall the heat shield reusing the manufacturers hardware. When reinstalling your heat shield make sure you get above your exhaust hanger. Now we have our heat shield reinstalled go ahead and put our exhaust hanger back in position. Now to reinstall the exhaust to make it a little easier were going to go ahead and remove the rear rubber isolator from the metal hanger on the frame. Once we remove the rubber isolator from the metal hanger well go ahead and put it on the metal hanger on the muffler then put our exhaust back up into position and reinstall the rubber isolator back on the metal hanger to the frame. Once we have that in place, well then reinstall the middle and forward rubber isolators. Now with our hitch tightened down and torqued to specifications and our heat shield and exhaust back in place that will complete our install of the Draw Tite Hitch, part number 75673 on our 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon. .

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