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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Subaru Impreza - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Subaru Impreza

Today on our 2015 Subaru Impreza hatchback, we'll be installing the Draw-Tite Class 1 sport frame trailer hitch receiver, part number 24886. Here's what our hitch looks like installed. As you can see, it's nice and tucked up underneath our bumper cover here. We don't have anything sticking out so you don't have to worry about running into it when you're loading the hatch to your vehicle. This hitch has a 200 pound max tongue weight rating and a 2,000 pound max gross trailer weight rating. We have these nice, easy to use safety chain loops here.

We have our standard half inch diameter hitch pin hole here. It's very easy installation. No permanent modification really required to the vehicle besides the enlargement of two small holes. Now to give you a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch mounted accessory you may need, specifically bike rack or cargo carrier, you're looking at about 10 inches from the ground to the top of the class 1 inch and a quarter opening, and about 4 inches from the center of the half inch diameter hitch pin hole to the rear most point on our back bumper. Here's what our hitch comes with. We have all of our hardware here.

We have 4 little spacer plates that are carriage bolts will drop down inside, hold them in place. We'll fish wire these into the frame rail using these included fish wires. Then we'll secure our hitch with these conical toothed washers with the teeth facing towards the hitch and these 4 nuts. We also have 2 spacer plates here that'll go between the body of our hitch and the frame of our vehicle to help level out the hitch so it tows a trailer straight down the road. Now that we've gone over what's included with our hitch, we'll show you how to install it. We'll begin our installation while removing this rear plug here and this floor plug.

There's three plugs on either side of the frame rail, so we'll leave the middle one in tact on both sides. Pop that out. Pop that one out. Do the same on the other side. Now this ford hole here on either side, we need to enlarge it slightly.

We'll just use a rotary tool with a grinding bit. Check and see if our spacer plates will slide through. They do easily. Same with our carriage bolt. We'll do the same on either side. Now we'll take one of our fish wires here, feed it through the back hole on our frame and out through the ford hole. Take one of our spacer plates here, feed it on the pull wire and push it inside the frame. Then we'll thread our carriage bolt onto the pull wire and pull it on through. There's our pull wire. Now we'll thread on the carriage bolts to the pull wire. I'm going to be doing what's called a reverse pull wire technique. Put our spacer plate on the wire like so, push the bolt up onto the frame followed by the spacer plate and pull the bolt on down through and remove the pull wire. Now we'll repeat the exact same process on the other side. Here's a little helpful hint for you, the spacer plate that goes between the frame of our vehicle and our hitch, we'll put a piece of tape on it here and we'll tape it into place so we don't have to worry about finding it when we're raising the hitch in position. It goes towards the front bolt and we'll just tape it into place like so and we'll do the same on the other side. Now with the help of an assistant, we'll raise our hitch in position. We'll make sure our conical toothed washers, the teeth go towards the hitch. Now we'll take a three quarter inch socket and we'll tighten up all of our bolts. You may find it handy to have a swivel head, especially for these back ones because as you can see, you don't exactly have a straight shot to it. Now we'll torque all of our bolts down to the amounts down in the instructions. Once you have the difficult one torqued, you can get rid of your universal joint or swivel head or whatever you want to call it and go back to a standard straight socket. That completes our installation of the Draw-Tite Class 1 sport frame trailer hitch receiver, part number 24886, on our 2015 Subaru Impreza hatchback.