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Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

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How to Install the Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

Speaker 1: Today on this 2018 Subaru Crosstrek we'll be having a look at and showing how to install the CURT Class 3 trailer hitch receiver, part number C13382. Here's what our hitch looks like installed. One thing that you'll notice about this hitch is that the main frame of the hitch is mostly hidden behind our rear fascia. The only part you really see hanging down is our actual receiver itself.On the side of our receiver you'll find our industry-standard 5/8" diameter hitch pin hole to secure any of our hitch-mounted accessories. You can pick up a pin and clip on our website as part number PC3. Welded onto the bottom of our receiver you'll find our safety chain loops.

They're a rolled steel design. They have a fairly decent size opening for you to attach your safety chains from your trailer onto. On the back of our receiver you'll find this collar that's welded on to help improve the strength of the receiver opening and to give us a nice finished look.This hitch features a 525 pound max tongue weight rating, which is the amount forcing down, and a 3,500 pound max gross trailer weight rating, which is the amount it can hold. You want to make sure that you consult with the owner's manual of your Crosstrek and not exceed what the vehicle is rated for. Go by whichever number is lower.Now for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch-mounted accessory you may need, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or a cargo carrier.

You're looking at about 15" from the ground to the top of the 2" receiver opening and about 2" from the center of the hitch pin hole to the rearmost part of the back bumper. Now that we've gone over some features, we'll show you how to get it installed.To begin our install we need to have a look at our vehicle's frame rail. On both sides we will find some rubber plugs that we need to remove. We find three rubber plugs on our frame rails. We're looking at the driver side.

We only need to remove the front one and the back one. It's the same on the passenger side. We'll use a flat head screwdriver and pry out the plugs.Now our front access hole here, we need to enlarge it slightly for our hardware to pass through. You can use a file or a grinder. I'm going to use a rotary tool in order to enlarge it.

With our hole enlarged, our spacer block will now slide through, as well as our bolts. We'll do the same for both sides on the forward hole.Now we'll take our pull wire, insert it into the back hole. It will come out the front hole. We'll take our black, place it on the wire, insert inside our frame rail, thread our carriage bolt onto the wire, push it inside the frame rail, pull it through our hole. Now we'll take a second pull wire, place our block on, thread on our carriage bolt, insert our bolt inside the frame rail, followed by our block. Then we'll pull our bolt through. We'll make sure we leave our pull wires attached. Now we have our hardware in place, we'll take some spray paint and cover up where we notched out to help prevent any rust. Now keep in mind, anything we do on one side we'll repeat on the other side.We're looking at the top of our hitch right now. This is the front; this is the back. We need to have a block on the top on the front hole that will go between the body of the vehicle and the hitch. This will ensure that it's level. Now in order to make it easier for us to get the hitch in position with the block there, we are going to tape these blocks to our hitch. We'll have one on each side of the hitch.Now with an extra set of hands we'll raise our hitch into position, feeding our pull wires through the holes in the top of the hitch. Make sure we place them in the right holes. We'll raise it up over our exhaust. With it in place, we'll remove our pull wire and we'll thread on one of our hex flange nuts. Now we use a 3/4" socket and tighten down our hardware. Now we'll torque our hardware to the amount specified in the instructions. That completes our look at and installation of the CURT Class 3 trailer hitch receiver, part number C13382, on this 2018 Subaru Crosstrek.

Wayne T.


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