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Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Subaru Impreza - Draw-Tite

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Subaru Impreza

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Subaru Impreza we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite class three custom fit trailer hitch receiver, part number 76209. My overall impression of this hitch is that it is gonna be great for a lot of different things. It does sit a little bit lower than some, it's a class three hitch which means it's gonna give us that two inch by two inch receiver tube opening which is gonna open up our options for accessories if we want to tow something or possibly carry up to several different bikes or a cargo carrier.The way we're gonna mount our accessories is gonna be the hole towards the front of our vehicle which is gonna be the hitch pin hole and that's gonna accept a standard five-eighths pin and clip. Now these aren't included in our kit but you can pick them up on our website using part number PC3. The secondary hole towards the back of the receiver tube is gonna be use exclusively for the J-pin stabilization device. The way that's gonna work is it's gonna go through the hitch pin hole like normal and then it's gonna have this hook here which is gonna go in and apply pressure to our accessory keeping it from rattling.

You can tighten up the nut to draw it in and it's also a locking device making sure all of our accessories are nice and secure. Again this is sold separately.The safety chain connection points are gonna be a plate style welded to the bottom and you can see that we've got plenty of room to get most sized hooks on or off. One of the nice features of Draw-Tite is that they welded this electrical bracket right here just to the left of our receiver tube so that way if we have a four-pole or a seven-pole electrical connector it'll be ready right here whenever we're getting ready to tow.As far as weight capacity our hitch is gonna have a 675 pound tongue weight and that's gonna be the maximum force that is pushing down at the receiver tube. It's also gonna have a 4,500 pound gross trailer weight rating, that's the amount it can pull including the trailer and everything you load on it. I just want to mention you should always double check your Subaru's owners manual and never exceed the manufacturers recommended weight.I'd like to give you a few measurements and that's gonna help you when deciding for accessories for your new hitch such as a ball mount, bike rack, or a cargo carrier.

From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper it's gonna be right about three inches and that measurement's gonna come in handy if you're buying any folding accessories making sure you have adequate clearance so that it's not gonna come in contact with the bumper. From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening it's gonna be right about 10 inches. At that height I would recommend a bike rack or a cargo carrier that has a raised shank that way you have a little bit more ground clearance, also keep that measurement in mind when you're looking for a ball mount so you can get the appropriate rise or drop.Now that we've seen what our hitch looks like and gone over some of the features let's show you how to get it installed. If we come underneath our car right above where our tailpipe is on our frame rail we're gonna have some plastic plugs. On each side we're gonna have total of three but we're only gonna be removing the very rear one and the one towards the front of the car.

You take a flat head screwdriver, just get underneath the side of it, and we can pop them out. We'll do that same thing on the other side of our frame.Now the hole towards the front of our car's gonna serve as our access hole to get our hardware in place however we're gonna have to file it just a little bit so we can get our hardware through. I'm gonna take a file on a drill and just go enough just to where I can get my hardware in and periodically you want to double check to make sure it fits. Now if you don't have a power file like this you can use a hand file or even a drill bit just enough to hollow out the edges so you can get your hardware in.We're gonna need to lower our exhaust but before we do you're gonna want to put a strap up to support it so it doesn't fall down too far. Just want to find a sturdy location and we're gonna have three points that are gonna be holding our exhaust up, one towards the passengers side right by our tailpipe, then we're gonna have two hangers on the drivers side.

It'll help if you get a little bit of spray lubricant and spray on the rubber isolator and hanger and if you have a pair of exhaust hanger removal tools you can use that, if you don't you can just use a pry bar and the main goal here is just to slide that rubber isolator off of the metal hanger. Now our exhaust didn't lower down quite as much as we wanted it to so we're gonna move farther back right by our rear axle and we're gonna have another hanger we can lower down. We can adjust our strap to give us a little bit more room.We're gonna take our pull wire and feed the coiled end into the hole at the back of the frame and we're gonna be feeding it towards the front so that it comes out our access hole. Once it does just put a slight bend in it so it doesn't fall back in and so you can leave the tail on the end of it. We're gonna take one of our square spacer blocks, take one of our half inch carriage bolts, and we're gonna thread the carriage bolt onto the end of the wire and we're gonna feed our spacer block into the frame followed by our carriage bolt and we're gonna pull it until our hardware drops down through the bottom of the frame hole.Now the forward mounting hole's gonna be slightly different. We're still gonna use all of the same pieces and take our square spacer block, slide it over the coiled end, thread another carriage bolt on, and we're gonna feed the carriage bolt through the frame followed by our spacer block and then we're gonna pull it back down through. Now that we have this side in place we'll go ahead and repeat that for the other side.We're gonna have another spacer in our kit that's gonna have a round hole. Now these are actually gonna go in between our hitch and the frame on our Subaru and it's gonna be going towards the front so it's gonna be on those forward mounting holes. You can just kind of loosely line it up, try to be center with that mounting hole, and then just for temporary mounting gonna take some tape just so when we go to put out hitch up I don't have to worry about it falling down. We'll go ahead and tape the other one in as well.Now with an extra set of hands we're gonna lift our hitch in place. You want to make sure that you put your pull wires through the hitch and once you have your wires through the hitch we're gonna raise it up to where our hardware's gonna go through and once you have your hardware dropping through you're gonna remove your pull wire, whichever one's easier to get to, and make sure you have one piece of hardware in on each side to help support the hitch.We're gonna take a conical tooth washer, you want to make sure that those teeth are gonna be facing up towards the hitch, slide it over the bolt and be careful not to push it back into the frame and to help you can kind of slide it over and then push the bolt to trap it, pushing on the washer and we take our hex nuts and secure everything down. We'll repeat that for all of the remaining bolts. I'm gonna come back with an 11-16th socket and snug up all my hardware. I'm gonna come back with that same socket and a torque wrench and I'm gonna torque all my hardware down to the specified amount in the instructions. We can go ahead and lift our exhaust up, you may need to slide it back over to make sure it's inside the tabs on the hitch. Next you're gonna grab your rubber hanger and slide them back onto the post. Once our exhaust is in place we can remove our strap.That'll finish up your look at the Draw-Tite class three custom fit trailer hitch receiver, part number 76209 on our 2018 Subaru Impreza.

Noel R.


Hi, I just wanted to ask if the draw tite 76209 would fit a 2017 Subaru impreza 4 door hatchback? Thank you.

Etrailer Expert

Jon G.


The Draw-Tite # 76209 won't fit your 2017 Suabru Impreza, but we do have some other options that will. if you're needing a hitch with a 2" receiver then you'll need to go with the EcoHitch # 306-X7350 .