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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

Today on our 2019 Subaru Crosstrack, we're going to be taking a look at and I'm going to show you how to install draw-tight class three max range inaudible 00:00:07 hitch receiver, part number 76209. This is what our hitch looks like when it's installed, you can see the cross-tube is visible, however, it's nice and tucked up to the bottom of our fascia and it has a round tube design so it fits real nicely with the contour of the vehicle. It's going to be a class three hitch, it's going to be two inch by two inch, it's gonna have a reinforced collar, give you a little bit of extra stability on your receiver tube. This hole here is gonna be for your hitch vent, it's gonna be five eighths inch in diameter. Now the hitch vent equip does not come with this hitch, however you can find one here at This hole here is gonna be for a j-pin stabilization device only.

Also, that does not come with the hitch but you can find one of those here at What that's gonna be used for, it's gonna take the shake and play out of any of your hitch mount accessories, like your bike rakes or your cargo carriers.We're gonna have plate style safety chain inaudible 00:01:01, as you can see we have plenty of room for different size hooks, another thing that's really nice about this hitch is we're gonna have a pre-bolted bracket or plate here, that's gonna be for any of your wiring accessories that you may want to add later on. This hitch is gonna have a nice, black powder coat finish. It's really gonna help resist any rust or corrosion. As far as weight capacities go, you're gonna have a 675 pound max tongue weight, which is a downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube.

You're gonna have a 4500 pound max trail weight, which is the trailer plus load included. I always recommend checking the owner's manual of the Subaru to make sure the vehicle can withstand that amount of weight. You wanna go with the lowest number between the vehicle and the hitch.Now let's give you a few measurements to help you when deciding on any hitch mount accessories you may need, such as a bike rack, wall mount, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch vent hole to the outer most part of the bumper, it's about three inches. This number's important for any hitch mount accessories that may fold up against your vehicle.

From the ground to the top innermost part of the receiver tube, it's gonna be about 14 and a quarter inches. Now I'm gonna show you how to get this installed. First thing we're gonna do to start our installation, we're gonna take a strap, we're gonna hang it from our rear axle, we're gonna go underneath to the other side. We're gonna pull that tight up against our exhaust pipe here, because we're gonna be removing our exhaust for lowering it. We're gonna be removing four hangers, you're gonna have one on your passenger side, you're gonna have two on the driver's side of your muffler, and you're gonna have one in front of your axle.You take some silicon spray, we'll spray down each hanger.

We'll take a pry bar, we're gonna pry off one end of our hanger. It doesn't really matter because the top of the bar, you get one side off, like that. You're gonna do that with the remaining three. Once you get all your hangers loose, go ahead and lower your exhaust down a little bit. Just make sure it's supported by your strap. Now just take a flat head screw driver, we're gonna remove the three plugs on each frame rail. Next we're gonna have our pull wire, spring side. We're gonna have just a slight bend on the end of it, like that. We've got to take all of our hardware through this hole. So we're gonna take the spring in, we'll go through this very back hole, bring it out that hole. Spring in first, just like that, then we're gonna take our inaudible 00:03:32, you're gonna have a inaudible 00:03:35 block, you're actually gonna have four of these. You're gonna take one of the smaller ones here, we're gonna put it on a pull wire first, and then we're gonna thread on our bolt.Take your spacer blocks, go ahead and push it up in the hole. Don't let go of the wire because if you add the weight of the bolt on it, we're gonna pull it out like that. Next one, we're gonna be coming out of this hole. Same combination of hardware except we're gonna be doing it a little bit different. Put on your spacer block, thread on your bolt, we're gonna do a reverse bolt. This time, put our bolt in first, spacer block, then pull it out. You're gonna repeat that same thing on the other side of the vehicle. Next, we got a large spacer block like this, got a round hole in it. We're gonna take a piece of tape and stick in on that piece of tape. We're actually gonna be taping it onto our hitch, this forward inaudible 00:04:37. We wanna make sure that the long part is facing the front of the hitch and the back of the hitch, so we're gonna put it on like this, not like this. Stick that into place like that. You're gonna repeat the same thing on the other side.Now, with an extra set of hands, we'll go up over top of our exhaust here on our back side, we'll feed our pull wire through the course mounting holes, raise our hitch into position. We're gonna put on mechanical tooth washer, follow it up with a nut. Once you get it lined up, go ahead and remove your pull wire. We'll get one end on each side to hold the hitch into place while we install our remaining hardware. Next, we take a 17 millimeter socket and tighten all of our hardware. For this most rear one on the passenger side, it will require a swivel and a short socket because we're right about the hingle 00:05:40 of the hitch. Next, we're gonna torque all the hardware to the inaudible 00:05:44.We're gonna repeat that for all remaining hardware. Once you've got your hardware tightened torque down, you'll reinstall your exhaust. Once your exhaust is reinstalled, you can remove your strap, and you're ready to go. That'll do it for a look at an installation on a draw-tight class three max range inaudible 00:06:14 hitch receiver, part number 76209, on our 2019 Subaru Crosstrack.

Peter W.


Will this trailer hitch work on the 2020 Crostrek?

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Chris R.


Yep, the Draw-Tite # 76209 is a confirmed fit for the new 2020 Crosstrek as well..

Joe E.


It appears that the installer has taped the large block spacer the opposite of how he says it should be installed. The larger sides of the spacer should face the front and back of the hitch, but appear that how he has taped it the larger sides face the right and left side of the hitch instead of the front and back.

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Rachael H.


He does explain that the spacer block does need to be installed so that the long end is facing the front and back of the hitch not the left and right side of the hitch.

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