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Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

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How to Install a Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek


Today, on our 2019 Subaru Crosstrek, we're going to be installing Curt's Class 3 2-inch trailer hitch receiver. This is what our hitch looks like when it's installed. The cross tube is tucked up pretty well behind the bumper so it's fairly noticeable. For the most part, all you're going to notice is the receiver sticking out the back. It's a Class 3 2-inch by 2-inch receiver, so it's going to be great for all of your towing needs from bike racks to cargo carriers, to trailers, it will handle just about everything. It uses a 5/8 inch hitch pinning clip.

Now, one doesn't come included with the hitch, but you can pick one up here at etrailer.com.It utilizes hoop style safety chain loops that have a very large opening so it should accommodate just about every shape and size of safety chain. It features a 525 pound tongue weight, that's the force going down on top of the receiver, and a 3500 pound gross towing capacity. That's how much you can pull behind it. You do want to verify in your vehicle's owner manual and ensure you don't exceed any of its towing capacities.Now, I've got some measurements for you to help you when deciding on accessories. From the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube, it measures about 15 1/4 inches.

This is important when determining if you need a drop, rise, or raised shank on any of your accessories. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the read bumper, it measures about three inches. This is important when determining if any of your folding accessories can be placed in the upright storage position without contacting the bumper.We'll begin our installation underneath the rear of the vehicle. We want to place a strap on our vehicle to support our exhaust, so we're going to have to lower that down. We'll go ahead and get that in place, and then we'll take our pry bar and some lubricant and remove our exhaust hangers.

There's going to be one on your passenger side, two on the driver's side, and then one just in front of your rear suspension there. We'll spray it with a little bit of lubricant, and then you can just pry it right off of there. We'll then repeat that for the remaining three hangers.We can now lower our exhaust down, just use your strap to help just ease it down out of your way. On the bottom side of your frame rail now, you're going to find some rubber plugs. You're going to need to remove those with a flat bladed screwdriver so you can simply pop underneath those and then pull them down.

We're going to do this on the other side as well. Then you want to take a razor knife and just trim this down. You just want to try and make it a little bit flatter. That will just make the installation a little bit easier when you go to put your hitch up. You're going to do that on both sides.You'll then need to enlarge the whole in the frame. We're going to enlarge the larger one which is towards the front of the vehicle. We just need it large enough that you can fit your spacer in. We're going to do this to the other side now too. Now, we can take the coiled wires that come in our kit. We're going to feed them down starting at the rear-most hole going forward to the front-most hole. We're going to bring coiled end down through there. We'll place our spacer on it. Push that up into the frame and thread our carriage bolt onto the coil then. We'll push that up into the frame. If it gets a little tight like that, you may need to grind out more, or sometimes you can just give it a little tap with the hammer and it will go up in there.We're going to repeat this on the other side for the rear-most hole. Then for our front-most hole, we're going to be using the reverse hole wire method. For our front-most hole, you'll take your coiled wire, place the spacer on it, followed by the carriage bolt, and thread that onto the coiled end. We'll then place our bolt up first. Again, you may need to give it a little tap. Then we can take our spacer, slide it up into the frame, and pull our bolts back down. We'll repeat that on the other side. Now, on the back holes for your hitch, you're going to take the spacers that come in our kit. I'm going to use some clear tape. We're going to put some on the spacer. We're going to line the spacer up with the hole, and then use the tape to secure it to the hitch.Then, you can poke the hole out in the center so your hardware can go through. You'll do that on the other side as well. Now, with our hands, we'll lift our hitch into position. You want to make sure you feed your pole wires down through the hitch. Once you've got them both fed through, just lift your hitch up against the frame, lower your bolts down through, and you can pull off your fish wire, and thread on a flange nut. Once you get one started on each side, the hitch will hold itself up making it easier to install the rest of your hardware.Now we use a 3/4-inch socket to tighten all of our hardware. Then you can torque your hardware to the specifications found in your instructions. Now, you can put your exhaust back in place, and then you're all set. That completes our installation of Curt's Class 3 2-inch trailer inch receiver on our 2019 Subaru Crosstrek.


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