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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2021 Subaru Crosstrek

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2021 Subaru Crosstrek


Hey everybody, my name is Ryan. And here at etrailer, we install, test, fit, review a lot of different parts. That way we could try to help answer any questions those of you might have. And that's exactly what we are doing here today on our 2021 Subaru Crosstrek. We're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame trailer hitch receiver. So I know I see these Subarus getting used to do a little bit of everything.

Whether they're carrying around a cargo carrier or a bike rack, or even pulling a trailer down the road. So if it we're me I would want a hitch that would be able to handle pretty much anything you wanna throw at it. And this draw tight is gonna do just that. So this hitch is gonna be completely visible for the most part, we're gonna be able to see the whole thing. But it does set up nice and tight against the bottom, so, looks pretty good.

There are completely hidden hitches available, that really the only thing you'll see is the receiver tube opening here. But honestly I think these Subaru's really take accessories well. So at the end of the day it's just gonna be your preference. If you want something that's less visible there's an option for you. If you'd like to see the hitch there's many options available as well.

So since this is a class three hitch, it's gonna give us that two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. This is a super common size and a ton of different accessories will work with it. It's going to have a reinforced collar for extra strength, and it's gonna have that standard five, eight pin hole. Now keep in mind, a pen and clip does not come included with the hitch, but if you need one, you can pick it up here at etrailer. I am a big fan of these safety chain openings.

They're really large and easy to get to. So really shouldn't have any issues using pretty much any size hook that we might have. I do wanna point out too, you probably notice the smaller hole here, in front of our pin hole, and that's there to allow us to use a J-Pin, which is this here. And this is a stabilization device. So when you use this, it's going to eliminate any slopper play here in the connection point and really help keep things quiet back here. Your accessory won't be moving around at our connection point. And if you wanna use a J-Pin you can also grab that here at etrailer. So this hitch is gonna give us some pretty impressive weight capacities. As far as the maximum gross ,tongue weight rating goes it's gonna be 675 pounds. That's gonna be the amount of weight that's pushing down on the hitch. So like I said, it's a pretty high number, and you should be able to use pretty much any size bike rack or cargo carrier that you would want to, for example. As far as the maximum gross trailer weight rating goes, it's gonna be 4,500 pounds. And that's gonna be the amount of weight that's pulling on the hitch. So it is the weight of your trailer plus anything that you might have on it. And I suggest it's never a bad idea just to grab your Subaru's owner's manual. That way you can make sure your Crosstrek can pull that much weight safely. And if you do plan on doing some towing, what's really nice is they actually give you a bracket here. That way when you pick up your trailer wiring you're gonna have a perfect spot to mount it. From the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube opening, that's gonna be about 15 and a half inches. So if you do plan on doing some towing, chances are pretty good, you're going to need to get a ball mount with a straight shank. You could see the edge of the receiver tube opening is going to come out past our bumper just a little bit. So that's gonna provide us with great clearance. And we shouldn't have to really worry at all about any of those folding type accessories making contact with the back of our Subaru. So at the end of the day a hitch can honestly kinda do it all. It's one you really cannot go wrong with. Now as far as the installation goes, really not too bad, nothing too crazy involved. And I'll show you a couple tips and tricks along the way to make that install go a little bit smoother. So it really shouldn't give you a whole lot of issues. Speaking of which let's go ahead and put it on together now. To begin our installation we're gonna be here underneath the back of our Subaru. And what we're gonna need to do is lower our exhaust down a little bit, that way we have some room to work. However, before you do that, I suggest taking a strap and just running it from side to side. That way the exhaust will have a little bit of support, and we can kinda control how fast and how far we let the exhaust down. So we're gonna need to remove three rubber isolator hangers. So we're gonna have two over here on the driver's side, and one just like it on the passenger side. What I did was I sprayed these down with some soapy water or you can use penetrating oil as well. That just helps them glide off a little bit easier. Well we'll take a pry bar, and just work one side of the hanger off of the exhaust. And then if he follow the exhaust forward, it's gonna be one more hanger right here. We'll go ahead and get that one off as well. Once we have all of them removed, what you can do is loosen up that strap and lower the exhaust down. So now we can do is come over here to the bottom of our frame rail and remove these rubber plugs. And that's because we're gonna use these as an attachment point as well as an access hole. So we'll just take a flat head screwdriver, we're just gonna pop those out. And I do wanna mention from this point on, anything we do to this side of our vehicle, we're also gonna do to the other side, because there'll be set up the exact same way. Now we can go ahead and get our hardware in place inside of the frame rail. And we're gonna do that using the pull wire here. We're gonna feed the coil line through this hole here and try to get it to come out of this opening. I suggesting is this kinda eyeballing it and putting a bend in it like that. Usually makes it easier. So kinda work that. You may have to reach in there and help guide that out. Once we have it out, what you're gonna do, is take a spacer block, put it over, coil it into the pull wire, thread the carriage bolt on. And you're able to feed that hardware up through there, until it drops down like so. So to get our hardware into this hole, we're gonna use the reverse fish wire. So you take the coil onto the fish wire, put on another spacer block and thread on your carriage bolt. And then you're simply just gonna push a carriage bolt in first, followed by the spacer block and then pull it down like so. So now what we're gonna do, is you take your hitch and the holes here that are facing towards the front of our vehicle on each side of the hitch, you're going to take the included spacer block and just tape it. I used some packing tape. Tape it to where the hole lines up with the attachment point in the hitch. Since you had that taped up, now you wanna cut out that opening, so a bolt can pass through there. And I found this much easier as opposed to trying to hold the hitch up and line everything up. It's a lot easier with these taped in place. So it's kinda one less thing you have to worry about, moving around and getting lined up on there. Now with an extra set of hands, what we can do is raise the hitch into position. You wanna make sure to grab your pull wires and feed them through the corresponding holes in the hitch. Then you can lift it up over our exhaust. Once we have everything lined up, we can remove the pull wire. And we're gonna take a conical tooth washer, make sure that the teeth on the washer are gonna face up towards the hitch. Fix that on. Then you're gonna take a hex nut and you wanna try to get at least one, get one started on each side and tight. That way the hitch will support itself while we work on the rest of the hardware. Now that we have our hardware in place and hand tight you can come back with 1116 socket and snug it all down. Now, at this point, you can come back with a torque wrench and tighten down all the hardware to the amount specified in our instructions. So now that we have the hitch torqued down we can rehang our exhaust. So I went ahead and sprayed everything. Just holding the can again. This time I was gonna do everything by hand. Just gonna line up the hangers. I'm just gonna push 'em right back into place there. Now that the exhaust is supporting itself you can go ahead and remove our strap. And that'll finish up our look at and our installation of the Draw-Tite Max-Frame trailer hitch receiver on our 2021 Subaru Crosstrek..


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