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WF8S 03-15-2013 09:15 PM

2014 Trailer hitch wanted
I just purchased a 2014 Forester this week and cannot find anyone offering any type of trailer hitch or any other accessories for that matter for this vehicle.

Anybody know of anything for 2014's yet???

Just need it for a bike rack and antenna mounting (Ham Radio Contester)

Rivercaster 04-03-2013 10:11 PM

I need to know too

flstffxe 04-04-2013 01:45 AM

At the momoent the only available option is from a Subaru dealer. Give it a few months before the aftermarket catches up, then you should have a bunch of choices.

Low Speed Endos 04-04-2013 02:58 AM

I started searching for a compatible hitch after being stunned by what the dealer wanted. I found the following from Torklift Central:

Torklift Central Eco-Hitch Stealth Hidden 2" 2014+ Subaru Forester Trailer Hitch | Torklift Central

Other than what is said on the website, I know nothing about this hitch. They have a YouTube video showing an installation, which is how I found it.

Since I don't need a hitch until early summer, I'm still waiting before buying anything.


crewzer 04-04-2013 03:22 AM

^ Good find, and welcome to the forum!

Some things to note regarding towing with the Forester:

1) The hitch's weight ratings (tongue weight, weight carrying, trailer, etc.) do not change Subaru's maximum trailer weight specs.
2) Trailer brakes are required when towing trailers weighing over 1,000 lbs. (with or without load)
3) The U.S. Forester is equipped with a temporary "donut" spare tire which can only be used on a rear wheel position. Subaru says the Forester can't be used to tow a trailer when the temp spare is in use. A full-size spare might be a worthwhile consideration.
4) Subaru (and many other manufacturers) considers trailer towing to be a "severe duty" application. Check you car's maintenance schedule for additional maintenance requirements.
5) Subaru's warranties "do not apply to vehicle damage or malfunction caused by trailer towing." See 2014 U.S. Forester OM page 8-18 for more information.

Jim / crewzer

KFitz 04-06-2013 04:55 PM

I just sent an email to Curt Hitches to see when their hitch will be available. I'll post when I get a reply. I need one in late May. I hope I don't have to go to the dealer. They want just less than $800. Way too much.

SierraHotel 04-06-2013 06:47 PM

When the hitch manufacturers get around to it, you should be able to get one at about half what Torklift Central is charging. It looks like the SH hitches will not fit the 2014.... since Torklift Central does not list a hitch available for the 2009-2013 Foresters.

Garrett 04-07-2013 07:20 PM

We are hoping to have our new '14 XT Premium next weekend. I'm planning to order the Torklift hitch as we need to tow the first weekend in May.

Does anyone know if a wiring harness is available? Will it be the same as the 2013?

KFitz 04-08-2013 05:10 PM

Hitch information
I heard from Curt Hitches today. They said to check in about 60 days. So hopefully they'll have it ready by then.
Here is the web site for the Subaru hitch installation:
It looks like a very solid installation, but I'd be nervous taking off the rear bumper cover. I would not want to take it off, install the hitch, and then not get the bumper cover back on perfectly. Anyone else taken off their bumper cover?
I think the Subaru brand hitch itself, not installed, is about $400. I'll have to consider the Subaru hitch if third party hitches are not available by June.
From looking at Subaru's instructions, it looks like there are similar mounting points for third party hitches as on 2013 and earlier models.

Rico696 04-08-2013 05:31 PM


Originally Posted by Garrett (Post 1562081)
We are hoping to have our new '14 XT Premium next weekend. I'm planning to order the Torklift hitch as we need to tow the first weekend in May.

Does anyone know if a wiring harness is available? Will it be the same as the 2013?

Garrett...i to have a 14XT and I called Torklift and they have not yet seen if the hitch they have fits on the XT. Make sure you ask before ordering...

Garrett 04-08-2013 06:21 PM

Rico, thanks for the heads up. I sent them an email today and also asked about the wiring. I'm actually thinking it may be the same as the xv crosstrek.

Garrett 04-09-2013 06:48 AM

I heard back from Torklift and the wiring situation doesn't look good. Sounds like it won't be plug and play like past years. The good news is that their hitch will probably work for the XT and looking at the Subaru install guide for the factory hitch it does indeed look like the only different is the additional muffler and heatsheild. The problem I face is that I need to tow May 4 (and throughout the summer), so I'll have to figure out a solution quickly.

Here is the reply from Torklift:
Thanks for contacting us! We are in the process of verifying the fit for the XT model. As far as we can tell the only difference is the dual exhaust instead of the single on the other models. The hitch plates are made to clear a dual exhaust setup however they have not been formally tested. The wire harness for the rest of the Subaru's in years past has apparently been left out on the latest forester (at least as far as my guys have found). A powered tail light converter can still be purchased and spliced in to suite any electrical needs. I hope I was helpful and if you have any other questions please don't hesitate to ask. Gave a great day!

KFitz 04-09-2013 06:50 AM

Curt hitch available
I just got an email from Curt saying the hitch for the 2014 Forester is being released today. I think the part number is 13144.

Mad Dog 04-09-2013 01:36 PM

member lfdal over on the test drives and new owner reviews thread provided this:

Originally Posted by lfdal (Post 1568617)
I read the installation procedures for the OEM trailer hitch and harness last night. Muffler(s) have to come out, tail-lights out, bumper off, bumper bar discarded, trim removed, holes drilled in covers above mufflers (if I read it right).

Barring the cutting of the rear bumper, a fairly straightforward install for two people. I don't think one person could disengage the bumper cover without running the risk of scratching it.

I've got a U-Haul class 2 hitch on my FXT now, the OEM looks to be a class 1 which is still plenty given what the car's rated to tow.

Given that, I'd say if the dealership was charging 2 people, 2 hours, 4 hours total @ shop rate of $80-$100 per hour, I could see a $320 - $400 labor charge as not being unreasonable. Added to a discounted harness and hitch price, doesn't sound so bad. My U-Haul hitch took one guy less than one hour. I did the wiring harness from e-trailer in about a half hour.

Nothing on Curt Hitches web site yet, but the 2013 hitches were running about $250. I see that MSRP for the Subaru hitch is $622 , with dealer invoice still a high $466. So even if the labor for an aftermarket amounts to $400, which is unlikely, aftermarket seems the way to go.

KFitz 04-09-2013 05:42 PM

Subaru accessory installation guide - wiring harness
If you go to: Subaru Technical Information System - Welcome

then look at the top and click on "Online Reference", fill in basic information: 2014 Forester + model, click "search" and a list of accessory installation instructions will come up. There is one for the hitch and one for the wiring harness. It looks like they've "hidden" the connection behind the drivers side trunk panel instead of locating it in the floor. Kind of a stupid idea. Not sure why they would do that. It does look like just a plug-in as in past years, but not sure. I wonder how much the Subaru trailer wiring harness cost. Anyone know?

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