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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Factory Hitch Question

New Forester owner here - glad to have discovered the forum. Lots of good info here.

Being in the market for a hitch for a 2012 Forester, I have read all the various hitch thoughts here - some really good info.

Here's the question: Does the Subaru Factory hitch come packaged with all the "hardware fishing wires" that the after market ones do?

Mike in Newport News VA

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-07-2012, 12:05 PM
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No need for fishing wire with the factory hitch setup.

Here's the exploded view of how it installs. Very straightforward.

OEM Factory Subaru Trailer Hitch Install 2009 Forester

2009 Forester X 5MT
2007 Outback 2.5i 4AT
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If you got a U-Haul store near by and you don't feel like installing it yourself, ask them if they install hitches and for how much. Some U-Hauls, like the ones here around San Francisco, sell the hitch for the Forester for $150 and install it for around $40. A little extra for electronics too.
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I realize this thread is a bit dated, but if you are still looking for a hitch, consider a good aftermarket one, like the Curt or Hidden Hitch instead of the OEM Factory hitch. The aftermarket ones are far less expensive and very well made. Yes, you'll have to fuss with the fishing wires and bolts/nuts, but it is worth it. I have installed several aftermarket hitches (most recently, the one in our '11 Outback) and the process was not difficult. I would say that even if one is not so mechanically inclined, the installation is pretty straight forward.
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