I just ordered a 2015 Forester and would like to get the dealer to install a 2 inch hitch for a bike rack.
The sales person said they will give me a price when the car comes in.
Is there someone who could give an idea as to what the dealer might charge for this?
Thanks - Rick
As others have already posted Subaru OEM hitches are only 1.25"
I just installed a 2" EcoHitch from Torklift Central
on my 2014 Forester and am very happy with it, especially the hidden cross beam and high clearance. They aren't showing the 2015 Forester on their web site yet but I think they had one in the shop last Friday. If you call now they should know if the 2014 design fits or needs modification.
I did the no drill install and it isn't too challenging. Nothing is permanently removed from the vehicle except a tiny bit of the heat shield. The heat shield has to be slightly notched to provide clearance for one bolt; Living in the rust belt I was worried about doing this. On inspection the shield appears to be some type of aluminum alloy that doesn't look like it will rust or corrode very soon so that put my mind to rest.
The tail lights and bumper cover come off along with the metal crush beam inside the bumper but everything is reinstalled after the hitch is up on the car. The Muffler has to be temporarily lowered to gain access to the heat shield and two of the hitch mounting bolts.
The ideal install, in order as well as I can remember:
- Two bolts and one connector for each tail light
- Two screws and eight pop fasteners for the bumper cover, two of which I destroyed but they only cost about $1.20
- Four bolts and two nuts for the crush beam
- Remove the 3 muffler hangers and lower the muffler onto a jack stand
- Four screws to remove the heat shield
- Notch heat shield and replace w/four screws
- Fish four bolt/washer stacks using vendor provided fish wire.
- Cut bumper cover using factory embossed guide
- Lift and loosely attach hitch on four bolts just installed
- Preliminarily attach bumper cover and center the hitch in the cutout
- Tighten hitch and torque bolts.
- Hang muffler on rubber hangers
- Re-install crush beam
- Re-install bumper cover pop fasteners and two screws
- Reinstall tail lights w/connector and two bolts.
- Done! unless you need wiring- that is another story.
The same afternoon I finished my install I went to the store. Just after I parked and was getting out another 2014 Forester in the identical color parked across the aisle. It had a hitch with a U-Haul sticker and was butt ugly by comparison! The cross bar hung way down below the bumper and the receiver was below that. The reduction in road clearance for this particular U-Haul hitch is substantial
Put a bicycle rack and two adult bicycles on mine last Wednesday evening and took it for a 500 mile spin over a long weekend. Everything is tight and working as expected.