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Old 02-11-2009, 12:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have just bought a used towbar for my 2006 Forester, off a 2004 Forester (both are SG series). The towbar is branded as Subaru, but I am told it was made by Hayman Reese - anyone know if this is true? Also, anyone got any instructions for fitting it that they could send me? Thanks.
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G'Day & welcome! I believe it is a HR tow bar; can't help re fitting - sorry
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I have just bought a used towbar for my 2006 Forester, off a 2004 Forester (both are SG series). The towbar is branded as Subaru, but I am told it was made by Hayman Reese - anyone know if this is true? Also, anyone got any instructions for fitting it that they could send me? Thanks.

Hi I recently did the same on my XT. Bolting it on is straight forward I did it myself without the car jacked up. It would be a lot easier with 2 people though. Clearing the exhaust is the biggest hurdle I have a aftermarket one but managed to squeeze through. here's a youtube

YouTube - Trailer Hitch Installation, Subaru Forester - etrailer.com

Do you have the wiring harness? If you don't just buy one from supercheap
but you will have to wire it in. I can show you how if you need to.
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Thanks everyone, just what I need! The bar I have is branded Subaru with part number SA1032, which is correct for my car (according to Subaru dealer), and it came with a wiring harness. I have a CD manual which shows where the wiring is so that should be OK. The dealer did not want to give me fitting instructions so won't go back there, thanks very much! And Hayman Reese were willing to help but could not match the part number.
Thanks again, hope I can return the favour one day.
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Just an update in case it helps anyone. The video and information sheets given in previous replies are very helpful but the towbars shown are not exactly the same as mine. Nevertheless it would be possible to fit my towbar with this information and a bit of commonsense. However, being super-careful I thought I would look into things a bit more. It turns out that my towbar is made by Hayman-Reese, and they were very helpful. I took a punt on the H-R part number and this turned out to be correct. They faxed me a copy of their fitting instructions in a few minutes, and they show my towbar exactly. The part number on mine, Branded Subaru Australia and Subaru Forester, is SA1032. This matches with H-R part number RL1909. It is for the late 2003 onwards Forester, probably to 2008 model I think but not sure. Also Cepac Towbars in Glen Waverly were very helpful with some small bits I needed. Thanks again.
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Terrific & thanks for the follow-up!
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hi does anyone have any idea what size bolts i need for it as i managed to pick up the tb minus the bolts
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hi does anyone have any idea what size bolts i need for it as i managed to pick up the tb minus the bolts
just use the existing bolts that are on your car
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thx suppose i should have checked that first before posting
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I used new bolts when I did mine (see above). I think (from memory) that some of the new bolts were longer than the original bolts, and the towbar guy said I should use new bolts. They don't cost much. You can get the fitting instructions from H-R which shows the bolt sizes needed.
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Sorry to open an old thread but i'm struggling to find some installation instructions for a MY04 50mm Hayman Reese towbar.

Hayman Reese have told me their policy is that they no longer provide them, and searching the net has only thrown up some basic diagrams.

Anyone happen to have the installation instructions - part no (in Aus) is SA1033

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I still have the fitting instructions that I used. I am happy to email you copies if someone can tell me how to do it on this forum.
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I still have the fitting instructions that I used. I am happy to email you copies if someone can tell me how to do it on this forum.
Thanks PJV, I have sent you a PM.

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hi all any chance i could grab a copy of the HR fitting instructions please!
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