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Old 05-16-2008, 08:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I read that the factory Subaru towbar is a Hayman-Reese, and cost $793 as an accessory.
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Wondered which model was the equivalant :
RL1909 - 1400/75 kg, wt 17kg, $413 + fitting
RL1908 - 1800/180 kg, wt 23kg $674 + fitting

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I read that the factory Subaru towbar is a Hayman-Reese, and cost $793 as an accessory.
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Wondered which model was the equivalant :
RL1909 - 1400/75 kg, wt 17kg, $413 + fitting
RL1908 - 1800/180 kg, wt 23kg $674 + fitting

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G'day,

That would more than probably be the RL1908 as the only Subaru towbar for the new Forester is rated [by them] to handle a ballweight of 140kg.

The MY09 has a rated ballweight of 140Kg so obviously a 75kg rated bar would be useless.

Also, the only Forester bar on the MY09 has a 50mm tongue receiver where previously they had 40mm and 50mm.

The 40mm was good for little else than towing a little trailer load of leaves to the dump
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Cheers, thanks for the heads-up on the flimsy 40mm one.
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Old 05-25-2008, 04:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My 40mm towbar from Subaru has a towball rating of 75kg but a tow rating of only 1350kg. Cost $314.61 plus fitting part no. SA103 2

I've been hauling a trailer and load up to around 700kg and had no problem. I imagine the towball rating is more the limiting factor.

The "load of leaves to the dump" comment is over stating it a bit I think LOL
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I read that the factory Subaru towbar is a Hayman-Reese, and cost $793 as an accessory.
I have an MY09 XT with that style towbar, I never had a hitch receiver style before. Underneath the receiver part is a bolt and nut, is this just tightened to make the towbar snug, once you have secured it with the pin?
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My guess is that the bolt is there to stop someone walking off with the tongue.
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I have an MY09 XT with that style towbar, I never had a hitch receiver style before. Underneath the receiver part is a bolt and nut, is this just tightened to make the towbar snug, once you have secured it with the pin?
Yes - it would rattle otherwise.
There's nothing to stop any lowlife with a spanner from walking off with it.
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I've had one without any bolt and nut on the receiver and just the pin/locking pin, and lucky no-ones knocked it off.
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Hi guzzla, mind if I ask if your towbar is a Hayman Reece ?

I am after one for my 07 XT and just want to make sure I get the right one.
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Hi guzzla, mind if I ask if your towbar is a Hayman Reece ?

I am after one for my 07 XT and just want to make sure I get the right one.
Yes, it is, and was supplied by Subaru. Unless you are into some really heavy duty towing save your money and get the 40mm as it is allowed to go to 1350kg. It cost $200 less than the 50mm both from Subaru and aftermarket places. I've noticed about 90% of the hitches on the 03-07 Foresters are the 40mm but that's probably because most people use them to tow box trailers and camper trailers. Note though that a levelling system can't be used on the 40mm type. My 350kg trailer (maybe 450kg fully loaded with water) has a 46kg weight on the towball and car sits level - it is an XT with the self levelling rear suspensoin anyway.
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Yes, it is, and was supplied by Subaru. Unless you are into some really heavy duty towing save your money and get the 40mm as it is allowed to go to 1350kg. It cost $200 less than the 50mm both from Subaru and aftermarket places. I've noticed about 90% of the hitches on the 03-07 Foresters are the 40mm but that's probably because most people use them to tow box trailers and camper trailers. Note though that a levelling system can't be used on the 40mm type. My 350kg trailer (maybe 450kg fully loaded with water) has a 46kg weight on the towball and car sits level - it is an XT with the self levelling rear suspensoin anyway.
I tow mainly a 6x4 trailer so I would imagine the 40mm towbar would suit. Does your HR towbar have the left side (looking at the back of the car) "flatter" so it would miss the exhaust ?
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I tow mainly a 6x4 trailer so I would imagine the 40mm towbar would suit. Does your HR towbar have the left side (looking at the back of the car) "flatter" so it would miss the exhaust ?
No, it is the same square tubing all the way across and doesn't need to be flattened anywhere. There is heaps of room even on the XT with the larger tailpipe and chrome cover - about 2cm of clearance at the tailpipe itself. A very neat, unobtrusive installation - the only part you can see is the square receiver that juts out in the middle. And if you want it to be extra neat then get the flat 5 point electrical connection as the 7 point round one hangs down a lot. Subaru give you the choice for the same price. I originally got the round one but changed it over to the flat one myself using a $6 part from K-Mart when i got my camper trailer with the 5 point flat connection.

I have seen photos of tow bars provided on the US market and can't understand why they have to have such messy, obtrusive, "junkyard" set-ups like they have. There is plenty of room on the Forester for the neat, strong set-up Hayman-Reese make.
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I found this Subaru fitting guide for what seems the factory towbar for a 2007 Foz.

Does yours look like this ?
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I found this Subaru fitting guide for what seems the factory towbar for a 2007 Foz.

Does yours look like this ?
No, 4 differences that are obvious are that mine has the thick square tube all the way across with no bent, flattened bit above the exhaust and also the horizontal tabs for the chain connection are turned down at an angle on mine, mine has 4 mounting bolts on each side as well as another on each side that mounts up to a vertical bracket that comes down from the chasis rail and also the way the square receiver attaches to the cross bar is reinforced by 2 brackets not 1 like in the picture. In fact I can't see how the diagram could be a Forester hitch. It would hang very low and there is no need for that as there is plenty of room - it's like the Forester was designed to accept a hitch. All of mine is hidden except for the square receiver.

The diagram looks like one of those junkyard US models I was talking about. Mine is the genuine Subaru Australia hitch made by Hayman-Reese part number SA1032 The only difference I can tell betwen mine and the 50mm hitch from Subaru is by looking closely at the square receiver and noting the larger size. I have looked at a lot of Forester hitches and they all appear the same in Australia although I must admit I don't actually climb under the vehicles and have a really close look. When gettig quotes for mine I found Subaru was as cheap as any aftermarket supplier and even cheaper as they were the only ones who could supply the 40mm hitch. And I have no regrets in choosing that.
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I had the 50mm Subaru towbar fitted when I bought the car but they threw it in with the purchase deal so......
I'm glad I got the 50mm simply for that time when you may need to haul something heavier than the 40mm rating and because the tongue is much more common if a replacement is needed.
In saying that I've never needed the extra capacity yet........
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