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2009 model. I might use the hitch to tow a really light trailer (the flatbed kind) holding a lawnmower or some light tools, or maybe to tow a woodsplitter. So it doesn't need to be heavy duty. But mostly I want one to attach a bike rack to, for a single bike. The strap-on kind just seem really inconvenient, and there's a chance I might use the hitch for other things.

Any suggestions? I've shopped for them a bit on Amazon, but I'd rather hear some opinions from dedicated owners.
 

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I'd head over to etrailer dot com and do a search there.. There will be a lot of options... And they're pretty good to work with...

I have the ... Draw-tite hitch.. it's a class 3 - I got it to have the 2" box/receiver - and it was just a bit over $100.... I wanted the 2" receiver because there are more options for that bike carrier or towing a trailer or __ whatever...

My total bill was $187 - but that also included the wiring kit and the ball mount (I bought one with a "rise" - or lower - to the ball mount so that it would "raise" the front of the trailer to more level when towing.

My Foz is a 2014 2.5 Limited so the bumper structure would be different from your 2009 model.

I had it installed by a semi-local shop (a Subie specialist) and have no issues. You can even install it yourself, if you're mechanically able and want to do it. It basically just bolts right in place.

I didn't want to cut the bumper and that's another reason for this particular hitch. There are some hitches that don't hang as low, but you may have to cut a hole in the bumper. This mounts just below the bumper and doesn't stick out beyond the face of the bumper, either.

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The hitch I bought IS overkill - I mean a class III is capable of towing a 5000 lb trailer, but the Foz is only able to tow 1500 lbs... But it also has a strong tongue weight rating as well. I'm still limited by the Subaru specs for the tongue weight and trailer weight but I think that the stronger hitch will be a bit stronger long term.

I've never had it drag (except going through a gutter channel in the road or at a driveway, when towing a trailer (with a dry weight of about 1000 lbs)... The rubber hitch cover - I've had that for ... hell, 20 years or more? So the rubber has been a bit beaten up over the years... But it's still there and still stays snug.
 

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I have a Curt that looks just about the same, and installed it myself.
Not difficult, especially if you have the means to safely elevate the vehicle.
I'm pretty sure all of the "no drill" models attach pretty much the same on Subies of your vintage..
It's also why installing a heavy duty hitch doesn't change the towing capability - The limiting factor is the car.
I had a couple of Baja's with hitches that also were nearly identical in their hitch install to the Foz.
FB makes a good case, and he's right that the 2" receiver makes for more options, so that's an advantage.
It is overkill, but no significant weight penalty.
There are also hitch balls in any size you want to match what you are towing, regardless of the hitch class.
 

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Just about any CLASS II or III hitch will do. The advantage of Class III is it comes with 2x2 receiver and that opens you up to more non-towing accessories like bike carries, etc....Class II is just as good, but it limits you to 1.25x1.25 receiver. The tow ratings for the vehicle remains the same no matter which Class hitch you purchase. If it was me I would pay a little extra and get the Class III hitches. My 2001 only has Class II hitches available and that is very limiting for bike carriers etc....
 
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