('14-'18) 2017 2.5 Premium Question - OEM, U-Haul or TorkLift? - Subaru Forester Owners Forum
User Tag List

 8Likes
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-03-2017, 03:16 AM Thread Starter
Forum Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 51
Car Year: 2017
Car Model: Forester 2.5 Touring
Transmission: CVT
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
2017 2.5 Premium Question - OEM, U-Haul or TorkLift?

Just picked one up on Saturday. I plan to (occasionally) tow one or two jet skis--when I say occasionally, I mean like, 5 or 6 times a year. Obviously, the OEM is expensive as hell (quoted $700 like everyone else around here). Looking at U-Haul but their stuff is ugly for sure. I looked at TorkLift as suggested by many around here but there isn't an installer anywhere near here--Jacksonville, FL. I'm not handy enough to attempt to tackle this myself.

Any other suggestions on hitches?

Also, anything special for the electric I need to be concerned about?

Thanks.

GadgetRick is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-03-2017, 06:14 AM
Forum Member
 
fingerguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: CT
Posts: 82
Car Year: 2017
Car Model: 2.0XT Premium
Transmission: Automatic
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I too planning to have one installed and pretty set on getting Torklift. I did find an installer about a hour away but that just means they are licensed with Torklift, does NOT mean nobody else can install it. So the point is, I am sure you have within driving distance a place that does tow-hitch installs in general, if you really want a Torklift talk to them about it and go from there.

Note the reason I am going with the place about a 1hr away versus the place 2 miles down the road is this place is all about detail and I want the outcome to be very nice, hidden, and uses the least amount of ground clearance as possible. If that wasn't such a concern then I would go with the normal installer down the road.

P.S.

I watched YouTube videos of guys installing it and it looks very doable to do on your own but I am not about to; just a personal preference.

fingerguy is offline  
post #3 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-03-2017, 08:43 AM
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Connecticut, USA
Posts: 69
Car Year: 2001
Car Model: Forester L
Transmission: 4 Speed Auto
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
For OEM, you'll definitely want the OEM harness, which on the 2017, the wire harness is available separately for $100, so definitely pick up that - the OEM really is that much better. The hitch itself is no great shakes, Foresters aren't great tow vehicles in USDM configuration, so it's six of one and half a dozen of the other, but, honestly, $700 if it includes the harness installed sounds like an OK price - you may save a few hundred elsewhere, but the harness easily costs as much as the hitch most places.
jec6613 is offline  
 
post #4 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-03-2017, 09:11 AM
Forum Member
 
fingerguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: CT
Posts: 82
Car Year: 2017
Car Model: 2.0XT Premium
Transmission: Automatic
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by jec6613 View Post
For OEM, you'll definitely want the OEM harness, which on the 2017, the wire harness is available separately for $100, so definitely pick up that - the OEM really is that much better. The hitch itself is no great shakes, Foresters aren't great tow vehicles in USDM configuration, so it's six of one and half a dozen of the other, but, honestly, $700 if it includes the harness installed sounds like an OK price - you may save a few hundred elsewhere, but the harness easily costs as much as the hitch most places.
I am open to any suggestions myself but don't get why OEM versus alternative. Note I won't be towing, I will be using it primarily as a bike rack.
fingerguy is offline  
post #5 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-03-2017, 09:35 AM
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: THe unmentionable part of a female whale,California
Posts: 614
Car Year: 2017
Car Model: FOrester 2.5i
Transmission: cvt
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Many hitch threads to choose from for more background https://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...09/index2.html
Subaru Forester Owners Forum - Search Results for ecohitch

'17 Forester2.5i, CVT...~12000 miles
hillbille is offline  
post #6 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-03-2017, 09:37 AM
Forum Member
 
fingerguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: CT
Posts: 82
Car Year: 2017
Car Model: 2.0XT Premium
Transmission: Automatic
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Just found this and will be reading it. To the OP might want to check this out if you haven't already.

https://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...-hitch-560602/
GadgetRick likes this.
fingerguy is offline  
post #7 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-03-2017, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
Forum Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 51
Car Year: 2017
Car Model: Forester 2.5 Touring
Transmission: CVT
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Thanks. I was reading through this before I posted. Good info in there.
GadgetRick is offline  
post #8 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-04-2017, 04:44 AM
Forum Member
 
fingerguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: CT
Posts: 82
Car Year: 2017
Car Model: 2.0XT Premium
Transmission: Automatic
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by GadgetRick View Post
Thanks. I was reading through this before I posted. Good info in there.
NP,

Picking her up tomorrow and if I find mine doesn't come with a OEM hitch, I decided I am going with Torklift Ecohitch. The recommendations are just too much to ignore.
CoolMike and GadgetRick like this.
fingerguy is offline  
post #9 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-04-2017, 05:18 AM
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Texas
Posts: 214
Car Year: 2017
Car Model: Forester 2.5i MT
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I put a Torklift on mine. Three hours. Not too difficult if you are just a little handy. A dremel proved useful, but you do not need it. And mind the advice someone gave on trimming the plastic bumper with their measurements. Well built hitch. I love the look.
1982 is offline  
post #10 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-04-2017, 05:21 AM
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 22
Car Year: 2017
Car Model: Forester 2.5i Tourin
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Torklift hands down. It's mounting configuration is just plain better than the other ones out there. As someone mentioned before, it bolts through the "frame rails" of the forester, so it has effective holding force closer to the center of the car instead of just hanging down at the furthest rear point. It's robust, incredibly well-built (USA Made!), with a great finish. And it's a class III with a standard 2" receiver, not the wimpy class 1/2 where your hauling equipment is severely undersized.

Moving to the install, it wasn't too bad to get it on the car. You'll need a second person to help hold it up above a pinch seam while you lay under the car and screw the nuts on the bolts. Don't try to do it all yourself; I rarely curse and hearing me trying to install this alone would've made a pirate blush. Getting the muffler back on the hanger is a bear. Instead of removing the muffler from the rubber hanger, remove the rubber hanger from the body hanger so it comes down still attached to the muffler. It'll help ALOT when reinstalling that. Torklift says don't let the muffler hang by the exhaust pipe, but it didn't hurt mine at all. Get yourself some silicone spray, a long thin pry bar, and this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and it'll help immensely. Then when you're all done just make sure you don't have too many extra body clips you forgot to install

I've got no clue why the OEM harness is $100, this Curt harness is a cool $26: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It's plug and play, watch the install video on eTrailer's website here: https://www.etrailer.com/Custom-Fit-...id=20171175872


Or if you don't want to get dirty, just buy the hitch and harness and pay someone a couple hundred to do it

redpup is offline  
post #11 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-04-2017, 05:22 AM
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 22
Car Year: 2017
Car Model: Forester 2.5i Tourin
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by 1982 View Post
I put a Torklift on mine. Three hours. Not too difficult if you are just a little handy. A dremel proved useful, but you do not need it. And mind the advice someone gave on trimming the plastic bumper with their measurements. Well built hitch. I love the look.
I used my Makita oscillating tool to cut it super-precisely. It worked and looks great!
redpup is offline  
post #12 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-04-2017, 05:34 AM
Forum Member
 
neolynne's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Westerville, Ohio
Posts: 264
Car Year: 2014
Car Model: 2.5i Touring
Transmission: Auto-CVT
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by fingerguy View Post
I am open to any suggestions myself but don't get why OEM versus alternative. Note I won't be towing, I will be using it primarily as a bike rack.
Depends on how many bikes you plan to carry and the weight of the rack+bikes. The OEM hitch is a Class II but barely. I think in Canada it's designated as a Class I but don't quote me on that. Also, not sure if they've fixed this but the pin hole was too close to the end of the receiver which limited the racks you could use in it. I had a quality after-market Class II 1 1/4" but wasn't happy with the amount of movement in the hitch when loaded with two bikes or more. I switched to a Class III with a 2" receiver and am much more comfortable with it.
neolynne is offline  
post #13 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-04-2017, 05:34 AM
Forum Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: South FL
Posts: 22
Car Year: 2017
Car Model: Forester XT Touring
Transmission: CVT
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Ecohitch

Quote:
Originally Posted by fingerguy View Post
NP,

Picking her up tomorrow and if I find mine doesn't come with a OEM hitch, I decided I am going with Torklift Ecohitch. The recommendations are just too much to ignore.
could you post direct link to the product?
Jamevay is offline  
post #14 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-04-2017, 06:16 AM
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 22
Car Year: 2017
Car Model: Forester 2.5i Tourin
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
https://***************.com/rving-an...ester-ecohitch

You can get the 1.25" or 2" receiver.
redpup is offline  
post #15 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-04-2017, 08:26 AM
Forum Member
 
fingerguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: CT
Posts: 82
Car Year: 2017
Car Model: 2.0XT Premium
Transmission: Automatic
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamevay View Post
could you post direct link to the product?


Using Google.com I got this:

https://***************.com/2014-201...ester-ecohitch
fingerguy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Subaru Forester Owners Forum > Technical Forums and Vehicle Assistance > Towing and Hauling

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

 

Title goes here

close
video goes here
description goes here. Read Full Story
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome