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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 06-05-2019, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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2019 OEM or Aftermarket Hitch?

i know this has been discussed a lot here. But I cannot find any images of what the OEM hitch looks like installed. My dealer wants $600.
Are there any advantages to the OEM. I want it to be as inconspicuous as possible.

I'm getting my 2019 Touring Bronze/Black later this week!

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Some comment that the OE hitch is painted, so rusts easy.

I have seen OE hitches bent downward.

The TorkLift is powder coated and has a 3,500 lb limit with a 350 lb tongue weight.

The Drawtite entire structure hangs down below the bumper.

The TorkLift shows only the receiver square. The 1 1/2" has the smallest exposed area.

Mine is a 2".









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post #3 of 49 (permalink) Old 06-05-2019, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much. I was looking at this one from Curt (curtmfg.com/part/13409).
There is not a Torklift dealer in my area. I think I'd like a 2" receiver.
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TorkLift hitches must be ordered. Shipped free.

They have preferred installers all over the country. I paid $250 for installation.
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The Curt hitch you reference has a giant support hanging under the bumper.

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The big difference between the Ecohitch and Curt or Drawtite is how they mount.

EcoHitch replaces the rear bumper structure with a much heavier square steel tube.

Everything except for the 2" receiver is hidden behind the bumper plastic surround.

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How does the OEM mount and look?
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post #9 of 49 (permalink) Old 06-05-2019, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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I should have clarified, I can't find a view of it from the rear showing what is visible. The angle of that stock shot makes me suspicious.
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I don't have other photos to share.

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I found some pics deep in this thread!
https://www.subaruforester.org/vbull...ml#post7522019
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Picture attached (I hope) of my dealer installed OEM hitch on 2019 Forester.
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Rville, that is exactly what I wanted to see.
Looks very nice. Subaru should have a view like this on their site!
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Wow! The 2019 eco hitch version looks easier to install than the 2014-18 version. Also way better than the OEM.

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