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No drill trailer hitch for '97 Outback?


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#1 Monte

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 10:20 AM

Anyone found one? If I can get away without drilling, I'd rather not drill the frame. But if I have to, guess I will.

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 10:32 AM

Anyone found one? If I can get away without drilling, I'd rather not drill the frame. But if I have to, guess I will.

Monte


No drilling mentioned here;

http://www.etrailer....=Subaru&t1=&h=e

have you emailed Jamie at www.subarugenuineparts.com to ask if the OEM hitch requires drilling?

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 10:54 AM

No drilling mentioned here;

http://www.etrailer....=Subaru&t1=&h=e

have you emailed Jamie at www.subarugenuineparts.com to ask if the OEM hitch requires drilling?

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Thanks, those are all drillers. I found one no drill, but it's only a Class I, I need a Class II. I'll ask Jamie about the OEM units.

Monte

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 11:34 AM

Subaru doesn't make hitches, so "OEM" is probably a similar unit to the one linked above. And it will most likely require drilling. I actually have a Class II Drawtite hitch for my 97 OBW sitting around, just haven't installed it yet.

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 11:47 AM

I think i have a Resse (?) hitch.. and all i did was unbolt the town hooks in the back, and it bolted right up to where those used to be... 6 large bolts...

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 11:47 AM

Subaru doesn't make hitches, so "OEM" is probably a similar unit to the one linked above. And it will most likely require drilling. I actually have a Class II Drawtite hitch for my 97 OBW sitting around, just haven't installed it yet.

Steve


My WRX came with it as an installed option I bought. I thought it was a bolt on - but '97 could be a lot different from '06 I guess. And it's 1 1/4"

the number one installer of hitches in the US is U-Haul. I dunno if they have to drill or not.

good luck

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 12:14 PM

I should have been more clear: I was not aware of Class II hitches for a 1st gen Outback that don't require drilling. The install PDF for the Draw-Tite hitch does mention drilling:
http://www.draw-tite.../pdf/N36234.pdf

But, the Reese one that Andyjo mentioned might fit the bill. Their web site is http://www.reeseprod.com/ , NOT www.reese-hitches.com, that one is a dealer of Reese, and other products.

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 02:27 PM

http://search.cartse... OUTBACK&GO=GO!
that'll get the job done, click 'click here for more info & ordering' and they have the install pdfs on line, and show if you need to bolt/drill anything. ;)
You could also post in the marketplace, one of the board members may have one hanging around for relitivly cheap :brow:

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 05:41 PM

I have a good used one, needs a coat of paint. 1" receiver hitch. $40 + shipping from CO 80919 I pulled it off a 97 Outback that I sold.

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 07:59 PM

http://search.cartse... OUTBACK&GO=GO!
that'll get the job done, click 'click here for more info & ordering' and they have the install pdfs on line, and show if you need to bolt/drill anything. ;)
You could also post in the marketplace, one of the board members may have one hanging around for relitivly cheap :brow:

WOW, they have one for the extremely rare, never seen Legacy Coupe (look at the second class II hitch).

I've been thinking about putting a hitch on the 95 Legacy Wagon, this is good info.

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 10:28 PM

The Drawtite ClassII I have on my 1996 sedan required drilling. I'd be surprised if there were any for this body style (OBS included) that didn't.

It wouldn't be until the later generations of Legacy/OBS that they were bolt on.
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Posted 19 May 2006 - 05:02 AM

I've used the bolt up from 93 all the way to 98 on standard Legacys and Outbacks. The mounts have plugs in them so the threads do not rust. Pull the plugs and bolt it up.

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 02:10 PM

I recently drilled holes to mount the hitch on my '96 Legacy. It was really easy, wouldn't hesitate to do it again. Use a piece of wire to lower the bolts through the holes. Your car doesn't have a frame, it is a unibody, all sheetmetal.

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 02:17 PM

Hey, Larry! If you haven't found any takers for that hitch yet, I'm up for another drive to the Springs! :banana:

BTW - That cat set you had laying around was perfect for my '96 OBW, and it passed metro Denver emissions testing with some of the lowest emission numbers I've ever seen from any vehicle! Are you sure that you had THAT MANY miles on them?? ;)

Thanks Again for the earlier transaction. Drop me another PM if you still have the hitch laying around.

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 03:57 PM

has anyone installed one on a subie that has a aftermarket muffler with a larger then stock tail pipe..


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Posted 20 May 2006 - 06:59 AM

PM Sent, come and get it! I'm glad the cats worked out for you, Larry

Hey, Larry! If you haven't found any takers for that hitch yet, I'm up for another drive to the Springs! :banana:

BTW - That cat set you had laying around was perfect for my '96 OBW, and it passed metro Denver emissions testing with some of the lowest emission numbers I've ever seen from any vehicle! Are you sure that you had THAT MANY miles on them?? ;)

Thanks Again for the earlier transaction. Drop me another PM if you still have the hitch laying around.



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Posted 20 May 2006 - 10:45 AM

Every hitch I looked at (Class II) required drilling. I looked at the install sheets for each hitch if I could find one. No a big deal, I'll drill.

Thanks,
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Posted 20 May 2006 - 12:05 PM

i thought outbacks had a 1000 lbs. max trailer weight. why the need for a class II hitch?

Every hitch I looked at (Class II) required drilling. I looked at the install sheets for each hitch if I could find one. No a big deal, I'll drill.

Thanks,
Monte






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