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#1 Phillip


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Posted 18 December 2003 - 01:04 PM

I'm looking for a trailer hitch for my 1999 Legacy Outback and have learned the factory model costs more than twice as much as a Draw-Tite or Reese (aftermarket) model. Has anyone installed an aftermarket unit? If so, was it satisfactory?

#2 frag


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Posted 18 December 2003 - 01:59 PM

My dealer installs Draw-tite models.
Very satisfied up to now. Bolted to the frame and to the tow hooks. It really seems bullet proof. I can remove the ball and ball support by removing a big pin and sliding it out.

#3 theotherskip


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Posted 18 December 2003 - 02:43 PM

i bought a used draw-tite off ebay and installed it myself. took 30 minutes, required (2) 1/2" holes to be drilled, and was a piece of cake. i think i paid $60 for the hitch with a ball and support. definately not worth going through the dealer...

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Posted 18 December 2003 - 04:37 PM

I have a draw-tite on my forester. I ain't coming off. You could pick up the car with the hitch.

You shouldn't have any problems with it.

The tolerances are real tight, it should bolt right on.

Good luck,
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01 Forester, .......the winch would fit this hitch too.........Hummm?

#5 JimQPublic


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Posted 18 December 2003 - 05:39 PM

Originally posted by Phillip
I'm looking for a trailer hitch for my 1999 Legacy Outback and have learned the factory model costs more than twice as much ...

I believe that the Subaru hitches always come with wiring harness and drawbar. Generally aftermarket ones don't. The drawbar will be about $20 and the wiring harness about $35.

If you're towing you will need these, but depending on your trailer the Subaru drawbar might not be the right height anyways. If you're getting the hitch for a bike rack you don't need drawbar or wiring.

#6 alias20035


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Posted 18 December 2003 - 11:42 PM

The Subaru hitch is made by Draw Tite or Hidden Hitch.

Hidden Hitch is used by Subaru Canada, and I think Subaru USA uses Draw-Tite (which is the same company as Reese?).

My dealer wanted $486 CDN for the hitch and wiring harness, I got the identical Hidden hitch model including drawbar, ball and wiring unit for $240 CDN installed.

I guess it costs about $240 to ship from Hidden Hitch to Subaru Canada to have the Subaru sticker applied over the Hidden Hitch one and then send it on to the dealer.

#7 Tiny Clark

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Posted 19 December 2003 - 06:15 AM

I bought a hidden hitch for minelast spring, for around a hundred bucks. Easy to install.
I did get a lot of looks and stares at the Frankfurt airport, since I checked it in as baggage on my way back to Germany, and just wrapped the sharp edges with paper and tape.

#8 Subarunation 713

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Posted 22 December 2003 - 08:04 AM

I have a Draw-Tite on my 96 OBW. It was installed for about $250. Included the wiring and ball. It is rock solid, no problems at all.

#9 EOppegaard


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Posted 22 December 2003 - 09:44 AM

Mine has a Draw Tite Hitch, works great. It was an aftermarkert install.

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Posted 19 January 2004 - 05:34 PM

I just called our local dealer regarding hitches:
Class 2 hitch package, in stock: $262
Labor: $95

Asked if he would install a hitch I bring in. No problem, same labor if it is correct hitch.

Local "Truckstuff & Hitches" company - authorized Drawtite retailer:
$149 hitch Model: Part Number: 36234
$45 to install
$60 wiring kit
$45 to install
Total approx $300

Any feed back: Should I save $62 +/- and have a dealer do my install???


#11 Suzam


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Posted 19 January 2004 - 06:15 PM

I bought a hitch from hitchesonline here's the link for your Outback:


$131 for everything but wiring harness ($46) and ball ($10). Even with shipping I think you'd save a little here.

I put on my own on our 01MY Outback. Took about 45 minutes, and I didn't need to jack up the car.

#12 skitown


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Posted 20 January 2004 - 11:33 AM

With Shipping - there is not much savings:

Hitch Kit: $131
Ball: $10
Wiring Kit: $45

SubTotal: $186

Shipping: $60 - it is heavy!

Total: $ 246

source: www.hitchesonline.com

I'm leaning toward the local purchase and installing myself.

The shipping on the product just kills the price savings.


#13 Suzam


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Posted 20 January 2004 - 06:16 PM

Wow, $219 with shipping to me in DE, since it comes from PA it a shorter trip. Didn't realize going to CO would raise it that much...Geez

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