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    Hitch ground clearance issues

    Greetings fine folks of MTBR. After many years of putting bikes into the car and trunk, a little man arrived and baby stuff goes where bikes previously went, so we got a hitch and the amazing 1up rack.

    Went on etrailer, picked the hitch that fit the vehicle and installed it myself. Bolted up w/o much issue.

    The car is a 2005 Subaru Legacy. It sits pretty low as is, but I expected the hitch to tuck up under the bumper a bit more like other hitches I've seen. I get strikes when pulling out of sloped driveways and sometimes even on speed bumps when loaded!

    Current clearance is about 6.5 inches unloaded.
    I'm running regular tires and suspension (i believe)
    This is the hitch:
    Trailer Hitch for 2005 Subaru Legacy - Hidden Hitch 87446

    Any suggestions on how to remedy the situation?

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    Thanks.

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    Take them at an angle slowly. With the rack drive it like its a sports car with 4" of clearance. Don't drive the car into a place you are not sure you can get out of. I had a receiver on a wrx and v8 Camaro with nary a problem and no scrapes.
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    Hi Jayem,
    thanks for the feedback. In short, nothing to do but drive carefully. Will give it a go!

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    Would a hitch riser/drop work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrm View Post
    Would a hitch riser/drop work?
    Don't think so. It's not the rack that's low, it's the actual hitch. A riser would just make the rack attachment point higher while the position of the original mount is unchanged.

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    Is that a hidden hitch? That's odd, usually they are tucked up more closely under the bumper. Perhaps its just the way the car and hitch are designed. Unfortunately without throwing gobs of money into a custom solution, I don't think there is much you can do other than drive cautiously with the lowered ground clearance.
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    Looks like it does on the demo car from the etrailers website. Unless you try to find a different manufacturer's hitch that sits further forward, this is what you've stuck with. Drive slow and avoid the steep driveways and big speed bumps.

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    Hidden Hitch, Curt, Reese, Draw-Tite are all made by same manufacturer and are probably identical.

    You already have this hitch, its far easier to just drive gently when needed as opposed to getting a new hitch.
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    Cool, good to know. Thanks for the info.

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