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    Subaru Crosstrek hitch options

    Hello so I am getting out of my WRX and into a new Crosstrek. Which hitch shall I get? I had the Eco Hitch on my WRX which hides behind the square hole. It was fine but a real pain to remove and install pin for bike rack. The only issue with the regular like Curt hitch is clearance. Any opinions?

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    I'm running the Curt 2". It's cheap on Amazon, bolts up in 30 minutes. It is below the bumper, but doesn't cause any issues. The eco looks awesome, but it's a PIA to get the locking pin into my Kuat.
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    I have a Curt 2" which I purchased from etrailer.com. They also have a great installation video on their website.

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    You can kinda see the hitch below. The video on etrailer.com is excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EBG 18T View Post
    You can kinda see the hitch below. The video on etrailer.com is excellent.

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    Thanks for the pic. Nice bike! I'm really liking the idea of the Curt 2" On the Crosstrek it doesn't look like the clearance would be an issue like on a lower car like the WRX

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    Clearance is still very good.
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    I've got an Outback and just went with Uhaul. Around $200 installed, lifetime warranty. No issues with clearance, and can't see it unless you bend down.

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    I went with the factory hitch for multiple reasons.

    1. I hate the look of the entire bar assembly hanging down.
    2. I like having just the receiver sticking out. No laying on my back trying find the hold on a hidden hitch setup when using a cargo rack, and it hand just below the bumper cover / muffler and will hit before they do.
    3. I don't need a 2" hitch, I'm not towing a bass boat with a Crosstrek.
    4. Wasn't a factor for me, but it's also designed to work with the factory crumple zones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HPIguy View Post
    I went with the factory hitch for multiple reasons.

    1. I hate the look of the entire bar assembly hanging down.
    2. I like having just the receiver sticking out. No laying on my back trying find the hold on a hidden hitch setup when using a cargo rack, and it hand just below the bumper cover / muffler and will hit before they do.
    3. I don't need a 2" hitch, I'm not towing a bass boat with a Crosstrek.
    4. Wasn't a factor for me, but it's also designed to work with the factory crumple zones.
    I really like the idea of the factory hitch. I wonder where would be the best price one could purchase one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by krazymatt View Post
    I really like the idea of the factory hitch. I wonder where would be the best price one could purchase one?
    I would re-think the factory hitch. Only because it doesn't come in 2". I don't tow, either, but 2" racks mount SO much more solid than 1.25". I had one before (on another car) and the side sway was horrible. Systems like 1UP mitigate that a bit, but 2" is still preferred.

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    My 1up rack doesn't mitigate it, it's solid as can be, you can shake the car via the rack but not wiggle at all between rack / hitch. And you'll have to purchase the factory hitch at a dealer.

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    If you need to carry more than 2 bikes, you might be limited on the 1.25" hitch rack options. I did the 2" Curt since I use a 4 bike Kuat NV.

    I think 1Up only sells the 1.25" rack fir up to 2 bikes.
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    Good point, I have no intention of carrying more than two bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EBG 18T View Post
    If you need to carry more than 2 bikes, you might be limited on the 1.25" hitch rack options. I did the 2" Curt since I use a 4 bike Kuat NV.

    I think 1Up only sells the 1.25" rack fir up to 2 bikes.
    You'll be seriously limited. I don't know a single platform rack that can do 4 bikes on a 1.25" stinger. The only 4 bike racks I know of that have 1.25" stingers are cradle-type racks. This is the biggest reason I got a 2" receiver on my crosstrek. Even though I haven't carried more than 2 bikes on my Kuat, I didn't want that limitation. The only reason I'd ever buy a 1.25" receiver was if a 2" one wasn't available or possible. And it's a big reason I haven't put a receiver on my Honda Fit yet (even though I've owned it for 10yrs). My rack is a 2" rack, so the 1.25" receivers available for my car wouldn't do me any good unless I bought another hitch rack.

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    Have you guys ever bumped your bike into something when making a tight turn since the bike is wider than the car?

    I kind of equate it to having a trailer. With a trailer you can't make a tight turn because the trailer takes a smaller radius turn and can clip things like curbs, poles, trees, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliikane View Post
    Have you guys ever bumped your bike into something when making a tight turn since the bike is wider than the car?

    I kind of equate it to having a trailer. With a trailer you can't make a tight turn because the trailer takes a smaller radius turn and can clip things like curbs, poles, trees, etc.
    Um, no. Never clipped a trailer, either. This is what side mirrors are for. I pay attention to what I'm doing.

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    You would have to turn so ridiculously tight and close to something in order to do that. And be a really shitty driver.
    I'm a mountain bike guide in southwest Utah

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    I got the 2" Curt from etrailer. No clearance problems and super easy to install.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    Um, no. Never clipped a trailer, either. This is what side mirrors are for. I pay attention to what I'm doing.
    I am low on the evolutionary scale, so I get distracted like a dog seeing a squirrel run across the road and make mistakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    You would have to turn so ridiculously tight and close to something in order to do that. And be a really shitty driver.
    In parking lots, I hit curbs with my rear tires occasionally. Haha.

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    Do any of you guys have a picture of the factory hitch installed? I want to see how hidden it is compared to the other hitches which are really visible.

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    Note that the Curt hitch does reduce ground clearance. I have one on our Crosstrek, and while driving a forest service road/trail that was pushing the capacity of the Crosstrek, I bumped a rock on the hitch. Not a huge difference in clearance, but it is about an inch

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    I like having the Curt hang down that little bit. Usually if I tap it on the ground, I would have possibly hit my bumper instead. I'd much rather hit the hitch.
    I'm a mountain bike guide in southwest Utah

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    I put an Eco Hitch on my Crosstrek. It is hidden in the bumper with a knockout. 2" works great. I put 4 bikes on when the whole family rides. 2 Prophets, one Jekyll and a F@R.
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    You guys are nuts to install these "cheap" aftermarket hitches. These aftermarket hitches are a rig job which uses a 4-bolt clamping setup into a thin sheet metal body reinforcement. The OEM hitch uses a 6-bolt direct attachment into threaded holes where the original bumper was installed. Spend the money and do it right. I ordered my OEM from Heuberger for $360 and installed it myself in a few hours.

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