The CURT class 3 trailer hitch is the most common type of trailer hitch installed on full-size pickup trucks and SUVs. It is also found on full-size cars, crossover SUVs, minivans and mid-size trucks. That is because the class 3 packs the punch of a heavyweight hitch while still staying light on its feet. This CURT class 3 hitch offers a gross trailer weight capacity of 4,000 lbs. and a comparable tongue weight capacity of 600 lbs. It is designed to be a custom-fit trailer hitch for certain years of the Subaru Outback (except Sport), Subaru Outback Sport (Canadian-built models only) or Subaru Legacy (to verify your vehicle compatibility, see the CURT application guide at curtmfg.com). It features a round tube frame and comes with all necessary hardware for a complete installation.
The 2" x 2" receiver tube opening of this class 3 hitch is able to accept a hitch-mounted accessory, such as a bike rack or cargo carrier, or a ball mount to tow most standard size trailers, including utility trailers, single-horse livestock trailers, boat trailers and large campers (NOTE: Never exceed the lowest weight capacity of any towing component).
CURT class 3 trailer hitches are engineered to be strong and capable, having a quality steel frame and a solid finish. They are put through strenuous testing before being deemed ready for market and come with two coatings -- a liquid Bonderite coating and a powder coat in high-gloss black -- that cure together to form a strong resistance against rust, scratching, UV damage and other wear. Our hitches are our pride, and as such, we back them up with a limited lifetime warranty and a one-year finish warranty.
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2010 Outback 2.5L
Needed a hitch to tote my 5x8 trailer around. This one worked perfect, with a great price. Easy to install (on a lift) The instructions were perfect and it took roughly 1 hour to install. Just bought another 2012 Outback and plan on putting another one of these on it as well.
2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R
Great hitch. Fits perfectly, however, the instructions are incorrect for the 3.6R model. This model has dual mufflers in the back. The hitch has cutouts on both sides to clear the muffler hangers, but the instructions should call out these differences: 1. It is easier necessary to remove the mufflers on the 3.6R. There is no way to drop them out of the way. Two rubber hangers and two bolts to the exhaust pipe flange near each muffler and the mufflers are easily removed. Invest the $18 in a exhaust hanger disconnect tool. It's necessary here. 2. The heat shields (one on each side) can be notched the same way as the instructions call for, but they are larger than on the 2.5 and will rattle unless the area of the cutout is insulated with some heat resistant tape. The hitch covers up one of the four heat shield mounting holes. 3. Using a die grinder to enlarge the front frame hole is probably not practical for non-professionals. I tried a die grinder laying on my back under the car and it didn't do a very good job. I wound up using a small cutoff wheel instead. I wished that I had used a 1 1/4" step drill. That would have been the PERFECT tool and would have been faster than using a grinder. (A good step drill in that size is $40+, so unless you already have one, it's pricey, but worth it.) Again, a great product, but unless you can improvise with the instructions, you may have problems on the 3.6R model. (Why would anyone put this class hitch on a 2.5 Outback?) By the way, the installation took me 2 1/2 hours without a lift or any help, other than a good hydraulic jack. I wasn't hurrying. If I did it again, it would probably take 90 minutes, even less with a lift and a helper.
2014 Subaru Outback Install
Truly a great product. Used wheel ramps to lift the rear of the vehicle. Install was fairly simple as long as you have all tooling called out on 'Installation Sheet. Highly recommend removing the exhaust muffler from the rubber mounts to free up space during drilling and installation. Make sure to paint over the exposed metal holes created during the drilling process to prevent future rusting.