Search on hitches lots of very detailed and good threads about the pluses and minuses of each hitch brand etc.Hey All,
I am interested in towing two dirt bikes and some gear. If you have a hitch you like I would love to hear about it. As well as trailers.
Thanks in advance,
Same here, from the same retailer.I use a Hidden Hitch Class III 2" that's custom fit for OB Gen 4 models. Hauls a 10' utility trailer w/ EZGO golf cart like a champ. Mounts invisibly into the rear frame, which prevents you from banging a shin when you're not using it. Installation is DIY or any capable mechanic can follow directions. eTrailer had best prices & free shipping.
False!Same here, from the same retailer.
The hidden hitch has a 600# tongue rating, as well. Nice to put a motorcycle carrier on if you're just hauling 1 somewhere.
The only gripe is that the pin sits pretty far back, so you have to stretch under there and search around to slide it in sometimes. Not a big deal.
A big reason lots of people don't go with the OEM mount on the 4th generation Outback is that is sticks out behind the bumper a lot, and I do mean a lot. People were complaining of cracking their legs on the hitch easily. Having seen one a couple times I can attest that it sticks out further than any receiver style hitch I have ever seen. Subaru did this to make the hitch pin hole accessible since the receiver pokes out through bumper. You can see this in some of the pics at this webpage, one of the last pics on this page really shows how far it sticks out... 2011 Subaru Outback Options and Upgrades, Photo Page #2I used to have a DrawTite 2" on my 3rd gen, but recently installed a used OEM 1.25".
It's so much nicer. Mounts better, looks better, and doesn't scrape all the time. I originally installed a 2" for the versatility of the most common hitch mount. It seems that these days though, there are more and more options for the 1.25". My guess is that since more and more people are trading in their trucks and SUV's for crossovers and wagons, it's a necessity if the accessory manufactures want to survive.
Regardless, each option allows you to tow/carry the same amount. Class II (1.25") is rated for 350/3,500lbs, which is over the Outback's rating.
It wraps around and under a good ways so there would be no way to access it if the hole were recessed. What they should have done is look at most every other company out there. Most just remove more of the bumper material so there is sufficient access on either side of the receiver. By making the hitch itself look nice the end product is still factory looking but more functional. Most Fords and Chevys work like this on their small SUVs.It's crazy that it sticks out that far. Does the lower portion of the bumper wrap under a good ways? If the receiver was recessed, you should still be able to access the pin hole from underneath.
The stock hitch passes through the lower plastic shroud of the bumper which is probably why they extended it so far to allow pin access. The hidden hitch and others hang about 2inches lower and are set back farther but the pin access is unobstructed by the bumper.It's crazy that it sticks out that far. Does the lower portion of the bumper wrap under a good ways? If the receiver was recessed, you should still be able to access the pin hole from underneath.
The levered load for sure is in excess of 200lbs given how far out those racks hang. I've run that type of bike collection. I always put the big bikes on the roof.
With the carrier (~30lbs) and the 5 bikes (~130 lbs 2 Al and 3 Steel) I wonder with the bouncing if it is torquing the frame. Usually I only have two on the carrier.