How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a Subaru Forester (2019-2021)

Adding a trailer hitch to a Subaru Forester requires only a few tools, a CMF 13409 trailer hitch, and a short amount of time to complete the installation. This trailer hitch and installation process will work for Subaru Forester model years 2019-2021.

Follow these basic steps to begin hauling trailers and other kinds of hitch-mounted accessories for your Subaru Forester today.

Tools needed:

  • Safety Glasses
  • Torque Wrench
  • Exhaust Pliers
  • Ratchet Strap
  • Power Drill & ?” Drill Bit
  • 10mm & 19mm Sockets
  • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • Step Bit
  • Spray Bottle

Subaru Forester (2019-2021) hitch installation steps

1. Remove the Exhaust

Prior to installing the hitch, we will need to prep the vehicle for the hitch. Starting by removing the exhaust. Support the exhaust with straps so it doesn’t fall when removing the exhaust hangers.

2. Remove the underbody panel

Remove the underbody panels and the adjacent heat shields.

3. Prep vehicle attachment points

Remove the rubber plugs found on the attachment points. The center hole will need to be enlarged for the provided hardware to fit. Use the power drill with the step bit to enlarge the attachment point. Repeat process on each side of the vehicle.

4. Install the hardware

With the access holes drilled, the hardware is ready to be placed. Feed the carriage bolts into place using fish wire.

5. Raise hitch into place

With the hardware in place, you can now raise the hitch into position. Be sure to feed the fish wire through the hitch’s attachment points so the bolts won’t get pushed back into the frame.

6. Tighten and Torque the hitch

After the hitch is in place, remove the fish wire and replace them with the flange nuts provided. Once complete, use the 19mm socket with the 5” extension to tighten and torque all hardware to the manufacturer’s specifications.

7. Re-install Exhaust and Underbody panel

With the hitch installation complete, don’t forget to re-install the removed exhaust and underbody panel.

You should now have your trailer hitch installed on your Subaru Forester.

How much does it cost to add a hitch for a Subaru Forester (2019-2021)?

The price range of a hitch for a Subaru Forester ranges from $150 to $175. U-Haul carries several different classes of hitches and offers different sizes to accommodate both 1¼ to 2-inch receivers. U-Haul offers both installation services at a local U-Haul Moving Center® and will ship your hitch to your home.

How much does it cost to have a hitch installed on a Subaru Forester (2019-2021)?

Installation costs are normally under $100 but you should check with your local U-Haul Moving Center® as prices can differ based on location, the hitch model you are installing, and your vehicle. All U-Haul Moving Centers can install a hitch to your vehicle and with over 1,500 U-Haul centers throughout the country, you can have your hitch installed and be back on the road in no time.

All trailer hitches sold and installed at a U-Haul Moving Center® come with the option of a lifetime warranty plan guaranteed to replace your hitch with no limitation for any damage, including collision, corrosion, accidental overload, jackknifing, and vehicle theft.

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How long does it take to install a hitch on a Subaru Forester (2019-2021)?

Installation takes anywhere from 1 to 2 ½ hours depending on the hitch being installed and your vehicle. We recommend making an online appointment from our website to accommodate your busy schedule. In addition, U-Haul service centers offer an extensive line of towing accessories (Ball mount, Hitch ball, Pin, and Clip, Wiring) to help you safely tow your boat, camper, or trailer

Do you need a wiring kit for Subaru Forester (2019-2021)?

If you are planning to tow a trailer or camper with brake lights, running lights, and turn signal, you will want a wiring kit to power the lights on your trailer. The most common lighting harness comes in a 4 pin and 7 pin connector.  The 4- way connector has basic lighting functions (running lights, brake lights, turn signal) while the 7-way connector adds a 12-volt circuit, circuit for electric trailer brakes, and reverse lights. U-Haul offers both 4-way and 7-way connectors.  Find out which option is best for your Subaru Forester. 

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