Reviewed By Daniel S (Lebanon, OR) Reviewed for a 1998 Subaru Outback —3/4/2010 12:28 PM
After I got over the fact that this was going to take more than a few minutes to install, it actually went pretty well. The sequence that worked was to remove the vapor recovery cannister and the rubber plugs from the access holes in the frame. (I didn't have to remove the exhaust hangers.) I then place the hitch into its proper place to see whether the holes would line up to the access holes. The one on the passenger side did. I placed the bolt and its square hole spacer into the access hole, put the hitch back in place, and attached that side. The other side had to be drilled with a 1/2" bit. I pushed the frame back up with one hand and using the hitch as a template, drilled the hole with the other hand. I swung the frame back out of the way and used the fishwire (which works amazingly well) to install the bolt and square spacer into the drilled hole. Then, I pushed the frame back into place, installed the nut and the hard work was over. Attaching the bottom to the frame tie-down loops was a snap. Then put the vapor recovery cannister back in place and I was done. The whole thing took me about an hour and a half. I think with help you could do it in under an hour. I really liked the fact that you can't really see any of the hitch except the receiver piece. Almost completely hidden.