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#1 2009-04-01 12:36:28

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Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

I have done some research on this, and searched the forums without much sucess.

Anyone have a trailer hitch on thier 9-2x? I went to my local Subaru delaership, and they told me that "Subaru doesn't recommend towing with the Impreza", and "Subaru doesn't offer a towing hitch reciever for the car".

As soon as I got back to my computer at work, I went on the Subaru Genuine Parts website, and was able to come up with a hitch for the Impreza WRX.

I was also able to locate numerous Draw-Tite htiches for around $105 for the 9-2x/Impreza. I have read that you can order and use the OE Subaru trailer wiring harness from the B9 Tribeca - can anyone verify that (or provide a part number???)?

If you have installed one, does it require any modifications to the rear bumper cover?

If I'm running an STi axle back, will I have clearance issues?

Thanks in advance.


2005 Aero 5MT, Cold & Premium, Bosal shorty DP, Cobb Stg2 93 oct, Legacy GT 17" wheels, 225/45 Kumho PA31s, ixizhood, Hella Micro DEs, STI Axle back, JDM red hazard switch, VDO boost gauge, aluminum radiator, H6 rear brake upgrade, & giant rally-style mudflaps.

Car # 20 (VIN #0060) - produced 02/04 - one of the "oldest" 9-2x's on the board!

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#2 2009-04-01 12:40:15

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

I have a Draw-Tite hitch on my Aero.  I still have the factory exhaust, so I can't definitively answer your question regarding the STI exhaust, but I've read longer hangers may be necessary with the STI muffler and a hitch.  For the wiring harness, I just used the generic Draw-Tite adapter; I hooked it up to my tail lights and stowed the little box in the spare tire well.  I keep the wires in the well unless I have the motorcycle trailer hooked up, then I just run them over the bumper and close the hatch on them.  Works without pinching the wires excessively. 

My Aero tows a single dirtbike at 80mph with no issues and still gets 25mpg or better!   up


iamchris: I do not have a 9-2x

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#3 2009-04-01 12:47:27

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

Oh, I forgot to mention no bumper cover mods are necessary with the Draw-Tite.  Installation was < 1hr.


iamchris: I do not have a 9-2x

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#4 2009-04-01 13:14:19

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

STi cat back with no issues too. Curt hitch.

http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll96/P-Dubz/Car%20Pics/100_0631.jpg

http://aycu19.webshots.com/image/27658/2000007709095401998_rs.jpg


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#5 2009-04-01 13:22:22

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

Draw tite hitch with a modified STi rear diffuser.

LC wrote:

This is taking more time than I figured. First I had to make some space in the garage.

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w303/06Saabaru/Before.jpg

Up on to the stands.

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w303/06Saabaru/Stands.jpg

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w303/06Saabaru/Stands2.jpg

The rear end before:

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w303/06Saabaru/R160.jpg

I removed the exhaust sysetm and drive shaft. The rear end is a pretty straight forward swap of parts. the biggest problem I had was getting the new adapter axles to snap into the rear end. I played with it for a day  banghead before I discoverd the secret - PB Blaster. I had been using grease to lubricate the new axle ends and they just would not snap into place. Then I tried PB Blaster and they just snapped right in. I figure that the grease just stayed where I put it it, but the PB Blaster penetrating oil traveled to where it was needed. I also installed Kartboy rear subframe outrigger bushings (comfort) and TiC rear diff mount bushings (comfort) while I was there. Then came the STi underbody rear diffuser. I have a hitch so I did not use the rearmost mount - I drilled the (17/64") and tapped (8mm-1.25) the hitch. I did a lot of cutting, sawing and filing on the diffuser itself to clear various parts of the hitch.

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w303/06Saabaru/Diffuser.jpg

Then came the forward mounts - this took an insane amount of time. Lots of taping, checking, moving, taping........ and finally drilling and pop riveting.

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w303/06Saabaru/Brackets1.jpg

I am pretty pleased with the result.

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w303/06Saabaru/HitchDiffuser.jpg

Now it is tme for the transaxle itself. So far all I have done is drain the 5-speed with my new T-70 Torx bit (aren't special tools wonderful roll) and removed the intercooler. Next weekend will be interesting.


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#6 2009-04-01 13:22:34

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

I'd recommend getting the Hidden Hitch.  It's the same as the Drawtite but with paint that lasts - apparently the drawtite (I have it, but have not experienced this yet) starts to deteriorate quicker.  It's only $10 more.

I have a Prodrive Oval and had to get the extra long hangers.

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#7 2009-04-01 15:24:57

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

I have a Drawtite hitch on my MY99 Forester (NA 2.5 5MT, same drivetrain as my Linear).  I pull a 4x8 stakebed trailer with no problems.  I've had 2 motorcycles, 1.5 CY of compost, 1920 lbs. of bagged concrete mix, 1 CY of 3/4" stone and 10 4x8 sheets of 1/2" gypsum board in the trailer, though not all at the same time. wink  I've had no trouble hauling these loads, and I don't even have the benefit of turbo torque.  What do you want to pull?


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#8 2009-04-01 16:13:05

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

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#9 2009-04-01 16:14:34

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

I'm looking to pull a pop-up Coleman camper. My '01 Elantra isn't going to cut it.

I think the trailer will weighs in around 1500 lbs, it's the smallest one made with the least amount of "amenities". This particular trailer was towed around by a 2002 Honda CR-V without issue for MANY MANY miles.

Am I flirting with disaster here (especially since I have a 5 speed)???


2005 Aero 5MT, Cold & Premium, Bosal shorty DP, Cobb Stg2 93 oct, Legacy GT 17" wheels, 225/45 Kumho PA31s, ixizhood, Hella Micro DEs, STI Axle back, JDM red hazard switch, VDO boost gauge, aluminum radiator, H6 rear brake upgrade, & giant rally-style mudflaps.

Car # 20 (VIN #0060) - produced 02/04 - one of the "oldest" 9-2x's on the board!

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#10 2009-04-01 16:46:56

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

IIRC, manual rates towing capacity as 1000 lbs w/o trailer brakes and 1500 with.


iamchris: I do not have a 9-2x

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#11 2009-04-01 16:52:54

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

deadbeat son wrote:

IIRC, manual rates towing capacity as 1000 lbs w/o trailer brakes and 1500 with.

are you sure ? i think its 2000 lb and 200 tounge.

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#12 2009-04-01 16:57:54

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

AbACUZ wrote:

are you sure ? i think its 2000 lb and 200 tounge.

No, I'm not; that's why I said "if I remember correctly."


iamchris: I do not have a 9-2x

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#13 2009-04-01 17:10:27

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

Those are correct for the class 1 hitch specs but the actual towing capacity of the car may be different.

http://www.drophitch.com/index.asp?Page … &id=13


06 Tacoma SpeedRally Blue TRD DC LB 4x4, 90 Civic Si Black: Raybrig kinda bright bulbs
05 CBR600RR Black: LED rear signals,
07 DB mountain bike Dark Gray: $10 bike computer (Target!), 05 K2 Mach 1.0 Road Bike: $10 bike computer (Target!)
05 Aero Black: RIP 08-07-2009,

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#14 2009-04-01 18:48:18

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

From the manual:

Trailer without brakes: 1000 lb.
Trailer with brakes: 2000 lb.

Max tongue load: 200 lb.

The trailer I plan to tow is slightly longer than the pop-up camper in AbA's post above.


2005 Aero 5MT, Cold & Premium, Bosal shorty DP, Cobb Stg2 93 oct, Legacy GT 17" wheels, 225/45 Kumho PA31s, ixizhood, Hella Micro DEs, STI Axle back, JDM red hazard switch, VDO boost gauge, aluminum radiator, H6 rear brake upgrade, & giant rally-style mudflaps.

Car # 20 (VIN #0060) - produced 02/04 - one of the "oldest" 9-2x's on the board!

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#15 2009-04-01 19:30:44

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

The issue with towing with an Aero is that the engine could spend extended periods on boost due to the added weight and wind resistance of the trailer.  The engine, like most automotive turbo engines, is not designed for being on boost for extended periods, and can result in overheating and potential engine damage.  Get a boost gauge, keep an eye on it while towing, make sure you are not spending extended time on boost, and you should be okay.

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#16 2009-04-01 19:41:10

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

I boost all day and all night baby. no problem  tongue

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#17 2009-04-03 10:37:38

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

Pretty sure that it's a DrawTite installed on mine. It's rusting, and kinda ugly. Never heard of Hidden Hitch, but if the paint/powdercoat lasts longer, then it's for sure worth an extra $10.

I went to Perfection Trailers in Jonesville a couple of weeks after I got the car. Told 'em to treat it just like an 05 WRX. Everything went nice-n-smooth.

I've only towed my motorcycle trailer... not sure that I'd really want to tow anything with any kind of real weight for any distance. Combined bike and trailer weight was somewhere in the neighborhood of 1100lbs, and towing from VT to VA went pretty well.

Hit me up if you'd care to look at it --Bill


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#18 2009-05-22 13:11:21

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

I am going on my first voyage with a pop-up camper/trailer this evening.

Got a Draw-Tite hitch and the PnP wiring harness http://www.etrailer.com/p-118461.htm from etrailer.com ($148 shipped) The OE plug for the wiring harness is on the passenger side, behind the carpeting.

2" Ball and 2" raised ball mount from Wal-Mart ($19)

Installed everything myself (air tools FTW). Also installed my 9mm ixizshims on the rear struts. Super easy, and no more saggy butt!

That total price is $13 less than Perfection Trailers wanted just for the draw bar and installation ($180). Ball, ball mount, and wiring would have been additional to that price.

We'll see how it goes!


2005 Aero 5MT, Cold & Premium, Bosal shorty DP, Cobb Stg2 93 oct, Legacy GT 17" wheels, 225/45 Kumho PA31s, ixizhood, Hella Micro DEs, STI Axle back, JDM red hazard switch, VDO boost gauge, aluminum radiator, H6 rear brake upgrade, & giant rally-style mudflaps.

Car # 20 (VIN #0060) - produced 02/04 - one of the "oldest" 9-2x's on the board!

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#19 2010-05-19 20:38:22

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

So I'm a little curious as to how your hauling of the camper went?  I might be in the same scenario someday myself soon.


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#20 2010-05-20 10:36:42

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

It went well towing the pop-up, but I can't say that the 9-2x enjoyed it, especially in hilly areas.

I have since removed and sold the hitch, we have a Honda Pilot now that gets the towing duties.

If I were to have continued using the 9-2x to tow, I would install better brake pads (as the AutoZone standard pads faded braking all that weight on long hills), and would say that a 4EAT would be much better suited to doing it than the 5MT.


2005 Aero 5MT, Cold & Premium, Bosal shorty DP, Cobb Stg2 93 oct, Legacy GT 17" wheels, 225/45 Kumho PA31s, ixizhood, Hella Micro DEs, STI Axle back, JDM red hazard switch, VDO boost gauge, aluminum radiator, H6 rear brake upgrade, & giant rally-style mudflaps.

Car # 20 (VIN #0060) - produced 02/04 - one of the "oldest" 9-2x's on the board!

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#21 2010-05-20 10:47:41

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

krazykarguy wrote:

If I were to have continued using the 9-2x to tow, I would install better brake pads (as the AutoZone standard pads faded braking all that weight on long hills), and would say that a 4EAT would be much better suited to doing it than the 5MT.

Why do you say this?  Starting from a stop?

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#22 2010-05-20 11:10:25

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

arrow-up Yeah - it just felt that the car was struggling with putting the power down when paired up with a trailer.

Kind of a combination of too much weight, and no low-end torque. Had to slip the clutch a lot to get a smooth start.


2005 Aero 5MT, Cold & Premium, Bosal shorty DP, Cobb Stg2 93 oct, Legacy GT 17" wheels, 225/45 Kumho PA31s, ixizhood, Hella Micro DEs, STI Axle back, JDM red hazard switch, VDO boost gauge, aluminum radiator, H6 rear brake upgrade, & giant rally-style mudflaps.

Car # 20 (VIN #0060) - produced 02/04 - one of the "oldest" 9-2x's on the board!

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#23 2010-05-20 11:12:30

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

That's odd, I never had any problems (except with fuel economy!) when I towed U-Haul trailers on a couple occasions.  I wonder how I'd do now with my lightweight flywheel.

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#24 2010-05-20 11:29:40

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

My fully loaded pop-up was bumping up against the 2000 lb tow limit. What do you think your U-Hauls weighed?


2005 Aero 5MT, Cold & Premium, Bosal shorty DP, Cobb Stg2 93 oct, Legacy GT 17" wheels, 225/45 Kumho PA31s, ixizhood, Hella Micro DEs, STI Axle back, JDM red hazard switch, VDO boost gauge, aluminum radiator, H6 rear brake upgrade, & giant rally-style mudflaps.

Car # 20 (VIN #0060) - produced 02/04 - one of the "oldest" 9-2x's on the board!

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#25 2010-05-20 11:56:44

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Re: Towing with the Aero - who's done this???

Probably around 1800 lbs.

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