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I want to install OEM trailer hitch on my 2020 Ascent. I tried getting hold of the service department at various Bay Area subaru dealers they never answer calls. I haven't done much work on cars but after reading various threads on this forum, I am warming up to the idea of installing it myself. What do you folks recommend?

I would appreciate your recommendations for bay area hitch installers or online parts store where I might get a good deal on a hitch purchase. This is the SKU# L101SXC004. Right?
 

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Not sure if you got this sorted, yet.

That's the right part #. I just ordered mine through BAM over the weekend. They were the cheapest OEM $324 and change with shipping to San Mateo.

If you haven't done the install yet, I called Boxer Specialist in San Mateo. They are an indie shop specialized in....Subarus. Quoted me around $300 on the phone. Local dealers are all double this.

If you have installed, can you share where you went and how much? Thanks!
 

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Not sure if you got this sorted, yet.

That's the right part #. I just ordered mine through BAM over the weekend. They were the cheapest OEM $324 and change with shipping to San Mateo.

If you haven't done the install yet, I called Boxer Specialist in San Mateo. They are an indie shop specialized in....Subarus. Quoted me around $300 on the phone. Local dealers are all double this.

If you have installed, can you share where you went and how much? Thanks!
I ended up doing it myself. I ordered the hitch from subarupartsonline for $319 (no CA tax and $20 for shipping). I took my time and spread it over 3 days.
  • Day 1, removed the spare tire and cargo try (not much, still warming up to the idea)
  • Day 2, install the 7 pin and 5 pin connectors, tie down mounts and secure wiring to the hitch using tie downs (Took me about an hour). Lots of little screws and it is best done before mounting the hitch on the car IMO. (I could have aborted after day 2 if I wanted and still go to a shop)
  • Day 3, Took me about 3.5 hours to complete installation. Done!

I broke the clip that attaches antenna and bumper sensor wires to hitch. It wasn't too bad, I could reuse them. Everyone talks about being careful not to break it but no one tells you how exactly you are not supposed to break them. You need to use long nose pliers to squeeze the clip below the bumper surface and push it out. If you try to pry it out form top, they will break.

I just finished installing trailer brake controller as well. Tekonsha and Redarc seem to be popular on the forum. I didn't want to drill anything into the trim and preferred having heads up visibility and accessible manual override. So, I went with this instead and strongly recommend this over the other two: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C5THYIK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 

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Congrats on the install! I plan on doing the hitch install myself. Regarding the pins, aren't they the type where you insert the middle pin and the entire "pin" pops out? Forgot the name.
 

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nd the entire "pin" pops out? Forgot the nam
I wasn't referring to the pop pins that hold the bumper. I should have called them clips. These are the clips that secure antenna on passenger side and bumper sensor on driver side to the bumper.
 
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