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So, a number of my fellow Ascent owners know I am adamant about the benefits of the OEM hitch vs the other inferior solutions. I even go into varying levels of detail explaining why in numerous posts.

Well, some of you have let me know that it's a bit expensive where you all are. I am working on getting you all the best prices I can, so you can get the best hitch possible (seriously, you're talking about something that can cause catastrophic issues if it fails or damages the car).

To that end, ANY of you in Northern NJ, Eastern PA, the New York Metro Area, or simply feel like taking a drive, can head on over to Liberty Subaru, Inc., Emerson, NJ, tell them I sent you, and get the OEM hitch, parts and labor, installed, for $628 (plus tax).

CALL DAN TO GET THE DISCOUNT
AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

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@Liberty Subaru

$628 INSTALLED
+tax

Of course, it's not just the only third row crash tested hitch. It's also the peace of mind knowing it will be covered as a part of your 3/36 factory warranty because it's a dealer installed accessory. It also comes with the 4 pin and 7 pin connectors and harness. It also comes with the brake controller pigtail.

Add all of that up, and it's a great deal - especially considering NY Metro Area's labor rates!!! @Liberty Subaru will take great care of you!

Oh, and if you're in the area, but REALLY want to install it yourself, message them through this forum for a special price on just the hitch!!!

I'll do my best to get some great prices for those of you elsewhere. Stay tuned!

#Subaru #SubaruAmbassador #SubaruAmbassadorRobert #OEMHitch #towing

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Considering Towing? Considering a Hitch?
With more and more people considering trailer adventures this summer, a bunch of you are considering getting hitches installed - get the OEM.

It's Part Number L101SXC004.
It's the only one that integrates properly into the Ascent's frame rails, the only one that's third row crash tested to meet the Ascent's third row crash test requirements, and the only one that comes with 4 pin and 7 pin harnesses, and the brake controller pigtail.

If you want to save money on labor, it's an easy DIY install, and well worth it. If you don't want to do the work, I will continue on finding great dealerships that will do it at a great price.

The two big beefy bars at the bottom of the image are the bars that go inside your Ascent's frame rails and bolt into the frame rails.

This isn't an area I'd ever skimp on.

VIDEO INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS:
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVa4XhGAfFU

    NOTE: the cover plates in the video are cosmetic and not included in the new hitch kits. The drop hitch ball mount is not included either. Find an appropriate height or adjustable height ball mount that is the proper height for your trailer(s).
PRINTABLE INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS:
DON'T FORGET!
Previous part numbers were L101SXC000, L101SXC001, L101SXC002, L101SXC003.
 

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Got my OEM hitch from BAM Wholesale Parts and came with everything you mentioned for 290.93 plus shipping of $11.60 to my home address, I guess shipping will be different depending on where you live. I installed it my self without anyone helping, so it's pretty easy to do, at least for me. Definitely didn't want to go aftermarket with that.
 

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Got my OEM hitch from BAM Wholesale Parts and came with everything you mentioned for 290.93 plus shipping of $11.60 to my home address, I guess shipping will be different depending on where you live. I installed it my self without anyone helping, so it's pretty easy to do, at least for me. Definitely didn't want to go aftermarket with that.
Liberty will beat that price for the part if you message them here. ;) I have it on good authority that you'll get it for just shy that at $288.00 and end up supporting a dealership that's near and dear to my heart for always giving back to the community and being a MASSIVE part of each year's 48Hrs of Tristate Make-A-Wish Charity Drive - if you message them here.
 

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$280 is an amazing price for the part, even considering it doesn’t come with the drop hitch anymore. The dealer price is decent considering the peace of mind and convenience.

@Robert.Mauro adamant might be an understatement, but rightfully so. The OEM hitch is the way to go, especially as competing prices come down. I’m sure it’s safe to assume if a new part number revision comes out you’ll update us here?
 

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Got my OEM hitch from BAM Wholesale Parts and came with everything you mentioned for 290.93 plus shipping of $11.60 to my home address, I guess shipping will be different depending on where you live. I installed it my self without anyone helping, so it's pretty easy to do, at least for me. Definitely didn't want to go aftermarket with that.
Installation was free ;)
 

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Installation was free ;)
LMAO!!! If mine weren't factory installed, I'd have done it myself too. That's why, in my original post, I made sure to leave a link to the official Subaru "paper" instructions, and to video instructions for those others, like you and I, who are the DIY type of people. ;)
 

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Got a quote from dealer yesterday of $499.00 plus tax. Hitch, installation and wiring. $306 for the hitch and 2.5 hours labor.
Labor rate is really high in NY Metro. Everything is more here, lol :(

Where are you located?
 

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Got my OEM hitch from BAM Wholesale Parts and came with everything you mentioned for 290.93 plus shipping of $11.60 to my home address, I guess shipping will be different depending on where you live. I installed it my self without anyone helping, so it's pretty easy to do, at least for me. Definitely didn't want to go aftermarket with that.
+1 on BAM hitch. Great prices with reasonable shipping costs. My factory crossbars were around $130.
 

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So, a number of my fellow Ascent owners know I am adamant about the benefits of the OEM hitch vs the other inferior solutions. I even go into varying levels of detail explaining why in numerous posts.

Well, some of you have let me know that it's a bit expensive where you all are. I am working on getting you all the best prices I can, so you can get the best hitch possible (seriously, you're talking about something that can cause catastrophic issues if it fails or damages the car).

To that end, ANY of you in Northern NJ, Eastern PA, the New York Metro Area, or simply feel like taking a drive, can head on over to Liberty Subaru, Inc., Emerson, NJ, tell them I sent you, and get the OEM hitch, parts and labor, installed, for $528 (plus tax).

CALL DAN TO GET THE DISCOUNT
AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

201-261-0900x102

OR MESSAGE
@Liberty Subaru

$528 INSTALLED
+tax

Of course, it's not just the only third row crash tested hitch. It's also the peace of mind knowing it will be covered as a part of your 3/36 factory warranty because it's a dealer installed accessory. It also comes with the 4 pin and 7 pin connectors and harness. It also comes with the brake controller pigtail.

Add all of that up, and it's a great deal - especially considering NY Metro Area's labor rates!!! @Liberty Subaru will take great care of you!

Oh, and if you're in the area, but REALLY want to install it yourself, message them through this forum for a special price on just the hitch!!!

I'll do my best to get some great prices for those of you elsewhere. Stay tuned!

#Subaru #SubaruAmbassador #SubaruAmbassadorRobert #OEMHitch #towing

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Considering Towing? Considering a Hitch?
With more and more people considering trailer adventures this summer, a bunch of you are considering getting hitches installed - get the OEM.

It's Part Number L101SXC004.
It's the only one that integrates properly into the Ascent's frame rails, the only one that's third row crash tested to meet the Ascent's third row crash test requirements, and the only one that comes with 4 pin and 7 pin harnesses, and the brake controller pigtail.

If you want to save money on labor, it's an easy DIY install, and well worth it. If you don't want to do the work, I will continue on finding great dealerships that will do it at a great price.

The two big beefy bars at the bottom of the image are the bars that go inside your Ascent's frame rails and bolt into the frame rails.

This isn't an area I'd ever skimp on.

VIDEO INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS:
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVa4XhGAfFU

    NOTE: the cover plates in the video are cosmetic and not included in the new hitch kits. The drop hitch ball mount is not included either. Find an appropriate height or adjustable height ball mount that is the proper height for your trailer(s).
PRINTABLE INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS:
DON'T FORGET!
Previous part numbers were L101SXC000, L101SXC001, L101SXC002, L101SXC003.
I just recently had a hitch installed at the dealer, and they claim that the brake controller pigtail is not included with p/n L101SXC004. Is it supposed to be included? The only document I could find was for the previous version L101SXC003. Thanks!
 

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I just recently had a hitch installed at the dealer, and they claim that the brake controller pigtail is not included with p/n L101SXC004. Is it supposed to be included? The only document I could find was for the previous version L101SXC003. Thanks!
Unless something just changed, they're mistaken. Check your glove box, and under the floor panel in the cargo area where the jack is stored.
L101SXC004 Instructions:
- Page 2, Part O (as in orange)


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Unless something just changed, they're mistaken. Check your glove box, and under the floor panel in the cargo area where the jack is stored.
L101SXC004 Instructions:
- Page 2, Part O (as in orange)


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I looked in all those places before calling my service rep. He said he talked to others (parts?) And that it was not included and my best bet would be to purchase one when I get a brake controller. As for the instructions, that is the one I found, but thought it wasn't the most recent since it has L101SXC003 on the bottom. Where would be the best place to confirm its still included so I can bug them if I was supposed to get it?
 

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I looked in all those places before calling my service rep. He said he talked to others (parts?) And that it was not included and my best bet would be to purchase one when I get a brake controller. As for the instructions, that is the one I found, but thought it wasn't the most recent since it has L101SXC003 on the bottom. Where would be the best place to confirm its still included so I can bug them if I was supposed to get it?
Next time I am visiting Parts, I will see if they have one handy to pull open. Others have just recently installed Revision 4, and had the pigtail. I'll let you know. I should be visiting Parts on Tuesday.
 

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Hello,
I just had mine installed last week and the pig tail was included. Part # was the L101SXC004
Unfortunately pricing was a bit higher here in the PNW, $710+ tax.
Thanks SO much for replying about this! Helps me not have to worry about if I had enough coffee to remember on Tuesday at 7:30AM, lol!!!
(no, seriously, I am horrible at that time of the morning)
 

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Thanks all for your help. After Robert confirms (assuming he's fully cafinated) I'll try talking directly to parts to confirm and then go back to the service rep to hopefully resolve this.
 

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  • You must use a brake controller for trailers over 1,000 pounds, even if your state law is higher.
A brake controller won't do much if the trailer doesn't have brakes or has surge brakes...just sayin'.

Sounds like for towing with the Ascent, a trailer over 1000 lb must be equipped with working brakes. If they're electric and require a controller, so be it.

I ran into an interesting situation in CA many years ago. I was driving over the Sierras in a snow storm on I80 had to go through chain inspection. My tow vehicle, being 4WD with appropriate tires, didn't need chains, but my trailer, having brakes, did. I had to drive back and get chains for my trailer. If the trailer hadn't had brakes, no chains would have been required.
 
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