Rear Bike Rack for Forester ?

Discussion in 'Subaru Forester' started by Mike Snyir, Aug 24, 2003.

  1. Mike Snyir

    Mike Snyir Guest

    I have a 2002 Forester-S.

    Wife and I just took up bike riding and woudl like to get a rear bike rack.
    What brands, features ect.
    do you suggest that fit our model ?

    Just need a small one for 2 bikes only, cheap ia good.

    Thanks !
    Mike Snyir, Aug 24, 2003
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  2. Mike Snyir

    Jason Guest

    I have a 2003 Forester XS Prem.
    I got a hitch mounted Draw-Tite 3-bike tilting model from
    It holds 3 bikes (up to 5 with an adapter) and tilts away from the
    rear hatch so you can open it without removing the bikes. It was

    I also bought a Draw-Tite 1-1/4" trailer hitch from,
    which I installed myself. In addition to holding the bike rack, it
    can also be used for towing/carrying other things. Part number 36311,
    cost $90. This model would also fit your 2002 Forester.
    Installation was about an hour if you have the right socket set and
    extenders (no drilling/welding required!) I found etrailer's prices to
    be very reasonable, and I got my order within a week.

    Thule and Yakima make bike racks that strap on to the hatch, they
    would be lighter but more cumbersome to attach/detach, and you can't
    open the hatch without taking the bikes off. Those are about $100.
    If you only want a bike rack, this is the way to go. If you want
    something more versatile, go with a trailer hitch. U-Haul, etc. sell
    hitches if you don't want to install it yourself.

    Have fun!
    Jason, Aug 25, 2003
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  3. Mike Snyir

    Jason Guest

    Hi Jim:

    No, I didn't install a harness because I'm not towing any trailers
    yet. However, sells a harness that supposedly plugs into
    the factory 2003 Forester harnesses without splicing or cutting.
    "Just plug it in and tow". Draw-Tite #18370. It's $35, comes with
    instructions. I'd check it out for your specific year and make of
    car, could be a moneysaver over what the dealer wants!
    Jason, Aug 26, 2003
  4. Mike Snyir

    Jim Guest

    Hi Jim:


    THANKS! I will check it out.

    Jim, Aug 28, 2003
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