Originally Posted by chasem
I had a hard time being okay with $450 + labor for the Subaru hitch. A combination of that, the bumper fascia being cut, and being limted to 1.25" led me away from that option. I'd recommend looking at the Torklift ($250, hidden) or the Curt ($150).
Did you actually have a ball mounted when you took the hit?
I've been looking at both of them. The Torklift isn't as convenient because the bike rack requires a bolt to be inserted to lock it into place, which would be obscured behind the bumper fascia and be a pita to remove and install. Then the Curt is just kinda ugly with the crossbar hanging down under the bumper where the factory hitch looks more integrated.
The only thing that'll be on it is a bike rack, so 1.25" (which fits my existing bike rack) is all I'll ever need, and once the hitch is on, it's going to stay on the car for the duration, so cutting the bumper is no big deal.
There was nothing mounted on the hitch when I got hit:
Part of it paranoia about having non-factory equipment installed if the same thing were to happen again. But really, as a long term purchase, the price really doesn't make much difference in the long run.