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I have a 2006 Tribeca that I would like to add some supplemental air bags to the rear suspension for when I am towing or carrying my hitch receiver tray. I have searched online and have not found any applications. Has anyone done this type of mod on a Legacy or Forester? I have modified a Hidden Hitch 2" receive,r designed for the Tribeca, to tuck up into the valance. Now the receiver doesn't ride 6" off the ground. I have added some pics.
 

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I don't think you would need helpers in the back because isn't the max tongue weight 350 lbs?

Nice mod to the hitch. Those drooping aftermarket ones pushed me to buy the oem one (even thought it is more $$). I will be installing mine this Friday.
 

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The max tongue weight is 350 and the tongue on mine doesn't weigh that much. But if there are 4 people in the car plus stuff in the back and the trailer on it sits low and the front end feels light. I have gone from 2 Suburbans to a Forester and Tribeca and I'm just getting used to the lesser capacities. I also make 3 round trips per year to Fla. from RI with the family and a hitch tray and and would like the car to ride more level. Re. the factory hitch it's almost 3 times the money and a 1 1/4" receiver. All my accessories and draw bars were 2" so the extra work to fab up the hitch was worth it. Good luck with your install and don't get too frustrated fishing the bolts through. How did your custom intake work out? And have you found any info on exhaust mods? I have seen Legacy mufflers that look like they would work but $700 is way too steep for me.
 

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I also make 3 round trips per year to Fla. from RI with the family and a hitch tray and and would like the car to ride more level. Re. the factory hitch it's almost 3 times the money and a 1 1/4" receiver. All my accessories and draw bars were 2" so the extra work to fab up the hitch was worth it. Good luck with your install and don't get too frustrated fishing the bolts through. How did your custom intake work out? And have you found any info on exhaust mods? I have seen Legacy mufflers that look like they would work but $700 is way too steep for me.
You really load her up! Better get the tranny cooler to be safe.

I have a fold up trailer (bought instead of buying a truck) and it's max weight is only 2000 lbs. so the oem will work well for me. Although I thought it may have been a 2" receiver. I'm surprised you didn't buy anything a little bigger for all the towing you do. I don't have bolts to fish through, it comes with two bars with studs and welded on nuts that will hopefully make it easier.

I'm fairly happy with the intake mod. I noticed some power improvements but nothing big. Mileage is still the same. I've been light footed since the price of gas has gone up and am getting about 19 mpg on 93 oct (17-18 mpg w/ 89 oct) in the city. I am going to leave the exhaust stock. Someone on here tried LGT mufflers and they didn't work out. I know the hangars are different and maybe the flange mount.
 

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I did install the tranny cooler when I did the hitch install so I should be safe. I have a 12 ft. open trailer that I load a walk behind mower onto once a weem to cut my parents lawn 25 miles away. I also load a couple of atv's on it or a single street bike once in a while. I don't think the towed weight is ever over 2000# though. It tows great and once out of my hilly terrain I get about 19 mpg. Sorry to hear the exhaust search isn't going well maybe after the 08 comes out more products will be available.
 
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