Can factory option ugly-arse trailer hitch be removed from a 2002 WRX sedan?
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    Can factory option ugly-arse trailer hitch be removed from a 2002 WRX sedan?

    I bought a 2002 Bugeye with a factory-option trailer hitch (I'm assuming) and want to remove it. Doesn't seem possible, as there are exhaust hangers attached to it among other things. Seems engineered to stay.

    Anyone successful at removing this useless piece of dead weight?

    Thanks!

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    i'm sure if you really wanted to remove it, you could just use a sawzall.

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    Pics of said hitch?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    Pics of said hitch?
    As requested. I don't know what to do with the exhaust hanger on the left, as it is attached to the hitch. Where do stock hangers attach on the back left side? Thanks!

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    looks like your answer is yes!

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    Ok, couple things:

    Yes, that absolutely can come out, and fairly easily at that. Use plenty of PB Blaster, and let those bolts soak for a while.

    As for the exhaust hanger, my bugeye doesn't even have one on the left side of the exhaust, the muffler hanger just floats there. It's been that way since I've owned the car, and never been an issue. I did replace the stock rubber hangers with urethane hangers awhile back, and two of those will keep the exhaust from moving, period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    Ok, couple things:

    Yes, that absolutely can come out, and fairly easily at that. Use plenty of PB Blaster, and let those bolts soak for a while.

    As for the exhaust hanger, my bugeye doesn't even have one on the left side of the exhaust, the muffler hanger just floats there. It's been that way since I've owned the car, and never been an issue. I did replace the stock rubber hangers with urethane hangers awhile back, and two of those will keep the exhaust from moving, period.
    Thanks Rambo!

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