Do you want a bike rack on your Subaru? Start with a hitch

Thule bike rack on a Subaru Forester
Thule bike rack on a Subaru Forester
Subaru bike and Forester


Subaru bike and Forester

The best way to put a bike on the back of your Subaru is a start with the correct hitch. There is only one single best option, that is to purchase a Subaru trailer hitch have the dealership installed it.  It is a little pricey, but it’s the best way to be insured that the hitch will be installed to factories safety requirements.  After market hitches are mounted to the bottom of the chassis,  which is not designed for trailer hitches. Subaru dealerships will remove the bumper cover and bolt the trailer hitch in-line with the cars frame work, in order to protect the passengers in a rear collision.

The original Subaru hitch is Subaholic’s only choice.

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The Subaru trailer hitch comes with a 1.25″ receiver opening. Given that fact that many bike racks are 2″ mount, you will need an adapter.

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Is the WRX STI type RA worth the money?

WRX STI type RA badge
WRX STI type RA Badge

Subaru has souped up the WRX STI to create the type RA or “record attempt” version.   Carbon fiber roof panel, carbon fiber wing and pumping up the horse power to 310 makes it very meaty product for this rare 500 unit production vehicle.  The following is a breakdown on what to expect on the sticker of the WRX STI type RA.

Updated from the base WRX

2.5 Liter DOHC High Output Intercooled High Boost

Turbocharged Engine

8-Way Power Driver’s Seat

Recaro® Performance Design Front Seats

19-Inch BBS® Gold Alloy Wheels

Carbon Fiber Roof Panel

Cup Holder:

Dual, Center Console Rear, Retractable

Exterior Aerodynamic Body Parts:

Front Bumper: STI Under Spoiler

Rear Bumper: Side Scoop

Trunk Spoiler: STI Carbon Fiber Wing

Exterior Mirrors: Crystal Black Silica Finish / Foldable w/ Integrated Turn Signals$52.00

Front Grille: Mesh Type w/ STI Badge & Red Accent Stripe

Front Seatback Pocket (Driver’s)

Illuminated Engine Start / Stop Switch: STI Type / Red

Keyless Access with Push-Button Start

PIN Code Access

Rear Bumper: Red Accent Stripe

Steering Wheel: Ultrasuede®-Wrapped w/ Red Stitching

STI Short Throw Shifter w/ Reverse Lockout

Suspension: High Performance Bilstein® STI Sport-Tuned

TYPE RA Serial Number Badge: Front Console

Typical break down on a factory sticker in the U.S.

2018 WRX STI 6MT $36,095.00

Crystal White Pearl

Black Interior

Type RA Option Package 04 $12,900.00


Recaro Front Seats w/ 8-Way Power Driver’s Seat

Keyless Access with Push-Button Start

Ultrasuede Steering Wheel

Serialized Number Plate

Delete STARLINK Connected Vehicle Services

Delete Rear Seat Arm Rest

Tire Repair Kit (Replaces Spare Tire)


Carbon Fiber Roof Panel

Adjustable Carbon Fiber Rear Wing

19″ BBS Forged Aluminum Alloy Wheels

STI Front Underspoiler

Black-Finish Exterior Mirrors, Antenna and Fender Badges

Cherry Blossom Red Accent Stripes

Side-Rear Air Vents


Revised Engine Air Intake System

High-Flow Exhaust System

STI-Tuned Suspension with Bilstein Dampers

Revised Engine Control Unit

Short-Throw Shifter

 Cargo Net – Trunk Rear $81.00

Mirror Compass w/ homelink $344.00

All Weather Floor Mats $81.00

Cargo Tray $81.00

Interior Illumination Blue $204.00

PCS Bumper Applique Sedan $96.00

STD Standard Destination Charge $860.00

Total MSRP $50,742.00

Check out the car at your local Subaru dealership, while the RA are still available.

2019 Subaru Ascent launches at the Houston Auto Show

2019 Subaru ascent
2019 Subaru Ascent
2019 Subaru Ascent
2019 Subaru Ascent at the Houston Auto Show

I got my first look at the 2019 Subaru Ascent at the Houston auto show

I got my first look at the 2019 Subaru Ascent at the Houston auto show. This is definitely a much improved replacement for the old Tribeca. One of the first things I did was jump in the backseats in the third row.  Trying it out with one of my coworkers, we both are a little stocky in stature. At first I was feeling a little cramped, but eventually I settled in and decided that it was certainly comfortable enough for a short road trip.  It is a pleasant improvement over the old Tribeca and I remain happy with the fact that Subaru is not making these grossly large vehicles found from many of the other auto makers. The Ascent will fit in most parking spots and garages of your average home.

The 2019 Subaru Ascent is a handsome looking SUV that is equipped with Subaru’s updated infotainment systems and eyesight technology is standard. What is interesting about the new Ascent is the engine Subaru has decided to go with. Reaching back to their roots and putting a turbo powered 2.4 liter newly designed engine in all the trim levels. No option for a six cylinder. Which makes a lot of sense… smaller blocks, better performance and maintaining a decent fuel economy. This car is certainly powerful enough to move all three rows full of passengers and equipment down the road.

It is nice to see Subaru return to third row vehicle and it is certainly grander than the discontinued Tribeca and not an over burdened sized SUV.

Need more room – Time to get a thule cargo carrier

Thule Shell - Subaholics
Thule cargo container on a 2018 outback

Thule is Subaholics first choice.

Have you ever been driving down the road and see one of those Thule shells on top of a car and you think to yourself… why? The answer is obvious, people desire more room for their stuff.  Think of a couple of common things that you travel with that would be better on top of your roof. How about camping equipment, tents, chairs, shovels and pales, scuba diving equipment, hunting and fishing gear, suitcases, duffel bags, backpacks, pillows and blankets, pet gear and cages, golf clubs, an inflatable boat and oars….  guess we could go on and on and on about what you could put on top of you car.

I got first hand experience of Thule M624. It was easy to setup and pleasant to operate. A smooth surface and cool aerodynamics protects your cargo  from the wind, the elements and bugs. It offers ample storage for most people even though this considered smaller of the cargo carriers. It offers a 16 inch ceiling and and sturdy materials that have a streamline profile that won’t interfere much with the car’s gas performance. Offering a smaller footprint than some of the Thule larger carriers but very functional for most people’s needs.  What you should consider when selecting a cargo carrier, is to make sure that it fits your needs. Sometimes big is not necessarily better.

Yakima –

Making up our second choice would be Yakima. Yakima offers sleeker designs for those who are more concerned about looks or function.

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