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Old 10-30-04, 02:21 PM   #1
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I just got a Thule Bike Rack and...

I got the Thule 937 2 bike carrier rack.

When I went to put it on the hitch (1 1/4" reciever), the bolt that was supplied seems
to short. When I screw it in, the bolt doesn't even come out the other side
of the hitch. Is there a pin I can get that I can slide in and out instead of having to unscrew and remove this bolt everytime I take the rack off my hitch ?? And in the meantime, should I get a longer bolt that actually goes all the way through the rack and the hitch ?? It worries me to drive around now without a
bolt that seems too short.

Any info on this would be great !!
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Old 10-30-04, 02:42 PM   #2
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Go to just about any place that installs hitches. What you are looking for is called a "HITCH PIN" in these parts. It is hardened steel with a small hole through it on one end that a cotter pin passes through. They are also made with locking mechanisms.

EDIT: It appears that most hardware stores will have them too.


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That does help, thanks Bob !!
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Old 10-30-04, 02:51 PM   #4
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I don't know about the Thule, but the Saris racks come with a short bolt that screws into a nut inside the rack reciever bar to make it tight. The short bolt on the saris also doesn't go through to the other side of the reciever either. I change mine to a locking hitch pin, that includes a nut on the inside to take out the wobble. but the bolt included worked fine. in either case, you have to use a wrench to take it off. If you don't care about wobble, then a regular hitch pin with a clevis pin will work just fine.
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I think I am about to go to Home Depot, get a replacement bolt that is about an 1 1/2" longer with a nut for the end. That way I can screw the bolt all the way through to the other side, and then screw on a nut and washer to keep it nice and tight. It's gonna be wierd though, walking through Home Depot with a big bike rack over my shoulder, but it has threads and obviously I need to find a bolt that has the same thread and all. : )

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By the way, where did you get the "locking hitch pin, that includes a nut on the inside to take out the wobble" ??
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Old 10-30-04, 04:08 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the info fellas.

I just got back from home depot and got a bolt that goes all the way through.
I have the bolt with washer on one side and a nut and washer on the other.
I fell much better. Thanks for all the info again !!
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Old 10-31-04, 04:56 PM   #7
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I think I am about to go to Home Depot, get a replacement bolt that is about an 1 1/2" longer with a nut for the end. That way I can screw the bolt all the way through to the other side, and then screw on a nut and washer to keep it nice and tight. It's gonna be wierd though, walking through Home Depot with a big bike rack over my shoulder, but it has threads and obviously I need to find a bolt that has the same thread and all. : )

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By the way, where did you get the "locking hitch pin, that includes a nut on the inside to take out the wobble" ??
antidote, I got this pin from a dealer out of california, at a home show. I have never seen them anywhere else. It is a bolt with the threads up near the head, so the nut on the inside (held by a spring) is threaded onto it This makes it tight. it goes all the way through, and at the end there is a round lock that slips over the bolt. the key goes in the end of the cap. It is really neat, wish I could remember who I got it from I think I paid about $25 bucks for it.
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Old 10-31-04, 05:08 PM   #8
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I think I am about to go to Home Depot, get a replacement bolt that is about an 1 1/2" longer with a nut for the end. That way I can screw the bolt all the way through to the other side, and then screw on a nut and washer to keep it nice and tight. It's gonna be wierd though, walking through Home Depot with a big bike rack over my shoulder, but it has threads and obviously I need to find a bolt that has the same thread and all. : )

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By the way, where did you get the "locking hitch pin, that includes a nut on the inside to take out the wobble" ??
If your bolt has threads than in it should be an anti wobble bolt. Are there threads inside the part of your rack that goes into the receiver??? If so than just screw it in and be done with it. It doesn't need to stick out the other side.

It seems to me like you are trying to re-invent the wheel here. I doubt if Saris was negligent enough to sell products that require a trip to home depot to complete the install. Look at it again!

I have a sportsworks rack that has threads built into the rack. You just screw the bolt into the threads and the rack is nice and secure. No need to stick out the other side unless using a locking mech. like I happen to be.

Looks like to me it prob has threads but can't tell from pic.

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Old 11-01-04, 11:31 AM   #9
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Ranger. I think Antidote just wanted a bolt all the way through on the Thule rack. My saris cycle-on rack has the short bolt with the threads at the head to secure the hitch without a wobble, no problem, but like you I had a similar pin but with a lock on the end and I use that. but Saris did make a little mistake, They used a 4 inch bolt for the main swing pin (to fold the rack). It didn't reach the nylon locking thread in the nut, so the nut loosened and almost came off before I noticed it. So I got a 4 and 1/2 inch bolt, and added a jam nut to it and now I don't think it will come off.
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