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    Bike Rack Wobble on Hitch

    I have a ford ranger with a toolbox so there's not much room to set a bike down in a good position. I put on a hitch but the bike rack wobbles way more than I'd like. The rack has to have an adapter to fit into the hitch. Anyone else have the same issues? Any fixes?
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    I used a very thin sock to take slack out of the hitch/rack interface. Put the sock over the end of the rack and slid it in. Cut out holes for the pin. It was a little difficult to remove.

    You might be able to tap something in the gap like big toothpicks or popsicle sticks.

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    Bike Rack Wobble on Hitch

    I thought about metal shims but I'd hate for that to vibrate out and turn into a bullet.
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    The gadget you're looking for is called an anti-rattle pin - it includes a threaded part which is tightened to take the play out of the hitch/receiver interface.

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    my hitch mounted rack
    a basic thule i got at a garage sale
    is held in place with a bolt
    if the bolt is tight
    the rack does not move

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilfred Laurier View Post
    my hitch mounted rack...is held in place with a bolt, if the bolt is tight the rack does not move
    I have two hitch racks, an old cheapie and a nice new Saris and they both use a bolt in place of a hitch pin. The bolt threads through the receiver into the 2" extension on the rack and keeps it secure and wobble free.

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    The rack has to have an adapter to fit into the hitch
    Get the adapter fit accurately sized to fit as well as possible .. made to better tolerances..

    go to someone that can measure.

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    if all else fails use some rope to tie it up to each side of your bed. do you have any tie-downs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by brianr2600 View Post
    The gadget you're looking for is called an anti-rattle pin - it includes a threaded part which is tightened to take the play out of the hitch/receiver interface.
    this is THE thing. Works like a champ

    http://www.amazon.com/Curt-Manufactu...ch+anti+rattle

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    but only if he has a hollow tongue

    I got this one but didn't care for the actual rack it fit, but this one locks on and was easy to use:
    http://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Access...ero/63147.html

    there is also this option if you have enough room between the hitch pin and the end of the hitch, my hitch is too short so I couldn't use it
    http://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Access...oor/93347.html

    good videos by the way showing you how these work
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    Bike Rack Wobble on Hitch

    I found a solution and didn't even know I had it! Not sure if this came with my bike rack or something else but this piece fit right into the hitch. The wobble is now far less of an issue.
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    wow
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    Bike Rack Wobble on Hitch

    I found it by accident but these things should be made readily available.
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    Hitch Rider----Hitch-Vice.
    Last edited by Booger1; 08-12-13 at 11:58 AM.
    Everything should be as simple as possible...But not more so.---Albert Einstein

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    That looks like an adapter allowing the use of an inch and a quarter rack insert in a two inch box receiver. Were you using a small rack insert in a large receiver?

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