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    hitch rack lock

    i got yakima rack not long time ago and yakima lock for securing the hitch pin. the lock was pretty outrageously priced for what it can really handle. today when i was removing the pin i forgot i had the lock still on, just by using the wrench that came with rack i was unscrewing the pin, didnt even notice the lock broke off until i saw it on the floor.
    i am wandering what everyone else use. i am also considering locking the bolt that serves as pivot for folding the rack up, not quite sure how as no way i am buying yakima crap locks again.

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    Yeah....

    Quote Originally Posted by brankulo View Post
    i got yakima rack not long time ago and yakima lock for securing the hitch pin. the lock was pretty outrageously priced for what it can really handle. today when i was removing the pin i forgot i had the lock still on, just by using the wrench that came with rack i was unscrewing the pin, didnt even notice the lock broke off until i saw it on the floor.
    i am wandering what everyone else use. i am also considering locking the bolt that serves as pivot for folding the rack up, not quite sure how as no way i am buying yakima crap locks again.
    Any of those locks can be defeated by somebody with opportunity and motivation.

    I use a Disc style lock around my trailer safety chain loops to a heavy chain and a good U-Lock around the rack. I just take off the U-Lock and put it around my bike frame through the rear wheel to secure my bike. The point is to basically inconvenience a scumbag enough to move on to the next thing. They aren't likely to carry the tools to remove the bolt anyway... although all it would take is a crescent wrench for a simple bolt pin.

    That said, I've never actually heard of hitch rack being stolen. I heard about somebody's roof racks once. The kind that clip to the roof of the car in the door jambs. Those are pretty easy to defeat. Just pry them off. I think the payoff for a hot bike rack is probably not worth a thief's time... the bikes sure are, tho!

    I hear ya, tho. The locking pin is pretty overpriced, unless your rack can take a standard ASE threaded pin. Those can be had for like $25.

    I had a Thule T2, and that uses a metric thread... an M12 1.25 thread pitch IIRC (double check me on that before buying!). They don't even use the same Class1 or 2 hitches in Europe or Asia, so metric threaded locking hitch pins are pretty rare.

    I dunno... if you're the kind of guy who really worries about such things and live in a bad neighborhood, just get it to save you from losing sleep over it.

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    Just bumping this to say that Thule T2 uses the M12 1.75 thread pitch for the threaded hitch lock pin. This thread was the best Google could do so I wanted to get the correct information attached to that search.
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    I have the Thule Vertex Swing Away carrier and was so unimpressed by the cheap build of the Thule hitch lock that I drilled out the threads on the rack and bought a heavy duty Reese Class V, 5/8" receiver lock. I needed one big-ass washer to put inside the receiver to keep the rack from wiggling, but I think that has more to do with the imperfection in the hitch that I bought.

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    I just purchased a Swagman hitch mount and am using the standard threaded bolt with cotter-pin clip and also added a 5/8" locking hitch mount. (Just drilled out the hitch and mounting arm on the hitch mount). Although nothing is bulletproof, it would be real PITA for a thief to get it off.

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    I use one of these to lock my rack/carrier to the hitch. I use a second one to lock the bikes to the carrier if stopping to eat after a ride.

    STOCKTON TOOL COMPANY - 721 Security Chain And Lock - Locks - Security - Accessories - Cycle Gear

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