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    How many of you leave your hitch rack on at all times? I'm transferring in a couple weeks to VA and have been leaving my Yakima Double Down Ace 4 on my hitch. I've been keeping it on because I'm staying with my in laws for a couple weeks and already keep mine and my wife's bike, plus other things in the garage. So I don't want to clutter it even more. It makes me nervous that someone will steal it. It locks into the hitch, but the top portion can be taken off with the removal of just one bolt. I just want to see if anyone has ever had an issue with leaving it on?

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    Leave it on. You're fine. If someone steals it they will be struck down by lightning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cracksandracks.com View Post
    Leave it on. You're fine. If someone steals it they will be struck down by lightning.
    haha Ok man, thanks!

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    Re: Hitch Rack

    I don't have the same rack but mine comes off after every ride. I don't like having unnecessary stuff hanging off the back of my car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edthesped View Post
    I don't have the same rack but mine comes off after every ride. I don't like having unnecessary stuff hanging off the back of my car.

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    Yea I usually take it off. I think I'm just going to play it safe and take it off after use.

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    honestly I leave mine on full time. It is one of those items that just is not worth stealing as you can not sell it for much as only a few parts, it is rather large and bulky so it is hard to steal.

    It is a mixture of being near worthless and relatively large and heavy that keeps thieves away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timeless View Post
    honestly I leave mine on full time. It is one of those items that just is not worth stealing as you can not sell it for much as only a few parts, it is rather large and bulky so it is hard to steal.

    It is a mixture of being near worthless and relatively large and heavy that keeps thieves away.
    Thanks for the reply. I'll be leaving it on while driving cross country for sure.

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    Mine is on more often than not. I use it every week at the minimum, so while I used to take it off regularly, I've stopped bothering lately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peteer01 View Post
    Mine is on more often than not. I use it every week at the minimum, so while I used to take it off regularly, I've stopped bothering lately.
    Yea I usually use it once a week too. I usually just take it off since it's not really hard, but sometimes I get lazy and leave it on.

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    I put my 1up rack on in the spring and take it off when the snow flies. Never had an issue.

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    You could probably track down a security bolt if you are worried. Make it an obscure tool and there's less chance of anyone taking it off.

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    Wingspan, thanks for the reply! mame, you have a point. I'll have to look into that.

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    I only put mine on when I'm going riding but its only because my dog has to jump in from the back because the rear doors just don't open wide enough, plus he's getting older.

    Some highway patrol officers out there can get itchy as well. I've heard of people getting tickets because the rack obstructs the view of their license plate.

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    To resurrect an aging thread... Some municipalities have ordinances against leaving your hitch rack (or trailer hitch for that matter) in. They represent a safety hazard to people walking around the back of your vehicle. Especially to idiots with their noses buried in their communicators...

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