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    replace hitch pin with sleeved padlock?

    I was looking at little luggage padlocks with the idea of using one in place of the cotter pin on my hitch pin. Looking at the full size padlocks with long hoops, I thought... why not replace the whole pin with a padlock? It might need to be sleeved up for best fit. Other than that, why not?

    Has it already been done? I searched and got no results...

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    I would check the strength and sheer rating on the pad lock carefully. The hitch pins are subject to a pretty good sheer load, depending on what you are towing. If you are talking about just locking your bike rack, it should be fine. For towing though????

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    Oh, yeah -- this is just for a bike rack. But if a padlock is sufficiently hardened against bolt cutters...

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    Mainly because properly designed for the purpose locking and tightening hitch pins are available from any store that sells towing products. The locking and tightening ones also have the benefit of reducing wobble in the rack.

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    nynx, how do the pins tighten exactly? I have a locking pin but it allows for quite a bit of wobble. I am very interested in this tightening option that you mentioned but have not seen one anywhere.

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    nevermind... google is a wonderful thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfields4013
    nynx, how do the pins tighten exactly? I have a locking pin but it allows for quite a bit of wobble. I am very interested in this tightening option that you mentioned but have not seen one anywhere.
    Link

    The pictures probably tell the story much better than I could describe... The one I use is made by softride... but they all work the same.

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    Just what I was going to suggest. I've used various forms of these locks with my bike racks, boats, campers, etc. They work very well. I put a cable loop over the pin before installing the lock, then run the cable through the frame(s).
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