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    Thule Lock Substitute

    I was out of mtbing for about a year and during that time lost the lock on that connects my Thule rack to the tow hitch . I've read that the locks themselves are pretty pathetic and so was wondering if folks have upgraded or used a substitute where the tow hitch connects with the rack (receiver). Any suggestions are appreciated!

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    I agree that the Thule hitch lock is pathetic. I felt like I could break with one swift kick. I drilled out the hole on the right side of the Thule rack (threaded nut) and put in a solid 5/8" Reese hitch lock.

    https://www.amazon.com/Reese-Towpowe...+receiver+lock

    Since the threaded nut in the rack served as a stabilizing mechanism, I put a hitch tightener on it.

    https://www.amazon.com/StowAway-Carg.../dp/B0001CMUV4

    Now there is absolutely no wobble and I have piece of mind that the rack isn't going anywhere. These two items cost about $30 together. The Thule lock is almost $60!

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    Thx Arebee,

    I just got both of those from Amazon. Thx for the recommendation and it'll be nice to get back in the saddle!

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    i took my bolt to my local home depot and tried different hitch locks on it. ended up picking up i think a master lock hitch pin lock that would lock onto my pin then made a spacer to hold it in place. i can try to take a picture in the day time tomorrow

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac5929 View Post
    Thx Arebee,

    I just got both of those from Amazon. Thx for the recommendation and it'll be nice to get back in the saddle!
    Cool! Glad to help. Now you'll just need a hardened drill bit slightly larger than 5/8" to widen the hole in the threaded nut that is welded into the rack.

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    Nice set up Kevinpt. Thanks for posting the pictures!

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