Missing Thule T2 Pro XT hitch part HELP

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  1. das

    das Newbie with Hope!

    Location:
    Phoenix
    Name:
    das
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    A few days ago I was about to attach my Thule T2 Pro XT (1-1/4 in hitch) and I noticed that the metal piece that expands inside the hitch to tighten the whole setup is missing. It must have fallen off at some point when I last removed it and I didn't notice.

    I looked on the Thule website for a replacement piece, but it appears that they don't sell it. I also emailed Thule customer service a few days ago, but I have not heard back.

    I was wondering if anyone had any idea where I could get the replacement piece, or had any other ideas on a fix.

    I do not have metal working experience so I would not be able to fabricate a piece myself.

    Any help is appreciated.

    Here is a photo of the hitch attachment with the missing metal piece
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    For reference, the top left box in the image below shows the metal piece that is missing:
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  2. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Addict

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    That's a critical piece to secure the rack to the hitch. Surprising Thule does not sell those individually for a ridiculously inflated price. Try Ebay. Good luck!
     
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  3. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    HT, FS
    That would be so cool if it was sitting inside your hitch, like way up there where it's hard to see... :geek:

    It's hard to believe that, with all the crap in Home Depot, one couldn't McGyuver something. Or get something close that needs a little work, take a twelver to your local metal shop guys and lay out your sob story. I've had success doing that.

    A hitch extender that has a tightening function?

    I'd be inclided to ditch the safety hook and drill a proper cotter pin hole through the rack, and deal with the snugging function some other way. Like drilling a secondary hole in the hitch.

    Good luck!!!!
     
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  4. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Ibis DV9, Santa Cruz Hightower
    Hmmmm....
    I’m kinda with @mike on this. Are you sure it’s not lying around? Pulling the rack off with that missing “seems” very noticeable. Did you happen to loan it to a friend? The part is very fabable but would require a chop saw and a wire welder.
    Blown away it’s not on the garage floor somewhere you could trip over.
     
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  5. das

    das Newbie with Hope!

    Location:
    Phoenix
    Name:
    das
    Current Bike:
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    I was surprised they didn't sell it either.

    I'll have to keep checking ebay.

    Thanks!
     
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  6. Danimal

    Danimal iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Mission Viejo
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    GG Trail Pistol!
    Try calling rack n road in Costa mesa.
    They have all kinds of parts floating around. And as they specialize in racks and hitches if anyone has your answer it'll be them.
     
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  7. das

    das Newbie with Hope!

    Location:
    Phoenix
    Name:
    das
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    I recently moved so had to remove the rack to throw things into the back of my car. For the last three days I've been looking searching the ground every time I walk down my driveway, or when I'm in the garage, hoping it magically appears. Sadly it hasn't.

    If I don't find the piece online, there's a local motorcycle shop that does custom fabrication that I might go to and see if they can make something.

    Thanks!
     
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  8. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
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    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
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    That part will be easy to reproduce. Just need the material and tools. Good luck Brothah.
     
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  9. das

    das Newbie with Hope!

    Location:
    Phoenix
    Name:
    das
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    There's a local custom moto /fab shop that might be able to help with fabricating a piece.

    If that doesn't work, I like your latter idea.

    Thanks!
     
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  10. das

    das Newbie with Hope!

    Location:
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    Name:
    das
    Current Bike:
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    I'll give them a call today.

    Thanks for the info!
     
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  11. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower

    And it's not stuck deep in the receiver?
     
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  12. das

    das Newbie with Hope!

    Location:
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    Name:
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    Current Bike:
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    That was one of the first places i checked.

    My guess is that it was stuck on there when I initially removed the rack, but it fell out somewhere on the road by the time i noticed it missing.
     
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  13. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    That must be a newer design that Thule is doing to reduce rattling. My older T2 doesn't have that. Good luck!
     
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  14. da big hills

    da big hills Well-Known Member

    Location:
    pearl harbor
    Name:
    cagey
    Current Bike:
    enduro 29
    I would pull the centre threaded rod and then drill a 3/4 hole through using my receiver as a drill guide, then bolt it. The design looks a bit cheese to me. I would not trust the wedge and the kathunkalaytor finger that aligns with the hole. It looks like Mtn bike roadkill to me. I would drill from both sides, drill one side, put in bolt, drill from the other to keep the holes aligned
    Happy to customise any application on the trails
     
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  15. da big hills

    da big hills Well-Known Member

    Location:
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    Name:
    cagey
    Current Bike:
    enduro 29
    drive a shim wedge in if you do not like rattle
     
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  16. das

    das Newbie with Hope!

    Location:
    Phoenix
    Name:
    das
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    I did notice the difference. I might have to just drill a new hole and use a cotterpin.
    That seems to be the consensus. Seems to also be how the older model was setup.

    Thanks for the guidance. Will update once it's all done.
     
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  17. das

    das Newbie with Hope!

    Location:
    Phoenix
    Name:
    das
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    So I was never able to find a replacement for the part that was missing. I ended up following @mike and @da big hills advice and drilled a new hole.

    I still need to wedge a shim in there to reduce some of the moment and add another washer but it's working overall. I also need to remove the "finger" that originally aligned with the hole in the receiver, but it appears it needs some kind of specialty allen wrench.

    Since I no longer have the center rod, I no longer have the original security mechanism. For the time being I wrapped a cable around the hitch and used a padlock to secure the other end to the bike rack.

    I also want to swap out the bolt/nut combo for a bolt/cotter pin at some point.

    Thanks everyone for the advice.

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  18. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

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    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
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  19. das

    das Newbie with Hope!

    Location:
    Phoenix
    Name:
    das
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
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  20. das

    das Newbie with Hope!

    Location:
    Phoenix
    Name:
    das
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    Final update.

    I installed a locking pin and anti-rattle device. So far it's working really well.

    Thanks to @Rumpled for the link to the anti-rattle device. I ended up ordering a different product but it's a similar concept.

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  21. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    HT, FS
    Looks like an upgrade to me! :geek: TFPU.

    If you do rough-road approaches you might want to chop the extra off the u-bolt. Even the odd driveway can scrape low-hanging stuff back there. Was going to suggest flipping the snugger 180° so the bolt ends point upward, but the unit seems to work with the help of gravity. Or just go riding... :cool:
     
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