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This was the first thing that alerted me to the possibility of getting these T2 Pro XT racks stolen. You can start from the 4:00 mark.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DM0JkyNicc&t=659s

Just throwing that out there for anyone else who may be in the market for these racks. I'll probably end up still getting the Pro XT and just hope for the best.

Got a spare U lock sitting around? (a thick chain/lock works too)
... I've got 3 or 4 of them and several thick Kryptonite cables too.



as a bonus, mounting on the pin side it also holds the safety pin in the hole.
You can put one on each side if you're really concerned.

I usually stow my Thule hidden under the BakFlip hard tonneau cover,
where I have a BedRug liner, locked tailgate and alarm armed when not in use.

I used to just haul my Fatty's hanging over the tailgate with a padded blanket for short trips,
but needed a solution for Wifey's Volvo XC60 when we take longer road trips to the mountains.

Picked up the Thule T2 XTB Pro on sale and just need to mount a 2" receiver on the Volvo next.

 

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I have a 1.25 inch hitch on my car and a 2 inch hitch on my van. I know that Thule doesn’t include a sleeve to fit the 1.25 inch shank T2 Pro XT in a 2 inch hitch. It would be great to be able to drive to the trail in either vehicle. What do you guys use as an adapter? Thanks!
 

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I'll add some negatives just for some fairness. I had the original rack that came standard with tray that fit road --> real fat tires. In july the rack will/would have been 4 years old.

Positives: rack is super easy to use. Takes no time at all to throw the bike on there and get it secure. I love that I can throw my HT on one day, road bike the next, and fat bike the day after and I don't need to do anything. So ease of use is as good as it gets. Also, the handle and ease of lowering/lifting the rack is really good. Being able to tilt the rack down with bikes on so I can lift the hatch of my SUV was a huge selling point and has been a feature I can't live without.

Negatives:
- The handle to lower/lift the rack is plastic and connected to the metal interior piece with plastic. Mine broke off in my hand within 6 months. Wasn't a great time for that to happen either. Ended up having some students at my school cob together a metal bar as a replacement and that worked the rest of the time.
- Depending on bikes, I've had an issue with a couple different friends where we had to lower seats to make bikes fit. Nobody likes to mess around with their seat height so this ends up being kind of a PIA.

- Multiple parts of my rack started showing signs of rust and deterioration within a couple years. Within the last year I noticed some concerning rust on the bar that holds the front wheel down. Went to use the handle to tilt rack up towards vehicle after putting some stuff inside SUV, one of the internal metal pieces in the stinger assembly near the joint was spot welded, the spot weld failed and broke apart. After realizing what happened and then looking at the internals a little more, there were a ton of pieces that were corroded and seemingly going to fail at some point too.

Luckily Thule replaced the rack, literally last Friday but my replacement rack is out of stock until the end of June. I'm not sure if I'm going to keep the rack and get a 1up because I think it will last longer. I also like how the racks are staggered so you don't end up with bikes hitting each other.
 

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Got a spare U lock sitting around? (a thick chain/lock works too)
... I've got 3 or 4 of them and several thick Kryptonite cables too.

I've seen your setup on a couple other forums, and I think it's perfect. My hitch receiver sits a few inches deep on my Odyssey, so I'm not sure a U-lock will fit, but I do plan on getting a chain lock to serve the same purpose.
 

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I picked up a Draw-Tite 2" Class III receiver hitch (model 76116) on amazon for $200 for the Volvo
and finally got it installed (thanks to youtube!) it fits the Thule perfect, just clearing the tire baskets when stowed upright,
and the Volvo's hatch clears the Farley's wide handlebars by about 8" when the rack is in the tilted down position.

YouTube Vid:











 

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Got a spare U lock sitting around? (a thick chain/lock works too)
... I've got 3 or 4 of them and several thick Kryptonite cables too.



as a bonus, mounting on the pin side it also holds the safety pin in the hole.
You can put one on each side if you're really concerned.
What Kryptonite Lock is that?

Just got my T2 pro setup today, I want to copy your setup.

edit: https://www.kryptonitelock.com/cont...ormation/current-key/004202.html?type=bicycle

If the one attached is the same as the "Keeper" below then maybe this will work for my setup too:

 

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Wondering if any owners have the 1 ¼" version. That is what I currently have but looking to buy a vehicle that has a 2" hitch. Is it possible to use this rack on a some type of adaptor?

I noticed this was asked previously.
 

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It's not normal but I have seen it happen if the knob is loosened all the way. Did you try tightening the knob a few turns and tucking it back in?
 

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Thanks for the responses. I took that piece out and it doesn't seem to be broken... but pretty bent. I am able to bend it back but fear breaking it if I do it too much. Does anyone know what that piece is called? I'd just buy a new one but have no idea what it is called. I send a pic to Thule but auto response said we will get back to you in 10-12 business days.
 

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Here is a picture of my rack. The piece is very light duty plastic. As you observed, it does look as it it is all there. It appears to be just a retainer to keep the threaded shaft in position when the rack is not installed. I would just shove it back in and see what happens.

 

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Jim - thank you for the pic. I tried shoving it back in there but it bends back. It seems like it's been bent for quite some time. I may take a heat gun to soften it up, straighten it out, and put it in a vice grip. I just wish I could find that replacement piece! I'm OCD and it annoys me.
 

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Nope. I just bent it back as best as I could and left it alone. I’ll keep an eye on it. Hopefully Thule will reply with a part number or just send me a new one if they’re feeling generous.
 

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Thule Design Flaw on Hitch?

Got a spare U lock sitting around? (a thick chain/lock works too)
... I've got 3 or 4 of them and several thick Kryptonite cables too.



as a bonus, mounting on the pin side it also holds the safety pin in the hole.
You can put one on each side if you're really concerned.

I usually stow my Thule hidden under the BakFlip hard tonneau cover,
where I have a BedRug liner, locked tailgate and alarm armed when not in use.

I used to just haul my Fatty's hanging over the tailgate with a padded blanket for short trips,
but needed a solution for Wifey's Volvo XC60 when we take longer road trips to the mountains.

Picked up the Thule T2 XTB Pro on sale and just need to mount a 2" receiver on the Volvo next.

[/QUGot a spare U lock sitting around? (a thick chain/lock works too)
... I've got 3 or 4 of them and several thick Kryptonite cables too. OTE] I got home yesterday and my entire rack and two expensive mountain bikes were GONE! I had stopped by a store for a quick minute, but not too long. Entering my lane to my house, I heard the rack bottom out on a driveway. Got out of the car, and I ask my wife, "Where are the bikes?" Went back to the driveway (about 100 yards), and see the entire rack and two bikes sitting in the street. Evidently the resistance created when the rack bottomed out was enough to pull the entire rack out of the hitch. Everything was installed, tightened and secured per the instructions, and I have used it before, but never bottomed out. I will never use it again without this workaround (the U Locks). I am thinking of drilling a second hole on the other side of the 2x2 bar that slides into the receiver, and secure it with a bolt and locking nut. Thule says not to use the rack "offroad" in the instruction booklet (fine print), I assume because the rack might bottom out and pull off? Anybody else have this problem? Car in question was a 2020 Subaru Outback with the 2" receiver hitch custom installed to accept this rack.
 

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Thule T2 Pro Xt vs Kuat Sherpa 2.0

I'm trying to decide between these two and I know each have ups and downs. I wanted to post to this forum to see what everyone has and what they prefer. I'm kinda leaning towards the thule but I still don't know what do you guys all think? One thing I worry about is stealing the rack when I'm on a ride and also the moving when I'm driving. Let me know please. Thanks enjoy your day.
 
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