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Item # KUA0011

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Item # KUA0011

Get hitched and lock 'er down.

You just dropped some serious coin for your brand new Kuat bike rack—now lock that sucker to the hitch using the Locking Hitch Pin. This pin works with a 1-1/4-inch rack in a 2-inch receiver and is compatible with a range of Kuat racks. The Locking Hitch Pin is available in either a 1-1/4 or 2in version. Two keys are included so you can keep one with your car keys and stash the other at home.

Tech Specs

Kuat Alpha, Kuat Beta, Kuat Sherpa
Recommended Use:
locking bike rack to hitch

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Peace of mind

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Bought this to go with my Transfer 2 rack.
I'm the type that likes to leave my rack on my car most of the time to it's ready to go, so this little lock helps me feel a little bit better about the rack no disappearing while I'm away from the car.

Handy Upgrade for Kuat Transfer Users.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked this up for use with my new Kuat Transfer 2 rack. On its own, this pin does not do enough to secure the rack into the hitch receiver--there is a lot of wobble. However, the locking head fits onto the threaded pin that comes with the rack. This combination seems to work well.

other designs are better

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

First, the 1/2" Key-Locking Hitch Pin is for 1-1/4" Class I/II Hitch Receivers. Backcountry does not list the 5/8" pin for 2" Class III/IV receivers i.e. the Kuat rack I purchased. Even if they did, this pin has a removable plastic lock cover, which is not attached and can be easily lost.

I just purchased a Thule Vertex 9031 4-bike...

I just purchased a Thule Vertex 9031 4-bike hitch rack and don't want to pay the $$ to purchase their proprietary locking hitch pin. One side of the rack (that fits into the 2" receiver) has a 3/8" diameter hole and the other side has a 5/8" diameter hole. Would the 3/8" locking pin work without much slop and pin exposure (so it wouldn't be easily cut)?

Most 2" receivers (Class III/IV) have a 5/8" locking pin hole. I suggest the solution may be to drill out the 3/8" hole to the same size as the 5/8" hole. Note: the 5/8" hole is oversize to allow a true 5/8" diameter pin to slide through.