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Kuat Bike Rack Shank Adapter - 1-1/4" to 2"

Kuat Bike Rack Shank Adapter - 1-1/4" to 2"

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Use your Kuat hitch-mounted bike rack with your 2" receiver even if your rack's designed for a 1-1/4" receiver. This easy-to-mount sleeve securely attaches to the shank of your bike rack so that it will fit in a 2" receiver. 1-800-940-8924 to order Kuat accessories and parts part number D101 or order online at Free expert support on all Kuat products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Kuat Bike Rack Shank Adapter - 1-1/4" to 2". Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Kuat Accessories and Parts - D101

  • Hitch Bike Racks
  • Shanks and Adapters
  • Shank Adapter
  • Kuat
  • NV 2.0
  • Sherpa
  • Transfer

Use your Kuat hitch-mounted bike rack with your 2" receiver even if your rack's designed for a 1-1/4" receiver. This easy-to-mount sleeve securely attaches to the shank of your bike rack so that it will fit in a 2" receiver.


  • Adapter lets you use a bike rack designed for 1-1/4" hitches in a 2" receiver opening
  • Sleeve mounts quickly and easily with included bolts
  • Anti-rattle device still functions on Kuat bike racks with sleeve installed
  • Fits 1-1/4" Kuat racks - Alpha, Beta, NV 2.0, NV Base 2.0, Transfer V2, Sherpa, and Sherpa 2.0
    • Will not fit first generation Kuat NV bike racks

D101 Kuat Shank Adapter for Kuat Bike Racks - 1-1/4" to 2" Hitch

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Video Transcript for Kuat Bike Rack Shank Adapter Review

Hi everyone, Aidan here with etrailer. Today, we're gonna be taking a look at this two inch shank adapter for your inch and a quarter Kuat bike racks. This will fit a variety of different bike racks from Kuat, excluding the first generation Kuat NV. What it's gonna do is take your inch and a quarter bike rack and convert it to two inch. So if you maybe have the same bike rack, but you changed vehicles, and now, you've got a two inch hitch, you don't need to buy a whole new bike rack. Or maybe you already had one that had an adapter and maybe it got lost or broken or damaged and you just wanna replace it, this is gonna do that.

Let's check it out. Getting things set up, we already have our Transfer on the ground, and you'll notice that we've got our two threaded holes and the larger hole for the hitch pin. Setting this in place, you'll see all those holes line up just fine, and we can take the included hardware to secure it. I'll just loosely start by hand to make sure it holds itself in place, and we can come back through and fully tighten it down. This tool isn't included with the adapter, but it's the same one that came with your bike rack, so if you still have that handy, you can use that.

From there, it's just a matter of test fitting it in our two inch hitch, slides in just fine. That hitch pin hole should line up just like it did before. (Aidan installing bike rack) Just have to lift up on the bike rack a little bit to get it to line up properly. And then, since the actual adapter is on the opposite side of the anti-rattle, that will still work as normal too. And giving everything a shake, it's all in there nice and solid, there's no movement in that hitch, and the adapter is installed.

Overall, it's a really easy part to get and install, especially if you get a new hitch or a new vehicle, you can keep using the same bike rack you already have. Thanks for watching.

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Kuat Bike Rack Shank Adapter - 1-1/4" to 2" - D101

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (102 Customer Reviews)

Use your Kuat hitch-mounted bike rack with your 2" receiver even if your rack's designed for a 1-1/4" receiver. This easy-to-mount sleeve securely attaches to the shank of your bike rack so that it will fit in a 2" receiver.


What a simple solution to a problem. I thought we needed to need to buy a new bike rack when we upgraded to a 2" receiver but this adapter saved saved us from having to do that. Easy to install and use.


It worked as described. It doesn't allow you to utilize the tighten feature on the Kuat rack though because it covers it up during install.. besides that it allows you to own a 1 1/4" Kuat rack but install it in your 2" receiver hitch.

Jeff H.


I sold it and bought a 2 receiver new KUAT Sherpa


The Kuat is the BEST bike racke out there. I love my Kuat!
Thanks for making such a fine product.

Tom Dale


Perfect fit for my Sherpa 2.0, took all of 2 minutes to install with a 5mm allen wrench.



I can’t believe it’s been a year already, all I can say is The Kuat adapter is rock solid and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to buy one.


This was the second time I purchased from etrailer company and I couldn’t be more happier !!!! Excellent product, great customer service and very fast shipping what else I can say “ awesome experience”
Thank you very much again for your hard work and customer service A++++


Great product and service when I called about a tracking issue, came 2 days later than originally quoted but I understand USPS, thanks guys!!!


Simple. Quick. Does what is supposed to do. Great communication & service. eTrailer continues to be my go-to for their products & prices.


Good product with good customer service etrailer


I upgraded my Subaru Outback and the newer model had a 2"hitch. I owned the Kuat bike rack with the 1.25 inch diameter so needed to get the adapter so I could continue to use the bike rack. It arrived is short order and was very easy to install. I love my Kuat bike rack and was very happy to be able to continue using it with this adapter.

Elizabeth S.


The adapter for my Kuat bike rack has worked flawlessly for the year I have used it. And it gets used almost daily. I am very satisfied with the product and would do it again.


The adapter did not fit into my 2" hitch. I ordered it specifically because I have a Kuat Sherpa rack. It was easy to put on the rack, but the rack then wouldn't fit into the hitch. I had several biking friends look at it and they assured me I had followed the instructions (which I had to find online, since none were included.)

Etrailer Expert

Sierra K.


i apologize for the trouble you are having. I would try reinstalling the adapter, making sure that it is on the drivers side of the bike rack shank. So maybe try flipping the adapter around to the left if you installed it on the other side.


This part only fits the newer style of Kuat racks and did not work with my rack.

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Jenny N.


This adapter will fit with the newer 1.25 inch Kuat racks - Alpha, Beta, NV 2.0, NV Base 2.0, Sherpa, and Sherpa 2.0. It does not fit with the first generation Kuat NV bike racks.


The aluminum sleeve which transformed my 2” trailer from my 1.5” Kuat rack has worked perfectly since the installation. I could not be more pleased with this excellent product!

Phil L.


Excellent, the sleeve is a game changer and still performs wonderfully


Very fast shipping to Canada and the price was great. Will definitely buy from etrailer again. Great communication regarding shipping date and delivery date.



It works great. I no longer need it for 1.25 inch receivers, but it fits very tight on my 2 receiver.


Works great. Solid quality materials and build. Having the set screws designed specifically to fit the Kuat rack makes this adapter much easier to use versus a generic adapter. Would highly recommend. I don’t even remember the cost.


This fits perfectly and works great. Does the job.



During the bike riding season about 9 months out of the year I keep the bike rack and this part on the car every day. Its been over a year since I purchased it and its still holding up perfectly and hasnt even needed any adjustments or tightening. Its great.


I have a 1 1/4" Kuat Sherpa 2.0, and I purchased this adapter so I could switch my Kuat Sherpa 2.0 between my car and my wife's SUV, on which I recently installed a 2" hitch. Not surprisingly, the adapter works exactly as advertised. It screws easily into the Sherpa's shank, and the hitch pin holes line up perfectly, allowing me to lock the Sherpa into the 2" receiver.

Above and beyond this, the purchasing experience through was as simple as it gets. I placed the order, and few hours later I got a link to click on for tracking it as it traveled across the country.

I would highly recommend Kuat products, and I would highly recommend buying from


This product is exactly what I needed to make a simple conversion of my 1 an 1/4" bike rack to a 2" hitch receiver. It was very reasonably priced and came in about a week's time. And it allows me to use the lock system that I had originally purchased with my Kuat bike rack. It is a nicer, lighter and sleeker product than other adapters I found on the market and it stabilized the rack better by keeping it closer to the vehicle hitch receiver.


This Adapter was EXACTLY what I needed. The hitch on my car is a 2" receiver, but my Kuat Bike Rack is a 1 1/4". The guy who installed my hitch gave me an adapter to use, but there was WAY TOO MUCH PLAY in the set up, and I was uncomfortable driving with my bike and rack. I then ordered this Kuat Bike Rack Shank adapter, screwed it on, and the entire set up fit snugly into my hitch. I'm free to go anywhere with my bike now. Very happy :)


Strong with good fit. 2 issues are:
Pin alignment between rack and receptacle didn't allow Kuat's lock to be inserted. This adapter leaves the rack stem off-center so it doesn't work with security pins crossing the center axis.

2) (Minor) the edges are very raw. After slicing my fingers twice I filed down the edges w/ metal file and sandpaper. Would recommend doing this out of the box.


The Kuat Bike Rack Shank Adapter was exactly what we needed for installing our Kuat bike rack into our two inch hitch. We installed it immediately without ay problems and have used it several times. The rack sits securely on the back of our Subaru Outback and we don't worry at all about it. We like that it is lightweight aluminum, very sturdy, and simple to install with only two screws and an Allen wrench. Great product!


Worked as expected. Am now able to use my 1.25" Kuat bike rack with two different vehicles... one with 1.25" hitch receiver and one with 2" hitch receiver using this adapter.


Despite some of the mixed reviews seen from that big box site and other sites, this adapter fits and works perfectly for my Kuat Sherpa 2.0 1.25” rack into a 2” hitch. The fit is actually better with the adapter than it was on my old 1.25” hitch without the adapter. Holes and screws line up perfectly to secure the rack to the adapter and to the hitch. Quick standard shipping and competitive pricing as well. Satisfied!


This adapter work great. Couldn't get a 1-1/4" hitch receptacle and this adapter is custom made for my Kuat rack.


Awesome bike rack. Very sturdy and secures the bikes nicely. Also like hitch attachment, no wobble!

etrailer is great! We've made several purchases from there for hitches and bike racks and the support is unparalleled!


With this Shank Adapter my Kuat Bike rack will not only work on my wife's Malibu (1.25" hitch) but also on my truck and as well as on our travel trailer; they both have the 2" hitch receiver. Great price with great service as always.

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