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Replacement 2" Shank for Thule T2 and T2 Classic Bike Carriers

Replacement 2" Shank for Thule T2 and T2 Classic Bike Carriers

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Replaces the 2" shank and backbone assembly for your Thule T2 (TH916XTR, TH916XTR-FB, or TH916XTR-918XTR) or T2 Classic (TH9044 or TH9044-TH9046) bike rack. 1-833-496-1390 to order Thule accessories and parts part number 753-3581 or order online at Free expert support on all Thule products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Replacement 2" Shank for Thule T2 and T2 Classic Bike Carriers. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Replaces the 2" shank and backbone assembly for your Thule T2 (TH916XTR, TH916XTR-FB, or TH916XTR-918XTR) or T2 Classic (TH9044 or TH9044-TH9046) bike rack.


  • Replaces the 2" shank and backbone assembly for your Thule bike rack
    • T2 (TH916XTR, TH916XTR-FB, or TH916XTR-918XTR) bike racks
    • T2 Classic (TH9044 or TH9044-TH9046) bike racks
  • Can also be used to convert your 1-1/4" T2 (TH917XTR) or T2 Classic (TH9045) for use with a 2" hitch


  • All 2" Thule T2 and T2 Classic bike racks

1500056446 Replacement Hitch and Backbone Assembly for Thule T2 Platform-Style, Hitch-Mounted 2-Bike Rack for 2" Hitches

Replaces Thule 7533581 and 753358102

Video of Replacement 2" Shank for Thule T2 and T2 Classic Bike Carriers

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Video Transcript for Review of Thule Replacement T2 and T2 Classic 2 Inch Shank - 753-3581

Hi there, I'm Michael with Today we're gonna take a quick look at this Thule replacement two inch shank. This is going to replace the two inch shank and backbone assembly for your Thule bike rack. This will work for all Thule two inch T2 and T2 Classic bike racks. So if you have a T2 or T2 Classic and you're needing to replace that shank, this will work for you. This can also be used to convert your inch in a quarter T2 or T2 Classic to use with a two inch hitch.

So if you've got a different vehicle with a different size hitch, rather than having to buy a whole new bike rack, you can just switch this out for that original shank and be good to go. So this will allow you to tilt your bike rack forward, so that you can have access to your rear hatch. You can also tilt it up when you're not towing, your bikes have more clearance there. So just like the original, because this is a direct replacement from Thule, you can trust it's gonna fit with all the other components. No worries about compatibility or anything like that and it will give you a nice solid connection to your hitch receiver tube.

So that completes our look for today. Again, I'm Michael with Thanks for watching..

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Replacement 2" Shank for Thule T2 and T2 Classic Bike Carriers - 753-3581

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (18 Customer Reviews)

Replaces the 2" shank and backbone assembly for your Thule T2 (TH916XTR, TH916XTR-FB, or TH916XTR-918XTR) or T2 Classic (TH9044 or TH9044-TH9046) bike rack.


Installation of the hitch, wiring,rear bike rack, and new roof rack towers went well. I didn't set any speed records, but I was more concerned with doing no damage on a new 2019 Toyota Sienna AWD van. The hitch fit up well per instructions except that I was able to work around the exhaust without lowering it. Underbody panel and rear fascia did both need to be removed. Very happy with the end result. The new van is now set up to haul the bikes and canoes and move my log splitter.


Overall the quality of the product is solid and very durable just like the original one we had (which had to be replaced due to a rear ending car accident that had nothing to do with the quality of the rack/backbone). Note the item we received had a burred edge left over from the manufacturing process that initially prevented mounting of the extra 2 bike rack extension. All similar backbone items in stock at the time at etrailer had the same burr issue from the manufacturer, so we had to remove the burr ourselves to mount the 2 bike extension (easily ground off in a couple of minutes with a dremmel).


Quick shipping on replacement shank for my Thule T-2 bike carrier. Bought this item to change hitch size from 1.25” on a previous vehicle to 2” on my new vehicle. Tried an adapter on the old shank, but felt that the carrier tended to rock more than it did when used with the 1.25” shank into a 1.25” receiver. Wish Thule sold only the part that goes into the receiver, rather than the whole assembly, I’m sure it would be a lot cheaper. Glad etrailer sells replacement parts like this.


Someone hit my car and bent my bike rack. I was able to salvage one of the 2 bike carrying trays, but hitch and frame were bent. I order this replacement. It came in a very timely fashion. Good thing I had the directions and tulle tools from the original to put this back together. Once I got going with those it was an easy repair - even for a girl!!


It's difficult to give this item a rating. It is what it is. I got a new vehicle that uses the 2" receiver. I had the T2 rack with 11/4" shank. I looked into adapters, but none got good reviews. I was hoping to just get the part that goes into the receiver (and swap over the linkage and bushings), but that doesn't seem to be sold by itself. I was happy that etrailer sells all the other repair parts I needed to refurbish my rusty 12 year old rack.


After a car rearended and bent my rack I had to take it apart and replace the bent parts. Although expensive to replace, this part was extremely easy to swap out. Just a few easy bolt turns and it was good as new.


Based on advice from the etrailer consultant, I was able to order the correct replacement part for my Thule T2 bike rack. The replacement part came within a week after placing my order and fit perfectly. Thanks!


Came quickly and was well packaged. While the product works as specified, I'm not real high on Thule charging a couple of hundred for basically a painted two foot piece of steel so I knocked it down a star, but it isn't etrailer's fault as that is the price everywhere. I have purchased many things from etrailer and have always been very happy with my purchases and their customer service.


Glad that this exists. It's the perfect fix when you pinch your bike rack between your trailer and your truck.


Excellent replacement part for quick and easy repair of accident damaged (bent) Thule receiver hitch.


Very straight forward item. Took 4 bolts out and swapped it over. Works like the original.


Excellent customer service, great products and faster than expected shipping, what more could you ask for?




Super fast shipping, part arrived as described, well packaged and easy install.....thanks


Great product and shipping was quick and easy’




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  • Adapter for Converting Thule T2 917XTR to 2 inch Hitch
    Yes, if you remove the shank of your T2 917XTR and install the part # 753-3581 in place of it you'll have converted your bike rack to a 2 inch hitch bike rack and it will be much more stable than it was before.
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  • Replacement Shank And Backbone Assembly For A Thule T2 & T2 Classic Bike Rack
    I took a look at the Replacement 2" Shank for Thule T2 and T2 Classic Bike Carriers # 753-3581 for the Thule T2 and T2 Classic bike racks, is this is only available with the folding backbone assembly attached to the shank. So to replace the shank on your Thule T2 or T2 Classic bike racks, you'd have to use # 753-3581 as the two pieces are not offered by Thule separated. Additionally, this can be also used to convert a 1-1/4" T2 or T2 Classic for use with a 2" hitch.
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  • Can 1-1/4 Shank on Thule T2 Classic 2 Bike Rack be Converted to 2 Shank
    Since all of the parts for the 1-1/4" Thule T2 Classic # TH9045 and the 2" Classic # TH9044 or the #TH9044-TH9046 are all the same except for the hitch and backbone assembly, you can use the Replacement Shank # 753-3581 with the 1-1/4" Classic that you have to convert it over to the 2" version. I confirmed this with my contact at Thule. The current pricing is listed on the product page.
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  • Replacement Stinger For Thule T2 Pro XTR For 2 Inch Hitches
    So I checked directly with Thule, and there is a part to replace the stinger on your Thule T2 Pro XTR Bike Rack - 2" Hitches # TH83JV, though the stinger portion, by itself, is not a replacement part. To get that, you would have to get the entire lower assembly, the Replacement Lower Assembly and 2" Stinger for Thule T2 Pro XTR 2-Bike Rack # TH37MY.
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  • Replacing The Backbone On A T2 Classic Platform Hitch Bike Rack
    The tube you need for your Thule T2 Classic Bike Platform Rack is part of the backbone. You will have to purchase the entire backbone assembly in order to get the tube you need. The part you need is the Replacement 2" Hitch and Backbone Assembly for Thule T2 Classic 2-Bike Platform Rack, part # 753-3581. The backbone and hitch assembly are compatible with your T2 Classic bike rack. You could also get the Replacement 1-1/4" Hitch and Backbone Assembly for Thule T2 Classic 2-Bike Platform...
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