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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. Call 800-298-8924 to order Thule accessories and parts part number 753-3581 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Thule products. Guaranteed Lowest Price 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.


Features:

  • 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


753358102 Replacement Hitch and Backbone Assembly for Thule T2 Platform-Style, Hitch-Mounted 2-Bike Rack for 2" Hitches

Replaces Thule 7533581






Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (14 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.

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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. 668943



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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. 202594



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Glad that this exists. It's the perfect fix when you pinch your bike rack between your trailer and your truck. 730682



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Very straight forward item. Took 4 bolts out and swapped it over. Works like the original. 663080



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Great product and shipping was quick and easy’ 655922



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Excellent customer service, great products and faster than expected shipping, what more could you ask for? 562695



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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). 545805



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Super fast shipping, part arrived as described, well packaged and easy install.....thanks 528255



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Excellent replacement part for quick and easy repair of accident damaged (bent) Thule receiver hitch. 508961



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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. 506074



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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. 488687



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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!! 409351



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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! 378120



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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. 275383


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Ask the Experts about this Thule Accessories and Parts

  • Thule T2 Pro Bike Rack Compatibility Upgrade to Fit 2 Inch Hitch Receiver
    The Thule T2 is designed so that an adapter will not work. This is to protect the 1-1/4 inch shank version # TH9035XT from being overloaded with the accessories available for the 2 inch shank model like expansion. You will need the Replacement Shank for Thule T2 2-Bike Racks for 2" Trailer Hitches # 753-3581 to convert your bike rack for compatibility with a 2 inch hitch. The Replacement 2" Hitch Adapter # 853-7489 is not compatible with your T2 Pro. I double-checked with my contact...
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  • Thule T2 Bike Rack with 1-1/4 Inch Shank Compatibility with 2 Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver
    You are correct that a 2 inch hitch receiver is a better option when available for your vehicle. The ability to use a wider variety of accessories is one of the biggest draws but they are normally rated for higher capacities as well when compared to a 1-1/4 inch receiver. Your Thule T2 with 1-1/4 inch shank similar to the newer T2 Classic # TH9045 will be able to use your 2 inch receiver. Most racks that are designed for use with both 2 inch and 1-1/4 inch hitch receivers will use...
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  • Replacement Shank and Hitch Pin for Thule T2 Classic Bike Rack
    For your Thule T2 classic # TH9044, you will want the Thule Snug Tite Hitch Lock and Anti-Rattle Device # THSTL2. For the shank, you will want the Replacement Shank for Thule T2 2-Bike Racks for 2" Trailer Hitches # 753-3581.
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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 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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  • How to Fit Thule T2 Classic Bike Rack in 2 inch Hitch if it was Made for a 1-1/4 inch
    To allow your T2 bike rack to fit a 2 inch hitch receiver, you will want to upgrade the shank and backbone with the Replacement Shank for Thule T2 2-Bike Racks # 753-3581. This shank will replace the existing 1-1/4 inch shank on your T2. I confirmed with my contact at Thule that the # 753-3581 shank will work with your T2.
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  • Can Thule T2 Bike Rack for 1-1/4 inch Hitch Be Used in a 2 inch Hitch
    have a solution for you to upgrade your Thule T2 with 1-1/4 inch shank TH917XTR, but Thule does not offer an adapter for the 1-1/4 inch shank on your bike rack. To allow your T2 bike rack to fit a 2 inch hitch receiver, you will want to upgrade the shank and backbone with the Replacement Shank for Thule T2 2-Bike Racks # 753-3581. This shank will replace the existing 1-1/4 inch shank on your T2. I confirmed with my contact at Thule that the # 753-3581 shank will work with your T2 TH917XTR.
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  • Parts Needed to Use a Thule T2 Bike Rack for a 1-1/4 inch Hitch in a 2 inch Hitch
    Thule doesn't like to have people use 1-1/4 inch sleeve type adapters with their bike racks that are designed for 2 inch hitches because of what you described and there's no way to tell for certain if the hitch bolt will be long enough to make it through the adapter and secure the rack. You can convert your Thule T2 Bike Rack part # TH9045 to basically be the 2 inch version by simply replacing the shank and backbone assembly of your current rack with a # 753-3581. I spoke to my contact...
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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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  • Compatibility Between Thule T2 and T2 Pro XT Bike Racks and 2 Bike Add Ons
    The Replacement Shank for Thule T2 2-Bike Racks for 1-1/4" Trailer Hitches # 753-3709 will only work with the T2 classic 2 bike # TH9045 as a replacement or to make the # TH9044 compatible with a 2 inch receiver. It will not work with the T2 Pro bike racks and will not work with the 2 bike add on # TH9046 because that 4 bike rack will only work with the 2 inch shank # 753-3581 that comes on the # TH9044. The newer T2 Pro XT comes in 2 colors, black and silver and also 2 sizes the 1-1/4...
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  • How To Use A Thule T2 Classic Bike Rack With 1-1/4 Inch Stinger With 2 Inch Trailer Hitch
    In order to use the Thule T2 Classic 2 Bike Platform Rack part # TH9045 with a 2" trailer hitch receiver you would need to swap out the shank for the Replacement Shank for Thule T2 2-Bike Racks part # 753-3581. There is not a 1-1/4" to 2" adapter specifically for this rack therefore the above is your only option. You can use a universal sleeve like the Hitch Reducer 2" to 1-1/4" Trailer Hitch Receiver part # HT02 but as you mentioned these can create too much play.
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  • Can Thule T2 Bike Rack for 1-1/4 inch Hitch be Converted to 2 inch Hitch
    I have a solution for you to upgrade your Thule T2 with 1-1/4 inch shank TH917XTR, but Thule does not offer an adapter for the 1-1/4 inch shank on your bike rack. To allow your T2 bike rack to fit a 2 inch hitch receiver, you will want to upgrade the shank and backbone with the Replacement Shank for Thule T2 2-Bike Racks # 753-3581. This shank will replace the existing 1-1/4 inch shank on your T2. I confirmed with my contact at Thule that the # 753-3581 shank will work with your T2 TH917XTR.
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  • Replacement Shank Recommendations for Thule T2 Classic Bike Racks 916XTR/917XTR
    For your older Thule T2 we have replacement shanks that will fix your problem but not just the spring portion. If you have the version for the 2 inch hitch you'd need the part # 753-3581 or if you have a 1-1/4 inch hitch you'd need the part # 753-3709 instead.
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  • How to Adapt Thule T2 Pro XT Bike Rack to Fit 2 Inch Hitch Receiver
    I do have a solution for you, however, there isn't an adapter that allows for the Thule T2 Pro XT rack to be used on both an 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch receiver. You need to replace your existing shank with the Replacement Shank for Thule T2 2-Bike Racks for 2" Trailer Hitches # 753-3581. To lock your rack to your hitch receiver you can then use the Thule Snig Tite Hitch lock # THSTL2.
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  • Can Thule T2 Bike Rack for 1-1/4 inch Hitch be Converted to 2 inch Hitch Bike Rack
    I have a solution for you to upgrade your Thule T2 with 1-1/4 inch shank TH917XTR, but Thule does not offer an adapter for the 1-1/4 inch shank on your bike rack. To allow your T2 bike rack to fit a 2 inch hitch receiver, you will want to upgrade the shank and backbone with the Replacement Shank for Thule T2 2-Bike Racks # 753-3581. This shank will replace the existing 1-1/4 inch shank on your T2. I confirmed with my contact at Thule that the # 753-3581 shank will work with your T2 TH917XTR.
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  • How To Convert a Thule T2 2-Bike Rack from 1-1/4 Inch to 2 Inch
    If you have a Thule T2 2-Bike Rack or the Thule T2 Classic 2-Bike Rack then you can use the Replacement Shank for Thule T2 2-Bike Racks part # 753-3581 to convert the shank from 1-1/4" to 2". I am not aware of a Thule TS 2-Bike Rack so I do believe you have the Thule T2 2-Bike Rack or the Thule T2 Classic 2-Bike Rack but if this is not the case please just let me know.
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