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Replacement Round Tube End Cap for Thule Trunk Bike Racks

Replacement Round Tube End Cap for Thule Trunk Bike Racks

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Replaces an end cap for your Thule trunk bike rack with 1" diameter tubing. Includes 1 end cap. Fits your Easyrider 977 or 978; your Passage 910, 910XT, 911, or 911XT; your Speedway 961XT or 962XT; or your Voyager 975 or 976. 1-800-940-8924 to order Thule accessories and parts part number 853-2181 or order online at Free expert support on all Thule products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Replacement Round Tube End Cap for Thule Trunk Bike Racks. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Thule Accessories and Parts - 853-2181

  • Hitch Bike Racks
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Replaces an end cap for your Thule trunk bike rack with 1" diameter tubing. Includes 1 end cap. Fits your Easyrider 977 or 978; your Passage 910, 910XT, 911, or 911XT; your Speedway 961XT or 962XT; or your Voyager 975 or 976.


  • Replaces an end cap for your Thule trunk bike rack with 1" diameter tubing
  • Includes 1 end cap


  • Thule Easyrider bike racks: 977 and 978
  • Thule Passage bike racks: 910, 910XT, 911, and 911XT
  • Thule Speedway bike racks: 961XT and 962XT
  • Thule Voyager bike racks: 975 and 976

1500056349 Thule Replacement Round Tube Endcap

Replaces 8532181 and 853-2181

Video of Replacement Round Tube End Cap for Thule Trunk Bike Racks

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Video Transcript for Thule Round Tube Bike Carriers Replacement End Cap Review

You're Thule bike rack is designed to give you many years of good use. Here today, we're going to show you how you can make it last even longer with some replacement parts designed specifically for your Thule bike rack. Essentially, any part that's not the metal frame is replaceable. So if you find yourself missing a strap or a cradle, or even your anti-rattle bolt, we have a solution for you.So on our hitching post pro today, we're actually missing the end cap. So it's a great opportunity for me to show you what you're going to need to replace that. You're actually going to need two parts if it's a full replacement.

You'll need the end cap, and then the replacement screw. If your end cap is just cracked or something, you can just reuse your existing screws. Let's go over and take a look.So our end cap is actually missing and that can cause all sorts of problems. We can get rust and corrosion in there. But most annoyingly, when we go down the road, we get kind of a whistling sound off of it and that's no fun at all.

So I got my replacement cap and I can just put that in place. You can see it's going to be kind of loose until we bring in a replacement screw. Since we we're missing both, I went ahead and pick up both part numbers here at etrailer. You're just going on and get that lined up. And it's just a Phillips head screw once you get it lined up.

And tighten that on down and you're good to go.So you can see it matches our other side perfectly. We're back to normal here. Now, if you're curious if this is going to work with your Thule bike rack, it does fit Thule bike racks with one inch diameter tubes. So, that's definitely our hitching post pro, but also some of their trunk mounted bike racks as well.So just like that, I'm able to load my bike up again. And I saved myself several hundred dollars just by swapping out parts with my Thule replacement part here from

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Replacement Round Tube End Cap for Thule Trunk Bike Racks - 853-2181

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (82 Customer Reviews)

Replaces an end cap for your Thule trunk bike rack with 1" diameter tubing. Includes 1 end cap. Fits your Easyrider 977 or 978; your Passage 910, 910XT, 911, or 911XT; your Speedway 961XT or 962XT; or your Voyager 975 or 976.


A year later, they still work and I’m still happy with the purchase.



Still no issues!


I received the replacement Thule bike rack parts and they fit perfectly. The delivery was quick and items were as described, direct replacement, easy to install and very good price. Attached is picture of the replacement cradles and straps on the Thule Parkway carrier.

Thanks again, will definitely buy from again.


My Thule bikerack is over 30 years old. I had to order new endcaps for the bars that hold up the bike as the old endcaps had cracked and fallen off. The ones I ordered proved to be the correct ones for the 1 inch diameter bar. I could not, however, find the proper hitch pin to attach the rack to the new 2 inch hitch on my car as I needed a longer hitch pin than the original 30 year old threaded one for the car. My husband was able to drill out the threads on the bike rack so that a generic hitch pin could slide thru and could be locked instead of being threaded thru. The bike rack was spray painted black again and is now looking brand new!


Arrived quickly and fit perfectly



Working great


Would have been excellent but no screw. To find a screw is going to require a trip to either a box store where you have to buy a package of screws when you only need one or Ace hardware where you can buy just one. The cap is exactly like the one that was there.

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Jenny N.


It is kind of a bummer that the screw does not come with the cap. We do have it on site as part # 853-5787-02 and I am added to the product page as a related part so that it is more visible.


Good service as always. Quick shipping. Good product selection and availability at a fair price. Always


When one of the rubber straps broke on my Thule bike rack I was worried that I wouldn't be able to find replacement parts. Well, not only did etrailer have all the parts I needed but they were very helpful with placing my order, reasonably priced and delivery was quick. Ended up replacing most of the cradles and straps and now I have a like new bike rack. Thanks etrailer.

Ray K.


Great! Thule makes quality part and racks.


Fit perfect. Easy install on 1” tube


A perfect fit, matches my Thule bike carrier perfect, Thank-You!


You guys are great! I called on a weekend about replacing fatigued & solar degraded rubber components on a 7-year-old Thule bike rack. Zack was extremely helpful; I even had to call back and order an additional part which was easily accomplished. And I had all the parts at my front door in 4 days. I heartily endorse these folks for any parts one may need for bike carriers etc. I have saved their website on my bookmarks even though I probably won't need to contact them for another 7 years.


These were the perfect match for the end caps for my Thule Parkway hitch type bike rack. The price was great and they arrived earlier than I expected! These caps were the finishing touch that helped me sell this older bike rack. Thanks for coming through with the correct replacement parts at great prices!


Perfect product. Easy to choose the right part. Everything was as expected and delivery was very quick witted order again


Was able to get replacement parts for my 2 Thule car bike racks.
Both inexpensive and easy to order the right parts. Was delivered fast too.


Bought end caps to replace some that had fallen off a bike rack. Quick service and exact part I needed. Would buy again from etrailer.


Fast shipping and fit perfectly. It was a great fit for my Thule bike rack.


Sweet fit and quick install on my 2" hitch bike rack.


Great product and excellent customer services
Never have any problem with
I will shopping here again.
Thanks for good service


The ten items I purchased to repair my bike rack were recieved on time took minutes to install and made a very happy customer! Thank you!


Good selection and fast shipping. Parts fit my bike rack precisely even though it wasn't the same brand as the parts I ordered.


product is fine.
I have to say that they
should include the replacement screw. or at least the information necessary to pick one up at the hardware store.
If the screw was included I would have rated it a five


Perfect replacement part for my bike rack.


Couldn't find this at the Thule website, but etrailer had it.


These fit perfectly. Thank yo for stocking so many Thule parts!


Would do business again with etrailer. Very helpful and resourceful.


Great Service!!!!!! And Parts worked pe rfect.

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    Although it is not designed for Rhode Gear bike racks the Replacement Round Tube End Cap # 853-2181 that you referenced is designed to fit 1 inch tubes so you could most likely make it work on your rack since it has 1 inch diameter arms.
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  • Replacement Screw to Attach Thule End Cap to Bike Rack
    The Thule bike rack replacement end cap # 853-2181 does not come with the screw to mount it. For the screw use part # 853-5787-02 to secure the end cap to the bike rack.
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  • Replacement Round End Cap for a Thule Parkway Bike Carrier
    We have replacement round end cap # 853-2181 for Thule bike racks that have round tube arms. It fits 1-inch diameter arms. It has the hole at the bottom for the screw to hold it to the end of the rack arm.
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  • Solution for Getting Out Difficult Screw on End Cap of Thule Bike Rack
    The screws that hold the end caps # 853-2181 can be pretty tight. You may try spraying the screw with a lubricant like WD40 to help release it. The thicker the grip is on your screwdriver the more leverage on the screw you will have. I have been able to get tough screws out before pretty easily by just switching to a thicker gripped screwdriver.
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  • Does Thule Replacement Cap # 853-2181 Include Screw
    Thule bike rack replacement cap part # 853-2181 does NOT include the screw. For the screw use part # TH8535753. We carry a wide range of replacement parts for Thule and other bike rack brands. All Thule replacement caps for their bike racks are shown on the linked page. These include the part # 853-2181 that you referenced as well as others. If you can confirm which model of bike rack you have that will make it easier to review the parts shown to find the one you need for your rack.
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  • Is Endcap Screw Needed to Install the Rreplacement Round Tube End Cap # 853-2181
    Yes, the only round tube caps that are available for your Thule Parkway is found with part # 853-2181 and needs to be installed using the screw # TH8535753 which is sold separately. I confirmed this with my contact at Thule.
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