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Softride Cargo Carriers

Softride


As a company that specializes in making every day tasks easier, Softride has developed a line of ball mounts and bike racks that alleviate the stress often found with these products. High-quality materials and craftsmanship combined with innovative designs ensure the products are not only easy-to-use, but that they will last a lifetime.

  • Innovative, patented designs make products simple to use
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  • Is There Another Lock Option for Thule Hitch Mounted Bike Racks Besides THSTL2
  • If you have a Thule accessory, like a bike rack, then the lock and anti-rattle device from Thule, # THSTL2, is the only one that will work. (See THSTL2 product page for the racks the lock fits.) It fits 1-1/4 and 2 inch Thule hitch mounted racks. The reason it only fits these Thule models is the way that the lock and racks are threaded. They are uniquely threaded to match each other. I have included a video and instructions for this lock below.
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  • Too Much Sway while Towing a Bike Rack and Using a Hitch Adapter
  • I am glad to hear the hitch installation went smoothly, but sorry to hear you are unhappy with the adapter. When using adapters, the play you are experiencing is a common problem. When using accessories in a trailer hitch, sometimes they are a perfect fit, sometimes they are a little loose and other times they are so tight that you must file the accessory down a bit. Because, there is not always a perfect fit, there are anti-rattle devices made. You may have noticed that your Yakima...
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  • Which Trailer Hitch Pin Locks Will Work with Thule Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Racks
  • The Thule Snug Tite Hitch Lock and Anti-Rattle Device, # THSTL2, is the only hitch pin lock that can be used with Thule bike racks. The racks and lock are both uniquely threaded to be compatible with each other so another lock, like the Softride Lock, # SR25219, that you have referenced will not work. I have included a link to a video review of this lock for reference. I recommend adding a cable lock, like # CAB-10, and using it through the bikes, around the rack, and attach it to the...
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  • Availability of Hitch Pin For 2 Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver
  • The two sizes of hitch pins that I carry are 1/2 inch and 5/8 inch. A 2 inch hitch receiver will use the 5/8 inch hitch pin like the Hidden Hitch Pin and Clip, part # PC3. I am including a link to a page of the 5/8 inch hitch pins that I carry. The Class I 1-1/4 inch hitch receivers will use the 1/2 inch hitch pin like the Draw-Tite Pin and Clip, part # PC2. The Softride Replacement Hitch Bolt with Lock Washer, part # SR25879, that you have referenced will only fit the QuietRide stainless...
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  • Tailgate Pad Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Ram 1500
  • Personally I like the Softride Shuttle Pad # SR26457 more than the Thule Gate Mate part # TH824 because it has the loops that allow a bike to easily be secured to the pad. Thule doesn't have the straps to secure the bikes to the pad, and most likely they wouldn't be necessary. But for added peace of mind I prefer the Softride. I attached review videos for both racks for you to check out.
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  • Anti-Rattle Hitch Pin Recommendation for a Yakima Bike Rack with a 2 Inch Shank
  • You can use the Softride Locking, Anti-Rattle Hitch Pin, # SR25219, as long as the shank of your Yakima bike rack is hollow. The block will insert into the shank of the bike rack and the threaded pin will thread through and lock. If your Yakima bike rack has a threaded insert in the shank, then it should have come with a threaded pin. If this is the case, then let me know the model of your bike rack and I can see if we have a replacement pin for your bike rack. If the threaded insert...
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  • Replacement Locking Hitch Bolt for Xport Flatbed Hitch-Mount Bike Rack
  • We do not carry the Xport brand here at etrailer but I did speak to my contact at Hollywood Racks who is familiar with the low-cost Xport racks and he advised that there is a Hollywood Racks replacement part that should work for your platform carrier. Hollywood Racks part # HRLHPTC is a set of hitch and cable locks that includesa 1/2-inch diameter threaded hitch pin with the same thread pitch as the Xport part.
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  • Recommendation For Hitch and Bike Rack To Fit 2012 VW Eos That Will Not Interfere With Convertible
  • For the 2012 Volkswagen Eos you will use the Draw-Tite Class I 1-1/4 Inch Hitch, part # 24824. This hitch is a Class I hitch so you will limited to only hauling 2 bikes maximum on a hitch bike rack. I am including a link to the installation instructions on the Draw-Tite hitch and a link to a video of the hitch being installed on a Volkswagen Eos. For a 2 bike hitch rack that will work on your Volkswagen Eos, I would recommend the Swagman XTC-2 Platform Bike Rack, part # S64670. This...
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  • Anti-Rattle Device and Hitch Lock that Works with the PortablePET Twistep
  • The compatible lock and anti-rattle device that works with the Twiststep # HE3052 is # HE6033. Companies intentionally will uniquely thread the bolts and weld nuts so they are compatible with each other but rarely anything else.
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  • Softride Quietride Tightening Hitch Pin
  • Regarding the Softride Quietride Tightening Hitch Pin, item # SR25219, the distance between the inside of the bolt head and the locking portion when it is installed is 3-1/8 inch. The total length of the pin from the inside of the bolt head to the end of the pin is 3-13/16 inch.
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  • Adding Security to the Softride Tailgate Pad Bicycle Transporter # SR26461
  • A great option to secure your bikes while using the Softride Tailgate Pad Bicycle Transporter # SR26461 is a cable lock like part # FCLK150100. You can install the cable through one of your stake hole pockets or tie down locations and it will do a great job at deterring theft of your bikes. This lock is compatible with the following: Ford F-Series 2002-Present GMC/Chevy 1500/2500 2002-Present Toyota Tundra 2005-Present Dodge Ram and Dakota 2006-Present
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  • Installation of Softride Anti-Sway Cradle # SR26135 On Softride Element Bike Rack
  • The Softride Anti-Sway Cradle, part # SR26135, will snap into holes on each end of the rubberized cradles of your Softride Element bike rack. I am including a short video I shot of how to install the anti-sway cradles to a Softride bike rack.
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  • Will Mounting Straps on Softride Tailgate Bike Carrier, Part # SR26457, Wear Paint Off Tailgate?
  • In actual use the Softride Shuttle Pad Tailgate Bike Carrier, part # SR26457, will be held in place both by the four supplied nylon straps and also the weight of the loaded bikes. It is not necessary to make the straps excessively tight to the point that they will wear the paint on the bottom edge of the tailgate. They just need to be snugged down with moderate tension to hold the pad in place. I have included a video for this item showing how it installs on a tailgate. A nice feature of...
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  • How Long is the Softride Velcro Tie Down Strap Part # SR18679
  • The Softride Soft Velcro Tie Down strap is 12 inches long by 1 inch wide.
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  • Locking Hitch Pin Recommendation for a Carpod Cargo Carrier on a 2007 Toyota 4Runner Sport
  • The Softride Locking, Anti-Rattle Hitch Pin, # SR25219, is an excellent choice to secure a Carpod basket to your 2007 Toyota 4Runner Sport Edition. This hitch pin will not only keep your basket secure, but it will keep the shank of the cargo basket tight against the receiver tube with the anti-rattle device. We carry two Carpod baskets and they are the Carpod Walled, Folding Cargo Carrier, # M2205, and the Walled, Fixed Cargo Carrier, # M2200. I would recommend using the Folding Cargo...
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  • Truck Bed Bike Rack Recommendation for 2017 Ram 1500 that Allows Tailgate Camera to Function
  • It would cover up the back up camera as long as the Softride Shuttle Pad Tailgate Bike Carrier # SR26457 was installed on the tailgate. You'd need a truck bed bike rack setup like the Topline part # UG2500 which fits your truck to allow you to still use the rear camera.
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  • Option For Carrying Kayak Or Surfboard In Truck Bed
  • I see you got the RockyMounts LoBall Bike Rack for Truck Bed # RKY1097. We do not have a kayak or surfboard carrier that mounts in the truck bed like the RockyMounts. If you are not installing a roof rack to carry the kayak or surfboard we do have a way to carry them in the bed of your truck. We carry tailgate pads like part # SR26457 for full-size and part # S64761 for mid-size trucks. These are pads that are attached to the tailgate and you then carry the board or kayak as shown in...
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  • What is the Hole Diameter for the Softride Replacement Rubber Bike Strap # SR25869
  • I went and pulled a Softride Replacement Rubber Bike Straps, part # SR25869, and found that if you use a tape measure the holes are about 1/4 inch in diameter, but if you were to use a dial caliper and get an exact measurement it is actually closer to 3/8 inch. The overall length of these straps is 9-13/16 inches. It is hard to say for sure if it would work on your Graber Two Bike Rear Mounted Carrier, but it would seem likely that it would. I went out and measured all of the other straps...
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  • Difference Between the Softride Tie-Down Straps # SR26260 and # SR18679
  • The Softride Soft Hook-and-Loop Tie-Downs for Bike Racks # SR26260 and the Softride Soft Tie Down for Bike Racks # SR18679 will have the exact same holding strength. The only real difference between the two is the color of the strap.
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  • Compatibility fo the Softride Bike Rack Extender Bar with the Yakima Double Down 2 Bike Rack
  • The Softride Bike Rack Extender Bar, item # SR26033, is only intended for the 2 inch Softride Dura and Versa bike racks, and only provides up to 8 inches of extension. I would recommend using the Hitch Extender For 2 inch Trailer Hitch Receiver 14 inches, item # HE12, to provide the clearance you will need to mount your bike rack. Remember that when using an adapter the overall capacity of your hitch is reduced by 50 percent. Along with this extender I would recommend using an anti-rattle...
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  • Tailgate Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Ram 1500
  • I spoke with my contact at Thule and she said that you could definitely install more than 2 bikes on the Thule Gate Mate Tailgate Pad # TH824, the only issue will be the weight of the bikes on the tailgate which would be the same for this rack or the Softride Shuttle Pad Tailgate Bike Carrier # SR26457 that you also referenced. Since the Thule rack has been tested and fits the tailgate of your 2014 Ram 2500 without any issues this would be the tailgate pad I would recommend for you....
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  • Recommended Anti-Rattle Device for Cargo Carrier on a 2010 Toyota RAV4
  • For your Class III receiver with the 2 inch opening, I would recommend either the Roadmaster Quiet Hitch, part # RM-061, or the Softride Anti-Rattle Device and Locking Hitch Pin, part # SR25219. We have a product demonstration video showing how each of these products works. To view the videos, use the provided link.
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  • Fit of Softride Shuttle Pad Tailgate Bike Carrier on 2014 Toyota Tundra
  • The Softride Shuttle Pad is 61 inches wide. The most recent bed dimension I have for the Tundra is several years old, the 2008 Tundra had a tailgate width of about 62 inches, so you would want to measure to be sure. If you have 61 inches of unobstructed space on your tailgate, the bike carrier would be an excellent and economical way to transport up to 6 bicycles. You can see a product demonstration video by clicking the provided link.
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  • What Are Cargo Management Rails And How Do They Work With Truck Bed Bike Racks 2014 Toyota Tundra
  • The cargo management rails that our truck bed bike rack selection guide is referring to are side-rails that are installed on the inside of the truck bed frame rails. With these internal side rails installed you can add cross bars which will then give you two layers of cargo carrying ability. These rails are typically dealer installed and are not offered with all makes and models of trucks. I could not find where Toyota has these rails however this is an option on Ford trucks and Nissan...
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  • Softride Tailgate Pad Bike Carrier Recommendation for a 2007 Honda Ridgeline
  • I spoke with my contact at Softride and he informed me that you would want a Softride Tailgate Pad Bicycle Transporter for Mid-Size Trucks # SR26461. My contact said there have been Honda Ridgeline owners who have used this carrier without a problem. If you want to double check you can measure your tailgate, the # SR26457 is 54 inches long. I attached a review video for this product for you to check out also.
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  • How to Use the Softride Soft Hook-and-Loop Tie Down for Bike Racks # SR18679
  • The Softride Soft Hook-and-Loop Tie Down for Bike Racks # SR18679 (part # SR26260 for 4 of them) that the attached picture is referring to is meant to keep your front wheel from moving while you are traveling down the road. It is not necessary to use, but it is an inexpensive way to make sure that your bike is as stable as can be. The bike rack in question was the Yakima DoubleDown 4 Bike Rack # Y02424 which would have the bike hanging horizontally. The only other ways that a bike would...
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  • Anti-Rattle Device and Lock for 2 inch Trailer Hitches will Work with a 2 inch Cargo Carrier
  • Yes, the Anti-Rattle Device and Lock for 2 inch Trailer Hitches, item # SR25219, will work with the 2 inch Cargo Carrier, item # 63153.
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  • Tailgate Pad-Style Bike Carrier for 2016 Ram Limited 2500
  • The tailgate pad style bike carriers such as the # SR26461 aren't vehicle specific. To determine which one would work for your truck, simply measure the width of your tailgate. The # SR26461 is designed for tailgates that are about 54 inches wide. According to Softride, the # SR26461 would work best on a mid sized truck like a Chevy Colorado. For a full size truck like your new Ram, I'd recommend the Softride Shuttle Pad, part # SR26457. If you click the provided link, you can see...
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  • Threaded Anti-Rattle Hitch Pin for a Cargo Carrier
  • As long as your cargo carrier has a hollow shank you can use the Swagman Anti-Rattle Threaded Hitch Pin # SR25219. It uses a nut inside the shank that the threaded pin tightens into. I've linked a video for you to take a look at.
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  • Fit of Softride Tailgate Pad Bicycle Transporter SR26461 on 2017 Honda Ridgeline
  • The 54-inch Softride Tailgate Pad Bicycle Transporter # SR26461 is a confirmed fit on your 2017 Honda Ridgeline and will provide a handy way to transport up to 6 bikes without you having to make permanent modifications to your Ridgeline. The pad has an access flap to let you get to your tailgate handle. Please refer to the linked video. The Softride Tailgate Pad also helps protect your tailgate if you're carrying long loads like lumber, ladders, surfboards and kayaks. If you want...
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