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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
  • High quality materials and craftsmanship
  • Lifetime warranty




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  • Can a Anti-Rattle Hitch Pin Be Used with a Ball Mount
  • An anti rattle hitch pin will work for both hitch mounted accessories like bike racks and cargo carriers in addition to a ball mount with a hollow shank. However, most ball mounts have a solid shank and most anti rattle hitch pins used for bike racks are specific to that rack which is also the case for the Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock and Bolt part # SR25056 which only works with Softride hitch-mounted bike racks and cargo carriers. A better option for a ball mount with a solid shank is a...
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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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  • 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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  • What Size Rack Arms Do Replacement Bike Rack Cradle Fit
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled the Replacement Cradle with Strap for Softride Bike Carriers # SR26549 and took some measurements for you. The inside of the cradle is 1"x1" so it will fit your 1"x1" square tubing on your bike rack. Take a look at the picture I made which shows these measurements.
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  • Hitch Lock Compatible with Curt Bike Rack
  • The Curt 2 Bike Platform Rack for Fat Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches # C18085-FB can use the Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock for SportRack Bike Racks and Cargo Carriers - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches # SR0901 because the threaded shank of the bike rack is compatible with the threads on the locking bolt. The Stainless Steel Locking, Anti-Rattle Threaded Hitch Pin for 2" Trailer Hitches # SR25219 is not compatible with the bike rack.
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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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  • 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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  • Dimensions of Replacement Straps for Softride Hang5 Bike Carrier # SR26543
  • I went out to the warehouse to take a look at the Replacement Straps for Softride Hang5 Bike Carrier # SR26543 referenced in your question. The straps have a total length of 20-1/2 inches. They are 1-1/2 inches wide at the holes and 2-1/4 inch wide at the hooped end. I have attached an image with these dimensions labeled that you can also take a look at.
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  • Why Is The Lock Bolt Short On The Softride Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock and Bolt, # SR25056
  • The Softride Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock and Bolt, # SR25056, will go through the pin hole on your trailer hitch and screws into the threaded holes on the shank of the Softride bike rack or cargo carrier. The stainless steel bolt is not short it is actually long enough because you are tightening the side of the shank on the bike rack or cargo carrier to the side of the hitch on your vehicle. When the bolt is tightened it will pull the shank of the bike rack to the side of the receiver...
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  • Replacement Cradle for Softride Element Parallelogram Bike Carrier
  • We have just the part you need. The Replacement Cradle with Strap for Softride Bike Carriers # SR26549 will get your carrier back to its full carrying ability.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Will Softride Hitch Rack Lock # SR25056 Fit a Yakima StickUp Hitch Mounted Bike Rack
  • My technical contact at Softride explained to me that the reason the Hitch Rack Lock # SR25056 is only 1/2 a bolt is because the other side of the Softride bike racks have a smaller hole so a full bolt cannot pass all the way through. He did tell me that these locks were specifically designed for the Softride line. In a Softride hitch mounted bike rack, there is actually an encapsulate nut that the bolt screws into to hold it in place. The only recommendation I can make for a lock for...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Does Softride Tailgate Pad and Bike Carrier Have Fleece Underside?
  • I went to the warehouse to take a look at the Softride Tailgate Pad Bicycle Transporter # SR26461 and found it does not have a fleece underside.
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  • Availability of Large Capacity Truck Tailgate Pad Bike Carrier
  • For a larger capacity tailgate pad, go with the Softride # SR26457 which can handle 6 bikes. If you click the provided link, you can see the tailgate pad being installed on a 2016 Ram truck.
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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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  • Locking Hitch Pin Recommendation for a Softride Element Parallelogram Bike Rack
  • Since the Softride Element Parallelogram Tilting 4 Bike Rack # SR26248 you referenced has a threaded shank you will want to use a Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock and Bolt for 2 inch Softride Hitch Racks # SR25056. The Stainless Steel Locking, Anti-Rattle Threaded Hitch Pin # SR25219 that you referenced is designed to work on accessories with hollow shanks and would not work for your rack.
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  • What are the Dimensions of the Replacement Anti-Rattle Hitch Bolt for Softride Bike Racks
  • Yes, I verified with Softride that the Replacement Anti-Rattle Hitch Bolt and Lock Washer for Softride Bike Racks # SR22967 is a 5/8 inch bolt with 11 threads per inch.
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  • Corresponding Hitch Pin Lock for Bolt on Pro-Series Bike Rack
  • The lock you will need is the Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock and Bolt for 1-1/4 inch and 2-inch Softride Hitch Racks, part # SR25056. The locks for your rack are not sold as a stand-alone item, but this lock will work with the bolts you previously asked about.
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  • Installing Softride SR25219 Anti Rattle Threaded Hitch Pin and Lock
  • To install the Softride # SR25219 anti-rattle hitch lock, you'd run the bolt down all the way. This pulls the shank of the bike rack tightly up against the inside of the receiver tube, preventing the bike rack from moving around in the receiver tube. When the bolt is tightened, you can then install the lock. If you click the provided link, you can see a product demonstration video showing how the lock works.
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  • Lock Needed for SoftRide Anti-Rattle Hitch Bolt
  • I do have a solution for you, but the Anti-Rattle Hitch Bolts part # SR19696 for 1-1/4" hitches and part # SR22967 for 2" hitches only include the bolt. Instead you will simply need to purchase the Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock and Bolt # SR25056. This comes with the hitch lock and the anti-rattle hitch bolts for both the 1-1/4" and 2" trailer hitches. I have attached a review video 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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  • Compatibility of Softride Locking Anti-Rattle Hitch Pin # SR25219 with Thule Vertex Bike Rack
  • The SoftRide Anti-Rattle lock you mentioned, part # SR25219 is an excellent product, but it is not compatible with the threaded shank of Thule bike racks. Thule makes a Snug Tite hitch lock and anti-rattle device, part # THSTL2 that is compatible with Thule bike racks that would work wonderfully with a Thule Vertex bike rack. Thule also offers a cable lock, part # TH538XT. The two locks could be keyed alike by using Thule lock cylinders, part # TH450200. I have linked you to some...
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