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Replacement Top Plate with Vinyl Insert for Swagman XP Series Bike Carriers

Replacement Top Plate with Vinyl Insert for Swagman XP Series Bike Carriers

Item # P161
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Replace the top plate on 1 cradle of your Swagman XP Series bike rack using this kit. The top plate includes a gray vinyl insert (Kraton cushioning) to protect your bike's paint. 1-800-940-8924 to order Swagman accessories and parts part number P161 or order online at Free expert support on all Swagman products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Replacement Top Plate with Vinyl Insert for Swagman XP Series Bike Carriers. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Swagman Accessories and Parts - P161

  • Hitch Bike Racks
  • Cradle and Arm Parts
  • Top or Bottom Plates
  • Swagman
  • XP

Replace the top plate on 1 cradle of your Swagman XP Series bike rack using this kit. The top plate includes a gray vinyl insert (Kraton cushioning) to protect your bike's paint.


  • Replaces 1 cradle top plate on your Swagman XP Series bicycle carrier
  • Includes 1 gray vinyl (Kraton) insert to protect your bike's paint
  • Secures in place with a hand knob (P1041; sold separately)


  • Application: Swagman XP Series Tilting 5-Bike Carrier for 2" Hitches (S64970), Swagman XP Series Standard 4-Bike Carrier for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches (S64940), Swagman XP Series Tilting 4-Bike Carriers for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches (S64960), Swagman XP Series Standard 3-Bike Carriers for 2" Hitches (S64910), Swagman XP Series Tilting 3-Bike Carrier for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches (S64950), Swagman XP Series Tilting 4-Bike Towing Carrier for 2" Hitches (S64975) and Swagman XP Series Tilting 3-Bike Towing Carrier for 2" Hitches (S64955)

P161 Replacement Top Plate with Vinyl Insert for Swagman XP Series Bike Carriers

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Replacement Top Plate with Vinyl Insert for Swagman XP Series Bike Carriers - P161

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (80 Customer Reviews)

Replace the top plate on 1 cradle of your Swagman XP Series bike rack using this kit. The top plate includes a gray vinyl insert (Kraton cushioning) to protect your bike's paint.


I had unloaded our two bikes from our Swagman Spare tire bike carrier, but was in a hurry, so forgot to secure the two top plates back on their holders, so when my wife came back from errands, she heard a sound in the back of the was the one top piece left finally dismounting from the top of the tire. When I got back from my trip, she said she had "good news and bad news" what did I want to hear first...I said bad! So I called Swagman and they said I could get it online from! I already had an account with etrailer. So I ordered and had my product in hand within 3 days, and reasonably priced to boot. I love!!!



Trailer has been parked for a year. Light seems to be ok. It has not been used the entire year. Sorry I dont have more info for you. At least it is not bad news... lol!


You can trust etrailer to provide you a quality product an a reasonable price in a reasonable time. I just bought the Swagman bike rack cradle-cover, Item: P161. It is THE original!!! It came in a few days as promised. BTW, I looked{a different webside} online too. Could not buy just the cover. Had to buy the whole cradle, cover and rack mount clamps. AND their price was over $70. Thank you, etrailer for your excellent products, service and timely shipping.



It is durable and works well - it is exactly the same as the lost ones.


I've bought replacements for years here. Unfortunately I have the bad habit of taking my bike off my rack and not always putting my cover plate back on. This leads to me driving off and the plate flying off on the road somewhere. These plates work great and fit my rack perfectly. The cost is good too. I highly recommend this part if you lose or damage your original.



A year later and parts still going strong.


I love my Swagman bike rack. Because of my absent mindedness, I lost one of the top plates. I ordered a replacement. Etrailer was prompt on sending me a replacement and the replacement cost was very reasonable. I am very please with their product and the way they handled my order.

Scott C.


Still working great - couldnt be happier


Nice item, works well although a bit tight in fit. Guessing that will resolve itself over time and no big deal. Happy with the item and etrailer on this item.



Still happy with the parts for my Swagman


Ordered some replacement pieces for two different bike racks I own. Products came quickly, and were exactly what I ordered and expected.

Anthony C.


The products are fine and I appreciate you checking with me. Will recontact if I need anything in the future. Thank you very much.


This review is mainly for the eTrailer service. Top notch all the way. The parts were on back order, and I was given an opportunity to cancel, but I decided I could wait. Notified of the shipment ahead of their projected date and it got here fast. Unfortunately, the replacement part was from the newer model rack and did not fit my older rack. Contacted customer service by phone and Meriah could not have been more helpful. She sent the return shipping label via email and even sent a link to the entire assembly part which I am going to need. Ordered it today. eTrailer is awesome.


Made it easy to find the replacement parts needed for my bike rack. Quick delivery and great service through the process.



Still attached to my car and going strong! Great products and service!


I bought two of these as a replacement for one, in which after years of frequent use, the vinyl under surface separated from the metal upper surface. i also bought another to replace one I lost. Prompt delivery from The mailing package could be sturdier since two of these in one package were slightly heavy and there are several edges. The package arrived open but the contents were intact.
These are used on a Swagman bike rack which has locks to secure the rack and a lock to secure the bikes.


I was very pleased with my transaction with etrailer. With the surrise (and free) upgrade to 2 day shipping my parts arrived long before I expected and I was able to get my Swagman bike rack reconditioned and back in service and get back out on the road with my bikes. I was getting frustrated trying to find Swagman parts until I found etrailer. now they will be the first place I look for any kind of parts for any rack or trailer. Great service.


This is the exact part I needed! All four slots on my bike rack now work properly.

Len B.


Everything still working perfectly!


I have used various systems and racks over the last 44 years. Swagman spare tire rack is the best product of this type that I have used. My only gripe is the self imposed hardship that occurs when occasionally I leave the top plate sitting on the tire and occasionally forget it and lose it. This does not happen often but a tether would help. Consequently I ordered replacements from etrailer and received excellent service and fast delivery.


They always have exactly what I need for my Swagman rack at

Karl D.


Swagman parts are indestructible. You may lose them, but you wont break them, and etrailer always has what I need.


This is a good basic product. However, I ordered this as a replacement part for my existing bike carrier and found that the gauge of metal and the silver powder coating appears to be thicker and it has been extremely difficult to attach it to the clamp. It is noticeably thicker than the old part and I have had to force it into place and it has removed some of the silver coating. Ideally, as a replacement part, it should have been consistent with the measurement of the old part.


Part is reasonably priced and fits my rack. Unfortunately with the design of this rack I have twice left this part just sitting on the rack and drove off. The part ended up on the ground and lost. But thanks to this site you can get a replacement with no problem:) I completely suggest it!



It is working just fine. Still holds my bikes in place and so far I have gotten a little better at remembering to secure the plates when I take the bikes off to keep from losing them. Nice to know that I can certainly get a replacement when needed though!


etrailer was very responsive with information & service. Part ordered met all expectations.



Very happy with product after using regularly for a year


The part was exactly as described and functions perfectly. Just as importantly, the customer service was outstanding. The manufacturer back-ordered this item and the etrailer staff followed up promptly and kept me well informed throughout the entire process. Exceptional service.


Perfect replacement for the piece I drove and left behind after I forgot I set it on my spare tire. Simple fix so it doesn't happen again? Drill a small hole and attached a length of steel cable. No more lost pieces!


This was a replacement for my bike rack. They matched perfectly.
They came in a reasonable amount of time.
I am happy with the product. It is very well built.


The replacement top plate fit my 7 year old Swagman bike carrier perfectly. The only difference is the color; the original was black with red vinyl. Now I only have to remember to replace it before driving away.


I appreciate the great pricing and availability of replacement parts. My order was shipped the same day I ordered it and you can't beat that. My Swagman bike rack is rock solid and has held up well. Now if I quit leaving my top plates on the tail gate all will be well.


Thank you for your quick service and easy to use web site. I was concerned I would have difficulty finding this part or finding one that fit. The bike rack is useless without it. It fits perfectly and I'm really happy because I use it a lot!


Owned this hitch for years. It is a great product. I grateful that etrailer continues to provide the replacement parts. Really easy to order and receive.


so happy i found this direct replacement for my Swagman XP bike rack. Fits great and looks great.


Didn't quite fit my older model and there was not option to find and buy the correct piece. I did get it to work by grinding and bending it a bit so it's better than nothing. This is a manufacturer issue and is no reflection on

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