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Replacement Front Wheel Cradle for Thule T2 Bike Racks

Replacement Front Wheel Cradle for Thule T2 Bike Racks

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Thule Accessories and Parts - 853-5958

  • Hitch Bike Racks
  • Cradle and Arm Parts
  • Cradles
  • Thule

Replacement Tray for Thule T2 Hitch Mounted Bike Racks

  • 1 front wheel cradle
  • Fits TH916 and TH917 racks


1500056254 Thule Wheel Tray Molded T2

Replaces 853-5958

Video of Replacement Front Wheel Cradle for Thule T2 Bike Racks

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Thule Hitch Bike Racks 853-5958 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the replacement front wheel cradle for the Thule T2 bike racks. One front wheel cradle's included. Now, this cradle will accept tires up to 3 inches wide, so it's going to be great for mountain bike tires, and it's going to have the groove in the center of it down below. That's going to be designed for road bike tires -- a little more thinner. It's going to hold those more securely in place. This will fit the TH916 and 917 racks. It's made from a durable plastic construction, impact and corrosion-resistant.

The mounting points on the unit are going to match up perfectly with those that are on the rack. Mounting hardware's not included, so you will need to pick up some mounting hardware or use your old mounting hardware. If you are in need of new mounting hardware, you can find everything you need right here at That's going to do it for today's look at the replacement front wheel cradle for the Thule T2 bike racks.

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Replacement Front Wheel Cradle for Thule T2 Bike Racks - 853-5958

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (53 Customer Reviews)


Exact replacement part for a Thule bike rack that is at least 12 years old. Didn't think I would be able to find it but these guys had it!


Perfect replacement for our old[er] Thule, which had a broken wheel cradle. Excellent service from etrailer from search to order to doorstep. Thank you!


I bought 2 of these tire cradles
to make my own tadpole trike carrier instead of paying $xx.xx buying a purpose made one. It was easy. These fit my 24" x 2.32" knoby tires well, really keeps the trike in place even at freeway speeds. I am very glad I could buy these separately.

Hi Allan, Thanks for your feedback! This is a really cool idea and I definitely like it! I would suggest adding some weight to the lighter side of the cargo carrier to help counterbalance it. This would help keep the shank from twisting when hitting bumps on the road.
-- Etrailer Expert Tyler M - 02/10/2021


When I first ordered this part, the incorrect part was sent. I contacted etrainer and received a very fast responses back from them, on a Sunday! They were very quick to correct their error and promptly sent the correct part which I have now received. We are all human and we all make mistakes, but I think the measure of how good they are is the way they atoned for the mistake and corrected it promptly. I will be using them again for sure.


Thanks..Perfect fit!!!


Part worked great and I called Thule and they sent me some replacement bolts as the whole cradle was destroyed when our fifth wheel was knocked over in its side in a accident in California but the Thule bike rack survived except for one cradle. Did mot get a chance to reuse it as Covid kept traveling to a minimum this year.


E-trailer delivered on time and provided follow up.


This is "almost" bombproof. My first front cradle and rear tray lasted for so many years until I got rear ended by a drunk guy. His car sustained way more damage than mine. The rear of my Toyota Highlander was had barely a scratch thanks to the Thule Bike Rack I had on the back. Unfortunately. the accident took a big shark like bite out of the cradle. And the rear tray was damaged. The overall Thule T2 rack is still surprisingly intact. With etrailer stocking these replacement items, its as good as new to carry 2 bikes.

I expect this one to last for more years to come.


Parts fit perfect. I was told by Thule support that parts will not work. I have a Sportworks bike rack which was bought by Thule. Either their service people are not knowledgeable or just trying to sell me a new rack. In any case all work out fine.

I will be ordering soon to replace the rest of parts on my rack.

Thank You


Replacement wheel cradle for my Thule T2 bike rack fit perfectly. Great service as well. A question I had regarding the part was answered very quickly, especially considering the minimal price of the part.


I absolutely love this bike rack! My husband got it for us about a year ago and it has only been taken off my car twice! It is sturdy, super easy to use, and we feel our bikes are really safe on it. Recently my 17-year-old backed my car into a rock wall with the rack folded up. The wall did more damage to my car than the rack. We are replacing one of the cradles which was cracked from the impact; other than that it is fine! Great product! Thank you Thule!


Good product, even better than I expected. No screws is a little disappointing though.


As advertised and delivered on schedule. Thanks


The wheel cradle did not come with attachment screws. Can I get two screws to anchor this wheel cradle?

Thanks, Jeff Jensen

Thule replacement parts are either available as full assemblies, or as individual parts. They do not kit things like trays and screws. The screws for this tray are available on our site. Check part 853599402.
-- Etrailer Expert Patrick B - 02/07/2013


Exactly as advertised. It was back ordered (etrailer) so it took a little longer than normal. Nice wide valley for fat tires which tapers down for narrow tires. Plastic is robust enough so I don't think it will break easily.


Our original wheel cradle was broken during a move. The replacement worked perfectly. We were in a hurry to get a new one and the folks at eTrailer shipped on quickly for us.


Just what I needed. So surprised at the available parts and prices to update and repair my Thule bike rack.


The part we ordered was exactly what was needed to put our Thule bike rack back in action. Thank you.


Bought this along with the attachment screws and it was exactly what I needed and ordered in exactly the time I was promised. I will definitely use again.

by: always has great prices, and hard to find pieces for my Thule bike rack!


Wheel tray... These each fit both of my spare Thule T2 trays, and these looked to have better molding cosmetics than the original 4 trays that came with my other T2 rack.


Exact part hoped that it would come with attaching hardware it does not so save your old ones!

Good day, all the spare parts are sold separately. The bolts are available as well, the part number is 853599402 and they are sold individually.
Michael L from - 06/29/2015


Perfect replacement! Fast turn around too !

Works just like the original! Cant beat that!
Boog P - 08/12/2015


Product was as describe but did not have any mounting hardware includes had to go to the store and buy hardware


Exact replacement to repair my Thule rack. Thank you!

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