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Replacement Pin and Clip for Thule Goalpost Load Bar and Parkway Bike Carriers

Replacement Pin and Clip for Thule Goalpost Load Bar and Parkway Bike Carriers

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This pin-and-clip set secures the upper assembly of your Goalpost load bar in place in the lower assembly. The pin slides through holes in both bars, and the clip secures the pin in place so that the upper assembly rides at the correct height. 1-800-940-8924 to order Thule accessories and parts part number 853-5210-02 or order online at Free expert support on all Thule products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Replacement Pin and Clip for Thule Goalpost Load Bar and Parkway Bike Carriers. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Thule Accessories and Parts - 853-5210-02

  • Hitch Cargo Carrier
  • Watersport Carriers
  • Load Extender Parts
  • Pin and Clip
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This pin-and-clip set secures the upper assembly of your Goalpost load bar in place in the lower assembly. The pin slides through holes in both bars, and the clip secures the pin in place so that the upper assembly rides at the correct height.


  • Replaces 1 pin-and-clip set for the Thule Goalpost hitch-mounted load bar
  • Inserts through holes in upper and lower assemblies to ensure that the upper assembly rides at the correct height


  • Application: Thule Goalpost Hitch-Mounted Load Bar (TH997)
  • Also fits Thule Parkway Bike Carriers (TH956, TH957, TH958)

1500056268 Replacement Pin and Clip for Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar

Replaces 853-5210-02

Video of Replacement Pin and Clip for Thule Goalpost Load Bar and Parkway Bike Carriers

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

Video Transcript for Review of Thule Hitch Cargo Carrier - Watersport Carriers - 853-5210-02

Hey everyone, I'm Ellen here at Today, we're taking a look at the replacement pin and clip for the Thule Goalpost and the Thule Parkway. The Goalpost and the Parkway are going to both be available here at These are items that need to have a pin to keep in place that pivot point, and then also be able to remove that, so that you can pivot it down into the storage position or maybe in the upright position, whatever the case might be. And this is a pretty universal pin with that capture pin or capture clip. So, it can be used for a lot of different things.

I'm going to go over some measurements with you to make sure that this is going to work for your application. So, this square kind of capture pin here, the inside measurement is about 2 5/8", really, I'd say it's about 2 1/2" of usable space inside there to make sure that it's going to fit around whatever you need it to. The pin itself, open that back up from the head to the very end of the pin, we have exactly 3" or pretty close to about 3" to work with that capture clip.It does have a little spring to it. It's about 2 1/2" again of usable space there to where it actually clips in place. So, even though the pin itself is 3" long, you can really only use about 2 1/2" before that clip kind of bottoms out.

It does have a little stretch to it, so it should work out all right, for just about anything that would fit inside that 2" or so. Open this back up and try not to snap my finger again. The diameter of the pin is about 3/8", the head is about 5/8", and the distance or the height of this capture clip is about 1 3/4". So, works out for a lot of different applications, a lot of different bike racks out there, including the Thule Goalpost and the Thule Parkway by carriers. But that's pretty much going to do it for our look at the replacement pin and clip for various Thule accessories..

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Replacement Pin and Clip for Thule Goalpost Load Bar and Parkway Bike Carriers - 853-5210-02

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (106 Customer Reviews)

This pin-and-clip set secures the upper assembly of your Goalpost load bar in place in the lower assembly. The pin slides through holes in both bars, and the clip secures the pin in place so that the upper assembly rides at the correct height.


This was an exact replacement for my Thule 934 hitch rack. This is the pin that allows the rack to be lowered for tailgate access. The very old original had grooves from 20 years of movement so there was more play in the rack than I cared for, Thank you etrailer. I looked far and wide for this part.

Part holding up very well a year later. No signs of wear and tear. Still happy with purchasing it
Chuck - 11/07/2022


Replaced the top bolt of the Thule Parkway 958 with the same pin in the lower post. There is a stow position hole that the pin can be inserted in. This locks the carriage in a down position. When needed, the pin can be moved to the top position to allow loading of the bicycles on the carriage. The pin is a nice fit allowing little leeway or rattle. Left the lower bolt slightly loose to allow the carriage to pivot more freely. Very happy with the results. Now I won't run into the carriage as I walk around the truck. The pin was as advertised and well packaged when sent. Thanks.


I was so thrilled to find the exact piece I needed for my favorite old Thule bike rack! E trailer also has fantastic customer service! Great find!!


Pin works great and was purchased to use in the bolt position where the bike supports are raised or lowered to avoid constantly removing a bolt.


It was a great experience because I was able to restore the bike hitch without replacing the whole item


Great product. Exactly what I needed for my Thule hitch mount rack. Quality product.


Thank you for the prompt courteous service on the replacement bolt for my bicycyle carrier.

The bolt for the Thule bicycle rack is working just fine.
Philomena - 01/11/2022


Worked very well, I can now lower bike holder rack when not in use and leave it on my Yukon XL without worry. Thanks


Shipped and arrived on time and worked just like the original pins on my Thule bike rack.


Great parts that work well. GOOD JOB


Made my bike carrier good as new


Works to my requirements. Lets me pull down the rack without using any tools
When we are parked and remove the bikes it is easy to reset the rack. This item should be included in the bike rake assembly.

Still using the rack without any problems. Just had to replace a few of the straps.
Al G - 10/29/2017


I have a Rhodes bike carrier and I needed a part. Rhodes has gone out of business. Carol was so helpful and I was able to order my part and it worked!!! Fantastic service. Thanks so much

the part I ordered a year ago is working great!
Bart - 08/20/2020


The order was processed Seamlessly. I just got the Cotter pin for bike rack today, and it worked perfectly.
Thank You from a 100% satisfied customer. I would recommend etailer.


etrailer is THE go-to resource for everything you need relating to trailers or vehicle add-ons. Their staff is beyond knowledgeable;edgeable, and know exactly what you need to do to resolve any installation issues.
Couple all that with in-stock supplies and quick turn around on orders and you have the tri-fecta of perfection.

One year on, and it still holds up great, to all loads and stresses. Looking back, install was a bit more expensive than I had hoped, yet I would still rather have a quality hitch on my rig than a cheaper one just for the few dollars saved on installation
Mark - 08/24/2020


I have a Thule bike rack that mounts to my trucks trailer hitch. It was designed to use one of these so that you can fold down the "arms" that extend out that carry the bikes, BUT isn't included when you buy the rack. Thule just gives you a bolt, 2 washers, and a nylock nut. Switching this in to replace the bolt is a no brainer. The mount has a second set of holes to lock it in the folded position.


I purchased a set of these "pin & clip" hitches as a back up to the two my current bike carrier has. I didn't know what they were called and with my 1st Google search, I find these.

I was very pleased this didn't take forever to find however I was much more pleased with how inexpensive they were.

The follow up from etrailer was fantastic. Informational emails through the whole process from order confirmation to delivery receipt. Frankly I like buying from them so much, for future trailer type needs I'll identify what I need in a brick & mortar store and then buy it from here :-)


It fits perfectly on the Thule 2 bike rack. I was disappointed with Thule only giving a "bolt" to hold their rack upward. Thule told me to return that rack and buy the next model +100.00 I sent them a nasty email. Found this quick release pin on a search field, ordered and it came within 3 days. It fit perfectly and kind of matches the one on the Thule bottom holder. Thank you E-trailer


This item is exactly what I needed to repair my trailer hitch-mounted bike rack. It fits perfectly and is actually better than the original pin.

etrailer shipped my item very promptly. I am quite pleased with their service and will be happy to order again should I need this or other items.


I bought this for my parkway bike rack. I used it for the top folding piece that holds the bike. Previously it was bolted with the nylon lock washers and was a pain because I would always have to get some wrenches to flip it up and then back down when I was done riding. I left one of the bolts and substituted this for the other one making setup a breeze and the pin is a good length so it sticks out about a half inch or so on other side. The pin is actually Silver not a huge deal but fyi.


I am finding etrailer is fast becoming my default go-to source for all kinds of things: bike racks, trailer-related items, and even just good ideas and installation advice. Service is prompt and thorough.


Does the job. I use it on my Thule Parkway 4 bike rack. It can be tricky to get in sometimes, but that's due to the rack not the product.


Needed a replacement pin for a Curt bike rack. I was very surprised and disappointed they don’t have replacement parts. I found the pin on your site. It’s exactly what I needed. Thanks


Works as intended to allow my Thule bike rack to collapse without having to remove the bolt and nut each time. It looks like the pin is not coated to prevent rust. If the metal is rust proof I would give it 5 stars.


Product was just as described and fit the rack perfectly. The Thule parkway four bike rack doesn't come as a tilt down rack in the box. With this low prices fix its much more convenient now!

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