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Using Curt Bike Rack Strap Part # 18050 to Help with Bike Rack Bounce on a 2010 Mazda 5

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I purchased a Kuat Bike rack and hitch for Mazda 5. Have alot of bounce in the rack. Everthing is tightened. Hitch bends down alot over bumps. Would this product help? Where / how do I attach it. Thanks

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Although the Kuat Alpha has a 3 bike capacity, when it is used with a class I receiver such as the one on your Mazda, you should only place 2 bikes on it. This is not only due to the limited tongue weight capacity of the hitch, but also because of the increased leverage placed on the receiver. When loading the bikes on the rack, make sure the heaviest bike is placed closest to the vehicle.

The Curt Bike Rack Strap you referenced, part # 18050 would be an excellent choice for providing some extra stability for your rack. The strap features a hook that would attach to the top edge of the lift back, and the other end of the strap would loop around the upright of the bike rack, using the cam buckle to tighten and adjust.

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