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What Replacement Assembly Do I Need for My Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Rack?

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Not sure what to call the item Im missing, but its nearly impossible to find online. Im needing to find the screw/bolt thing to fasten the rack to the hitch. Its at the far end of the wand thingy that has the key. Im heading to work at moment so Ill try to send pictures with my iPhone later...if theyre needed.

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The part you are looking for is the Replacement SpeedKnob and Wedge Assembly for Yakima Bike Racks # 8880508. This will allow you to replace any SpeedKnob and anti-rattle wedge assembly on your Yakima RidgeBack # Y02457.

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Would there be safety issues if I didn't have that part? Would the hitch/rack still be secure without it? I ask this because this missing part seems to relate only to the keying system.

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I went ahead and confirmed with my contact at Yakima that it is unsafe to use the Yakima RidgeBack # Y02457 without the SpeedKnob and Wedge Assembly for Yakima Bike Racks # 8880508. Since the mechanism helps secure the rack to the hitch, it could fall off the vehicle without the assembly.

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