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Strength of SilentACT Anti-Rattle Trailer Hitch Receiver Lock # SHP2082 for Use on 2006 Lexus IS-250

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I have a 2006 Lexus IS 250 sedan. I have a curt receiving hitch and an Allen 532RR bike rack. Will this locking hitch pin be tough enough against theft? Im worried about the integrated crank. How sturdy is that? That it would get popped off

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The Lets Go Aero SilentACT Anti-Rattle Trailer Hitch Receiver Lock # SHP2082 fits all hitch sizes (1-1/4-inch, 2-inch and 2-1/2-inch) and provides both anti-rattle and anti-theft functions. While any lock or anti-theft device will provide a degree of protection, a determined thief with enough time can defeat even the best systems. Please note the crank on the SilentACT lock is part of the anti-rattle function, not the lock, but certainly it does provide a target for a would-be thief.

If you have a 1-1/4-inch receiver you may be better off with an anti-rattle/anti-theft hitch lock intended specifically for that size hitch. We do offer part # 63147 from Lets Go Aero, which also includes anti-rattle and anti-theft features and is more cost-effective. The hollow shank of your Allen 532RR carrier will allow use of this anti-rattle lock.

If you prefer a lock that secures the carrier to the hitch and also secures the bikes to the carrier, you might instead consider the # e98891 running the cable through the chain loops of your hitch receiver.

Please note one thing that may pertain to your Hitch. The Curt Class I hitch we offer for your Lexus IS-250, part # C11372, happens to be a 1-1/4-inch receiver size which is suited for light-duty use with accessories such as your Allen bike rack. I mention this since the Curt limited lifetime warranty on this particular hitch requires that non-trailer loads such as bike racks be steadied with a stabilizing strap # 18050. Also, please note that a Class I hitch is rated to carry only 2 bikes, even if the choice of carrier has more capacity. The two linked articles will cover these concerns for you in detail.

In your case the 23-lb Allen 532RR rack holds three bikes; if you have a Class I hitch (this will be indicated on its safety/warning sticker) then you should load only two bikes at a time and position them on the innermost sets of cradles. Again, if your Curt hitch is a Class I hitch you must also use their stabilizing strap to retain your warranty coverage.

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