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Swagman Locking Anti-Rattle Threaded Hitch Pin Review

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Review of the Swagman Locking Anti-Rattle Threaded Hitch Pin

Hi everyone. It's Evangeline here at And today we are looking at our Swagman Locking Anti-rattle Hitch pin for Swagman 2-inch Hitch Bike racks here at etrailer. This is a great option to have, if you maybe have the style that does not lock and only uses a clip, or if you've lost your anti-rattle bolt and want to get a new one. Let's take a look at the anti-rattle bolt itself. So this is made of triple plated chrome.

And what that means is it's nice and shiny and it's durable. So that plating helps prevent rust and corrosion from damaging your bolt, and keeps it fresh for a longer period of time. Now let's take a look at the lock itself. So this lock here, it's round, which I think helps as you tighten it down, you don't have to take it off. Also it is spring-loaded, so if you have your keys attached you can just pop it on there and it snaps into place.

And when it is locked, that's when you can remove your keys. So we have it here, not attached, pop that into place and now we can remove the keys, and just then. So when you have it on your lock your keys cannot be removed in the unlocked position. One of my favorite features is the dust cover, and I really like its designs because once you remove your keys you have, is open and then you just close it like that. Open that up again.

And this really helps prevent dirt and grime and dust getting into there and locking up your lock core. One thing to know is that this hitch lock fits on two bikeracks that have a solid 2-inch shank, like what we have here, our Swagman E-Spec. If you have another bike rack, let's say the Swagman XC, which has an inch and a quarter with a 2-inch sleeve. This uses a different type of hitch lock like this one here which is smaller. So make sure to get the right hitch lock for your bikerack.

So we have a bunch of different locks here. I got 4 just to try out and see the differences. Do you have any questions in particular about any of the locks while we are down hereOkay. So we've got two Swagman locks and we've got two Kuat locks. Yeah. As I understand it. One is for the inch and a quarter rack, for Swagman and Kuat. And the other one is for 2-inch racks for Swagman and Kuat. Okay. And one of them will not work in a 2-inch rack. No. So the thing is with the shanks, for a solid 2-inch racks, is that, like this we have the XC2 which is an inch and a quarter and a 2-inch sleeve. So that fits into this one because the hole for the hitch, the hitch pin hole is smaller, so the thread really catches mine. So if you do have a 2-inch solid rack, like for the Kuat, you have the Kuat Sherpa, then it's not going to work with that because then you just have the smaller inch and a quarter hitch pin lock rattling around inside that hole. And that would not be very secure, correctNo. It wouldn't, no. You'd lose all the anti-rattle function and it will put more stress on your lock itself because that's what's holding it in place. It's not evenly distributed anymore. Now the two Swagman locks are anti-rattle. Are the Kuat locks anti-rattleNo. No. They are not. So we have here, the hitch pin locks. So they're not anti-rattle locks. And as you can see, there's no thread on there. There's nothing for the anti-rattle function. It just sticks in there and then is locked down. Now that's because a lot of the Kuats, oh it's over here, a lot of the Kuat bike racks, have their own anti-rattle knob at the end though. Right. So, some of your bikeracks don't need an anti-rattle hitch lock. They just need the hitch pin lock. All of the Kuats, just as long as they fit inside the hitch, they'll basically work on any of the bikeracks you have as long as they don't need a specific type of anti-rattle bolt or anything like that. So I guess that would make it a little bit more universal. Yeah. So the Kuats are fairly universal but the Swagmans are pretty much going to be specific to Swagman racksYep. Yeah. This thread pattern is very important, because I know the different bikeracks have their own different thread pattern and that's what causes the anti-rattle to happen. So if you use a different lock on your bike rack you can risk damaging your lock and, or your bike rack. And you definitely don't want to force it in. If it doesn't go in, you just stop, rightYes, yes. Yeah. Yes . Or else you would have to end up replacing your shank for your bike rack. Sure. If you want to compare though this is the anti-rattle bolt that comes with the XC2. So there's no locking function on the XC2 because it's like your base bike rack. So for people that want to upgrade to the anti-rattle hitch lock, you can see how much of a difference there is in size, quality, instant lock. This is what you're upgrading from. Yeah. There's quite a big difference there. Yeah. There's the same amount of thread though, but the lock itself is different. Yeah. And the quality is definitely very telling between these two. Maybe it's just cause it's universal but the Swagmans are definitely way, way better made compared, you want to give the little shake test with this oneWithout the keys. Without the keys. So the first thing you notice when you put it in lock was how wobbly it is inside the lock. I don't like that. Yeah. Yeah. You can hear it over all this. Yeah. It definitely feels a lot different compared to when you have the Swagman in. So there's a big difference in feel as well. Not to mention even between the Kuats, this one definitely is a lot better. I think just the design in general is a lot more appealing than just the big tumbler like they have on this one. Which I mean it will work for sure. But compared that to just like this looks a lot more streamlined. It's something that I'd actually want to have on my vehicle and on my bike rack. Yeah. And that is the 2-inch one, correctThat is the 2-inch one. It is the 2-inch one. Have you all had experience with attaching like a hitch lock on your bike racks or your cargo carriersCan you run through it real quickYeah. So like for these, the main thing with this though, is you need a tool to tighten it down since it is an anti-rattle bolt, which is why I also recommend picking up the performance tool and socket because it just makes my life a lot easier. You just put it in hand tighten it as much as you can, then use your socket or your tool to really tighten it down and then you lock it into place. So this is nice because you can't remove the keys until you have the locks in the spring. So that means you don't lose your lock until you actually . Hmm. Okay. Another good thing. Oh, oh ahead. You wouldn't need a tool at all for the Kuat ones They just slide right inYep. They do just slide right in. So that's one thing, that's a pro for this type of. It's quicker to get on. So if you're in a hurryIt is. It just slides right on, and then just pop that right into place and take that right off. So you're not anything down. Okay. I will say though, that we do have kits luckily for the Swagmans that come with a cable lock, which is really nice. And that's always super useful if you have, like, we have two bikes on there maybe they're a little bit more expensive. It just gives you a little bit more, you know, safe of mind. And the fact that they are both keyed alike is super nice. They are. Yeah. That's nice that you can use one key for both locks. Mhmm. Mhmm. So like after you've taken down your hitch lock, that's when you put the cable in. Yeah. Right there. And then you lock it into place with this. That's another reason why they're a little bit longer, so that you have space for that key to lock. Sure. But yeah. Anytime I would recommend these though I always recommend getting the Performance Tool Axle. And what size of ranch is that againSo this uses a three-fourths socket. Not sure what drive it is though. But at least if you're able to get a three-fourths socket, it'll work on these, so. Yeah. And most people will usually have if they have some kind of socket set up they'll have a three-fourths on them. But if you happen not to, you can always just pick it up with us, which is nice. Well thanks. You did a very good job at explaining all the difference between all four locks. Looks like each one of them might have an advantage and a disadvantage depending on what you're doing. It does. Yeah. At first I wasn't so sure about the hitch pin styles but it is a lot faster to use. So if your bike already has the anti-rattle knob on it, why notSure. Okay. Well, thank you very much for showing us that. Thank you for calling and the questions. All right. Well you take care. You too. Thanks. Bye everyone. To install your anti-rattle bolt just pop it into your hitch receivers, hitch pin hole, and try to tighten it as much as you can with your hands. And from there, you can use the wrenches included with your bike rack, but I recommend picking up our Performance Tool with a 15-16th socket, and that makes the whole process a lot easier. Just tighten it down. Once that is hyphened out, what you can then do is make sure your lock, has the keys in it, and that's unlocked from here. You can just pop it onto your anti-rattle bolt and then remove the keys and put this cover back into place. My final thoughts about this anti-rattle bolt is that I really like how it's designed. It's made to not only protect your bike rack and to the threat of theft, but it's also made to protect itself. You have this plating that really helps protect it from wear and tear and rust and corrosion, as well as this nice hitch full lock. So your locking aspect there has this cover, which I'm a big fan of. All in all, all the different features work together to make sure you have the best experience. And that was a look at our Swagman locking anti-rattle hitch pin for 2-inch bike racks here at

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