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Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar Review

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Review of the Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar


Today we'll be reviewing the Thule Goal Post hitch mounted load bar part number TH997. This goal post provides a front or rear mounted load bar that works with a 2 inch hitch receiver and allows you to carry loads longer than your truck bed. It can easily be adjusted to fit different heights and includes 2 load stabs to provide lateral load support. We'll start of our review by assembling and installing it on to the vehicle. We'll first take the goal post stinger and slide it into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll then line up the pin holes and thread our anti rattle bolt through the pin holes tightening it with a wrench. There is a built in anti wobble mechanism that keeps the goal post snug in the receiver for stability and to reduce noise and vibration.

We'll then insert the upper half of the goal post into the opening of the stinger at the top. We want to make sure that it slides all the way down we can continue working on it at about chest height. We'll then position the load bar onto to the horizontal bracket, we'll then place in our in caps at each end of the load bar. Next lining up the holes in the load bar with the holes in the horizontal bracket. We'll take the Y brackets and M6 carriage bolts and insert our carriage bolts through the holes.

We'll put the Y brackets on both the front and rear side of the goal post putting on our washer and nut and tightening it with the wrench. Once everything is all tighten down and secured, we can attach the two load stops with the shorter carriage bolts and two wing nuts keeping them tight and loosely you can adjust them for your load. This load bar has a telescoping design that allows you to adjust the height to accommodate for different size trucks and SUVs. It will telescope vertically from 54 1/2 inches all the way up to 66 inches. This pin here secures the upright bar in place at the height adjustment points. Next we'll take the included anti sway straps to help prevent the goal post from swinging back and forth while your vehicle is in motion.

Now on the top hole, for the upper part of the goal post we'll insert the silver hook into the hole and then move down to one corner of our vehicle where we will find the sturdy anchor point for the other hook. We'll then bring the strap up tightening it loosely. We'll then repeat these steps for the other strap. Now that both straps have been positioned, we can then move back and forth tightening each strap a little bit a time that the goal post doesn't lean to one side of the vehicle. We'll then secure the excess strap.

The kit comes with one 58 inch Thule load bar and 2 load stops. The load stops can be placed anywhere along the load bar to provide lateral support for all your gear. The Thule goal post is constructed of a high strength steel for all durability and is made in the USA. It has a weight capacity of a 165 pounds. Now that we've gone over some of the assembly and the installation, as well as some of the features and specs, that will complete today's review of the Thule Goal Post hitch mounted load bar part number TH997. .


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Employee Patrick B
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Employee Matthew K
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