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Finally, after what seems like forever, I'm getting my trailer hitch put on, a Draw Tite 1 1/4" ( https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch/Kia/Optima/2013/24853.html?vehicleid=2013305541 ), and ordering my hitch rack:

Swagman XC: https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Bike-Racks/Swagman/S64650.html

I would like to be able to secure the rack to my car when I'm off on my rides, or if there is a time when I decide to leave the rack on my car for some reason. Unfortunately the lockable hitch pin that you can purchase (for an extra $30) for the Swagman XC gets inconsistent reviews...some say it does great while other say it locks but then won't unlock, it doesn't thread correctly so rack wobbles, it sticks out too far, it's not that secure, etc.

Is there another option you see for me to secure the rack to the hitch? Possibly a cable lock?

Thanks for any advice!

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I use a cable lock. I figure if they want to cut that, they'd probably get the rack regardless.


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What do you run it through? The bicycle wheel hoops on the rack and the oval part sticking out of the side of the hitch (I'm sure it has an official name but...) ?

Thanks for the input.

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The ovals on the side of the hitch are usually where safety chains would be attached. I run the cable through one and through a closed section of the rack.


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This is the hitch pin that comes with it. I have the same pin (different rack). Actually have it on 2 cars. No one has ever stolen them and they are on year round. These racks just aren't that expensive that someone's all that interested in stealing them.
For someone to steal it, the have to have a 3/4" wrench. You're not removing it by hand. So that's somewhat of a deterrent.
Rather than using a cotter pin, you could use a small padlock. That'd provide a little more protection.



There are other brands of lockable hitch pins. I'm sure some are of good quality. Or you could just get a tamperproof bolt/nut and use it instead of the one supplied.
 

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This is the hitch pin that comes with it. I have the same pin (different rack). Actually have it on 2 cars. No one has ever stolen them and they are on year round. These racks just aren't that expensive that someone's all that interested in stealing them.
For someone to steal it, the have to have a 3/4" wrench. You're not removing it by hand. So that's somewhat of a deterrent.
Rather than using a cotter pin, you could use a small padlock. That'd provide a little more protection.
Thanks for the information as well as sharing your experience!

Any idea how small of lock I would need to fit in the hitch pin hole?

Again, I appreciate your input!

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Thanks for the information as well as sharing your experience!

Any idea how small of lock I would need to fit in the hitch pin hole?

Again, I appreciate your input!

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I just measured. Couldn't get a real accurate size under the car. But it's a little bigger than 1/4". I was able to pass a 1/4" bolt thorough with plenty of clearance. So a 1/4" lock should work.
 

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I just measured. Couldn't get a real accurate size under the car. But it's a little bigger than 1/4". I was able to pass a 1/4" bolt thorough with plenty of clearance. So a 1/4" lock should work.
AWESOME...I appreciate you taking the time to measure that for me!!! It helps a great deal!

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In your lock selection, consider that the lock is going to be exposed to road grime, etc. It's pretty likely that any openings on a regular lock (key hole, etc) will get gummed up over time with dirt, salt, water, etc. Look for one that some type of seal or cover unless you want to cut it off later.
 

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In your lock selection, consider that the lock is going to be exposed to road grime, etc. It's pretty likely that any openings on a regular lock (key hole, etc) will get gummed up over time with dirt, salt, water, etc. Look for one that some type of seal or cover unless you want to cut it off later.
Great points!!!

What about one that's made to 'resist the elements' (as MasterLock claims this one is): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CSIAA...TF8&colid=3MKPTD4TB6A20&coliid=I29ACU76AZBZDQ

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Great points!!!

What about one that's made to 'resist the elements' (as MasterLock claims this one is): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CSIAA...TF8&colid=3MKPTD4TB6A20&coliid=I29ACU76AZBZDQ
If you drive anywhere with winter weather where they use salt on the roads, that aluminum is gonna corrode quick. Plus it has no protection for the keyhole.

Some other options
https://www.amazon.com/ABUS-70IB-45...91599&sr=1-6&keywords=stainless+steel+padlock
https://www.amazon.com/Master-Lock-...91599&sr=1-5&keywords=stainless+steel+padlock
 
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