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Thule STL2 Snug-Tite Lock One Key System Locking Hitch Pin
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- Designed with an anti-wobble feature and locking security.
- Integrated dust cover keeps lock clean.
- One Key System - Lock included
- Includes both locking key and changing key
- Helps ensure your valuable bicycles stay safe and secure
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|Package Height||1 x 5.7 x 7.6 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.95 pounds|
What's in the Box?
STL Snug Tite Lock, a lock cylinder, a locking key, a change key, a hitch-pin assembly, an M12 washer, an M12 lock washer, and instruction guide
Limited lifetime warranty
Top Customer Reviews
I picked up a small length of strong chain for $2.09 at the hardware store, put it through an old bike inner tube so it would not clang against the hitch and used two old padlocks to lock the chain ends to the rack and the trailer hitch (which is bolted and spot welded onto the car). So please, don't waste your money on the Thule STL2 Snug-Tite Lock II, MAKE YOUR OWN!
The Pros: It does lock. It is threaded like the rack so it reduces vibration.
The Cons: It costs twice what similar items cost. The key has to be used to lock the end onto the pin - my previous lock actually snapped right on and you needed the key to remove it. There's a lot of exposed pin between the hitch receiver and the lock. Not sure why they would find this necessary since it's going on a maximum 2 1/2 inch wide receiver. This gives a thief a small, exposed bolt to cut through. My previous lock (made for Sportworks T2) was almost flush against the receiver, making it very difficult to remove without the key.
I had to "upgrade" my lock when I replaced my Sportworks T2 with the Thule T2 after someone backed into my car. Thule bought the Sportworks design and made a number of changes, all for the worse as far as I can tell. One of these changes was to make sure you have to buy their accessories such as locks, meaning I not only had to replace the rack, I had to replace the lock as well.
This is basically a small bolt with threads at one end, and a simple lock that goes on the other. Similar items can be found for under $20 just about anywhere. It is apparently a very expensive process to press that THULE logo into the plastic cap.
So basically, if you have a Thule rack and want to lock it on, this is your choice. It works but could certainly be better and less expensive.
Sporkworks utilized a simple and practical partially threaded hex head bolt w/a hole on opposite end for attaching a small padlock or cotter pin, simple easy, no rattle w/lock washer and impossible for the pin to completely back off.
So I purchased a 12mm dia x 80mm long partially threaded bolt $2.25 that would extend thru the receiver, drilled a hole (you'll want a drill press) that would accommodate a small padlock $1.50 and presto I had an IMO a secure, rattle free "locking hitch pin". The benefit is the bolt extends thru the receiver so the lock is on the opposite side in the event the bolt unthreads it will not come out due to the pad lock and you will not loose your rack & bikes on the road.
I am disappointed that Thule did not provide this type of simple bolt set up like Sportworks did as original equipment. The Snug-Tite one key could have remained an option for those who care about such things but a $400.00 rack should come w/a a basic securing system that has a lock & loss prevention capability. Thinking about it I've never seen a hitch pin that did not extend thru the receiver so a cotter pin could not be used to prevent pin loss.
If I had to do it over I'd buy a KUAT brand Sherpa or better the NV, they come complete w/integrated hitch & bike locks for the same price, the NV has a built in repair stand. Anybody want to buy my once used Thule T-2?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Needed a replacement hitch pin and this factory replacement came super fast and with all tools and accessories to use. Read morePublished 2 days ago by J
The system fit flawlessly into my bike rack (Thule Vertex). The lock goes on easily, feels secure, and has a dust cover to cover the key entry. Read morePublished 6 days ago by William T. Mccarty II
Great accessory. Extra security assured for my Thule Apex Swing bike rack. Reasonable price. Very pleased.Published 7 days ago by Alex G.
This product works perfectly with my 2 inch THULE trailer hitch. The bolt holds the bike rack securely in place to there is no swaying. Read morePublished 10 days ago by MS
I had my Thule swing arm bike rack bought in 2013 stolen using this locking system (also bought in 2013). Read morePublished 21 days ago by Susan T. Watson