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Old 08-12-2015, 04:36 PM   #1
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Anybody shim their hitch accessories..?

Today I picked up my new mountain bike
A north shore 4 bike rack.
I noticed even with a threaded anti rattle hitch pin there is still vertical play between my hitch extension and receiver hitch.
I eye balled the gap and cut a piece of 2.5mm aluminum scrap I had into a shim.

I greased the heck out of it and the receiver and slid the extension in, it fit great in there with still some room to move not jammed in.
So now my extension (7inch) sits flat to the receiver.

I tried the same thing with bike racks 2 inch bar but there was not much slop in the connection , I would have needed 1 mm piece. Possibly some stainless sheet from hobby store would have worked.
Here's the rack extended.
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Old 08-12-2015, 06:50 PM   #2
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Re: Anybody shim their hitch accessories..?

This is what I use, works really well to tighten things up, no more slop or rattle
2" Hitch Receiver Tube Stabilizer Reverse Anti-Tilt Locking Collar https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002M9XMNY/re ... Yvb6TVAKXV
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Old 08-12-2015, 08:23 PM   #3
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Re: Anybody shim their hitch accessories..?

I used a similar anti-rattle devise as the one REF posted but it eventually just mushroomed the bolt heads and chewed up the end of the receiver. Mind you, I've been using it on a motorcycle rack with anywhere from 180-350lbs on it with thousands of miles of offroad use. This is the one I use now and it seems more effective and hopefully more reliable: http://roadmasterinc.com/products/acces ... quiet.html
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Old 08-13-2015, 01:11 AM   #4
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Re: Anybody shim their hitch accessories..?

The shim looks slick.

I use this "Draw-Tite J-pin Stabilization Pin" on my front-hitch mounted spare-tire bracket. Works very well. The hitch does have to have an extra hole for the bottom of the "J" to go into. (The Draw-Tite spare tire bracket had the hole stock.)

http://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Accessori ... 63201.html



I like that there is a nut holding it on in addition to the lock (I've seen some locking hitch pins that are *just* the lock, and they make me nervous).
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Old 08-13-2015, 03:50 PM   #5
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Re: Anybody shim their hitch accessories..?

I'm with you, I don't like a loose hitch. I did something a little different, I drilled and tapped the insert for 5/8" bolt. I use a 5/8" socket head(Allen head) screw and make it really tight. No rattles, even on big bumps. It is also sort of an anti theft device 'cause not many midnight auto suppliers carry a 1/2" Allen wrench to undo it.

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Old 08-13-2015, 05:58 PM   #6
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That's a great idea!
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Old 08-14-2015, 12:50 PM   #7
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That's a great idea!
Thank you viva.
I am also using this anti rattle locking pin!
I found even with a bolted pin there is up and down movement . With it shimmed it is solid and no droop .
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Re: Anybody shim their hitch accessories..?

Had to add a Blue Ox Hitch Receiver Immobilizer II to eliminate what was a significant amount of play when my bike rack was inserted into a hitch extension. Worked really well and took all the play out of the rack. Purchased at Etrailer.
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Re: Anybody shim their hitch accessories..?

Cut up (carefully, with a knife, the metal will be sharp as well) and folded soda cans make good shims. In particular, they can be stacked to get just the right thickness.

Nicer, forged ball mounts never seem to require them, so I've moved to those for actual towing.

I did order a big u-bolt and plate a while ago for a bike rack. However, the built in screw down on that rack has been sufficient, ever since I bolted both ends of my rear shocks to be vehicle. So I have not tried it yet.
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Old 08-17-2015, 05:51 PM   #10
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Cut up (carefully, with a knife, the metal will be sharp as well) and folded soda cans make good shims. In particular, they can be stacked to get just the right thickness.
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Awesome Awesome thank you!!!
Free thin aluminum...
The anti rattle hitch pins Im using are great quality do a great job of side to side sway but up and down is a different story, that annoying clunk over bumps drives me mad . Shims really work well with the pin i use.
Pop cans, beers cans, lots of free shims if you don't get it right just drink another..and voila
I will be trying this next for sure,
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