Problem with Thule locks

BamBam

New Member
Hello,

I'm a newbie here and needed to share a frustrating event. Thule T2 Pro locks need some attention given to them. For me it wasn't the locking mechanism but the fact that the locking cylinder has the key code for the lock embossed on the cylinder. Ordering "extra" keys is simple on thier website- if you have that code on the lock. Make sure you write the code from the lock down - then grind off.

My Thule rack (without bikes) was stolen a few days ago and it wasn't until I was assembling the new one I saw this. Kuat does the same thing. I was surprised to see it gone and even more surprised that there was no damage. For the replacement rack - the info is grinded off and I now have a chain from the vehicle frame to the rack frame.

Someone could order 200 sets of replacement keys and drive around looking for a $600 Thule rack to steal or better yet our bike off of it. I just wish I knew this earlier.
 

Rincon

Active Member
You don't even have to get to the cylinder. It is stamped right next to the key slot. (Maybe that's the cylinder.) As you note, anyone can jot down the key number, order the key from the Thule, and steal your rack and anything attached to it as soon as the mailman arrives.

But that's not the only way in. They can also remove the screws on the back of the knob that hold the knob faceplate in place, then pry the faceplate and cylinder off with a screwdriver. I had to open up one of these knobs once. It isn't a high security device even without a key.

Thule Key Number.jpg
 

BamBam

New Member
Yes, that was what I was talking about. You can no longer read it on my current rack.

I know that anything can be stolen by a motivated thief, but it seems Thule could have thought about security better. Well, I'm glad others are aware of the issue.
 

Rincon

Active Member
Yes, that was what I was talking about. You can no longer read it on my current rack.
Grinding the number off is a great idea. Thanks for publicizing it. I'll do the same.

I also use a lock on bikes on the Thule. I lock the wheel to the frame, or two bikes to each other, making it a little more difficult for a thief to roll them away.
 

Over50

Well-Known Member
...Thule T2 Pro locks need some attention given to them...
Thanks for calling attention to this. I'm getting a receiver hitch for my Subaru installed next week and will probably order the Thule Easyfold. I'll definitely look for a place to attach a chain for extra security when I must leave it on the vehicle or when I have a bike on the rack. And will probably just keep the Easyfold stored inside the vehicle or house when not hauling a bike. From the videos, looks like easy and quick work to just attach and detach from the vehicle as necessary and folds up nicely for storage.
 

mrgold35

Well-Known Member
I have an Saris Superclamp4 4-bike rack and it has the exact same key code stamped on the outside of the locks. It uses the same key to secure the bikes on the rack with two security cables and lock the rack to the hitch.

I had an old Softride Access hitch lock and bolt set with 1.25" and 2" locking bolts that also fit my Saris I now use. I also have a security cable I can attach from the hitch to bike rack if I have to leave the bikes for an extended amount of time.