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Can anybody recommend a good receiver pin lock?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by PoweredBySoy, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. Jan 22, 2015 at 11:52 AM
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    Sounds like all tubular locks have a widely known flaw which makes them easily picked with a Bic pen.

    This Master Lock one sounds like it corrodes easily...

    The problem is I live in MN, so this lock is going to subjected to ridiculous amounts of salt and road-shit. I'd also like something that I could attach a $400 bike rack too and not worry.

    Or, and alternative way to secure a bike rack?

    Gracias.
     
  2. Jan 22, 2015 at 12:50 PM
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    I far prefer a stainless 5/8" carriage bolt, double nutted and torqued HARD against each other. It's as secure as a lock in my opinion. My receiver gets blasted with road salt all winter, and this ensures it will come off when I want it as I have had every kind of locking receiver pin seize on me over the years.
     
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    I have that exact master lock pin and haven't had any corrosion issues with it. I do coat it with fluid film and put gun oil down in the locking mechanism from time to time and don't always leave it on my hitch receiver though.

    I would guess that just about any locking pin you put on a receiver and leave it there winter after winter without any maintenance will most likely have corrosion problems eventually.
     
  4. Jan 22, 2015 at 1:25 PM
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    x2. I use a Reese locking pin that came with the ball mount I bought. I don't know how easily it can be picked but it's held up for about 10 years now with the occasional spray of PB Blaster down the lock to keep things freed up. It has a rubber cap over the end that keeps crap out of the lock also.
     
  5. Jan 22, 2015 at 4:35 PM
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    Thanks for the knowledge, guys.

    Sounds like I should put more emphasis on lock maintenance than what I buy.
     
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    Just a few LEDs...
    I got a stainless steel locking pin made by Reese at Pep Boys. Not everyone stocks a stainless pin that is as long as it needs to be so I was glad to finally find this one.

    I think the one I got is actually a little longer than the one in this picture but other than that they look the same.

    Besides being made of stainless steel, this one has a cover that slides over the lock where you insert the key to keep dirt out.

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  8. Jan 22, 2015 at 5:59 PM
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    My locking hitch pin is so corroded that I couldn't get the key into it with a hammer. I'm sure the only way it's coming off is with a grinding wheel. Seems pretty secure.
     
  9. Jan 22, 2015 at 6:02 PM
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    lol. Roger that.
     

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