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Old 06-06-2014, 09:05 PM   #1
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Bike Rack

So on my new sabre 36QBOK-7 I have the fold down bike rack. When in the up position the pins slide right in the holes......no problems. However, when I lower it to but bikes in it the pins don't want to slide through the holes. I can make them go through if I use a hammer and hit on the pins.

I've loosened the bolts that hold the rack on but it didn't help. I am considering taking a drill bit and reaming the holes out just a touch.

I wanted to see what solutions you guys may have that I've not tried or thought of before I started drilling anything.
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Old 06-06-2014, 09:42 PM   #2
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Same Problem

I had the same thing and my dealer did as you are suggesting. The only other thing I could think to do was to grind down the pads that support the rack (near the hinges) so it would come down a bit more. I think fixing the holes is the right idea as long as the pins are snug and do not allow too much play so the rack doesn't bounce. You would think this was rocket science to manufacture. I mean they make thousands of them. You would think they would work.....
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Old 06-06-2014, 09:45 PM   #3
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If this is a new Sabre, I'd let the dealer fix it under warranty before drilling and reaming something that might void that warranty. I have the same fold down bike rack on my Surveyor and there is no problem to raise and lower. Good Luck.
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Old 06-06-2014, 09:46 PM   #4
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yup, I drilled out the holes as well. Touched up with with some black spray paint after drilling to help prevent rust. Works well now.
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Old 06-07-2014, 06:50 AM   #5
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What size drill bit did you use JT?
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Old 06-07-2014, 05:27 PM   #6
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What size drill bit did you use JT?
Think it was 5/8" if I recall. I may have also reamed it a little by wobbling the bit around, but I don't recall for sure.

It's still a snug fit after drilling, which is good while in use.
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Old 06-07-2014, 05:52 PM   #7
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We had the same issue on our 2012 Sabre 32RCTS. Only the holes in the bike/cargo rack frame were just under 3/4" and the holes in the trailer frame were 5/8". The result was about 3 - 4" of travel so the rack bounced like crazy when traveling down the road. I drilled all holes out to 3/4" and bought new hitch pins from Tractor Supply. Fixed the problem but I had to hammer the hitch pins in. I plan on using a dremel to ream out the holes just a bit so I can remove/install the pins without having to hammer them in.
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I had the same issue. Just trued the holes up with a 5/8" bit, and pins fit snuggly, but go in with ease.

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Im having same issue. I will ream the holes out this week.

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Old 06-12-2014, 10:54 PM   #10
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Got my rack reamed out today. I used a 3/4" step drill bit and wobbled it around on both sided of the brackets, till the pin slid in and out freely. Spent about 5+ minutes doing it.

I think my pins are about 13/16" or 7/8", maybe not, but a 3/4" bit just falls through the holes without touching a thing.
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