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  1. #1
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    Oct 2007

    Mazda Protege and racks

    Anyone use a 03 protege? I am going to get one soon, and would like a rack. Thule is alot less expensive than yakima. So..... I can fit my XC pro in there fine, but it annoying.

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    May 2008
    I drive an 03 Protege5 with the factory roof rack. I bought Yakima's MightyMounts and rails and clips (with a locking fork mount). The cross rails I bought from a hardware store and cut to length. The Yakima system is okay, but I've found that the nut in the plastic mount can get stripped or start slipping, and I've had to cut off a couple of clips. Using a washer and a locking nut takes care of that. Also, the mounts don't give much clearance over the factory bars, so when two bikes are loaded everything sits on them. Bumpy sections of road result in tapping or thumping from the roof.

    Although recently I've been riding solo so I've taken the rack off and put the bike inside to save gas.

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