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    Mazda 3 bike rack

    Anyone out there drive a mazda 3 hatchback? If so what are you guys using for a bike rack? Only need to carry 2 bikes. I am pretty sure the bikes will be mullets. Thanks for the help guys.

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    did some searching on http://www.mazdas247.com/forum/ and it looks like any of the universal roof racks will work (yakima, thule, etc...) or you can have a trailer hitch put on and use a hitch rack.

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    I owned a 2007 Mazda3 for about 4 months before I decided I wanted my old truck back. I never put a rack on, but searched a lot for an option.
    I read that under the rubber stripping along the roof rails, are threaded holes that will accept bolt-on after market roof racks like Westin. I also vaguely remember reading that the factory Protege5 rack will fit on the 3. This option will not leave marks on the paint like the tower-style racks.
    I was leaning towards the receiver hitch style rack. The hitch can be had for around $150.00 shipped and you can pick up a new rack for around the same. Installation is simple using factory bolt holes, I think you may have to trim a rear valence that is under the car.
    Search on www.msprotege.com under the mazda3/axella forum and you'll find some detailed threads regarding racks.

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    Ah Cool thank you guys very much, kinda a pain putting it in the back.

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    I've got a Mazda5 which is based on the Mazda 3 chassis, and I went with a hitch mount rack. I got a 3 bike swagman and U-haul hitch that I installed myself. the Hitch is actually made by Curtis. If you'v seen the U-hual Guys install a hitch.....Do it yourself, they're kinda sloppy and scary the way they work.

    Anyway between the Hitch and Rack. My total cost was less thant $300 The Mazda (thule) rack alone is $400 and you still need to get the bike carrier parts!!

    Only thing is if you put 3 bikes on the rack (or 2 really heavy ones) you want to add a couple of stabilizer straps as the rack o a 1.25 mount moves around a bit more than I like

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    Mazda 3 with sunroof

    My wife's car is a Mazda 3 hatchback, and I would like to put a roof rack on but it has a sunroof. I would like to use a Thule rack because I already have a couple Thule trays I could move over from my car. Has anyone put a roof rack on this car with a sunroof? Can I still use the sunroof?

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    www.mazda3forums.com

    Lots of good info on bike rack options on this site too^

    I have an 06 Mazda3 hatch and and got a hitch and hitch rack. So far so good. I got the hitch because I didn't want any part of the rack touching my car's paint. I got the thule roadway model that carries 4 bikes. It works best for 2 bikes but you can fit 4 if you really need to.

    Good luck.

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    re:hitch rack

    I was actually thinking of putting a hitch on it as well, but the car is so low to the ground already I didn't know if that was possible? What size receiver did you use? If I could use a 2" receiver I could use the same hitch rack from my xterra because I want to get the Thule T2.

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    i had a Mazda3 hatch for about 5 months before deciding i wanted my truck back.

    went with a Yakima roof rack. avoided the hitch because the car was low, and my apartment had a damn steep entrance to the garage.

    the Yak roof rack fit fine with the sunroof i had on my hatch.

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    Can you get a bike in the hatch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by golfnbike13
    I was actually thinking of putting a hitch on it as well, but the car is so low to the ground already I didn't know if that was possible? What size receiver did you use? If I could use a 2" receiver I could use the same hitch rack from my xterra because I want to get the Thule T2.
    Even if you don't get a 2", there are adaptors that would still allow you to use that 2" rack.
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    Get the right size.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem
    Even if you don't get a 2", there are adaptors that would still allow you to use that 2" rack.
    You will regret this. I had a 1-1/4" to 2" adapter for a 2" hitch rack and it stuck out too far and too low. The rack hit the ground all the time even with mild inclines. I now have a 4 bike 1-1/4" Yak hitch rack and no scraping.

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    mazda 3 hatch

    I'd prefer not to put my muddy mountain bike inside the car. I was thinking of just putting a hitch on it and getting a hitch rack to use on both cars, but the Mazda 3 can only accommodate a 1.25" hitch and I have a 2" on my Xterra, surely I can get some type of converter? But I'm afraid it will be to low to the ground. Did yours drag the ground a lot?

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