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    Protege5 with factory rack

    I just got a sweet deal on a 2003 protege5. Does anyone else have one set up to carry their bikes? I find that most people who own them just rice them out. I've look on some mazda forum but can't find any pics of one with and bike racks installed to the factory racks. thanks for any help.

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    I own an '03 P5

    When I bought my protege 5 I know that Mazda offered a bike rack for the one that came with the factory rack. I believe it was just a Thule or Yakima rails that they would put on for you (I think the cost about $250). My car did not come with the roof rack so I didn't look into it any further. I use a Yakima trunk rack without any problems, except for a few marks from the straps.

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    Thanks for that advice. I took mine to a specialty place today and they weren't able to help me out. The guy did tell me about a company called RockyMounts though that has a rack the would fit onto my factory bars. I'm gonna look into that and see what's up.

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    Hey there, i have an 02 (slightly riced out i must admit) But with the factory rack you can run the rockymount noose. Which bang for your buck is your best bet. I recently got a trailer hitch installed and am looking for a hitch system. I would avoid going to U-haul to have it done, while it was really cheap, they had to cut a small square in the bottom of my bumper. I think they had the standard protege mount and not the 5's. But that being said with a hitch you can do whatever and they are easy to deal with and good on gas. But if you dont want to put a hitch on go for a rocky mount, and the noose to be specific (which is their universal mount). Make sure you get the disc brake adapter if you have discs though! otherwise the front cant clamp down. http://www.rockymounts.com Hope that helped.

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    Hey there, i have an 02 (slightly riced out i must admit) But with the factory rack you can run the rockymount noose. Which bang for your buck is your best bet. I recently got a trailer hitch installed and am looking for a hitch system. I would avoid going to U-haul to have it done, while it was really cheap, they had to cut a small square in the bottom of my bumper. I think they had the standard protege mount and not the 5's. But that being said with a hitch you can do whatever and they are easy to deal with and good on gas. But if you dont want to put a hitch on go for a rocky mount, and the noose to be specific (which is their universal mount). Make sure you get the disc brake adapter if you have discs though! otherwise the front cant clamp down. http://www.rockymounts.com Hope that helped.

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    pic is a few years old . . .
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    sweet antonio. did you have any problems opening up your hatch door all the way? an employee at rack specialist told me i might have trouble opening mine all the way depending on what rack i decided to with. i think i'm gonna go with the rockymounts rack. i like the price the best. thanks everyone for your help. i really appreciate it.

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    I did, and had to hacksaw the ends of the tray off (the trays in the pic are shortened). Sorry for not mentioning that - I completely forgot.

    BTW, I upgraded to this, and was able to slide the tray forward so that the hatch could fully open.

    http://www.rei.com/product/710453

    No hacksaw required.

    Ant

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