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Thule Roof Rack Review - 2012 Mazda 3

Today on our 2012 Mazda 3 we're doing a test fit of the Thule AeroBlade Edge Crossbars. The part number for our crossbars today is TH7602-TH7602. Then the part number for our fit kit for this is THKIT3069. We already have our front bar put together. We're going to show you how we put our back bar together, mostly with the last foot pack, and then how we'll mount it onto our vehicle. We're going to start out with everything that you see here. All of this is included with the kit, except for our wrench here.



Thule Force Roof Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Mazda 3

Today on our 2012 Mazda 3, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Force Medium Size Rooftop Cargo Box, this is 13 cubic feet, and it's made out of an aero skin black finish. The part number for it is TH624. We already have 3 of our 4 clamps down and secured, we're going to show you how we do this last one here at the front on the passenger side. What we'll start by doing is making sure our left side is locked. We'll unlock our right side here, and we're just going to lift up on our box. I'm going to step up into my vehicle, you can see our clamps there. A great thing about these clamps is that they do move up and down the track to fit whatever crossbar spread you may have, so we've got it right in the center, so our clamps are going to fit just snug around our bar.



Best 2013 Mazda 3 Hitch Options

Kevin: Today on our 2013 Mazda 3 we're gonna be taking a look at the best hitch options available for your car. Starting at the top we have our draw tight sport frame trailer hitch receiver class I, part number 24843 and our next one is gonna be the curt trailer hitch receiver, part number C11383, and on the bottom we have our hidden hitch trailer hitch receiver with draw bar, part number 60259. One of the big differences you're gonna notice in the curt as opposed to the draw tight or the hidden hitch, is that it's got a larger curve design where the other ones are just a straight bar and it's got a reinforced collar around the receiver tube where this is just gonna be straight tubing. Keep in mind that the hidden hitch and the draw tight are the same hitch except the hidden hitch comes with the draw bar, hitch pin, and clip. You'll notice on curt it's got a phalange with three bolts on each side where the hidden hitch and the draw tight only use two connecting points. Our curt hitch it has a nice bright and shiny powder coat where these are a little bit duller. All of our hitches are gonna have the same weights, 200 pounds of tongue weight which is our downward force and 2000 pounds of trailer weight which is our pulling.



Best 2012 Mazda 3 Hitch Options

Today in our 2012 Mazda 3, we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options available for your car. Starting at the top, we have our Draw-Tite, Sport Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, Class 1, part number 24843. Our next one is going to be the CURT Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C11383. On the bottom, we have our Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Draw Bar, part number 60259. One of the big differences you're going to notice in the CURT as opposed to the Draw-Tite or the Hidden Hitch is it's got a larger curve design, where the other ones are just a straight bar. It's got a reinforced collar around the receiver tube, where this is just going to be straight tubing. Now keep in mind that the Hidden Hitch and the Draw-Tite are the same hitch, except the Hidden Hitch comes with the Draw Bar, hitch pin, and clip.



Best 2011 Mazda 3 Hitch Options

Today, on our 2011 Mazda 3, we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options available for your car. Starting at the top, we have our Draw-Tite Sport Frame Trailer Hitch receiver, class 1, part number 24843. Our next one's going to be the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C11383. On the bottom, we have our Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar, part number 60259. Now one of the big differences you're going to notice in the Curt, as opposed to the Draw-Tite or the Hidden Hitch is that it's got a larger, curved design where the other ones are just a straight bar, and it's got a reinforced collar around the receiver tube, where these are just going to be straight tubing. Keep in mind that the Hidden Hitch and the Draw-Tite are the same hitch, except the Hidden Hitch comes with the drawbar, hitch pin, and clip. You'll notice on Curt, it's got a flange with three bolts on each side, where the Hidden Hitch and the Draw-Tite only use two connecting points. Our Curt hitch has a nice, bright and shiny powder coat, where these are a little bit duller. Now, all of our hitches are going to have the same weights: 200 pounds of tongue weight, which is our downward force, and 2,000 pounds of trailer weight, which is our pulling.



Best 2010 Mazda 3 Hitch Options

Today, on our 2010 Mazda 3, we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options available for your car. Starting at the top, we have our Draw-tite sport frame trailer hitch receiver, class 1, part number 24843, and our next one's going to be the Curt trailer hitch receiver, part number C11383. On the bottom, we have our Hidden Hitch trailer hitch receiver, with draw bar. Part number 60259. One of the big differences you're going to notice in the Curt, as opposed to the Draw-tite, or the Hidden Hitch, is that it's got a larger, curved design, where the other ones are just a straight bar, and it's got a reinforced collar around the receiver tube, where these are just going to be straight tubing. Keep in mind that the Hidden Hitch, and the Draw-tite are the same hitch, except the Hidden Hitch comes with a draw bar, hitch pin, and clip. Then, you'll notice on Curt, it's got a flange with 3 bolts on each side, where the Hidden Hitch, and the Draw-tite only use 2 connecting points.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Mazda 3 - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2008 Mazda 3. We're going to be taking a look at and installing the Draw-Tite Sport Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver Class 1. 1 1/4 inch. Part number 24816. This hitch installed fits nicely around the bumper. It does not require any trimming.



Rhino Rack Roof Rack Review - 2008 Mazda 3

Today on our 2008 Mazda 3, we're doing a test fit of the Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbar Roof Rack. The crossbar numbers are RRVA118B-2, the Rhino-Rack 25 Series Legs are RRRLKVA, and the clamps and pads are DK041. Now we have he first one already on our vehicle, I'm just going to show you how we should install the second one. Here in the table is everything you get. You have your crossbar, you have your 2500 Series Leg with the covers. This is the clamp and the pad, and this is our end cap, and the two tools that also come with it.



Rhino Rack MountainTrail Roof Bike Racks Review - 2008 Mazda 3

Today, on our 2008 Mazda 3, we're doing a test fit of the Rhino Rack Mountain Trail Roof-Top Bike Carrier, part number RBC-035. We have a bike on our carrier, and we have our carrier hooked to our vehicle. I'm just going to show you a few things. First thing I want to show you, this is a Forkmar 00:00:18 bike rack. You see we have our skewer in engaged on our forks. Back towards the back, we just have our wheel sitting in our wheel cradle, with the strap, that's pretty much holding it down. We're going to remove that first and move that out of the way. Coming up here, we will disengaged our skewer.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Mazda 3 - Curt

.Today on our 2009 Mazda 3 we'll be installing the Curt Trailer Hitch in the Class One Inch and a Quarter Receiver Opening, part number C11386. Here's what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as a bicycle rack or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is approximately 4-1/2 inches. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 11-1/2 inches. Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. To begin with we'll need to remove these two plastic fasteners that help hold the lower fascia in place. We can either use a large flat head screwdriver or a trim panel removal tool.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2010 Mazda 3 - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2010 Mazda Speed 3 we'll be installing the Draw-Tite hitch, part number 24843. This is what our hitch will look like once installed. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 7-1/2". From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 10".



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2011 Mazda 3

Today on this 2011 Mazda 3, we're going to install part number 118420, this is a T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with a 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector. Now to install our wire harness, we have to get inside the vehicle and remove some access panels so we can make our connections and also route wires from the driver's side over to the passenger's side. Let's go ahead and take this panel and get it out of our way and this foam insert can be pushed out of the way as well. Let's go ahead and get this panel opened up here because our connections will be right back here. Let's go to the passenger's side and get the panel out of the way. Now we need to also loosen up our threshold here, there's a plastic rivet on each side, just pull out the center and then pull out the rivet. This will be the passenger's side one.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Mazda 3 - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2011 Mazda, we'll be installing the Draw-Tite Hitch, part number 24843. This is what our hitch will look like once in position. Next, we're going to give you a couple measurements to assist your selecting accessories for your new hitch, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. For the center of the hitch pin hole, to the outermost edge of the bumper, is 5 1/4". From the top of the receiver tube openings to the ground, was 8 1/4". Now go ahead with the installation. The vehicle raised up, we'll point out the attachment points. We're going to have a total of 4 attachment points, 2 on each side.



Husky Liners WeatherBeater Front and Rear Floor Liners Review - 2011 Mazda 3

Today on our 2011 Mazda 3 we're going to be doing a test fit of the Husky Liners Weatherbeater Custom Auto Floor Liners for the front and rear in black, part number HL98631. To begin with we'll need to remove either the factory floor mats or any other after market floor mats that may have already been installed. Once we've done that now we're ready to go ahead and install our floor liners. We'll go ahead and start here on the passenger's side. As you notice, as we put the floor liner in there are two areas on the mat that cover the factory floor tab that hold the original floor mats in place. These floor liners do not have that cutout which helps eliminate any possibility of dirt, debris, or any liquids of getting down onto your carpet through the hole.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2010 Mazda 3 - Draw-Tite

Today on this 2010 Mazda 3, we're going to install part number 24842 from Draw-Tite. This is a class one, inch and a quarter receiver hitch. This is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on our Mazda 3. Next we'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. Top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 11 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of the bumper will be about six inches.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2004 Mazda 3

Today, on our 2004 Mazda3 five door, we're going to be installing to Tow Ready T-One vehicle wiring harness before pole flat trailer connector, part number 118420. Now, to begin with, we are going to need to open up the rear hatch of the vehicle. We'll then need to remove this center threshold piece, here. Now, in order to do that, we need to lift up a couple of item here so we can pull the center threshold piece out. Go ahead and set this piece out for now too to give ourself a little bit more working room. Now, in order to remove this center threshold piece, there's a push fastener, here, that you'll need to remove, looks something like that, and there's one right over here on this side as well. With our two push fasteners removed, go ahead and gently pull up on the center section, releasing the tabs underneath.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2004 Mazda 3 - Curt

Today on our 2004 Mazda 3 5-door we're going to be installing the CURT trailer hitch receiver, part number C11386. Now here's what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements in helping you chose some accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is approximately 4". From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 10-1/2". Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. Now let's begin by pointing out our mounting locations.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2004 Mazda 3 - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2004 Mazda 3 5-door we're going to be installing the Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver, part number 24816. Now here's what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements in helping you chose some accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is approximately 5-1/2". From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 10-1/2". Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. Now let's begin by pointing out our mounting locations.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2010 Mazda 3

Today on this 2010 Mazda 3, we're going to install part number 118420 from Tow Ready. This is the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with a 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector. To install our wire harness, we need to get inside the trunk. We open up the trunk lid and we need to remove some interior panels to get your wiring behind the taillights. We'll start with the floor covering and get it out of the way. All right, two holders will come out there easy enough, so I'm also take them out.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Mazda 3 - Draw-Tite

Today in our 2013 Mazda 3 we'll be installing a Draw-Tite hitch part number 24843. This is what our hitch should look like once it's installed. Next we'll give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is five inches. From the top of the receiver to the opening to the ground is eleven inches. This will assist you selecting accessories such as a ball mount bike rack or cargo carrier. Now we'll go ahead with installation.





Mazda 3 Questions

  • Typically we do not recommend using trunk mounted bike racks on vehicles that have spoilers. Most plastic and fiberglass spoilers cannot handle the weight of a bike rack and bikes and will bend or even break sooner or later. If the spoiler on your 2013 Mazda 3 hatchback is metal and part of the rear hatch, rather than a separate plastic or fiberglass spoiler, then you can use a trunk mounted bike rack without having to worry about the weight of the rack damaging the spoiler. You...
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  • According to my Yakima rep, every 2015 Mazda 3 they've seen has had the fixed mounting points. In the past, Mazda installed rectangular covers in the ditch molding to provide access to the mounting points. Beginning in 2014, the entire piece of molding needs to be removed to access the mounting points. I've provided you a photo showing what the Yakima Round Bar roof rack that uses the fixed points looks like once installed. The Yakima Round Bar Rack would consist of the following...
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  • You have done your research. As you have seen, all of the hitches for the 2010 Mazda 3 are Class I trailer hitches. The Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch models do have the safety notch in them that prevent the insertion of a Class II accessory. This is so you will not accidentally overload the hitch. The Curt hitch does not have this feature. This notch and the capacity are what makes a Class I hitch a Class I. As you have said neither the Draw-Tite nor Hidden Hitch models require...
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  • If you install any roof rack on your 2012 Mazda 3, you can remove it if needed, even if that rack attaches to the fixed points on the vehicle. The fixed points for the rack are located under small plates that you can just pull up and off of the vehicle like in the video I have linked on a similar vehicle. In some cases a small flat head screwdriver can be used to gently pull the covers up. For the Thule roof rack you would need the following parts: Load Bars: # THLB50 Podium...
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  • In order for the Thule Echelon Roof Mount Bike Rack, # TH518, to fit the new Thule AeroBlade bars, you will need the Thule Xadapt9 Aero and Xsporter Load Bar Adapter, # THXADAPT9. I have included a link to the installation details for you.
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  • I do have a solution for you to carry your Thule Weeekender roof cargo box on the roof of your 2011 Mazda 3, 5 door, but the Rola Sport Series Roof Rack, part # 59833, is not compatible. The reason why it will not work is because the older model Thule roof cargo boxes are designed to work with square Thule load bars. You are correct, the Rola load bars are too wide to work with cargo box mounting feet. You will need to use the Thule Roof Rack, part # TH460, THLB50, THKIT3069,...
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  • The Kuat NV Bike Rack part # N102 that you referenced is compatible with Class I hitches so it should work very well with the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch # 24816 that you ordered for your 2008 Mazda 3. I attached a review video of this rack being used on a Class I hitch for you to check out.
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  • For your 2015 Mazda 3 hatchback I recommend Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 24914. It does not require a stabilization strap when using a bike rack. Like you said you would need an adapter, # HTAD. However, the use of an adapter reduces the tongue weight capacity of the trailer hitch by 50 percent. For Draw-Tite hitch # 24914 the use of the adapter takes the tongue weight capacity from 200 to 100 pounds. the combined weight of the bike rack and bikes cannot exceed 100 pounds. If...
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  • Thule, unlike Yakima, does not have a special device that attaches to the bars and accepts numerous accessories. Basically, it depends on what you want to fit to the AeroBlade bars. Thule makes several adapters, called Xadapt? where the question mark would be a number depending on which adapter it was. If you can tell me what you are wanting to attach to the AeroBlade bars I can determine what Xadapt you will need. If it is a non-Thule item then it may not fit. Or if you...
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  • We have everything you are looking for, but I must warn you that Mazda does not recommend towing with this vehicle, so you would be doing so at your own risk. The other complication is that there is no stated towing capacity for your vehicle because it is not recommended for towing. You will want to be very careful if you choose to tow. For a trailer hitch I recommend the Draw-Tite Class I Hitch # 24842. This hitch as a Gross Trailer Weight Capacity of 2,000 lbs. and a Tongue...
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  • The Thule Passage trunk mount bike rack # TH910XT will technically fit your 2012 Mazda 3 hatchback. However, with that rear spoiler it is not the best option. You will need to use the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top rack # HRF2. This rack was designed specifically for vehicles that have that rear spoiler at the top of the hatch like yours. I have linked a video showing how it works. If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across...
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  • The races come pre-installed for hub # AKIHUB-440-2-1K but the bearings will need to be greased and installed manually. We do have a hub that uses the same bearings and 4-bolt pattern; # CE13110. So if you want to avoid having to grease and install the bearings yourself hub # CE13110 is an excellent option.
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  • What you could use is the part # C55384. This will plug inline with the 7-way you have at the rear of your motorhome and will provide you with a second 4-way. The 7-way would still be active which would allow the 4-way adapter to still function.
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  • The Thule Podium feet, # TH460, or Podium feet for AeroBlade bars, # TH460R, are listed as a fit for the 2013 Mazda 3, 5-door hatchback. These feet fit in the factory fixed mounting points on the roof of the vehicle. If you want to go with square load bars then you will need the following parts: Podium feet # TH460 Load bars # THLB50 Fit kit # THKIT3069 If you want to go with AeroBlade bars then you will need the following parts: Podium feet # TH460R AeroBlade bars...
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  • This may be out of your price range, but the best platform bike rack I could recommend that would fit the criteria you listed is the Saris Freedom SuperClamp part # SA4025. This is a lightweight rack that comes in a 30 lbs. Most platform bike racks weigh significantly more that this so if weight if your main concern this will be the best option. It also only touches the bikes at the tires which means no painted surfaces or cables would get touched. I attached a review video for...
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  • You can install a trailer hitch with a 1-1/4 inch receiver on your 2012 Mazda 3i Touring Hatchback. The trailer hitch that I would recommend for you would be the Draw-Tite Class I Trailer Hitch, # 24843. This hitch was designed for the hatchback models of the 2012 Mazda 3 and gives you the same weight capacities as the other hitch options at the most economical price. I have attached the installation instructions for you to check out. For a bike rack, I would recommend the...
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  • The Rhino Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars consisting of the crossbars and feet # RRRS352B do have integrated locks to deter theft. The locks secure the crossbars to the roof and secure the channel-mounted carriers to the crossbars. The Aero-type crossbars are the lowest profile roof rack for your 2011 Mazda 3 as each crossbar is only 1-1/16" tall which will cut down on wind noise from this rack. I attached help articles on roof mounted cargo carriers, watersport carriers and...
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  • The distance from the hitch pin hole of the Swagman bike rack part # S64650 to the nearest wheel hoop is 10-1/2 inches. The shank of this rack also has a rise of 4 inches built into it. The tires of your bikes would be far enough away from the exhaust that you wouldn't have any problems. With this bike rack we have not had any issues with exhaust so I can confidently say you will be fine. If you do not have a hitch already you would want the Draw-Tite part # 24914 which...
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  • The Rola Extended Series Roof Rack with APE Mounting System, item # 59834, fits the Mazda 5. For a 2009 Mazda 3 there are several other Rola roof rack options depending on how your vehicle is equipped. For a 4-Door with fixed mounting points with no existing rails or crossbars you can use the following Rola roof racks: # 59714 # 59715 For a 4-Door with fixed mounting points with no existing rails or crossbars you can use: # 59714 # 59715
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  • We have a similar product as the one you referenced, part # TR20141. This product works on most German vehicles that have a hard time detecting trailers with LED taillights. I would normally recommend this for a situation like yours. But we have had feedback with other Land Rover owners who have reported that this product did not work with their trailer with LED taillights. The best recommendation I could make for you would be to replace the LED taillights of your trailer with...
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