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Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Mazda CX-9

Today on our 2015 Mazda CX9, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Thule Vertex Hanging Style 4-bike Rack. As you can see, we've already got our bike up here so you can see what it's going to look like once you have it fully assembled and in place on the back of your vehicle. We'll start off by getting a few measurements. Our closet distance will be our first measurement. That's going to be from the back side of our bumper or closest point to the back side of the rack here. It looks like that distance is going to be about 1 7/8 inches.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Mazda CX-9

Today on our 2015 Mazda CX-9, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Kuat Transfer. This is going to be your platform-style 3 bike rack, part number TS03G. As you can see, we've already got our bike mounted up, so you can see what it's going to look like once you have it on the back of your Mazda. We'll start off by getting a few measurements. Our closest distance is going to be our first measurement. That's going to be from the front of the rack to the back side of the bumper.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Mazda CX-9

Today on our 2015 Mazda CX9. We're going to be doing a test fit of the Thule Vertex Hang Style for a bike rack. As you can see we've already have our bike mounted up and attached to our rack. It's going to be part number TH9031XT. Nice thing about this rack is it's going to allow us to swing out and away from the vehicle, which we'll show you in a moment. Let's go ahead and start off by getting a few measurements. Our closest measurements going to be the first one.



Rola TX-104 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Mazda CX-9

Today on our 2015 Mazda CX-9, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Rola TX-104 Hanging Style 4-Bike Rack. This is going to be Part Number 59401, and as you can see, we've already got our bike mounted up so you can get an idea of what it's going to look like on the back of your Mazda. First things we're going to do is go and get a couple measurements. Our closest distance will be our first measurement from the front side of the rack to the back side of the bumper. It's going to be about 4-1/2 inches. Overall distance that we've added to the vehicle from the rear of the bumper to the back of the cradle arms is going to be a distance of about 31-1/2 inches. Our rear ground clearance at the bottom of the shank is going to be about 10-1/2 inches.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Mazda CX-9

Today on our 2015 Mazda CX-9 we're going to be doing a test fit of the Rola TX-102. This is going to be our hanging style 2 Bike rack. As you can see we've already got our bike loaded up and ready to go. This is going to be part number 59400. Let's start off by getting a few measurements. Our closest distance will be our first measurement.



Yakima FullTilt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Mazda CX-9

Today on our 2015 Mazda CX-9 we're going to be doing a test fit of the Yakima Full Tilt. Now this is going to be your hanging style 4-bike rack, part number Y02462. As you can see, we're already got our bike up on our cradle arms so you can get a better idea of what it's going to look like on the back of your Mazda. Now, first things first, we're going to go ahead and get a few measurements, starting off with our closest distance. That's going to be from the front side of the rack here to the back side of the bumper at our closest contact point if it we're to come in too far. It's going to be about 4 inches. The overall distance that we've added to the back of the vehicle, from the rear of the bumper to the back of the cradle arms, is going to be about 37-1/2 inches, and our ground clearance from the bottom side of the fin is going to be about 9-1/2 inches.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Mazda CX-9

Today on our 2015 Mazda CX-9 we're going to be doing a test fit: the Stromberg Carlson Cargo Carrier. Now this cargo carrier's going to measure 23 inches wide by 60 inches long. With its sturdy steel construction it's going to offer a 500 pound weight capacity. Keep in mind that these are for your two inch receivers only, and it's going to be part number CC-100. We'll start off by getting a few measurements. Our closest distance will be our first measurement: from the backside of the bumper, to the front side of the cargo carrier. It's going to be about two inches. Overall distance that we've added to the vehicle is going to be about 25-and-a-half inches, and our ground clearance, at the backside and bottom of the shank, is going to be about nine-and-a-half inches to the bolt that secures that. All right let's go ahead and check a couple other measurements.



Curt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Mazda CX-9

Today on our 2015 Mazda CX-9, we're going to be doing a test fit of the CURT Premium 4. This is going to be our hanging style 4-bike rack, part number C18064. As you can see, we've already got our bike up on our rack and strapped down to our cradle arm so you can get a better idea of what it's going to look like on the back of your Mazda. We'll start off by getting a few measurements. Our closest distance will be the first measurement, from the front side of the rack to the back side of the bumper. It looks like it's going to be about 3 inches from the backside to these tabs and the T handle here on the front. Overall distance that we've added to the vehicle is going to be from the back bumper to the rear of the cradle arms, at about 33 inches. Our ground clearance from the bottom side of the shank, about 11 inches. Now that we've gotten those measurements out of the way, let's go ahead and talk about how our bike is secured to the rack.



Softride Element-Parallelogram Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Mazda CX-9

Today on our 2015 Mazda CX9, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Soft Ride Element Parallelogram. This is going to be a hanging style 4 bike rack. Part number SR26248. As you can see we already have our bike up on our cradle arms so you can see what it's going to look like once you have it fully assembled and in place on your vehicle. We'll start off by getting a few measurements. Our closest distance will be from the closest point here on the backside of our rack to our bumper.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Mazda CX-9

Today on our 2015 Mazda CX9, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Max Tow 21 inch by 48 inch cargo carrier. This will be part number NT70422. This is going to be an aluminum cargo carrier, offering a five-hundred pound weight capacity, for our two inch receivers only. Let's start off by getting a few measurements. Our closest distance will be from the rear of the bumper, to the front side of the rack, in about 3 1/4 inches. Our overall distance, is going to be about 25 1/2 inches to the very rear. Our ground clearance at the rear, is going to be about 10 3/4 inches.



Lets Go Aero Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Mazda CX-9

Today on our 2015 Mazda CX-9 we're going to be doing a test fit of the Let's Go Aero GearCage. Now this is going to be a really nice gear cage that's 32 inches wide by 48 inches long. It's going to offer a 300 pound weight capacity. It's going to be part number HCR222. We're going to go ahead and get a few measurements, starting off with our closest distance. It's going to be from right here on the back side of the bumper to the front side of your cargo carrier. It's going to be about 5 and 1/4 inches.



Hollywood Racks Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Mazda CX-9

Today on our 2015 Mazda CX9 we're going to be doing a test fit of the Hollywood racks cargo carrier. This is going to be 15.5 inches wide by 55 inches long, and offer a 220 pound weight capacity with it used alone. Note that this rack is meant to be used with your two Hollywood racks. The hr1450 and the hr1400. This is going to be the se2, and the Hollywood racks se bike racks. Now on both of those bike racks, you can add this on too, and it will have a 90 pound weight capacity at that point.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Mazda CX-9

Today on our 2015 Mazda CX9, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Curt Cargo Carrier. This Curt cargo carrier is going to be part number C18151. It's going to have a measurement of 20 inches wide by 60 inches long and with a sturdy steel construction it's going to offer a 500 pound weight capacity. Now note that this is going to be your tilting model with a 2 inch shank for your 2 inch receiver only. Now keep in mind that hitch pin and clip are not going to be included. If you like to obtain that you can get it on our website part number PC3. Now let's go ahead and start off by getting a few measurements.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Mazda CX-9

Today, on our 2015 Mazda CX-9, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Curt 20 x 60 inch cargo carrier, part number C18150. Now, this is going to be a sturdy steel construction, with a 500 pound weight capacity and it'll be for our 2 inch receivers only. Keep in mind that the hitch pin and clip that does secure it is not going to be included, so if you'd like to obtain that, you can get it on our web site, part number PC3. Let's start off by getting a few measurements. Our closest distance will be our first measurement from the back of the vehicle to the front side of the rack and cargo carrier. At about 5 1/2 inches. Overall distance is going to be about 26 1/2 inches, with that rear clearance being about 13 5/8 inches.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2015 Mazda CX-9

On this 2015 Mazda CX-9, we're going to review and install the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector, part number 56016. With the part number this is what you get. This is our wire harness right here. This is our 4-pole end connector that comes with a cover. The module, the T-connectors that plug into the wire harness on the vehicle. The T with the yellow wire goes to your driver's side, and the T with the green wire goes to the passenger's side.



K Source Universal Clip-On Towing Mirror Installation - 2015 Mazda CX-9

Male: Today on our 2015 Mazda CX9 we'll be installing and taking a look at the K-Source Universal Towing Mirror, part number KS3891. As you see, our K-Source Towing Mirror here clips nicely around our factory mirror and it gives us an extended view for our trailer when going down the road. The nice thing about this is the universal fit, so if you're towing with more than 1 vehicle, you only need 1 towing mirror. It does come with 1, so you will have to buy 2 for the passenger and driver side. This is ideal for using it in towing situations, when you're backing a trailer up, and when you're making turns so you can see your trailer behind your vehicle. It is fully movable, so you can go ahead and adjust it to how you need it. The mirror here is on a ball joint, so you can take the mirror, rotate it sideways or up and down depending on what direction you need it.



Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2015 Mazda CX-9

Today on our 2015 Mazda CX-9 we'll be installing the Glacier Snow Tire Chains, part number PW2029C. These tire chains feature a rugged steel wiring covered with case-hardened steel rollers for traction. They're easy to install and comply with all DOT specifications and fit either the front or rear wheel of your vehicle depending on if you have a front-wheel drive model or all-wheel drive model. Here's what our Glacier Tire Chain looks like on our CX-9. This vehicle is equipped with 245 60R18 size tires. You'll see it's a nice fit, good tension around it. You do have a handle here that allows you to adjust your tension on it depending on what length the cable you use to get it as tight as possible around your wheel. As you see it features nice wiring here around the steel cable that spins and gets your traction when in use.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Mazda CX-9 - Curt

Today on our 2015 Mazda CX-9, we'll be installing the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, Class II with the engine core opening, part number C12112. As you can see here this is what our hitch looks like on our Mazda CX-9. The ends of it are tucked nicely up underneath the bumper cover and attached up to the frame. The nice thing about this hitch, extremely, extremely easy to install. All of you have to do, lift your hitch up and install the hardware into the frame, into the built in weld nuts, tighten and torque and you're ready to hit the road. It has a nice black powder coat finish that's going to resist rust and corrosion. It is a 1-1/4" receiver, it is a Class II, so it is limited to 400 pounds of tongue weight and 4,000 pounds of towing capacity. You do want to check your vehicle's specs to see what it can tow and go by that.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Mazda CX-9 - Curt

Today on our 2015 Mazda CX9 we'll be installing the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver with Class 3, part number 13575. This is what our Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver looks like on our Mazda CX9. As you can see, it's a nice square tube, that the arms are tucked underneath to the frame rails. It has a nice black powder-coat finish here that's going to resist rust and corrosion over time. The good thing about this hitch, really easy to install. Your frame has all the built-in weld nuts so all you have to do is hold the hitch up and install the hardware that comes with the kit. This is a 2-inch by 2-inch opening here and it is a Class 3 hitch that's capable of 400 pounds of tongue weight and 4,000 pounds of towing capability. You'll want to go ahead and check your owner's manual to double-check that and you'll want to go with the lowest weight that either your vehicle or the hitch says. You have nice access to the tow rings for your safety chains and your 5/8ths pin hole for your hitch pin.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2010 Mazda CX-9

Today on our 2010 Mazda CX9 we're going to install the CURT 4-pole wiring trailer connector, part number 56016. Now to use our new 4-pole connector we'll simply open up the rear cargo area, storage component, taking our 4-pole harness, running it out over the rear threshold. Stay away from the latch, as pinching it off in the latch can damage the wire. However, our weather stripping is thick enough that we can simply close the rear hatch on it. Then we can take our 4-pole connector and run it down to our hitch and use it with our accessory. Then once we're done we'll simply open up the rear hatch, the rear storage compartment, where we're going to house the 4-pole connector. To begin our install we'll first open up the rear hatch.





Mazda CX-9 Questions

  • You will want to use a standard 12 volt deep cycle trailer battery to operate the Bulldog Powered-Drive Trailer Jack, part # BD500185. You will NOT want to use a trailer breakaway battery. The breakaway battery is not designed to power other trailer accessories or lighting, it is just designed to operate the breakaway system. To keep the trailer battery charged you will need to run a 10 gauge power wire like the, part # 10-1-1, from the 12 volt power pin (# 4 terminal at 11:00...
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  • The Hidden Hitch Class III 2 Inch Hitch, part # 87438, and the DrawTite Class III 2 Inch Hitch, part # 75531, for the 2012 Mazda CX-9 are the same hitch. The manufacturer of both of these hitches is the same. I am including a link to the installation instructions that will show the part numbers for both of these hitches in the top right corner of the same instructions page. In this particular case there is no discernible difference in the two hitches, except the stickers on...
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  • I did a little research and found that the towing package for the 2010 Mazda CX-9 includes: 1. A heavy duty transmission oil cooler and radiator fan 2. A revised engine control module (probably means that the computer has been programmed to be more effective when towing) 3. And a 3,500 pound towing capacity The package does not include a wiring harness for towing. To add one, you will need the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118520, that you have referenced. This...
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  • All of the 3500 pound axles that we carry that also have electric brakes are too long for the measurements you have provided. But we do carry just the most popular sizes. One option is to instead use a Timbren axle-less system, # A35RD545E. Or you could visit a local tractor or trailer supply store and order a custom axle to your specifications.
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  • The biggest difference among the available hitches for your 2010 Mazda CX-9 is that the Curt and Valley hitches (13575 and V82592), cannot be used with a weight distribution system. Both the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch (87438 and 75531) can be used with a weight distribution system. In terms of how much of the hitch is visible, I know it is a little difficult to see it in the videos. But I can tell you that with all of these hitches, you will be able to see the hitch opening...
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  • The Blue Ox Immobilizer, # BX88224, should work well for you despite the limited clearance between the top of the receiver and the rear fascia on your 2014 Mazda CX-9. I have included a link to a video review for you. Keep in mind that you will not be able to completely eliminate movement of a hitch mount bike rack, especially when it is loaded. To limit the movement as much as possible using anti-rattle with a stabilization strap, such as # 18050, will work the best.
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  • Yes you should torque the bolts down properly with a torque wrench. Torque wrenches can be found at any store that carries a good selection of automotive tools. The torque rating for the bolts with this hitch, currently, are listed for 76 Lb.-Ft. This number can change if the manufactuerer changes hardware or if Mazda were to adjust the frame, so always check the instructions included with the hitch for torque rating.
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  • With the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 87438, installed on your 2010 Mazda CX-9, you will be able to use just about any hitch mount bike rack available. The restrictions are that the rack will need to fit in a 2 inch receiver opening, and it will need to clear the rear bumper of the CX-9. I have included a link to the installation instructions for the hitch below. You will need a rack with more than 7 inches of clearance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the nearest...
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  • I have just returned from the warehouse and have looked at the actual hitch. The hitch does feature the mounting plate and is exactly as shown in the photo. The easiest method would be to keep the connector in the cargo area until needed. When you are towing, you can run the wire out the rear door and close the door on it. The weatherstripping around the rear door is thick enough that the wires will not be damaged, as long as you avoid the area around the latch. This method...
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  • The Hidden Hitch, Draw-Tite, and Curt are all top quality hitches as far as strength. As far as fitment on the vehicles, most manufacturers today try to make the hitch as least unobtrusive as possible when designing around the vehicle design. When we recommend hitches we usually try to take into consideration how it looks on the vehicle. Like the hitch does not hang too low or that it does not stick too far out from the rear fascia. Also if the installation is easy to do or...
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  • There are actually 4 bolts that hold each side of the carrier together and 4 bolts that attach the bottom support bracket. But, yes, there are 2 bolts that hold the carrier assembly to the shank. The bolts used are 3/8 inch diameter, 3 inch long carriage bolts so they are by no means too small for the 300 pound capacity of the carrier. The weight of the carrier does not subtract from its capacity, but does count against the tongue weight capacity of the trailer hitch on the...
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  • Yes, you will need to run the power wire from the Curt Custom Fit Wiring Harness # 56016 to your battery. The connections to your tail light wiring harness are very much plug and play as they will just connect in line with your tail light connectors. The reason you need to run the power wire to the battery is because the # 56016 uses your tail light circuits as signal wires and actually powers the tail lights of your trailer with the power it draws from the battery of your...
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  • We offer three different brands of Class III hitches for your 2014 Mazda CX-9. All can be seen on the link provided. All have 2-inch receiver openings and all are rated equally at 400-lbs maximum tongue weight and 4000-lbs maximum trailer weight, but note that the Curt hitch # 13575 is not suitable for use with trailer weight distribution systems. Unless you plan to use weight distribution I suggest the Curt hitch # 13575 since it is the most cost-effective of the three. All...
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  • Yes, the Rightline Rooftop Cargo Carrier # RL100E20 that you referenced is confirmed to fit roofs with raised rails, crossbars or cargo baskets so it will work well on your 2013 Mazda CX-9 with raised rails.
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  • Since you will be carrying womens and childrens bikes that have alternative and/or smaller frames, I recommend going with a platform style bike rack. A platform style rack holds the bikes at the wheels and has a padded hook that clamps down on the frame. Take a look at the Swagman XTC4, # S64665. I have included a link to the installation details and a video review for reference. You will also want to measure from the center of your hitch pin hole out to the distance required...
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  • I spoke with my contact at Curt and they told me that the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole on the Curt Trailer Hitch part # C12112, to the outer edge of the bumper on your 2014 Mazda CX-9 is 3-1/2 inches. I checked the dimensions on the Thule T2 Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier, part # TH917XTR, and found that the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest edge of the bike rack when folded up is 3-1/2 inches. That would put the bike carrier so...
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  • There are many trunk mount bike racks that will fit your 2010 Mazda CX-9. First, the Yakima KingJoe 3, # Y02625, that you have referenced will fit. This is the 3 bike model and if you are looking for a 2 bike, then it is # Y02624. I recommend the Thule Raceway, # TH9001PRO. This rack installs easily with retractable cables rather than straps. If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical men's bike would) then...
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  • Some hub/drum assemblies can accept either electric or hydraulic brakes and some can only accept one or the other. It has to do with the amount of space inside the drum itself. The Trailer Hub and Drum Assembly, # 8-257-5UC3, is designed for electric brake assemblies. On many drums you can use either electric or hydraulic brakes. Since you are switching over to electric brakes it would be best to also change the hub/drum assemblies to some that are made specifically for electric...
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  • We do have a video of a similar product on a 2010 Mazda CX-7. I have linked to it below. It is a bit easier than the install on a 2008 CX-9. For your vehicle, You would need to connect to both the driver and passenger side tail light. You would attach one wire to the body of the car as a ground and you would run one more wire up to the battery for power. I have also included a link to the directions for the harness for your 2008 CX-9 that describe in detail, with pictures,...
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  • The Yakima DoubleDown, part # Y02424 cannot be used with a standard hitch pin. Yakima uses a threaded bolt to secure the shank of the DoubleDown into the receiver. When this bolt is drawn tight, it forces the shank of the bike rack up against the side of the receiver eliminating any rattling around that a rack secured by a standard hitch would experience.
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