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Image of a 2012 Mazda 3 rooftop bike rack system for OEM cross rails, featuring the Yakima FrontLoader bicycle mounts.

These Yakima wheel-grabbing bike racks for a factory car rack on a 2012 Mazda 3 hatchback are perfect for almost any size or style of bicycle.

Want a simple, straightforward, and reliable way to carry your bikes to the trail head or rec path this season? Here’s one fantastic solution: a pair of lockable bike racks for use on factory car rack cross bars on a 2012 Mazda 3 five-door. This configuration features a pair of Yakima FrontLoader bike trays installed directly onto the OEM cross bars on this 2012 Mazda 3. The beauty of the FrontLoader system comes in the upright design that can be used quickly without removing the front bicycle wheel. The easy-adjust front wheel attachment and rear wheel strap are compatible with virtually any bike, from kids styles to mountain, road, hybrid, or even 29-er models, and the tool-free mounting clamps fit everything from round and square cross bars to wider/elliptical bar shapes on many factory roof racks. A built-in cable lock and tray lock can be easily used to lock the bike to the rack and the rack to the cross bars using 2 Yakima SKS lock cores (this customer selected a 4-pack of lock cores to cover both bike racks).

To find out more, visit the 2012 Mazda 3 with Yakima FrontLoader roof bike racks on OEM cartop rack installation page.

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Image of a car rack for a 2004 Mazda 3 with aerodynamic rooftop box, featuring the Thule 460 Podium roof rack with Fit Kit 3069 and LB50 bars, and the Thule 687xt Atlantis 1800.

This luggage/gear carrier on cross bars for a 2004 Mazda 3 is perfect for summer camping trips or winter ski vacations.

Here’s a family of Canadian road-trippers who recognize great product when they see it. They recently sent in install photos of their 2004 Mazda 3 with a waterproof cargo box on a fixed point rooftop rack, using the Thule 460 Podium base rack with 50″ (LB50) load bars and 3069 Fit Kit connected to the preset mounting points on the vehicle’s roofline, a set of Thule 544 lock cores to lock the rack onto the car, and the Thule 687xt Atlantis 1800 cargo box. They were able to fit the cargo box easily on their roof rack by simply removing the vehicle antenna, and because the Atlantis 1800 comes with innovative QuickGrip attachment hardware, it’s effortless to install or remove, and fits either factory or round/square cross bars. The 18 cubic foot capacity on the Atlantis 1800 can accommodate multiple pairs of skis or snowboards, gear for a car camping trip, a cross-country move, a day of shopping, and plenty more. Its sleek shape provides improved aerodynamics, and it even includes locks and keys to lock belongings in the box and the box onto the roof rack. And with an undercut tail, the Atlantis 1800 also offers improved hatch clearance–this customer reports that their rear hatch still opens fully, allowing their golden retriever a way in and out of the car on every adventure.

For complete details, visit the Thule Podium roof rack and Atlantis 1800 gear box on a 2004 Mazda 3 installation page.

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Image of a 2012 Mazda 3 with Thule aerodynamic cross bars rack for preset roof points, featuring the Thule 460R Rapid Podium base rack with ARB47 bars and 3069 Fit Kit.

This Thule Aeroblade Podium cartop rack for a 2012 Mazda 3 looks as good as it performs!

It looks to us like this Thule Aeroblade roof rack and 2012 Mazda 3 were made for each other. This customer installed a Thule 460 Podium car rack with Aeroblade cross bars onto 2012 Mazda 3 fix-roof points for a setup that is stylish, efficient, and high-performance. They mounted the rack onto their Mazda 3 roofline using four Thule 460R Rapid Podium feet, two 47″ Aeroblade load bars, and fit kit 3069, which attaches directly into the installation points on this roofline. The 460R Rapid Podium rack is incredibly easy to put together and remove, and the innovative Aeroblade load bars are extremely quiet even at high speeds. A set of Thule 544 locks and keys will lock the rack to the rooftop for peace of mind, and now this system is ready for anything, whether its cruising through town with a stylish new rack system or heading to the mountain or the lake with tons of gear loaded on top.

For more information, visit the 2012 Mazda 3 with locking car rack cross bars for roof inserts installation page.

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Image of a car rack crossbars bike rack and wind fairing for a 2010 Mazda 3 fixed point roofline, featuring the Yakima Control Tower rack with LP11 landing pads and 48" cross bars, the Thule 871xt fairing, and two SportRack ABR611 Nomad bike racks.


A great way to carry bikes on a 2010 Mazda 3!

J.M. of Palmer, Massachusettes is ready to hit the trail with this convenient and versatile 2010 Mazda 3 roof bike rack wind fairing for fixed points setup. J.M. installed the Yakima Control Tower car rack on their 2010 Mazda 3 5-door, using four Control Towers, two pairs of Landing Pad 11, and 48″ cross bars.  This system connects directly into the preset mounting points on the 2010 Mazda 3 roof for a secure fit and a seamless look.  J.M. then installed a Thule 871xt 38″ wind fairing to minimize wind noise and a pair of SportRack ABR611 Nomad bike racks onto the cross bars.  The Nomad bike rack is high-quality but affordable, and loading bikes doesn’t even require removing the front wheel. The result is a dependable multi-purpose rack system that will get J.M.’s bikes to their destination and be ready to haul whatever gear and accessories come up down the road.

For more information, visit the Wind Fairing Car Bike Rack for Preset Mounting Points on a 2010 Mazda 3 5-door installation page.

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Image of a 2005 Mazda 3 roof ski rack, set up with the Yakima Q Tower roof rack with Q 34 and Q 99 Clips and 58" cross bars, Yakima 44" Fairing, and Yakima Buttondown Aero ski-snowboard rack.


A great choice for a Yakima ski rack roof rack for the 2005 Mazda 3!

It may not look like winter in these pictures, but this car is ready for the slopes or the touring center as soon as snow starts to fly!  This 2005 Mazda 3 car rack ski rack and wind fairing features the Yakima Q Tower base system, with four Yakima Q Towers, two Q 99 and two Q 34 clips, and 58″ cross bars.  The Yakima 44″ fairing attaches to the front cross bar to deflect and minimize wind noise. The Yakima Buttondown Aero ski and snowboard rack mounts on the cross bars for a dependable, value-packed way to transport skis or snowboards.  For extra security, add a four-pack of Yakima SKS locks to lock the Q Towers to the roof.  Locks and keys are already included with the Buttondown Aero.

For complete information, visit our Yakima roof ski rack wind fairing for 2005 Mazda 3 installation page.

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Image of a 2010 Mazda 3 roof rack cargo basket with ski rack and bike racks, featuring the Thule 460R Rapid roof rack system and Thule basket, bike racks, and ski rack.


Carry everything you need with these versatile Thule racks for 2010 Mazda 3 fixed points.

If you’re lucky enough to live someplace where you can use your bike and ski racks on the same day–or you just want a reliable and rugged way to transport as much gear as possible–check out this 2010 Mazda 3 roof basket ski rack bike rack setup.  This Thule car rack for 2010 Mazda 3 fixed points uses the 460R Rapid roof rack system with 460R Rapid feet, which connect directly into the preset mounting points on the roofline using Fit Kit 3069, and super-sleek ARB47 Aeroblade load bars.  The Thule 690xt MOAB basket mounts on the Aeroblade bars, and the Thule 518 Echelon fork-mount bike rack, 599xtr Big Mouth upright bike rack, and 92724 Universal Flat Top ski & snowboard rack will all attach to the Thule load bars included on the MOAB basket. With a system as versatile as this Mazda 3 basket-ski-bike roof rack, you’ll be ready for every outdoor adventure you can dream up.

For more information, visit the 2010 Mazda 3 Roof Rack Basket with Bike Rack and Ski Carrier installation page.

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Image of 2010 Mazda 3 4dr Sedan with Yakima Control Tower Complete System, wind fairing, and roof bike rack.

 A great roof bike rack for your 2010 Mazda 3!  Get ready to ride with a super rack system that’s easy to install and even easier to load your bike on, so that you can get to the trail as quickly as possible.  This 2010 Mazda 3 4-door sedan with fixed-points uses the Yakima Control Tower complete roof rack system, which includes Control Towers, LP11 Landing Pads to attach directly onto the preset mounting points in the roof, and 48″ crossbars.  The Yakima 44″ wind fairing keeps wind noise to a minimum and maximizes the sleek, stylish look of this car rack.  Top it off with the Yakima Frontloader upright bike rack, and loading your bike will be quick and secure–you don’t have to worry about taking the front wheel off, just roll the bike into the carrier, tighten, and go.  For worry-free travel, protect your gear with a Yakima SKS 6-pack of locks to lock the Control Towers to the roof (with 4 locks), the bike rack to the crossbars (with 1 lock), and the bike on the rack (with 1 lock).

For complete information and installation details, visit the 2010 Mazda 3 Bike Roof Rack installation page.

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Thule 460R Rapid Podium roof rack

Using the Thule 3069 Podium Fit Kit, along with the Thule 460R Rapid Podium Foot Pack and pair of Thule Rapid Aero load bars, to install the Thule 460R Rapid Podium car rack system to a 2006 Mazda 3 5-door hatchback, this video delivers a good demonstration and explanation on how to mount a roofrack to a car, van or pickup truck cab roof that has factory installed fixed attachment points. Many modern vehicles have fixed point attachments located on the roof top. These points allow for the installation of an aftermarket multi-purpose base rack system. The Thule Racks 460R Rapid Podium system delivers a superb, clean and premium integrated look when installed. There are many different styles and types of fixed point attachments on the various vehicle makes and models, hence Thule Racks offers many different Podium Fit Kits to fit these specific configurations (the video uses the 3069 Fit Kit on the Mazda 3 as an example).

Thule 460R Rapid Podium video

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Thule 460 Podium roof rack system

An excellent demonstration video and review of the Thule 460 Podium roof rack system, intended for use on vehicles with fixed rack attachment points on the car or pickup truck rooftop. Many vehicles rolling off the factory lines today include these fixed point attachments on the roof top, allowing for an aftermarket roof rack to mount to these points to achieve a nice integrated and clean look. The leading system currently is the Thule 460 Podium complete system, which includes a 460 Podium Foot Pack, set of Podium Fit Kit brackets and a pair of Thule square load bars. There are many different Podium Fit Kit brackets available for use on all the differing styles of fixed point attachments found on different vehicles. In this video the Thule 3069 Podium Fit Kit is used on a 2006 Mazda 3 5-door hatchback. With the base rack installed, you can then mount any gear carriers to the load bars to carry all your gear.

 Thule 460 Podium video

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Q: I have a 2006 Mazda 3 Hatchback with factory mounting points.  Yakima offers the Q Tower System and the Control Tower system as options for a base rack.  I’d prefer to use the Control Towers, but in order to use the factory mounting points, I’d need to remove the molding that fits in the channel running from front to back.  I’d rather not do this if possible.  Seems that molding is there for a reason.  Is there any solution?

A: We’ve run into this before and there is a solution.  All you need to do is drill a hole right through that molding big enough for the Yakima Landing Pad 11 mounting bolt to fit through.  To find out where to drill, just pull back the molding enough to peek underneath.  The mounting points are located over the front and rear doors and are easy to find.  Once you’ve located them, mark the drilling point on the molding with a marker.  To prevent drilling into the mounting point, we place the lip of an old Yakima Q-clip under the molding.  If you don’t have an old Q-clip lying around, you can use any thin, metal object.  The handle of a spoon would probably suffice.  Drill slowly into the molding until you are through.  It won’t take long.  Once the mounting points are exposed, you can proceed with installing the Landing Pad 11 and then the Control Towers.  When you are done, you’ll have a nice clean looking system and your molding pieces will be no worse for the wear.

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2006 Mazda 3 Rooftop Bike Rack System

by Rack James on October 1, 2009

Customer install photo of 2006 Mazda 3 roof bike rack system using factory mounting points with Yakima Landing Pad 11s and Yakima Control Tower System with Rocky Mounts Lariat SLX Bike Rack

Customer install photo of 2006 Mazda 3 roof bike rack system using factory mounting points with Yakima Landing Pad 11 and Yakima Control Tower System with Rocky Mounts Lariat SLX Bike Rack

Here is a nice shot of a Yakima Control Tower System using Yakima Landing Pad 11 mounted directly to the Mazda 3 factory mounting points for a clean, custom look.  If you take a close look, you’ll also notice the system is using a Yakima Wind Jammer to quiet the wind noise.  Mounted to the 48″ Yakima Roundbars, we have a Rocky Mounts Lariat SLX bike rack which is transporting a very sweet Salsa El Mariachi 29er.

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