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Can I Use My Old Thule Square Crossbars On My 2010 Mazda 3's Roof Rack

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Hi there. I have an old thule square bar roof rack kit with the attachment that clamps to the rails that run along the top of the vehicle. They have a 201X on the mount. Id like to mount this on a mazda 3 so just wondering if there is a universal door clamp style thule fit kit for the old square bars that would work? Thanks!

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I can definitely find a Thule rack that will fit your 2010 Mazda 3. However, I cannot guarantee that you will be able to use your existing Thule square crossbars with a Thule roof rack because Thule redesigned their feet. If your Thule square crossbar does not have a channel on the bottom, it will not work with the new Thule foot, but it will work with the Inno roof rack.

The Thule foot that you are describing that clamps to the rails, is not going to be compatible with the Thule foot that clamps the door frame of your vehicle. Furthermore, these fit kits (or clamps) are specific in design and not universal. I would also double check your 2010 Mazda 3, most of the Mazda's have fixed points on the roof of their vehicle. You can tell if your roof has a fixed point by checking the trim on the roof of your vehicle. In the roof channel on your Mazda 3, there will be either a small sliding door or a plastic trim piece that can be popped out on your vehicle. The fixed point is underneath. The Rapid Podium Feet for Thule Crossbars - Fixed Point - Qty 4, part # TH460R, that you attached to your question, is an example of a foot for a fixed point roof.

Without knowing precisely what type of roof setup you have, I will provide you with both roof rack setups for your Mazda 3, a fixed point setup and a non-fixed point setup. If you have fixed points on your Mazda 3, you will need the following rack.

Rapid Podium Feet for Thule Crossbars - Fixed Point - Qty 4, part # TH460R
Fit Kit for Thule Podium-Style Roof Rack Feet- 3069, part # THKIT3069
Thule One-Key System Lock Cylinders - Qty 4, part # TH450400

This roof rack is compatible with the square crossbars that have the channel. If your square crossbars does not have a channel, you will have to get new 50" square crossbars, part # TH712300. This roof rack has a maximum weight capacity of 165 lbs. I also included the Thule One-Key System so you can secure the rack to the roof of your vehicle.

You will need a different rack if you do not have fixed mounting points on your vehicle, but you will be able to use your square crossbars. This rack will consist of the following:

Inno Feet for Square Crossbars - Naked Roofs - Black - Qty 4, part # INSUT, and
Custom Fit Kit for Inno XS200, XS250, and INSU-K5 Roof Rack Feet, part # INK866.

This roof rack has a weight limit of 140 lbs and it will work with your Thule square crossbars. Please keep in mind that this rack works with crossbars of 50" in length and bigger in size. Your limitation is the crossbars cannot extend beyond your vehicle's side mirrors.

I have included product description links, video review links, a picture of a fixed mounting point on a Mazda 3, and an Inno clamping fit kit below.




2010 Mazda 3 Fixed Point
2010 Mazda 3 Fixed Point
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Inno Roof RackWith Roof Clamping Fit Kit
Inno Roof RackWith Roof Clamping Fit Kit
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