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Thule Roof Rack Review - 2012 Mazda 3

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Review of the Thule Roof Rack on a 2012 Mazda 3


Today on our 2012 Mazda 3 we're doing a test fit of the Thule roof rack kit. These are our Aero-Blade crossbars with part number THARB47. Our foot pack is TH460R. Our fit kit, using the fixed mounting points on our hatchback version of the Mazda 3, it's going to be part number THKIT3069. Now we already have our front bar in place. We've gone ahead and removed all of our covers.

These are the covers that are in place for the fixed mounting points. We just used a flat blade screwdriver, pushed them back, and then they popped right out. We also placed in this bolt here on the hole and screwed that into place. Then we took this nut and placed it over the top. Now we'll show you how to put the rest of the back bar together and install that onto our vehicle. Now everything that you see here comes in the kit for your Mazda 3.

The only thing you'll really need to provide is a flat blade screwdriver for the locks on our covers, as well as the covers for our fixed mounting points, and a flat tape or a tape measure of some kind. Now we're going to start off by putting our fit kit together. I've gone ahead and placed it together. It's just a metal piece and the rubber foot. We just slide that underneath.

Then we take the plastic foot pack. We're going to place this in front, and take our two bolts and put them through the holes in the front, and tighten them down just enough so that this portion stays in place. We don't want to tighten it down too tight because we still want to be able to move these around on our crossbar. With that tightened down we'll slide our foot pack onto our crossbar and we can load this up onto our vehicle. We want to make sure that the thicker end of our crossbar is facing forward. We're just going to place these down onto our bolts.

Now we'll grab our flat tape measure and we're going to measure out the overhang on the crossbar. There's no specific measurement for this but you want it to be even on each side. Perfect. Now we'll take our lock washer. We're going to place that on. Then we'll take our nut. We're going to tighten that down just a little bit so that it holds the foot pack in place. We'll do the same thing to the other side. This is going to hold our crossbar onto our vehicle. Then we'll take the larger of the two Allen keys and we're going to tighten down these two bolts. This is going to make sure that our foot pack doesn't move up and down the crossbar. It's going to hold our crossbar in position and at the length that we need it. Once again, we'll do the same thing to the other side. You'll notice whatever we do to one side we want to do to the other, just that it's completely even and secured down. What's really great about these crossbars is that we do have this weather strip in the top here. What that's going to do is help to reduce wind noise and drag. It's also going to allow you to cut it and put any kind of channel-mounted accessories up in the top as well. With those bolts tightened down we're going to go through and tighten down our nut using our other included tool. That's going to tighten down our foot pack onto our roof rack. A really great thing about this fit kit is this rubber piece here that fits around and inside that rain gutter there or that rain channel. It's going to help to prevent any kind of weather from getting underneath and it's going to make sure that this is completely secure to our roof. Same thing on this other side. These bars are also available in black as well, as is the silver color that we have here today. They all come with end caps that will allow you access to your weather control as well. With everything tightened down we'll grab all of our end caps and place those on next, starting off with our crossbar. You'll see that's going to give you access into your weather channel up top. Then we'll grab the end caps for our foot packs. These do have the plastic locks on there. We also have the option here on our website of metal lock cores available as well. It helps to use a flat blade screwdriver just to secure that in place. With our crossbars completely tightened down, that's going to be our completed look at the Thule roof rack kit on our 2012 Mazda 3.


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