Yakima and Thule dont have the 3 in their online configurations. I was wondering if anyone has put a rack on the top of a 5-door? Will the rack components from Yakima and Thule for the 6 work on the 3? I totaly need a rack!
I was told by a friend at a bike shop who contacted Thule that it would be 6 to 9 months for a rack in the US. They do sell a rack in Europe called the "quick fit" for the 3 and Mazda has factory racks in Japan, but we are SOL.
Thule doesn't have the 4 door option yet, but the 5 door is available for both snowboard/ski and bikes. I'm bumping this up in the hopes that someone who has used roof racks on cars with rain gutters before can answer Kirk's questions above. ^
The trunk lid on the 4-door seems like it will be too short to use my trunk-mounted bike rack - plus the carpet on the interior trunk lid covers over any holes that I could hook into for mounting. A roof rack is going to be very useful if we can get them!
Yakima and Thule are the two brands you want to look into. If they aren't available yet, throw it in the trunk for now. But I think they're out now.
They're not hard to put on or take off. Some people put them on and leave them on all year so they can think they look cool. The ones for the 3 should have 4 rubber bottom "towers" that mount at each corner. These will hold the bars that can hold a variety of configurations. Then there will be some kind of rubber coated bracket that will fit the door frame. Tighten it down and presto. The first time is the hardest, but then to take it off, just loosen it a tiny bit and it will come off. When you put it back on tighten it just a bit and presto again. A couple minutes is all you'll need. I wouldn't leave it mounted because there can be quite a bit of wind noise, not to mention hurting your mileage, but this is probably pretty minimal. They do make fairings for the front of the rack. These help to direct some airflow over the rack cutting down on noise.
I don't want to know what you're towing with a 2.3l :lol: Besides the cost of the rack and the hitch with installation will more than likely be the most expensive and worst looking option IMO. Wait for Thule or Yakima, it won't be long I'm sure. The quality aftermarket parts take a bit to develop and manufacture.
I emailed Yakima and they said they will put the 3 in que for rack design. Maybe if a few more people emailed them requesting a rack they would speed up the process?
"The fit team is gathering more ’04 fits every day. I don’t see your vehicle listed yet, but we are receiving updates often. Check back with us in the future for more information on that fit. I will log that you would like a rack for your car. That will help show that there is a demand for it."
I knew someone with a Kona Edition Focus that came with a factory bike rack bolted to the roof. (fit better than any Thule or Yakima ever could) and had a 150lb weight limit. They got a hitch reciever for a hitch rack cause they didn't want to deal with lifting the bike on top of the car and putting it on the rack.
Personally, the few times I used my Kona's bike rack I found it difficult and worrysome (about scratching the roof), and I'm a big guy pushing 6'6")
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