Has anyone installed a Yakima or Thule type of cargo/luggage box to the standard Mazda luggage rack system? We are planning our annual travels and are thinking about at least renting on of these for the added space they give us.
Thanks jrtouraeg for your valued reply. I was on craigslis recently and found someone who will rent my a Thule box for a reasonable amount and I may just try renting it for our next road trip to Colorado, Montana and Washington states.
Here are some pics of our CX-9 with a Thule Evolution 1600 using the OEM Roof Rack.
The rear hatch opens completely and does not touch the cargo box. It's a perfect fit for the CX-9. The cargo box takes 5 minutes to install. I've had the box for a long time now and it's pretty handy when we go to the beach. I just dump all the wet boogie boards, swimsuits, Sportbrella, fold-up chairs, and towels up there. Keeps my interior clean.
Last edited by crikey; 06-15-2011 at 01:01 PM.
I have a black Thule Ataltis 2200 mounted to my rails.. I dont have any pics, sorry.. But it looks good. You just need to move it forward enough so that the rear door can open without bumping the back of the box.
2011 Mazda CX-9 GT AWD Copper Red Mica with Navigation, Sirius, Aux1, iPod Integration Module, Tow Hitch
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I have a Thule Ascent 1500 box. It is about 2" shorter than the box shown in the pics above. It's all black as opposed to the silver and black. It's attached to the factory crossbars and rails. Thule's attachment system in the box is very easy...no tools required...and is very secure to the rails. This particular box can be opened from either side which is convenient. It is very flimsy when opened, so don't let that fool you. It is extremely stable and rigid when locked closed. 800+ miles on a recent trip with no problems. Supposedly the weight limit for the factory crossbars and rails is 100 pounds. I'm pretty sure the box is rated at 110-120 pounds. With that in mind I loaded it with clothes and light stuff. The box holds 15 cu.ft.
I have a Thule Atlantis 1200 box. It just fits on the factory crossbars. The bars at their farthest apart are still pretty close together but most of the new Thule boxes have adjustable mounts. The rear hatch has just enough clearance to open completely without touching.
Just bought a used Thule Atlantis 2100/688XT from craigslist and it will not allow the full opening of the tailgate with the factory crossbars, even slid as far to the front of the vehicle as possible....it is a huge capacity cargo carrier. I will likely go with replacing the factory crossbars (only) with the Thule Crossroads Aeroblade system to get more clearance(about 2 1/2" height) which will allow it to open further, and I believe with the ability to mount them either in place of the removed factory crossbars, or further "ahead" of where the factory ones slide to, I will be able to achieve what I want with tailgate operation. Will report back once I have it solved.
2012 CX-9 Grand Touring, Liquid Silver Metallic/Black Leather
2010 CX-9 Grand Touring, Liquid Silver/Black Leather(Traded in on above)
2006 Charger SRT8, Brilliant Black/Grey Leather
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I use the Yakima bars to cross the factory roof rails. I put a Yakima Skybox 21 and a Rocket Box on my roof at the same time and the tailgate can come up all the way. I mount the Yakima bars more forward on the rails that the factory bars. This allows me the clearance.
2008 CX-9 Grand Touring, White/Sand