Duncan Wilcock


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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Mazda CX-5: Mounting a Thule Ski Box

We bought a 2013 Mazda CX-5 in October, and we're excited to use our new 4WD vehicles to head up skiing.

I got the factory roof rack installed and put on my Thule box, and was dismayed to find that the rear hatch wouldn't open.  It was a bit of a shocking discovery for a 4WD vehicle.

Fortunately, my wife's engineer  father Ralph had a great idea once I had dug into the issue. The front bar of the rack is the limiting factor, so we made and added these extensions from
aluminum stock I picked up at our local Rona hardware store.

The bolts & washers are all stainless steel from Canadian tire.  The ones you can't see are about 1" diameter inside the channels of the rack. 

I hope this helps you or others to be able to use your ski boxes more effectively too.

The end result: