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echelon153
02-02-2005, 02:37 PM
Anyone installed a crossbar to accommodate a Thule or Yakima snowboard rack yet? Wondering what the actual BMW crossbar might look like compared to an aftermarket. Also what it cost? TIA!

sonicf
02-03-2005, 06:33 PM
I put on a thule rack with crossroad feet (t450c) and a 50 inch load bar that just fits across. very little bar sticks out past the feet. I did not use the fitment calculator so i don't know what it recommends, but i knew this would fit. I like the low profile of the crossroads feet, but it is high enough for antenna and moonroof clearance. But not sure you could put a snowbard with bindings pointed down. It was $160 from rack warehouse. (www.rackwarehouse.com) free shipping. Order it as a complete set (bars, caps, and feet) I already had a thule flat top ski rack to mount to it. i think nicer setup than the BMW racks. Plus can move it to other cars. Some wind noise but not too much unless moonroof open. but i didn't have the roof open before i got the racks on so that could be noisy by itself.

echelon153
02-03-2005, 10:04 PM
sonicf,
thanks, i checked the site and this might work for me. would you happen to have a picture of your vehicle with the rack on?

fill007
02-04-2005, 09:04 AM
I had Yakima Q towers on my previous car. But will install Yakima Lowriders, will post photos when I have them installed.

arcticdog
02-06-2005, 03:48 PM
Anyone installed a crossbar to accommodate a Thule or Yakima snowboard rack yet? Wondering what the actual BMW crossbar might look like compared to an aftermarket. Also what it cost? TIA!

I have installed a complete Thule roof system: 450 railing feet, LB50 load bars, at the moment 840 playpen (I also have the 725 ski carrier attachment). PIAA lamps also mounted with Thule brackets to a load bar.

http://homepage.mac.com/pwan/.Pictures/X3ROOF/ROOF3736pv.jpg


MORE PICTURES IN GALLERY HERE (http://homepage.mac.com/pwan/X3/PhotoAlbum20.html)

echelon153
02-06-2005, 06:09 PM
arcticdog,
now that's one saweet set-up! :thumbup: awesome light (580's) and rail system. clean install.
mine wouldn't be as elaborate, just a board rack enough for four. i like the all black color of the railing feet.

thanks for the pics, they're awesome!

vdt04452
02-06-2005, 07:02 PM
Hello, I would like to ask if you had an experienced with loud noise after you install the crossbar. I just installed mine profile 2000 cross bar today, but I experienced extremely loud gush noise when I opened the sunroof. and barable gush noise when all windows are closed when I drove at 60mph? :mad:

fill007
02-07-2005, 08:56 AM
Great setup!!!

If I have head room in my garage I would go that route also, but unfortunatly I can only install the cross bars.

Question, notice you have the AUX and the GPS at the same time. Is it possible? Thought its one or the other.

arcticdog
02-07-2005, 04:49 PM
arcticdog,
now that's one saweet set-up! :thumbup: awesome light (580's) and rail system. clean install.
mine wouldn't be as elaborate, just a board rack enough for four. i like the all black color of the railing feet.

thanks for the pics, they're awesome!

I normally wouldn't have the cargo basket up there, but I'm preparing for a big road trip. The 725 ski/board carrier that I have from a previous vehicle will easily mount onto the load bars.

I recently went into my dealership and they had in the showroom a fully accessorized X3 (with the BMW base-support cross bars and ski/snowboard attachments, as well as the rear DVD entertainment system). The BMW crossbars are obviously made specifically for the vehicle, so the length lines up exactly to the side rails. The footing also looks more streamlined. The BMW crossbar has a slot similar to the slot in the two rails inside the cargo area. However the bars are silver colored with black foot attachments. Pick up the X3 Accessories catalog from a dealer and you'll see all the possible attachments.

I went with the Thule system because I already had the Thule ski carrier from before. Thule also has a good lock system whereby you can get enough locking cylinders for all your accessories to be operated by the same key. Thule is not the cheapest, but it's not as expensive as BMW either. Finally, I can also take everything with me for use on another vehicle.

arcticdog
02-07-2005, 05:05 PM
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Question, notice you have the AUX and the GPS at the same time. Is it possible? Thought its one or the other.

YES. I have Navigation and the Premium Audio. The aux input DOES work. Volume control on the head unit and steering wheel works. AUX is selected through the mode button on the head unit (i.e. Radio -> CD -> Aux)

However, I've been told that the ipod-your-bmw interface (the thing that adds track control via the steering wheel buttons, etc.) DOES NOT work with the Premium Audio.
To me personally, the ipod-your-bmw interface is not perfect since you're limited to 5 playlists which all have to be pre-defined for use with the interface, and the song/artist/album info does not display on the Nav screen or head unit. The AUX setup works fine for me.