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edbiology 10-09-2012 12:08 AM

Can you install the roof racks yourself?
 
Hi, are the roof racks something easy enough to just order and install yourself? Or I have to have it done by the dealers.

Thanks.

lbjgh 10-09-2012 04:38 AM

I've heard it's a pain in the arse because the roof liner has to be removed to do the install.

Jafeinst 10-09-2012 07:21 AM

It's incredibly easy. It took me 15 minutes.

gfeiner 10-09-2012 10:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Jafeinst (Post 7122518)
It's incredibly easy. It took me 15 minutes.

Really? :confused:

I think the OP is referring to the rails. As lbjgh said, retrofitting the factory roof rails requires removing the interior headliner in order to bolt the rails to the roof. That is not a 15 minute process. It takes hours.

Want the Thrill 10-09-2012 10:57 AM

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Originally Posted by gfeiner (Post 7122994)
Really? :confused:

I think the OP is referring to the rails. As lbjgh said, retrofitting the factory roof rails requires removing the interior headliner in order to bolt the rails to the roof. That is not a 15 minute process. It takes hours.

I was thinking the same thing! No way rails could be added in 15 minutes! Maybe crossbars.....but not rails.

Jafeinst 10-09-2012 12:42 PM

You guys are correct- assumed roof rails.....that was easy! My mistake.

mikereyno 10-09-2012 12:48 PM

Technically the "roof rack" attaches to the "roof rails" and the rack can be attached easily in 15 minutes so Jafeinst's response to what the OP was asking in his asking of the question so he does not deserve a hard time.

edbiology 10-09-2012 01:14 PM

oh dang I guess the dealer will have to charge me a lot more on the labor than just the $250 USD option price.

ponti33609 04-20-2013 03:16 PM

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Originally Posted by mikereyno (Post 7123258)
Technically the "roof rack" attaches to the "roof rails" and the rack can be attached easily in 15 minutes so Jafeinst's response to what the OP was asking in his asking of the question so he does not deserve a hard time.

I ordered an X3 for my wife. We have a Yakima Sidewinder (Tandems) and will be getting the BMW Base Support System. Although you say this is an easy install (15 minutes) can you describe this a bit more for me? One question is how does it attach to the top rail? Says bolts. Will the bolts mark the finish of the rail if I later remove the crossbar base system? I am not really sure I understand how they attach.

Best,


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