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X1 E84 (2011 - current)
The new to the US BMW X1 will arrive at BMW dealers in the fall of 2012 as a 2013 model year. Get your X1 28i with either sDrive (RWD) or xDrive (AWD) or get the US exclusive I6 N55 powered X1 35i dDrive.

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Old 03-12-2013, 03:33 PM
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Cross bars and roof box

Which manufacturers (e.g., Thule, Yakima) sell roof rack base support systems/crossbars and roof boxes that fit the X1 particularly well? How do their products compare to what BMW sells, wrt form, fit, function and price?
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:06 AM
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Various forums suggest that Thule manufactures the base support for BMW. Not sure about the accessories. There is also some indications that the Thule accessories will fit on the BMW base rack, but would really research that.

I have always gone with BMW base racks for my sedans because they screw directly into the frame. I have carried up to four bikes on my 5-series and never had a problem. I do find the rack to be rather loud, however, and they are not really compatible with most fairings out there. You can add one, but it si not a perfect fit. Bottom line, not sure I will go with BMW for the wife's X1 if I can get a lower profile set up. Between Yakima and Thule, however, I have decided on the latter over the years because of build quality and solidity.
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:52 PM
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Yes, Thule definitely does. I checked it out the other day but am going with the BMW Bars.
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:20 PM
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I have the BMW bars and they fit great. They don't screw into the roof frame like in other BMW models. They clamp onto the roof rails. They are great quality but I notice a lot more wind noise when the moon roof is open. Also when the ski/snowboard carrier is on the racks whistle around 45 mph. Just speed up or slow down and the whistle stops.

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Old 03-14-2013, 06:28 AM
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Currently, Yakima has no fit for the X1. I spoke with an engineer a few weeks ago (I work in the bike industry) and he indicated that they were working on a "WhispBar" setup due later this spring or early summer. I decided to go Thule as I need to carry bikes immediately and they have a fit. Unfortunately, the actual, vehicle specific fit-kit, is on back order. I should have in about a week though... Here's what I got:
Thule aero bars 47"
Thule 460 podium feet
Thule fitkit 4013 (on BO until 3/22)

I'll post pictures when it is installed. I have had a rack on every BMW I've owned and am excited to try both Thule and their aero crossbars as they are reportedly considerably quieter than the standard square bars or Yakima's round bars.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:12 AM
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FWIW, I got my OEM Bars from BMW of Minnetonka[(952) 303-7500]... for $235 including shipping. I found them on Amazon.com
Part #82-71-2-149-465
They work perfect and are reasonably quiet.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:59 AM
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FWIW, I got my OEM Bars from BMW of Minnetonka...

They work perfect and are reasonably quiet.
How easy is it to install and uninstall the OEM Bars? I am looking for bars that are quick to install because I would prefer to leave them off the X1 unless I am taking the bike out that day - so quick install and removal is a major plus.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:25 AM
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How easy is it to install and uninstall the OEM Bars? I am looking for bars that are quick to install because I would prefer to leave them off the X1 unless I am taking the bike out that day - so quick install and removal is a major plus.
Install takes about 5 minutes...removal takes about 2 minutes.
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:15 PM
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FWIW, I got my OEM Bars from BMW of Minnetonka[(952) 303-7500]... for $235 including shipping. I found them on Amazon.com
Part #82-71-2-149-465
$220 from these guys (no knowledge or experience purchasing from them). https://www.getbmwparts.com/partloca...catalogid=4462
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:50 PM
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That's Tischer BMW and they are reliable (perhaps even the most reliable).
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:48 PM
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That's Tischer BMW and they are reliable (perhaps even the most reliable).
+1 and way cheaper than my dealership.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:28 PM
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The BMW OEM seems quite a bit cheaper than the Thule set.
What's the most compelling reason(s) to go with the Thule set instead? Is it basically the aerodynamics and the potential noise?
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:24 PM
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Currently, Yakima has no fit for the X1. I spoke with an engineer a few weeks ago (I work in the bike industry) and he indicated that they were working on a "WhispBar" setup due later this spring or early summer. I decided to go Thule as I need to carry bikes immediately and they have a fit. Unfortunately, the actual, vehicle specific fit-kit, is on back order. I should have in about a week though... Here's what I got:
Thule aero bars 47"
Thule 460 podium feet
Thule fitkit 4013 (on BO until 3/22)

I'll post pictures when it is installed. I have had a rack on every BMW I've owned and am excited to try both Thule and their aero crossbars as they are reportedly considerably quieter than the standard square bars or Yakima's round bars.
NateXTR,
Could you post some pictures and provide some feedback you got thus far with that setup?
Does the hardware cause any potential damage to the car?
Does the rack interfere with the moon roof at all?

A million thanks.
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:18 AM
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NateXTR,
Could you post some pictures and provide some feedback you got thus far with that setup?
Does the hardware cause any potential damage to the car?
Does the rack interfere with the moon roof at all?

A million thanks.
As soon as I receive the clips (regrettably still on back order), I'll install and snap some pictures and review the set-up further. I can't wait as I am getting sick of putting the bike inside (thank goodness I keep my bike mint and I have the black interior and the anthracite head-liner).
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:23 AM
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Ahhhh thanks for the update.
Looks like there's a shortage of the fit kit. It's new enough that REI doesn't even stock them yet.
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:29 PM
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As coolgreany and nospam pointed out, www.getbmwparts.com (Tischer BMW, in Silver Spring, MD) offers some of the lowest prices on OEM BMW parts and accessories, to include the base support system and roof boxes. I see they're running a special through the end of this month: $5-50 off an order, depending on the dollar amount of the order. While that's nothing to write home about, their prices are just about rock bottom to begin with. Other endorsements for this retailer can be found here: http://www.xoutpost.com/bmw-related-...parts-com.html.
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:37 PM
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My never ending quest for roof racks continue haha.

I already own several Thule products (2 bike racks and 2 ski/snowboard racks).
Are the BMW OEM racks compatible with them?
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:35 PM
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Anyone have pics of the OEM and Thule racks to share? This is a big consideration for my potential X1 purchase. Many thanks!
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Old 06-28-2013, 02:12 AM
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Re: Cross bars and roof box

I just purchased both the bars (base support system) and two touring/mountain bike carriers from my local dealer here in Bitburg, Germany. I know the bike carriers are made by Thule for BMW as their name is stamped all over it lol. I'm not sure about the bars, my wife has the car out right now but when she gets back I'll take a look at them again and snap some pictures for you guys.

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Old 06-28-2013, 06:14 AM
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Anyone have pics of the OEM and Thule racks to share? This is a big consideration for my potential X1 purchase. Many thanks!
As promised, here are some pics of the OEM racks on my X1. I tried to get a good profile of the bar so you can get an idea of what might fit. As you can see I have the rubber strip installed in the middle track to cut down on wind noise. The last picture is of the actual bike carrier, as you can see Thule stamped on it. I don't know if this is an indication that their products might fit or if the OEM are manufactured by them since I could not find a similar stamp on the bars. Hope this helps.

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Nice, I was thinking of getting this next. How many snowboards can it hold?

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FWIW, I got my OEM Bars from BMW of Minnetonka[(952) 303-7500]... for $235 including shipping. I found them on Amazon.com
Part #82-71-2-149-465
They work perfect and are reasonably quiet.
Mine is loud and it whistles when I go over 65mph when the bike rack is installed. I haven't tried to install the rubber yet to cut down with the noise.

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Old 07-01-2013, 06:27 AM
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I just purchased both the bars (base support system) and two touring/mountain bike carriers from my local dealer here in Bitburg, Germany. I know the bike carriers are made by Thule for BMW as their name is stamped all over it lol. I'm not sure about the bars, my wife has the car out right now but when she gets back I'll take a look at them again and snap some pictures for you guys.

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Crossbars are Made in Germany while the bike rack is Made in Poland...
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:40 PM
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Mine is loud and it whistles when I go over 65mph when the bike rack is installed. I haven't tried to install the rubber yet to cut down with the noise.
I put the rubber on and it didn't make much of a difference. Can't have it all I suppose......

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