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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 10-21-2008, 03:20 PM
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E60 Integrated Roof Rack??

Does the E60 have integrated roof rack connections like I've seen on some 3 Series? I didnt' think so, and can't find anything in the manual, however from these pictures it looks like there may be:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-O...mZ310093669576

This is being sold by a BMW Dealer and there is a part number, but can't seem to validate it. All other roof racks I've seen have clamps that clip between the roof and go between the window frame and the roof.

Any experience with these?
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Old 10-22-2008, 03:51 AM
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I own the crossbars sold by BMW. I would consider them "partially" integrated. The rubber feet touch along the narrow strip/channel that runs down each side of the roof while the clamps then run down between the door frames and roof. BMW has put an indent in the body roof frame where the clamps are supposed to go.
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Old 10-22-2008, 05:35 AM
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I own the crossbars sold by BMW. I would consider them "partially" integrated. The rubber feet touch along the narrow strip/channel that runs down each side of the roof while the clamps then run down between the door frames and roof. BMW has put an indent in the body roof frame where the clamps are supposed to go.
are you happy with the rack? i'm debating between a yakmia and the BMW system
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Old 10-22-2008, 05:57 AM
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I looked at both quite bit last winter for skis and snowboards. I went with the Yak. mainly because the the assec. attachments where much cheaper. Though I'm sure most of the Yak. attachments you could make work with the BMW rack. Both looked excellent and I don't think you could go wrong with either one.
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Old 10-22-2008, 06:14 AM
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I looked at both quite bit last winter for skis and snowboards. I went with the Yak. mainly because the the assec. attachments where much cheaper. Though I'm sure most of the Yak. attachments you could make work with the BMW rack. Both looked excellent and I don't think you could go wrong with either one.
Do you have any problem with the Yak leaving marks on the roof? That is the only thing that would make me lean to the BMW system is to better maintain the finish of the vehicle.
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Old 10-22-2008, 06:23 AM
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I've been quite happy with the BMW system. I'm in the Air Force and just finished moving across country. I put a 15 cu ft Thule luggage box on it and left it up for over two weeks. The feet did leave subtle marks approx 4 inches by 1/4 inch long where the rubber touched. But you have to look for them in the right light and angle (and I'm pretty sure they'll wax out if you make the effort).
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:41 PM
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Do you have any problem with the Yak leaving marks on the roof? That is the only thing that would make me lean to the BMW system is to better maintain the finish of the vehicle.
No issues yet. Yak. has a silcon/rubberish type material on each boot that protects the finish. It does not harden up or anything when cold.
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Old 07-04-2009, 03:54 PM
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Do you have a copy of the installation instructions? I have not been able to install mine properly, thank you
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:30 AM
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i have the yakima. i like them because when i'm not using the racks, i just remove them and put them in my trunk. it takes 1 minute to take off, and thanks to the indents BMW provides (so you don't really have to measure the distances), it takes 5 minutes to put them on.

i don't know if the bmw version allows for such quick removal. it was more convenient for me to go to a rack store and talk to a rack specialist, than to visit the dealer.
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:42 AM
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I have a set of BMW clamp-on roof racks. I use them to carry bikes all summer long. The racks are kinda cumbersome to put on at first, but after owning them for three summers now I am very proficient with them. It takes 10 minutes to put up the racks and two bike carriers. The racks and carriers are made of polished aluminium which are very sturdy and aesthetically pleasing on the car. dasimon mentions the racks leave slight rubber print marks on the rubber part of the roof. Mine leave the same thing but the marks buff out easily with wet towels. I can't say enough how satisfied I am with these racks, they are very well designed.
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Old 07-07-2009, 01:43 PM
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I have debated this for a few months now. It is either a new yakima setup or bmw setup. Either way is not exciting just because of accessories and start up costs for either. I have a RV-INNO rack but they do not make a fit kit.
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:28 AM
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I have a set of BMW clamp-on roof racks. I use them to carry bikes all summer long. The racks are kinda cumbersome to put on at first, but after owning them for three summers now I am very proficient with them. It takes 10 minutes to put up the racks and two bike carriers. The racks and carriers are made of polished aluminium which are very sturdy and aesthetically pleasing on the car. dasimon mentions the racks leave slight rubber print marks on the rubber part of the roof. Mine leave the same thing but the marks buff out easily with wet towels. I can't say enough how satisfied I am with these racks, they are very well designed.
Curious about wind noise with the racks on the roof of a 5 series? Is it very noticeable? Tricky question as peoples sensitivity to noise can vary greatly.

The one thing I wish I would have done is get the fold down rear seats.
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Old 08-23-2010, 10:59 PM
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I find a slight increase in wind noise esp. on the highway at about 60-75pmh. However this was also very apparent when i had a bad sunroof seal which allowed for overall- extra noise. To date, i have a new seal and do not notice as much wind noise as before with the BMW racks- (made by Thule). On the BMW rack, there are gray-rubber tabs across the bottom of the front aluminum bar which help to deflect wind buffer/noise. For those with Yakima racks, you can use either a fairing to direct air over the bars completely or add a $8 windjammer to reduce the deep-buffer sound of airflow through the Yakima bars. I've used both from Yakima on my other cars and they work very well. Overall, each of the 3 ways will reduce sound much better than just bars alone. Hope this helps.
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:08 AM
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BMW bars and Yakima mounts?

Has anybody tried putting Yakima bike mounts on the BMW bars? I have a large collection of Yak mounts that are supposed to work on round or square bars (ie Thule) but like the way the BMW bars and roof contact points are done much better
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:09 AM
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I have an e60 roof support system and two bike racks, racing and comfort for sale.
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:15 AM
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Hey synister619, do you have problems with the back clips making the rubber seal bend outward? I have been able to get the front to flush out, but the rears just don't mount correvctly. I think it is becasue the rear clips are the same as the front. I know when I had the BMW rails, both clips where different becasue of the roof line bending down.
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Old 04-05-2011, 03:28 PM
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I had the Thule roof rack in which I just sold two days ago. It is the same mounting technique that BMW uses only i had the fairing to eliminate wind noise. Overall, I recommend! Here is a pic!
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Old 04-06-2011, 11:38 AM
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I am trying to find another used one. Just not many out there.
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Does anyone know where I can buy the rubber contact pads ? One of mine has come off and the dealership claims that these are not sold separately.
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Old 05-02-2016, 05:31 AM
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To protect my black roof I install 3M clear vinyl where the feet of the rack will be. I remove it after kayak weather is gone to let the paint receive the uv fading so I don't end up with strange spots on the roof. You could also color match the vinyl and do a larger area.
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Old 05-02-2016, 08:45 AM
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Being that it's a customized piece of rubber that has grooves that slide onto the feet of the rack, have you found that because only a limited part is touching the roof, that it's caused it to be more susceptible to movement going the 3mroute / "hardware rubber" ?
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Hi everyone, question on the OEM BMW crossbars. After installing I am noticing the rubber seals on the closed doors are slightly pushed out by the racks' clamping system. Has anyone had problems with the door seals after removing the racks when not in use? I will post a picture shortly of what I am referring in my question.

They are otherwise working great, just making sure this is not an issue to monitor particularly with water getting inside the vehicle.


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Old 06-17-2017, 07:08 PM
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Hi everyone, question on the OEM BMW crossbars. After installing I am noticing the rubber seals on the closed doors are slightly pushed out by the racks' clamping system. Has anyone had problems with the door seals after removing the racks when not in use? I will post a picture shortly of what I am referring in my question.

They are otherwise working great, just making sure this is not an issue to monitor particularly with water getting inside the vehicle.


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I have a non BMW rack that fits the same way. No leaks that I've ever noticed. I also added some clear 3m vinyl under where the rubber feet of the rack rest on the paint for extra protection.


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