Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > X Series > X1 E84 (2011 - current)

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.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #26  
Old 07-01-2013, 01:48 PM
exozune exozune is offline
Registered User
Location: Metterich, GE
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 27
Mein Auto: 2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i
Re: Cross bars and roof box

Quote:
Originally Posted by nbercasio View Post
Crossbars are Made in Germany while the bike rack is Made in Poland...
Yes I noticed that as well. My service center here in Germany assures me all of the OE rack attachments are made by Thule. They also tell me that accessories made by Thule will fit on this rack no problem. I don't really plan on buying anything else except for the ski/snowboard holder, which I'll probably also purchase here before the government sends me somewhere else. I got all of my stuff (the bars and 2 bike racks) for 300 euro, so their prices are extremely competitive with any online retailers.

Sent from my Nexus 10 using BimmerApp mobile app
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 07-01-2013, 02:53 PM
nbercasio nbercasio is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: North Carolina
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 156
Mein Auto: BMW 535i and BMW X1
Quote:
Originally Posted by exozune View Post
I put the rubber on and it didn't make much of a difference. Can't have it all I suppose......

Sent from my Nexus 10 using BimmerApp mobile app
I wonder if the Thule Aerobar will make any big difference with the noise...
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old 07-02-2013, 11:59 PM
Wolfex Wolfex is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Los Angeles
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 243
Mein Auto: X1
Cross bars and roof box

Quote:
Originally Posted by exozune View Post
I put the rubber on and it didn't make much of a difference. Can't have it all I suppose......
With nothing on the cross bars and the rubber inserts installed, I don't get any whistling. There is increased wind noise though and with the moonroof open its not very pleasant. With the snowboard/ski holder installed the roof rack whistles at 45 mph to 50 mph. It didn't whistle above 50 at all (even at 110 mph). I assume the whistling speed will depend on what you are attaching to the cross bars. I wish they had extra plastic inserts you could trim to fit around the snowboard/ski holder.


Don't tell smoky I was doing 110 ;-)


Sent from BimmerApp mobile app
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 07-03-2013, 03:46 PM
greyX1's Avatar
greyX1 greyX1 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: California
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 209
Mein Auto: 2013 s28i X1
Quote:
Originally Posted by exozune View Post
I put the rubber on and it didn't make much of a difference. Can't have it all I suppose......

Sent from my Nexus 10 using BimmerApp mobile app
Try adjusting the placement of the racks. Depending on where the rack is located front to back, the angle of the rack will change due to the slope of the roof and will affect wind noise. The instructions call for a particular placement on the roof but you don't need to follow it exactly... there is room for adjustment.
__________________
SOLD Mineral Grey Metallic X1 s28i M-Sport
for sale: BurgerMotorSports Stage 1 tune
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 08-16-2014, 02:40 PM
Schoolboy67 Schoolboy67 is offline
Registered User
Location: Charlotte, NC US
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 4
Mein Auto: 2001 X5 4.4
Bmw oem racks e53

Hello. Anyone know if I need special tooling for these racks to mount properly?
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image.jpg
Views:	124
Size:	71.1 KB
ID:	458846  
Reply With Quote
  #31  
Old 08-18-2014, 07:07 PM
ShannonB ShannonB is offline
Registered User
Location: Taos NM
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 33
Mein Auto: 2013 BMW X1 35i
I HIGHLY recommend Rhino Rack. I have all the attachments. You can get black or brushed silver finish.

[IMG][/IMG]
Reply With Quote
  #32  
Old 08-18-2014, 07:36 PM
themishmosh themishmosh is offline
Registered User
Location: NEOhio
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 48
Mein Auto: X1 XDrive35i
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShannonB View Post
I HIGHLY recommend Rhino Rack. I have all the attachments. You can get black or brushed silver finish.
Really? I hate mine... it makes a whistling noise above 40mph. Was going to leave it on all the time but not after hearing the noise it makes. Plan to install it when I need it. Thankfully, did all the markings and it is a 2 minute process to install it. I will say the company is very responsive. Bought a kit from Ebay that was supposed to have locking end caps. I emailed them and they sent a set immediately and without hassle.
Reply With Quote
  #33  
Old 08-18-2014, 07:56 PM
ShannonB ShannonB is offline
Registered User
Location: Taos NM
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 33
Mein Auto: 2013 BMW X1 35i
Really? I hate mine... it makes a whistling noise above 40mph. Was going to leave it

When I first installed mine, they whistled bad also. I got home and realized that I did not install the black strips that snap in underneath the bottom of the cross bars. They look like the top ones but are smaller. No whistles. That has to be your problem.
Reply With Quote
  #34  
Old 08-19-2014, 05:15 AM
themishmosh themishmosh is offline
Registered User
Location: NEOhio
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 48
Mein Auto: X1 XDrive35i
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShannonB View Post
When I first installed mine, they whistled bad also. I got home and realized that I did not install the black strips that snap in underneath the bottom of the cross bars. They look like the top ones but are smaller. No whistles. That has to be your problem.
Thanks. I have the strips on the bottom though. I have wondered though if positioning makes a difference. At least for the front bar, the position of the bar might introduce some forward tilt. Very annoying sound at highway speed.
Reply With Quote
  #35  
Old 08-19-2014, 08:00 AM
ShannonB ShannonB is offline
Registered User
Location: Taos NM
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 33
Mein Auto: 2013 BMW X1 35i
Quote:
Originally Posted by themishmosh View Post
Thanks. I have the strips on the bottom though. I have wondered though if positioning makes a difference. At least for the front bar, the position of the bar might introduce some forward tilt. Very annoying sound at highway speed.
Strange, you do have end caps on etc... Seems like the whistling would be coming from some type of hole.
Reply With Quote
  #36  
Old 09-02-2014, 08:22 PM
INTERP0L INTERP0L is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 4
Mein Auto:
Cross bars and roof box

I ordered the BMW base rack. Found a great price on eBay. I'll let you know what I think once it arrives. Link below.


http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...d=171435473745


Sent from BimmerApp mobile app

Last edited by INTERP0L; 09-02-2014 at 08:25 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #37  
Old 09-16-2014, 03:26 PM
jkrazy jkrazy is offline
Registered User
Location: USA
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 2
Mein Auto: X1
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShannonB View Post
Strange, you do have end caps on etc... Seems like the whistling would be coming from some type of hole.
Even stranger, I go to put my Rhino Rack roof rack back on to load up some lumber. NO NOISE this time. The only thing different is the locking end caps (instead of the standard ones) that Rhino Rack was supposed to include in my original shipment. I still will probably take them off when not in use but no whistling noise makes me much happier!

Last edited by jkrazy; 09-16-2014 at 04:49 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #38  
Old 09-16-2014, 03:40 PM
ShannonB ShannonB is offline
Registered User
Location: Taos NM
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 33
Mein Auto: 2013 BMW X1 35i
Nice
Reply With Quote
  #39  
Old 09-16-2014, 03:42 PM
ShannonB ShannonB is offline
Registered User
Location: Taos NM
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 33
Mein Auto: 2013 BMW X1 35i
[IMG]IMG_5058[/IMG]
Reply With Quote
  #40  
Old 09-16-2014, 03:42 PM
ShannonB ShannonB is offline
Registered User
Location: Taos NM
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 33
Mein Auto: 2013 BMW X1 35i
[IMG]Untitled[/IMG]
Reply With Quote
  #41  
Old 10-20-2014, 11:57 PM
gcrofton gcrofton is offline
taxpro
Location: SF Bay Area
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 83
Mein Auto: BMW 540iA and X1 xDrive35
The Yakima website now claims that Yakima has a Whispbar flush bar system fit for the X1 (http://www.yakima.com/fit/baseracks/). Has anyone installed the Yakima Whispbar? If so, how does it compare to the Thule AeroBlade Edge?
Reply With Quote
  #42  
Old 10-21-2014, 09:13 AM
NumberSix NumberSix is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Minnesnowds
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 170
Mein Auto: 2015 x1 35i M
I might add that the BMW crossbars have a front bar and a rear bar. The front bar has a little lip to help prevent whistling
__________________

I may not have ended up where I intended to go,
but I know I've ended up where I'm intended to be.
...Douglas Adams
Reply With Quote
  #43  
Old 12-11-2014, 01:41 PM
spydrz's Avatar
spydrz spydrz is offline
Sandlapper Chapter
Location: RVA
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 2,777
Mein Auto: 2013 X1 xDrive35i
Got my BMW bars installed.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image.jpg
Views:	103
Size:	168.0 KB
ID:	480794  
__________________
1984 318i/man./Tornadorot*
1990 525i/man./Alpinweiß*
2001 525i/man./SP/PP/Cosmosschwarz/Sandbeige*
2002 X5 3.0i/man./SP/PP/Sirius/BT/Titansilber/Sandbeige*
2006 330i/man./SP/PP/CWP/Sirius/Blackline/Rear Fogs/Arktis/Grau*
2001 525i/step./SP/PP/CP/CWP/Xenons/Rear Shade/OEM Sirius/OEM BT/OEM AUX/M5 Rear Sway/Bilstein HDs/Beisan Vanos/Rear Fogs/Schiefergrün/Sandbeige*
2012 VW Golf R/Rising Blue*
2013 X1 xDrive35i Alpinweiß/Schwarz/M Sport/Premium/Tech/Dinan Stage 2
*retired
Reply With Quote
  #44  
Old 12-28-2014, 06:44 PM
SundayWar SundayWar is offline
Registered User
Location: 94158
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 23
Mein Auto: X1
Quote:
Originally Posted by gcrofton View Post
The Yakima website now claims that Yakima has a Whispbar flush bar system fit for the X1 (http://www.yakima.com/fit/baseracks/). Has anyone installed the Yakima Whispbar? If so, how does it compare to the Thule AeroBlade Edge?

Did you end up getting those?

Whispbar claims to be quieter than Thule's aeroblade model.

Thule is cheaper, but I need the quietest option possible.

My wife drives our X1 on her daily commute and I only use the X1 on weekends to go snowboarding. We live in an apartment complex so I don't have the luxury of a private garage to keep/remove the roof racks when not in use, so I'm planning on purchasing the quietest bars available and keep them installed year round.

Any feedback is appreciated.


using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #45  
Old 12-28-2014, 07:11 PM
nocomment nocomment is offline
Registered User
Location: SoCal
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 13
Mein Auto: 2014 X1 x28i
Just wanted to add my recent experience, and if it helps you decide, even better!

For the base bars, yes, the BMW X1 bars are the better price ($199 on EBay) vs the Thule Aeroblade (I bought them in black, even more $$). You need the Aeroblade 7602 and 7603 (medium and large) as the rear of the car is narrower than the front. You'll also need the Thule FitKit 4013 to connect to the flush rails. I haven't seen the BMW bars closeup, but from everything I read and saw on the Internet, they sit higher than the Aeroblades. I wanted low-profile and black. The list price for the three items from Thule is $449, and doesn't include keys (another $60).

I am happy with the base bars - no noise (move them further back if you do get noise) at all, and intend to leave them on all the time.

For the ski carrier, I started out with the Thule 92725 30" carrier, using the T-Track mounting hardware. As another poster mentioned, obvious whistle around 30-40 mph, but didn't hear it above 55 or so. But really bothersome at low speeds. In addition, the base bars are slightly curved, and the ski carrier ends up sitting on top of the base rack sides. Seems to be a poor fit, and maybe why there's noise. I returned them, and just ordered the Yakima FatCat. They look and claim to be more aerodynamic, and I won't be using the T-Track, so I'm hoping they'll be quieter (fingers crossed).

(Also, one other weird thing about the Thule's... the base rack keys worked on the ski carrier, and the ski carrier keys opened the rack - even though they were different key numbers. So I'm thinking having the combo Yakima/Thule will be an additional deterrent to theft...)
__________________
2014 X1 xDrive28i
2006 X3 3.0i gone...
Reply With Quote
  #46  
Old 12-28-2014, 09:45 PM
SundayWar SundayWar is offline
Registered User
Location: 94158
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 23
Mein Auto: X1
^^ thanks for the info. Sitting higher up might be a good thing for when trying to carry 4 snowboards (2 of them would need to have the bindings facing down).

I too am looking at the Yakima FatCat as it holds 4 boards.

Also interesting to hear about the Thule key issue. A buddy claimed he lost his rack keys and used someone else's Thule keys to unlock his own rack. That doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the lock system.


using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #47  
Old 12-29-2014, 12:38 PM
HikerToo HikerToo is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Delaware
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 113
Mein Auto: 2011 328i XDrive
Isn't there a trailer hitch available for the X1?
I'm considering replacing my wifes Murano, it has both roof racks and trailer hitch.
We do use the roof rack the most for bikes, but the hitch is certainly quieter than the roof...also my SAAB 93 used to have a nice barely seen hitch which was great for bike racks, easy off/on.
Reply With Quote
  #48  
Old 12-29-2014, 05:40 PM
nocomment nocomment is offline
Registered User
Location: SoCal
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 13
Mein Auto: 2014 X1 x28i
There have been several threads on the "Execuhitch", here:
http://execuhitch.com/tow-hitches/bmw-x1/
and a few others.

I don't have any first-hand experience with any of them, but have been thinking about getting one - and would probably go with the Execuhitch.
__________________
2014 X1 xDrive28i
2006 X3 3.0i gone...
Reply With Quote
  #49  
Old 01-01-2015, 04:47 PM
FLX1 FLX1 is offline
Registered User
Location: Florida
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 79
Mein Auto: 2014 XDrive X1 28i
I have the Execuhitch and love it. Was a bit daunting to take apart my brand new car, but in the end, it wasn't a difficult job- took my time, went slowly, and it all worked out well. While I was doing that, I put on the front and rear mud flaps, which I also recommend.

I also have Thule racks with aero bars, which I got over the OEM racks because I wanted the bar ends to come out a bit past the rack bases, to give me a little extra width and as lash points for rope for when I throw kayaks on the roof - I have a couple of playboats and don't use cradles with them.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image.jpg
Views:	60
Size:	150.8 KB
ID:	484381  
Reply With Quote
  #50  
Old 01-07-2015, 07:32 PM
dlpriceSD dlpriceSD is online now
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 2
Mein Auto:
Nice. Do you have picture of the hitch without the bike rack.?


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > X Series > X1 E84 (2011 - current)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:29 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2015 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms