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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
The latest X3 brings some added style and some new features to the BMW SUV family. Talk about the new F25 now!

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Old 04-16-2013, 09:25 AM
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Pictures are from the dealer when it first arrived - it was a bit dirty and still had the delivery wax on it which is why it looks nice and shiny in the last picture.

I also added a picture of my previous 330d SE which is where I got teh idea from!
Great pics! Thanks a lot
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:14 PM
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It's official. Today I spoke with the Elmhurst BMW Service Manager, Korey. A great guy by the way. The roof rails are connected from the interior. The headliner will be disconnected, dropped down, and suspended with the built in suspenders that are part of the X3. Korey said that this is light years better than the X5. On the X5 to replace the roof rails, the headliner must taken down and removed from the X5. He said that this is difficult and expensive on the X5. He has been lobbying BMW to build the SAV's with the roof rails connected on the exterior so that the roof rails can be replaced without disturbing the headliner. To replace roof rails, the labor is approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours. He said that they have done this many times and that there is no risk. I am in the process of procuring the Shadowline (black) roof rails so that I can get this done.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:43 PM
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Once you have your chosen rails please use them!

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Old 04-22-2013, 02:48 PM
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Hi Jimsan,

Are those Thule 460 Podium feet? If they are, trying to understand if they rest entirely on the rail or painted roof? I have a Yakima Tandem rack and need new mounts.

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Old 04-22-2013, 03:11 PM
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Ponti33609, the entire rack attaches to the rails only. There is rubber that protects the rails also. Nothing touches the roof. The components are 460R+KIT4023+ARB47. These bars are Aeroblades so more aerodynamic. Usually you attach carriers via T-slots just like with the BMW bars, but I think you can attach Yakima accessories too with wrap-around straps.

I am not sure but I think the BMW bars would attach only to the rails too and are less expensive but less aerodynamic. Thule makes out either way!
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:25 PM
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Thx. This is perfect. The Sidewinder rack is only okay for round or square bars or so they say but curious of the attachment. I will need to sell for regular 460's if I want to keep with the current rack. Appreciate the input.




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Old 04-22-2013, 03:35 PM
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Bob, sorry, you are just seeing my installation. You can get square bars too from Thule.
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:38 PM
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Bob, sorry, you are just seeing my installation. You can get square bars too from Thule.
Yes. I have researched that already. Knew the attach was the same. These will work fine and the rack holds the tandem nicely. Really wanted to switch to a hitch but seeing too much about bumper removal and " saws".




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