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Old 06-25-2013, 07:21 PM
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Bike Rack on a 335i Convertible

I've been looking at a secondary bike rack for when the wife is using the X5 and I can't use the hitch mounted Thule. I started looking at trunk mounted racks. The use case for this rack will be riding to club events - about 20-30 miles max. Longer trips will be in the X5 with the beefy Thule hitch rack.

I've narrowed the options down to the Thule Raceway (2 or 3 bike) or the Saris Bones RS. I see pros/cons and am worried about damaging (scratching/denting) the trunk lid and bumper.

I've also heard people having luck with the roof mounted Thule racks.

My question is really 2 parts:
  1. Anyone have experience with the trunk racks on the E92/E93? Can the damage be avoided? Do the bikes swing and bang around back there?
  2. Is it possible to mount a roof rack to a hard convertible top? I tend to think they are not as stong as a regular top and am worried about damaging it.

Thanks in advance for sharing your experiences.
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:51 PM
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Answer to #1....you may not like the trunk mount unless you are just toting around one bike or light weight bikes. They do work but I always cringe when I see them on nice cars pressing in on the body. They use the straps to tighten to the trunk gaps and rear bumper under edge. The weight of the bike(s) push down and in on the body near the bumper (they even sell a bumper guard for these...hmmm) and the top pad sits on trunk using bike weight as well.

Answer to #2...I don't have experience with roof mounts. My non-convertible has rack mounts on the top. Do you have those on yours? Will be better if you do.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:56 AM
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There is also this option http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=703189
You have a 335i, so the $89 hitch will fit if you can find one (http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=268660 http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=728819 )

I wouldn't use a trunk rack, the trunk has to open both ways, so it is not as solid as a regular car. If anything breaks on the convertible roof part, it will be expensive to fix. I suggest mounting the bike to a hitch or the bumper and not to any moving convertible parts.
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:23 PM
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Does anyone have experience with BMW's bike rack for the 3 Series? I found this:

http://www.shopbmwusa.com/PRODUCT/28...ICYCLE-CARRIER

Very expensive, but some digging on the internet has it about 40% less. I'm just not finding how it attaches. Supposed to not need a hitch, nor does it strap to the trunk lid.
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:41 PM
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Does anyone have experience with BMW's bike rack for the 3 Series? I found this:

http://www.shopbmwusa.com/PRODUCT/28...ICYCLE-CARRIER

Very expensive, but some digging on the internet has it about 40% less. I'm just not finding how it attaches. Supposed to not need a hitch, nor does it strap to the trunk lid.
imho its not pretty. a mounting bracket is bolted to the bumper carrier and two rectangular shaped holes are cut in the bumper. there are plugs that fit into the holes when not in use, but i personally think its an inelegant solution. from the pics i've seen, the holes are 1" wide and about 2.5" tall

edit: found some pics:
http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showp...3&postcount=21
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:43 PM
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Does anyone have experience with BMW's bike rack for the 3 Series? I found this:

http://www.shopbmwusa.com/PRODUCT/28...ICYCLE-CARRIER

Very expensive, but some digging on the internet has it about 40% less. I'm just not finding how it attaches. Supposed to not need a hitch, nor does it strap to the trunk lid.
Did you not read my post?
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:45 PM
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Did you think of perhaps taking up golf instead?
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:46 PM
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I'd just work it out & plan better to switch cars w/ wife...
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Old 06-28-2013, 02:44 AM
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I've had a Thule hitch mounted rack on an E90, 91 and 92 but no way would I put on one my E93. It's serious roof damage waiting to happen

E92 and 93 hitches don't have anywhere to mount the hitch bracing either so I would not use one of the fold out racks. I have the Thule T2 now and it's great. In fact tomorrow we are putting our E93 on our storage lift and pulling the Prius down specifically because my wife is in a cycling mood for July

If you don't have the option of another car I'd put blue painters tape or similar over the roof button when the hitch is mounted

If I had to the use the E93 for bike transport I'd disassemble it and put it in the back seat area. I bought a large tote from WalMart which fits in nicely when using the E93 for 'hauling'. Would be a tight fit though and one or both wheels may need to go in the front. If anyone find an even tighter fitting tote please share where you bought it from. This one is ok; my 'quality' inflatable kayak + collapsible paddle etc even fits in

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Old 06-28-2013, 02:08 PM
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I've seen the bike racks that are attached to the bumper. It looks bad imho. I was told by everyone from the Welt, to PCD to local techs, never, never, never, for any reason, under any circumstances attach or carry anything on the roof. It is just too intricate a machine, and if you $crew it up, it will be a major pita to get fixed and cost major $$$. I'd take the SUV when you need to take the bike. N4S
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Old 06-28-2013, 04:55 PM
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I've seen the bike racks that are attached to the bumper. It looks bad imho. I was told by everyone from the Welt, to PCD to local techs, never, never, never, for any reason, under any circumstances attach or carry anything on the roof. It is just too intricate a machine, and if you $crew it up, it will be a major pita to get fixed and cost major $$$. I'd take the SUV when you need to take the bike. N4S
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Old 06-29-2013, 08:36 AM
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I am admittedly biased, but the invisihitch for the E93 was designed for exactly this purpose, and it is a tested & approved BMW part in overseas markets where you can actually order a hitch option on the E93. It attaches to the E93 chassis in the proper manner to preserve the vehicle crumple zones, as you should expect from a BMW-badged hitch, and it is completely undetectable when not in use. Also, the tongue-weight rating is 250 lbs, so you use your 4-bike swingaway rack with confidence.

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