M Coupe: bike rack solution? - Bimmerfest - BMW Forums



Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 1M & M2

1M & M2

 
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-02-2004, 02:12 PM
TR6's Avatar
TR6 TR6 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Denton, TX (Dallas area)
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 523
Mein Auto: 1999 M coupe
M Coupe: bike rack solution?

I have a 99 M coupe that I'd like to have the ability to carry a mountain bike on. I did a search on this site and found a reference to a Thule 753 rack, but not a specific mention of using it as a bike rack on an M coupe. If anyone out there with an M Coupe has a bike rack mounted one way or another on your car, please share the information with me. Is the Thule 753 rack that fits 3 series cars the best solution? I see only three alternatives: 1) roof rack (Thule?) using the BMW mounts, 2) strap on trunk rack, or 3) receiver hitch rack (I don't like the idea of adding a receiver hitch on the car). -thanks in advance
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 09-02-2004, 02:28 PM
mtbscott's Avatar
mtbscott mtbscott is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Houston
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,131
Mein Auto: 2012 991 Carrera
The 753 Thule towers are fully adjustable so if you have the factory threaded holes in your rain gutters that would be the easiest way to go. I use them on my M3 and the first time around, I just kept adjusting the width of the towers until I got them exact. Then bolted on the bike trays and now I can place and remove it all as one unit. I would not suggest putting a trunk mount rack on, no matter how well designed, they still make marks on your car. If you want to go the hitch mount, I have used a shop here in Houston several times that has made me custom receivers, two of them that were vertical, hidden up under the bumper. In fact, I have a rack I would part with cheap that was modified for my last car, an Audi TT. I once posted pictures of my custom 330I hitch on roadfly, they might still be there, or I can email you some pictures from home later.
  #3  
Old 09-02-2004, 06:34 PM
TGray5's Avatar
TGray5 TGray5 is offline
Ultimate Driving Machine
Location: So. Calif.
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 2,208
Mein Auto: '13 F10 550i; '13 R1200GS
Definitely use the BMW roof mounts...best way to go. Seems like the BMW brand rack makes less wind noise than others as well. Check with Vaheh at Crevier BMW parts department and ask for internet discount rate. (you may need to use the R0adfly word for the discount).
__________________
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4  
Old 09-02-2004, 07:32 PM
mtbscott's Avatar
mtbscott mtbscott is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Houston
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,131
Mein Auto: 2012 991 Carrera
Here's a couple of your options.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN1162.JPG
Views:	820
Size:	312.3 KB
ID:	36307   Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN1469.JPG
Views:	1102
Size:	312.4 KB
ID:	36308  
  #5  
Old 09-02-2004, 07:48 PM
Cliff Cliff is offline
TMS
Location: Home
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 9,288
Mein Auto: 2015 Golf R
I don't see any mention of racking options after perusing the M coupe owners manual in the owner's circle, nor does Thule (or Yakima, either) have a roof rack option for this car in their configurator. It looks like you're limited to a trunk or a hitch rack.

edit: I was wrong, a "roof-mounted luggage rack" is mentioned in the owners manual, but there is no mention of attachment details unlike the 3er manual.
__________________
2015 VW Golf R: (pic)

Last edited by Cliff; 09-03-2004 at 06:44 AM.
  #6  
Old 09-03-2004, 06:22 AM
mtbscott's Avatar
mtbscott mtbscott is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Houston
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,131
Mein Auto: 2012 991 Carrera
If the Mcoupe has holes tapped in the rain gutters like 3's do, then he can use the Thule. The towers are infinitely adjustable for width, etc. Does the Mcoupe have the threaded holes?
  #7  
Old 09-04-2004, 10:00 AM
TR6's Avatar
TR6 TR6 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Denton, TX (Dallas area)
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 523
Mein Auto: 1999 M coupe
Yes, the M coupe does have the tapped holes in the rain gutters. Therefore, it looks like the Thule should work. -thanks
  #8  
Old 01-17-2008, 09:59 AM
reidconti reidconti is offline
Officially Weird
Location: Belmont, CA
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,637
Mein Auto: Clownshoe,Miata,WeeStrom
Reviving an ancient thread... so do the 753 towers work? They're $150 cheaper than the BMW parts -- 180 versus 330. But maybe if I found the right BMW dealer at least I could come in under 300..
  #9  
Old 01-17-2008, 10:05 AM
Cliff Cliff is offline
TMS
Location: Home
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 9,288
Mein Auto: 2015 Golf R
Quote:
Originally Posted by reidconti View Post
Reviving an ancient thread... so do the 753 towers work? They're $150 cheaper than the BMW parts -- 180 versus 330. But maybe if I found the right BMW dealer at least I could come in under 300..
Reid, if I go to Oz, mine will be for sale. I'll bring the rear set with me this Saturday and we can see if they fit.
__________________
2015 VW Golf R: (pic)
  #10  
Old 01-17-2008, 10:44 AM
RedBread RedBread is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Laguna Beach
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 344
Mein Auto: 00 M Coupe, 08 135i
Quote:
Originally Posted by reidconti View Post
Reviving an ancient thread... so do the 753 towers work? They're $150 cheaper than the BMW parts -- 180 versus 330. But maybe if I found the right BMW dealer at least I could come in under 300..

I have a set of 753's on my car right now, with two bike trays and a couple of wheel carriers. They work great. Note that you do have to lengthen the channel in the underside of the rear rail, where the towers slide in, to allow them to be narrower than a 3er or 5er roof. The front works with the towers slid all the way in, but the rear needs a couple of centimeters added to the channels on each side. It's an easy job with a Dremel, a hand file or a grinding wheel.

I used to have pictures of the process, but left them on the ex's computer. I could always shoot some after pics if you'd like. There have also been a few for sale as people have (foolishly) sold their Z3 Coupes.

One other note, the Thule rack sits about an inch lower than the OEM one (which oddly, is also made by Thule and even uses the same towers). It's just that the crossbars are much taller on the OE rack. Therefore the Thule one should be quieter and effect mileage just a little less. Mine is relatively quiet without the wheel carriers on, but with the bike trays. It still only take about two minutes to completely remove it though, so it's not really an issue.
__________________
2000 IR/Bk M Coupe

Last edited by RedBread; 01-17-2008 at 10:46 AM.
 

See More Related BMW Stories


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 1M & M2
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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
FS: BMW roof rack for E39/E46 plus bike attachments AK Classifieds 2 07-14-2004 10:24 AM
Bike Rack for the 330ciC nickeltong 3 Series & 4 Series 6 06-10-2004 03:27 PM
road bike attachment for OEM rack -> any good? michelito General BMW Questions 2 05-27-2003 10:41 PM
Bike Rack Options? Case 3 Series & 4 Series 2 04-18-2002 10:56 AM
Wow! The G35 Coupe looks good! (link inside) Sean Off-Topic 12 03-29-2002 11:48 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:39 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
© 2001- VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.