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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Tue, Dec-04-2018, 09:10:51 AM   #1
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Default Does anyone have a BMW roof rack? (help pls)

I misplaced my roof rack key and the guys at the dealer tried to get a replacement and failed, miserably. I think my last resort is the forum and or drilling out the bolts. I know that these sockets are keyed differently but maybe someone has a identical lock/key set? if you would be willing to let me borrow your key I would be forever grateful. I can ship it back same day, just need to get these damn bars off the car.

Here is a magnified photo of my lock, starting from the left, it looks like 2 large ridges, 5 small ridges, 1 large ridge and 7 small ridges.

Any other ideas are greatly appreciated. Thanks guys.


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I'll look when I get home this afternoon.
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I would think you could stick a big ass stud extractor on it.
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I'll look when I'm home as well. Edited bc my post wasn't helpful.
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Default Re: Does anyone have a BMW roof rack? (help pls)

Find socket that is slightly too small, hammer it on, wrench off.
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Find socket that is slightly too small, hammer it on, wrench off.
This. A Machine Shop could probably easily remove it for you as well.
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last resort... dremel a slit in the head and use a standard screwdriver to remove it after letting it soak in PB blaster or similar for a while.
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I'll look when I get home this afternoon.
Thank you for looking, I appreciate it.

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I'll look when I'm home as well. Edited bc my post wasn't helpful.
You as well

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I would think you could stick a big ass stud extractor on it.
I took a peek at those and I think they would be too large to fit into the inner space where the bolt resides.

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Find socket that is slightly too small, hammer it on, wrench off.
Tried every socket in my arsenal both 6 and 12 pt, metric/SAE, no go.
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Finally got this damn thing off, now my car is a tad bit less hipster lol.








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last resort... dremel a slit in the head and use a standard screwdriver to remove it after letting it soak in PB blaster or similar for a while.
You sir made my day, after 5 minutes of dremeling, worked like a charm, no PB blaster needed.
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edit: saw you got it off. Nice work!
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