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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Wed, Sep-22-2010, 09:19:41 AM   #11
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They make a great extruded aluminum rack for the Sedan that has pin mounts under the weatherstiping. I recently bought a couple of Yakima High Rollers for my car on Amazon for $143 shipped. It is by far the best bike rack I have seen. It sits relatively low, looks great and I can get the bike up , mounted and secure in about ten seconds. (Tried rehearsing a Nascar style bike load for fun) Great design. Thule's version looks very ungainly by comparison.
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make sure you do more research though

althought thr bmw brand may be found cheaper, are the bmw accessory mounts (ski, bike, snowboard) more expensive than the yakima or thule equivalents? will the yakima/thule equivalents fit the bmw rack? and other questions
I m sure the Yakima and Thule are better proiducts and if their only shortcoming in your eye if how they touch the paint, then you can add a buffer (rubber pad, or something like that) between the mount and paint
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Old Wed, Sep-22-2010, 02:02:25 PM   #13
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make sure you do more research though

althought thr bmw brand may be found cheaper, are the bmw accessory mounts (ski, bike, snowboard) more expensive than the yakima or thule equivalents? will the yakima/thule equivalents fit the bmw rack? and other questions
I m sure the Yakima and Thule are better proiducts and if their only shortcoming in your eye if how they touch the paint, then you can add a buffer (rubber pad, or something like that) between the mount and paint
On my Corrado I used some 3M Clear bra material between the rack and the paint. Did a great job.
I think Thule is overated for the most part though. All my Thule stuff has rusted out or fused together over the winters. It is pathetic that our Thule roof box mounts have rusted, my bars are rusted, my Corrado mounts have rusted. The spare key for our Thule Atlantis roof box has rusted and the other key broke in one of the locks. You can buy a Yakima interface for their products that will work with either Thule bars or the BMW extruded rack. It is expensive for what it is. I made my own out of wood and steel that sits lower on the E36. For my E46 I have made my own crossbar mounts that use Thule bars (Rusty with the Black plastic delaminating, but still hanging in).
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make sure you do more research though

althought thr bmw brand may be found cheaper, are the bmw accessory mounts (ski, bike, snowboard) more expensive than the yakima or thule equivalents? will the yakima/thule equivalents fit the bmw rack? and other questions
I m sure the Yakima and Thule are better proiducts and if their only shortcoming in your eye if how they touch the paint, then you can add a buffer (rubber pad, or something like that) between the mount and paint
Yea, I've been trying to find the BMW bicycle attachment, and the cheapest I've been able to find it for is $140. I don't know about Yakima, but when I looked up a Thule system the base was $330 and the bike attachment was $170, so yes the OEM one is still cheaper.
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Oh, nice. I was under the impression there was nowhere to mount the coupe roof rack and thus they didn't make one. The sedan has like, integrated mounts hidden under the top lip near the doortops or something.
I know the sedan literally has bolt holes to fit a rack, but I believe the coupe system still fits under the weather sealing or in the rain tracks...whereas the Yakima/Thule ones literally have pads that rest straight on top of the roof.
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I have the OEM rack and it is essentially a Thule system with customized bases. There are studs underneath the weatherstripping for attaching the feet, but they still require a rubber pad. It came with the car when I bought it but the PO told me it cost him about $600.





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that is really nice on the sedan. however, i can see putting a snowboard or maybe a bike on there. i have 2 kayaks... i think i'll leave those for the truck to handle.
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I have the OEM rack and it is essentially a Thule system with customized bases. There are studs underneath the weatherstripping for attaching the feet, but they still require a rubber pad. It came with the car when I bought it but the PO told me it cost him about $600.
Hmm, that certainly doesn't look like the OEM rack. It looks like a normal Thule rack which rests on the roof like I was talking about.

I thought the OEM one was more like this:
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My bad. I was going off what the PO told me. It looks like Thule made a system with OEM fitment, but obviously is not the OEM rack.
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did you guys know the roof loading limit of the E36 is 75kg (European kg) according to BMW?




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