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Old 04-26-2008, 12:23 PM
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Roof Bike Rack

Has anyone got either of the OEM roof mounted bike racks or could they recommend another make? Particularly interested in the lift style OEM one part no 82 72 0 137 607.

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I did a search here on Roof Bike Rack and got 31 hits. I posted in quite a few of them, so I will let you read about the detail there. I put pictures of my bike rack on two different vehicles in those posts.

In summary, the BMW rack is expensive, and while the lifting arm is an interesting idea, I have never struggled to lift the bikes up (including a tandem).

I recommend Thule and Yakima for crossbars, with Thule, Yakima, or ATOC bike holders. If you are not tall enough to put the bikes on the roof, carry a Rubbermaid step stool with you. Our X3 is easy, our E53 was fine, and I suspect that the E70 is just that little bit higher.

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Thule, all the way.... Not to mention it will fit future cars you'll drive at no extra charge...
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Thanks! Thule does seem to be the right answer then.

Can you get a bike rack on aongside a roof box I wonder?
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Thanks! Thule does seem to be the right answer then.

Can you get a bike rack on aongside a roof box I wonder?
Most likely yes, but it depends on the roof box's width. Thule makes a few of them, and I did see other cars with a bike rack alongside with a roofbox.
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Links to description and photos of Thule rack on X3 here. Rack works exactly the same on the X5.

http://www.xoutpost.com/x3-e83-forum/...bike-rack.html
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You might find a hitch rack easier to use and it won't produce aero noise/drag.
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