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Re: Thule roof rack info (archive)

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Posted by JoeT on April 14, 1999 at 09:39:52:

In Reply to: Re: Thule roof rack info posted by Jim Robertson on April 14, 1999 at 09:05:54:

I believe Thule makes the BMW racks - if they don't, they are incredibly similar. The Thule racks hook into the pre-existing mounting studs underneath your rubber trim (I didn't even know they were there until I pulled the rubber back along the roofline and looked.) I think I logged on to to get all the info. I needed. I want to add one of the "weekender" boxes that they make to our car because the trunk is so small, especially with the side mount cd player. I doubt I can even get my golf clubs back there. But, I'm not sure the "boxes" will fit because you cannot vary the distance between the roof bars due to the permanent mounting studs on the car which pre-determine where your bars go...I think the travel boxes have indentations on the bottom which fit over the rack to secure it - if your roof bars aren't the precise distance apart as the indentations, the box won't work. I'm anxiously waiting to try this out and will let everyone know if it works. I got the same response from Thule - about another month until the racks are released.

: : I understand the new Thule roof rack for the '99 328 sedan will not be available until May.

: I've been looking for a bicycle rack for my E46 sedan. Retail for a Yakima rack with locking clip for a road bike's quick-release front hubs is about $450, and I don't think they're discounted much, if at all. BMW has racks of its own. I don't know anything about the Thule racks. Can you point me to some information?

: Thanks.

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