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E61 Roof Rack Cross Bar Options

Old 03-14-2019, 06:55 PM
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Any one know of good cross bars to use with the factory roof rails? Looking for a 2007 530xi.

I found these on eBay:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Aluminium-R...34c2%7Ciid%3A1

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lockable-Ae...g/222296810110

https://www.ebay.com/itm/TOP-ROOF-RA....c100005.m1851

I think I like the ones that donít over hang on the sides. The first two look more factory, no?

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Old 04-18-2019, 10:14 AM
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I have both types, with and without overhang - Thule AeroBlade. While the setup w/o overhang does look more integrated, lower profile, etc., I find the one with overhang much more functional. The overhangs serve as extra loading space when I'm carrying two kayaks, easier to tie down. In winter I carry multiple pairs of skis in the top box, and I always put the skis on the overhang before I stand on the doorsill and arrange loading into the box. Same when unloading as well, I never have to half-jump with the skis in my hands. My box is fairly wide, so I cannot do that when the flush mounts.
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