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Install roof rails in E61

Old 01-01-2016, 04:01 PM
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I never really did a walk through on this cuz I'm lazy , but ill try to break it down. Please keep in mind i did this a few years back so these instructions are to the best of my recollection . but i also feel i could do this tomorrow just that way

1] order the part in the above link. notice the link to real oem is for a euro version e61. As roof rails an option across the pond. also keep in mind that they are un painted . this was no problem for me because i wrapped my roof..

2] drop headliner it appears like a super pita but its not to bad but you need atleast one guy i did it with a total of 3. honestly took only a few hours to do this mod. once the lights and sunroof switch pillars etc. are out of the way i pulled headliner down never completely out..

3] with the headliner down you can see where the roof rails bolts and nuts are . undo the 3 bolts per side remove rails. then you can just pop out the molding with the holes.. there are still holes in the body but the molding must be water tight because there is nothing on the roof rail bolt to make it water tight.. but i did apply some clear bra material over the holes just in case..

4] pop in new hole-less euro spec molding and re install headliner i think here is where you really need the help.

pm me if you have more questions hope this help
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Old 01-01-2016, 04:39 PM
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:12 PM
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Wow, this is substantially more of a PITA than it was on my E46. That’s pretty obnoxious BMW. This is a great mod for better fuel economy and lower CG. Those bars are heavy!
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