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    Vert hard top roof rack DIY (really fits...)

    basically I got tired of not being able to carry shit around, so I did something about it... factory hard-top racks are about as rare as unicorn farts so I made a few measurements and found the closest match that would allow modification to fit...

    I went with Yakima due to measurement and cosmetic reasons...

    48" bars (2)

    control towers (4)

    landing pad #4 (4)

    yakima 38" fairing (totally necessary unless you LOVE terrible wind noise)

    and special bolts (from some local nut'n'bolt place)
    M8-1.25X20mm socket head cap screw... (fancy way of saying allen head)

    there is no rack that has bolts this large, this is why we must MAKE it work

    the "landing pads" require some modification. You must enlarge the holes and also elongate (inwards) the mounting holes they are only about 1/8" off so I brought each side inward 1/16" and made the holes big enough for a M8 screw to fit through...

    There ya go! Now we have the most useful E30 ever made... 3 looks for the price of one AND it carries shit in style...
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    well, please allow me to be the first one to comment on your thread. that is f-ing nice! i am going to do exactly this for my ht. good job. that rack is actually nicer than the stock rare one. if nothing else, it will make it easier to lift off the top with a pulley system in your garage.

    can i please ask how much you have invested in the parts?
    Gigitty Gigitty!!!!

    88 cabrio becoming alpina b6 3.5s transplanted s62
    92 Mtech 2 cabrio alpinweiss 770 code
    88 325ix coupe manual lachsilber/cardinal
    88 325ix coupe manual diamondschwartz/natur
    87 e30 m3 for parts lachsilber/cardinal(serial number 7)
    12 135i M sport cabrio grey/black


      oh my god. fuck yes. you are the man!

      Fast life fuck slow..Low life for life
      Let the mix flow..Let the night flow
      I'm so gone ✗ ♥ O


        Normal cost for a regular yakima control tower system... I think it was around $300 total .. sometimes you can find the control towers online uses for super cheap... They are the most expensive part....

        I will pull the landing pad (adapter) off the roof so you can see the modification and special hardware... It's. SUPER easy... After you get all the parts and tools it will yak an hour or so to fit and install...


          That is some seriously cool work you did there!

          My 1989 e30 s52 Touring... this is Betty

          My 1989 325i vert (sold)...this is Nina

          My 1991 M5 (sold)... this is Veronica

          Photo comparison: OEM vs aftermarket windscreen for a convertible


            i like how it isn't 20 inches above the roof, or at least it looks lower than regular ones from the pictures.


              very well executed good sir. carry on
              -FREEDOM- is cruisin at 80, windows down and listening to the perfect song-thinking "this is it"
              -The Beauty in the Tragedy-
              MECHANIC SMASH!!- (you all know you do it)
              Got Drop?? ;-)
              Originally posted by JinormusJ
              But of course
              E30s are know to be notoriously really really really ridiculously good looking


                Why thank you... I'll post more pics from different angles so you can see height, modifications, and overall sexyness...


                  This will be done on my hard top if i ever have the money for a snowboard rack.
                  1987 - 325i Convertible Delphin Auto [SOLD], 325i Convertible Delphin Manual [SOLD]
                  1989 - 325i Convertible Bronzit m30b35 swapped [SCRAPPED], 325i Sedan Alpine Auto[DD]
                  1991 - 325i Coupe Laguna Manual [Project], 535i Sedan Alpine [SCRAPPED]


                    Any more pics?
                    Originally posted by codyep3
                    I hope to Christ you have looks going for you, because you sure as fuck don't have any intelligence.
                    2001 silver/Blk 325 cabby. SOLD
                    1988 Blk/Blk e30 factory wide body kit car SOLD
                    1992 DS/BLK 325 m-tech II apperance pack cabby SOLD!
                    2002 325xit Sil/blk. SOLD
                    2012 328i xdrive touring. Wht/blk. SOLD
                    2009 135 cabby. monacoblue/blk leather SOLD
                    2007 Z4m coupe. Silver grey/black/ aluminum. 1of50
                    2010 F650gs twin
                    2016 M235i cabby. Mineral grey/Red leather


                      I'll get some posted tonight or tomorrow...


                        That's pretty F'ing dope!

                        1st useful info on R3v in a long time.. LOL

                        jou ma se poes in 'n fishpaste jar.
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                          Great Job! Just what I have been looking for.




                            a few more pictures for your enjoyment...

                            I think I'll be ordering the hardware in stainless in the next few days as mine have started to corrode in less than 2 months in Hawaii's salty air... :-/
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                              a little light painting photography... mixed with flash of course for the model...
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