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bimmerkarl 11-18-2011 12:01 AM

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

flyboyx 12-20-2011 07:11 PM

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?

IminDiegoTriick 12-20-2011 07:45 PM

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

bimmerkarl 12-20-2011 07:57 PM

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...

MC Hammered 12-20-2011 09:03 PM

That is some seriously cool work you did there!

dothadance 12-20-2011 09:36 PM

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

CHIF8008 12-20-2011 09:39 PM

very well executed good sir. carry on

bimmerkarl 12-20-2011 09:54 PM

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

McGyver 12-20-2011 10:20 PM

This will be done on my hard top if i ever have the money for a snowboard rack.

Todd Black 88 12-27-2011 07:44 PM

Any more pics?

bimmerkarl 12-27-2011 07:49 PM

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

thebutcher37 12-28-2011 12:08 AM

That's pretty F'ing dope!

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

IronmanE30 12-28-2011 06:54 AM

Great Job! Just what I have been looking for.



bimmerkarl 12-28-2011 03:30 PM

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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... :-/

bimmerkarl 12-28-2011 03:32 PM

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a little light painting photography... mixed with flash of course for the model...

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