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Maximise the Potential of Your BMW With a Roof Rack

BMW car roof racks provide a stylish, practical, and inexpensive way of expanding the vehicle's possibilities. Designed to safely support their maximum weight limits while minimising drag and road noise, they add to the car's functionality, allowing its owner to carry items previously beyond its scope. You will find a wide selection of new and used roof racks for sale on eBay.

How functional is a roof rack?

Roof racks act as a base, rising above your car's roof so that whatever your carrying doesn't damage the vehicle's paintwork or structure. You have a choice of systems that you can attach to the roof rack base, each designed for a specific purpose or function. Some of the most common options include:

  • Roof box.
  • Luggage basket.
  • Bike carrier.
  • Ski and snowboard holder.
  • Surfboard holder.
How do you calculate a roof rack's load weight?

Roof racks are usually made from lightweight aluminium, but they can be constructed from other materials, such as steel. A rack system can be specific to a particular model, but there are also universal versions, each with their particular weight limits, so you will need to factor in the rack's weight when calculating the maximum load your BMW's roof is designed to support. See the manufacturer's site for details.

Secure installation of roof racks

Roof racks are designed to be quick and easy to install and remove because they may only be needed for specific journeys, with the driver storing them away until next time. Although there are variations, it depends on the model of BMW and the shape of its roof, there are essentially two types of roof rack, those that are clamped to the car's existing rails (if fitted) and those that lock directly into the roof tracks, which are located underneath plastic seals running the vehicle's length and form part of its inherent design. Each roof rack may have a slightly different procedure, so refer to the manufacturer's instructions

Driving with a loaded roof rack

The increased weight and higher centre of gravity will affect how the car handles the road, particularly steering and braking. However, this change can be addressed with a simple adjustment to driving style; being conscious of the car's new height when approaching barriers, taking more care when turning corners or sharp bends, and increasing the gap with the car in front to compensate for longer stopping distances. If you are unsure of how the changes will affect your particular model, check your car's manual or the manufacturer's website for details.