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      11-24-2013, 01:16 PM   #1
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Recommend a roof cargo box

What do you have and how do you like it? I guess we can't use a very long one since it will interfere with the trunk.
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      11-25-2013, 07:52 AM   #2
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I've got a Thule and have mounted it forward to clear the rear hatch
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      11-25-2013, 09:49 AM   #3
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I've got a Thule and have mounted it forward to clear the rear hatch
thanks Ranger. Do you happen to know what model?
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      11-26-2013, 02:56 AM   #4
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I have a Thule too. it is mounted forward clear the rear hatch but this makes it noisey as it now hangs over the windscreen. not sure what model it is as I borrowed it from my brother. It's obviously too long for the x3 he has a Mazda cx9

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Some more info here. I went for the cheaper option (as recommended in first link). All good after quite a few trips

http://x3.xbimmers.com/forums/showth...80776&page=102

http://x3.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=757610

http://x3.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=595743

http://x3.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=793890
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We are borrowing a Yakima Rocket Box from a friend of mine this week. Install was easy, no wind noise, and lets all 5 of us plus a dog take a bunch of crap up to the mountains. Plus, I think the white/black looks good with my Alpine White X3

It's mounted fairly far back because I didn't want to move my Thule cross bars. To keep the hatch from hitting it, I have it set to only open a fraction of the normal amount.

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We are borrowing a Yakima Rocket Box from a friend of mine this week. Install was easy, no wind noise, and lets all 5 of us plus a dog take a bunch of crap up to the mountains. Plus, I think the white/black looks good with my Alpine White X3

It's mounted fairly far back because I didn't want to move my Thule cross bars. To keep the hatch from hitting it, I have it set to only open a fraction of the normal amount.

Thanks everyone!

Schmed- do you know which model rocket that is?

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This one is mine - shown on my old E83, the principle is the same.

The box is mounted so that when the tailgate is open there's 20mm clearance between the back of the box and the spoiler. The front over hang isn't an issue from either weight or vision. It's a Thule 700 Evolution approx 2.25m long fitted to BMW rails with the Thule T-Bar fitting system which I highly recommend to cut down wind noise.

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Thanks everyone!

Schmed- do you know which model rocket that is?
No indication of which model it is on the box...
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      12-02-2013, 05:33 PM   #10
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I went to both EMS and REI to get their opinion. Apparently, most boxes will hang over the windshield, bounce in the wind, and drop your mileage from what they said. Okay....I'm still in.

I ordered a thule force, alpine.
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      12-15-2013, 11:34 AM   #11
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So the thule force alpine is perfect. Plenty of room for the hatch to open. Best price around was at autoanything.
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