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      03-25-2013, 12:59 PM   #1

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Retrofit storage compartment package?

I ordered my X3 without the storage compartment package thinking that I'd never have any need for the cargo rails in the luggage compartment.

Now, a year later I bought a bike and I find myself wanting to build a DIY interior bike rack system like the ones I've seen on this board.

Anyone know if it's possible to retrofit the lashing rails seen here, or what it entails?
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      06-08-2015, 02:20 PM   #2
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Did you ever get an answer to this question? If so, I'd be very interested in what you found- I have the exact same dilemma!
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      06-09-2015, 04:25 AM   #3
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Yes it is possible, the standard rails will unbolt (you may have to break some plastic covers to access torx bolts) but there are new parts that aren't immediately obvious - like the different shaped storage cover (load area carpet / reversible cover) - which are very expensive.

Take a look at Realoem section 51.47 - you'll need rails, lashing eyes, a new floor and handle - look at everything that gets replaced with option S439A

I considered this but gave up as far too expensive and ordered my new X3 with S439A - mainly because I wanted the extra glove compartment under the light switch

However, I'm not impressed with the S439A lashing eyes or rails - the eye is made of very thick metal and the BMW nets wont hook on to them. You also can't position an eye at the very back of the rails - exactly where the nets and the plastic load liner are designed to work with the standard set-up.

I'd stick with what you have and go for an external bike carrier - I use a thule 3 / 4 bike carrier mounted on the tow ball or thule roof-mounted carriers

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      06-09-2015, 10:33 AM   #4
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My all mountain bike won't fit into the trunk standing upright (150mm fork). I guess race bike might fit. I suggest you try it out first.

If your bike fits, you could use "VERGO EXCEL" from MINOURA, as you won't need those cargo rails.

The best solution really is the bike rack that fits on the tow hitch.
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