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Old 02-23-2015, 11:56 AM   #1
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Crazy idea for roof rack

In Minnesota, we love our canoes. I also love my 02 330ci vert. So here's a crazy idea for combining the two:

Could I use a pair of foam blocks on the top of the windshield for the bow (the front end of the canoe) and a hitch mounted load extender for the stern?
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Old 02-23-2015, 12:04 PM   #2
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Not crazy, been done.

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Old 02-23-2015, 12:06 PM   #3
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Old 02-23-2015, 12:41 PM   #4
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Id just try to support it from the top of the windshield, not the fabric top
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Old 02-23-2015, 04:51 PM   #5
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Roof Rack for E46 Vert Hard Top?

In searching the forum, I found a couple of references from a few years back to the idea that there are "mounting points" for a roof rack on the hard top for E46 convertibles. Has anyone ever verified this? Better yet, has anyone ever tried it?

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Old 02-23-2015, 05:14 PM   #6
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Found the Thule setup for E46 vert hard top

I did some snooping on one of the other BMW forums and found a thread that did have some answers. It seems that the Thule Podium 460 feet with the fit kit 3065 (same as the one for 3 series coupe) will work on the hard top for my 330ci vert. It also seems that those who tried to get the BMW OEM rack were told that no such critter exists.

First I need to get a hard top, then I can test this out.
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:59 PM   #7
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Buy a cheap truck.... Save you from the damages you might do to the convertible top


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Old 02-24-2015, 03:31 PM   #8
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^ +1. Why would you want to strap anything on top of a convertible and risk the damages?
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Old 02-24-2015, 05:25 PM   #9
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because it is more fun to drive than a truck I've thought about putting a canoe on my vert - one problem is you can't put the top up or down with the canoe on.
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Old 02-24-2015, 06:41 PM   #10
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I agree its more fun driving the convertible, but lets be honest, how much fun can it be driving it with a canoe strapped on top?

I enjoy my 'vert when the top is down and I can fully enjoy the drive. Using it as a utility vehicle to transport things that take away from the open air and superb handling, braking and acceleration does not equal fun to me.

+ trucks can be fun too and very practical.
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Old Yesterday, 11:41 PM   #11
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Well here's my answer: I have a 5.8 metre (about 19ft) Mirage Sea kayak which use 2 or 3 times each week. I also have a 2004 330 vert. So, do what I did, buy your wife a Subaru Liberty (Legacy) wagon and put some Thule racks on it. When you want take the kayak out, swap cars! The Liberty is a fun car to drive too. 2008, Spec B, AWD, 3 litre - pretty quick too! And my wife enjoys the chance to drive the vert!
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