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Old 09-12-2011, 07:19 PM   #1
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How to fit fairing to BMW roof rack?

I just bought a BMW roof rack to mount my bicycles, and it is very loud from wind noise. I want to fit a fairing to it (like the Thule or Yakima type), but I can't find one that fits the BMW rack.

Anyone have any experience with that?

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Old 09-12-2011, 07:27 PM   #2
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Search and you shall find.. Thats why the function is there, geez. 2 seconds and I found it. Here you go.

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Old 09-12-2011, 09:16 PM   #3
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Both the Thule and Yakima flair will not fit the OEM rack without modification. I have the Thule flair with the OEM rack and this is what I did:

The Thule flair is secured to the OEM rack using tension. the Thule mounting clips won't fit the OEM rack perfectly. I just let the clip/bite as much on the OEM rack as possible. At first I was uneasy but after driving over 2500 miles and up to 95MPH, now I realized that the "tension" method works fine.

PS. although the tension method will prevent the flair from flying off it does not prevent theft. so in theory a thief can just pull off your flair in about 2-3 mins.
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:47 PM   #4
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Yeah its really not that difficult check this thread out

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Old 09-13-2011, 12:51 AM   #5
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I did the same thing as flashtwosix got up to 105 with it on, not a problem. Although the roof rack does make a surprising amount of drag. Its not so obvious from 0-50 but from 50 on up it become more apparent. 1mpg less on the fuel economy side. Gained it all back by being cool though. haha
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Old 09-13-2011, 08:06 AM   #6
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or just get these and clamp it around the OEM bar upside down and attach the bracket to that.
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I know it's a little late here but has anyone tried an inno fairing. They seem to be popular with Subaru oem bars users. They are supposed to be universal. I'm looking into it, but I haven't seen anything from this community yet to pull the trigger
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Old 08-11-2012, 04:26 PM   #8
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