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      04-13-2006, 07:30 PM   #1
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Talking *Update* more E91 Pics *NO RAILS!*

I'm crazy!
So today I removed my roof rails, and let me say that it's not for the faint at heart.
I don't reccomend trying it unless you're ready to pull pretty hard on you head-liner, and do what appears to be ripping you car apart.
I managed to do it without damaging anything, really.
I'm real glad I took the risk, because a love how it looks.
The rails always seemed like an after thought to me, not part of the design, and since I have no use for them, goodbye rails!

Basically I removed the handles, sunshades and cups that hold the netting, then pulled back the lining enough to get at the nuts. It took some forceful pulling to get the liner free, but once I did a few of them, it became much easier. I used a high power flashlight to locate the nut.
After removing the nut, I just popped the liner back in to place and put the handles back on. I didn't remove the lights at all, just worked around them.
I sealed the holes with a little gaffer's tape and some silicone.

If you're crazy enough to do this mod, you'll need a 13mm deep socket, a t-25 torx, and the replacement trim without the holes.



Part #'s for the trim courtesy of MPoWeRMAN
"The correct part numbers for the roof moldings: 51137122871 and 51137122872, $70 each, they come in black, and can be painted if so desired."


It took me about 2 hours, after I had all the right tools.
So glad I did it myself.
Don't be afraid, take those rails off!
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      04-13-2006, 07:43 PM   #3
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Very smooth.
Without the rails, the car looks a bit smaller and sportier
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      04-13-2006, 07:50 PM   #4
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It kinda looks naked... just the way I like it!
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      04-13-2006, 08:05 PM   #5
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you should put this in DIY
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Nice detailed "railectomy". Looks pretty good. Good to see you went through the headliner and didn't try to drill it out. Brave man.
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you should put this in DIY
Thanks, I really didn't take much time in writing out all the details.
I figure very few people would never do this to their BMW.
I'm really kinda lucky, it was questionable for a moment after I committed to it, if I was going to be able to get it off.
I imagined the embarrassment of having to go to the dealer with my rails and liner half-off for a few moments.


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Nice detailed "railectomy". Looks pretty good. Good to see you went through the headliner and didn't try to drill it out. Brave man.
railectomy, thats good

I didn't have a choice, it's not possible to cut them off.
They're solid metal.
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INSANELY clean!

I love it!
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I love how it looks! I've added this thread to DIY thread.
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Chitown - no worries! Actually, for some reason yours looks great without the rails... maybe it's the silver with the tint or something... You are certainly a braver soul than I to attempt that!
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Very clean! I wish they would put that panoramic sunroof on the e90.
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WOw Chitown...you actually and finally did it!!!.....and DIY too, saved yourself $600-800. How'd you gather the courage to perform surgery on your car? And you did it the right way to...I didn't see the use of a saw anywhere in your pics

Anyways, congrats...your car is looking good. Very clean, looks lower too....nice
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Will it leak when it rains?
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Thats one sweet wagon, I didnt know they had that extra sunroof panel, interesting...
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looks nice...does it come with the blacklines, roof spoiler already? the front fender gap looks quite a lot bigger than the rear one, maybe a drop? really luvin the huge sun-roof tho..awesome
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Will it leak when it rains?
I forgot to mention that I sealed the holes with a little gaffer's tape and some silicone.
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looks nice...does it come with the blacklines, roof spoiler already? the front fender gap looks quite a lot bigger than the rear one, maybe a drop? really luvin the huge sun-roof tho..awesome
The roof spoiler is stock, I bought the Blacklines.
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Very nice ChiTown, but I think I'm gonna leave my rails on... IMO, they go very well with the E91, but hey, who am I?

I definitely need to get a pair of blacklines though: they do look great on TiAg E91!
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Very clean! I wish they would put that panoramic sunroof on the e90.
There is no way they could. There is simply not enough roof on the E90, and even if there were, the curvature makes it impossible. The E91 has (obviously) a much longer roof and it's pretty flat.

You saw the Maxima solution to that didn't you? Remember the long skinny vertical sunroof? No thanks!!
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we ordered our e46 touring without them and it looks absolutely gorgeous,, much more sportier nice car you got there
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