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      05-31-2011, 03:18 AM   #1
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Removing E90 Roof Rack

Hi!! Friends of mine bought a e90 sedan with installed roof rack.
No tools. Could I just buy the tool from BMW? Rent?

Anyway I can buy a tool to remove the rack w/o BMW's tool?

Thanks in advance!
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      05-31-2011, 03:37 AM   #2
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I have that rack for our e46. I believe that they're are several diffferent random bolt patterns that they sell for each set and you need a matching tool for that particular set - just like a locking lug nut set.

Call the dealer and ask them what to do.
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      05-31-2011, 04:02 AM   #3
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so there are "coded" key for each roof rack out there? great

I wonder if the dealer has a "universal" key...
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      05-31-2011, 08:08 AM   #4
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look through the rack for the bolt - mine was a safety torx - which u can buy at home depot or sears or even harbor freight
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My E36 OE rack has a coded key as well. There was a tag attached with a two-letter code.

This E90 diagram shows the wrench as a separate part number, with no options for different coded versions (unlike the E36 and E46 which specifically mentions coding). Maybe the E90 just has one special tool?
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...30&hg=82&fg=51

EDIT: or a safety torx like was mentioned above.
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I'd keep it on....and mod the E90 if it isn't already would look sick with a roof rack haha
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Ah... I think this is what I remember seeing will fit the bolt on the rack



Now, if i can figure out what size....

I'm gonna check out the part @ BMW dealer also..

Thank you guys!
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I'd keep it on....and mod the E90 if it isn't already would look sick with a roof rack haha
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Got down to any hard ware store but one and the just take a small drill and drill a hole in one with the tool in a vice.
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      06-04-2011, 10:55 AM   #10
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Wifey messed up the roof rack

I'm glad I came upon this recent post. I HAD a Yakima roof rack on the top of our wagon, and the wife ran into the garage with my sister in laws bike on top of the car. Ya I know, right. So the roof rack has a couple broken parts, the bike too.

As far as damage to the car, the roof rack seemed to expand (it's design must allow for minor accidents like this) because there seems to be no body damage to the roof. Just the rack bar itself is also messed up.

I was hoping to remove it and install a new one myself, but I don't know the first place to start. What's the consensus on these "special bolts" that people are going back and forth on? Do I need to contact my dealer to get that, just to take the rack off? Also is the dealer the best place to get a replacement rack?

Oh it's just the driver side that needs to be replaced. I would hope BMW would design this thing so the headliner inside doesn't need to come out. I would think everything I need to access should be on the outside of the car.

Thoughts? Any help would be appreciated.
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E90 Roof Rack Tool

The E90 factory roof rack is not secured to the car with hex screws. If, like me, you bought a car that came without whatever tool is provided to fit or remove the rack, then you may need to know this: The rack is secured with tamper resistant screws. These look like hex but have a post in the middle so a hex driver will not work. I could not find the right tool in either auto parts or hardware stores. Luckily I spotted the Snap On truck when I was looking. He ordered me a long shaft H30 tamper resistant screwdriver. The Snap on pn is SGDTRX830B. About $34. There is a short shaft version, but I am not sure the handle will clear the top of the rack in order to use the tool. If you have the right bit and a socket driver it will not fit in the tiny hole available to access the the screw, so you will need a tool like this.
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