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BMW Installation Instructions
If fitting is done in the workshop, the installation instructions are to be handed to the customer.
- Open roof-drain moulding flap
- Clean rain channel
- Stick on protective film
- Use of the special key
- Use of the mounting aid
- Basic adjustment of the roof rack
- Mount the roof rack
- Put on cover strip
- Mount carrying superstructure
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- Roof rack (2x)
- Cover strip (2x)
- Special key (1 x)
- Safety pass (1 x)
- Mounting aid (1 x)
- Protective film (Bx)
- Cleaning cloth (1x)
- Roof-drain moulding opener (1 x)
- Installation instructions (1 x)
The working steps and safety advice enumerated in these installation instructions for first fitting, extension, re-fitting and handling of the roof rack must be unconditionally complied with.
The roof rack is so constructed that with proper fit ting and operation no damage can result to the vehicle.
BMW accepts no liability for damage which occurs as a result of not following the work sequence and safety instructions. In addition, any warranty claim against BMW AG is extinguished in the event of improper fitting and handling which diverges from the installation and operating instructions.
Notes on safety
The permitted roof load of 100 kg may not be excee ded. (Weight of both carriers 4.3 kg plus superstructu re plus actual load)
Mounting is to be carried out in accordance with the installation instructions.
Before each journey all screw fittings and connections on the base carrier and superstructure are to be checked to make sure they are firmly seated and should be tightened as necessary.
! It is especially important to check and, if necessary, tighten the screw fittings between roof rack and vehicle roof at regular intervals during longer journeys, at latest every 1,000 km. The screw fittings must be checked in particular on bad stretches of road and checked again every two hours.!
Distribute pieces of luggage evenly, keep the centre of gravity as low as possible and secure transported items with suitable straps to stop them from slipping.
Note that vehicle handling changes according to the load being transported. As far as possible avoid sud den braking, acceleration from rest and fast cornering.
When a load is being transported on the roof, speed has to be adjusted to actual conditions such as state of the roads, road surface, cross-wind conditions, general traffic conditions, etc. We recommend the advisory speed.
The legal regulations for motor vehicle construction and use are to be complied with for roof transportati on.
When not in use, the roof rack carriers should be removed from the vehicle for reasons of fuel economy and the safety of other road users.
Do not go through the car wash with the roof-rack carriers mounted.
Before mounting the roof rack for the first time a basic adjustment of it must be made in order to match the support feet to the width of the vehicle.
If the mounting is done wrongly, damage to the vehicle roof is possible.
To make the mounting of the roof rack easier, it should be done with the help of another person.
Keep the enclosed “safety pass” with the letter code in a safe place to enable an additional order of the
coded special key to be made at your BMW dealer.
1. Open roof-drain moulding flap
Before the roof rack is mounted, the four flaps in the roof-drain moulding on the vehicle must be opened.
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Insert the enclosed roof-drain moulding opener (1) into the recess (2) of the roof-drain moulding flap (3).
The roof-drain moulding flap (3) is opened by pressing the roof-drain moulding opener (1) backwards in the direction of the arrow.
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Remove roof-drain moulding opener.
Open up roof-drain moulding flap (1) entirely until it engages.
2. Clean rain channel
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Using the supplied cleaning cloth (1), clean out the dirt from the rain channel (2) to ensure secure adhesi on of the protective film.
3. Stick on protective film
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Pull off paper protection (1) from the adhesive area (2) of the protective film.
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Stick the protective film (1) flat in the rain channel so that the edge standing upright lengthways is also covered.
Care should be taken to see that the protective film is not stuck over the sealed area (2) of the threaded nut.
Note on working method
The best working temperature for protective film lies at over 20°C. If this cannot be complied with, it is recom mended that the roof rack is left on the roof of the vehicle for approximately 24 hours after it has been mounted (see section 7).
4. Use of the special key
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The special key has two functions. When the handle is taken off, the offset screw key (2) is used as a hexa gon socket-screw key (Allen key) to tighten the hexa gon socket-screws on the support legs. The offset screw key (2) must be put on the handle (1) and locked into place (see arrow) in order to tighten the coded screws. When the basic adjustment of the car riers has been done, the handle remains mounted on the offset screw key.
The special key also has a positioning aid in the form of an inscribed arrow (3). This arrow also exists on the coded screws. When both arrows are lined up, the special key can be put on the coded screws faultles sly.
BMW 5 Series touring (E39/2) only
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There is a facility in this vehicle for storing the special key in the tool-kit box. To do this, the special key must be taken apart (see illustration 39 82 167).The offset screw key (1) and the handle (2) can then be placed in the recesses provided.
5. Use of the mounting aid
The mounting aid supplied protects the vehicle roof from becoming damaged when the roof rack is fitted by one person only.
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Put the supplied mounting aid (1) on the support leg (2) of the roof rack in the direction of the arrow.
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Having put the protected roof-rack support leg (1) on the roof of the vehicle, the roof rack can now be mounted by one person only without causing damage to the vehicle.
6. Basic adjustment of the roof rack
Basic adjustment is shown for the front carrier. Adjustment to the rear carrier is carried out in the same way in the same sequence of operations.
There is a sticker on the inside of the support legs which identifies exactly the mounting location on the vehicle in each case.
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Loosen socket-head screws (1) with the supplied hexagon socket screw-key (Allen key) (2) on both sides. Then slide the support legs apart from one ano
ther so that the carrier bridge is set symmetrical to the width of the vehicle and fit the support legs faultlessly into the roof-rack recesses (see illustration F 39 82 004).
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Introduce the support legs (1) of the carrier bridge carefully into the roof-rack recesses (2) in the roof drain moulding. In doing so, care should be taken to see that the leg of the roof rack (1) goes parallel to the plate edge (3) in the rain channel (see close-up detail).
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Screw down lightly the coded screw (2) with the sup plied special key (1) so as to position the support
legs. Now tighten the hexagon socket screws (see illu stration F 30 82 056). Then loosen the coded screws (2) again and remove carrier. Now finally screw down tight the hexagon socket screws.
After the basic adjustment has been made, it must be possible to place the carrier bridge with support legs free of strain into the roof-rack recesses and to screw them down. If necessary, repeat the basic setting-up procedure.
7. Mount the roof rack
Mounting is shown on the front carrier. Mounting of the rear carrier is done in the same way in the same sequence of operations.
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Using the supplied roof-drain moulding opener, open up the roof-drain moulding flap (1) (see section 2).
Place the carrier bridge (2) on carefully and tighten the coded screws (3) with the supplied special key (4).
Always make sure that the spring washer is present under the screw head. Never screw down without the spring washer in place. Replace a missing spring was her immediately.
8. Put on cover strip
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Press cover strip (1) into the carrier (2).
The cover strip protects the carrier from dirt.
9. Mount carrying superstructure
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Remove the cover strips to mount carrying super structures and open the covering caps (1) as shown in the illustration. Slide the carrying superstructure into the profiled bars of the carrier (2) and secure it. Close the covering caps.
Please observe the relevant installation instructions for mounting and securing the carrying superstructure.