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      07-06-2020, 07:47 AM   #1
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F11 roof rails retrofit

Hi guys,

I am the happy new owner of a 2015 BMW 530d Xdrive Touring. Currently it has no Roof Rails, but I would like to install them. Somehow I thought Roof Rails were standard on a F11...

Two questions:

1. Would any of you guys know if the holes for fitting the Roof Rails are standard on a F11 (and currently just hidden under the cover)?

2. Is it possible to install to Roof Rails without removing the inside ceiling of the car? (I know it can be done pretty esay on a F31).

Hope someone can help!

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1. Yes, all BMW's AFAIK come with roof rack mounting points factory. It's under those little rectangular covers.

2. It just bolts down from the top.

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Thanks! However, it is roof rails and not roof racks I am searching for

Somehow I do not have the rectangular mounting points on the covers. Just one long cover going from front to end of the roof - and I am wondering if my car simply lacks the possibility to install roof rails (or roof racks).
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What's the last 7 digits of your VIN?

Not sure why you're looking for rails specifically, for looks? Because in terms of functionality, roof rails are designed to be a mounting place for roof racks. Given most BMW's already come with roof rack mounting points, pretty redundant.

And if you can, snap a picture of your roof. Is that cover you're talking about silver, like in this photo? If it is, that's the roof rail.

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