Carrying bikes on a 328is - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
BMW Forum BMW Forum

Auto Insurance

» Featured Product
Wheel & Tire Center

Go Back   BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 3-Series (E36)
Register Home Forum Active Topics Gallery / Showroom Auto Loans Garage Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Auto EscrowInsurance

3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.

BimmerWerkz.com is the premier BMW Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-21-2004, 01:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
n00b
 
whamman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Car:
Posts: 39
Photos:
whamman is an unknown quantity at this point
Anyone have success carrying bikes on their 328 coupe? If so, how's it work and what are the pros and cons of your system?



Thanks a lot,
Evan
whamman is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-21-2004, 10:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
1st Gear Member
 
mankiks323i's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Car:
Posts: 159
Photos:
mankiks323i is an unknown quantity at this point
i have a sedan 323 but i bought a rack and mounted it on the factory mounting points ie gutter rails it works pretty well the only cons is wind noise pros bike can be transported without difficulty
__________________
"What happens here stays here" Las Vegas
mankiks323i is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2004, 02:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
3rd Gear Member
 
camnipotent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Columbia, Missouri
Car:
Posts: 640
Photos:
camnipotent is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to camnipotent Send a message via MSN to camnipotent
You can get the trunk mounted racks. THose things aren't too expensive and are easier to install.
__________________
<span style='font-size:8pt;line-height:100%'><span style='color:blue'>1998 BMW 323is Coupe, Black
Manual
18&quot; M3 Hyper Silver Rims
2 12&quot; Rockford Fosgate Subs; Sealed
1.0 Farad Capacitor
800 Watt 2-Way Rockford Fosgate Amplifier</span></span>
camnipotent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2004, 08:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
n00b
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Car:
Posts: 8
Photos:
Corkoman is an unknown quantity at this point
I have a hitch for pulling my jetski trailer - there is rack that fits the hitch and holds 2 bikes behind the car.
Corkoman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2004, 10:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
Neutral Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Bradford, ON, Canada
Car: 97 328is, 93 318is
Posts: 92
Photos:
thinair is on a distinguished road
Send a message via ICQ to thinair Send a message via MSN to thinair
A roof rack is the way to go, certain companies don't make applications for the e36 due to the lack of gutters. Just don't forget that the bikes are on the roof when going through low drive throughs, and entering your garage. They do increase noise (a rack fairing helps), and do increase your fuel consumption though.

Truck mounted racks suck. I worked at a bike shop for 4 years and I've seen them damage a lot of cars, and bikes.

Trailer hitch racks are also awesome, but how many of us have trailer hitches on our e36's (not including corkoman :P)
__________________
Nelson Papel
1997 Madeira Violet 328is - Carbonio Intake, Racing Dynamics exhaust, fan delete, ASC delete, M50 intake manifold, M3 Cams, Eurospeed/AA software, 3.38LSD, M3 f&r brakes + MC, Bilstein PSS, Eibach swaybars, BBS RK 17x8&quot; wheels, Toyo T1R (235/40R17) tires, Racing Dynamics K55 kit, full euro lighting, 4300k HID lows, etc..........
<a href='http://www3.sympatico.ca/thinairbikes/bmw.htm' target='_blank'>Click here for more info on my car</a>
thinair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2004, 10:41 AM   #6 (permalink)
WOT in Reverse
 
jllphan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Cashville, TN
Car:
Posts: 3,441
Photos:
jllphan has a reputation beyond reputejllphan has a reputation beyond reputejllphan has a reputation beyond reputejllphan has a reputation beyond reputejllphan has a reputation beyond reputejllphan has a reputation beyond reputejllphan has a reputation beyond reputejllphan has a reputation beyond reputejllphan has a reputation beyond reputejllphan has a reputation beyond reputejllphan has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via AIM to jllphan
I agree, the trunk mounted racks suck, but the roof mounted racks have their disadvantages too. We arent talking about an International Scout or a Range ROver, this is a Bimmer. Picture this, load up your bikes, head to the trails, have a great ride and come back muddy as hell. You now have a pair of mtn. bikes spraying crap on the roof of your car the whole way home. And if you have a sunroof, forget about it.

IF you are an avid rider, drop the coinage and go for the trailer hitch idea. I have seen these and seem to be a good idea. Unlike the cheap trunk mounted racks, these tightly grip the bike and keep it away from the car.

If you ride road bikes as opposed to mtn bikes, i retract the earlier statement. But a trailer hitch mounted rack still prevents you from scuffing your ride when you go to throw your bike on your roof.
__________________
jllphan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2004, 04:08 AM   #7 (permalink)
n00b
 
whamman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Car:
Posts: 39
Photos:
whamman is an unknown quantity at this point
cool, thanks for the ideas!
whamman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2004, 08:03 AM   #8 (permalink)
1st Gear Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Victoria, BC
Car:
Posts: 102
Photos:
RallyE36 is an unknown quantity at this point
As someone who's had both systems with other cars I concur with everything 'jllphan; said ... get the bikes away from the car.
__________________
1996 E36 M44 318i 5sp LSD
Canadian Model
RallyE36 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 3-Series (E36)


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Should I Get It?! Cellardoor M-Series (M1, M3, M5, M6) 4 02-05-2005 03:19 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:11 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.