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I drive a BMW 3-series convertible and am looking for guidance/advice on a suitable ski rack that would, ideally, a snowboard and a pair or 2 of ski's.

Anyone have any thoughts?
post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by airshowguy
I drive a BMW 3-series convertible and am looking for guidance/advice on a suitable ski rack that would, ideally, a snowboard and a pair or 2 of ski's.

Anyone have any thoughts?
There are window mounted racks, I don't suggest them. Past that there are soen trunk mount racks too.
post #3 of 11
More than likely you don't have a trailer hitch either, but if you did install one of the 1.25" hidden receiver hitches, you could use the Thule, Yakima, (et al) bike/ski/snowboard racks. You can then use your trunk without driving the skis into your conv top when you need access, or trying to open and close your doors with "wings" attached to your windows.

There are also magnetic racks, but running them 90 degrees to the wind (which is what you would have to do on a convertible) might push them off your deck lid. Magnetics are hard to find these days, most were from Europe. Fabbri makes one for skis/boards. Eton www.etonrack.com has a ski only version.
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by medmarkco
There are also magnetic racks, but running them 90 degrees to the wind (which is what you would have to do on a convertible) might push them off your deck lid. Magnetics are hard to find these days, most were from Europe. Fabbri makes one for skis/boards. Eton www.etonrack.com has a ski only version.
I've used magnetic racks placed on the trunk-lid with the skis running 90 degrees to the wind with good results. The car was a Mazda Protege (about the same frontal profile as a 3 series). The ski lengths were kept short, 165cm and shorter. About 4 inches of the tips and tails were exposed to the wind, not enough to shake the ski loose. I would not recommend mounting a snowboard.

The skis stayed clean and out of the wet & salty wind-stream and gas mileage was better than roof mounted skis.

However, there is always a risk of losing the load when using these racks regardless of installation location. Be sure the magnetic panel is clean. The auto surface must also be clean & nearly flat.

Also check the installation daily. Water will be drawn under the magnetic panel and freeze, dislocating the magnetic hold.

I remove and clean daily when on a multi-day ski trip.

Cheers,

Michael
post #5 of 11
The magnetic ones really scare me. Not the fear of coming off, but what they can do to the paint. I am careful shat I do to my cars finish and I am particular in taking care of its paint, I wouldn't use a magnetic rack my my 25K Subie let alone on a 45K BMW cabrio.

I forgot about the trailer hitch ones..that is probably the best and safest choice.
post #6 of 11
I think there are two other issues that would worry me with a magnetic system. If your "beemer is your baby", I'd worry about having to clean the surface each day under less than ideal conditions. With salt and road sand to scratch the paint, how do you clean it when the temp is fifteen degrees? The assumption is that you leave them on the car .... but then you have the issue of theft.

Looking for a diner with a window seat all the time would become a drag and if you have good skis, they are a "target of opportunity" any time you are within fifty miles of any ski hill.
post #7 of 11
I used the suction cup/window clamp design on my Mustang Conv. It works GREAT for 2 pr of skis. MUCH easier than most devices. Draw backs;;;you must get a pc of aircraft cable long enough to wrap the bindings and go around your steering wheel. Sure people could cut it, but they generally won't. Your passenger--if you have one--has to climb over the stick if you stop to go the bathroom enroute.
I knowthey sell them for boards too.
post #8 of 11
Something like this would work:

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=42361

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Of course, I think this one looks better...
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
There are window mounted racks, I don't suggest them. Past that there are soen trunk mount racks too.
Phil,

I am looking for a rack that I can use on my Miata. I came across window racks and I was seriously considering buying one. What are the problems with them? Any other suggestions for a ski rack for a Miata?
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