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Roof Rack Recommendation For A 2015 BMW X5 35d  

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Which roof rack system do you recommend to maximize cargo capacity, is aerodynamic and high quality. Further, I want to be sure the rear cargo door can fully open and ideally the sun roof to be able to open without causing damage. We have factory flush rails.

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I will start my answering your questions about the operation of the roof rack after installation. All roof rack manufacturers say that your sunroof may not work due to roof rack interference. Unfortunately, that is something you will have to discover after installing your roof rack. Your ability to use the hatch when you are carrying cargo on your roof is based upon the distance between your front crossbar and the rear hatch when it is open. The nice thing about this roof rack is that you have a lot of flexibility with regard to where you can position your front crossbar. The further forward you can place your front crossbar the longer rooftop box you can put on the roof of your vehicle.

My rack recommendation is by Thule. It will consist of the following;

Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars - Aluminum - Black - 53" Long - Qty 2, part # TH711420,
Evo Flush Rail Feet for Thule Crossbars - Flush Side Rails - Qty 4, part # TH710601
Fit Kit for Thule Evo Flush Roof Rack Feet - 186007, part # TH186007, and the
Thule One Key Lock Cores.

This rack has a weight limit of 165 lbs. The WingBar Evo Crossbars have a high quality fit and finish. They are elliptical in shape to help reduce wind noise and aid in fuel efficiency. These crossbars have a t-channel, so you can use channel mounted roof rack accessories and those that clamp the crossbar. Keeping your roof rack secure is very important. We always recommend securing your rack to the roof of your vehicle by adding the Thule One Key Lock Cores.

I do have a cargo carrier recommendation. It is aerodynamic in shape and high in quality. It is the Thule Motion XT Rooftop Cargo Box - 18 cu ft - Titan Glossy, part # TH629807. This rooftop cargo box is a dual sided opening box. It has an aerodynamic shape to minimize wind noise and drag. It has anchor points inside the box to secure the load.

I have included product description links, demo links, and website links that may be of interest to you below.





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