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Old 06-23-2018, 08:27 AM
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MINI F57 Bike Rack

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I am curious if anyone on here has had experience with mounting a bike rack on an F57. I have a customer interested in a 2019 convertible that does NOT have the bike rack prep kit equipped, but all other features of the car match desired options, etc. Is there any way to equip an aftermarket hitch or bike rack on an F57 that does not have the prep kit installed from the factory. Any info is much appreciated!
 
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EDIT: wrong info. See next comment.
 

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I’m an idiot. You weren’t looking for a retrofit. You can install a hitch and use a hitch mounted bike carrier. This is what you want:

https://www.outmotoring.com/hidden-t...I-do-more.html
 
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The bike prep kit can be retrofitted as well. You just need to replace the parts required for S3ARA:

New rear bumper: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...diagId=51_9197

Rear trim: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...diagId=51_9198

Trim cover: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...diagId=51_9196

I'd go that route before going with the aftermarket solution.

I don't remember if the US rack has working lights, but if it does, you'll need to retrofit the electrical connector as well.
 
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The bike prep kit can be retrofitted as well. You just need to replace the parts required for S3ARA:

New rear bumper: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...diagId=51_9197

Rear trim: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...diagId=51_9198

Trim cover: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...diagId=51_9196

I'd go that route before going with the aftermarket solution.

I don't remember if the US rack has working lights, but if it does, you'll need to retrofit the electrical connector as well.
Are both fittings on the car, too? Or I guess they're built into the rear bumper carrier that's specific to the S3ARA option code?
 
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Are both fittings on the car, too? Or I guess they're built into the rear bumper carrier that's specific to the S3ARA option code?
Yup, the normal bumper only has the one threaded one. You'd think it would have just been easier to make them all the same but if you can save 5 pence by not having extra threads it's all worth it!
 
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Yup, the normal bumper only has the one threaded one. You'd think it would have just been easier to make them all the same but if you can save 5 pence by not having extra threads it's all worth it!
Between that and the built in electrical connector with the factory option, I guess it’s worth the $250 USD they charge. But yeah, you’d think economies of scale would come into play, if all the pressings were exactly the same. Weird.
 
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The bike prep kit can be retrofitted as well. You just need to replace the parts required for S3ARA: [...{

I'd go that route before going with the aftermarket solution.
If money were no object, sure. The bumper trim cover is $470, and needs to be painted to match the car (any car; the part is primed only, no color or clear coat). The other parts are maybe a hundred or so. Labor is going to take you a couple of hours. Depending on ship rates that might be $150-250.

i doubt you could do the conversion for less than a grand unless you score a really lucky junk yard find.

Which is part of why I deleted my first post. OP is trying to sell a car, so spending $1000 to close the sale when he could just sell a hitch instead seemed silly to me
 
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Wait!! I just remembered another option!

http://www.vipcustomparts.com/F56%20parts%20page.htm

Their bike rack retrofit kit is $250.

 
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If money were no object, sure. The bumper trim cover is $470, and needs to be painted to match the car (any car; the part is primed only, no color or clear coat). The other parts are maybe a hundred or so. Labor is going to take you a couple of hours. Depending on ship rates that might be $150-250.

i doubt you could do the conversion for less than a grand unless you score a really lucky junk yard find.

Which is part of why I deleted my first post. OP is trying to sell a car, so spending $1000 to close the sale when he could just sell a hitch instead seemed silly to me
The bumper cover has the access covers to both tow hook holes, so as long as you don't need the electrical hookup, you should be able to get away with just replacing the actual bumper and not any of the trim. The trim is only needed if you're going to retrofit the electronics.

If you do the outmotoring solution, you're hacking a hole in the bumper trim anyway, so you'd need to replace that if you decide to remove the hitch before selling.

The VIPcustom solution basically does the same thing as replacing the bumper, just go with whatever one you can get cheaper.
 
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Thank you all for the info, I appreciate it. We were looking at ordering a vehicle as an option anyway, so that definitely sounds most cost effective for the customer in this situation. Again, thank you all for the advice and insight!
 
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Wanted to resurrect this thread as I'm not sure I understand- I'm about to pick up my 2019 F57 Cooper S and was going to ask the dealer to just put the second plate on using the VIP's VPN bike prep kit. If I have the plate installed on the bumper bar, will anything else need to be replaced? I can't imagine that there's much to do besides remove the bumper, attach the new plate on the left side, and put everything back together. Thanks!
 
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