BMWBMW 3 series four door saloon (2005 to 2010)
also known as - BMW M3 four door saloon, BMW 3 series saloon (E90)
Whispbar roof bars package - S6 bars with K380...
Whispbar™ is without any doubt the most advanced roof bar system on the planet. It's easy to fit, is almost silent in use, and has negligible impact on fuel consumption. And because it looks superb you're likely to leave it in place semi-permanently. This is the "Original Equipment" look, with closed end bars; these look very neat but if you have a lot of gear to carry then check out the longer "through bar" option.
To see how these bars fit onto this vehicle check out this pdf:
These aren’t cheap bars, so what’s the “best value” claim? Part of the genius of the Whispbar system is that the same 'Smartfoot' is used for every type of roof type, including raised roof rails, flush mounted roof rails, T-tracks, Fixpoints, clamp on systems, even cars with gutters – it’s just a question of which adapter kit you use. Unless you move e.g. from a wide vehicle to a narrow one you'll only need to buy a new adapter kit when you change car. No other roof bar system provides such flexibility. You pay a bit more to start with, but the ongoing costs should be considerably less.
Other features and specifications:
Whispbar was recently purchased by Yakima, one of the two largest brands in the global car rack systems sector. Whispbar was the culmination of many years of design and innovation by Hubco Automotive; their chief designer transferred his aeronautical design experience and know how to the roof rack sector, working closely with the engineering school at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
To summarise, Whispbar is the bells and whistles system without the whistles!
But don’t just take our word for it – hear it for yourself. Whispbar engineers built a mini wind tunnel especially for the Frankfurt Automechanika trade fair in September 2008. Turn up the speaker volume and be blown away!
As an arm twister, a thank you for buying from us, and to show off these incredibly useful products, we'll include one free Fasty HANDY with every set of bars you buy, while stocks last - see pop up link for details. We're also running a Fasty straps HALF PRICE promotion for customers who buy a set of roof bars from us.
The aim of this note is to persuade you that kayaks should always be tied to the carrying vehicle at both bow and stern.
Untied kayaks have, in our experience, the greatest potential for a roof bar or kayak carrier failure. The massive forces that untied kayaks can generate have even been known to snap roof bar fixing bolts with the result that a complete assembly of roof bars and kayaks has ended up on the road. We know that this has happened with almost every brand of roof bar, and regardless of whether the kayaks are on a special carrier or just strapped to the bars.
You need to fix bow and stern lines, probably using the front and rear screw-in towing eyes to get strong and accessible fixing points on the vehicle. Kayak shops should be able to provide suitable 'paracord' for this purpose. It is cheap and readily available online. Alternatively, Thule makes the QuickDraw 838 which we have listed together with every kayak carrier we sell.
Please note that kayaks should be strapped to the roof bars, or to kayak carriers, using straps that are suitable for the purpose, e.g. 25mm polypropylene straps with strong buckles. Bungee cords must never be used.
Please also note that all roof bar instructions point out the dangers of carrying unsecured long items, as of course do all kayak carrier instructions.
If you tie down your kayaks you almost certainly won't experience a product failure. If you don't you may or may not get away with it. If there is a disaster and the kayaks end up on the road, separated from the vehicle, then you were not using tie downs and you have subjected the roof bars to forces for which they were not designed. The costs of sorting this out are yours, not ours, and you may also have difficulties with your insurers.
We're sorry to be so firm about this, but "things coming off the tops of cars" is the stuff of nightmares, and we want to do all we can to prevent accidents of this sort from happening.
Delivery charges and arrangements:
We charge a contribution towards delivery costs, depending on what you order, where you live, and how quickly you want the goods.
For most UK addresses, the charge for our two to three day service is £5.50 (£9.50 for orders including a roof box) and our charge for Next Working Day deliveries is £8.50 (£12.50 for orders involving a roof box). AutoSock, shoe chains, RUD i-Sock, and small spare parts, are charged £3.95 (Royal Mail Tracked), £4.95 (Royal Mail Express Tracked) or £5.95 (express courier, usually Next Working Day).
There are different charges for any delivery including a sea crossing, and deliveries to Skye - we will contact you with a quote on receipt of order.
Orders for Next Working Day delivery need to be received by 4.00pm.
There are no deliveries on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays, except for postable items where Royal Mail has a Saturday delivery. Next Working Day orders placed on a Friday will be delivered on the Monday, Next Working Day orders placed on a Saturday will be delivered on the Tuesday.
We are very flexible with our deliveries and will aim to deliver on a day and at an address which suits you. Goods can usually be left without signature - we prefer this with roof boxes. There's a "Special Delivery Instructions" box in the checkout area where we'll ask you to choose a typical instruction and then amend it to suit your particular requirements.
No retailer or courier company can ever "guarantee" a Next Working Day delivery. All courier companies occasionally have the same transport problems as can happen to everyone else, including snow blocked roads, closed roads, traffic jams, mechanical breakdown, an inability to find the delivery address, or to gain access to it if, for example, it's in a block of flats. We work with some of the best couriers in the business, and overall they provide an outstanding service.
How come we can describe, honestly, a set of roof bars priced at £169.95 as "your best choice for long term value"? Easily. To start with, there are three things you need to know:
2. There's 42cm of adjustment on a "through bar" so you'd only need to buy replacement bars if you move from a wide vehicle to a narrow one, or vice versa. This is unlikely, but in any event you can buy the roof bar blades on their own.
3. Prorack users will usually only need to buy a new fitting kit when they change vehicle, only £24.95 a time.
So, let's assume that you move from a car with gutterless fittings to one with Fixpoints to one with raised roof rails. The maths looks like this, comparing Prorack with Thule's aluminium roof bar systems:
First vehicle (gutterless):
Thule is £30.10 cheaper (18%) than Prorack at Our Price.
Second vehicle (Fixpoint):
Prorack saving is £19.80 (9%) at Our Price, £100.35 at RRP (34%).
Third vehicle (raised roof rails)
Prorack saving is £51.70 (19%) at Our Price, £150.40 at RRP (41%).
We're assuming that you won't also need to change the Thule aluminium aerobars when you change vehicle. The reality is that Thule bars only have 23cm of adjustment compared to 42cm on Prorack bars, so you're more likely to need a change of Thule aerobars as well, Our Price £55.00 (£76.25 at RRP), especially when you move to the car with roof rails.