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Just spent an entertaining afternoon fitting the factory roof bars and one of my two new Audi cycle racks. Audi's instructions are worse than Ikea's so made a coupe of schoolboy errors but got there in the end. Now I know how it all works, should be quite simple to take off and refit as needed.

One time saving tip if you have not fitted bars before, they are front and back specific. Doh!


Some pix before my test drive.

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Just spent an entertaining afternoon fitting the factory roof bars and one of my two new Audi cycle racks. Audi's instructions are worse than Ikea's so made a coupe of schoolboy errors but got there in the end. Now I know how it all works, should be quite simple to take off and refit as needed.

One time saving tip if you have not fitted bars before, they are front and back specific. Doh!


Some pix before my test drive.

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Hi Warburton62,

was it difficult to get the bikes up on the roof?,we got a couple of the hydraulic ones that you can load from the side and then lift them up and on.

Rich
 

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Warbutton,

You're a better man than me. I'm fine with fitting the bars but the cycle carrier (bought yesterday) simply won't attach to them

The carrier Audi have supplied is Part number

8E0 071 128A

The connecting bolts are simply to short to go around the Q5 bars.

Am I doing something stupid or have Audi sold me the wrong part?

Any ideas appreciated..........or a close up of how the carrier connects to the bars would be wonderful.

Hope the test drive went well

Sparko
 

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Warbutton,

You're a better man than me. I'm fine with fitting the bars but the cycle carrier (bought yesterday) simply won't attach to them

The carrier Audi have supplied is Part number

8E0 071 128A

The connecting bolts are simply to short to go around the Q5 bars.

Am I doing something stupid or have Audi sold me the wrong part?

Any ideas appreciated..........or a close up of how the carrier connects to the bars would be wonderful.

Hope the test drive went well

Sparko
Sparko - yes you definitely have the right ones. I think you have fallen into the same trap I did at first.

You actually don't need those clips that fit around the bars. When you unpack, you should find some bolts already fitted. They have square plates at end (about 1 cm sq) which locate into the channels down the middle of the bars. Two at fron and one at back these shold screw into cack of quick release handles. I found this out after I had spent nearly an hour forcing the long rubber seals into the channels.

I will try to take photo for you when I take them off later.
 

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Hi Warburton62,

was it difficult to get the bikes up on the roof?,we got a couple of the hydraulic ones that you can load from the side and then lift them up and on.

Rich
*Just* about Rich - I am medium height (5'11") and I can stretch up to get the wheels into the bottom channels. Then step into open back door to adjust and tighten. You need to grip the bike right at bottom of down tube and front fork - helps having a reasonably light bike. I got these racks from Audi as a freebies for cocking up my DAB, I think I would have gone for something like you suggest if was buying myself.
 

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Warburton, thanks

So I too have wasted ages getting those rubber strips into place and wondering why the carrier appeared to have blank bolts - there's a big cross next to them in the useless IKEA style instructions so I had assumed they were redundant. Looks like I have a happy hour tomorrow morning putting it all together.

So the rubber strip is in fact redundant.

Thanks for going to the trouble of posting another pic - it's a great help

Sparko
 

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My pleasure Sparko,

I wondered why the rubber was not pre fitted. I think I will cut it to fit in-between where the bike racks are or either side. It should reduce wind noise a bit.

Hope you get it all sorted
 
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