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I got a Chevy G20 with a barn door. The slider hardware interferes with where I've traditionally mounted roof racks. There's some fakakta bracket screwed into the roof of the thing that looks like it's supposed to act as a surrogate rack holder, but half the screws have rusted out and I'm pretty sure if I put a load of lumber on there and went around a hard right curve the entire thing would rip right off the roof.

Anybody have any idea what I'm talking about?
 

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I haven't tried yet because I didn't want to go out and get one and have it not fit.

On the G van the slider track is really really tight up against the gutter. In addition to that, that is a piece of metal track of some kind installed on the roof about 5 inches north of the gutter. I was wondering if that was Chevy's solution to this or if this is something the previous owner installed that I just don't understand. The service manual doesn't say anything about it and the previous owner is deceased, so he's not going to say much either.
 

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Actually I just looked at mine and the door goes right up to the gutter. Whoops. I was just over at hd a few minutes ago, they guy next to me had a van with the weather gaurd clamp on racks. They don't look too intrusive. They only look to be about 1/8-3/16" steel. If they do interfere just mount them forward of and to the rear of where the door is when it's closed. When opened it should stick out far enough so it's a non issue.
 

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Did the previous owner die trying to put a rack on? Need pics to see what you're talking about but to my knowledge most racks install on the rain gutters and they don't need much clearance at the sliding door. If it's that tight I would think the door is out of alignment.

I have a Safari rack on my Ford with no issues. I would say the previous owner installed something on the roof.
 
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