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So thinking about roof rack challenges and I had an idea. Why not cut the drip rail off a junkyard RC and the weld it to the pillar between the glass and the hatch?  Then I can use any roof rack gutter mounts I want.
 

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The problem is that the gutters are made to be pinched in between several pieces of metal.  Just tacking one onto the side of the body is not going to be very strong as it's going to be mounted at a right angle to the sheetmetal and the sheetmetal itself is pretty thin.  In the end, any roof rack that mounts to rain gutters is not a very strong rack as the rain gutters were never designed to be a mount for anything and are just thin sheetmetal themselves.  A roof rack that is going to carry anything more than it's own weight is going to need to be bolted to something more solid and have multiple mounting points.
 
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