Roof rack mods for Volt
I have come up with modifications that now enable a roof rack and die down points on my 2011 Volt. I am using the old Bic Sport Rack roof rack, but since the hooks that are meant to be pinched by the doors are to thick to allow that, I cut off the hook straps and used lashing straps to loop around and lash inside. This has the advantage of being thinner for the doors to shut upon, since just the webbing of the strap is against the weather stripping. It has the disadvantage of kind of getting in the way of seeing backwards using the rear view mirror, since the strap/cam is there. But at least it is not right in my face while driving. For the back tie down points I bought 18" "soft loop tie down straps" (loops sewn on both ends) which then get looped through the D rings inside the back hatch (meant for cargo tie down). The tie down straps are just laid down before closing the hatch. About 6" of strap loop then sticks out, through which a rope can be tied. In front I attached two "tie down anchors" that I bought at Home Depot. I tapped 1/4" threads into the bottom of the frame, just past where the plastic shield near the front bumper ends. Tapping was necessary since there is no way to get a nut into the channel of the frame. Since the D-rings flop back and forth, when not in use they can be swing up and back, where the bracket holds them up and flat. When a rope is tied to them, the front 2" rubber skirt has to be tucked flat before the rope is made taught. Pictures are below/attached.