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I am going to have a sunroof installed on my new 2016 Colorado. After that I am considering roof rails to accommodate a Yakima canoe rack. I would rather not have to have the large ladder rack installed. Does anyone know if the roof can accommodate a sunroof and roof rails?
 

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Great question... I'm still trying to understand why a sunroof is not an option
From what I have read the Sunroof option will be available in the 2018 model year. To the OP, remember that sunroof equipped vehicles have more roof reinforcement added because of the sunroof so if you're planning on adding a sunroof to your truck be aware your roof may not meet the OEM safety requirement standard in a roll over.
 

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also, check your options before just putting the cheapest sunroof in. if the body lines on the hood don't match perfectly, you may have a leak or whistle. since the drains aren't built in from factory, it may be tricky and cause a leak. I wouldn't put one in mine, but if you are going to put one in, make sure its done right. ive seen a lot of disasters with them
 

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I am going to have a sunroof installed on my new 2016 Colorado. After that I am considering roof rails to accommodate a Yakima canoe rack. I would rather not have to have the large ladder rack installed. Does anyone know if the roof can accommodate a sunroof and roof rails?
This is just my opinion but roof rails are fine and usually cause no problem and you can get the 'clamp' type that grab the door frames.

I would shy away from the after-market sun roof for a some of the reasons already mentioned but especially on a vehicle that you take off road and subject to possible body twisting especially if any cross/support bracing was cut for the installation (the sun roof frame does not provide equal strength compensation). They also ALWAYS eventually leak, I used to install these back in the 80's and they don't appear to have gotten any better.

My own personal reasons are for safety, if I'm in a vehicle that is more likely to be involved in a rollover because of off-roading activity or it just plain having a higher center of gravity, the last thing I want is an instant hole above my head when the glass breaks and the cab crushes down. This is a personal paranoia however as we all choose our own acceptable level of risk.
 
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