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How To: Roof Rack Removal/ Install

Discussion in '4th Gen 4Runners (2003-2009)' started by wnelax04sr5, Jul 25, 2015.

  1. Jul 25, 2015 at 11:43 AM
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    wnelax04sr5

    wnelax04sr5 [OP] Moderator Staff Member

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    If you don't like your roof rack and want to remove it or swap it for a different style, or if you don't have one and want to add it, this will detail the steps needed to take off and put on an OEM style roof rack. this does not apply to a gobi or WMW rack.

    Step 1: Using a flathead screwdriver, gently ply off the caps on each of the four corners. emphasis on gently
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    Step 2: With the caps off, use a 12mm socket to loosen and remove the two bolts on all four corners.
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    Step 3:
    There are rubber stoppers that slide in the tracks at the rear of the vehicle. push these out then remove the cross bars. taking the cross bars out makes it much more manageable to take it off the vehicle
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    Step 4: Gently work the rails back and forth until the rubber seal breaks off the roof, and you can remove them, and now will have a naked roof.

    Before starting installation, I organized my corner pieces, rails, and caps so that I could grab and go once i stared. you will not want to be searching for parts or hardware while youre trying to put the rack together.
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    Step 5:
    Put on the front corner pieces with the bolts in loosely. if you tighten them too much you won't be able to manipulate the rack to put the rails and cross bars in.
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    Step 6: Next step for me was to insert the rails into the front corner pieces.

    *Pictures are going to be sparse from here on out because everything needed two hands and i couldn't stop

    Step 7: Slide the cross bars in from the back and move them reasonably far to the front. This is most easily accomplished with two people, but is doable alone
    Step 8:Once the cross bars are in, you can insert the rear corner pieces into the rails and loosely bolt them down
    Step 9: On the inside of every rail where it meets the corners, there is a threaded hole for a bolt that secures the rail to the corners, now would be the time to tighten these down
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    Step 10: Once everything is attached loosely and set the way you want it, work diagonally to tighten down every bolt.
    Step 11: Add the caps to the corners and you're done!
    Before:
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    After:
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  2. Aug 3, 2015 at 6:11 AM
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    Garypi

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    Thanks. Looks easy enough even for me.
     
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  3. Aug 3, 2015 at 3:16 PM
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    wnelax04sr5

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    if you can turn a wrench, you can do this. give yourself a little credit lol
     
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  4. Dec 12, 2018 at 11:02 AM
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    Tealfeathers

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    What is the make and model of the new rack you are installing here? I can't seem to figure out what the round bar style is called.
     
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