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Installing Rago Fabrication Modular Panel - 3rd gen 4runner - **Pictures!**

Discussion in '3rd Gen 4Runners (1996-2002)' started by ramonortiz55, Jul 6, 2017.

  1. Jul 6, 2017 at 9:50 AM
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    ramonortiz55

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    I was able to obtain a 3rd gen 4runner Rago Fabrication Modular panel for my rear side windows.

    These panels will require drilling trim and removing the back cargo panels for proper installation.

    I highly recommend:

    1. Beer.

    2. A friend to help you - This is not a solo job.

    3. Time - This is not a job you want to start after work, during the week. You will need at least half a day to install both panels.



    You will need a rivnut tool, a drill, a step bit that steps up to at least 3/4" diameter, and 1/8" pilot bit, and a 25/64" drill bit.

    The 25/64" drill bit is important since the holes for the rivnuts must be EXACT. I recommend making sure the rivnuts in the packaging are all the same diameter and the drill bit is sized accordingly. There can not be room for error here.



    Make sure you have a helper. Even if it is your feline.



    First order of business is to remove the rear cargo panels. The first thing to be removed is the hatch floor trim -





    Next, remove the top panel where the hatch light is at.



    This is done by removing the light cover:



    Removing the four screws and the bulb:



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    Pry the lighting bracket away from the roof trim carefully and pull out the power plug:



    at the ends of the roof trim there will be two small brass screws, remove these as well:



    Now the top trim can be removed by pulling firmly:





    Next we remove cargo cover brackets, removing the visible bolts will release them





    The shoulder panel must now be removed (picture was taken before I removed the cargo cover bracket):



    To remove the shoulder panel, the door floor trim must be removed, locate two screws and remove the door floor trim by firmly pulling away.



    The shoulder trim can now be removed by pulling firmly. No screws are located on the shoulder trim.



    The main cargo panel can now be removed. In this case, the passenger side:





    We will now locate the TWO outer holes where the trim fasteners push into. In the picture below, you will see four holes below the window. It is the two outer holes.



    Pointing at the left and right hole respectively:





    Once they have been located - drill out the hole to the size of the rivnut:



    Use the step bit to de-burr the holes. We want nice clean holes to set the rivnut:



    Test fit and set rivnut:





     
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  2. Jul 6, 2017 at 9:50 AM
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    ramonortiz55

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    Drink Beer. Pet Cat.

    Next:

    A pilot hole will be drilled from the BACK end of the trim panel.

    Remember where the rivnuts are?

    The trim fasteners that were in this location are now obsolete. Remove them from their seats on the back of the panel. Use the center of the fastener seat to create your pilot hole.



    Grab the step bit and drill out to 3/4" hole, stopping periodically to check the fitment of the aluminum spacer. You want a nice snug fit. Don't over drill. Be patient.



    You can barely see the rim of the fastener seat thru the hole. Use it to make sure you are centered.



    Test the spacer for a nice, snug fit.



    This is what the back end will look like:



    Once the hole in the trim is complete - it will be centered against the rivnuts:



    Drill your second hole and install the panel, yes. INSTALL it. Make sure all the fasteners clip in place. Make sure it doesn't wobble. Make sure it is set to STAY. You will see why. This is important.

    Install the top brackets on the modular panel:







    Install modular panel (top brackets not shown here):



    Side view for clarity:



    Next make sure your friend is holding the panel to where the brackets are away from the window - I have it about a 1/4" clearance.

    Use the slotted holes in the bracket to center the pilot bit, drill thru the trim and mark a location in the metal beyond the trim. This will locate where the rivnut goes.

    Next, drill out the trim hole with the step bit in the same manner as mentioned before, drill your hole for the rivnut and set rivnut.

    The finished spacer install should look like this:



    Once the second location has been drilled and set, the panel can now be installed:





    Same installation procedure for the passenger side:



    Install goods and enjoy!

     
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  3. Jul 6, 2017 at 10:00 AM
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    jtdashark

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    What's the purpose of the panels?
     
  4. Jul 6, 2017 at 10:02 AM
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    ramonortiz55

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    See the last picture above :)
     
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  5. Jul 6, 2017 at 7:13 PM
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    Nice write up on the DIY install! These Rago panels are on my build list and can't wait to install and put them to good use. How and/or what are you planning to use to mount items on with … Carabiners, Bungee Hooks?
     
  6. Jul 7, 2017 at 2:32 PM
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    both!

    I have a bunch of stuff on mail order.. ill be posting pics soon
     
  7. Jul 21, 2017 at 2:47 PM
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    These on sale yet?!
     
  8. Jul 21, 2017 at 9:19 PM
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    umm

    the pics are up there :confused:
     
  9. Jul 21, 2017 at 9:20 PM
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