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Please school me on crossbars/roof rack

Discussion in 'General 4Runner Talk' started by taco_runner, Feb 17, 2021.

  1. Feb 17, 2021 at 12:27 PM
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    taco_runner

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    Hi guys, my 2020 TRD ORP is still in stock form. We are planning on a trip somewhere in Sedona, Colorado or Utah in March.

    No rock climbing or anything to that nature. I plan on putting maybe a roof rack or cross bars so I can mount a cargo box, a shovel, and traction pads.

    I don't know what to get and where to begin.. please help.

    Thanks
     
  2. Feb 17, 2021 at 12:39 PM
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    PVT Pablo

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    First I would look into how all those items you want mount, and if there is a factory crossbar mounting option. That would be the cheapest and easiest.
     
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  3. Feb 17, 2021 at 3:12 PM
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    Well if you are going in March I think the factory crossbars are your option.

    Good luck getting a roof rack in a month unless you can find one locally used.
     
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  4. Feb 17, 2021 at 3:20 PM
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    Top tip: use paint protection on the roof before adding a rack
     
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    I have 2021 ORP I had dealer put Toyota cross bars on
    I researched Amazon etc but went with Toyota ones
    Real solid n look nice
    I put fishing rod holder on them, frees up alot of interior room
    Check it out n have fun
     
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  6. Feb 17, 2021 at 4:32 PM
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    Look at some flat rack options like Southern Style Offroad, Victory, and Prinsu.

    Look at some basket rack options like Gobi and Baja racks.

    Look at some options that utilize your stock rails like Rola, Yakima, Nfab, and LFD.

    Decide which one fits your uses, timeline, and budget best.

    Side Note: These aren't your only roof rack options.....just some of the more popular ones.
     
  7. Feb 18, 2021 at 5:07 PM
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    I put on the LFD Ruggedized Crossbar Bundle. For the money it does all I want and looks pretty good. Reasonably easy install from a step ladder. It comes with a wrench but I used my own. I talked to a guy there a week or so ago via email and he said most of their staff is back on the job after a pretty nasty COVID outbreak. They’re about 3 to 4 weeks out I think.
     
  8. Feb 18, 2021 at 5:18 PM
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    I'm looking at that too... did you get the painted stainless ?
     
  9. Feb 18, 2021 at 5:24 PM
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    I got the carbon steel black powder coated. I like that the kit has the Fairing Crossbar for the front. I can say I haven’t noticed any wind noise at all. YMMV
     
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  10. Feb 18, 2021 at 8:16 PM
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    Check out the Yakima Timberline towers (mounts) and Yakima Jetstream bars. The towers strap to the factory side rails and the bars can hold a RTT and at least one middle-aged, 6' tall, 240# man.
     
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  11. Feb 19, 2021 at 6:47 AM
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    Search cargo box. I have factory cross bars but needed a taller option to get my cargo box to clear my shark fin antenna.
     
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  12. Feb 19, 2021 at 6:54 AM
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    My 2018 came with factory rials and cross bars and I added a Thule Force cargo box I got from a local shop. Great thing about that one is that it comes with a space at the end of the box for the shark fin to slide underneath box. So now I can slide the box as far back as the tailgate. And we love the Thule box. Holds a ton of stuff.
     
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    this ⬆️
     
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    Or you can to something like : , which is what I did with 4 bars and use with my cargo box.
     
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    I went with Toyota cross bars as I had an older Yakima sky box that I wanted to continue to use. We did put a Thule canyon XL on our 2011 LC and it’s a nice look/option. Super sturdy. F228DE26-04D7-41D9-A349-A72BEA0D8BD0.jpgA6D8E5D6-2264-42A6-8BFB-7521C5906A75.jpg
     
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    If you look at craigslist or Facebook marketplace you can often find good quality used racks...just look for the ones made to attach to roof rails. Yakima and Thule are two good brands, I have a Thule because nothing is too good for my canoes. Factory crossbars are rated for 130 pounds while a Thule mounted to stock roof rails is rated for 300 pounds. If you spend the money on a new one I'd recommend the models with (quiet) aerodynamic crossbars.
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  17. Feb 22, 2021 at 3:11 PM
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    I just placed my order today. If I want to put more weight on my rack at a later date, I can upgrade by buying their roof rails...
     
  18. Feb 22, 2021 at 3:37 PM
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    Smart choice, I just received my wind fairing yesterday. I have 5 total crossbars from LFD, no complaints and the customer service I've experienced is TOP NOTCH!
     
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    Thank you guys for your invaluable input/feedback !!!
     
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    i like the LFD option, but I worry about it flexing enough that the fairing would hit the roof. Looks like a tight fit.

    Ideally I would buy two bars to keep both cost and weight down. My main purpose is to carry an 80lb, 12ft kayak. Can you see the potential for the fairing to hit the roof as it flexes here and there on a rough road?
     
  21. Mar 6, 2021 at 11:02 AM
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    If you look at a front view of the fairing on LFD’s website, specifically the bundle page, it shows a fairing with a straight bottom and a piece of rubber along the bottom. The one that now comes with the kit is cut up and down in the same pattern as the roof. In fact, I had not noticed that until the kit I ordered came with the rubber strip and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to put it on. I emailed LFD and got a quick reply that the redesigned fairing isn’t straight like the picture, which I had never noticed either. The reply said that it should be fine without the rubber now.

    All that said, I don’t really see how one could get enough weight on just the front crossbar to flex it down a quarter inch, which is about how much space there is between the bottom edge of the fairing and the roof. If all you really need is two crossbars then by all means just get two. You can spend the extra cash on other stuff. I got the kit on sale for Black Friday and saved some coin. Plus I like the way it looks with the fairing on it. Good luck and let me know what kayak mounts you use. I haven’t had mine long enough for a kayak trip but my kayak is calling me today as it’s beautiful outside.
     
  22. Mar 6, 2021 at 3:03 PM
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    Thanks for the detailed response! I’m gonna have to get them ordered soon since I’m not sure of their lead time, and lakes are starting to melt. :)

    Last year I was using my Sienna’s stock rack and rails to move my kayak around. I bought a couple of foam blocks that had the slight V shape to use down the middle of smaller kayaks. However, since mine is wide and flat bottomed I cut the two foam blocks in half to use on each side of a crossrail. Very easy to cinch the yak down very firmly. I'm intending to reuse the same or similar foam blocks but create a mount so I can quickly take them on or off the rails. Right now, they slip over the aero bar which is a pain because they are almost tearing when you stretch them over. The LFD mounts will probably be too big to just stretch them over.

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