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Roof Rack Needed

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by trevsky22, Oct 14, 2020.

  1. Oct 14, 2020 at 10:47 AM
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    trevsky22

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    Hey all, I'm new to the 4Runner family and just got my 2020 SR5. With the snowboarding season coming up I'm looking for a reasonably priced full length roof rack. I've looked at options like Gobi, but I'm not ready to pay an arm and a leg. Any recommendations?
     
  2. Oct 14, 2020 at 11:42 AM
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    Victory4x4 is a great option, only catch imo is that you have to buy t-slot bolts online to fit the 80/20 crossbars and nothing I found at the big box stores would work.

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  3. Oct 14, 2020 at 11:52 AM
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    So the rack doesn't come with all of the necessary bolts to mount? Or are the t-slot bolts something you added to the rack for mounting accessories?
     
  4. Oct 14, 2020 at 11:58 AM
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    It comes with all the hardware to mount to the roof, I was referring to the bolts to attach anything to the crossbars. Sorry for the confusion.
     
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  5. Oct 14, 2020 at 12:46 PM
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    They are all pricey ! I feel your pain
    I've been holding off buying a rack. I have the factory roof rack with crossbars that I carry a 16 ft. canoe with.
    Searching online there are companies like Yakima and thule that make less expensive racks
    best of luck in your search.......post some photos of your rig when you find something.
     
  6. Oct 14, 2020 at 1:42 PM
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    UpTop Overland makes a nice rack. Couple different versions and price points. I myself am waiting for them to to do a 3/4 version. It's something they've considered but haven't done yet. I like their design due to the fact the front faring doesn't touch the roof. Unlike others were the fairing rests on roof. Waiting patiently.
     
  7. Oct 14, 2020 at 1:50 PM
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    I've been pretty happy with Prinsu.
     
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  8. Oct 14, 2020 at 1:55 PM
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    Where are you located? I may have a Baja Rack for sale which I would recommend anyway. I'm just getting rid of my 2014 for a 2019 TRD Pro that already has a rack.
     
  9. Oct 14, 2020 at 1:59 PM
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    I'm in Southern California...
     
  10. Oct 14, 2020 at 2:10 PM
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    another vote for prinsu if I was going to do a rack. Best rack I had for my Tacoma and no noise at all. I am still torn on doing a rack for the 4 runner but if I do It will either be prinsu or just adding the cross bars that victory or lfd have. Most likely lfd since victory doesn’t keep much inventory in stock
     
  11. Oct 14, 2020 at 3:03 PM
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    Okay, so I'm sitting here, feeling like a putz supreme because I have been thisclose to putting my bolt-together DIY roof rack together for like... months now.
    I have the ideas of how it all goes together, but the entire process has been fraught with setbacks (as have all of my other mods), mostly quality issues with tools and materials but also stock, shipping, and the occasional bad supply vendor, which has almost always been shamazon-related.

    I CAN recommend going with aluminum extrusion profiles, because I've spent months trying to fabricate the roof channel mounting with only basic hand tools, and steel just has too many drawbacks compared to aluminum. I've tested multiple steel brackets that I made, and one stupid purchase for ~$160 (only four brackets, at that) and all of them seem to have too much flex, while no powder coat or paint is gonna save those things from rusting the second you scrape it off... and that is how they came to me, and how my own were the second I put hardware in them for a test fit. My own untreated brackets rusted the stainless steel bolt, and would have infected my captured-nut threads had I not anticipated this result and gooped in antisieze during my test.
    Every type of hardware I tried corroded in relatively dry Texas, within a few days of installing... except stainless steel, and aluminum of course. The worst was the blackened grade 8 that so many people on here say is good 'nuff, but trust me it isn't... that junk turns red real fast, and that supposedly "tough" zinc-oxide coating doesn't protect at all, nor did the shiny zinc galvanized stuff though it didn't fail so spectacularly.

    Anyhow, the best site I found for my chosen slot size (20mm series metric, which is commonly used for CNC mills, 3D printers, and such) was MiSumi USA, though it is difficult to use that site until you play with it... and I never did figure out on my own how to order special machining.
    Their prices after I calculated shipping were better than every other company, and they had the coolest shapes and hardware to add on- you can legit use their products to build robotic arms that deploy outta your roof rack, if you have the ability otherwise... I sure don't lol. I spent like, $500 more than I needed to, because not much info is out there that actually pertains to using this stuff for a rack, but none of it will go to waste, because it will also make a great structural frame for a pop-up, mobile workshop etc.

    I also suggest that you look into the C-Beam 20mm V-Slot, which I got from Makerstore USA. When it comes to "C" shaped rail, they had the best prices and shipping and the products (I also bought 20x80 rail for the main mounts) were in fine shape when I got them. Again, lots of amazing stuff on their site as well, but they are also a much more "consumer-friendly" site, where MiSumi is much more complicated, but still easy enough (and FUN!) to use.
    I highly recommend a combination of both, because they each have hardware that is expensive to get elsewhere, like brackets and long nuts.


    For stainless bolts, most nuts, washers etc I suggest going on shamazon or eelbay, but I have had great luck surprisingly with a few cheapie Chinese manufacturers that sell genuinely good hardware. MeWuDecor sells a LOT of good stainless hardware, as do SUTEMRIBOR, Bolt Dropper, and Glarks. AVOID "Cyful", as they sent me nothing but fake stainless, which was also so badly out of dimension that they each looked like a unique impressionist painting of an actual bolt.
    Finding good, cheap, available stainless hardware was a chore for me, so I hope these can be of use to anyone needing such.

    For rubber gasketing (which you will probably want for some surfaces including the roof itself) I also suggest the above-mentioned site, and to purchase 1/16" (~1.5mm) thick SBR sheeting, which I found in 4" x 36" and have been very impressed with so far. I use Bolt Dropper neoprene stainless washers as well as butyl rubber "tape" to keep out moisture. You can also find similar (probably the exact same lol) EPDM rubber in various dimensions for other projects, like making new splash guards for the wheel wells, or sealing you sharkfin hole, if that's your bag.

    I recently pressure washed, soaped up, and pressure washed some more to test out my waterproofing methods on my sharkfin and rack delete (until I finish my mounts), and there was zero water intrusion, and It also has been outside like this for a couple weeks.
     
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    Oops... forgot to mention in that novel- I *could* get all of my materials for ~$500, but I needed to try other things anyway so invested in extra tools and materials.
    Also, my rack will be a 3/4 and full, depending on how I want it at the time... it's an old-timey convertible for now.
    Eventually will go full-blown Inspector Gadget with slides, motor mounts and all kinds of zany nonsense, because I like to party.
     
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    Pictures?
     
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    I have it all dismantled and out of the way for now, but I did take a couple pics of the C beam and 20x80 from when I was brainstorming...20200915_170814.jpg 20200914_153221.jpg
    Here are the current roof shots, in case anyone wants to know what a low-profile, ugly DIY sharkfin plug looks like...20201014_162238.jpgAnd the temporary rack delete...
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    That's dust and reflections, not rust btw. And that butyl rubber sealant is very sticky, but works amazingly even in triple digit heat.
     
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    I have a 3/4 Front Runner and it’s great. The faring doesn’t touch the roof and it’s quiet. It’s super strong, you can easily stand on it. Three big guys could stand on it. You can order a ton of accessories for it, or make your own. Aluminum is best though, but I couldn’t find a platform style like a Front Runner in aluminum. For just a plain low profile rack like everyone makes, I think Greenlane is best, because it’s aluminum.
     
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    They also have a pretty decent mounting setup, but unfortunately they wouldn't sell me just that so I could mount my own stuff. Understandable, at least they didn't try to BS me about the reason like a couple others did.
    If I was buying one instead of needing to build, I'd have gone with Greenlane.
     
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    Why are you buying a full length rack for snowboards? Use the factory crossbars, put some mounts on them, and call it a day. Spent the extra $1000 on next years ski passs.
     
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    I have a Westcott design roof rack, call Jeff and ask about them, he is also on instagram under westcott designs
     
  20. Oct 15, 2020 at 5:10 AM
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    Yeah...what he said should work fine?
     
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