5th Gen 4Runner Ladder Installation (Step by Step Gobi Ladder Install)
If you are like most 5th Gen 4Runner owners out there, odds are you have a roof rack. If you don’t have a roof rack, you are probably looking at options.
After you buy a roof rack, you need a way to get up there. It’s a pain in the ass standing on your tires every time you have to throw some cargo on your roof. Gobi makes the industry standard for accessing the 4Runner roof rack.
The only problem that I have with the Gobi ladder, like the Gobi rack for the 5th Gen 4Runner is that everyone has one. It’s still a badass roof rack, but everyone has one. The same applies to the Gobi ladder, everyone has one.
But, we don’t have too many options in the ladder department. With that being said, we bought a Gobi ladder. After seeing it, holding it and installing it, it does feel pretty cheap.
It’s super light and the actual bars and steps are really thin. We will be taking this rack into our fab shop and changing things up a bit. But, in the meantime, let’s jump into the super easy installation of the Gobi Ladder.
This really was a simple install. Just measuring some things up, peel back some 3M tape and stick it on. If you have any questions about the install process, please leave us a comment below.
- NOTE: You should get new struts – Aftermarket Liftgate Struts: Check Price
Without upgraded struts, your liftgate will sag. This is incredibly annoying when the hatch falls on you while you are grabbing something from the cargo area.
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Step #1 – Measuring Distance from Gutter for Top Plate
All of these steps are pretty simple but start here. Measure the distance from gutter edge out 3 1/4″. This is where you want to set your top plate for the Gobi Ladder.
Step #2 – Marking Top Plate
After you measure and set your top plate in the correct position, mark your spot with blue masking tape or whatever you have on hand. Blue masking tape will probably work best.
Step #3 – Leveling Gobi Ladder
Set the ladder on top of the bolts, on the frame plate. Jump back down and level your ladder.
Step #4 – Marking Bottom Portion of Ladder
Once you have leveled your ladder, mark your spot again for the bottom portion of the Gobi Ladder.
Step #5 – Understanding How Bottom Mount Works
For a moment, you should understand how the bottom mount connects to the actual ladder. It’s simple. The bottom plate sucks up underneath the rear hatch and into the bottom of the gobi ladder.
Step #6 – Cleaning Surface on Top and Bottom
After you have marked your spots with blue masking tape, clean everything.
Step #7 – Remove 3M Tape and Press Down
Once you are cleaned up, you are ready to remove your 3M tape backing and press down your top plate.
Step #8 – Top Plate Attached to 4Runner Top Hatch
You only get one really good shot at this, so take your time. Place your plate back on the marked edge and press down firmly until all corners are fastened with the 3M tape.
Step #9 – Remove 3M Tape and Press Down Bottom Ladder
Remove the 3M tape on the bottom of the ladder and repeat the same process as above. Press down firmly at the marked location you have set using the blue masking tape. Once the bottom of your Gobi ladder is down, you can remove your tape.
Step #10 – Connecting Bottom Hatch Attachment
Time to connect the lower plate to the bottom hatch and screw down. Gobi provides a set of allen screws that you can tighten down to the underside of the hatch. There is also 3M tape on this underside. So, make sure you have everything lined up and press it down.
Step #11 – Setting Bottom Hatch Hardware
After you are pressed on, it is time to tighten everything up. You are all set!
Step #12 – Setting Top Hatch Hardware
Once the bottom is buttoned up, you can set the top hardware and finally reach that roof rack you were standing on your tires to access. The Gobi ladder doesnt get in the way at all of our rack. And, so many people out there have this ladder on their 4Runner so you should be good to buy this ladder, no matter what you have.
Don’t forget to check out the BajaRack ladder as they have a similar product but a different design. Some people like that ladder a little more. The Gobi ladder is straight while the BajaRack ladder has a slight curve to it. It’s pretty rad.
(What Gobi Says’ after you place an order – Classic Gobi)
Your order has been added to our production queue.
- Please review your order for accuracy and see attached invoice for complete details.
- If anything is incorrect with your order please email us as soon as possible.
- If all order information is correct please reply: – ORDER INFO APPROVED
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PLEASE NOTE – We do not provide tracking numbers on GOBI Roof Rack shipments because
the freight company will have to contact you personally to schedule a delivery date and time.
GOBI ROOF RACK ORDER REMINDER:
- GOBI roof rack production lead times may vary depending on the build and customization of each order.
- Usually, there is a MINIMUM 12-16 weeks production lead time.
- Please allow a minimum of 8-10 weeks before requesting status updates.
- Because we make each rack to order, we need any corrections or inaccurate information changed ASAP.
GOBI ACCESSORY ORDER REMINDER:
- Accessory production lead time is 4-6 weeks.
- Please confirm with a GOBI representative on current lead-times when placing order. (Lead times may vary*)
- Because our accessories are made specifically to fit each type of GOBI rack please verify that all information is correct on your order.
- All GOBI Accessories are shipped FEDEX ground when ready.
Please contact us at 720.479.9372 or respond directly to this email if you have any questions or corrections to your confirmation. (Gobi Contact Info: 720.479.9372 and www.gobiracks.com).
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