Top 15 5th Gen 4Runner Roof Racks: Complete Buyers Guide (Updated 2022)

Roof Racks for 5th Gen 4Runner

Best Roof Racks for the 5th Gen 4Runner: Full-Length Racks & Small Basket Roof Racks – We covered them all!

Below you will find an overview of the top (most common) roof racks that every 5th Gen 4Runner owner should consider.

Whether you are an avid offroader whose looking for the extra space, occasional thrill-seeker, or weekend warrior, below is a good resource to help you consider the platform that is right for your needs. From the affordable baskets like the Yakima to the more expensive options like Gobi, FrontRunner, and many of the top CNC roof racks on the market, we covered top options.

Recently, we wrote a post on the top 10 mods and general accessories, while racks were mentioned last they are certainly not the least important. When it comes to off-roading and on your daily driver, roof racks are something that can be used for a wide variety of applications.

This addition might be one of the most practical mods you can do. With a good platform, you can store off-road gear, weekend accessories, and even the most random of uses like picking up that oversized Christmas tree.

Roof racks are a great addition for anyone who takes their rig off-roading, takes road trips, day trips, and ofcourse for families that need a little more storage up top. While we have plenty of space inside our 4Runner, it is always nice to have extra storage up top.

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Roof Racks For 5th Gen 4Runner - Cavalry Blue 4Runner With Cali Raised LED Roof Rack

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General Gear: There are hundreds of general items you can throw on a rack. We have seen several 4Runners with storage boxes, gun cases, recovery gear, bikes, kayaks, snowboards, skis, recovery boards, camping gear, travel gear, overland gear, fuel storage, water storage, off-road jacks, shovels, and of course the Rooftop Tent.

Lighting: You can run spotlights, flood lights, light bars, marker lights, raptor lights, chase lights, scene lights, reverse lights and so much more. There are many companies that make off-road lights that can be mounted in a wide variety of configurations so getting creative here is fun. Do your research and find what light combination suits your needs best.

Extra Tire: If your 4Runner has 34″+ tires that can no longer fit in the spare location you can place a spare tire on top. You always have the aftermarket bumper ($2000+) with a swing-out or a spare tire carrier like the RIGd UltraSwing option but that comes with a larger cost. With a quality rack, you can always throw your spare tire on top.

Dirty Gear: With dirty gear, it’s nice to have the option to throw stuff on top of your 4Runner instead of the rear cargo area. If you need to transport firewood, for example, many racks are fully capable of holding large amounts of this and other items that may get your cargo area dirty. A good option to carry firewood on your roof rack is the Wood Gaiter by High Road Adventure Gear.

Family Needs: If you are the family type like most of us, roof racks are great. We have used our current system for things like our Christmas Tree, daughters tree-house, bikes, sleds, kayaks, camping gear, numerous home depot trips. You name it. You would really be surprised at how much you will use your roof rack after you have one installed.

Rugs, Lumber, and oversized Items: Have you ever seen an SUV with 16 pieces of lumber sticking out the back window? Yeah, don’t be that person. This is also incredibly sketchy and can damage your interior pretty quickly. Before my first rack, I bought a large rug and threw it inside. It was so large that it was riding shotgun with me. I hit a bump and busted off my AC knob. I was pretty pissed off. Do yourself a favor and get some type of rack or crossbar system.

General Benefits: There are many reasons to have roof racks as we mentioned above but generally speaking, they are great for any piece of gear that won’t fit inside your 4Runners. These are just a few examples to help you decide if you need a rack or not. Roof racks are a great addition and it will come in handy for years to come.

This is not a list from best to worst. Nor is this a list of the “best roof racks” out there. This is a general list of common racks. Most of the full racks and 3/4 racks are at the top. All of the small basket styles are at the bottom.

1. Cali Raised LED: 2 Full Length Options

Cali Raised LED Premium Roof Rack With Adjustable Light Bar Wind Fairing, 360 Degree Scene Lights & Grab Handles For 5th Gen 4Runner

Lightweight, Durable & Easy To Assemble

Having options is always a good thing. Cali Raised LED gives us two similar but different options when looking for a solid roof rack for your rig. With Premium and Economy roof racks available from an established company, you can bet either one of these can perform well on your 4Runner.

The main differences between the premium and economy racks include the type of fairing available, most notably the Premium features a unique adjustable wind fairing for the 40″+ LED bar, and the 360 degree scene lighting cut outs. With proper loading, most roofs can only handle about 500 lbs (or so). The Cali Raised racks are over engineered to be able to handle over 1,000 lbs. – a testament to load carrying capacity. These racks can get the job done.

As indicated by their name, Cali Raised LED also sells complete lighting packages to pair with your rack. From the lights, to the harnesses and OEM style switches, these guys have you completely covered. While they only offer one accessory in house, the roof top tent mounts, adding other products to your rack is easy with the extrusion bars.

Cali Raised provides a solid 2-year warranty on all their products.

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Cali Raised PROS

  • Two types available (premium + economy)
  • Premium rack unique features
    • 360 degree lighting package
    • Adjustable wind fairing
  • One stop shop for racks, lighting, wiring
  • Minor wind noise and vibration
  • 100% bolt-on, no drilling
  • Made in the USA
  • 2-year warranty

Cali Raised CONS

  • Only accessory available directly is the RTT mount

2. BajaRack: Full & 3/4 Options

BajaRacks 5th Gen 4Runner

Well Trusted, Industry Standard

The BajaRack is a stylish and fully functional rack. Most of their options are full-length basket style racks so they are able to hold plenty of gear. But the BajaRack also offers a completely flat (UTility – shown above) option as well. If garage height is a problem, this would be your best option. The BajaRack like the famous Gobi Rack comes in multiple sunroof options; with and without the sunroof cutout. If your 4Runner has a moonroof, it is nice to know that Baja offers an option to accommodate your needs.  All of the BajaRacks come with an epoxy primer (rust inhibitor) with black powder coating.

Additions, Accessories, and Design

While only coming with a wind deflector, BajaRacks sells a wide variety of additional accessories. If you are looking for a fully functional overland style rack that’s a low profile with a clean design, BajaRacks might be for you. The optional gear you can buy for the BajaRack is similar to ARB gear. It’s just really high-quality stuff with plenty of options for mounting. Baja has awning mounts, axe/ shovel mounts, fuel can holders, Hi-Lift jack mounts, plenty of LED light mounts and much more.

BajaRacks are made to withstand all seasons and take the abuse of on and off gear. They are made out of  1″,  3/4″,  and 1/2″ steel tubing. They also have an optional mesh bottom which adds strength. The load capacity is dynamic (while driving) 300lbs and static 600lbs.

While they start out pricier than some other racks, BajaRacks are a great choice if you want a dependable rack with plenty of options. There is a lot of documentation online for this rack. If you are wondering how to mount a light or strap down a set of recovery tracks, there is more than likely a piece of content or video on it somewhere.

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BajaRack PROS

  • Factory mounts (no drilling required)
  • Low profile and basket style
  • Quality fabrication
  • Powder-coated
  • Versatile overland/ expedition-style
  • Hidden SPY light LED bar feature

BajaRack CONS

  • Expensive
  • Long Production and Shipping
  • Decreases Fuel Economy
  • Increases Wind Noise

3. KC Pro6 M-Rack: Full-Length Options

KC Pro6 M-RACKS Install & Review on 5th Gen 4Runner

Baja Focused – Utilitarian at Heart

The KC Lights Pro6 M-Rack is one of the most robust light bar and roof rack combinations on the market. The Pro6 is the actual light bar (pictured) while the M-Rack is the roof rack. Four C-series scene lights are integrated into the CNC cut side rails along the rack making for one whole hell of a Power House in terms of integrated lighting and design. KC highlights offers multiple different lighting options on there in the M-Rack.

You can opt for the higher quality Pro6 or go with something more simplified like a C-series 50 inch light bar. To be honest, if you’re buying a roof rack of this quality you should just talk for the 50″ Pro6. There is no comparison to the C-Series 50-inch light bar. Like many other roof racks on the market, the KC M rack features CNC cut Precision Fit crossbars that can be outfitted with t-nut eye-bolts to allow for endless mounting options.

Out of the box, this is one of the most robust, well-designed, and ready to go options when it comes to a pre-packaged roof rack full option with a light bar. The rack is not cheap at all but is sure to turn heads and like the road in front of you far beyond the eye can see. If you have the money oh, this is one roof rack and light bar combination you will not regret.

Bar none, this is one of the most unique roof rack and light bar combinations on the market.

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  • Nothing like it on the market
  • Baja-Race style made easy (bolt-on)
  • Multiple pre-packed light-bar options
  • Integrated scene lights
  • Powder-coated
  • 5 CNC roof rails


  • Drilling Required on Full-Length
  • Increases Wind Noise

4. upTOP Overland: Full-Length Options

upTOP Overland Roof Rack For 5th Gen 4Runner

Pictured: @dereckchinn

Unique Design – Massive Footprint

The upTOP Overland Bravo racks and Alpha racks are both two pretty stunning racks as well.

The Bravo is one of the more affordable full-length CNC racks on the market. Don’t think that lower cost means lower quality because the Bravo has a lot to offer. It has a unique wind deflector unlike any of the other racks. The wind deflector is not as “low profile,” as the other racks, but it looks awesome! The wind deflector has multiple light bar cutout options, varying from 10-inch bars to 40-inch bars. Some of the other racks mentioned in this article have a size fits all cut out. So if you don’t get a light bar to fill the entire cutout, your rack just won’t look right.

The Alpha is another low-profile roof rack however it offers a massive footprint. The rack measures 50 in wide in 98.5″ Long. That’s larger than almost any other roof rack on the market. The design of the alpha is unlike anything we have seen before. UpTOP Overland is probably the leader in Ingenuity, creativity, and design Integrations. They feature internal design rails that you can have color-matched to your 4Runner. The Alpha rack comes with the same scene pods as the Bravo, just another great feature of this rack.

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upTOP Pros

  • Nothing like it on the market
  • Various light bar cutouts
  • Scene pod knockouts
  • No drilling required
  • Moonroof compatible
  • Large floor footprint
  • Built-in Handles

upTOP Cons

  • Accessories Purchased Separately

5. Front Runner: Full Length & 3/4 Options

Front Runner - Full & 3/4 Options on 5th Gen 4Runner

Pictured: @KCSnowRunner with Front Runner Full Length Rack

Full-Length Flat Overland Style Rack & 3/4 Options

Front Runner is a T6 aluminum (ultimate tensile strength) rack that has a slim and flat design. The Front Runner racks are made of T6 aluminum along with 3CR12 (low-cost grade chromium) stainless steel. They come powder coated in satin black. Front Runner comes in full rack options as well as the 3/4. Both are considered full overland style racks with multiple options for mods, lights, and accessories.

This system is a top contender in the 5th Gen 4R world. This is a good option but it does sit a little higher off the 4Runner than the BajaRack. If you are looking for a high-quality flat system with endless options for scaling up accessories, look at Front Runner.

Front Runners Accessories and Options

The kit contains roof mounting hardware, the slimline platform, the foot rails and the wind deflector. The driving weight load and the static load is around 660lbs for both the full-length and the 3/4 system. This would be a good option if you’re looking for a clean low profile, clean design with total functionality and endless opportunities for accessories. Front Runner has even more mounting options and additional accessories than BajaRack. There are too many options to list (60+ accessories to give you an idea). With Front Runner, just know that if you want to mount something, they offer a solution for it.

The downside to Front Runner is that most of their accessory mounts and brackets are expensive and compatibility with any other brackets is not so great. If you grab a Front Runner system, expect to pay more money for their hardware mounts and accessory options down the road or just get creative.

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Front Runner PROS

  • No drilling on 3/4
  • Low profile flat design
  • Durable
  • Powder-coated
  • Versatile overland/ expedition-style
  • Plenty of accessories and add-ons

Front Runner CONS

  • Expensive
  • Accessories and Brackets are Expensive
  • Drilling Required on Full-Length
  • Decreases Fuel Economy
  • Increases Wind Noise

6. Eezi-Awn K9: Full-Length Options Only

2016 Trail 4Runner Swell Runner

The Eezi-Awn K9 is Pricey but Functional and Very Clean!

The Eezi-Awn K9 while not having a cheaper 3/4 length option is a great option to consider. This system has a very clean design which looks great on the 5th Gen. Very similar to a Front Runner in terms of design, the Eezi-Awn K9 is an aluminum system with slotted groves that are made to fit their own line of accessories and mounts.

While this rack can still be outfitted with many other aftermarket accessories, the design allows for their accessory mounts to work much easier. Eezi-Awn K9 has an adjustable height feature that allows you to adjust the brackets up and down. Many other systems do not offer a feature like this. If adjustability is important to you, then consider the K9. Although this system has an adjustable height, it still sits higher than some other low profile systems out there.

Build Specifications and Sizes

The K9 features fully-welded joints (not bolts) and is made from extruded aluminum which is incredibly light and comes with a flat black powder coating. The K9 is a universal expedition-style system that offers plenty of room for mounting accessories.

The design is aerodynamic, lightweight, and highly durable. The sizes ranges from 1.4m x 1250mm to 2.2m x 1250mm. As an overland style system, the Eezi-Awn K9 is fully capable of storing anything you throw at it. Whether you are looking to mount a rooftop tent or store camping gear, this rack is more than prepared to handle what you throw at it.

K9 Accessories and Options

The Eezi-Awn K9 only comes with mounting hardware. K9 offers a wide variety of accessories. G-Clamps for mounting to factory rails, shower arms, spotlight mounts, spare tire mount, MAXTRAX mounts, Axe/shovel mounts, Hi-Lift mounts, tote/box mounts, jerry can mount, and much more. Like the Front Runner, their mounting options and accessories are pretty pricey. If you want your accessory mounting search to go smooth, Eezi-Awn makes it really easy.

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Equipt1 K9 PROS

  • Factory mounts (no drilling required)
  • Adjustable height
  • Low profile, flat design
  • Powder-coated in satin black
  • Versatile overland/ expedition-style
  • Light-weight
  • Plenty of accessories and add-ons

Equipt1 K9 CONS

  • Expensive
  • Decreases Fuel Economy
  • Increases Wind Noise

7. Prinsu Design Studio: Full & 3/4 Options

White 5th Gen 4Runner Lo Pro Bumper Lifted with Prinsu Roof Rack

Pictured: @anbu.rnr with Prinsu Roof Rack

An affordable, aggressive, fully capable system (drilling required on full length)

The Prinsu Design Studio ROOFRAC is a low profile, badass, aggressive-looking platform that looks nothing like many mainstream platforms on the market. This is an affordable alternative to the full-length Gobi, BajaRack, Front Runner, and Eezi-Awn K9. Although the Prinsu comes in a full-length option at $765, the 3/4 is much cheaper sitting at only $595. It is built from the same aluminum material as the Eezi-Awn K9.

Prinsu Design Studio was recently bought out by CBI, an Off-Road industry leader. Here is what CBI had to say about the acquisition:

CBI Offroad Fab is excited to announce the acquisition of Prinsu Design Studios, a privately owned, Utah-based company which designs, develops, and builds racks primarily for the Toyota vehicle market. CBI Offroad plans to continue offering the same great racks and accessories that Prinsu is known for while improving the overall customer experience. One of the biggest focuses will be on reducing lead times so that product is on the shelf and ready to ship. CBI Offroad will retain the current Prinsu name and all current products that are offered.

In any case, you are in good hands with the crew behind CBI. CBI has built high-quality off-road products for years and they continue to carry on their line and the newly acquired Prinsu Design Studio line.

Build Specifications and Options

The Prinsu comes in 3 total Sizes 3/4, 7/8 and a full-length option. Prinsu is aluminum with three powder coating options, Bare aluminum, Black, Or Custom color. The Prinsu ROOFRAC is designed from 2 laser-cut side rails with 1/4″ 5052 aluminum. This design features a T-slot channel like many mainstream platforms along with 2 bottom facing channels. With this rack, you have many options for mounting your expedition gear or for general/ daily use.

Included Accessories

The Prinsu comes with all of the mounting hardware and has two different crossbar options. It comes with a wind deflector due to it sitting just high enough to have a wind noise. The wind deflector does have options for a 30″ and 40″ light bar cut out which is pretty awesome. For additional add-ons, Prinsu does not have much to choose from. For mounting, you need to get creative with accessories.

They offer tie-down eye nuts, awning mount bracket, extra crossbars, an extra mounting foot or like we mentioned a wind deflector for an LED light bar. They also offer load panels which can be purchased in a single or double. These load panels help you mount more accessories.

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Prinsu Pros

  • Affordable
  • Factory mounts (3/4)
  • Load panels with endless mount options
  • Wind deflector with LED cutout
  • Low profile design
  • Aluminum/lightweight
  • Powder-coated options
  • Versatile overland/ expedition-style
  • Short lead times (compared to Gobi, BajaRacks)

Prinsu Cons

  • Drilling Required on Full-Length
  • Decreases Fuel Economy
  • Increases Wind Noise

8. Rhino-Rack: Full Length & 3/4 Racks

Rhino-Rack Backbone Mounting System - 5th Gen 4Runner

The Rhino Pioneer SX Platform Stylish and Durable

The Rhino-Rack Pioneer SX Platform is another low profile option that is highly durable. This platform is similar to an Eezi-Awn K9 and the Front Runner, but a little less expensive than both. Similar to a Front Runner, the platform is designed as a flat panel slotted rack. Most of the accessories for this platform are made by Rhino-Rack, again like Front Runner. If you want accessories, you will spend quite a bit of money on their specific accessory mounts.

We installed the Rhino-Rack on our 5th Gen. What appealed to me was how low profile the platform was, that we installed. Please note the differences in options. The platform sits much lower than many expedition systems on the market and it mounts to the factory roof rails which make the install quite easy. One person can mount the platform to the factory roof rails in about 20 minutes. The 3/4 platform combined with the factory rails is large enough to carry a tire and some extra overland gear while the full option (backbone system) is a complete expedition style rack.

The backbone system (pictured above) can support a roof-top tent like many of the full-length options above as well as many other common accessories. This is a universal platform with endless options but you will pay big bucks for the accessories. To give you an idea, the tie-down eye nuts are $80 for 3, while many others are $10 a piece. The gear is outrageously expensive.

Build Specifications and Options

The Pioneer SX Platform is made from reinforced nylon and aluminum and comes powder coated black. The measurements of this unit for the Backbone (full rack) system is Length 76″ x Width 49″x Height 1.5″. The measurements for the 3/4 platform are Length 60″ x Width 48″x Height 1.5″. You can mount the 60″ platform to the factory roof rails or for $369 you can purchase the stronger Backbone system and then mount the 76″ platform.

Accessories, Mounts, and Add-Ons

The Rhino-Rack has endless options for mounting but you will pay for their accessories. Like the Eezi-Awn K9, Rhino-Rack only comes with mounting hardware. While other companies include wind deflector’s this platform does not require one due to being an incredibly low profile. You can always buy their extra mount options like the antenna brackets, awning brackets, light bar and pod light brackets, axe/shovel brackets and much more. Just expect to overpay for most of these add-ons. It’s really expensive.

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Rhino-Rack PROS

  • Factory mounts (no drilling required)
  • Factory Rails (3/4)
  • Factory Mounts (Backbone)
  • Very low profile design
  • Aluminum/ light-weight
  • Powder-coated black satin
  • Short lead times and Shipping (Compared to Gobi, BajaRacks)

Rhino-Rack CONS

  • Expensive Aftermarket Accessory Brackets

9. Gobi Rack: Full-Length Options Only

Gobi 4Runner Roof Rack - Full Roof Rack

Beautiful, Strong, and fully capable Gobi

One of the most common roof racks is the Gobi Rack. While it is one of the pricier options on this list it’s also one of the highest quality. It has two unique looks which are quite stunning. The first is the Stealth which is built to be low profile while providing maximum functionality. Then there is the Ranger which is built to be fairly low-profile but more for function, The Ranger outer bars are quite taller than the Stealth. Both of these models come equipped with the famous ladder.

  • The Gobi Stealth: The Gobi Stealth has an “unmistakable look” (I think that’s their tagline). But, it really does. The Gobi Stealth is a super low profile, aggressive, fully capable, overland style platform. With the stealth, you have options for LED bars or pod lights.
  • The Gobi Ranger: The only difference between the Stealth and the Ranger is the basket on the top. The Ranger has a basket that sits a bit higher than the Stealth. As the Stealth is more popular, the Ranger is even more capable because of its larger basket rim. Grab the Ranger if you plan on mounting gear and hardware at high heights.

Gobi Additions, Options, and Accessories

Gobi also comes with two sunroof options; with a sunroof cutout or without. Also for lighting, it comes with a few options pre-fabricated, you have your choice of multiple light mounts or a single mount for a single light bar. Along with the roof rack, you receive the Gobi ladder, wind deflector, and two cross bars. There is also a tire mount which is great for anyone who has larger than stock tires.

Weight Limits and Powder-coating

The rack itself can handle a safe driving load capacity of 300lbs. In addition, the static load capacity easily holds up to 600lbs. That is great if you choose to have a rooftop tent.  You also do not have to worry about your rack rusting quickly due to weather, Gobi racks are black powder coated with an anti-rust undercoat which provides years of on/off-road utility. While the Gobi rack is pricey, it is worth every penny due to it being incredibly clean, functional and strong.

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  • Factory mounts (no drilling required)
  • Low profile option & basket style option
  • Powder-coated
  • Versatile overland/ expedition style rack
  • Multiple mounting options & brackets
  • Lots of documentation online for mods & accessories


  • Incredibly long wait times
  • Everyone has one

10. ARB Flat Alloy Rack: 3/4 Rack (70” x 44”)

ARB Flat Alloy Roof Rack (70” x 44”)

There are a lot of off-road companies on the market, but few have a name as well-known as ARB. Although ARB has made roof racks for many years, their flat alloy rack has been introduced to the market and might just be the rack you are looking for.

A Slim, Sturdy, and Lightweight Rack

There are a few things that set the ARB roof rack apart from other brands. The first is that the ARB flat mesh rack for the 5th gen is made of alloy, making it extremely strong but also lightweight…significantly lighter than other racks on the market (under 50 pounds). The rack is also very low profile, providing a sleek and refined look for your 5th Gen 4Runner. The flat design helps out with the slim profile, but also allows a user ample options for storing equipment on the rack.

Maybe one of the more relevant aspects to this rack is who produces it. As previously mentioned, ARB is legendary in the off-road community. You can be assured that if you purchase this rack you will be getting a high-quality rack that has been designed well.

If you aren’t wanting to do any drilling for an aftermarket roof rack, this is a great option as the ARB rack utilizes the factory roof rack mounting locations. This does mean you won’t have a full-length rack and more so a ¾ or 7/8 length rack, so depending on your needs this may be a positive or a negative aspect.

Lastly, this rack is very strong. With a dynamic load rating of 300 pounds and a static load rating of 600 pounds, the ARB Flat Alloy Roof Rack is capable of holding gear such as kayaks or paddleboards, but also a roof top tent that can hold two people on board. This alloy rack comes with mesh on top to help you configure your gear and give you more options for transporting equipment and gear.


The Flat Alloy Roof Rack comes in a 70” x 44” platform, but steel options are available in other sizes. It is important to mention that only the alloy rack comes with a mesh floor, as the flat steel options only come with crossbars.

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  • Alloy/ lightweight
  • Low profile
  • No drilling required
  • Strong
  • Excellent quality
  • Flat design
  • Powder-coated
  • Lots of mounting options
  • Very versatile


  • Decreases Fuel Economy
  • Increases Wind Noise

11. ARB Basket: Full-Length & 3/4 Options

ARB Roof Rack 5th Gen 4Runner

The ARB Background and Dependability

ARB is a commonly used and trusted expedition company. ARB, in general, provides a lot of high-quality parts for the off-road community. ARB racks vary in shape, size, and prices. The cheaper options are all steel, while the more expensive options are made from alloy. ARB makes racks with optional mesh bottom plates along with wind deflectors. ARB makes a few options and then many different fitting kits for vehicle specific applications. You mount the rack to a PVC-protected galvanized support channel that sits in your roofs support channel. Then you have molded rubber clamps that mount to the actual platform.

You can get the ARB at 70” X 44″ in multiple options. You can choose the steel rack with (#3813010m) or without (#3813010) the mesh floor. For the alloy rack, they only offer a system with the mesh floor (#4913010m). If you are looking at the flat platforms, they have the same size 70” X 44″. Those part numbers are the alloy (#4913020m) and the steel (#3813030). You will also need the fitting kits for these racks which is part #3722020.

UPDATE: ARB is launching a new flat platform that you might want to take a look at.

Weight Limits and Powder-coating

ARB has evenly spaced crossbars to support the load which is rated to carry up to 330lb as a driving load. The static load is not mentioned but they can handle rooftop tents. If you want to mount an RTT (rooftop tent), you need the 70” X 49” touring rack (part #3813200). Based on other similar platforms, you can expect to see around 600lbs as a static rack. The powder coat is a millennium grey powder-coat with a zinc-rich primer that gives 1000 hours of salt spray resistance.

Strength, Quality, Style

While ARB varies in price the quality stays the same on every model minus strengths from materials (alloy vs. steel). The ARB platforms sit taller than most racks unless you purchase a low profile platform. Regardless of what rack you end up buying, you should be happy. With ARB, you are buying an industry-leading name that delivers heavily relied upon off-road and overland gear.

Accessories and Add-Ons

ARB does not offer a wide variety of clamps, mounting hardware and accessories for their rack. You will need to get creative in mounting your gear with an ARB rack. They do offer the basics like wind deflectors, jerry can holders, off-road tools, Hi-Lift jack mounts, and few others but for the most part, you will need to look at outside sources for many options.

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  • Factory mounts (no drilling required)
  • Factory mounts with fitting kit
  • Large basket design and low profile design options
  • Powder-coated
  • Strong
  • Optional mesh floor


  • Few add-ons, clamps, and mounting accessories
  • Decreases Fuel Economy
  • Increases Wind Noise

12. Nfab Aluminium Rack: 3/4 Option Only

Nfab 4Runner Aluminium Roof Rack

The well known N-Fab company has a Roof Rack

While being one of the cheapest complete racks on the list that does not mean it is poor quality. The N-Fab rack is actually one of the most cost-effective options on the list. It has a full aluminum design so it is lightweight but still strong. While you may not want to set up a tent on this rack it is capable of holding plenty of gear, or even a spare oversized tire.

Nfab Powder-coating and warranty

The Nfab rack comes with a textured black powder coating that has a 5-year warranty. N-Fab itself has a lifetime warranty which makes this rack rank above most in a sense. Featuring a low profile design while still showing elements of a basket, this is an option to consider is budget is limited or you are looking for something small and compact. This option will hold gear securely with side straps as well.

This option is the perfect choice for anyone who hits trails, needs a platform for weekend trips or for general use but does not want a rooftop tent. Compared to other $1000 options, this choice covers many areas of importance and needs.

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  • Factory mounts (no drilling required)
  • Affordable
  • Strong design
  • Mild basket design
  • Powder-coated


  • Not a full rack
  • Decreases Fuel Economy
  • Increases Wind Noise

13. Yakima Mega & LoadWarrior: Basket Racks

Yakima Roof Rack Basket 5th Gen 4Runner

The Yakima MegaWarrior & LoadWarrior Cargo Basket Durable but and Great for Storage

The Yakima MegaWarrior and LoadWarrior Cargo Basket is a great durable option for those who want to have additional storage space. It may not look as low profile as some of the other full-length options but the price is great. Quick install, functional, and durable basket.

Build Specifications and Options

The Yakima MegaWarrior Cargo Basket is a durable all-steel basket with a black painted finish. It’s dimensions are length 52″ x width 48″ x Height 6.5″ with a optional Length 22″ extension. There are optional crossbars available for purchase if the factory rails do not come factory on your 4R.

There are no included accessories that come with the Yakima. But the basket comes with a built-in wind deflector which is needed due to it sitting so high. While not an option for the deflector, but you can modify a light bar slot. There is a lot of documentation online for the Yakima line of racks.

MegaWarrior Vs. LoadWarrior: These options are probably the most conventional, and most often installed roof racks on SUV’s in general.

Find Them Online: 

  • Yakima LoadWarrior: Check Price
    • Dimensions: 40″ x 39″ x 6.5″
    • Weight: 25.00 pounds
  • Yakima MegaWarrior Basket – Check Price
    • Dimensions: 52″ x 48″ x 6.5″
    • Weight 43.8 pounds
  • Yakima MegaWarrior Extension – Check Price
    • Adds 22″ (40%)

Yakima PROS

  • Uses factory roof rails (no drilling required)
  • Cheap
  • Durable and functional
  • Steel Design

Yakima CONS

  • Painted not Powdercoated
  • Taller than most racks
  • Decreases Fuel Economy
  • Increases Wind Noise

14. Rola V-Tex: Basket Racks

Rola Roof Rack 5th Gen 4Runner

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The Rola V-Tex Rooftop Cargo Basket Affordable and Strong

The Rola V-Tex Rooftop Cargo Basket while being super affordable is another great option for those who want a strong easy to mount rack/basket. This rack while being cheaper than the Yakima might be a better choice. While not being quite as large it has better features for an offroader.

Build specifications, Powdercoated steel, Smaller height

The Rola is a durable heavy-duty steel basket with a black powder coat finish. It’s dimensions are Length 48″ x Width 37.5″ x  Height 4″.  This rack along with being the second cheapest is stylish compared to some, strong,  and powder coated.

Probably the lowest priced rack that packs a serious little punch!

Built-in Wind Deflector and optional extension and Accessories

The Rola is 4″ tall and comes with a built-in wind deflector which is a huge plus. This basket also comes with all mounting hardware which isn’t much due to it being a crossbar basket.  For accessories, Rola sells an optional 18 3/4″ length extension, cargo box or net, a cargo bag and last but not least a bike carrier attachment.

Find It Online: 

  • Rola Rack Check Price
  • Weight: 57.8 pounds
  • Size: 48 x 37.5 x 4 inches


  • Uses factory roof rails (no drilling required)
  • Cheap
  • Durable and functional
  • Steel Design
  • Quite Stylish
  • Spacious
  • Plenty of accessories
  • Powdercoated
  • 5 year warranty


  • No customizable options “For the price, though overall you can’t complain much”
  • Decreases Fuel Economy
  • Increases Wind Noise

15. Curt Cargo Carrier: Basket Racks

The Cheapest option

The Curt Roof Rack Cargo Carrier is the cheapest option on this list but not bad by any means. This basket looks pretty good and is fairly strong for the price. It’s the perfect choice for someone who needs the extra space but doesn’t want to pay a lot.

Another low priced rack that packs a serious little punch!

Build specifications, Powdercoated steel, Heavyweight limit

The Curt is an all-steel rack that is pretty durable for the price and comes powder coated black, It’s dimensions are Length 41.5″ x Width 37 ” x  Height 4″ it’s size is very similar to the Rola Rack.

Built-in Wind Deflector and optional extension

This basket is almost identical to the Rola V-Tex which is only 4″ tall and comes with a built-in wind deflector. This basket also comes with all mounting hardware so no additional purchases are needed. The extension is $ 92 and measures at Length 21′ and adds’s 6 sqft of storage to the original 11 sqft.

Curt 18115 PROS

  • Uses factory roof rails (no drilling required)
  • Cheap
  • Durable and functional
  • Steel Design
  • Fairly Stylish
  • Powder-coated
  • Spacious

Curt 18115 CONS

  • No customizable options  “Like the Rola Basket for the price overall you can’t complain”
  • Decreases Fuel Economy
  • Increases Wind Noise

Which Rack is for You?

Custom Roof Rack By Stellar Built in Sacramento

Overall, every one of these roof racks has great benefits. While some may look good they may not be built for function though. Whatever option you choose for your 4Runner is based on what you are looking for and your adventure plans.

You may want a low-profile design that’s super clean, versus a large rack but has more function. There are many factors when choosing the style, functionality, color options, storage, and most importantly mounting options.  We hope this guide helps you choose the perfect roof rack for your next adventure.

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1 month ago

Kc m rack is unfortunately discontinued.

Marco Herrera
Marco Herrera
2 months ago

What happened with Sherpa? out of the list?

Ryan Q
Ryan Q
7 months ago

Which Maxtrax Gobi mount is the Pro using? I got a similar setup planned.

1 year ago

I am shopping for a roof rack and I do not know which one to get. I can’t decide if I want the GOBI Ranger Rack or the Westcott Designs Modular Roof Rack with the floor inserts. I plan on adding lights to the roof rack but I haven’t decided if I want a front facing light bar because I have a SSO bumper with a S8 light on it already and it is bright enough for me. GOBI seems to have many different accessories that I can add which is why I am leaning towards this rack more. Any opinions and input would great!

Thank you!

9 months ago
Reply to  Brett

Love the look of the Westcott and functionality of the floor inserts.

Gloria Wilson
Gloria Wilson
1 year ago

Very impressive, thanks a lot for sharing a helpful post with us.
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1 year ago

Great article and important topic. I have a 2016 SR5. The owner’s manual states 120# weight limit. Currently using a Yakima Megawarrior basket. Not much room left for cargo weight if I adhere to 120# total. Do you think that limit is based on the roof limit (probably not, since I see many people using roof tents…) or the rails/crossbar strength; or just risk aversion on the part of Toyota? You noted 300/600 limit for dynamic/static; how was that derived?

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