5th Gen 4Runner Roof Rack Options

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The Top 11 roof rack options for your 5th gen 4Runner

Roof Racks for 5th Gen 4Runner

5th Gen 4Runner Shot Cred: @Cment_T4r (Gobi Roof Rack)

Roof Racks for 5th Gen 4Runner – Overland Style 4Runner Roof Racks and Small Basket Racks – We covered them all.

Below you will find an overview of the top 11 roof racks that every 5th Gen 4Runner owner should consider. Whether you are an avid offroader whose looking for the extra space or an occasional thrill seeker, below is the guide for your 4Runner roof rack options. From the cheaper roof rack options to the pricier options this overview on 5th Gen 4Runner roof racks has you covered.

Recently, we wrote a post on the Top 10 4Runner Mods/accessories, while roof racks were mentioned last they are certainly not the least important 4Runner accessory. In the off-roading world and even on your daily driver, roof racks are something that can be used for a wide variety of applications. Roof racks are a great way to store off-road/trail gear when offroading.

Roof racks are also an important accessory for general storage for the every day 4Runner family. 4Runner roof racks are a huge plus for anyone who off-roads, overlands, goes on road trips and for 4Runner families who need a little more storage on top. While roof racks may not seem important due to our 4Runners having plenty of space inside, they are.

Does Your 4Runner need a roof rack?

Before we get started, you may still be asking if your 4Runner needs a roof rack. That depends on what you do with your 4Runner.

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

Lighting: Roof rack lights are awesome. With an aftermarket roof rack on your 4Runner, you can run spot lights, flood lights, lightbars, marker lights, reverse lights and so much more. There are many companies that make off-road LED lights that can be mounted to just about any roof rack out there for a 4Runner. Do your research and find what roof rack light suits your needs best.

Extra Tire: If your 4Runner has 34″+ tires that can no longer fit in the spare location you can place them on the rack or you always have the option of grabbing an aftermarket rear bumper ($2000+) with a swing gate and attaching your spare tire there.

Dirty Gear: Another advantage of having a roof rack is if your gear gets dirty. With dirty gear, it’s nice to have the option to throw stuff on the roof rack instead of getting your interior dirty and full of dirt. If you have or need to transport firewood, many 4Runner roof racks are fully capable of holding amble amounts of firewood. There are hundreds of items you can toss in the back but do you really want to potentially ruin your 4Runners interior?

Family 4Runner: If you are the family type like me, you need a rack. We have used our current 4Runner Rhino-Rack for things like our Christmas Tree, daughters tree-house, bikes, sleds, kayaks, camping gear, home depot trips. You name it. We use the roof rack on our 4Runner all the time. You would really be surprised at how much you will use your 4Runner roof rack if you buy an aftermarket one. Have you ever seen a 4Runner with 16 pieces of wood sticking out the back window? Yeah, don’t be that 4Runner. You are better than that.

General Benefits: Roof Racks also allow roof top tents to be mounted so your 4Runner can be used as a shelter if you decide not to set up a tent on the ground. There are many other reasons to have roof racks like we mentioned above but most importantly, roof racks are great for any piece of gear that won’t fit in our 4Runners. These are just some examples to help you decide if you need a roof rack or not. Roof racks are a great addition to any 4Runner and it will come in handy for years to come. This is must-do mod in my opinion for any 4Runner owner out there who has an ounce of excitement in their life.

Top 11 Roof Racks for 5th Gen 4Runner

  1. Full Rack: Baja Rack
  2. 3/4 & Full Rack: Front Runner Rack
  3. Full Rack: Eezi-Awn K9 Roof Rack
  4. 3/4 & Full Rack: Prinsu Rack
  5. 3/4 & Full Rack: Rhino-Rack
  6. Full Rack: Gobi Rack
  7. 3/4 & Full Rack: ARB Roof Rack
  8. 3/4 Rack: Nfab Roof Rack
  9. Small Basket: Yakima Rack
  10. Small Basket: Rola V-Tex
  11. Small Basket: Curt Basket Rack

This is not a list from best to worst. This is a general list of 4Runner roof racks. Most of the full roof racks and 3/4 roof racks are at the top. All of the small basket style racks are at the bottom.

BajaRack 4Runner Roof Rack – Full & 3/4 Roof Rack Options ($860-1350)

BajaRacks 5th Gen 4Runner

Well Trusted, Industry Standard 4Runner Roof Rack

The BajaRack 4Runner roof rack is a stylish and fully functional roof rack. Most of their roof racks are high basket style racks so they are able to hold plenty of gear. But the BajaRack also offers a completely flat roof rack option as well. If garage height is a problem, this would be the BajaRack for you. The BajaRack like the all famous Gobi roof rack comes in two options one is with a sunroof and the other is without which is great if your 5th Gen 4Runner was equipped with one.  All of the BajaRack 4Runner roof racks come with an epoxy primer (rust inhibitor) with black powder coating.

Additions and Design

While only coming with a wind deflector, BajaRacks sells awnings along with gear mounts for their roof racks. The overall design of their roof racks is incredibly strong. They are made out of  1″,  3/4″,  and 1/2″ steel tubing. They also have an optional mesh bottom which can add to the strength of your BajaRack. The Load Capacity is Dynamic (while driving) 300Lbs and Static 600Lbs.

While they start out pricier than some other racks the BajaRacks roof racks for the 5th Gen 4Runner are a great choice. If you are looking for a fully functional overland style roof rack that’s pretty stylish a BajaRack is for you. The optional gear you can buy for the BajaRack is similar to ARB gear. It’s just really high-quality stuff.

BajaRack PROS

  • Factory 4Runner Mounts
  • Stylish Low Profile Design
  • Strong Fabrication
  • Basket Design
  • Powder-Coated
  • Versatile Overland Style Roof Rack
  • Hidden SPY Light LED Lightbar Feature
  • 100% Flat Rack Design Options

BajaRack CONS

  • Expensive
  • Long Production and Shipping

Front Runner 4Runner Rack – Full & 3/4 Roof Rack Options ($927-1250)

5th Gen 4Runner Rock Sliders

5th Gen 4Runner Shot Cred: @GeneralOverland (Front Runner Roof Rack)

The Front Runner Light Duty and Stylish Rack

The Front Runner 4Runner roof racks are an all-metal rack that has a slim and flat stylish appearance. The Front Runner Roof racks are made of T6 aluminum along with 3CR12 Stainless Steel. They come pre powder coated in Satin Black there are currently no other options, not even bare steel. Front Runner 4Runner roof racks come in full rack options as well as the 3/4 rack. Both are considered full overland style roof racks with multiple options for mods, lights, and accessories. The Front Runner 4Runner roof rack is a top contender in the 5th Gen world. This is a good flat roof rack option unlike some of the other basket style roof racks on the market. If you are looking for a high-quality 4Runner roof rack with endless options for scaling up and accessories, look at Front Runner.

Front Runners Included Accessories

The kits contain 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 Front Runner rack and the 3/4 rack. The Front Runner roof rack would be the best choice for your 4Runner if you’re going for style, function and endless opportunities for accessories and roof rack mods. The downside to Front Runner is that most of their accessory mounts and brackets are expensive and compatibility with any other brackets is not great. So, if you grab a Front Runner 4Runner roof rack, expect to pay more money for their hardware mounts down the road.

Front Runner PROS

  • Factory 4Runner Mounts
  • Low Profile Flat Design
  • Strong Fabrication
  • Powder-Coated
  • Versatile Overland Style Roof Rack
  • 100% Flat Rack Design Option

Front Runner CONS

  • Expensive
  • Accessories and Brackets are Expensive

Eezi-Awn K9 4Runner Roof Rack – Full Roof Rack Options Only ($1050-1325)

2016 Trail 4Runner Swell Runner

5th Gen 4Runner Shot Cred: @SwellRunner (K9 Roof Rack)

The Eezi-Awn K9 Roof rack Pricey but Functional and Stylish

The Eezi-Awn K9 Roof Rack while not having a cheaper 3/4 length option is a great option to consider. This Roof Rack has a sleek appearance which looks great on our 4Runners. While being slim and stylish it is fully functional, unlike some other roof racks.

Very similar to a Front Runner Rack, the Eezi-Awn K9 Roof Rack is an aluminum roof rack with slotted groves that are made to fit their own K9 accessories. While this rack can still be outfitted with many other aftermarket accessories, the design allows for their accessory mounts to work much easier. While a roof rack like the Gobi or BajaRack is incredibly universal. My only problem with the Eezi-Awn K9 Roof Rack is the height off of the 4Runners roof.

This roof rack sits incredibly higher than most, off the 4Runners roof. Which can be a problem if you have a small garage with accessories like a rooftop tent mounted on top. But, this is also a benefit because you can clean underneath your rack. So, it is all personal preference.

Great for non-lifted 4Runners in a Garage with Tight Space

This Roof Rack is great for those who have a 4Runner without a lift or very low garage space. If you have a 4Runner that is garaged in a small space, this rack does sit very high, so that is something to consider. Not as much as roof racks with a basket, but for a flat rack, this is a very tall rack. If you’re running a massive lift with this roof rack, you better have enough clearance in your garage to make it in and out.

Build Specifications and Sizes

The design of this rack is built to be aerodynamic, lightweight, and highly durable. It is built fully from extruded aluminum and is powder coated in a nice flat black powder coating. The sizes of this rack range from 1.4m x 1250mm to 2.2m x 1250mm. As an overland style rack, the Eezi-Awn K9 Roof Rack is fully capable of storing anything you throw at it. Whether you are looking to mount a rooftop tent or store camping gear, this roof rack is more than prepared to handle what you throw at it.

Included Accessories

The Eezi-Awn K9 Roof Rack only comes with mounting hardware. What a ripoff you might say, But it’s not. While other companies include wind deflector’s etc.. The Eezi-Awn K9 Roof Rack does not require one due to sitting so high off the actual 4Runners roof. Equipt1 has plenty of aftermarket accessories that you can buy to mount your overland gear.

Equipt1 K9 Rack PROS

  • Factory 4Runner Mounts
  • Flat Design (Sits Higher than Most)
  • Powder-Coated
  • Versatile Overland Style Roof Rack
  • 100% Flat Rack Design Option
  • Light-Weight Rack

Equipt1 K9 Rack CONS

  • Expensive
  • Sits high off roof

Prinsu 4Runner Roof Rack – Full & 3/4 Roof Rack Options ($595-750)

Prinsu 4Runner Roof Rack - Full & 3/4 Roof Rack Options

5th Gen 4Runner Shot Cred: @Dirt_Road_Therapy (Prinsu Roof Rack)

The Cheaper Yet Bad Ass Alternative

The Prinsu Design Studio 4Runner Roof Rack is a low profile, bad ass, aggressive looking rack that looks nothing like the previously mentioned Eezi-Awn K9 Roof Rack. It overall is a great cheaper alternative to the full-length Gobi Rack, Baja Rack Front Runner Rack, and the Eezi-Awn K9 Roof Rack. Although the Prinsu 4Runner Roof Rack does come in a full-length rack ($765), the 3/4 rack is much cheaper sitting at only $595. It is built out of the same aluminum material as the Eezi-Awn K9 Roof Rack, is just as strong but there are differences.

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 roof racks primarily for the Toyota vehicle market. CBI Offroad plans to continue offering the same great roof 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 Rack comes in 3 total Sizes 3/4, 7/8 and a full rack for the lengths. The main build does sit slightly taller in the front than the Eezi-Awn K9 Roof Rack so that is a slight downer. For the price difference though it is worth it. ThePrinsu Rack is all aluminum with three powder coating options, Bare aluminum, Black, Or Custom color.

Included Accessories

The Prinsu Rack comes with all of the mounting hardware, it does have two different crossbar options though. It come’s 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 rad. This rack has some seious potential to make your 4Runner stand out in a crowd.

Prinsu Roof Rack PROS

  • Affordable
  • Factory 4Runner Mounts (3/4 Rack)
  • Low Profile Design
  • Aluminum Light Weight
  • Powder-Coated Options
  • Versatile Overland Style Roof Rack
  • Multiple Mounting Options & Brackets
  • Short lead times and Shipping (Compared to Gobi, BajaRacks)

Prinsu Roof Rack CONS

  • Drilling Required on Full-Length Rack

Rhino-Rack 4Runner Roof Rack with Multiple Mount Options – ($819 -$1069)

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 Roof Rack that is highly durable and stylish.  It is Cheaper than the Eezi-Awn K9 Roof Rack, but more expensive than the Prinsu Rack. Similar to a Front Runner roof rack, the platform is designed as a flat panel slotted rock. And, most of the accessories for this rack are made by Rhino-Rack. So, if you want to go crazy on mods and accessories with this roof rack, you will spend quite a bit of money on their Rhino-Rack specific accessory mounts.

It is the perfect medium between the two due to its strength and appearance. The Rhino-Rack has endless options for mounting. We installed the 4Runner Rhino-Rack on our 5th Gen and are still rocking it. Eventually, this will go on our SR5 4Runner and we will upgrade to a full-length rack. The Rhino-Rack is a great introductory option as you can mount the rack directly to your factory roof rails in about 20 minutes. And, it performs like an overland roof rack. Even the 3/4 rack is large enough to carry a tire and some extra overland gear.

With this rack, you also have the option to remove the factory rails and go with the Backbone System. The backbone system is like a Prinsu Design Studio mount rail and then the platform tray just sits on top (Pictured Above). This is a universal rack with endless options for your 4Runner.

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 are Length 76″ x Width 49″x Height 1.5″. To mount it you can use your stock 4Runner Rails or for $369 you can purchase the stronger Rhino-Rack Backbone Rails.

Included Accessories

Like the Eezi-Awn K9 Roof Rack, this only comes with mounting hardware. But Like the Eezi-Awn K9 Roof Rack this is not a ripoff. While other companies include wind deflector’s this roof rack does not require one due to being incredibly low profile.

Rhino-Rack PROS

  • Factory 4Runner Rail Mounts (3/4 Rack)
  • Factory 4Runner Rail Mounts (Backbone)
  • Low Profile Design
  • Aluminum Light Weight
  • Powder-Coated
  • Versatile Overland Style Roof Rack
  • Multiple Mounting Options & Brackets
  • Short lead times and Shipping (Compared to Gobi, BajaRacks)

Rhino-Rack CONS

  • Expensive Aftermarket Accessory Brackets

Gobi 4Runner Roof Rack – Full Roof Rack Options Only ($1595+)

Gobi 4Runner Roof Rack - Full Roof Rack

5th Gen 4Runner Shot Cred: @Cment_T4r (Gobi Roof Rack)

Overview of the Gobi 4Runner Roof Rack

One of the most common roof racks used on our 4Runner is the Gobi Rack. While it is one of the pricier options on this list it’s also one of the highest quality racks. It has a two unique look’s which are quite stunning. The first is the stealth rack which is built to be a low profile rack while providing maximum functionality. Then there is the Ranger rack which is built to be fairly low-profile but more for function, The ranger racks outer bars are quite taller than the stealth racks. Both of these racks come equipped with the famous 4Runner Gobi Ladder. Check out the Gobi 5th Gen 4Runner Ladder Install here.

  • The Gobi Stealth Rack: The Gobi Stealth has an “unmistakable look” (I think that’s their tagline). But, it really does. The Gobi Stealth Rack is a super low profile, aggressive, fully capable, overland style roof rack. The Gobi Stealth Rack has options for LED bar cutouts or LED pod light mounts. This 4Runner roof rack is more than prepared to mount any accessory you can imagine on your 5th Gen 4Runner.
  • The Gobi Ranger Rack: The only difference between the stealth rack and the ranger rack is the basket on the top. The Gobi Ranger Rack has a basket that sits a bit higher than the stealth rack. As the Gobi Stealth Rack is the more popular option for our 5th Gen 4Runner, the Ranger Rack is even more capable because of its larger basket rim. Grab the Gobi Ranger Rack if you plan on mounting gear and hardware at high heights.

Gobi Roof Rack Additions, Options, and Accessories

The Gobi rack also comes with two sunroof options. One is with a sunroof cutout and the other is without which is great if your 4Runner was equipped with a sunroof. Also for lighting, it comes with a few options pre-made, 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. A newer option is 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. Overall, while the Gobi rack is pricey it is worth every penny due to it being incredibly stunning along with being functional and strong.

Gobi Rack PROS

  • Factory 4Runner Rail Mounts (No Drilling)
  • Low Profile Option (Stealth Rack)
  • Powder-Coated
  • Versatile Overland Style Roof Rack
  • Multiple Mounting Options & Brackets
  • Beautiful Design
  • Lots of Documentation online for Mods & Accessories

Gobi Rack CONS

  • Incredibly Long Shipping
  • Everyone has one

ARB 4Runner Roof Rack – Full & 3/4 Roof Rack Options ($522-1104)

ARB Roof Rack 5th Gen 4Runner

The ARB Background and Dependability

ARB along with The Gobi is one of the most common roof racks used on 4Runners. ARB, in general, provides a lot of high-quality parts for are 4Runners. They are also a well-known company in the offroading and overlanding world. ARBs roof racks vary in prices. The cheaper options are all steel, while the pricier options are made from alloy. ARB roof racks come with a few different options along with a few different sizes. They come with optional mesh bottom plates along with wind deflectors as well.

ARB Roof Rack Weight Limits and Powder-coating

The ARB roof racks have evenly spaced crossbars support the load which is rated to carry up to 330lb as a driving load. While the static load is not mentioned we do know for a fact they can handle rooftop tents which ARB sales as well.  Based on other similar roof racks, you can expect to see 600lbs as a static rack. The powder coating is millennium grey powder-coat with a zinc-rich primer that gives 1000 hours of salt spray resistance.

ARB Roof Rack Strength, Quality, Style

While ARB roof racks vary in price the quality stays the same on every model minus strengths from materials. The ARB roof rack sits taller than most roof racks unless you purchase a low profile one, But that is perfect for those who want to haul a lot of gear. Those who want cheap and stylish with some function can purchase the low profile rack.

ARB Roof Rack PROS

  • Stylish
  • Incredibly Strong
  • Large basket design
  • Powdercoated
  • Multiple Mounting Brackets Available
  • Universal Basket Design

ARB Roof Rack CONS

  • Pricey – has cheaper options but they are bare metal
  • Can be considered Clunky

Nfab 4Runner Aluminium Roof Rack – 3/4 Option Only ($520+)

Nfab 4Runner Aluminium Roof Rack

The well known Nfab company has a Roof Rack?

While being the cheapest complete rack on the list that does not mean it is poor quality. The Nfab Roof Rack is actually the most cost-effective roof rack on the list. It has a full aluminum design so it is lightweight but it is still strong. While you may not want to set up a rooftop tent on this rack it is capable of holding plenty of gear, or even a spare oversized tire. This roof rack is similar to other racks light multi-mount option.

Nfab Powder-coating and warranty

The Nfab 4Runner roof rack comes with a textured black powder coating that has a 5-year warranty. The roof rack itself has a lifetime warranty which makes this rack rank above most. The Nfab rack is also one of the most stylish options on this list. It is low profile but still has a bit of a basket so it can hold gear securely with side straps as well.

This rack is the perfect choice for anyone who off-roads hard trails but does not want a rooftop tent. It’s stylish, functional and can be damaged due to the lifetime warranty and you won’t feel as bad if you damage it versus a $1500 roof rack.

Nfab Roof Rack PROS

  • Affordable
  • Strong Design
  • Mild basket design
  • Powdercoated
  • Multiple Mounting Brackets Available
  • Multiple Light Mounting Options
  • Universal Basket Design

Nfab Roof Rack CONS

  • Not a full rack
  • Not really an “Overland” style rack

Affordable Baskets (Great Entry Options, Fast Install & Instant Racks)

Yakima MegaWarrior Rooftop Cargo Basket ($400+)

Yakima Roof Rack Basket 5th Gen 4Runner

The Yakima MegaWarrior Cargo Basket Durable but and Great for Storage

The Yakima MegaWarrior Cargo Basket is a great durable option for those who want to have the additional storage space. It may not look the best but for the price it is great. Quick install, Functional, durable overall a great 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 stock 4Runner bars do not suit your needs.

Built-in Wind Deflector

There are no Included accessories that come with the Yakima MegaWarrior Cargo Basket. 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 can be easily modified as a D.I.Y to have a light bar slot.

Yakima MegaWarrior PROS

  • Cheap
  • Durable and functional
  • Steel Design

Yakima MegaWarrior CONS

  • No customizable options
  • Painted not Powdercoated
  • Taller than most racks

Rola V-Tex Rooftop Cargo Basket – $220

Rola Roof Rack 5th Gen 4Runner

5th Gen 4Runner Shot Cred: @TX_TacoRunner (Rola Roof Rack)

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 any offroader.

Build specifications, Powdercoated steel, Smaller height

The Rola V-Tex Rooftop Cargo Basket 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.

Built-in Wind Deflector and optional extension and Accessories

The Rola V-Tex Rooftop Cargo Basket while only being 4″ tall 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.

Rola V-Tex Rooftop Cargo Basket PROS

  • Cheap
  • Durable and functional
  • Steel Design
  • Quite Stylish
  • Spacious
  • Plenty of accessories
  • Powdercoated
  • 5 year warranty

Rola V-Tex Rooftop Cargo Basket CONS

  • No customizable options  ” For the price though overall you can’t complain much “

Curt 18115 Roof Rack Cargo Carrier – $182

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.

Build specifications, Powdercoated steel, Heavyweight limit

The Curt Roof Rack Cargo Carrier 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. Can Handle the weight that your 4Runner itself can roof wise.

Built-in Wind Deflector and optional extension

This basket identical to the Rola V-Tex Rooftop Cargo Basket 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 Roof Rack PROS

  • Cheap
  • Durable and functional
  • Steel Design
  • Fairly Stylish
  • Powdercoated
  • Spacious

Curt 18115 Roof Rack CONS

  • No customizable options  ” But again much like the Rola Basket for the price overall you can’t complain much “

Which 4Runner Roof Rack is for You?

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

You may want a low profile roof rack that’s super clean, versus a roof rack that is tall but has more function. There are many factors when choosing Style, Functionality, Color options, and most of all Storage.  We hope this guide helps you choose the perfect roof rack for your adventures.

Leave a comment and let us know what rack you are running and why. If you have any questions about the 4Runner racks above, also let us know by leaving a comment. If you would like your rack added to this list, shoot us an email. Thanks, 4Runner family!

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  • David Strom

    How about comparing to factory racks? I have a 2012 TE 4Runner, where the roof rack is different from the other versions, and later (after 2013) TE.

    Looks nice, can mount a Megawarrior basket, but not a great fit. This earlier TE rack is taller than the other factory racks, and is black, so it looks better, I think.

    • Brenan - Trail4R

      Good call, that would be a great idea. That factory rack that was on the earlier 5th Gens was clean. Super rugged and just fit the 4Runner perfect. Yeah, an overview on the cross bars, mount bars and earlier versions of the 4Runner rack would be a good idea. We can get into detail on what aftermarket racks and basket racks would fit with each application. Thanks for the tip. If you want to write that article, we would totally hook you up for it. : )
      Cheers David!

  • William

    Just letting people know that Gobi is made in the USA, Colorado I believe. To me that is a big deal since I do tend to prefer parts that are made in the States. Although the rack is ubiquitous on 4runners everywhere, I believe there is a reason for that. I just ordered mine yesterday, the wait is 3-4 months. I figure the wait is worth the price and quality.

    • Brenan - Trail4R

      Thanks man. Yeah, the Gobi Rack is an amazing product. Let us know when you have everything installed. Would love to see the step by step install on that rack! Keep us in the loop.

  • joshua

    Great now I have some decisions to make! Thank you for having such a complete list and great information! @illest.illusion

    • Brenan - Trail4R

      Yeah, there are plenty of roof rack options to choose from for the 5th Gen. Let us know when you decide on a rack!

  • @ProTrd

    Thanks to this crazy informative write up im able to make my decision on what system to go with thank you!

    • Brenan - Trail4R

      Yeah, we wrote quite a bit on 5th Gen 4Runner Roof Rack options. The crazy part is that we are missing quite a few. Maybe we will do a follow-up post on the 5th Gen 4Runner Roof Racks Part 2. Also, we just spoke with a solid company who is making a new rack for the 4Runner, Tacoma and Tundra. It should be out soon. We will keep the site posted.

  • JC


    Do you know anyone who has bought the EchoTechne roof rack? I love the way it looks but I’ve seen on one of the 4runner forums that people had issues with the bolts rusting and bad wind noise. I realize any roof rack will have some noise associated with it but it seems a rack like the Frontrunner’s would be worse because it has no angles to it. I feel like I’ve been waffling between every single rack now for months… I like Prinsu’s but don’t really want to drill.

    • Brenan - Trail4R

      Good question. Yeah, I have seen a few of the Ecotechne roof racks out there on the forum but I don’t have any personal experience with them. They do have a Prinsu like, design as well. The Ecotechne roof rack looks like a very streamlined roof rack with plenty of mounting points. What concerns me about the company is they are not based in the US, or somewhere that speaks English. I could be wrong here but go check out their website. It’s all Spanish, and pretty difficult to navigate. But. their products look pretty mean.

      There shouldn’t be too much of a problem with the Front Runner Roof Rack wind noise. That is a seriously high-quality rack with many guys out there that can vouch. Front Runner sells an additional wind deflector for the rack, but is not needed. That rack sits so high above the roof, that most of the wind will have downforce and travel through the rack.

      Yeah, Prinsu is a great rack also. The Prinsu Roof Rack comes in a 7/8 length model, full length, and 3/4 length. The 7/8 length roof rack has a very similar look to a full Prinsu Roof Rack but is 12″ shorter (I think). This rack does not require drilling. This is a great option if you do not want to drill but love the look of the Prinsu Roof Rack.

      • JC

        Thank you Brenan. I love your website by the way. Convinced me to pull the trigger on a TRD CAI and a Borla despite all the negative chatter on the 4Runner forum. And the Venezuela thing is what originally gave me pause on the Ecotechne. Going to go a different route. I feel like the Frontrunner may be the one because of it’s versatility.

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