Top 16 5th Gen 4Runner Roof Racks: Complete Buyers Guide (Updated List 2023)

Roof Racks for 5th Gen 4Runner

Here is Every Rack That You Should Consider For Your Toyota 4Runner: Both Full-Length & Small Basket Rack Options

After years of running different setups on my 4Runner, I wanted to put together an overview of some of the top (most common) roof racks that every 5th Gen 4Runner owner should consider.

I’ve personally run many types of racks. Some of those include KC M-Racks, Yakima Baskets, the Rhino Pioneer, Prinsu, many types of crossbar systems, and most recently the ARB Base Rack. After we’re finished testing the Base Rack, we will be installing/testing the new Backwoods Adventure Mods rack.

Whether you’re an avid offroader who is looking for extra space, an occasional thrill-seeker, or a 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, Prinsu, Front Runner, and many of the top CNC roof racks on the market, we covered most of the most popular options on the market.

Racks are a great addition for anyone who takes their rig off-roading, takes road trips, day trips, and of course 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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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: Most rack companies accommodate pod-style light bars, slim light bars, chase lights, scene lights, and so much more.

Extra Tire: If your 4Runner has a larger tire that can no longer fit in the spare location you can place a spare tire on your rack.

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, 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 is the Wood Gaiter by High Road Adventure Gear.

Family Needs: We have used our current system for things like our Christmas Tree, daughter’s tree-house, bikes, sleds, kayaks, camping gear, and numerous home depot trips. You name it. You would really be surprised at how much you will use a 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. Do yourself a favor and get some type of rack or crossbar system if you plan on carrying around oversize items.

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

1. Cali Raised LED: Full-Length

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

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 cutouts. 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 rooftop tent mounts, adding other products is easy with the extrusion bars.

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

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Pros

  • Two types are available (premium + economy)
  • Unique features
    • 360-degree lighting package
    • Adjustable wind fairing
  • Minor wind noise and vibration
  • 100% bolt-on, no drilling
  • Made in the USA
  • 2-year warranty

Cons

  • Accessories Purchased Separately

2. Backwoods Adventure Mods: Full-Length

Industry leading 1x3 triple-slotted aluminum extrusions to mount accessories Includes roll in T-nut hardware to mount accessories

Introducing the all-new DRIFTR roof rack from Backwoods – starting under $1,000.

Backwoods Adventure Mods has just launched a lightweight aluminum roof rack. Modular, low-profile, durable, and customizable, with a quick installation and affordable shipping, this might be the rack you’ve been waiting for!

The DRIFTR is designed with the end user in mind. With plenty of flexibility for mounting all your gear and accessories, this build and design will not only add to the aesthetics of your build but bring your truck to another level of functionality.

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Pros

  • USA made
  • No drilling required!
  • 1/4″ thick aluminum
  • Optional chase light cutouts
  • Side rail handle cutouts
  • 1×3 triple-slotted crossbars
  • Adjustable front fairing
  • Universal light mounting
  • Includes T-nuts for accessory mounting
  • Pre-drilled holes for extrusion bars

Cons

  • Decreases Fuel Economy
  • Increases Wind Noise

3. All-Pro Off-Road: Full-Length

Lifted 5th Gen 4Runner With All-Pro Off-Road Aluminum Overland Roof Rack

A well established company, All-Pro has been building parts for the Toyota aftermarket scene for almost 3 decades. Made in America, with a solid reputation and a unique approach and design, this roof rack is worth checking out.

While many racks in the aluminum, low-profile category use a standard sized extrusion bar, All-Pro stands out with a custom formed 5052 aluminum crossbar. The design give you loads of opportunities to mount you accessories and eliminates areas where debris can build up.

All-Pro typically has low to no lead times for many of their products and offers a solid 1-year warranty.

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  • All-Pro Overland Roof Rack For 5th Gen 4Runner: Check Price

Pros

  • American made
  • No drilling required!
  • Optional light bat cutout
  • Side rail handle cutouts
  • Unique crossbar design
  • Low lead times
  • 12-month warranty

Cons

  • Decreases Fuel Economy
  • Increases Wind Noise

4. Prinsu: Full-Length & 3/4

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

The Prinsu (now owned by CBI Off-Road) rack is a low-profile, badass, aggressive-looking platform that was the first CNC rack introduced to the market.

The Prinsu comes in two options; a 3/4 length version and the standard full-length version – neither options require drilling. The design is made up of 2 laser-cut side rails with 1/4″ 5052 aluminum and multiple top/bottom-facing channels with one powder coating option. For the fairing, you can choose between black, bare, grey, or white.

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. For additional add-ons, Prinsu has an extensive lineup of accessories – the largest in the industry when it comes to aftermarket accessory add-ons.

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    Pros

    • Affordable
    • No drilling required
    • Load panels with endless mount options
    • Wind deflector with LED cutout
    • Low profile design
    • Aluminum/lightweight
    • Powder-coated options
    • Versatile overland/ expedition-style

    Cons

    • Decreases Fuel Economy
    • Increases Wind Noise

      5. KC Pro6 M-Rack: Full-Length

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

      The KC Lights Pro6 M-Rack is one of the most robust combinations on the market. The Pro6 is the actual light bar (pictured) while the M-Rack is the rack brand (that KC owns). Four C-series scene lights are integrated into the CNC cut side rails, making for a powerhouse in terms of integrated lighting and design. KC offers multiple lighting options for 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 rack of this quality you should opt for the 50″ Pro6. There is no comparison to the C-Series 50-inch light bar. Like many other options 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 full-length 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, this is one setup you will not regret.

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Drilling Required on Full-Length
      • Increases Wind Noise

      6. upTOP Overland: Full-Length

      upTOP Overland Roof Rack For 5th Gen 4Runner

      The upTOP Overland Bravo and Alpha are both two pretty stunning options 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 Bravo has a lot to offer. It has a unique wind deflector unlike any of the other options. The wind deflector is not as “low profile,” as the others, 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 others mentioned in this article have a single option only.

      The Alpha is another low-profile option however it offers a massive footprint. The rack measures 50 in wide in 98.5″ Long. That’s larger than almost any other option 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 comes with the same scene pods as the Bravo, just another great feature of this rack.

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      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

      Cons

      • Decreases Fuel Economy
      • Increases Wind Noise

      7. Sherpa: Full-Length & 3/4

      Sherpa Roof Rack On 5th Gen 4Runner

      Sherpa is another high-end CNC-style option on the market with somewhat of a cult following. They originally started with 3rd Gen 4Runner racks and quickly grew into the 5th Gen 4Runner market due to their quality and attention to detail. Sherpa was likely the first brand to introduce 1/4″ aluminum into their design. Now others, such as Backwoods Adventure Mods, are adopting that same level of build quality.

      The load capacity is 300 lbs dynamic and 700 lbs static. They provide 9 extrusion crossbars and the installation does not require drilling. You can order your wind fairing in a half-height (for single row light bar) or full height (no light bar) and then customize your finish in a black textured powder coat or bare processed aluminum. 

      For accessories, they offer just about every option your average overlander or off-roader would need; universal adapt mounting plate, HD awning mount, antenna mount, QuickFist mount brackets, window MOLLE panel, waterport mount, ROTOPAX mounting kit, and more. The best part about their accessories, compared to Front Runner, for example, is that they’re actually reasonably priced.

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      Pros 

      • Industry-leading ¼” thick aircraft-grade aluminum
      • Side cutouts for mounting gear or handles
      • Side cutouts for scene lights/brackets
      • 9 Extrusion crossbars
      • No drilling required
      • Adjustable Leveling Mounts
      • Fairing with Edge Trim
      • Tons of accessory mounting options

      Cons

      • Decreases Fuel Economy
      • Increases Wind Noise

      8. Front Runner: Full-Length & 3/4

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

      Front Runner is a T6 aluminum rack that has a strong design and is powder coated in satin black. They offer both full-length and 3/4 rack versions and both are compatible with their large line of in-house aftermarket mods, and accessories. For weight ratings, the dynamic and static load is around 660 lbs for both the full-length and the 3/4 system. 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 the price, overall. Not only is the rack itself expensive, but the accessories are as well. If you buy 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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      Pros

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

      Cons

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

      9. Eezi-Awn K9: Full-Length

      2016 Trail 4Runner Swell Runner

      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 most – even on its “lowest” setting.

      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 range 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.

      When it comes to accessories, they offer a solution for pretty much every overland gear essential. Like the Front Runner, their mounting options and accessories are pretty pricey.

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Expensive
      • Steel Design = Heavy
      • Increases Wind Noise

      10. BajaRack: Full-Length & 3/4

      Alvin Hall (@4rungs)

      Most of their options are full-length basket-style racks, however, 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 a black powder coating.

      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) 300 lbs and static 600 lbs.

      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.

      For Accessories, they have you covered. Baja has awning mounts, axe/ shovel mounts, fuel can holders, Hi-Lift jack mounts, plenty of LED light mounts, and much more.

      While they start out pricier than some other racks, BajaRacks are a great choice if you want a dependable rack with plenty of options.

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      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

      Cons

      • Expensive
      • Steel Design = Heavy
      • Decreases Fuel Economy

        11. Rhino-Rack: Full-Length & 3/4

        Long Canyon 4WD Trail - El Dorado National Forest

        The Rhino-Rack Pioneer SX Platform is another low-profile option that is highly durable and can be mounted in a wide variety of ways depending on your setup. The platform’s build quality is similar to an Eezi-Awn K9 and the Front Runner, but a little less expensive.

        The 3/4 platform can be mounted on your factory roof rails while the full option (backbone system) is an overland-style rack.

        The Pioneer SX Platform is made from aluminum and comes powder-coated black. The measurements of this unit for the Backbone (full rack) system are 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 you can purchase the stronger Backbone system for the larger 76″ platform.

        The backbone system can support a roof-top tent (without the basket) like many of the full-length options above as well as many other common accessories.

        The Rhino-Rack has endless options for mounting but you will pay for their accessories. To give you an idea, the tie-down eye nuts are $50 for 4. The gear is outrageously expensive.

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        Pros

        • Factory mounts (no drilling required)
        • Factory Rails (3/4)
        • Factory Mounts (Backbone)
        • Very low profile design
        • Aluminum/ light-weight
        • Powder-coated black satin

        Cons

        • Expensive Aftermarket Accessory Brackets

        12. Gobi Rack: Full-Length

        Gobi 4Runner Roof Rack - Full Roof Rack

        One of the oldest, most well-established roof rack companies in the off-road industry is Gobi. While it comes in at a heavy price point, it’s also among the highest quality. They offer two unique looks which are both quite stunning. The rack itself can handle a safe driving load capacity of 300lbs. In addition, the static load capacity easily holds up to 600lbs.

        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 taller than the Stealth.

        • The Gobi Stealth: 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 Ranger has a basket that sits a bit higher than the Stealth. Grab the Ranger if you plan on mounting gear and hardware at high heights.

        Gobi also comes with two sunroof options; with a sunroof cutout or without. Also for lighting, 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.

        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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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Long lead times
        • Steel Design = Heavy

        13. ARB Flat Rack: 3/4 Rack

        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.

        There are a few things that set the ARB roof rack apart from other brands. The first is that the ARB flat mesh rack 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.

        If you don’t want to drill into your roof for an aftermarket platform, 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 rooftop 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.

        Options

        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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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Steel Design = Heavy
        • Decreases Fuel Economy
        • Increases Wind Noise

        14. Nfab: 3/4 Basket

        NFab Roof Rack on the 5th Gen 4Runner

        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.

        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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        Pros

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

        Cons

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

        15. Yakima: 3/4 Basket

        The Yakima MegaWarrior and LoadWarrior cargo baskets are dependable options 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 and the install is very easy. If this is the style you’re looking for, check out this LoadWarrior review written by Sarah.

        The Yakima MegaWarrior Cargo Basket (the larger version) is a durable all-steel basket with a black finish. Its dimensions are length 52″ x width 48″ x Height 6.5″ with an optional Length of 22″ extension. 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.

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

        Pros

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

        Cons

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

        16. Rola: 3/4 Basket

        Rola Roof Rack 5th Gen 4Runner

        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 quite as large it has better features for an offroader.

        The Rola is a durable heavy-duty steel basket with a black powder coat finish. Its 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.

        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, a cargo box or net, a cargo bag, and last but not least a bike carrier attachment.

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • No customizable options

          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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          Kevin Derks
          Kevin Derks
          2 years ago

          which rooftop rack works best for a ROAM awning?

          Phil Lokey
          Phil Lokey
          3 years ago

          Bought the ARB flat alloy rack (70×44) for my 2018 SR5. What are my best mounting options?

          Robert
          Robert
          3 years ago

          I want to be able to carry some camping gear and two kayaks. Is it better to go with a flat rack? The basket style rack would be overall better suited to my needs, but I’m unsure about strapping the kayaks to a basket.

          Adam
          Adam
          2 years ago
          Reply to  Robert

          Did you ever end up picking out a rack? You want to do exactly what I wanted.

          Tim
          Tim
          3 years ago

          Any thoughts on the Yakima Off Grid or LockNLoad Platform? I’m a long-time Yakima enthusiast and considering an Off Grid or LNL and would love to hear anyone’s thoughts who’s willing to share!

          Brandon
          Brandon
          3 years ago

          The upTOP Alpha looks impressive. I noticed increased wind noise was not listed under the Cons items. I understand any roof rack will create some wind noise, however does the Alpha produce minimal noise compared to most full racks?

          Ray
          Ray
          3 years ago
          Reply to  Brandon

          I have no experience with them on the 4runner but can tell you on my Tacoma before I traded it in for the 4R, there was zero wind noise from their rack. That higher split faring is engineered right!

          Noah
          Noah
          3 years ago

          Are there any racks where I person could stand or walk on, without adding additional hardware to the rack?

          Jakob Wilson
          Jakob Wilson
          4 years ago

          Update on Prinsu Rack (Full). They now have a full non drilled version.

          Richard Kroll
          Richard Kroll
          4 years ago

          Can you please update this with all of the new players? (upTop Overland, Victory, SSO, etc)

          Mike
          Mike
          4 years ago

          I just bought a 2020 TRD PRO 4Runner and am wondering if the roof rack bolt pattern is the same for all 5th Gen 4Runners? I’d like to change out the old FJ style rack with a full length rack to support a roof top tent and tarp system. Thanks!

          Mweiser
          Mweiser
          3 years ago
          Reply to  Mike

          Check out the Victory full rack

          Anthony
          Anthony
          4 years ago

          What’s the name of the sliders that are seen in the Gobi Rack photo on this page?

          Nick
          Nick
          4 years ago
          Reply to  Anthony

          They are factory side steps

          Zibi
          Zibi
          3 years ago
          Reply to  Nick

          me -no-think-so….;)

          Gregg T Nelson
          Gregg T Nelson
          4 years ago

          Ive been reading about a roof rack company out of Colorado called Sherpa Equipment Company. I have a 2020 4R and have been looking at Front Runner racks which I believe are made in South America. Made in the USA is very appealing to me. Has anyone else heard of or used this company?

          Tyler
          Tyler
          4 years ago

          I know I’m kind of late to this thread, but just got a 2019 trd off-road. I’m trying to get a rack where I can put different things on (cargo box, bike carrier, ski rack, kayak/canoe rack, etc) but one where I don’t have to drill or add existing holes. Thanks for the help

          Jordan K
          Jordan K
          4 years ago

          I was hoping to get some guidance/perspectives regarding a roof rack. I’m buying an off road premium w/ a sunroof. Was thinking a 3/4 roof rack would be the way to go but was wondering how it affects the mounting of a roof top tent or any sort of canopy. Thanks

          Brenan - @Trail4R
          Brenan - @Trail4R
          4 years ago
          Reply to  Jordan K

          3/4 roof rack is going to be your best bet for utilizing your moonroof. They also still offer the opportunity to run an RTT and awning. The front runner is a really good 3/4 option rack out there.

          Anthony Branch
          Anthony Branch
          4 years ago

          I have a 2019 TRD Pro and recently discovered Leonard Fabrication & Design. Their headquarters are in Denver, NC (Just outside Charlotte) and everything is made in the USA. Quality made products for 4Runners and other vehicles. Check them out; http://www.lfdoffroad.com/

          Last edited 1 year ago by Brenan Greene
          Daniel J Moore Jr
          Daniel J Moore Jr
          4 years ago

          I have a 2019 TRD Offroad Premium. Will the TRD Pro roof rack fit? Local dealer told me it’s only for the pro but he also didn’t sound very motivated to figure it out for me.

          Toyota Roof Rack Trd Pro Part Number: 4R PT278-89190

          Brian Keller
          Brian Keller
          4 years ago

          Daniel,

          If it fits yours, I’ll gladly sell you the factory rack off of my 19 Pro. It’s never had anything put on it, essentially mint condition. Save you some money off a new one depending on where you are located.

          Mark Gresser
          Mark Gresser
          4 years ago
          Reply to  Brian Keller

          Brian, same with me. What will you replace it with?

          DJ Moore
          DJ Moore
          4 years ago

          I have a 2019 trd Off road premium. Will the trd pro roof rack fit?

          Roof Rack Trd Pro 4R – Toyota (PT278-89190)

          Dallas Ferrell
          Dallas Ferrell
          5 years ago

          Anyone recognize the side steps in the pic with the Gobi rack?

          Kent
          Kent
          5 years ago
          Reply to  Dallas Ferrell

          They look kinda wide…..maybe too wide to be sliders?

          Dallas Ferrell
          Dallas Ferrell
          5 years ago
          Reply to  Kent

          Side steps…. not the ladder. Any idea who makes them?

          Kent
          Kent
          5 years ago
          Reply to  Dallas Ferrell

          No I don’t, I put FAB nerf bars on mine…..may switch up to sliders if the “going gets any tougher.”

          Andrew
          Andrew
          5 years ago

          Great post. For the Rola V-tex picture above, it looks like it’s mounted on the standard vertical bars and not cross bars…is there a separate bracket this can be done with? I don’t have cross bars and want to go with a low profile look but instructions say it must be mounted on crossbars. Any insight is appreciated!

          Peter
          Peter
          5 years ago
          Reply to  Andrew

          Hi Andrew,

          I have the Rola V-TEX on 2018 and you need the crossbar to be able to have this rack up there.
          The rack itself gets clap onto the crossbar.

          Colin Arnold
          Colin Arnold
          5 years ago

          Hey- Have you looked at the Rago Fabrication Modular Factory rail system? Connects right into the factory rails, totally flush, tons of modular applications for recovery gear, gas/water cans, tools, etc.. Also has add-on for Yakima round bars so you can still use a cargo box, kayak holders, etc.

          Looks like a great rack alternative.

          Karl
          Karl
          5 years ago

          Hi Brenan. The Gobi breakdown doesn’t mention wind noise as a Con. I would assume all roof racks will create noise to some levels. Is there any information you can point me to that has more details?

          Lee LaCombe
          Lee LaCombe
          5 years ago

          Put a Gobi Stealth on my 18 TRD Off Road. Took almost 4 months to arrive, but from the instant it showed up, it was worth the wait. Shoot, even the packing was impressive… Any idea what mounting hardware was used for the MaxTraxs on the gray rig in the article? I like the setup. Thanks

          Kent
          Kent
          5 years ago
          Reply to  Lee LaCombe

          Hi Lee – I tried to take a closeup screen shot and enlarge in PS….from what I can make out, it looks very similar to the “bolt and wing nut” setup a lot of Yakima and Thule bike racks employ. Just a guess.

          Joe
          Joe
          5 years ago

          Trying to find a full length roof rack for my 3rd gen that I can mount my rooftop tent on

          Cory Byrd
          Cory Byrd
          5 years ago

          Which racks work best with a light bar? Obviously, I would have to go with a full, not a 3/4. Thanks for the info!

          Ryan
          Ryan
          5 years ago

          Brenan,
          First, thanks for all the time and effort you put in to the website. It has proven to be a game changer for a first-time 4Runner owner like myself.
          With that being said, I just wanted to pass some information to you and possibly to some of your other readers. If you are law enforcement, military, or a firefighter, check out http://www.expertvoice.com and sign up for their insane savings. I got the Rhino-rack 76″x49″ Pioneer and the Backbone system for a total of $763…that’s over a $400+ savings.
          The website also has TONS of other vendors that one can use also. I’ve said TONS of cash through them!
          Thanks again for the hard work and information you provide! I’m taking lots of notes and they are working out great!

          roof marketer
          5 years ago

          Do you write all of your blogs urself or do you
          have a team? Contractors? Do you have guest writers?

          Mike Hanley
          Mike Hanley
          5 years ago

          Do you have any information on the stock bolt spacing on the 4runner? I.e. If I’m trying to make my own roof rack, before I rip my existing rails off I’d like to have a good design and know the stock spacing one the OEM rails are taken off.

          Doug Pierce
          Doug Pierce
          5 years ago

          Just now …thanks for the reply! That writeup may have sealed the deal for me as it’s one of the options I was down to! Thanks for the link share!

          Doug Pierce
          Doug Pierce
          5 years ago

          Okay …I need low profile rack and while there are no immediate plans for a RTT, I would like to get a rack that would hold one should I need it.

          So low profile
          Weight rated for RTT
          I hate my factory rails so I don’t want to use those

          Any recommendations that may be updates since this post originally?

          I was leaning Rhino Pioneer, but saw in another post you don’t recommend it if RTT a consideration.

          Any thoughts that you’d update if buying now based on yours and others feedback?

          Doug
          Doug
          5 years ago

          Great thanks …I’m leaning Rhino Rack with the upgraded support braces (backbone).

          Doug
          Doug
          5 years ago

          Why would the ARB FLAT ALLOY ROOF RACK decrease fuel efficiency and the others wouldn’t?

          I’m looking for a flat design and one that would be sturdy enough for a RTT if I decided to get one. Do I need 300lb weight limit?

          Nick S
          Nick S
          4 years ago
          Reply to  Brenan Greene

          Hey Brenan, first and foremost – thank you for that you do for our community. I’m a huge fan of you and Snail Trail. You guys are my “go-to’s.” I’m looking into reacks and I’m curious as to why you said this in your post, with regards to the ARB racks.
          “If you want to mount an RTT (rooftop tent), you need the 70” X 49” touring rack (part #3813200).” Is there a specific reason (#3813010) couldn’t handle a RTT? It looks like the same rack to me but with the front bars added. I’m not understanding why that would be needed for a RTT?

          Jason
          Jason
          5 years ago

          Great article, thanks very much. Proud owner of a 2019 Limited. Total stock right now, need to start with a new rack so this is very helpful. Vehicle has factory rails and crosssbars. We’re a family of four who spends a ton of time camping and skiing, in the mountains almost every weekend but outside of that I also use the vehicle for office-related work stuff. The current setup doesn’t fit with my existing long yakima box (need it further forward and I’m maxed out on settings). I’d like a cargo rack where I can integrate the longer box but then easily remove it when it comes to play real estate guy for work (cargo basket can certainly stay on forever, just need to be able to get into parking garages). Thoughts? Thanks very much in advance!

          Darren
          Darren
          5 years ago

          Has a question on the ROLA V-TEX ROOFTOP CARGO BASKET. In the picture in the article it looks like the rack is directly clamped to the side rails and potentially no crossbars are needed. Everything I’m reading on Amazon is saying that crossbars ARE needed. Can anyone confirm if the Rola would fit on a 2016 4Runner XP with standard roof rails?

          erik
          erik
          4 years ago
          Reply to  Darren

          You can actually buy an aftermarket mount kit to mount the Rola without crossbars, it makes it much sleeker. https://www.4xinnovations.com/03-20-4Runner-Rola-Rack-Mount-Kit_p_43.html

          Peter
          Peter
          5 years ago
          Reply to  Darren

          Hi Darren,

          I have the Rola V-TEX on 2018 and you need the crossbar to be able to have this rack up there.
          The rack itself gets clap onto the crossbar.

          Brian
          Brian
          5 years ago

          You can update the Prinsu specs to include that they have a no-drill full size option.

          Craig Kauzlaric
          Craig Kauzlaric
          5 years ago

          I’m looking at the Front runner roof rack. Lots of options for add ons.

          Joe
          Joe
          5 years ago

          I have a 2018 TRD Off Road Premium with the sunroof. Looking around, and doing research, I have only run across the Gobi and the BajaRack with sunroof cut out option on full length racks. Has anyone run into another option? I am not super keen on the long wait times for either of them. Additionally, my favorite reseller can’t get decent margins so I am looking for another option, but feel like I need to have that sunroof option since that was a requirement for me when I bought my 4Runner.

          Mark Gresser
          Mark Gresser
          4 years ago
          Reply to  Joe

          I have a 2019 Pro with Rack. I would prefer a full sized rack, but with a cutout for the sunroof. Is the Gobi or BajaRack set up for a sunroof? Thanks

          Brian
          Brian
          5 years ago
          Reply to  Joe

          You can adjust the rails on the Prinsu to avoid your sunroof. Thats my plan 🙂

          Craig K
          Craig K
          5 years ago

          Two of the photo’s show gas /water can’s mounted to the ladder. Living in FL it would be nice to have for Hurricane season. Where can I find that kit?

          Thanks

          Steve Carter
          Steve Carter
          5 years ago

          Having some difficulty trying to decide among the various rack options described in this article. I primarily want a rack so I can get up high for certain photo situations, which means I need a ladder and a rack sturdy enough to stand on (I weigh 175lb). I don’t think I need a full size rack for that; I’m guessing the 3/4 will be sufficient. Another priority will be minimum wind resistance and noise on the highway. The Gobi Stealth seems like a good option, but the BajaRack mesh option seems like it might be helpful if standing on the rack. Thoughts or suggestions? What am I missing?

          Skyler
          Skyler
          5 years ago

          So can you hit the pros/cons of the alloy vs steel options for the racks that offer both? Obvious would be weight, but can you talk to whether there is enough strength loss in the alloy options to pay for the extra weight of steel? Anything else between those two?

          Kris
          Kris
          5 years ago

          Hey Brenan! This article was very helpful in narrowing my rack search. Thanks for that!

          I’m currently torn between the full length options by Front Runner, Prinsu, and a third brand not in this article…

          Could I get your thoughts on the Southern Style Offroad roof rack?
          https://www.southernstyleoffroad.com/product/5th-gen-4runner-roof-rack/

          Do you see a huge benefit of the front supports being drilled vs the rubber supports SSO offers?

          Thanks in advance!

          Brad
          Brad
          5 years ago

          Was thinking of getting rhino rack 70 inch for my 2014 4Runner would it cause issues if i were to get the 54” wide instead of 49”?

          Mac & Belinda
          Mac & Belinda
          5 years ago

          We have a 2017 4Runner that we wish to carry two Hobie Pro Angler fishing kayaks on. They are 12′ and 14′, weigh a total of 250 lbs, and combined are about 75″ wide.
          What would you recommend? (Is it even practical?)
          Thanks! Mac and Belinda

          Joe
          Joe
          5 years ago
          Reply to  Mac & Belinda

          Hey Brenan, I was wondering if you had any updates to this list that you would recommend or want to call out since it was originally posted? I am trying to decide on a rack that allows me full usage of my moonroof, that would also be in the 600 lbs load range.

          Tarin
          Tarin
          6 years ago

          Have you seen the LFD Off Road cross bars and racks? They look pretty promising and are inexpensive. Haven’t seen them in person yet.

          http://lfdoffroad.com/

          Last edited 1 year ago by Brenan Greene
          Anthony Branch
          Anthony Branch
          4 years ago
          Reply to  Tarin

          I took a tour of the plant just this past Friday afternoon. I really believe their front and rear bumpers could be utilized on an Abrams tank.

          Andrew Tidwell
          Andrew Tidwell
          6 years ago

          Are there any issues with rust on these roof racks? I live at the beach and was wondering which would be best for avoiding rust – or if there are things that could be done to mitigate it. Thanks very much – love this site!

          Corby
          Corby
          6 years ago

          Do you know which rack will work with strapping down kayaks with my current adapters for the crossbars?
          Also, does the GOBI ladder work with all different rack systems or just the GOBI?
          I would like to put it with the Nfab Aluminium Rack.

          Dave Buchanan
          Dave Buchanan
          6 years ago

          Can you recommend a rack that has good Kayak adapters?
          When I upgraded to Gen5 4-Runner our Yakima Kayak racks didn’t fit the crossbars on the new truck.
          I’m looking to add a basket type rack but need to be able to carry 2 kayaks on it.

          Peter Ensrud
          5 years ago
          Reply to  Dave Buchanan

          The Yakima option would give you a basket and cross bars that would also enable you to add a kayak rack. Being that the roof is so high, I would also look into the Thule Canyon XT basket with extension, and cross bars. I believe the basket has an option to add locks to lock basket to cross bar, and you could add the Thule Hullavator, which is a lift system that would enable you to load and unload your kayak with ease, and both basket and kayak lift system could be keyed the same to have matching locks/keys, easier than fiddling with multiple keys! The Thule basket has a ~150lb load capacity. Would be a good way to add kayaks, paddles, and other gear to the roof. The hullavator is not cheap, but I used to sell them and work with them daily for customers, and can tell you honestly, they rock, and have a lifetime warranty. Thule is great, and anytime customers in the past had issues with racks/parts breaking, and lets say a kayak hit the freeway and was damaged (happened), Thule covered it. All instances vary. Overloading rack…exceeding recommended speed (like most customers do), but great customer service. and a solid brand. Only annoyance is the wind fairing. Yakimas is more solid, where as the thule one has been known to flex at high speeds and push wind down, but not always. Just fyi. Good luck.

          JC
          JC
          6 years ago

          Brenan,

          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.

          Guy Mattola
          Guy Mattola
          4 years ago
          Reply to  JC

          They have a Full Rack now w no drilling, just adhesive feet

          JC
          JC
          6 years ago
          Reply to  Brenan Greene

          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.

          @ProTrd
          @ProTrd
          6 years ago

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

          joshua
          joshua
          6 years ago

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

          William
          William
          6 years ago

          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.

          David Strom
          David Strom
          6 years ago

          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.

          Thomas
          Thomas
          5 years ago
          Reply to  David Strom

          Hi – this was a great article. I have a question on which of these rack mount directly on roof of the vehicle (not the existing factory Toyota roof rack). My 2018 Off Road came with chome colored factory racks and I’m thinking of taking the factory racks off entirely and replacing them with one of the black racks in your article. It’s hard to tell from some of the pictures which racks mount on the existing factory rack versus directly on the roof of the 4runner. Thank you!

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