Delete/Remove Your Roof Rack on the 5th Gen 4Runner
Have you ever wanted to get rid of the roof rack on your 5th Gen Toyota 4Runner? Maybe you don’t use it, maybe you don’t like the way it looks, something else?
Well, I went ahead and “deleted” the roof, and I’m more than happy I did. What’s the purpose of doing this? Well, that depends on your taste.
I decided that I wasn’t going to use the roof rack for anything important anytime soon and that I’d like the “clean” or “naked” look that’d it have without one.
While it’s not exactly a cheap mod to do, it still isn’t a very expensive one either.
5th Gen 4Runner Sporting The Roof Rack Delete
Using all Toyota parts, and ordering through an online wholesale, the total to do the roof rack delete on my 2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro was roughly $70 total. To some, that may be steep or extreme for what it does, but for me, I’d do it again.
One of the major differences you’ll notice is the ride being much quieter. Much like anything on the roof, the more things you have, the more it catches the wind, and the louder it will become.
That’s what a lot of aftermarket roof racks come with windshields to help keep the noise down, as well as your MPG. While I haven’t noticed much of a savings and fuel, my phone calls have been much easier to hear.
Here is the complete part list (which I will put below) to help you achieve the delete. The original write-up for this post can be found here on T4R.org.
- PTFE tape
- J-B Weld Clear Silicone
- The entire OEM Roof Rack Delete Kit
- 8pcs – Part# 90119-08C47 (roof bolts w/ rubber washers)
- 4pcs – Part# 63185-42020 (roof brackets w/ foam pads – TE already have this under the installed roof rack)
- 4pcs – Part# 75596-35030 (roof plastic covers)
The whole roof rack delete kit comes with the parts listed. The kit fits Toyota 4Runner 2004 to 2018 and the Rav4 2006 to 2017. The 4 moldings, 4 brackets, and 8 bolts are what you need if you choose to remove your roof rack. The bolts are necessary to securely fasten the roof panel clips for the moldings when the rack is not present. The kit below will include OEM sealed items straight from Toyota.
Finalizing the Roof Rack Delete
You will also want some sort of sealant to help prevent any sort of water squeaking through and coming through your headliner.
I have been in multiple rain storms, car washes, etc, and have not had any issues with water coming through, nor a mildew smell where perhaps it did come through where I couldn’t see.
I used J-B Weld Clear Silicone for my install, as well as put PTFE tape around each bolt I installed.
The install is as simple as popping off a few clips to unbolt the OEM rack, replacing and or adding new seals, tightening them down, and placing the cover on top.
It took me roughly 20 minutes from start to finish to complete.
Thoughts on Removing your Roof Rack?
Some have argued it makes the 4Runner look too “naked,” while others say it makes it no longer look like an off-road vehicle, but I personally like what I feel is a clean look, not to mention the lack of roof noise.
Just got a ’22 4Runner, wanting to get an aftermarket rack. What I’m wondering is if, in the interim I do this, is it permanent? Can I do this and then easily remove it in the fall or next spring to install the new rack?
Just got done doing this to my ’16 SR5. Really gives the truck a “unique” and clean look. Install was straight forward but had to pause for a second to figure out the orientation of the covers, HINT Arrows face outward ;). ALSO, make sure the covers are overlapping the rubber on both sides so it doesn’t fly off while you are cruising down the road. Took about 20 minutes in all. Think I spent more time cleaning the gunk off than actually removing/installing parts.
Interested to know how it’s held up since you’ve done this. Also would like to know where you applied the sealant. I just ordered the kit and would love to do this however I live on an island with a lot of rain and want to make sure I seal this up properly.
Any update now that it’s been a while? No leaking, still like the look?
I’d be careful using a silicone. Many examples or silicone causing issues when shrinking and expanding causing issues between the paint leading towards rust. Just Google and do some research. Horror stories all over.
Still dope, no leaks that I can see. Haven’t seen any evidence of it so far. 4runnermutts and myself, 8S6T4R, on Instagram have it. I’m pretty sure I’ve got pics of it, but I know 4runnermutts does for sure.
Awesome, gonna give you guys a follow. Thanks man
Are these delete kit parts number applicable to the 2019 TRD Pro? Someone said it’s not the same under the rack as other 4runners. Thanks!
To be honest I don’t know. My assumption is that they are all the same from one trim to another, but don’t quote me on that. I really can’t imagine between how similar all of the trims are between each other that the placement of the holes are going to be so different from each other.
It must be becoming popular… everywhere is sold out of the delete parts. I’ll be doing it to mine as well as soon as parts become available again…
I did this on my FJ as I had to pull the ARB rack off because water was leaking through the roof at the pillars and soaking my headliner. At first, I just did this to give me time to get the rack/rails powder coated since they had rust spots but after driving around with it for some time I enjoyed it so much I ditched the idea of putting it back on and looked to sell the rack. Yes, its annoying not having a roof rack at times but the overall aesthetics are worth it. Why am I talking about and FJ on a 4Runner mod … because now I have a 4Runner Trail and after using the factory roof rack it NEEDS TO GO. Not only is it annoying to use, the placement of the antenna gets in the way. Of course looked at the various low profile options, but frankly think am leaning to doing this again. I am glad someone decided to rock this on their 4Runner and it completely affirms my idea of doing it again. Most owners frankly have a nice looking grocery grabber and feel obligated to do the standard mods, wheels/tires, sliders, armor, roof rack, etc etc but don’t every get it dirty- so why not just make it look cool!?! Thanks for doing this!
I also did a roof rack delete and really like it. Looking at it on an angle, it looks freaking awesome and I love it. Looking at the straight on, it feels like it skipped upper body day and did double leg day. To me, it feels like there should be something up top to even it out.
That being said, I still like it and enjoy the look of it.
Here’s a link for the one I got on eBay. Works great, installed it myself, $55. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-TOYOTA-2004-2018-4Runner-2006-17-Rav4-ROOF-RACK-REMOVAL-DELETE-KIT-Oem/352552552882?epid=2216179695&hash=item5215c509b2:g:mYQAAOSwFilarxvm
I own a 2019 TRD OFF Road Premium but eBay says the parts don’t fit my truck, you think it should fit?
Very likely. I would message the seller to confirm. If he/she says yes and it doesn’t, well then they can do what they fee is best.
Amazon often says something won’t work in my 2018 4runner, but I know for sure it does. Those things are not am exact science and they need to be updated as newer versions of the vehicles come out.