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BajaRack Ladder Install on the 5th Gen 4Runner

Updated 1/13/20 / Read Time: 4 mins

BajaRack Full-Length Roof Rack Ladder Step-By-Step Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner

BajaRack Full-Length Roof Rack Ladder Step-By-Step Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner

So, I finally got around to getting a ladder after having a full-length roof rack for almost a year now.  Most of the time to access the roof I would roll down a window and step, while barefoot, up to gain access. Yeah, not the best process for accessing your roof rack.

I put off buying the ladder because I wasn’t really satisfied with the shape of it. But after meeting a fellow 4Runner at a meetup who had the exact same rack with a BajaRack Ladder I was sold, looked so much better in person than on the web.

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Why I Chose BajaRack

BajaRack Full-Length Roof Rack Ladder Step-By-Step Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner: Why I Chose BajaRack

There are a few reasons why I like the BajaRack over some of the others, like the popular Gobi Rack Ladder for the 5th Gen. The main reason is it matches the rack, but more technical reasons are as follows:

  • The BajaRack is mounted more to the left than some of the others. This keeps the ladder out of view more when driving as I only see half of the ladder when looking through my rear-view mirror.
  • The ladder follows the lines of the rear hatch more, working outward and in. I think one day this may be an advantage when running a rear tire that is center-mounted giving more access to the ladder and mounted accessories.

Roof Rack Ladder Install Overview

BajaRack Full-Length Roof Rack Ladder Step-By-Step Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner: Roof Rack Ladder Install Overview

This install was very easy, but it does benefit having an extra hand to throw some weight on the ladder when attaching the bottom bracket.

Recommended Tools For Install:

  • 9/16 Wrench
  • 9/16 Ratchet
  • 5/32 Allen wrench
  • Tape measure

BajaRack already sends all parts pre-3m padded, so the install is pretty much attached and tighten!

Step 1. Install Ladder On Top of 4Runner Roof

BajaRack Full-Length Roof Rack Ladder Step-By-Step Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner: Step 1. Install Ladder On Top of 4Runner Roof

Install the ladder to the top of the roof. Insert upside down and then slip the channel into the rear gate.

Note: Be sure all areas where the ladder will sit are clean and free of dirt.

Step 2. Position Top of Ladder Onto Rear Door

BajaRack Full-Length Roof Rack Ladder Step-By-Step Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner: Step 2. Position Top of Ladder Onto Rear Door

Position the top of the ladder 2 inches from the edge of the rear door

Step 3. Position Bottom of Ladder Onto Rear Door

BajaRack Full-Length Roof Rack Ladder Step-By-Step Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner: Step 3. Position Bottom of Ladder Onto Rear Dooramz

Position the bottom of the ladder at 2” 3/8″ from the bottom edge of the rear door.

Note: Having a taped line marking your spot helps here.

Step 4. Secure Bottom Bracket Onto Aluminum Plate

BajaRack Full-Length Roof Rack Ladder Step-By-Step Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner: Step 4. Secure Bottom Bracket Onto Aluminum Plate

Take the bottom bracket and place the aluminum plate in place.

Note: In the install pamphlet it’s hard to see where this goes.

Step 5. Clamp Ladder To Bottom Bracket

BajaRack Full-Length Roof Rack Ladder Step-By-Step Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner: Step 5. Clamp Ladder To Bottom Bracket

Take the walk down bolt (E) and begin to clamp the ladder to the bottom bracket. Use supplied grease and supplied washers on both sides of the bolt.

Note: Once the walk down bolt allows you to attach Bolt (D) in the other hole, remove the walk down bolt and replace with the other Bolt (D)*

Pro Tip: Have your buddy put weight on the ladder by standing on it to pull it closer when attaching to the bracket.

Step 6. Tighten Bottom Bracket To Rear Door

BajaRack Full-Length Roof Rack Ladder Step-By-Step Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner: Step 6. Tighten Bottom Bracket To Rear Door

Once the ladder is tightened down, you’ll need the Allen wrench (5/32) to tighten the bottom bracket to the inside edge of the rear door.

Final Steps

BajaRack Full-Length Roof Rack Ladder Step-By-Step Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner: Final Steps

All that’s left is to inspect the ladder opens without hitting your roof rack and closes with no issues.

I would also recommend having the rear struts replaced as well. For a 2015 Trail mine is already having issues staying fully open, I haven’t done this yet but will soon!

BajaRack Full-Length Roof Rack Ladder Step-By-Step Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner: Final Steps

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Logan Brown
Logan Brown
August 15, 2020 4:29 pm

I was wondering if this ladder will fit another car. I have a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer and I love the look of this ladder. It is exactly what I want but I can’t seem to find anywhere if it can fit cars other than the 4Runner. Any help would be amazing thank you

Logan Brown
Logan Brown
August 17, 2020 9:26 am
Reply to  Anthony

thanks man that’s a good idea

Shawn Noonan
Shawn Noonan
April 30, 2020 6:48 am

I’ve had the Baha rack for about 3 and a half years. i just removed it to repaint a few spots. The bottom near the bumper was a mess. I had to sand it all down, treat it and painted it with Rustolium black paint. It looks great again! This is going to happen with any steel powder coated ladder, rack, etc. But this is not a complaint, Love my Baha ladder and have added mountings for my recovery boards and for a 5 Gallon Jerry.

Robert
Robert
August 12, 2020 2:15 pm
Reply to  Shawn Noonan

Hi Shawn, I’m thinking of putting a ladder on mines but don’t want to damage my tailgate or anything on the car. Which bottom was a mess? The tailgate or you talking about the ladder?

shawn noonan
shawn noonan
August 12, 2020 5:44 pm
Reply to  Robert

The bottom bracket was a mess as in rusted thru the black paint. The tailgate was 100% fine.

Robert
Robert
August 12, 2020 6:53 pm
Reply to  shawn noonan

Sweet!! That was the exact answer I was hoping for! Thanks Shawn! 🙌🏼 I’m totally thinking of getting one now 🤗

Amelia
Amelia
April 22, 2020 12:14 am

set up ladder to the SUV is quite complicated. This post make the issue simple. Thank you for the informative post.

Shioban
Shioban
February 4, 2020 7:50 pm

Hi there,

I was wondering what kind of roof rack you have on your 5th gen. I love the look of it and have been going back and forth on if I should make one DYI myself or just give into buying one? I am definitely liking the look of the ladder and the roof rack you have in the pictures. Looks hot!

Shioban

Shioban
Shioban
February 7, 2020 10:37 am
Reply to  Anthony

Can you provide a link by chance?

John
John
January 15, 2020 5:04 pm

I’m wondering if this will fit with a stock Pro rack. Ive read mixed reviews. Thank you!

Dave L
Dave L
January 13, 2020 11:04 pm

Can really attest to the need to replace the struts. I’m doing my first winter with this same ladder installed and the rear hatch pretty much won’t stay open in cold temperatures or any amount of snow and ice on it with the extra weight. High on my priority list once spring comes. Otherwise, this ladder is great.

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