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
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
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
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
Position the top of the ladder 2 inches from the edge of the rear door
Step 3. Position Bottom of Ladder Onto Rear Door
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
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
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
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.
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!