While you have likely gathered that our passion lies with the Land Cruiser, the answer is yes, we can transfer what we’ve developed to also work on the 4Runner platform as well. Similar to the Lexus GX460/470 models, the 4Runner racks share similar features and attributes, adopting all of the unique style points we have developed which make our racks a Gamiviti rack.
4th gen 4Runners are 2003-2008 model years in the US, similar to the Lexus GX470 and Prado 120 series Land Cruiser worldwide. 5th gen 4Runners are 2009-present, with similarities to the GX460 Lexus and Prado 150. Roof racks are different with some unique dimensions, though each share the same limitation found on every 4Runner: the lack of towers.
Yes that means your 4Runner only has 2 attachment points per side. The same year Lexus has 3, and the same year Land Cruiser has 4… but you were given only 2. What that means is you have fewer points of contact between the rack system and the structure of your roof, you are limited to 4 M8 threaded inserts per side, allowing for 2 towers per side to bolt up.
On 4th gen 4Runners you technically have a back and front tower, but lack a middle tower. For these racks, we provide an additional mounting plate in the center, and suggest you add a 3rd tower to the center of your rack to support the load of your rack and gear.
On 5th gen 4Runners you technically have a back and middle tower, but lack a forward tower. For these racks, we provide an additional mounting plate in front, and suggests you add a 3rd tower to the front of your rack to support the load of your rack and gear.
The addition of towers is best done by drilling holes, and installing riv nuts into your roof. This fastener solution is easy to do, it doesn’t leak, and it holds well… however it comes with the price of being able to drill holes into your truck. We realize not everyone is up for that. We feel this is the best way to attach a rack to the roof, compared to long channels that either span the gap or cantilever forward, or towers that are taped to the roof. Here is a picture of a sample rivnut tool which works well for this:
The process is actually quite simple- install the rack using the existing threaded holes, position the new tower in the desired location, then mark the new hole locations. Remove the rack, drill some 7/16” holes, add your inserts, then reinstall. The racks you see in this gallery have had the additional towers added.