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Old 03-01-2021, 11:43 PM #16
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To give context, I'm a photographer. Sometimes I might be able to get my shot by just standing on the roof, above obstructions, or to get a different perspective. So if not's safe (for the integrity of the roof panel) to stand on it, I'll not do it.

But if I were to want to achieve it, I suppose I would first need to install some kind of platform that mounts to the roof rack. Probably too much hassle at that point.
As other's have mentioned standing on the sheetmetal of the roof is not a good idea. I did the math on standing on a Sherpa rack in another posting no to long ago.

Best roof rack?

And the Guys from Sherpa replied with the results of their experience a few posts later:
https://www.toyota-4runner.org/3461929-post25.html

I have 2 x 1/2" plywood panels in my truck for me sleeping platform I just toss one up there and climb up. Only been up there one time but I weigh more than you do and don't have a ladder on the rear hatch.


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Depends... If you have a business license for your photography (as I do), then that Victory or Prinsu roof rack you'd just love to stand on to take that photo of the lion over the tall grass is just another business write-off. Go for it!
I don't unfortunately have a photography license... it's just a hobby. If I can somehow write such things off, I might as well write off the 4runner itself as a business expense. lol
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I don't unfortunately have a photography license... it's just a hobby. If I can somehow write such things off, I might as well write off the 4runner itself as a business expense. lol
EXACTLY!

At three years of loss (read: 4R upgrades with no photo sales) before it's designated a hobby, you're a piece of paper and two magnetic business labels for your doors away...

Let the PhotoRunner Build page begin!
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The owners manual for my 2008 clearly states "Do not exceed 54kg (120lb) cargo weight on the roof luggage carrier."
I think this is pretty clear and easy to understand, but I also think it doesn't take into account growing concern regarding ratings for offroad use. For example, Rhino Racks lower the load rating for their products for off-road use to 2/3 of the on-road load rating. The theory is that off-road driving can produce uncontrolled conditions that a manufacturer could not reasonably be expected to account for, or at least without doing extensive extreme testing.
If I were to follow this approach, I would comfortably put 120lbs on my factory roof rack for driving on good condition roads, but only 80lbs if I was on rough off-road trails. If I had removed my factory rails/bars and installed an aftermarket product, I would revise my calcs according to the difference in weight between the two.
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Aftermarket it is then. Unfortunately I don't have the means to fabricate my own...

4Runner Roof Rack | 4th & 5th Gen (03+) - Victory 4x4

Looks like something along these lines is going to cost me a pretty penny
If you dont care about the look, I suggest you to get RTT alluminium crossbars instead of a roof rack.

I paid 50$ for two so I coul install my RTT on it.

Super light and easily removable with a ratchet.
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I suggest you to get RTT alluminium crossbars instead of a roof rack.
Interested! Do you have a link?
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Interested! Do you have a link?
No sorry I bought it from a local RTT maker/distributor (GoXplore) here in Quebec ,Canada.


Maybee you can try asking othe RTT distributor like CVT,Thule ?
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Could get some crossbars from LFD I suppose


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