User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 12-15-2012, 07:24 PM #1
flynnstone flynnstone is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: AZ
Posts: 58
flynnstone is on a distinguished road
flynnstone flynnstone is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: AZ
Posts: 58
flynnstone is on a distinguished road
Roof/Bike Rack?

I picked up a '12 LE and it came with the roof rack and cross bars. I'd like to be able to transport my mountain bike on the roof, however i'll need different cross bars to mount the front forks to.

Does anyone know of any options, or what will work best?


Thanks!
flynnstone is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 12-15-2012, 08:43 PM #2
Quentin Quentin is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Hurricane, WV
Posts: 2,369
Quentin is on a distinguished road
Quentin Quentin is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Hurricane, WV
Posts: 2,369
Quentin is on a distinguished road
I have Thule square bars that mount to the factory roof rails. I don't, though, use it for bikes unless I'm hauling more than 2. The 4Runner is just too tall to practically get bikes up there with any frequency. I'm 100x happier with a hitch mounted bike rack. It is so easy to get bikes on and off and you don't have that whole "****, I just drove into my garage with a bike on the roof" concern.

__________________
2016 4Runner Trail :: 2015 Honda CB300F :: 2017 MINI Clubman S All4 :: many bicycles

Miss my Back in a 5th gen
Quentin is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 12-15-2012, 08:52 PM #3
ICD's Avatar
ICD ICD is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Surprise AZ
Posts: 282
ICD is on a distinguished road
ICD ICD is offline
Member
ICD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Surprise AZ
Posts: 282
ICD is on a distinguished road
I am kinda in the same boat, but have been leaning more towards the hitch mount mainly because my drives the 4 more than I do and you know women fruvers
__________________
99 4Runner Limited 2WD

What's 4WD???
AT&T phones FS http://www.toyota-4runner.org/sale-n...d-symbian.html

ICD is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 12-15-2012, 09:18 PM #4
DC4R's Avatar
DC4R DC4R is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: EAST VAN
Posts: 32
DC4R is on a distinguished road
DC4R DC4R is offline
Member
DC4R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: EAST VAN
Posts: 32
DC4R is on a distinguished road
These guys make some handy racks....

North Shore Bike Racks
DC4R is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 12-15-2012, 11:30 PM #5
desertred desertred is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Colorado
Posts: 884
desertred is on a distinguished road
desertred desertred is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Colorado
Posts: 884
desertred is on a distinguished road
Absolutely agree that the 5th gen is a bit too tall to consistently carry your bikes on the roof. It was a pain with my 3rd gen, which was a few inches shorter.

Look at this thread for some more ideas/options: Hitch Mounted Bike Rack
__________________
2010 Black SR5 w/Sand Beige leather & all the goodies!
2001 Black & Tan SR5 - gone but not forgotten.
desertred is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 12-16-2012, 10:32 AM #6
j_shoe99's Avatar
j_shoe99 j_shoe99 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Green Bay, WI
Posts: 185
j_shoe99 is on a distinguished road
j_shoe99 j_shoe99 is offline
Member
j_shoe99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Green Bay, WI
Posts: 185
j_shoe99 is on a distinguished road
I haul 5

I'm not a fan of using the roof rack for hauling bike up top either, unless you need to fit a bunch of them.

I have a Saris Thelma 3 hitch mount on the back. Easily to load, better mpg, less debris hitting bikes, etc.

I have 'leftover' Thule 450 Crossroads Roof Rack from my Subaru Outback I used. I clamp that to the 4R Roof Rack and it allows me to haul 2 more bikes, or my Thule 1600 Cargo Box or my Loadwarrior Basket.

This was actually another reason I wanted the 4R, for it's versatility about the rack up top, and I could haul a variety of stuff.

Bike Racks 4R

4r1_zpsd4bf06f5

Above is a shot of all loaded up w/4 bikes for a MTB race this Fall.
__________________
2012 4R SR5 w/convenience package. Husky Liners. 35% tint. Interior LED. Wet Okole seat covers. Cooper AT3 265/70/17's. Heated front seats, and Remote Start. Rear cup holders. 3" Low Range lift. Air Lift 1000 air bags. TE Roof Rack. DZ Running Boards.

http://badges.fuelly.com/images/sig-us/201512.png
j_shoe99 is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 12-16-2012, 11:45 AM #7
Lebengeek's Avatar
Lebengeek Lebengeek is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 62
Lebengeek is on a distinguished road
Lebengeek Lebengeek is offline
Member
Lebengeek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 62
Lebengeek is on a distinguished road
I have the 2 Bike Thelma. Works great for carbon frames, 26 and 29'ers !! Doesn't work well on my Specialized Enduro due to the wheel base, not sure if DH bikes will have the same issue as well. All are L frames.
__________________
Lebengeek is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 12-16-2012, 05:45 PM #8
flynnstone flynnstone is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: AZ
Posts: 58
flynnstone is on a distinguished road
flynnstone flynnstone is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: AZ
Posts: 58
flynnstone is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by Quentin View Post
I have Thule square bars that mount to the factory roof rails. I don't, though, use it for bikes unless I'm hauling more than 2. The 4Runner is just too tall to practically get bikes up there with any frequency. I'm 100x happier with a hitch mounted bike rack. It is so easy to get bikes on and off and you don't have that whole "****, I just drove into my garage with a bike on the roof" concern.

I think i like this method better. Thanks for the suggestion.
flynnstone is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 12:28 AM #9
G8RB8_12SR5 G8RB8_12SR5 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Seattle Area, WA
Posts: 682
G8RB8_12SR5 is on a distinguished road
G8RB8_12SR5 G8RB8_12SR5 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Seattle Area, WA
Posts: 682
G8RB8_12SR5 is on a distinguished road
We have both hitch and roof mounted bike racks. Got the hitch one when we got the 4R. It's a Thule Apex Swing 4, which is really nice since it allows you to completely swing it out of the way and access the trunk, though it does hold the bikes via the top tube vs. the wheels like Saris so it may not work entirely for your applications (we have triathlon and road bikes).

Also have run the Yakima Forklift, I've looked at running it on my 4R but if I do I'll run crossbars wider than the rails so I can mount the rack outboard of the side rails so it's easier to reach, but like the others have said it can be a pain to access especially with heavier MTBs (my road bike is 15.5lbs and my tri bike is 18lbs and I'm 6'1" so it's not that big of a deal for me). Anyway, if you're interested and want pics of the Thule mounted on the truck let me know and I can get them (I don't run it all the time mainly during racing season).
__________________
2012 Black SR5 4x4, Convenience Package, Auto Dimming/Backup Camera - AVS Vent Visors - Yakima Whispbar Through Bar cross bars - Custom Low Profile Cargo Drawer - Extendable Stubby Antenna - GrillCraft Grille with FJ Toyota Emblem and Matching Lower - 10% rear tint 24% front tint - Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Brake Controller -MetalTech Sliders - Wet Okole Seat Covers - LT265/70/17 Cooper AT3 Load C - Toytec BOSS lift - SOLD

2018 Ford Expedition Max Platinum (current mall crawler)
My Custom Dog Crate/Drawer Setup
G8RB8_12SR5 is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 04:47 AM #10
Diver Deuce's Avatar
Diver Deuce Diver Deuce is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: New Bern, NC
Posts: 945
Real Name: Lou
Diver Deuce will become famous soon enough
Diver Deuce Diver Deuce is offline
Member
Diver Deuce's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: New Bern, NC
Posts: 945
Real Name: Lou
Diver Deuce will become famous soon enough
Thule

Greetings for 'stan,

I have two Thule rooftop bike racks for my TE that use the stock crossbars without any modification, wish I could tell you what model they are but what I can tell you is that Thule's website actually has a will it fit on my vehicle portion of their site. That's how I found mine and I just went to my local bike shop in Key West (where I was stationed at the time) and ordered it. or there is always amazon.

I will tell you that they hold up very well and supported both roadbikes driving from Key West to San Diego without problems. Hope it helps.

Semper!
__________________
2011 T4R TE "Jemima"
JEMIMA BUILD THREAD
Diver Deuce is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 04:43 PM #11
SoOregon SoOregon is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Grants Pass, OR
Posts: 4
SoOregon is on a distinguished road
SoOregon SoOregon is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Grants Pass, OR
Posts: 4
SoOregon is on a distinguished road
I own an Bike shop and sell Yakima racks I love my Holdup for the rear hitch but also sell a couple of roof top racks that will work with the front wheel off or on. (I would recommend the wheel off for security and wind drag).
Yakima.com has set up for most vehicles. The Forklift will mount directly to most factory rack crossbars.
SoOregon is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 04:45 PM #12
Reino Reino is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Denver, CO
Age: 39
Posts: 96
Reino is an unknown quantity at this point
Reino Reino is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Denver, CO
Age: 39
Posts: 96
Reino is an unknown quantity at this point
+1 on a rear hitch rack. Your truck has a receiver, might as well use it.

I only use roof racks for snowboards. When putting bikes on a roof rack you are taking a big risk. The question is not IF you absentmindedly drive your bike into a parking garage deck, it is WHEN.

But to answer your question, you shouldn't need new crossbars. All major rack companies sell adapters for our factory crossbars.
__________________
2013 Toyota 4Runner SR5

Last edited by Reino; 12-17-2012 at 04:47 PM.
Reino is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 06:07 PM #13
ZJumper ZJumper is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: AZ
Posts: 88
ZJumper is on a distinguished road
ZJumper ZJumper is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: AZ
Posts: 88
ZJumper is on a distinguished road
My wife and I have used one of the Yakima DoubleDown 5 bike rack for 4 years and 1000's of miles. Never had an issue with it. It's rated for 5 bikes, but you'd be hard pressed to fit 5 on there...unless they were all the same size. 2 MTB and 2 road bikes isn't a problem, but it's maxed out on available space. FYI--A 4 bike holder will comfortably fit 3 bikes.

Amazon.com: Yakima DoubleDown 5-Bike Hitch Mount Rack: Sports & Outdoors

This is actually a pretty got deal on the rack as it's the "old model" overstock.

EDIT: If you're going to carry a full suspension MTB, these make it much easier to load.

http://www.amazon.com/Yakima-Womens-...p+tube+adapter
ZJumper is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 08:33 PM #14
jsketoe jsketoe is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: 72034
Posts: 57
jsketoe is on a distinguished road
jsketoe jsketoe is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: 72034
Posts: 57
jsketoe is on a distinguished road
Yak roof rack fan here.
jsketoe is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 10:19 PM #15
mtb_frk mtb_frk is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1
mtb_frk is on a distinguished road
mtb_frk mtb_frk is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1
mtb_frk is on a distinguished road
I tired the fork lift on our 12 LE with factory bars, without much luck. No matter where I put the rack, the clearance between it and the roof was so tight I couldnt even fit a piece of paper between it and the roof. I went with the holdup 2 instead.
I have a high roller that I was able to use with universal mounts but they dont lock to the rack.
Looks like the rocky mounts might work ok, but I have never seen them in person.
mtb_frk is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bike rack rails for factory roof rack? Jimi900 3rd gen T4Rs 7 08-02-2011 05:15 PM
Bike rack on roof Claff 5th gen T4Rs 18 03-24-2011 12:02 PM
bike attachment for roof rack FoozGrind 4th Gen T4Rs 9 02-27-2009 09:31 AM
FS: Yakima LockJaw Roof Rack Bike Carrier jev2022 Classifieds - buy & sell (no commercial ads please) 2 09-25-2007 12:54 PM
Adding Yakima or Thule Roof bike Rack Phx4runner Engines / Suspension / Wheels / Tires / Audio / Accessories 4 09-06-2004 02:55 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:01 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
***This site is an unofficial Toyota site, and is not officially endorsed, supported, authorized by or affiliated with Toyota. All company, product, or service names references in this web site are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners. The Toyota name, marks, designs and logos, as well as Toyota model names, are registered trademarks of Toyota Motor Corporation***Ad Management plugin by RedTyger
 
Copyright © 2020