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So I've got a little dilemma....I'm looking to purchase a new roof rack to replace my current stock roof rack and I've narrowed it down to two choices. Personally, I actually really love the look of the stock roof rack, however for practicality's sake a full roof rack suites my needs better so I'm looking for some advice. The two that I've chosen are the Prinsu Designs FJ roof rack and the Frontrunner Slimline II roof rack. I picked these two for a couple reasons but mainly due to how modular they are. Of the two, I prefer the look of the Prinsu rack on the vehicle over the Slimline II, however I've heard that since CBI purchased Prinsu, they've had some quality and customer service issues. Frontrunner Outfitters is a solid company, I've heard great things about them, however they're more expensive (but I guess you get what you pay for). I just wanted to make a post on here to see if anyone who owns either rack has any pros or cons they'd like to share that could possibly help me decide. Any info helps! Thanks and I'm looking forward to reading all your guys' posts!

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There's a lot of reading about the Prinsu Rack in this thread here:

https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/interior-exterior-visual-tech/551650-prinsu-designs-roofrac-fj.html

What you are reading about CBI and Prinsu is the opposite of my understanding. Zach Scott was the originator and as the Prinsu Rack got incredibly popular for the Tacomas/4Runners, he was inundated with business especially because he was running a lot of group buys. CBI purchased Prinsu and got their act together and are stocking/shipping them rather than build on demand. In my opinion after the initial kinks of the sale/transition were worked out, things seem to be better. Check the TacomaWorld forum for the latest feedback. Also it seems business is good enough, that CBI never runs group buys or discounts

My only issues with the Prinsu are that it is a DIY type of rack (read the thread to understand what I mean) and the price has gone up significantly. I originally bought mine under a group buy with 15% off and at the time the non-anodized, non powdercoated racks were $699 and the black powdercoated/black anodized was something like $60 upcharge. I got mine for ~$650 ($759 x $85%) which was a lot less expensive than Gobi, Baja, Frontrunner.

Here is a lot of discussion on the FrontRunner roof rack.

https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/interior-exterior-visual-tech/171961-front-runner-roof-racks-any-good.html

I occasionally see group buys at TW for the FrontRunner racks and those sometimes include all their Toyota racks not just Tacomas.
 

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So I've got a little dilemma....I'm looking to purchase a new roof rack to replace my current stock roof rack and I've narrowed it down to two choices. Personally, I actually really love the look of the stock roof rack, however for practicality's sake a full roof rack suites my needs better so I'm looking for some advice. The two that I've chosen are the Prinsu Designs FJ roof rack and the Frontrunner Slimline II roof rack. I picked these two for a couple reasons but mainly due to how modular they are. Of the two, I prefer the look of the Prinsu rack on the vehicle over the Slimline II, however I've heard that since CBI purchased Prinsu, they've had some quality and customer service issues. Frontrunner Outfitters is a solid company, I've heard great things about them, however they're more expensive (but I guess you get what you pay for). I just wanted to make a post on here to see if anyone who owns either rack has any pros or cons they'd like to share that could possibly help me decide. Any info helps! Thanks and I'm looking forward to reading all your guys' posts!

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Following since I'm in the same boat as you are... with wanting a new roof rack over stock and I can't decide either...
 

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I’m in almost the same place as you for the same reasons, loving the look of the OE but hating it for use.

I narrowed my search to Rhino Rack and Front Runner. Ended up buying the Front Runner as I had a container coming over from South Africa making it a good value option. It will be with me next week and I’ll post up my thoughts then.
 

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Unboxed my Front Runner today. Started the assembly. I am impressed. Quality is good but even more so is the thought they’ve put into this thing. Right from the quality of the boxing and care of putting the parts together to the design and how modular it is... and a sheet of ‘added horsepower’ stickers too.
 

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My only issues with the Prinsu are that it is a DIY type of rack
Yup... I don't know how much I spend (money and time) to look the way I wanted.

This is from last year. I modeled the custom wind deflector (and have it water jet) and now I have it coated with herculiner, also have 4x hella 550 mounted.
 

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I like my Prinsu, but the packaging in their early days is no where near as elaborate as that Front Runner. Mine came with slight damage and couldn't get a response from them to address it. I could have gone either way, no complaints, but as a guess I would say the rear most brackets on the Prinsu don't quite match the angles and there's a twisting going on once I tighten everything down. The slots for adjustment help with one angle but don't address the slope to the side. I would guess Front Runner nailed that part better.
 

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Unboxed my Front Runner today. Started the assembly. I am impressed. Quality is good but even more so is the thought they’ve put into this thing. Right from the quality of the boxing and care of putting the parts together to the design and how modular it is... and a sheet of ‘added horsepower’ stickers too.
Hi Sarah - What was the approx size & weight of the FR rack box?
Might pick one up next time I'm down in SA...
 

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I looked at both those avenues and ultimately chose an Eezi Awn K9 rack 87x49 platform. One solid welded piece for the platform. Expedition proven and it is flat instead of recessed on the top.
 

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Hi Sarah - What was the approx size & weight of the FR rack box?
Might pick one up next time I'm down in SA...
Just the slimline is two boxes, the footplates and the main rack. They’re about 1.5-2m long, the main rack is about 40 x 20 cm and the other about half that. The main rack is probably 25kg the foot plates about 8kg...sorry very guestimated boxes now out with the trash. I might have an email somewhere with the info
 

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Just the slimline is two boxes, the footplates and the main rack. They’re about 1.5-2m long, the main rack is about 40 x 20 cm and the other about half that. The main rack is probably 25kg the foot plates about 8kg...sorry very guestimated boxes now out with the trash. I might have an email somewhere with the info
Thanks S - that's fine. Those weights / dimensions shouldn't cause too many issues.
Is it steel or AL?
 

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Show me the foot plates please! I heard they changed from 1 long one on each to 6 individual "feet" as they called them, but it was a U.S. vs the rest of the world change. Then I heard they switched back to 1 long on each side.
 

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Thanks S - that's fine. Those weights / dimensions shouldn't cause too many issues.
Is it steel or AL?
Probably less than 4 Foxes...:wink
Aluminium


Show me the foot plates please! I heard they changed from 1 long one on each to 6 individual "feet" as they called them, but it was a U.S. vs the rest of the world change. Then I heard they switched back to 1 long on each side.
They are two pieces that bolt together to make a single shaped infill for the curved gap underneath the rack.
Sorry too dark for pics will do tomorrow
 

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Well fitted up the FR today. Definitely a two person job. Made a few mistakes, like thining we’d mount the lights underneath before mounting the rack then having to take them off again so we could slide on the mounting bolts for the rack to footplates (not clear from the otherwise good instructions) we also found some of the slats weren’t machined perfectly so we couldn’t slide the mounting bolts on. So check them before you put it on the roof!

Overall though it’s well made and well designed. I’d have liked it sit closer to the roof like the Rhino Rack but I do prefer the slats running cross wise whilst Rhino run lengthways. I’ll get used to it! I added the expedition rails front and rear. It is so much more functional than the OE rack for sure.
 

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I've had a Frontrunner roof rack on my FJ for a few years now. About 6 months after having installed it with a Maggiolina RTT I developed a really nasty rattle from "somewhere" up there, LOL.

It took me several months to isolate what was going on.

Finally, while my truck was in for service I asked my technician to see if he could isolate the problem. When I picked up my truck later in the day he (Nick) pointed to a spot on the roof rack rail. Nick was absolutely sure the rattle was coming from a point on the passenger side, along the roof rail, right in the middle.
I had my reservations as I had gone over every inch of the roof rack and tent ........ everything looked fine. A few days later I decided to take a closer look and removed all of the bolts securing the tent to the rack. I carefully put some small wood wedges under the tent, raising it up a couple of inches on the passenger side.
I was attempting to raise the platform off of the roof rails to insert some leather washers I had cut ..... in hopes of solving this issue. As I loosened the bolt in the center of the roof rail, the nut, washer and the roof rail TAB fell into my hand ....... BINGO, Nick was SPOT ON. I just love that guy!
So, the rear section of the roof rail on the passenger side had a tab break off in the center section.

I was a bit worried as to how Frontrunner would handle this issue as the roof rack and RTT were installed correctly and with the greatest of care. I gave them a call and the guy on the phone asked for a couple pictures of the broken tab and roof rail. I quickly took a couple of pictures and e-mailed them to him.
Within an hour or so Frontrunner called me back asking if I had the receipt of my roof rack purchase. I did, and I e-mailed a photo of that to him. Again, within minutes he called me back and told me a complete set of NEW rails were being shipped to me that day. I was told Frontrunner roof racks have a Life Time warranty.

I mentioned I only needed the rear passenger side portion and he said they were sending a complete set. Obviously I was more than pleased with this outcome.

2 days later the roof rails arrive ....... free of charge and not a penny in freight charges!

I only installed the one piece that had the broken tab, the remainder sit in the box in the shed.

The rattle is gone, everything is totally silent "up there" now and I cannot say enough good things about Frontrunner.

I can only assume I had a rare defective piece as the roof rack has performed as expected for a couple of years now, and I do quite a bit of wheeling into the back roads of Arizona leaving my RTT on all year long.

Frontrunner is a really GOOD company, they build a great product and best of all ....... they stand behind it! :) I got what I paid for! :)

Achilles and the Frontrunner rack quietly waiting the arrival of a Maggiolina Extreme RTT from Italy 3 years ago.


Sept of 2019, on the Wyoming/Utah border. An early Sept snow fall!


Thats my story and I'm sticking to it, LOL :)
 
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