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removing top for first time


Ive had my truck for 4 years and I've never gone topless, mainly due to a non useable tailgate. I now have a rust free ,working tailgate

Anything I need to check for before I attempt to remove it? I want to be able to get it back on.

The previous owners never removed it either, if it has been off before, it hasnt been since the 90's

Would anyone be interested in a write-up or how to? I can take pics during, but I figure everyone has had the top off already(except me)

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Having read other people's experiences removing the top my recommendation would be to make sure and note where each bolt came from. It's my understanding they are not all the same.

The old egg carton trick should work fine.

also -- be the first to document the removal process!

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Will do guys, the link posted above is a great link all kinds of information,once I get a spare day wiyh some extra hands ill attempt it. First order of business is getting it to move forward under its own power(see other thread) 4runners are heavy to push by your self

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I wanna take mine off for the first time too, soon

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When I bought my 1st gen the top had never been off before. So I took it off. I've taken it off a few times now. There's nothing to it, just don't scratch your paint by dragging ass. And put every bolt in when you put it back on, there's a bolt that's required for the power window to operate.

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All my bolts were the same? The second bolt from the back on the drivers side needs to be installed for the gate to work.

After taking it off the first time, I never put the trim pieces back on. I can get it on and off by myself in about 15 min now, but it helps to have someone else help.

National go topless day was last weekend

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Question from a 2nd Gen guy--do they make a garage "lift" for these like they do for the Jeep hardtops? That would seem like a worthwhile investment (or project for the DIY'r)--a little rope and some pulleys, and voila! Top is off, hanging in the garage, ready for reinstallation whenever.

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All my bolts were the same? The second bolt from the back on the drivers side needs to be installed for the gate to work.

After taking it off the first time, I never put the trim pieces back on. I can get it on and off by myself in about 15 min now, but it helps to have someone else help.

National go topless day was last weekend

im interested to if all the bolts are the same length and size , I have never taken my 85 4runners top off
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Supposedly one is shorter than the others, ill find out soon enough

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None of mine where different. As mentioned above there is the one that has to be for the rear window to roll down.

I don't know about a "commercial" lift but with a couple of eye bolts, some straps and a 2x4 I can get mine off in about 10 minutes by myself. Once off I just lift it up high enough to drive in the 4Runner or the Accord.

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National go topless day was last weekend

I had the top down on the Celica does that count?
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Hell yes! Now that is Semper Paratus (or Semper Gumby!).



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Always liked that color on the solstice

Heres the Celica


ok back on topic, thats a great idea for the shell,my runner sleeps outsideand so does the the vert since the garage has been over run by toys
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I took my top off my 85 for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I don't want to ever put it back on. I am ordering the softopper for it and selling what I don't need.

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How To Take the Top Off Your Toyota 4Runner

To take the top off you need:

  1. a 12mm socket and ratchet
  2. a screwdriver
  3. a way to lift the top off

If no one will help you and you have no hoist, we recommend buying a hoist or building one. The top is heavy and awkward enough that most people won't be able to muscle it off without damaging themselves and/or the top.

Disconnecting the Top

Start by opening the back window all the way. Once it is fully in the tailgate, you shouldn’t plan to roll it up again until your hardtop is back on.

There are 2 trim panels on each side that are held on with a total of 16 screws. These panels cover the bolts that hold your top down. Remove the trim panel screws and pull the panels off. We have no pictures of the trim panels because we’ve never had a top that still had the trim pieces.

Disconnect Electrical and Washer Hose

Disconnect the windshield washer hose and wiring from the rear driver side corner. You can tuck both into the body panel and cover them up.

Remove 14 Bolts

There are 14 bolts you must remove and 2 locating bolts you may want to remove. They have a 12mm hex head and are 8mmxM thread. If you need to replace a bolt or two, you can use mm long bolts. Make sure to use a wide washer to distribute the load on the fiberglass of the hardtop.

There are 6 rear-facing bolts on the cab of the truck and 4 down each side of the body. Remove them all.

Remove or Leave Locating Bolts

The locating bolts don’t actually hold the top on. They do help to index it when you put the top on so that it ends up in the correct place. We recommend taking them off since it makes it easier to slide the top around and it'll keep them from damaging the bottom edge of the top as you remove it.

Side Note About the Third Bolt Back on the Driver Side

When the 3rd bolt back on the driver side is installed, it tells the window that it is permitted to go up and down. It’s good to remove this bolt so that you won’t accidentally roll the rear window up. According to the manual, you may even damage the switch by installing the bolt without the top (we’ve never had this happen, though). However, you might be installing a soft top that requires the side rail bolts. To solve this you can either:

  1. shim the bolt up with washers so that it only engages the threads in the body
  2. not worry about it

If you have dogs, kids, or are a little klutzy, we recommend you shim the bolt up. Otherwise the window can rise out of your tailgate unsupported if someone holds the switch down and that can’t be a good thing.

Make It Free

If you’ve removed the locator bolts, you can slide the top backwards a couple of inches. You might want to carefully do this to make sure that no gaskets are stuck rather than pulling the top off in one motion.

Lifting the Top Off

The top weighs around lbs. Unbolted from your 4Runner it’s flexy, fragile, and can be a awkward to carry. Take great care when removing the top. When it’s secured to your truck, it’s safe, but the thin fiberglass edges can be easily damaged it they’re banged. We have one top that has several dings and breaks on the inside and outside edges where the previous owner(s) weren’t careful.

We’ll describe three methods of removing the top.

1) Use a helper and lift the top off.

The easiest way to do this without a hoist setup is with more people. If you are strong, do not expect your helpers to be strong! It can be super helpful for your helpers if you slide some 2x4s under your top that they can grab onto. Make sure you have a location to set the top in advance. Protect your paint with some towels!

2) Use a hoist.

This will either go well or will be a disaster. A properly set up hoist will take a little time to set up to keep from damaging your 4Runner or your top. We usually use a high tree branch with a come-along. You should arrange your straps so that the top comes off level and balanced.

In the following pictures, you’ll see that we did not do that and we overcommitted a little bit, so the top came off at an angle. We hoped that the roof rack bar wouldn’t be too out of whack.

Normally, we’d attach to the 2x4s in the images. You might be tempted to wrap one strap around the front of the top and another around the back, but then you risk flexing the top as you raise it.

This is very important!

If you use a roof rack on your top, use metal artificial gutters. They can be expensive, but the fiberglass rain gutters on your top are not meant to support a great deal of weight and can break very easily. Artificial gutters through-bolt into your top (you need to drill two holes per side) and come with gaskets so they won’t leak.

3) The Turtle Shell Lift (not recommended)

This is the hardest and most dangerous way to do this. We have done this when we were younger and dumber with FJ40 tops and once with a 4Runner top. Basically, you unbolt the top, get under it inside the 4Runner and stand up with it on your back. Once it’s lifted, you walk it off the truck. You need to have something to walk onto off of your tailgate, like a loading dock or other platform. We don’t like this method because it requires a lot of strength and balance, and it puts your spine in a bent compromising position. If you trip or stumble, you will damage your top and probably hurt yourself as well.

Installing the Top on Your Toyota 4Runner

Installation is pretty much the reverse of removal. The factory torques spec on the hardtop bolts is 10 ft/lbs. The manual calls for a specific tightening procedure. If you can use it, that’s great! But your top may be a little off. We usually try to start at the front and work to the back where the top has a little more flexibility to move. Don’t tighten any bolts fully until they are all at least threaded into the body. Bolt “B” is the switch that permits the rear window to operate.

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