I installed an ARB awning to the factory roof rack on a 2013 4Runner. I watched the installation video, but decided to try to mount without removing the roof rack. If I am going to remove any part of the roof rack I am replacing it with another full rack. It was easy enough to attach all the hardware, but without removing the rack you will wish that you had smaller hands. Looks great installed and seems really sturdy. I would definitely recommend these mounts to anyone with a 5th gen 4runner with a factory roof rack.
I always wanted to get an awning but because I don’t have a roof rack i never got assuming I can’t install an awning but I came across these and they did the job I installed a 6.5ft awning from Roam adventure. It was an easy install and holds up just fine it’s stable and doesn’t seem like it’s gonna give out anytime soon totally recommend one if you don’t have a roof rack just cross bars