I really like the Artec Venture Series roof rack on my 5th GEN 4Runner for these reasons: easy to install by yourself, it's high quality, has clean lines, triangular cut outs on side rails allows for tie downs and gives it a rugged look, cross rails securely attaches to existing roof rails, low profile (good overhead clearance for parking in any garage - I have to remove the higher mounted roof basket on my Sequoia, in order to fit it in my garage). This tip wasn’t mentioned in *Will’s install video, but will be very helpful to engage the 5/16 bolts with the two press nut tabs on each side of the cross rails. TIP: Screwing in these bolts will be a ‘blind’, and frustrating task, unless you’re lying down on the roof to get a visual, but no one will consider doing that. Therefore, this step is ‘all about feel’. To align the cross rail bolt holes, with the press nut bolt holes, insert a punch, awl or small screw driver in the cross rail bolt hole toward the factory side rail, then slide the press nut in from the side until it hits the ‘awl’. Pull the awl out just enough to continue sliding the press nut in, while lightly touching the moving press nut with the awl. Once the cross rail and press nut holes align, the awl will fall into the hole of the press nut. Pull the awl out, then insert the 5/16 bolt. It will be easier and faster to engage the bolt threads, with the press nut threads using this technique.
*Will can install anything with a snap of his fingers LOL!!
Reviewed by: Raymond Wing from Henderson, NV on 2/26/2020