Adding a Sliding Ragtop to Your Toyota 4Runner
Sliding canvas top adds the open-air feel of a sunroof to your Toyota 4Runner with a unique, classic look.
The 1995 Toyota 4Runner was offered with a sliding glass sunroof from the factory and there are aftermarket options if you want a glass opening in a rig that didn’t have one when it left the factory. You can always add a factory-looking glass panel, but for someone who wants a different look, we came across a piece in YotaTech‘s Tech Write-Up section by “Bob 98SR5” that details the process of adding a sliding ragtop.
For those unclear, this is a sunroof made from canvas material, similar to roof options offered on vehicles in the 1950s and 1960s, and this write-up shows how easily a system like this can be added with some help from the aftermarket. Unfortunately, this write-up was posted back in January of 2006 and since then, the linked pictures have vanished, so we have included stock Toyota media images of the vehicle along with product photos of the various sunroof options. Also, the exact product discussed doesn’t appear to be available today, but there are other options and this piece explains how to install one at home.
The explanation of how to add a sliding ragtop to a 1995 Toyota 4Runner is written up as one long, continuous piece and it is technical enough to walk a novice through the install process. This includes cutting a hole in the roof of your rig, so it is not for the faint-of-heart, but for someone who is confident in their mechanical abilities, this write-up can save you a good bit of money.
Each step is outlined, with tips to make the install go more smoothly from beginning to end. Realistically, any product like the ones discussed here will come with instructions, but the hands-on input in this thread will help fill any gaps in the directions.
Of course, if you don’t like the idea of the electric sliding ragtop, you can opt for a variety of different options that will look more like a modern sunroof. Like the canvas opening, the glass roof treatments can be installed by the owner, but those products tend to have tougher install procedures because the cloth allows for more margin for error than the rigid glass top.
In any case, if you are interested in adding an electric ragtop roof to your 1995 4Runner, this thread will explain everything that you need to know to make it happen.