Toyota 4Runner 1996-2002: How to Install a Spoiler

You're going to need power tools for this one.

By Jennifer Heuertz - January 20, 2016

This article applies to the Toyota 4Runner (1996-2002).

Sure, a spoiler looks cool, but it actually does serve a function. Now, if you're not the type to take your 4Runner off-roading, or anywhere more adventurous than the mall, a spoiler won't do much for you. But if you drive through a lot of dirt, or even a lot of rain, a spoiler can come in handy. It will help keep your rear window clear of dirt and water—not completely free, mind you—but it will definitely help.

Materials Needed

  • Drill with bits appropriate for your spoiler kit
  • Torx driver (if necessary)
  • Center punch and mallet
  • Masking tape
  • Deburring tool
  • Spoiler kit
  • Sealant

Step 1 – Prepare the vehicle for installation

Make sure the vehicle is clean and dry. Use masking tape to mark out the height where the spoiler will be positioned. Mark a center line through the brake light and use that to place the markings for the bolt holes to either side. Lay down masking tape, and use the foot from your spoiler kit to mark the hole locations on the tape. This will keep metal shavings and paint chips to a minimum.

Step 2 – Assemble the spoiler kit

Lay out all of the pieces in your kit, making sure everything is there. Install the feet to the spoiler blade.

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Figure 1. Lay out your spoiler kit before installing it.

Step 3 – Check the alignment

Using the assembled spoiler, check that all of the bolt hole marks are correctly lined up and match the holes in the feet.

Step 4 – Drill the holes

Use a center punch to start all of the drill holes. Carefully drill each hole through the metal and sub panel. When all the holes are completed, remove the masking tape and use a deburring tool to smooth the edges of each hole.

Step 5 – Install the spoiler

Your kit should have come with some kind of anchor to be inserted into the drilled holes. Install these, using sealant if the instructions with your kit call for it. Apply sealant to the outside edges of the spoiler feet to keep out water and debris. Line up the spoiler and tighten all of the screws.

Installing spoiler
Figure 2. Install the spoiler.

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