Fragments of large membrane proteins have the potential to facilitate structural analysis by NMR, but their folding state remains a concern. Here we determined the quality of folding upon heterologous expression for a series of N- or C-terminally truncated fragments of the human Y4 G-protein coupled receptor, amounting to six different complementation pairs. As the individual fragments lack a specific function that could be used to ascertain proper folding, we instead assessed folding on a basic level by studying their membrane topology and by comparing it to well-established structural models of GPCRs. The topology of the fragments was determined using a reporter assay based on C-terminal green fluorescent protein- or alkaline phosphatase-fusions. N-terminal fusions to Lep or Mistic were used if a periplasmic orientation of the N-terminus of the fragments was expected based on predictions. Fragments fused to Mistic expressed at comparably high levels, whereas Lep fusions were produced to a much lower extent. Though none of the fragments exclusively adopted one orientation, often the correct topology predominated. In addition, systematic analysis of the fragment series suggested that the C-terminal half of the Y4 receptor is more important for adopting the correct topology than the N-terminal part. Using the detergent dodecylphosphocholine, selected fragments were solubilized from the membrane and proved sufficiently stable to allow purification. Finally, as a first step toward reconstituting a functional receptor from two fragments, we observed a physical interaction between complementing fragments pairs upon co-expression.