Been following this thread for some time stealing your excellent ideas (well, a few of them at least). Anyhow, was re-reading it tonight and noticed this statement. The workaround here is to mount any roof light bars further back. I tested mine in various positions until I got it to a spot where the front ledge of the roof itself created a "shadow" keeping any light from shining on the hood (while still passing closely above it to get the road close-in.
I've begun my own smaller 2002 Sequoia Limited 4x4 build as well. This thread is INSPIRATION! I'm trying to stay more or less OEM+ as much as possible. I still travel to see family about 4hrs up the highway so I can't get tooooo crazy.
Thanks for this thread! Very inspiring. Just purchased an 03 Limited from a second owner with a family in NY. Will need some work and I’m looking forward to posting my updates here. First thing on the list is to get Toyota to redo the airbag, patch up a muffler leak, repaint the hood and then redo the front lights