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Discussion in '1Gen Sequoia Build Threads' started by Sal R., Apr 11, 2017.
For your roof rack are the t-slot nuts already loaded in there or do you have to take off each bar and load them in?
EDIT: My bad again. Reading comprehension not with me today. Drop in t-slot nuts. Genius. What other mounts do you have planned for your roof rack?
- Maybe a hi lift mount, if I decide to get one.
- Pelican case bracket for recovery gear.
- Ringed tie downs for...whatever.
I just build them as I need them.
MODIFICATION: Auxilary Lighting (Round 3)
Improve nighttime visibility.
Shoot some more light to the L/R.
Rago Fabrication Tundra Ditch Light Brackets
Rigid Industries Dually Flood Lights
DURATION: 1 hour
I ordered this ditch light kit thru Rago fab "Blacktober" sale. The brackets do come instructions about installation and their site even has YouTube vids for reference. All in all, it was very straighforward.
To summarize, the brackets mount to the hood and has plenty of clearance from the cowling and windshield when open. I wired the pods in-line with the front lightbar on an indiviual relay. I set it up so that the pods can easily be disconnected and removed when it is not being used. I don't really need them on all the time and, personally, I find them obnoxious daily driving.
Personal note: Having these lights shine on my hood just reinforced the notion of staying away from roof-mounted light bars/pods. Even with just these pods, the light off the hood was annoying.
You do have to trim the cowling (and this is noted in the instructions) and below is the end result. I got lazy and trimmed the cowling (using a knife and dremmel tool) while it was on the vehicle. You can't even see it anyway...
MODIFICATION: Barrier Net
Create a barrier as a precaution for wayward projectiles coming from the rear.
Despite the fact that I, generally, go out exploring alone, I do carry a reasonable amount of recovery gear just in case. As a result, I've been very concerned about all the things that can go wrong during a recovery operation. Broken whatever flying through the air. It forced me to take a good, hard look at improving driver/passenger safety and survivability. After reading about a guy killed by a broken shackle flying from the rear, I knew I needed a barrier net, but none exist for the Sequoia...
Truck tailgate net (17" x 54") working 3k lbf/breaking 6k lbf
Cam buckle straps (qty. 4)
D-Ring anchors (Qty. 2)
DURATION: 2 hours
Because of the way the 2nd row seats fold, the left over opening above the folded seats, coincidentally, aligns with a typical truck tailgate dimension. I figured if a tailgate net is strong enough to take the load of whatever, it certainly will do the job as a barrier. Looking over the dimensions and material of a tailgate net and comparing it to more expensive units offered up by companies such as Raingler, I'm confident that it'll work. The nylon straps and opening are similar, as well.
Starting with the truck net, I added steel grommets on all for corners that would serve as the tie-down points, while the cam buckle straps would ensure the barrier stays taught. The upper mounts to the grab handles .
The lower mounts attach to D-rings I added to the seat rails.
I notched the trim pieces to keep an "OEM" look about it.
With the seats folded up and net in place, it provides better protection than just open space. I can even hang gear on it, if needed. Additional storage is a added benefit.
MODIFICATION: Ambient Lighting
Improve in-cab nighttime visibility.
One of the features I really miss from my old Audi A4 was the factory overhead ambient lighting. It was an illumination method that allowed me to see the center console at night without having to turn on the map lights and ruin my night vision.
Oznium 6mm Red LED
There was a spot perfect for the addition of the LED.
Installation was as simple:
1 - Removing the overhead console
2 - Drill a hole for the LED
3 - Tapping wiring for power/ground
4 - Re-install
To remove the overhead console, open the sunglass holder, remove the pictured screws, and pull down gently. After the screws are removed, it's held in by clips.
Here is where I drilled a hold for the LED. Fortunately enough, the spot I drill had a screw and mount meant to hold the sunroof and homelink controls together. Even without that screw, the tab from the homelink kept the sunroof controls in place w/o the screw.
For power, I tapped a pink wire (illumination wire) and a black wire for ground.
The LED is not flush mounted because it is obnoxiously bright and distracting at night while driving.
The way it's mounted now, it provides nice lighting, but not obtrusive to the the driver and/or passengers.
MODIFICATION: CB Radio
Improve communication capability.
You can't always rely on your cell phone to save you. Having an alternative mode of communication is always a good thing.
Uniden 520XL CB Radio
Firestik II 5ft. Antenna
I kept the install simple. The CB radio wired directly to the distribution block and is "hot" independent of ignition.
I mounted the Uniden 520XL on the center console just next to my leg and routed the wire to the back passenger side.
Because I'm an anal retentive bastard, I fabricated a mount that allows for the antenna to sit plumb to the vehicle. The bracket is composed of two pieces welded together; A bracket and a boxed in mount. The reason I boxed the mount was to add stiffness to the bracket. I didn't want to add a spring to the antenna if I could help it. Because of the size of the mounting flange, this mount is plenty stiff. The antenna makes no contact w/ the lights or anything else, for that matter. The antenna mounting hole is ~2" away from the taillight.
MODIFICATION: Front/Rear Bumpers
Improve approach/departure angles, help protect my investment, and make the rig look more badass.
I've never been a fan of plate bumpers. For what I do, plate is overkill, heavy, and bulky. Not saying they don't look good, because some do look sweet (i.e. BruteforceFab), but just not for me. The only tube offering was made by Addicted Offroad for Tundras, but I really wasn't a fan of the lines of that bumper. As with everything else, custom was the way to go. With the new bumpers, the vehicle grew +3", excluding the length of the spare, which, I think, is pretty good.
Integrated winch plate
Tabs for light pods/bar
Integrated Hi-Lift mount
Heavy Duty Skid Plate
Dual Swingouts for Spare and Jerry Can
2" Hitch receiver
These two rigs served as inspiration for the design I had in mind:
The reason why I opted to have the Hi-Lift up front was for accessibility and better weight distrubtion front and rear. I figured this will help to keep the center-of-gravity from shifting too far back and keep close to neutral as possible.
With the removal of the OEM bumper, I lost my OEM fogs with it. As a result, I upgraded to Rigid Industries D-Series fog lights. I wired them to the factory system using existing factory harnesses.
Integrated into the bumper is a ComeUp 12.5RS winch with synthetic line mated with a Factor55 Flat link for extra badassery.
The reason for dual swing outs is simply because I did not want a 50+" swing arm sticking out while in the open position. I wanted to keep the install tight. This rig a daily driver and will see tight stalls at a mall or shopping center. I would have preferred to pass on the swing outs, but the spare doesn't fit in the OEM location and I didn't want to sacrifice my cargo space to house the spare inside the cab. No way I'm going throw a 100lb spare to/from the roof. Since I have one arm already, I thought, "why not make use of another arm?" In hindsight, I wish I'd gone with a three-can holder. One can is not enough for long excursions and there is just enough room for three while sacrificing additional 2" on the rear profile.
MODIFICATION: Plano Case Rooftop Storage
Add even more easy-to-access storage, mainly for recovery gear.
Plano All Weather Tactical Gun Case - 36"
Thule Rack Mounting Kit
Amazon had a Plano gun case I had saved on "sale" so I thought, why not? It was a nice low-profile, tried-and-true storage solution.
In my last trip out to the desert, I got stuck. And I learned that opening the swingouts, then hatch, then crawling into the cab to haul out the recovery gear, then close everything up was a pain.
So, up on the roof they go next to the Maxtrax.
To mount it "cleanly" and securely, I used some left over Thule mounting feet from a snowboard rack I modified to secure it onto the rack. Drilled holes, passed the M6x1.0 bolts through, tighten, and done.
The same mounting hardware can be purchased through etrailer.com.
MODIFICATION: Uniden Dash Cam
Add extra insurance and some undeniable accountability.
Having an impartial witness to bad driver shenanigans is always a plus. Seeing that a 2.2K mile road trip was on the horizon, having some extra insurance was not a bad thing.
Uniden DCAM Dash Cam
iSaddle Adhesive Windshield Cam Mount
AUTO-VOX Hardwire Kit with Mini-Fuse Adaptor
Picked up the DCAM on a black friday sale online. The hardwire kit is run tucked into the roofline down the a-pillar and the inline fuse is jammed into the power outlet fuse.
So far, it's a great little camera. It's configured to automatically turn on and start recording on ignition accessories on and automatically shuts down on ignition off.
It did not fail to record during my 2.2k mile road trip. The resolution is not that great, but it does the job of capturing traffic. Has a fairly wide FOV and captured everything in front of me.
I did have to modify the ball mount to add some extra adjustbility so that the camera wasn't angled downward relative to its position on the windshield.