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2002 Sequoia SR5

Discussion in '1Gen Sequoia Build Threads' started by Ethan, Jan 15, 2017.

  1. Ethan

    Ethan New Member

    I turned 16 last May and my father handed down his Sequoia to me. He bought it new in 2002 and hadn't done anything to it. So far all I have done is change the wheels and stickers but I have big plans for it. Here is a list of things I plan to change/upgrade or that has already been done.
    - 3 inch ready lift leveling kit
    - American Outlaw Buckshot Wheels
    - BF Goodrich A/T tires
    - Magnaflow Exhaust
    - Bull Bar then an off-road Bumper Later
    - Multiple Light Bars
    - Removed Running Boards
    - Darkened Headlight Covers
    - Aux Cord Kit
    - New Speakers
    - Train Horn
    That's all I can think of now. My next upgrade will be the leveling kit and then exhaust. After that I'm not sure what order upgrades will go into.

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  2. Ethan

    Ethan New Member

  3. paulstoute

    paulstoute Administrator Staff Member

    I'd caution against the bull bar if you're wanting to get an off-road bumper down the road. I only say that as we used to call bull bars "damage multipliers" when I worked as a service advisor at Nissan. Basically because if you get hit even lightly, the bull bars aren't sturdy enough to deflect the impact so they crumple, thus causing more damage to other parts on your truck. A low center hit often means you'll need a new bumper, grille, and hood (if not also new headlights).

    An offroad bumper is built out of significantly stronger materials and in a minor accident, you'll probably just have some touch ups to make on the paint/power coat.

    Just my $0.02, but if nothing else, take the $200-300 you'd spend on the bull bar and apply it to a Brute Force Fab bumper... they start out at like $900... so not very expensive at all.
  4. Ethan

    Ethan New Member

    Thanks for the input, I defiantly don't want a minor accident to turn into that. The only reason I had considered a bull bar was because it would be cheaper. In the long run an actual bumper like one from Brute Force would be tremendously better. Thanks again for your reply, I never would have thought a bull bar could cause that much damage.

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  5. Jim Smola

    Jim Smola Active Member

  6. paulstoute

    paulstoute Administrator Staff Member

    No problem. If you know a friend or someone who has a bullbar, the next time you're with them ask if you can tug on it... if they say yes, pull on the spot right next to the headlight protector or an upper corner and you'll see it flex. Then try that on a real bumper... You'll see pretty quick how flimsy they actually are. They're great to attach light bars to or maybe a winch carrier, but they wouldn't protect anything in a collision. But that might be what you're going for. ;-) I'm not here to judge, just to provide advice where I can. :)

    Bullbars have their place in the auto world, but don't expect it to be much better than the OE bumper in an accident or off-road.
  7. Jim Smola

    Jim Smola Active Member

    Yep if you can save the money you will love a front bumper.
  8. Ethan

    Ethan New Member

    UPDATE :

    It’s been over a year since I first put up build plans for my tree and looking back on them now it’s kinda funny to read. Some things on my build list happened and some probably never will and seem dumb now. I have done some stuff to the sequoia, she may be a pavement princess now , and have more plans for the future. Since my original post I’ve gotten
    - window tint and a sun-strip
    - 3 inch lift kit
    - clear turn signals
    - 20x9 American Outlaw Wheels
    - 12” Glasspack
    - interior lights
    It’s not a long list but it has greatly altered the looks. In the future I plan to get 20x12 toxic wheels with 33, 12.50, 20 mud terrains and fix some other smaller cosmetic issues with the body but that’s about it for the tree, atleast while I’m in college, flight lessons aren’t cheap! I’ll include a picture of it now and do another update down the road when more changes happen.

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  9. mulze42

    mulze42 Member

    Looks good! But you at least need to get the train horn in there. I mean its a freaking train horn.
  10. Ethan

    Ethan New Member

    Hahaha Thanks, that’s true it defiantly needs to happen. Spare tire relocation time

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