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2003 Toyota Sequoia

Discussion in '1Gen Sequoia Build Threads' started by jwaring66, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. jwaring66

    jwaring66 Member

    SR5 with all options (leather, sun roof, JBL, etc)
    We are a Toyota family with roughly a dozen different Toyota trucks/SUV's owned between me and my father in the last 20 years. Truck was purchased new by my father in 2003. He put about 65k highway miles on it, always garaged and only driven in the summer (family lake wagon). I bought it from him when we had our 3rd child. I daily drove it for a couple years. Didn't really have any intention of modding it but I've owned 4Runners, a Jeep and a handful of Toyota trucks (2001 Tundra, 1996 Tacoma, 2000 4Runner, 2015 Rav4- wifes ride), one Powerstroke and a Duramax which I still own. All of which I've done some form of suspension work and larger tires on (besides the Rav). Sooo, you know how the story goes... I started seeing more guys lifting these, setting them up for Overlanding, etc. Found Jim Smola on Instagram and here we are. Currently has 92k and I have recently done the following:
    • Timing belt, water pump, new spark plugs and coolant (performed by independent Toyota shop I trust)
    • VSC Yaw rate and decel sensor were replaced (also done by shop)
    I personally have done the following:
    • 20% tint on front windows
    • Added a rear hatch spoiler like the Limited's have
    • Replaced rear hatch handle that broke
    • Replaced driver side inside door handle that split
    • Truck has always had synthetic oil but did the front/rear diff and t-case with Mobil1
    • Several pan drain/fills on the trans with Toyota T-IV
    • Added a Yakima cross bar set for canoes, kayaks and cargo carrier
    • Front and rear brakes with new rotors and pads
    • Replaced the steering rack bushings with Energy Suspension parts
    • New sway bar front end links with poly bushings (one broke a few months back)
    • While I was in there- figured I'd throw on a Toytec BOSS system (Toytec front adjustable coilovers set at ~2.5". Rear has OME 862's with Toytec stocks).
    • Diff drop that came with suspension
    • CV boot mod- used HD zip ties to hold inner boots
    • Added some 285/70's on factory alloys
    • 1.25" Spidertrax spacers in front Trailgears in the rear
    • Alignment at Toyota dealer after lift
    On the to-do list:
    • UCA's with new bushings/ball joint
    • Lower ball joint with 04 lower control arm and bushings
    • Inner and outer steering links when needed
    • Some type of sliders and skids
    • Front winch/bumper setup
    • 285 spare
    • Rear locker and maybe gears at some point
    • I may have to wrap it because the paint is literally showroom perfect and I'm not sure I can put the first scratch on it.
    That's about it, for now... haha
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    Last edited: Apr 4, 2017
  2. jwaring66

    jwaring66 Member

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    Last edited: Apr 5, 2017
  3. Jim Smola

    Jim Smola Active Member

    Sitting just right!!!!!
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  4. McConnell-Hand

    McConnell-Hand New Member

    I am envious of that setup. looks wicked. I mean terrible, take it all off, send it to me and I'll get rid of it for you appropriately. :)
  5. jwaring66

    jwaring66 Member

    Haha, thanks for the compliment. Man, this was a pain to put on and I'm not ready to crawl back under just yet to pull it off. But I'll give you a shout when I do :D
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2017
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  6. paulstoute

    paulstoute Administrator Staff Member

    really like your rig.
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  7. DoLittleDailey

    DoLittleDailey New Member

    What is the CV boot mod?

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  8. jwaring66

    jwaring66 Member

    Pull the small clamp off the inner boot and stretch it down the half shaft a tiny bit so the larger ribs don't ride on each other. If they rub all the time it will wear a groove where they touch and eventually will split the rubber in that area. There's one pic above that shows the gap between that largest rib and the joint housing at ride height.
  9. Rogelio Gandarilla

    Rogelio Gandarilla New Member

    Great looking setup. Thanks for sharing all info and pics!!
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  10. magcargo005

    magcargo005 New Member

    Nice setup. I'm currently browsing for suspension kit from 4wheelonline.
  11. 1stgenoffroad

    1stgenoffroad Member

    Nice setup! 3 questions: 1. Did you break a sway bar link there? I did the same thing! 2. Did you ditch the front skid plate after you installed the diff drop? I just installed my front 1" diff drop. Now can't get the skid plate back on. I was planning just to cut the plate where is presses against the new bolts. But after looking at your rig, I might just skip it altogether. What do you think? 3. How much lift did you get out of those ARB 2862 springs on the back? 2 inches? I just ordered those and they're on their way. I used the Bilstein 5100 adjustable on the front. Have it set to the 3rd setting. I might go up though, if it's too nose down after the rear lift.
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2017
  12. jwaring66

    jwaring66 Member

    Thank you and yeah, one of the factory links broke at about 90k miles. I have the front skid plate on but it's not pictured because I had just finished the installation. My diff drop kit came with some hardware that drops the skid enough to clear the longer bolts. If yours didn't, it would be easy to accomplish the same thing with longer skid plate bolts and some washers. The rear springs are great, not to stiff but still carry weight well. They set the rear about 2.75" higher than stock but settled a tiny bit since then. I think 2.5" is what you can expect out of them long term.
  13. chris_cargod

    chris_cargod New Member

    Are those wheel spacers? If so, what size are they and where did you get them?
  14. the_eng

    the_eng New Member

    Most likely they are Spidertrax and 1.25" You should be able to pick them up from any Spidertrax deal i.e. Northridge4x4 or Toytec
  15. Trideyota

    Trideyota Member

    Looks Good! Curious if anyone else has vsc issues after lift? If I go into a curve it sets off the vsc. Vehicle has zero body roll anymore, so computer thinks differently.
  16. jwaring66

    jwaring66 Member

    Yes, spidertrax 1.25's. Sorry for the delay, haven't been on in awhile.
  17. jwaring66

    jwaring66 Member

    Yes, mine does. But mine was overactive even before the lift. It only happens on curvy country roads when i'm hustling it a bit but it is still annoying. Occasionally I'll unplug the switch at the brake booster if I'm on a long curvy drive to disable the system. Or just slow down, wife wants me driving slower anyway :D

    edit* I've explored all sorts of solutions including having the dealer perform a zero point calibration but none of it changed the sensitivity of the VSC. I believe there is a thread or link to thread somewhere on here that outlines a switch install to disable the system without unplugging it but I haven't gotten around to that yet.
  18. Trideyota

    Trideyota Member

    I live in Colorado so the highways are two lane canyon roads. It was driving me nuts! I cut into the black and white wires and installed the switch. It was worth the time and money.
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  19. LoriH

    LoriH New Member

    I'm having this issue after a 2 1/2 inch lift, 1.50 wheel spacers, and having 285/70R16 tires installed; along with new arms and upper ball joints. It is at the dealership as I write having the zero point calibration done. How and where do I go to get and install the switch? Dealership is saying I may have to get rid of my lift and tires but that is not an option for me as this is what I wanted.... It was also suggested unplugging the sensor but not sure how safe this option is. Any suggestions help is greatly appreciated!!
  20. Trideyota

    Trideyota Member

    Install a switch to turn vsc off. Tell dealership to take a hike!!

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