Can A Sequoia Be An Off Roader?

Discussion in '95+ Gen Toyota Trucks' started by landtoy80, Nov 24, 2007.

  1. landtoy80

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    I just test drove a Sequoia and it is about the size of a vehicle I need.
    I have a 80 and its just a tad too small and need more room.
    I like to do light hard core off roading, I use the lockers quite often.
    Anyone ues a Sequioa this way?
    Are there parts out there to build a off road Sequioa? ie: lockers, sliders, skid plates...
  2. SAR_Squid79

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  3. tehcruiser

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    I have a Sequoia, ..well, I should say that my wife has one, that we take on family vacations, and i take the kids out blueberry and mushroom picking. I mostly do just logging roads, once in a while something more serious. It doesn't have lockers, but I gotta say, it does pretty awesome with just the assisted traction, and it has tons of power, handles great and it's one smooth rig. As a matter of fact the power of this rig really corrupted me. :D I would definitely recommend it, if you are sitting on the fence.
  4. LukeZero

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    Aren't they based on a Tundra platform? It seems like I remember that from one of our Hoosier Cruiser members that works at the Toyota plant in Southern Indiana. If my memory is correct- Wouldn't that mean that lots of Tundra suspension pieces would work? Lifts, lockers, skidplates,etc. Rock sliders might have to be custom, though.
  5. Jacket

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    Seems like I read somewhere recently that Bill Burke is wheelin in a Sequoia, and he had good things to say about it. Its just big and long, but as long as you keep it within its limits, I bet its a very capable truck. And like the other poster said, it's shares a lot of components with the Tundra, so there's some aftermarket support there.
  6. SAR_Squid79

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    The Sequoia is to the Tundra, as the 4Runner is to the Tacoma.

    Same engine and drivetrain, but completely different chassis and suspension.
  7. bulldog-yota

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    The Seq is not an ideal platform due to it's size. I was also not super impressed by the one I saw offroad with lift, sliders and BFG tires. It seemed to struggle quite a bit, but then the driver was still learning.

    If you are serious about using it you can get Donahoe front coilovers for the Seq, for the rear you will probably have to get custom coilsprings pendign your need adn you will most likely find Bilstein or Fox shcoks that can be made to fit and valved for your needs.

    Front (about $1000 for a set)
    http://www.donahoeracing.com/prod_detail.php?productID=17&make=Toyota&model=Sequoia

    Rear (about $250 for custom coils shipped)
    www.coilsprings.com

    You might also want to look into an ARB locker for the back as the ATRAC on the Seq was not that agressive. The Tundra uses the RD89 in the back and the Seq most probably will work with the same.

    If you make those changes you will have a pretty nice trail ride. I believe some folks put the Tundra ARB front bumper on as well.
  8. cackalak han

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    Wonder how the Sequoia's compare to the 100's? I'd much rather get a 100 than a Sequoia, esp. if you're looking to off-road.

    Or, this might be all that you really need for your 80?

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    BTW, I think 80's look the best out of any of the Yoyota SUV/Trucks, period.
  9. Happy Trails

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    I could be mistaken but doesn't the Sequoia come without a 4LO in it's transfer case?
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    They do, in fact, have 4LO.

    http://car-reviews.automobile.com/Toyota/review/2003-toyota-sequoia/4415/1

    ...A traditional-looking shift lever between the front seats activates 4 Lo, a creeper gear used for extreme off-road use, such as descending a very steep hill...
  11. KliersLC

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    The approach and departure angles are horrible on that thing......

  12. danimallv

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    Funny thats my Sequoia in the picture above :)


    They are not that bad. And given the long wheel base, it did better over certain obstacles than my buddies 4 runners. I didn't really notice any issues w/ size, probably wouldn't want to take it to the Rubicon though. For general off road use its great ( I also have a 80 series).

    The sliders I had made by Stubbs welding. They are not the same as the tundra ones . We had to cut the mounts a bit because the sequoia's frame is tapered and the tundra is straight. At the time they were only about $375.00.

    Also used Skid plates from Skidplates.com. The transfer case skid from the tundra did not work, it was too short, but the owner made me an adapter which extended it. ( he may still have the specs for that). With 33's the stock wheels rubbed at full lock, Upgrading to the rims in the picture fixed the backspacing and no problems w/ rub.

    FWIW The sequoia also has a great deal more storage space than the 100.
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    Some pics.

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    The wife loved this one.
  14. FirstToy

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    Nice pics danimallv, I think this the the last generation of Sequoia that is capable of mixed use like this.

    The new Sequoia is quite a bit larger and has IFS/IRS. Excellent for road use but won't be doing stuff like yours.
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    I would recommend new coilovers up front as stated before. There are alot to choose from, so do your research. Check here...
    http://www.wheelersoffroad.com/sequoia.htm
    Keep in mind you will want to go with a little heavier spring rate up front than what the Tundra comes with. Most companys use a 500lbs or 550lbs spring for the Tundra (standard cab and access cab) but with the double cab (and Sequoia) the 600lbs spring works great. King Shocks make the replacement coils, you will just have to choose the shock of choice. I would also recommend upper control arms as well. Camberg and Total Chaos both have good arms and it will provide more travel.
    http://www.camburg.com/tundrap.html
    http://www.chaosfab.com/97500.html
    Also, check with Downey Off Road for the rear.
    http://www.wheelersoffroad.com/sequoia.htm
    Ive heard good things from customers with this setup. Good luck!
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    Yeah. I had the spacer lift from Wheelers on the seqouia. Then got some springs maid for the rear at coil springs. Had too much rear sag w/ all the camping gear/ fridge etc.
  17. bulldog-yota

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    Come on now, you missed all the fun obstacles on the trip ;) Maybe the rest of us were just too busy pulling a diif on the one truck though :grinpimp: Fun times, when are you joining us again? See the new Jawbone Vid on 120. Was a real fun trip this year.

    I think most folks use 650 coils for the front now. I have not seen good things fro Downey lately, especially their rear springs that keep on sagging with real use.

    What shocks are you using in the back now? I think a proper suspension will do so much better than spacers on a big truck like that. The truck definitely has a lot of space, especially for guys taking families with.
  18. danimallv

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    Yeah, too bad you had to go through all that in the middle of the desert. I'd like to do a run again with you guys with the 80 . Maybe less mineshafts and wifes next time :)





    Not running spacers any more. Swapped them out for new longer heaveir weighted springs and I also threw some flavor of bilstiens on there. At the time, Bilstiens were the only upgrade out there that fit. I still think I could have used longer springs, I still have a bit of sag going when full of cargo/lumber etc.

    Take it easy.

    -d
  19. bulldog-yota

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    Sounds good. You think the 80 will keep up? :grinpimp:
  20. danimallv

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    I don't know, those 35's might hold me back :p :beer:

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