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Unfortunately I have little to report here, I’ve been riding my fixed gear as much as possible and only making a short drive in the Sequoia once or twice a week. My last tank of fuel in the Sequoia lasted 13 weeks :oops: It returned an awful 12mpg, I think some of the fuel must have evaporated!

Life has also been unbearably stressful lately so that has put a hold on truck work, last week however I found a great deal on some used Bridgestone Dueler 255/70’s to replace the nearly bald 265/65’s that were originally from the Sequoia. I really like how a slightly taller and narrower tire looks on this truck. Less sidewall bulge is far more appropriate. The ground is slightly uneven hence the larger gap up front...
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Anyway, last thing I need to do (besides wash and detail the filthy thing) is adjust the brakes. I don’t have the time or ambition with everything else going on that we’re currently dealing with, does anyone have a suggestion on a trusted Seattle area Toyota mechanic that can take care of that for me?
 

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I’ve got a thing for witty old license plate frames, I’ve got them on all of our vehicles. I’ve been after one of these “TRY IT... IN A TOYOTA” frames for a long while, finally scored this NOS frame on eBay. I’m pretty stoked!
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Some good friends from AZ came up and visited us in Seattle last weekend, this week they made plans to head north and explore Victoria, BC and the surrounding area. I lent them the Sequoia and this morning my buddy sent me this.
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I was having a chat a few nights ago with a buddy of mine back in AZ and he was surprised that I hadn’t yet taken the Sequoia out in the sticks. He was totally right, in the 8 months I’ve owned this thing it hasn’t been off the pavement and I needed to rectify that ASAP.
I had a couple unplanned days off in the middle of the week so I invited a buddy of mine out to a quick trip to the North Cascades, we did Hart’s Pass and found a sweet little campsite Thursday night.
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Once we found camp we didn’t see another soul the whole time we were there. Mosquito’s weren’t even too bothersome. It was awesome.
The Sequoia soaked up big bumps way better than I was expecting, I found myself bracing for impact a couple times and was pleasantly surprised with how well it swallowed them up. Much better than my my Tundra would have done on the same path. Really looking forward to how it performs once my wheels and tires are on.
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I’m planning on road tripping from WA to AZ and back in October. Need to do a little more preventive maintenance before I set off. Top two concerns right now are the heater T’s and CV boots. The outer boots look great (possibly have been replaced) but the inners have been slinging grease since before I bought the truck. So my questions are:

Is it foolish to replace only the inners?
Are the inner and outer boots the same part?
I’m only lifted 43mm (1.7”) according to Bilstein’s literature (and the tape measure agrees), do I need to get the high angle red boots or will OEM Toyota boots do the job?

Is there any other PM I should do while I’m messing with these two jobs?

Thanks all!
 
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I went with these Cv boots. They fit great. I have 2.5" lift and they have held up well. I repacked the joints while in there. Since yours have been open for so long, really clean and inspect. There are also these Cvs which have good reviews and the high angle boots already installed. You could do inner and outer tie rods if they have play.
 
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So the inners and outers are different.

I replaced the rack and ends earlier this year so that’s all good.
 

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I’m really looking for some advice here...

I’ve noticed the right front brake making a little noise lately. I looked into it and saw the outboard rotor face was getting chewed up from the pad, unexpected since I did a visual inspection when I did the rack and shocks, it all looked ok then. It also drove fine. I looked under the truck and saw this little surprise.
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Off with the front wheels and the backing plate fell to the ground.
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Off with the calipers and as expected the outboard pad was toast.
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I plan on going with GX460 brakes, might as well put GX460 backing plates on there at the same time.

First question: What’s the best way to access the backing plates? I believe the bearings are pressed into the hubs (or spindles?) and it is a real PITA to R&R.

I was already planning on taking care of the CV boots, reading through the manual they advise removing the LBJ from the control arm to get the axles out. So I might as well replace the LBJ’s while I’m at it since a LBJ failure is not something I wish to experience.

Question #2: I know I previously asked this but the situation is a little different now that I’m getting in deep with the brakes. So what else should I replace while I’m in there? Upper ball joints? Control arm bushings (X8!)? The camber bolts are also seized in the frame, alignment is currently within spec but could be better. Any reason to replace the UCA’s? Would I gain anything from aftermarket UCA’s? My “build” will stay mild, only going to be running 32” tires.

Looking for either a place to draw the line or just go through the entire front end and be done with it once and for all. All of these bushings, joints, boots and brakes are really starting to add up and I’m not really sure if it’s worth it.

Thanks for any insight!
 

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I’m now considering upgrading to a 100 series so I can be part of a group that actively shares what they’ve learned in order to keep their rigs on the road. :rolleyes:

In all honesty, I genuinely like this truck but above all the lack of enthusiasm towards this model is really pushing me towards a 100.
 
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I’m now considering upgrading to a 100 series so I can be part of a group that actively shares what they’ve learned in order to keep their rigs on the road. :rolleyes:

In all honesty, I genuinely like this truck but above all the lack of enthusiasm towards this model is really pushing me towards a 100.
Well that's weird... I love my sequoia! I loved my 80 too. I don't miss having to fix something every weekend when I wanted to go for drive though. So I have my sequoia and still read the 80s section here on mud and problem solved. :cool: if I were you, and I technically am since we have the same rig, I would replace everything I wanted to replace... It's up you how much you want to spend honestly. If your bushings are shot, replace them, if you WANT to replace the ucas then go for it. If you have so much rust your backing plates are falling off and your camber bolts are seized and you have the cash, replace it all. Money is my driving force for these decisions and I prioritize on that. Hope that helps.
 
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My cousin had an 80 series when I was in high school and I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. Then my buddies dad gave him a fresh restore gold 87 and I thought it was even cooler than the newer 80 series. And I’ve always loved the 100s and really just wanted that as my “dad car” weekend vehicle. But, my father in law gave me an 02 sequoia that he got new and drove until my wife went to college. She gave it back to him after college and he just used it to haul mulch and as his “truck.” I’ve fallen in love with this car. It needed a lot of tlc from lack of cleaning and maintenance but soon it will be better than when she took it to Tallahassee. Plus when I drive it, I’m not worried about having to keep my phone handy like other buddies in their older land cruisers because I know that4.7 is bombproof.
 

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@Jgrauman I don’t see preventative maintenance as a want, I see it was a need. So in that definition it isn’t up to me or my wallet. If it has to be done, it has to be done.

For example, when it comes to the CV boots I’d like to know at what lift (cv angle) does it become wise to upgrade to aftermarket boots. I prefer OEM parts (especially when it comes to rubber) but if they can’t hold up to a little more CV angle then I’ll go aftermarket. Things like this have been tested and the results have been shared in the 100 community, apparently not so much in the Tundra/Sequoia world. Same goes for the UCA’s. At what point is it wise to upgrade to aftermarket UCA’s? I imagine that I am below the threshold but I don’t know for sure.

I don’t want to indiscriminately throw money at the thing. I don’t know if it is wise to replace the the upper ball joints, bushings, cam adjusters, etc. or if I have absolutely nothing to worry about there since alignment is within spec (just not ideal). My bushings aren’t falling out of the truck but does that mean they are ok?

The only bits I have 100% confidence in replacing now are the brakes (including backing plates, that gives me an opportunity to inspect wheel bearings but it also opens up another can of worms in regards to properly doing that job, removing and pressing in bearings, etc), the CV boots and the lower ball joints. I’ve seen far too many LBJ failures to ignore them. At the moment I’m considering skipping the cam adjusters, A arm bushings and upper ball joints because they don’t appear to me to need replacement. But I’m ignorant, someone out here has to know more than I do.

Does anyone know where an online FSM for these trucks are?

Current state, need to get that left side axle out.
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@Jgrauman I don’t see preventative maintenance as a want, I see it was a need. So in that definition it isn’t up to me or my wallet. If it has to be done, it has to be done.

For example, when it comes to the CV boots I’d like to know at what lift (cv angle) does it become wise to upgrade to aftermarket boots. I prefer OEM parts (especially when it comes to rubber) but if they can’t hold up to a little more CV angle then I’ll go aftermarket. Things like this have been tested and the results have been shared in the 100 community, apparently not so much in the Tundra/Sequoia world. Same goes for the UCA’s. At what point is it wise to upgrade to aftermarket UCA’s? I imagine that I am below the threshold but I don’t know for sure.

I don’t want to indiscriminately throw money at the thing. I don’t know if it is wise to replace the the upper ball joints, bushings, cam adjusters, etc. or if I have absolutely nothing to worry about there since alignment is within spec (just not ideal). My bushings aren’t falling out of the truck but does that mean they are ok?

The only bits I have 100% confidence in replacing now are the brakes (including backing plates, that gives me an opportunity to inspect wheel bearings but it also opens up another can of worms in regards to properly doing that job, removing and pressing in bearings, etc), the CV boots and the lower ball joints. I’ve seen far too many LBJ failures to ignore them. At the moment I’m considering skipping the cam adjusters, A arm bushings and upper ball joints because they don’t appear to me to need replacement. But I’m ignorant, someone out here has to know more than I do.

Does anyone know where an online FSM for these trucks are?

Current state, need to get that left side axle out.
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