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Suspension, Tires, Lift Update (2005 Sequoia)

Dear fellow 1st gen Sequoia members, I have been meaning to write for some time to report on my tire/suspension choices and share some pics.
It took me several years of endlessly reading threads here trying to find the best combination of parts and pricing.
I went with a tried-and-true solution for the 1st gen Sequoia that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for an amazing upgrade to the 1st gen.

I got amazing deals at 4wheelparts.com on the tires and the suspension.
2 X BIL 33-187174 5100 SERIES FJ CRUISER REAR SHOCKS (75.99 each)
2 X BIL 24-188265 5100 SERIES TUNDRA/SEQUOIA FRONT SHOCKS (94.99 each)
PAIR ARB 2862 REAR COILS (167.99 for the pair)

I made the decision to re-use the factory front coils (they were in perfect shape, I just replaced the shock). Everything is on the top setting.
Although the rear shocks are marketed for the FJ Cruiser, they work perfectly and the lift looks spectacular all around.
Tires I upgraded from GEN1 BFG A/T KO 265/70/17, to 275/70/17 BFG A/T KM2. I did not go with 285/70/17 because I did not want to mess with wheel spacers.

With the Billstein 5100s front (24-188265) and rear (33-187174), the ARB 2862 coils, and the 275/70/17 BFG A/T KM2 I am absolutely amazed and thrilled.
The appearance is completely bad a%%. The performance is exactly what I was looking for, it eats bumps for breakfast.
The install was super smooth and top settings 5100 front and rear with those coils were made for each other on this setup.

Total cost for everything including tires was less than 1500 installed. Pics are attached. Thanks for making all of this possible, I would not have been able to know the correct part numbers and this sweet combination without all of your help. Thanks again and loving the 1st gen Sequoia! taiko
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Thanks ukrboy! Pics pending, later today!

Ok, back again, will try to post pics! Before I do, I want to mention that I have a TRD OffRoad sticker (OEM) that I applied to both sides. This is symbolic for me of the suspension, tires, headers, intake, locking diff and overall bada$$itude of Sequoias in general! I have also taken the (questionable) approach of adding an OEM "supercharger" sticker just because I would have a supercharger if they made one for the 1st gen!! Ok, end of rant.
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How do I upload multiple pics?
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Looks like you just squeeze in your garage


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Does it sit completely level or is the front higher then the rear or vise versa?
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It just fits! A perfect fit in the garage...the first time after the tires and lift I was holding my breath! So happy with this setup, it exceeds my expectations. It sits perfectly, this post from another Tundra Solutions member helped me quite a bit: "A 5100 on the top setting with factory coils will match perfectly with 2862 rear coils in terms of lift (2.5" up front and 2" rear, reducing factory rake just a bit)." There was very little settle; the 5100s are extremely beefy and so far on very bumpy/rocky gravel roads with big potholes the Bilsteins have eaten those bumps for breakfast, it is very smooth. My significant other (who is very picky) loves them too, she says that "it feels like floating" but not in a seasick way, very stable. Kids in the back seats over long trips do not get seasick, which is a big thumbs up and testament to the stability of the 5100s and 2862s. I have already taken a long highway trip as well and even at high speeds (85MPH) the ride is extremely smooth and balanced. I feel that this option is ideal for the Sequoia and the price was a ridiculously good value. Thanks so much for the recommendations. 4wheelparts wouldn't initially sell me the FJ Cruiser Bilsteins (for rear) saying that they were not for my vehicle. I can attest that they fit perfectly. The installer said that on the top settings (both front and rear) combined with the 2862s, that the height was absolutely perfect as if made for this application. At first with the lift and the larger tires I was taken aback (it seemed quite a lot higher than I had anticipated). After a few days I began to absolutely love it, now I find the height I had before way too low (the setup now is the way I always wanted it). Look is aggressive but not overdone at all, I have had a ton of comments and I feel very confident for my extended roadtrip and backcountry camping this summer.

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I have the same set up but running 285/75/16 M/T. I agree the ride quality is so much better.
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Great post looking for the same lift! If you had to order front springs which ones would you of went with?
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2002Sequoia I love your setup. What wheel spacers did you use for your 285/75/16 M/T? When I looked into them, I found Spidertrax 1.25" spacers 2001-2007 Sequoia
Almost went that route but seeing how close I fit in my garage, I'm glad I stuck with the 275/70/17
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HI vrox11! I spent so much time looking at "ready to go" setups from Toytec, also looked at Icon and full OME setups etc. Everything was way more expensive. I have to say that I feel no need to upgrade after going with the Bilstein 5100 combination (all four shocks) coupled with the ARB 2862 rear coils.

I absolutely love the setup it feels and handles like a million bucks. I like it more than the full (all 4 shocks) OME/downey HD spring setup on my 4runner to be honest. (although that is really good too). To answer your question about the front springs on the Sequoia, I would stick with stock springs (OEM). I called Bilstein and the tech who answered told me that the 5100 works great w/the stock spring, and I can concur.

Note that I do not consider myself a major off-roader and if you are planning on wheeling in Moab you will have different criteria than I do. That said, I am much more than a mall-warrior and am often off-road, hunting, riverbanks, rocky, stony backcountry, deep snow etc. And the 5100 setup all around with the 2862 and stock front springs gives me amazing control, huge bump/obstacle absorbtion and a great lift/stance w/the 275/70/17 BFG A/T KM2.

And for right around 1500 installed including brand new tires it is impossible to beat this price. The Bilsteins are beefy and the ARB coils are ungodly strong. Let us know what you go with! I really almost went with the Toytec Ultimate Lift. It came down to price and I'm really happy w/my decision.

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I have no problem without wheel spacers in fact I had some 1.25 wheel spacer on and it cause my front right tire to rub when turning. Here's a pic of the wheel spacer on.
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Did you do the differential drop to reduce CV angle?

I do not see the front bilstiens on 4wheelparts.com that you used. I was able to find the rear shocks and coil though. Who did the install? Certainly seems affordable!

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Would these parts work all the same on an 05 2WD Sequoia?
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