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I'm trying to develop a DIY transfer case skid concept.

The BudBuilt transfer case skid for Tundra has an additional cross member that supports the rear of the skid. See: 07-17 Tundra 5 Piece Combo $825. But yours does not.

Can you please provide additional photos or explanation about how your transfer case skid is supported. From your photo above it just looks like the skid plate is cantilevered off the transmission cross member; so far I'm not seeing how that is going to give much protection to the transfer case if the rear of the skid takes a hit. Maybe I'm missing something. Thanks for any explanation you can give.
Mtnclimber- good catch. You're right. It is cantilevered. To really do it correct, you need to weld a cross member to each side.
 

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Sorry realized i posted in the wrong thread,

CBI offroad Ditch brackets.

They aren't level but a little elbow grease should do it.
 

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Hi Wild. Thanks. The Sequoia has been really good to me and adventuring. So far it's been very capable. Here are some thoughts on some things;
  • Wheels - I really like the offset of my wheels. I would buy wheels with close to the same offset.
  • Tires - I've gone through 3 sets of Toyo MTs (275/70/18) and loved them. They were pretty noisy at 50% tread though. I recently went to Toyo RT's and was disappointed in the less aggressive look and narrower profile but man are they quiet. I also find I don't need to air down much or at all when going off road. Not all E load rated tires are the same and the RT's are a very soft E rated tire.
  • Front Shocks/springs - LOVE the Icons and would do it again in a heart beat.
  • Rear Springs - This was a bit of a trial and error as no one makes springs for the rear of the Sequoia. That said, I'm very happy with my final lift height on the custom springs. I would probably go a little higher (currently 2 1/2", would like 3") for more rock clearance but shocks then become an issue again.
  • Rear Shocks - These were custom too and unfortunately there was not enough dampening. King has been awesome in revalving real time but I need to have them add more dampening still.
  • Rock Rails - I like my rails and I like the fact that they are removable for refinishing. That said, I probably should have just welded them on and used spray paint and cardboard to refinish.
  • Skid Plates - I have yet to smack anything but I'm glad I have them. I like having the extra protection over the transfer case and gas tank which have zero protection. Also, I was surprised how much stiffness was added to the frame after adding the Rock Rails and Skid Plates. The frame is so much stiffer and I noticed it in the first 100ft of driving off. The skid plates added stiffness because they are fully boxed and welded to the frame. The rails same but bolted.
  • As for the different types of lifts out there. The most popular is still Revtek with stock shocks. If I didn't go with my current lift, I would do the Bilstein 5100s with a rear spacer. The Bilstein shocks are 1/2" longer than stock to account for the lift and prevent top out. My friend recently got the Ready Lift kit and it's ok. The Ready Lift rear shock extensions cause bottoming out issues as it reduces up travel of the shock.
  • Upper Control Arm - My Total Chaos UCA now has 80,000 miles. The upper ball is starting to rattle and most likely needs to be serviced. That said, I'm glad I have them. They provide additional droop when needing to articulate.
Hope that helps. Right now the only thing that bugs me is the narrowness of the RT's. Wish they made a 295/70/18. I may try the Nitto Ridge Grappler next in that size. I would also gain another 1/2" of ground clearance. :)

Thanks stom! Really appreciate the detail.

I’m looking to go with an 18x9 wheel with +18 offset because I have the Bushwhacker flares I plan to install (to cover up some dings and widen the stance). For tires, I’m leaning toward the Cooper ST Maxx 295/70R18 (34.25”). Read great reviews and the price is well below the Toyo and Nitto. Understand I’d have to deflate the spare to make it fit. Not ideal, but I want every bit of lift I can get.

For the front shocks, I was trying to avoid the Icons due to price, but everyone I’ve seen with them on the forums just raves about them. I’ve had my eye on the Fox 2.0s and Bilstien 6112s, but the Icons keep haunting me, and I plan to work them hard, so the price may be justified for my application.

I’m currently in touch with CoilSprings and working through the specs. Appreciate your suggestion on going 3” as that’s where I was leaning. Do you still use your air bags? I’m torn on how much to increase spring rate for my typical 2000# loadout, or go a little light on springs and augment with air bags. Thoughts on that?

Also, what are your thoughts on the Icon 2.0 (part number 56506) for the rear shocks? Looks like they can accommodate a 3” lift out of the box. Any insight or perspective on them?

Rock sliders and skid plates will be next. UCAs are on my phase 2 list (or sooner if needed for the lift).



I'm trying to develop a DIY transfer case skid concept.

The BudBuilt transfer case skid for Tundra has an additional cross member that supports the rear of the skid. See: 07-17 Tundra 5 Piece Combo $825. But yours does not.

Can you please provide additional photos or explanation about how your transfer case skid is supported. From your photo above it just looks like the skid plate is cantilevered off the transmission cross member; so far I'm not seeing how that is going to give much protection to the transfer case if the rear of the skid takes a hit. Maybe I'm missing something. Thanks for any explanation you can give.
MtnClimber - please keep me posted on what you find with the BudBuilt kit. I need skid plates, but won't have the budget for the custom setup stom_m3 did. The BudBuilt may be just the ticket.
 

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Mtnclimber- good catch. You're right. It is cantilevered. To really do it correct, you need to weld a cross member to each side.
Thanks for that info/advice. If I get around to having something fabricated, I'll include a cross member.
 

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Thanks stom! Really appreciate the detail.

I’m looking to go with an 18x9 wheel with +18 offset because I have the Bushwhacker flares I plan to install (to cover up some dings and widen the stance). For tires, I’m leaning toward the Cooper ST Maxx 295/70R18 (34.25”). Read great reviews and the price is well below the Toyo and Nitto. Understand I’d have to deflate the spare to make it fit. Not ideal, but I want every bit of lift I can get.

For the front shocks, I was trying to avoid the Icons due to price, but everyone I’ve seen with them on the forums just raves about them. I’ve had my eye on the Fox 2.0s and Bilstien 6112s, but the Icons keep haunting me, and I plan to work them hard, so the price may be justified for my application.

I’m currently in touch with CoilSprings and working through the specs. Appreciate your suggestion on going 3” as that’s where I was leaning. Do you still use your air bags? I’m torn on how much to increase spring rate for my typical 2000# loadout, or go a little light on springs and augment with air bags. Thoughts on that?

Also, what are your thoughts on the Icon 2.0 (part number 56506) for the rear shocks? Looks like they can accommodate a 3” lift out of the box. Any insight or perspective on them?

Rock sliders and skid plates will be next. UCAs are on my phase 2 list (or sooner if needed for the lift).
My friend with the silver Sequoia has ST Maxx and likes them. I'm sure they will work well. As for the spare, it will be a tight fit. Let me know if you get it to work. It may hang down a decent amount though.

As for the rear airbags. I don't really use them. They're actually too short for the custom spring length. I remember looking for longer versions but was unsuccessful. That said, if you have a 2000# load out?! Wow that's a lot. You're going to have a saggy butt for sure. I would definitely put something in there. The airbags will probably work with that much sag. That said, you're going to have to get a much stiffer spring made than the one I have. Also, with a 2000# load out you will probably want the remote reservoir to handle the extra weight/heat build up.

Icon does not make a shock for the rear and the Tundra shocks won't work. The top and bottom interfaces are different. That's why I went with King. King was the only one who would change the ends of the shocks to accommodate the interface. You will also need machined collars to fit the top. I think that Icon could make them as it seems as they already have all the pieces they just need to mix and match. I was unsuccessful in getting them to try.
 

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Thanks stom. Good input. CoilSprings is suggesting an 860#/in progressive spring, and a couple shops I've talked to explained that airbags are likely a dead end for the reason you suggested as well as potential backcountry damage that could be crippling.

I'll keep you posted on my progress.
 

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Thanks man! I would need the lift to run 275/65/20's on stock wheels right? The rear spacer kit works on SR5 or Limited, but not Platinum, correct?
 

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Thanks man! I would need the lift to run 275/65/20's on stock wheels right? The rear spacer kit works on SR5 or Limited, but not Platinum, correct?
No on the lift to run that size tire on stock wheels. That is the size and wheel configuration i runwith no suspension modifications.
 

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Just got back from Death Valley. Taking the beast up Mengel Pass and Goler Canyon! Technical but fun. Rock sliders and armor came in handy. Pictures to follow;

First try;

Second try

Third try is the charm!
 

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Great videos! Love seeing these trucks in the dirt and being used.
 

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Finally had some time to download pictures. For this trip we explored the south side of Death Valley (Baker to Ballarat). Lots of good mines, trails, and sights. Sorry a bit pic heavy but there was so many cool things to see.

Blazing a trail before sundown.


First morning about to head to West Camp Mine.


Road to West Camp Mine


West Camp Mine


Getting ready to explore.


Lots of great scenery


Oh, I wish I had more articulation...


Checking out Ibex mine


Desolate area off grid


Getting lost...


Where's the beef?


Camp life chillin'


Awesome sunsets on the second night.


They remind me of hobbit houses but these were the miners homes that they made into the hillside.


Ashford Mills. Beautiful backdrop.


Airing down


Striped Butte


LC200 and me posing


Fun obstacles on Mengel


Showing lack of articulation... :(


So that's what the side tread is for... ;) Running about 20psi. The Toyo RT's are very soft.


Serious rock stacking going on. No we did not do this.


Challenge of the day


Menacing! The boulders are significantly bigger than they look!


Rock rails and gas tank skid getting a few battle scars.


Nissan Pathfinder killed it. So small.


Night by the fire. The temperatures fluctuated heavily. In the morning, I actually had ice on my cooler outside. Drastically different than the 106F the day before.


Heading out of Goler Wash


Cool canyon. Going through Goler Wash.


Heading out of Goler Wash, the local mules decided to give us an escort


The crew that went.
 

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This thread is awesome!!! I've just acquired a 2nd gen Sequoia and I'm excited to lift it. Ton's of awesome information on here! Stom_M3 your truck looks awesome and it's cool to see people actually use their Sequoia's. My buddies and I are hoping to head on west sometime and do some exploring.
 

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This thread is awesome!!! I've just acquired a 2nd gen Sequoia and I'm excited to lift it. Ton's of awesome information on here! Stom_M3 your truck looks awesome and it's cool to see people actually use their Sequoia's. My buddies and I are hoping to head on west sometime and do some exploring.
Thanks. There are a lot of cool trails out here and sights to see!

Love the "hidden winch" in the front bumper! Nice! Was it easy to add?
Nothing is easy to add to the Sequoia... :( You can see the details of the hidden winch on post #54. Not hard but I wasn't doing the welding and pipe bending. ;)
 

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Hey guys. Need help. I have a 2010 limited 5.7 V8 Sequoia fully stock. I want to put 35x12.5 MTs (unclear which tire yet) and the appropriate lift to accommodate that. The applications would be Forest service roads (BC, Canada) with deep rolling ruts and deep mud pits. Also I tow a 6k# trailer and currently have no issues with sag while towing because of the weight distribution bars. First off, how can I get these tires to fit and what type of lift would best be suited for my applications and what height of lift would you guys recommend? I found a Ready Lift 2008-17 2&4WD Toyota Sequoia 3" lift kit Product No: 69-5015 RL
ReadyLift Toyota Sequoia 3" lift kit 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
That states: Compatibility with a 4wd 2008-2017 Sequoia includes Tire Size: 35x12.50 tire on a 9" wheel with 6" of backspacing (+25)rims; 285/65/20 on 20x8.5 rims

What do you guys think of this lift for my applications? Also, regarding the wheel, I was hoping to use my current stock 20" rims to save money which I believe are 8" wide with a 60mm offset. I'm not sure if these would work with the Ready Lift above?

Additionally, do I need to do anything else to beef up the suspension for my applications? The reason I want to go with 35x12.5 tires is to get extra clearance when going through deep mud pits, incase of hidden rocks and the width with help with the mud. Also, the tire height plus a lift should really help with the deep rolling ruts so I don't catch the front or back ends. Any help is greatly appreciated as the guys at my local off road shop don't seem to be able to give me difnitive answers to my questions and I've lost confidence in their recommendations.

Thanks!
Alex T from Vancouver, BC
 

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Hey guys. Need help. I have a 2010 limited 5.7 V8 Sequoia fully stock. I want to put 35x12.5 MTs (unclear which tire yet) and the appropriate lift to accommodate that. The applications would be Forest service roads (BC, Canada) with deep rolling ruts and deep mud pits. Also I tow a 6k# trailer and currently have no issues with sag while towing because of the weight distribution bars. First off, how can I get these tires to fit and what type of lift would best be suited for my applications and what height of lift would you guys recommend? I found a Ready Lift 2008-17 2&4WD Toyota Sequoia 3" lift kit Product No: 69-5015 RL
ReadyLift Toyota Sequoia 3" lift kit 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
That states: Compatibility with a 4wd 2008-2017 Sequoia includes Tire Size: 35x12.50 tire on a 9" wheel with 6" of backspacing (+25)rims; 285/65/20 on 20x8.5 rims

What do you guys think of this lift for my applications? Also, regarding the wheel, I was hoping to use my current stock 20" rims to save money which I believe are 8" wide with a 60mm offset. I'm not sure if these would work with the Ready Lift above?

Additionally, do I need to do anything else to beef up the suspension for my applications? The reason I want to go with 35x12.5 tires is to get extra clearance when going through deep mud pits, incase of hidden rocks and the width with help with the mud. Also, the tire height plus a lift should really help with the deep rolling ruts so I don't catch the front or back ends. Any help is greatly appreciated as the guys at my local off road shop don't seem to be able to give me difnitive answers to my questions and I've lost confidence in their recommendations.

Thanks!
Alex T from Vancouver, BC
 

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No on the lift to run that size tire on stock wheels. That is the size and wheel configuration i runwith no suspension modifications.
Thanks man! Your Sequoia looks great with those tires. Looks like you took off the running boards. I'm about to trade in my 04 Sequoia for an '11 or 12 Ltd or Plat.

Any other mods you had to make to run 275/65/20? Did it weaken the acceleration/power? Any rubbing during turning or flex, axel articulation?

Matt
 
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