I just got a 2011 TRD OR DC. I used to have a 2004.
The 2004 brake feel was pretty typical of a normal passenger vehicle...some travel in the brake pedal and perfectly good feel throughout depressing it to achieve more braking.
My 2011 feels like I'm stepping on a rock when I press the brakes. There is very minimal travel, and it's just shocking how much more firm it is than the 2004. I know firm brakes are better than mush, however, I almost think it's too extreme...that I can't get any progressive feel for the braking. Also, because it's such a firm feel, I really have to lay into the pedal to achieve much braking, because a normal soft press doesn't really do much at all.
To confuse things even more, right now I have a 2013 as a loaner. It's a DC non-OR/non-TRD. The brake feel on this is just like my 2004. Much more "typical". Now, I realize the TRD's have a whole different brake booster/reservoir to work with ATRAC and whatnot, but could that really cause a night and day difference in brake feel?
I guess I should double check the brake fluid level when I get my truck back, but it was a CPO vehicle and the brakes were just replaced a short while ago (new rotors and pads), according to the paperwork I pulled up on the service history, so, you'd think the fluid level would be fine.
The only other way I can describe the brake feel is if you were to get in a vehicle and repeatedly press the pedal with the engine off...it builds up the fluid and causes a rock hard pedal. This is basically what mine feels like all the time.
Can anyone comment as to their 2nd gen TRD brake feel, and especially if you came from a 1st gen?