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2017 Tacoma Front Brakes... suggestions

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016-2023)' started by danwilk, May 15, 2023.

  1. May 15, 2023 at 9:06 AM
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    danwilk

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    I'm about to do the front brakes on my 2017 Tacoma SR5 for the first time and I was wondering if you guys go with OEM products (pads and rotors) or is there some brands that are just as good that are used by you guys? My truck is used for daily driving and not much towing at all.
     
  2. May 15, 2023 at 9:12 AM
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    Off Topic Guy

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    Welcome to TW! You may get a few replies here recommending this or that, but my unprofessional opinion is nothing beats stock. I intended to go the TRD performance pads with Stoptech cryo rotors, since its the tried and true recommendation around here, but the rotors have doubled in price and the pads are essentially discontinued, or out of stock everywhere. That would be my recommendation if the prices weren't through the roof, so stock is pretty much the best value for the money. Aftermarket drilled/slotted rotors and pads are pretty much a waste of time if you're after some kind of notable performance gains.
     
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    I heard good things with Akebono pads.
     
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    Swapping in some braided brake lines are known to help firm up the pedal feel too
     
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    you didn't mention how many miles, but the old pads lasted 6 years,,,, I'd stick with what works.
    Some folks around here would modify their mammie's Walmart electric shopping buggy, if they were allowed to take it home.
     
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    I have HAWK HPS STREET BRAKE PADS and STOPTECH SPORT SLOTTED CRYO-TREATED ROTOR, so far so good because of parts availability.
     
  8. May 15, 2023 at 9:35 AM
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    I'm up to 45k on my stock brakes all around and everything still looks and feels good. That's enough of a test for me to buy OEM again when I inevitably do replace them.

    I should add that I used OEM brakes on my Scion years back as well and they were pretty cheap. Things have changed since then, though.
     
  9. May 15, 2023 at 9:51 AM
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    I've never met OEM brakes that I liked. I'm partial to Power Stop on most vehicles I've owned when it came time to replace rotors and pads - readily available, low cost, good performance with less pedal effort, outlasts OEM. At 52k miles, I just did the Power Stop K137-36 kit on the front (drilled/slotted/carbon ceramic pads) and my stoppers are feeling great. For under $200 shipped (on Prime), hard to beat. It comes with quality hardware (springs/pins/clips). I didn't use the cotter pin style retainer clips for the pins - I cleaned and reused the OEM 1-piece spring clips, and I don't ever use supplied grease, because Permatex purple stuff is the truth.

    I don't tow, but I do lug around (and have to stop) big wheels/tires. I'm pretty religious about doing the "bedding" or "break in" procedure. I don't know if it's as critical as the supplied instructions make it out to be, but I've never had warping or any other common brake problems, so I'll keep doing it.
     
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    Duralast gold is your best bet for a daily driver. $60 I use these always. Rotors also I always bed my pads also.
     
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    Curious if you have some data points or research on the issue?
     
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    I used to buy OEM Toyota and Honda pads, but switched to Raybestos Element3 a while back for the coated rotors. Price for the rotor/pad kits on Rockauto is cheap, and they stop and last just as well as stock. Coated rotors are definitely the way to go if you're near the rust belt.
     
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    What’s the story on Lexus pads? Heard it mentioned but no details.
     
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    Brake pads are brake pads right? All the same for the most part..

    I used non ceramic Wagner pads and rotors in my 2018 last year. OEM lasted 50k

    stops fine, no squeaking but the black brake dust build up on my front rims is driving me crazy! They never look clean anymore.

    OEM pads are ceramic and don’t cause that sort of brake dust, at least not that much. Last week I put OEM brake parts in my wife’s 4Runner and that’s what will go in the Tacoma next time around.
     
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    I had a vibration at 40K miles on OEM brakes so I when aftermarket. I am all pavement and little towing. Very happy with PowerStop.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005FKS28C?ie=UTF8
     
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    Hawk LTS pads, Brembo blank rotors and braided stainless front brake hoses. You wont be disappointed...or go broke either
     
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    I just put duralast gold rotors and pads and man, they are so squeaky for some reason.

    Based off that, I would not recommend.
     
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    Wow I’ve never had that. Probably used on 10 +cars. Did you bed them?
     
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