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Akebono front brake pads part number? (too many variations) for 1st gen

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by BigOly, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. Mar 11, 2013 at 7:00 AM
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    BigOly

    BigOly [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I'm about to change the front brake pads on my 2004 Taco. Looks pretty easy, pop off the the spring that holds the 2 pins, remove the pins, wiggle out the old pads, squeeze the pistons to make space to drop in the new pads and put it all back together.

    I've done a bit of research and Akebono seems to be a good choice (I have this brand on my wife's Sienna swaggerwagon and happy with them) that I plan to install on my taco OEM Toyota calipers.

    The Problem: a couple of people have reported issues of the pads not fitting properly due to ordering the wrong part # yet Akebono site says it will fit :mad: wth?

    Here's what I found after searching numerous online vendors: (All are labeled Akebono ProACT Ultra-premium ceramic)
    For the 2004 Toyota Tacoma-

    ACT799 (looks squarish)
    ACT436 (looks squarish)
    ACT589 (has round edges)

    Has anyone here install a set successfully with the right fit on a 2001-04 tacoma? If so, of the three I listed above, which part # did you purchase?

    Thanks a bunch!
    -Oly
     
  2. Mar 16, 2013 at 9:44 AM
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    BigOly

    BigOly [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Well, I did some further research on this and found out the following:

    ACT589 is designed for 1 piston setups.

    ACT436 is designed for 4 piston setups.

    My rig has 4 pistons so I'm going to take the risk and order the ACT436. I guess it's the ACT589 that people were complain about in regards to fitment.

    I'll report back if I was able to install the ACT436 successfully so that others can avoid ordering the wrong part #.

    -Oly
     
  3. Mar 16, 2013 at 4:11 PM
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    Pauhana

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    I believe the 436 and 799 are the same part. I used the Centric pads and their part# is 436.
     
  4. Mar 31, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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    BigOly

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    I'm happy to report the Akebono ACT436 brake pads fit like a glove! I tested them out and love them!! ;)

    Akebono on the top in the pic, already has the metal backing and the old pad on the bottom for comparison. They both match and look squarish.

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  5. Aug 1, 2013 at 7:07 AM
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    TeamRooR

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    Thanks for posting!! This really helped make my decision! Way to many brands to pick from out there!! I am ordering off rockauto.com for $33.79 (before shipping & 5% DISCOUNT)
     
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