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Best rear brake drums and shoes for Tacoma...

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by jpugh2003, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. Mar 14, 2019 at 5:51 PM
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    jpugh2003

    jpugh2003 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So Toyota seems to have problems with their brake drums warping prematurely. So what are the best aftermarket brake drums and shoes that ya'll have had through experience?
     
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  2. Mar 14, 2019 at 5:58 PM
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    Yours is the first I have read about since I joined a few years ago. Most drums are lasting 70K+ from what I've read. Do you tow a lot?
     
  3. Mar 14, 2019 at 6:27 PM
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    I do not. My first 2019 SR5 had warped drums in the rear and most vibration threads I've read talk about warped drum problems on new ones all the time. But I figured since they are cheap on sites like CAID.com, I get some really good ones and shoes.
     
  4. Mar 14, 2019 at 7:20 PM
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    Understood. Even if you read one hundred threads on bad drums remember there are close to a million 3rd gen tacomas now. It's all about scale.
    Good luck I hope you get rid of the issue!
     
  5. Mar 15, 2019 at 8:23 AM
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    I just had the drums replaced on my truck last week on warranty.
     
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    I don't know of any "high performance" drums or of any drums that could potentially withstand heat a little better but one option would be to have a very light machining pass done on a new drum to true everything up then, do a cryogenic treatment to help strengthen the steel. Just my .02 but I'm interested in hearing what has worked for others because I can feel a light vibration coming the rear brakes on my truck after 14k miles.
     
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    OEM lasting 100k+ miles seems pretty damn good to me.

    Warped isn’t common, I’d replace with OEM and forget it.
     
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    Drill cooling/venting holes in them for efficiency
     
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    I had a very similar problem with my 2nd gen. Turns out the tire shop was overtorquing the lugs distorting the drums.
     
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    Mine were replaced under warranty and the vibration came back right after the shoes wore in. I bought aftermarkets and had the same issue. There's something else going on other than just warped drums.
    I ended up reinstalling the oems and then backed my adjusters off a little bit. The vibration is much better. I've heard of others saying that the dealer said their brakes were adjusted "too tight". I have a theory that the rear brakes cause the drive shaft angle to change just enough to cause driveline vibration... but who knows...
     
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    Brake drums don't warp. But even if they did, wear items like brakes are not warranty items.

    So if it was 'warped', it's on you. But its a manuf. flaw, thus the warranty applies.

    The warranty replaced drums are actually out of round; made wrong by the supplier.
     
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    I'd like to hear more about cryogenic treatment to strengthen cast iron
     
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    On some 3rd gens the axle flange is warped, causing run-out. Even if the drum was concentric, if it's mounting to something warped, it'll be out of round too.
     
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    Much better vibrations as in less?
     
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    I had a rear drum replaced in the first 10k, but it was due to over torquing not a faulty part
     
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    Mine happen between 20-30 mph and sometimes without the brakes, like acceleration or coasting. Other speeds the braking seems fine and smooth.
     
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    From my experience, when it comes to drum brakes, go OEM for the drum, pads and hardware. The biggest problems I have had in about the 8 or so drum brake jobs I have done in my life, have always been with aftermarket drum parts.
     
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    Do you feel vibrations in steering wheel between 20-30 mph on your 19?
     
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    Nope, rides smooth
     

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