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Brake Pads and Rotors ??

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by bellassaiw10, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. Nov 29, 2011 at 12:13 PM
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    bellassaiw10

    bellassaiw10 [OP] Formally afroman5015

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    what combo is everyone running on their trucks ? Its about time to swap em out and I'm just looking to see what everybody's running.

    Want a pad thats low on brake dust and has good stopping power and won't need to be replaced for a little while :D

    Thanks guys, and yes I used the search function :roll eyes: also I'm not really wanting to swap out to the tundra brakes :p
     
  2. Nov 29, 2011 at 12:14 PM
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    steve o 77

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  3. Nov 29, 2011 at 12:21 PM
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    just use oem rotors
     
  4. Nov 30, 2011 at 10:08 AM
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    In a month im going to go with EBC duralast rotors and their heavy duty green stuff pads. There low dust pads, and are supposed to last forever. All in all about 250$ for everything
     
  5. Nov 30, 2011 at 10:17 AM
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    I haven't changed pads or rotors on my taco yet, but on my other vehicles I just bought oem pads and rotors. You can buy the more expensive ceramic pads that wont leave your rims all dusty.
     
  6. Nov 30, 2011 at 10:58 AM
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  7. Nov 30, 2011 at 1:09 PM
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    This is the exact setup iv been looking at
     
  8. Nov 30, 2011 at 1:14 PM
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    on my tacoma i had powerslot rotors and hawk performance lts pads. great combination! no brake fade and good pedal feel.
     
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    I do wash it regularly and I'm tired of cleaning brake dust out of my rims....
     
  10. Nov 30, 2011 at 4:37 PM
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    I installeld dura last rotors and pads they seem to be preforming OK.
     
  11. Nov 30, 2011 at 7:12 PM
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    I like having a little extra stopping power when pushing 35s haha, gonna go with the power slotted rotors and ebc green pads probably 6000
     
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    stock.....for now...
    I just get the cheap pads/rotors from Napa. If I had the money I would go OEM or something better, but right now brakes are brakes.

    And I have never felt brake fade in a truck/car....how hard do you guys brake???

    Only time I ever felt brake fade was when I raced motocross...scary to land off a 50ft double and barely have enough brake to make a turn :D









    <------------and woah....1,111
     
  13. Nov 30, 2011 at 8:46 PM
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    Upgrading brakes seems stupid to me, its not a race car, I guess it makes some sense if your running huge tires or running in the desert, I dont plan on doing it though.
     
  15. Nov 30, 2011 at 8:52 PM
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    Good point, stopping is overrated.
     
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    Hell yeah it is, I dont ever use brakes to stop, as demonstrated in my avatar :cheers:
     
  17. Nov 30, 2011 at 8:58 PM
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    When I worked at NAPA, everyone who worked there would use the "truestop" (second line, cheaper) rotors, and the AE series brake pads ("Application Engineered", OE material spec)

    We never got complaints on the cheaper, offshore rotors, but everyone complained about the cheap pads squealing.

    At least spring for the good pads.
     
  18. Nov 30, 2011 at 9:02 PM
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    For an upgrade, might check and see if NAPA offers a cross drilled rotor for the Tacoma. I know the local ambulance company's mechanic, they use the cross drilled rotors and carbon metallic pads on the E350 vans that get run hard in the hills around here.

    Not sure how long they last, he was thrilled to go from 6K miles on a set of brakes to 15K miles.:eek:
     
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    until you might need to actually stop, that is.

    if upgrading your brakes can give you 5, 10 or 15 feet shorter stopping distances (as can also be the case with tire choice), is it worth it, or necessary, to spend the extra $? who can say? you may never need to find out. but surely there are instances when those distances could have avoided an accident, or possibly even saved a life.

    oem equipment (like brakes) is a compromise by the manufacturer. price vs. performance is certainly one consideration. thinking that replacing with oem is the best solution may or may not be the right choice for you.

    for example, have you ever gone down a really steep mountain grade and had your stock brakes cook, and thus not be able to stop, or at least suffered degradation of your stopping power? at that point, what would you pay to have an instant upgrade to performance pads and rotors that would either not fail or would maintain significant stopping power? :cool:

    again, you may or may not ever find yourself in that situation. some people are willing to pay to never have to worry about having to find themselves in that situation. and some people are not. personal choice really.
     
  20. Nov 30, 2011 at 9:23 PM
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    He was just mocking my dumb post. Great points though.
     
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