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Brake rotor and pad recomendations

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jeshore, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. Apr 24, 2008 at 11:16 AM
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    jeshore

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    I've got a 2006 Taco (her name is Tanya) anyway I'm looking to put better rotors and pads on her. does anyone of suggestions of brands and best place to find such things? :D
     
  2. Apr 24, 2008 at 2:11 PM
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    hawk ceramic pads and power slot rotors....good combo.

    good place to get the pads...http://raceshopper.com/hawk_brake_pads.shtml#request_quote


    you can get the rotors at autoanything.com ......performance products has them too.

    im gonna get the hawk pads very soon.
     
  3. Apr 24, 2008 at 4:33 PM
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    Exactly! You're not gonna find better prices or faster shipping than from raceshopper.com. I've ordered from them for almost a decade now and they've NEVER sent me a wrong part. I'm running the Hawk pads and slotted rotors from them and they are amazing. Expect your 60-0 stopping distance to drop by at least 20 feet after you upgrade.
     
  4. Apr 24, 2008 at 4:40 PM
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    hey bro..... can you get a link for me to the rotors that you got?? im definitely gonna upgrade soon.
     
  5. Apr 25, 2008 at 7:19 AM
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    I don't have the exact part #, but if you call Edwin over there at 1-800-733-8380, tell him what truck you've got, and let him know you want the Hawk pads and SP Performance slotted rotors he'll hook you up!

    Replacing rotors on these trucks is cake. Hardest part is breaking loose the caliper bracket bolts. They're thread-locked in but easily loosen up with a 6-point socket, short breaker bar, and dead-blow hammer if you don't have air tools. :)
     
  6. Apr 25, 2008 at 9:58 AM
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    thanks man....i'll give him a buzz later on!!!
     
  7. Sep 19, 2008 at 1:20 PM
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    This may be an obvious question but I did not see it asked anywhere before. I'm installing slotted rotors and Hawk brake pads as recommended here. I noticed that the Hawk pads have a backing plate built onto the pads. Do you guys just toss the two stock backing plates from the stock pads or use them on the new Hawk pads for a total of three backing plates per pad? I'm inclined to toss the stock middle slotted backing plate and use the stock solid plate. I would apply the supplied grease to the hawk pad backing plate and put the solid stock backing plate over that. Anyboby try this or do you just grease up the hawks and stick them in without the stock backing plartes at all?
     
  8. Sep 19, 2008 at 1:47 PM
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    i think the plate on the hawk pads is enough, so i dont think you'll need to add any to them.
     
  9. Sep 19, 2008 at 2:20 PM
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    Ok, cool. I didn't see any info at Hawk about this either so you are probably right on. Thanks.
     
  10. Oct 1, 2008 at 12:41 PM
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    I wrote to raceshopper and asked about the Hawk pads, and this is what they said....

    ==========================================================

    2006 TOYOTA TACOMA w/ 5 Lug Wheels
    (front) BEST BRAKES SUPER PREMIUM ROTOR $81/ea.
    (front) SP PERFORMANCE SLOTTED ROTORS* - Pair $188.84

    Hawk does not yet make pads for this vehicle.
    We have SP Street Plus pads:
    (front) SP STREET PLUS BRAKE PADS $50/set

    ==========================================================

    Was it the SP pads you installed?

    Thanks~
     
  11. Oct 1, 2008 at 12:50 PM
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    I have the Hawk pads but I have the 6-lug...
     
  12. Oct 1, 2008 at 1:10 PM
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    Do these upgrades help the mush? Or do you need to get SS brake lines?
     
  13. Oct 1, 2008 at 1:15 PM
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    Not so much the mush, but definitely help the whoa! :p Seriously, swap out your rotors for some SP Performance slotted ones and get the Hawk pads and you'll knock a solid 20 feet off your 60-0 stopping distance.
     
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    LOL! I re-read that and realized you meant the mushy pedal. I was thinking "mush" in terms of dog-sledding. Coffee needs more me.
     
  15. Oct 1, 2008 at 2:16 PM
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    Funny thing is I checked autoanything and they show Hawk pads for Tacomas. The dropdown menu says it doesn't matter 5 or 6 lug. I wonder why raceshopper said they don't make them? That's weird.

    http://www.autoanything.com/brakes/61A2731A0A0A2067936.aspx
     
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    SS brake lines definitely helped on my '05 Altima. I would assume they would do the same here. The whole point of them is to remove that mushy expansion of the rubber lines. Someday I'll get around to that mod myself.
     
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    the braided stainless goodridge g-stop lines i just put on my 04 definitely helped my system out.
     
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    ^Good to know.
     
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    I got the Hawk ceramic pads and slotted rotors from Autoanything. had both in stock at good prices. Took two days to arrive with free shipping and it was a heavy package.

    This was the best upgrade to my Tacoma I could have ever done. With only 30k miles on the truck the stock rotors and pads had been changed out once already due to warped rotors. The second set were warped so bad that the front end shimmied even without applying the brakes. The new rotors and pads completely solved the shimmy and the brakes stop way better and even smoother modulation than stock. Just shows how horrible the stock setup is on these otherwise awesome trucks.
     
  20. Oct 2, 2008 at 11:24 AM
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    Can you tell me if you have 6 lug wheels or 5 lugs? I think that's my problem is that I have the base truck and it comes with 5, and according to raceshopper, Hawk doesn't make pads for that setup :mad:
     
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