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Brake Rotors- 02 Tacoma- Need Help!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by mdrobe2, Jun 22, 2015.

  1. Jun 22, 2015 at 5:33 PM
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    mdrobe2

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    I'd like to purchase premium rotors for my Tacoma- the rotors I have now have warped for some reason. I was thinking drilled/slotted rotors would look cool. I can't find a specific place to post this question, so I posted it here on the 1st gen forum. I already have a pair of premium pads but I wouldn't mind replacing them if people advised me to. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    Mike
     
  2. Jun 22, 2015 at 5:48 PM
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    The pads I am using now are Wagner thermo quiet ceramic.
     
  3. Jun 22, 2015 at 5:49 PM
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    Just get some brembo blank rotors. There's no need for drilled or slotted. I also recommend some stainless braided brake lines.
     
  4. Jun 22, 2015 at 6:02 PM
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    Powerstop, upgrade a gen 2 tacoma with there kit and it was a night and day diff
     
  5. Jun 22, 2015 at 6:51 PM
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    Was that a full brake kit or just rotors? Came with pads? The brake kits on Amazon are running into the thousands- I'm not taking it that far at this time. Thanks for the help everybody!
     
  6. Jun 22, 2015 at 7:56 PM
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    are you looking at solid gold rotors to be priced in the thousands?

    have a look at these:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/FRONT-KIT-D...fits=Model:Tacoma&hash=item5b0f5d2956&vxp=mtr


    http://www.ebay.com/itm/PAIR-OF-2-D...fits=Model:Tacoma&hash=item5d3eb82460&vxp=mtr
     
  7. Jun 22, 2015 at 7:59 PM
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    I have used brake motive rotors on lots of cars and I also have them on my truck too
     
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    I will assume you have a first gen taco. Look up tundra brake swap. Do the research. It may be a little pricey, but i hear the difference is night and day. I know i plan to if i can ever get the money saved up.
     
  9. Jun 23, 2015 at 4:53 AM
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    Brembo is one of the leading options right now. Thanks for affirming what I suspected- that Brembo would be a good choice.
     
  10. Jun 23, 2015 at 4:54 AM
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    Yes mine is a 2002. The upgrade to Tundra is probably more than I want to spend on a 13 year old vehicle, even though mine is perfectly maintained.
     
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    RockAuto has the PowerStop kits for ~$120 (includes rotors and pads) for "performance," or ~$150 for "heavy duty." A pair of Brembo rotors will cost you $95. Either one is a decent choice. I would do both rotors and pads at the same time.
     
  13. Jun 23, 2015 at 5:15 AM
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    I agree about the rotors and pads at the same time- I think those Wagners I have on there now are lifetime pads though- maybe they will give me a new pair to install- IDK. My truck is a 2002 Tacoma PreRunner V-6 quad cab- reckon I need performance or heavy duty? Anything has to be better than the warped Chinese rotors that are on there now! Good call on Rock Auto- I have been on the Brembo website (not impressed with their web design), As well as PowerStop and Amazon- forgot Rock Auto. Hopefully today I can order my parts!
     
  14. Jun 23, 2015 at 5:20 AM
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    I forgot to tell y'all- I have the TRD BBS 18 inch wheels, 6 lug pattern. I bought them from another member on here. Not sure if it matters. I also use my truck to tow a 15 foot Key West center console fishing boat (debating performance kit vs heavy duty).

    Thanks again to everyone for the help!
     
  15. Jun 23, 2015 at 5:23 AM
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    Wheel size shouldn't matter much (unless you also have much larger tires than stock), but since you tow, you might as well go Heavy Duty for the extra 30 bucks.

    RockAuto has a coupon code for 5% off somewhere on here. Plus you get a refrigerator magnet for the beer fridge!
     
  16. Jun 23, 2015 at 5:27 AM
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    I'm on Rock Auto now- the more I research this the more I think the price is so low for the parts that I am overthinking the whole thing. I mean, it's a hundred and fifty bucks for the Power Stop kit heavy duty with pads and rotors. I might just go ahead and order it and give the lifetime Wagner pads I have to my mechanic.
     
  17. Jun 23, 2015 at 5:28 AM
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    My tires are Michelins (street tires)- they are sized for the TRD 18" BBS wheel- not offroad or mud tires or anything like that. Don't know if that matters!
     
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    It may be a liitle pricey, specially since it is a 13 year old truck. However brakes are probably the most important part of your vehicle. The tundra rotors are thicker, and the calipers are bigger too. Even though you dont plan to do the swap, its worth researching. Lots of guys on here SWEAR by the upgrade. I warp rotors like crazy too (same truck, but an 04) and im tired of it. One other thing to remember, if you haven't already, is to adjust your rears. I noticed when i adjusted my rears a few months ago (first time ever in eleven years) it made a hell of a difference. However, good luck with whatever way you go. And keep us posted...
     
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    THANK YOU! Will do adjustment and keep y'all in the loop.
    Mike
     

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