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Drum Brake Conversion

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by 03coma, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. Apr 10, 2011 at 6:11 AM
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    03coma

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    Hey Guys has anyone done a rear drum brake conversion on there Taco? I'm looking for some input on where to purchase a kit for a 1st Gen tacoma.
     
  2. Apr 10, 2011 at 6:12 AM
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    theduck911

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    You mean disc-brake? Like going from Drums to Discs?
     
  3. Apr 10, 2011 at 6:13 AM
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    yes, have Drum and want to convert to Disc. I know there was some talk about on here about this topic, but I think it was on the 2nd Gen. before I spend the cash I want to see if there are any problems, or are the kits smooth sailing with the 1st gen taco's.
     
  4. Apr 10, 2011 at 6:58 AM
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    Do some searching. I think the consensus is...it's not worth it.
     
  5. Apr 16, 2011 at 7:23 AM
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    it will stop a lot better with 4 wheel disk of course if u never had them before on a truck u won't know what im talking about u can listen to the rest of the dummies on here they have a million reasons not to thats there opinion its like ur ass everybodys got one. LOL ? LOTS OF LOVE.
     
  6. Apr 16, 2011 at 7:35 AM
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    You have NO idea what youre talking about. The rear disck conversion results in less stopping power. You have to change out alot more shit than just adding a set of rotors on the back and thinking your good to go. Do some research.
     
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    4 wheel discs are awesome when they're engineered properly to work. Vehicles that you buy 'new' with 4 wheel discs are designed and engineered to work and work awesome.

    When you try to throw 4 wheel discs on a vehicle that was designed for disc/drum - it isn't gonna work unless you spend a shit-ton of money re-engineering & changing the entire system.

    Some reading for you
    http://www.4wheeloffroad.com/techarticles/drivetrain/131_0708_4x4_disc_brakes/index.html

    So, you're indeed one of the dummies like the rest of us.
     
  8. Apr 16, 2011 at 8:10 AM
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    Assuming you're still running rear Discs?
     
  11. Apr 17, 2011 at 5:22 PM
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    Yes. I'm also running a manual brake setup at this point.
     
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    I've had numerous track cars and I can assure you rear brakes on the tacoma will provide little stopping functionality beyond the p-brake when you turn the truck off (which is another mod you'll need to add if you attempt a conversion to discs since this is typically incorporated within the drum).

    The 2 primary reasons sport [and track] cars benefit from disc brakes at the back is weighting and suspension.. If your vehicle is nose-heavy (like most trucks) and has anything other than track-tuned suspension disc brakes will be primarily aesthetic and should be much smaller than the front to provide balanced stopping power.

    I'm using the TRD Sport suspension and have given up on converting the drums since all the weight shifts way forward..

    Saving my $ for the SC this summer baby!
     
  13. May 1, 2011 at 9:37 PM
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    Old post, but good info. I thought about this today and decided to see if it had come up. One thought that lingers is if you tow or have a heavily loaded truck all the time, the additional stopping power(back weighted much more obviously) would help, but balancing the front/back without always locking up the rear wheels would suck and be extremely difficult for most or all of us.
     
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