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Help finding some good rotors

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TonyTDE, Jan 29, 2021.

  1. Jan 29, 2021 at 7:05 AM
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    TonyTDE

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    It seems like good rotors for the 2nd gen are hard to find. I saw a post on here about some StopTech rotors (126.44129SL). I'm having a hard time finding them from a reputable seller that hasn't inflated the prices and if they haven't they are out of stock. Any ideas what to get for rotors? Nothing drilled but something a little better than OE would be nice.
     
  2. Jan 29, 2021 at 7:11 AM
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    Do you think the NAPA brand ones are any better than OE? The price from NAPA is pretty close to OE. I guess that is my other dilemma.
     
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    OEM rotors are good. I've had good luck with NAPA rotors. Are you replacing OEM rotors?
     
  5. Jan 29, 2021 at 7:21 AM
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    What is your definition of "good" rotors?

    I'd think NAPA, RockAuto or any auto store would have suitable rotors.

    These things are typically either a grey or ductile cast iron. Nothing fancy or exotic for everyday consumer rides.
     
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    I am actually replacing a Stage 5 EBC kit. The pads wore super fast(25,000 miles), kinda disappointed in them. I would like something like OE or better like the StopTech's where they are a slight upgrade over OE.
     
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    Try BrakePerformance.com I've been happy with their stuff. Made in USA, all coated, good prices, lots of options for performance and such. Lifetime Warranty.
     
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    Good as in quality.
     
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    Ok.....so what is good quality to you?
     
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    Im over 85k miles on my truck. 99% sure the OEM ones are still in there. (I bought it used around 40k miles)

    Never really understood all the hype about aftermarket brakes on these trucks :notsure:
     
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    Agreed SR-71A.

    My '06 is sitting at 110 k miles, I've checked the brakes. They appear to have OEM rotors and pads with plenty of pad remaining. Just did a brake fluid change last October. Old fluid was a bit darker than the new, but not worth noting.
     
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    I'm running 285's so I thought a little extra braking power wouldn't be a bad thing...and I thought the EBC kit was going to be good. I have no problem with OE, I guess it's back to OE then lol
     
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    I just bought the stoptech rotors and TRD pads. It took maybe two weeks to get the rotors.
     
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    Who did you order them through?
     
  16. Jan 29, 2021 at 7:51 AM
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    Once the brakes are locked / ABS kicks in the tires are what stops the vehicle. So for braking 'power', all you need is to be able to have a firm pedal that will actually lock up the rotors/drums.

    Bigger brakes are helpful if one has overheating issues. Those are typically caused by heavy tow (mostly downhill) or poor driving skills. 285s shouldn't be very eventful for braking system impacts.

    So did a lot of folks I autocrossed with. Didn't work out too well for them either. Like K&N, they have slick marketing.

    NAPA rotors are a good choice. The right pads, properly bled fresh fluid, maybe new lines and well serviced calipers/drums (everything cleaned/lubed to move freely) will make the most difference in feel.
     
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    Sounds like a lot of people are having good luck with NAPA. I will place an order for a set. I was also going to spring for some stainless braided lines from Headstrong and flush out the old fluids.
     
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    I bought from buybrakes-dot-com.
     
  19. Jan 29, 2021 at 8:10 AM
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    Clearwater Bill Sometimes when I close my eyes, I can't see.

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    Just remember the SS is the sheathing on the outside of a tube. It's only there for protection of the line carrying the fluid.

    That line is less susceptible to breakdown and expansion. Age softened rubber lines are normally what is being replaced, so the immediate feel is a stunning improvement.

    However, new OE lines can give a very similar result. You might want to do a price comparison and think about how long you plan to keep the vehicle?

    Nothing against the SS lines. I've used them and liked them. But they may, or may not, be a good $ choice in all situations.
     
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    I thought that they S/S sheathing was to keep the rubber lines from expanding/swelling (thereby decreasing brake performance), much like my clothes washer water lines.
     
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