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My swing at the Tundra (brake) Swap

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by El Taco Diablo, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. Jul 11, 2018 at 11:02 PM
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    So I'm going to taking swing at the Tundra swap this weekend. Figured I'd do my own write up on it (so I can attach it to my build thread). I completely realize many others have done similar write ups, but here's my take.

    I decided to go ahead and get the ball rolling by getting the thread up and running, and going over my parts list.

    I will also be doing a complete rear brake rebuild, replacing the flexible lines, and hopefully, schedule allowing, I'll also be adding a 5 leaf middle spring to my leaf pack (for additional lift over the Wheeler's 1.5 inch AAL that's on there).
     
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    We'll start by going over the parts.

    231mm Tundra Rotors and pads.

    231mm Tundra calipers.

    Tacoma drums, shoes, and hardware.

    Rear wheel cyliders

    Tacoma to Tundra swap 3 inch extended brake lines.
     
  3. Jul 11, 2018 at 11:14 PM
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    All of the parts have arrived, except the calipers, as of today.

    The calipers are tracking for delivery by Friday end of day... so with any luck, the calipers will arrive as planned, and I should be able to get the brakes going this weekend as planned... fingers crossed
    :fingerscrossed:
     
  4. Jul 11, 2018 at 11:30 PM
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    For the leaf springs, I picked up some Wheeler's oversize U bolts and center bolts. I'm not sure I'll need them or not. I'm hoping I can get the additional lift I'm looking for while deleating the "rock catcher" overload spring. That part is going to be trial and error. Wanted to have the extended U bolts and center bolts, in case I need them.


    As for the leafs... I picked up a set of (middle) leafs off a 98 or 99 (can't remember) 5 lug. 5 lugs have a stack of 3 springs. The middle spring, from a 5 lug, stacks nicely as the second (from the top) spring, in a 6 lug leaf pack. (I can't take credit for this idea. @foxrcing07 was the one who told me about it, and it worked out nicely on his Taco).
     
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    I know the comparisions have been made regarding the size differences between the Tacoma rotors and the 231mm rotors... but I figure I'll add them here for those who aren't familiar... and because more pics (supposedly) makes the thread cooler.

    ** Disclaimer** The pics here, of the Tacoma (smaller) rotor are a rotor I had laying around of a salvage truck I got 4x4 steering knuckles off of. I have not been running them on my truck... they are for size comparison only.

     
  6. Jul 11, 2018 at 11:49 PM
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    It's worth noting, on the Brembo rotors. I found a whole lot of good reviews on them, but I understand one of the TW guys got some a few years ago and had a couple of gripes.

    First he didn't like the way they were uncoated on the vent edge and side of the lug face "drum" portion. He said they rusted, and looked ugly.

    Apperantly Brembo identified that as a problem and have since corrected it. They have applied a very nice looking coating in these areas, as you can see here.

    Secondly, he said they warped. Now I have trouble believing that these huge hunks of metal have a problem warping, especially on a truck that weighs a LOT less than the truck they are designed to be on. And I also have a hard time believing Brembo would stamp their name on something that is so low quality that they would be prone to warping.

    I do know that one way to give yourself problems with new rotors and warping is to install them and not properly torque the lugs, or not properly bed the brakes.

    As for the Brembo pads. I have read that they do a great job stopping, but they make a whole lot of brake dust. Since these pads came with the rotors, I figure I will give them a shot. Hopefully the excessive brake dust is another thing Brembo has identified and corrected... If not, I'll give them a month or so, I will change them out to something else like Akebono or Hawk.
     
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    I've got the exact same brembo rotor and pads on my 13wl swap. The pads put off an ungodly amount of brake dust. I've had them on for about a year and finally decided I've had enough and bought some akebono ceramic pads to replace the brembos.
     
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    I'll give them a month or 2 and probably do the same. Might as well get some use out of the pads since they came in the package anyway.
     
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    Calipers are inching closer.
     
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    No, more like
    :thumbsup:
     
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    What year 4.7, what steps your plans for wiring, cooling, exhaust?
     
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    Motor swap? Sub'd :D

    I want a 2uzfe so bad. And some tundy brakes as well haha
     
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    4.7 swap is exactly what I thought this thread was about when I saw the title.
     
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    I have a bad habit of skimming title and posts. Definitely read tundra swap and missed the brake part. Hahaha... I'm a moron.
     
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    You're not a moron... I edited the title and added (brake). Hopefully it's less confusing :thumbsup:
     
  17. Jul 13, 2018 at 9:13 AM
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    Bahaha. I feel better now. Your original post makes so much more sense now. I was wondering how you planned to swap a drivetrain in a weekend.
     
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    Lmfao... I'd have to definately be wearing my Superman underoos to get that shit done in a weekend! :eek:
     
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    All the rest of the parts are here :yay:

    And I picked up the rest of the supplies on the way home from work.
     
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