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quickie about rotors and pads

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by mgrande, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Aug 2, 2011 at 6:28 PM
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    I'm about to buy my first replacement set for my truck and IIRC the set up to get is the powslot rotors and the hawk pads correct? I know I've seen people mention the hawk LTS pads as being great, but is there any reason to stay away from their HP (super duty) pads? Who sells both the rotors and the pads?
     
  2. Aug 2, 2011 at 6:34 PM
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    Your rotors are already worn out? Or are you just replacing them to go with powerslots?
     
  3. Aug 2, 2011 at 6:39 PM
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    I'm at 62k, they need to be cut. But I would like the upgraded stopping power.
     
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    If you want to UPGRADE stopping power, you'll want to stay away from slotted rotors. SLOTS WILL NOT IMPROVE BRAKING ON A PICKUP TRUCK.

    Buy OEM blanks or blanks from a reputable brand, and buy a decent pad. Hawk performance ceramic pads perform OK. They dust very little which is nice, but the bite just isn't quite there. The super duty (HP?) pads will probably stop very well, but will be very noisy and probably dusty. They also would be much more harsh on your rotor.
     
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    Stay away from slotted rotors and stick with Toyota pads and I find it hard to believe you need to cut those rotors already. Did you have some kind of a problem? I've got 90,000 miles and original rotors. I used Toyota pads when I replaced the pads. Yes, I will need new rotors after this set of pads, but they are recent, so I should get another 30,000 miles out of these.
     
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    I drive fast and probably overheated them.
     
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    Porterfield Racing Carbon Kevlar pads offer fade free braking performance exceeding the performance level of a semi-metallic pad. These pads have excellent dust and noise characteristics and are made to prolong rotor life compared to conventional brake pads.

    Porterfield Racing Carbon Kevlar Front Brake Pad Set for
    Tacoma 05-Current: 125.00/set
     
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    Got ya
     
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    And I thought slotted was supposed to keep cooler therefore be better.
     
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    No. Under really hard braking, the slots supposedly provide a pathway for any gas that is driven out of or generated by the pads.

    It's not going to do anything for heat, other than reducing the mass of iron available to absorb heat (which is a negative effect). The main thing you want to do is make sure the internal structure of the replacement disc is good. Look at the edge of the stockers, look at how thick the vanes are, how thick the surfaces are, and compare to some of the cheap aftermarket discs.
     
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    Check to see what temperature range the pads work well in. Street pads are designed to work well cold. I don't know anything about the pads you linked to, but if they are racing pads they may not work as well until they are up to operating temperature.
     
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    I - finally - got around to putting Hawks (LTS, IIRC) on my truck last month. I had about 29k on the disks and they weren't worn at all. Didn't turn them down, just drove "gently" for a couple weeks seating them. Put a set in my son's HHR and I liked them a LOT, plus the recommendations here led to me buy another set. First I put in stainless brake lines, ran those for about 6 mos, then put in the pads. It's not as solid as a TRD's brakes, but about 50% better than before.
     
  15. Aug 6, 2011 at 11:31 AM
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    In my opinion, if the fluid is more than a couple of years old, yes. I like to do it before changing pads, since that avoids pushing old fluid up from the calipers back through the lines and into the master cylinder.

    I need to look and see what size SpeedBleeders are needed for the Tacoma.
     
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    I put Power slots on my last truck which was an s-10 pick up. Later on, one of the brakes started draging and it got really hot and didnt warp. So they are made of decient materials. The slots are made to get rid gases and dirt from braking for the most part.
     
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