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Rear disc-brake conversion

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by DallasPre, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. Aug 17, 2011 at 3:09 PM
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    DallasPre

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    So i'm curious if anyone has ever attempted to put disc brakes on the rear of a 2nd gen... do you think a you could use 4runner rear brakes?
     
  2. Aug 17, 2011 at 3:16 PM
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    dont really want to buy an overpriced kit, just thinking i might be able to modify the 4Runner system to work. Also my truck doesn't stop worth a damn. My old 09 F-150 stopped much better.
     
  3. Aug 17, 2011 at 3:19 PM
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    Have you checked to see if your rears are adjusted correctly?
     
  4. Aug 17, 2011 at 3:21 PM
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    ^This.

    Don't do the conversion. Spend your time and money elsewhere.
     
  5. Aug 17, 2011 at 3:22 PM
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    :rofl:
     
  6. Aug 17, 2011 at 3:24 PM
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    good call. ill check it out. "keep it simple stupid"

    still think trying to modify a 4runner system might be fun. just to be different. the drums look like shit when looking through the wheels.
     
  7. Aug 17, 2011 at 3:24 PM
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    paint them black and all is well
     
  8. Aug 17, 2011 at 3:25 PM
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    its a tiny truck it should stop better. and its 2011 there is no reason why they don't put disc brakes on it. everyone else does.
     
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  9. Aug 17, 2011 at 3:27 PM
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    Like your thinking.. ill do that while im checking there adjustment.
     
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    that does not mean that they work better, it's just what everyone is doing.
     
  11. Aug 17, 2011 at 3:31 PM
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    ive been a mechanic for almost 15 years so im pretty sure i know how a brake system works. im not saying i want or expect 10x better braking, im not racing the damn thing im just looking for something a little better.
     
  12. Aug 17, 2011 at 3:33 PM
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    yeah but if the adjustment is off that may improve it enough for now.
     
  13. Aug 17, 2011 at 3:37 PM
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    I agree with this guy; with almost no weight in the back of your truck you will see no gains in braking if you even get the prorportioning valve set right which you will have to buy aftermarket. Does not sound like a good idea.
     
  14. Aug 17, 2011 at 3:44 PM
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    If you want your brakes to work better, then better tires and stainless steel brake lines will make a world of difference, a tacoma is what it is......a truck. I love how mine performs.
     
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    If you're a mechanic, you should know that most of your braking comes from the front wheels so wasting that much money on the rears without modifying the front is a waste. Upgrade the front brakes if you want better braking, put discs on the rear if you want looks. FWIW, drums last a hell of a lot longer than discs.
     
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    Heck I would prefer to have Rear Disks on my truck Not For Perceived better breaking or for appearance but simply Because they are easier to replace when Its time to replace them. I just helped a friend replace the rear breaks in his truck and it is flat out nothing but a pain in the but and I enjoy working on Cars. After helping him with his breaks I would prefer to overhaul my rear end with a disk kit then mess around with those stupid break shoes and springs. But of course it would need to be a quality kit.
     
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    Just curious if you ever did any mods and saw any difference. I too have always though the Taco brakes feel mushy from day 1. Will consider Stainless steel lines as my first method of attack and go from there.

    ^^^I totally agree. It is such a PITA to replace shoes (messing with the damn springs). Just for simplicity sake I don't know why discs/pads aren't used instead of drums/shoes.
     
  18. Apr 8, 2012 at 9:18 AM
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    With the proper tools, rear brakes are easy to work on.

    They do make engine brakes there are a few styles, but are used on big trucks. Engine compression, transmission brakes...
     
  19. Jun 12, 2012 at 7:32 AM
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    Who makes the stainless steel brake lines?? I haven't had much luck finding some.
     
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