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replacing rear drum brakes with disc brakes?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by MGMTacolover55, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. Jan 9, 2014 at 8:46 PM
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    Kamen

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    Are the TRD models brakes the same as the, let's say, SR5 brakes?
     
  2. Jan 9, 2014 at 8:48 PM
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    Exactly the same.
     
  3. Jan 9, 2014 at 10:23 PM
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    I have the tundra racing rear disc kit, swapped to discs since I have toasted a few sets of drums getting rocks and sand stuck in them. They work pretty good, stop a little better but the ebrake is lacking. Luckily I dont tow or have the truck loaded much. Its nice not having to worry about shit getting stuck in the brakes anymore. And they are super easy to work on. Plus I can pull axles and the third without disconnecting the brake lines. It was a little expensive but well worth the cost for me.
     
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  4. Jan 10, 2014 at 7:27 PM
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    Thanks! Just wondering, because I all the time read complaints against the Tacoma brakes about things I have never experienced myself( like mushy pedal, for example).
     
  5. Jan 10, 2014 at 7:34 PM
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    iirc sport vs offroad have something different as far as brake booster or something. Maybe thats why theres some who complain, and some who dont.

    I HATED mine at first...

    took braided lines, abs killswitch, EBC stage 5 front kit, and now I love my brakes.
     
  6. Jan 11, 2014 at 6:32 AM
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    OR uses a hydraulic booster, sport and other models use a vacuum booster.
     
  7. Jan 11, 2014 at 10:07 AM
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    Can't speak for the Off Roads as I don't have any experience with them, but Sports and SR5s are identical.
     
  8. Feb 24, 2014 at 11:55 PM
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    I still wish Toyota would put rear disk brakes on. I mean I know discs are more expensive but disc breaks work good and the tundra has them so shouldn't the Tacoma get some.
     
  9. Feb 25, 2014 at 12:10 AM
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    Just starting...
    What happens to disc brakes when they are submerged in mud?

    On pavement, particularly on a fast car, 4-wheel disc brakes are very nice. But they are also exposed to the elements. I would never ford a stream in a car like that. It would get stuck in a puddle.
     
  10. Feb 25, 2014 at 12:21 AM
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    I have been through mud in my wuad and it has disk brakes it still works fine after many times through the mud.
     
  11. Feb 25, 2014 at 12:24 AM
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    They self clean, so you dont need to worry at all about mud. Drums on the other hand fill up with mud, sand, and grit then grind themselves to garbage. Thats why I now have disks on the back of my 07.
     
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    I think my auto teacher in highschool said something about how the shoes on drum brakes are positioned that allows them to stop with less pedal pressure. Not necessarily better, just with less driver force. He claimed that was part of the reasoning for brake boosters becoming more commonplace. It allowed the driver to have the low maintenance-high performance discs, and the easy pedal pressure.
     
  13. Feb 25, 2014 at 2:49 AM
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    That's just what he said though, could be wrong.
     
  14. Feb 25, 2014 at 4:08 AM
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    The same thing that happens to the front disc brakes on your truck.
    wut
     
  15. Feb 25, 2014 at 4:43 AM
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    The drums on the back of my '11 beg to differ. They see cubic amounts of mud and dirt, and had they not gummed up with oil after a wheel seal went back, at the 81k (miles) I estimate they were at a little more than 50% wear. Contrast with my Silverado that got treated to new rear brake pads every six weeks (I was able to do this in 15 minutes flat, I got that good at it).

    It's not a race car, I'll take the maintenance free drums, thanks very much...
     
  16. Feb 25, 2014 at 6:45 AM
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    And I will take not having to rebuild the drum brakes every year for a quick pad change and not having the disconnect any brake lines to replace and axle shaft or remove a third member.
     
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  17. Feb 25, 2014 at 7:57 AM
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    Every year? Not in my experience. 81 thousand miles, about half of them in the woods, and still only half worn. I dunno...
     
  18. Feb 25, 2014 at 8:05 AM
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    I have gone through 3 sets of drums and 2 sets of pads in the last three years. Purely from getting sand, rocks or mud stuck in them and grinding everything to shit.
     
  19. Feb 25, 2014 at 4:40 PM
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    He is correct. Drum brakes are self-energizing.

    Another reason for the prevalence of brake boosters is that low friction brake linings became more common; perhaps they had more resistance to fading. This required high effort to stop, even with all drum brakes.

    Rear drum brakes are better as parking brakes than the miniature drum brakes used with rear disks.
     
  20. Feb 25, 2014 at 5:09 PM
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    I prefer the ratcheting mechanism used by Honda to apply the main rear calipers. I've always been surprised that isn't the universal approach. Iirc, Honda and VW both use it.
     
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