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Soft brakes

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by BONES, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. Aug 16, 2008 at 12:30 PM
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    BONES

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    Was thinking of upgrading the brake-lines to a solid or steel flex line. My stock brakes just feel a little too spongy. Anyone change out their lines? To what? Did it help tighten them up? Any thoughts would be appreciated... :bored:
     
  2. Aug 16, 2008 at 4:09 PM
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    I actually did hear from someone on another forum that stainless braided lines helped the brakes pressure issue on these trucks. And the theory was - the rubber lines are cheap and expand under pressure/braking.

    If you offroad at all and are lifted - it's good idea to have stainless braided lines (extended) anyway with all the suspension flexing & such. I had a full set on my 96 taco and my jeep has stainless lines.

    I'd definately do some more searching. I'm curious to hear the results also.

    I just haven't heard of that many people who have done it...Perhaps TTORA guys might have some insight?
    www.ttora.com/forum
     
  3. Aug 16, 2008 at 5:05 PM
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    Thanks for the info.:thumbsup:
     
  4. Aug 16, 2008 at 6:00 PM
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    I watching tis thread also...just curious..... :confused:
     
  5. Aug 16, 2008 at 9:32 PM
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    i have heard of alot of people swapping out the rubber lines for braided stainless and it helping alot. also....some are changing otu the fluid to a better brake fluid like motul. also.....when stock brakes wear out, a great combo(which im gonna do before too long)is hawk ceramic pads and power slot rotors!!
     
  6. Aug 16, 2008 at 9:48 PM
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    How expensive?
     
  7. Aug 16, 2008 at 11:45 PM
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    Just ordered a set of (Goodridge G-Stop braided brake lines) from AutoAnything, so, I guess I'll be keep'in you guys in the loop on how well they work out. More posts to come...oh, and thanks for the feedback.
     
  8. Aug 17, 2008 at 6:40 AM
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    Sweet!! How much did they run ya? (too lazy to look it up :cool:)

    Maybe I'll put this on the Christmas list.... along with several other things. :rolleyes:

    Keep us updated on the performance!
     
  9. Aug 17, 2008 at 6:54 AM
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    I used those very brake lines on my Altima and they were well worth it. I definitely felt a difference in braking. I hadn't actually thought about using them on the truck but now I think I will.

    I've also been looking for some decent slotted rotors for the Tacoma. I found EBC rotors but I'm not paying $170 each for them so if anyone knows of a cheaper solution, please speak up.
     
  10. Aug 17, 2008 at 8:38 AM
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    hey wilson.......cheapest place i have found for rotors and brake pads...........

    http://www.raceshopper.com/
     
  11. Aug 17, 2008 at 9:45 AM
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    $115 + tax, a little pricey but well worth it IMO if it eliminates my spongy brakes.
     
  12. Aug 17, 2008 at 10:00 AM
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    $115 plus tax.....is that for the braided stainless brake lines?? if so....not a bad price there. i have seen them alot higher.:)
     
  13. Aug 17, 2008 at 2:01 PM
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    Actually you're right, I did do well on the price. I checked a few other sites and saw the same braided lines anywhere from $139-$175 for my application. Can't wait to review them, I'm feeling real good about the purchase.:thumbsup:http://www.autoanything.com/brakes/61A3671A0A0A2652829.aspx
     
  14. Aug 17, 2008 at 2:14 PM
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    BTW Tacomaman, when does deer season start this year? I mean for bow of course. I really should plan a trip back to East Coast this fall.
     
  15. Aug 17, 2008 at 3:26 PM
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    Have you adjusted the rear brakes lately if they are way out your pedal will feel spongy just a thought. ;)
     
  16. Aug 17, 2008 at 4:47 PM
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    here, the bow season starts about the second week in september.....getting real close man!!! im ready to put some meat in the freezer!!:D
     
  17. Aug 17, 2008 at 8:06 PM
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    The brakes should be self adjusting (paticularly the rear drums).

    Now - unless the adjusters aren't working properly, you'd *think* this is something should be covered under warrantee. I wonder what the dealer would say if you requested they *check* the functionality of the drum brake adjuster? Would they cover that under warrantee considering the adjuster itself is NOT a wear item?

    On the 05+ model trucks - are the rear drum brakes adjusted in reverse? Or are they adjusted via using the ebrake?
     
  18. Aug 17, 2008 at 8:14 PM
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    I have heard both. I have been useing the e-brake, and they seem to stay in adjustment. :confused:
     
  19. Aug 17, 2008 at 9:19 PM
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    I don't use my ebrake (per say) with the Auto unless I'm on an incline.

    My brakes are nice (harder) when I first get in the truck but that only lasts the first couple presses on the pedal. After that - they're soft like everyone complains about. I've gotten used to it so I'm not overly concerned.

    Makes me wonder if they're in adjustment at first - but not staying there after the first couple pedal pushes? In most cases...I'm in reverse when I'm using the brakes the first couple times, the brakes feel good. Hmm....
    I've never had my drum brakes off since owning this truck. I was tempted to open 'em up the last time I rotated my tires, but they weren't coming off easily and I ran outta time to bother with it.
     
  20. Aug 17, 2008 at 9:40 PM
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    I don't think they would it is an adjustment which the warranty is usually 1 year or 12,000 miles.

    For the best adjustment and you know there adjusted try this tighten them up just till there is a little drag :
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