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Tacoma rear brake disc conversion

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by BUZZ5, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. Nov 16, 2009 at 1:34 PM
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    BUZZ5

    BUZZ5 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone done this? I've been wanting to do this, but know of no one that has attempted it to see how well it works. This is a company that makes a kit for the Tacoma.
    http://www.tsmmfg.com/2494.htm
    I really don't like the drum brakes in the rear & can't believe Toyota is still doing this. Mine squeal like hell after a good rain & my truck has sat overnight, usually when backing down my driveway in the morning it is loud, but goes away after that.
     
  2. Nov 16, 2009 at 1:36 PM
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    Don't do it. Seriously, do not do it. Use the search button and you'll find the reasons why.
     
  3. Nov 16, 2009 at 1:42 PM
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  4. Nov 16, 2009 at 1:48 PM
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    Disc brakes do offer better braking but aren't as durable as a drum brake setup. These trucks have excellent braking regardless of having rear drums. Most of your braking is done by the front brakes so that's where you need the most stopping power. You would be putting in a lot of cash into what essentially will only give you better looks as I doubt it will make that much of a difference performance wise.
     
  5. Nov 16, 2009 at 1:58 PM
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    Rear discs, calipers, installation, new master cylinder, proportioning valve and time spent tuning it, etc. Disc brakes require less pressure but more volume than drum brakes, so you're looking at swapping out the full system.

    I converted to rear discs almost 2 years ago and I'm still not done with the project. At this point I've scrapped the entire ABS system, plumbed new steel brake lines, am running manual brakes, and am on my 3rd master cylinder.

    None of that addresses the caliper clearance issues that'll come up. My calipers are mounted behind the rotor and nearly wore a hole through my rear shock from rubbing during articulation. Expect to have to fabricate custom shock mounts both on the frame and on the axle to make sure nothing rubs.

    I still have worse braking performance than I did with the rear drums and the parking brake has trouble holding the truck in place.


    Get yourself some SP Performance slotted rotors and Hawk pads from RaceShopper.com, some stainless steel braided lines from All Pro, install them and call it a day. That'll firm up the pedal and knock about 20 feet off the 60-0 stopping distance.
     
  6. Nov 16, 2009 at 2:02 PM
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    After reading up a bit on this; I know, shoulda done that first; what wolfpack says seems to be the consensus on this.
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/28704-rear-disc-brakes.html
     
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