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Towing brake pads

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 03f5sp, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. Aug 8, 2017 at 7:29 PM
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    03f5sp

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    What brakes pads is everyone using for towing? I will be towing ~2500 lbs on a semi regular basis and need new pads soon. I'm thinking of going with the EBC yellow pads.

    What do you suggest? Thanks everyone!
     
  2. Aug 8, 2017 at 10:33 PM
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  3. Aug 8, 2017 at 11:42 PM
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    Thanks for the response!

    I should add that I'm currently using ETC slotted rotors and worn out EBC green pads.
     
  4. Aug 9, 2017 at 7:08 AM
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    inwood customs

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    I dont tow but ive faded oem, and 2 sets of brembos/hawks.

    Since then ive run ebc stage 5..... never faded them
     
  5. Aug 13, 2017 at 8:50 PM
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    Running porter field r4s pads and centric premium blanks on 35s, towed a few cars, raced around in the dirt and never faded. Has way better braking power than a stock tacoma (stock brakes, stock size tires), no noise. Tried Hawk SD pads on same rotors, they were a bit noisy but didn't perform like I was hoping. Previous set of brakes were from Brake Performance, slotted and drilled with their pads, worked great on 285s, but didn't like the 35s (faded) and also didn't like towing 8000lbs back from moab (lol) with 35s. Problem I had with the slotted and drilled rotors is that they liked to pick up rocks and either get stuck and grind groves into the pads or get stuck and make horrific nosies.
    Also the porfields work great in cold (winter) but when pulling a heavy trailer (towing a car ~5000lbs) they will warm a bit and get even better with no fade! Will lock up the 35's at highway speed.
     
  6. Aug 14, 2017 at 9:57 AM
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    Slotted and drilled rotors are not for towing. How many tow trucks/semis do you see with slotted and drilled rotors..... none!

    It's all about surface area and a high carbon content in the rotor that makes for good braking. Do not get slotted rotors if you are serious about towing, especially the ebay junk.

    Pads are going to wear when towing no matter what you get. Ceramic can handle heat better but are not as good in cold weather as metallic.
     

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