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Upgrade to Tundra brakes

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by JDMcQ, Feb 17, 2010.

  1. Feb 17, 2010 at 3:31 PM
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    JDMcQ

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    I have read quite a bit about this on TTORA, but wanted to see if anyone on here has any experience with upgrading the front brakes of a first gen Tacoma with Tundra rotors and calipers.

    The brakes on my truck work fine, but I never really liked the stopping power of them, even more so with heavier wheels and tires. I have upgraded to EBC slotted rotors and pads as well as Goodridge braided lines. Just thinking of taking the next step as an interesting small project.

    I have found mention of it on the forum, but nothing substantial. As TW has a somewhat different minded membership than TTORA, I thought it would be good to get opinions over here.
     
  2. Feb 17, 2010 at 3:41 PM
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    I've been pondering this same exact mod... I'm curious as well!
     
  3. Feb 17, 2010 at 3:45 PM
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    I would love to change the brakes on the 2nd. Gen... Kinda made me nervous when I test drove it; The brake is much less responsive than what I had been used to...
     
  4. Feb 17, 2010 at 3:56 PM
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    I don't know anything about 2nd gen upgrades.
     
  5. Feb 17, 2010 at 3:59 PM
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    I would look into a different rotor/pad combo and braided lines. The second gen caliper is pretty good since not many vehicles come with a four piston unit.
     
  6. Feb 17, 2010 at 4:44 PM
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    a few of the guys on CT converted to tundra brakes on their 1st gens and they loved the stopping power...

    i want to say they had to upsize to 17" wheels to clear the calipers, but dont quote me on that...
     
  7. Feb 17, 2010 at 4:48 PM
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    From what I gather, it depends on what calipers you use. Some of the newer calipers are thicker and require the bigger wheels, the thinner ones should fit behind 16" wheels.
     
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    i think that would be nice. and i already have 18's come on somebody on here has to know a little more about it
     
  9. Feb 17, 2010 at 4:53 PM
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    i know those guys and their tacomas personally, and can vouch that their info is legit...
     
  11. Feb 17, 2010 at 5:09 PM
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  12. Feb 17, 2010 at 9:04 PM
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    Pretty soon I'll be doing the Tundra brake conversion. I will probably get slotted rotors with 13WE calipers from the early Tundras and not the 13WL(post TSB) from the later Tundras, only because I'm not 100% sure if it will fit. I know the brake feel is firmer and better with the 13WL calipers and they also use larger pads.
     
  13. Feb 18, 2010 at 5:56 AM
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    Rumor has it that one can use the 13WL with some grinding of the caliper, but I don't think that I would want to get involved with that. Let me know how you make out with the conversion..
     
  14. Feb 18, 2010 at 5:41 PM
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    ANyone else?
     
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    Will do, I'll try and take pics. If that's the case with the 13WL caliper, then I will definitely be getting the 13WE, plus it's cheaper and the pads are cheaper.
     
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    I just had my 02 Taco done with the 01 TUNDRA V8 4X4 rotors, calipers and pads. Don't have pictures yet, but just got them done today (4/23). 199mm S13WE DISC ITALIA brake calipers, DISC ITALIA 12.5” drilled and slotted rotors and ceramic pads. I did get the powder coated calipers, which was extra, but it sure looks sweet. Larger rotors, larger pistons. This is one mod that I'm very happy with.
     
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    It looks like 16s in his gallery if he is still running the same wheels. Definatly i mod i want to do. We definatly need pics and were did you get the parts. How much did all the parts run if you dont mind me asking.
     
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