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#11 zoie

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 02:06 AM

you may want to try and do a search on tacomaworld.com and see if there's any info available to help you. At one time I was looking at doing the tundra brake upgrade on my 2003 tacoma but decided I didn't need it. I'm within gvw with my phoenix popup.  I did switch to Hawk pads and I think it helped  but no real data to prove it. 


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#12 Taku

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 12:47 PM

On our 05 Tundra with an ATC Ocelot, there is plenty of braking power - given that I drive reasonably and anticipate backing off the throttle instead of charging to the point where I need to use heavy braking power. For almost 8 years, this truck has been driven over Teton Pass (10% grades) with the camper on and in 110K miles have replaced the brake pads once - all stock. Last check is that I will need pads in another few thousand.


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#13 fuzzymarindave

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 04:31 PM

Upgrade to a vehicle with braking to match the payload and/or towing weight.  Or take a chance and upgrade with larger brakes if a reputable kit is available.   I never expect to increase braking capacity with rotor/pad replacement.   My last vehicle with drum brakes was a 1972 Datsun pickup.    I recently saw a newish Chevy pickup with rear drum brakes.   I imagine there are a few economy cars with them too.  


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#14 JaSAn

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Posted 17 April 2021 - 02:32 PM

Unless you are satisfied with only upgrading pads and rotors I would go to a place with experience upgrading Toyotas for off-road use.  They shouldl have the knowledge of all the changes necessary to upgrade to larger brakes.


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#15 JHanson

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Posted 19 April 2021 - 03:34 AM

Unless you are satisfied with only upgrading pads and rotors I would go to a place with experience upgrading Toyotas for off-road use.  They shouldl have the knowledge of all the changes necessary to upgrade to larger brakes.

Sadly, the "experts" often fall prey to the same advertising hype the rest of us do—cross-drilled rotors, larger calipers on stock rotors, and other less-than-worthless modifications.


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