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Upgrade brakes? DIY

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by COndorian, Dec 23, 2019.

  1. Dec 23, 2019 at 9:34 AM
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    2012 Tundra CM daily driver. I'm having vibration on braking on highway. Brakes have roughly 60K on them and I understand that I need new pads and rotors. I'm a novice but want to learn so I figure with my new jack and stands I'm going to educate myself and do the pads and 'rotors myself with as little help from a friend who knows what he's doing. My question is this;

    I wan to buy a kit for front and rear pads and rotors that will be the best for daily driver, long road trips with a small camper and will be a economical. I don't mind spending a little extra for better quality parts as I believer you get what you pay for. Suggestions much appreciated!

    Conor
     
  2. Dec 23, 2019 at 9:38 AM
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    I ended up putting EBC yellow stuff front and rear pads with centric blank rotors stops pretty good. I dont tow but this setup suppose brake pretty good when towing also. Its expensive but worth it for me. I shopped around for sales.
     
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    About 20k miles ago I put on the PowerStop Z36 set, front and back. I like them. I tow a camper ~10 times a year.
     
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    +1 I have the power stops on my Highlander, Corolla and Acura and love them. Never a problem. Only 18K on the Tundra, so I should get a couple more years before I put Powerstops on it.
     
  5. Dec 23, 2019 at 10:22 AM
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    Watch a few YouTube videos and you will be fine. That's what I did. I ordered OEM Toyota rotors and TRD pads all around. So far so good.
     
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    Thank you all! Christmas present to myself will be choosing and ordering them. Happy Holidays to you all!
     
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    There was a similar thread like this recently.
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/what-brakes-pad-rotors.58537/

    I’ll echo what I posted in there..
    I was thinking about Powerstop. But then read lots of reviews and seemed like there were better options out there for the tundra.
    I also have a 2012 Crewmax. Mainly a DD. I tow a couple times a year max and typically only use trailers with brakes built in. I don’t need some crazy fancy ceramic pads and slotted rotors. I was mainly looking for slightly better braking and hopefully rotors that won’t warp as easily as OEM. I settled on the EBC stage 14 kit for the front end of my tundra. It has their “premium rotors” (I thought all their stuff was premium? Lol) and instead of typical factory replacement pads they are upgraded pads to the green stuff pads. The stage 14 is considered a moderate upgrade over OEM, according to EBC.
    I am installing them tomorrow and have never been more excited about new brakes. I will update with my initial impressions and further 500-1000 mile updates.
     
  8. Dec 25, 2019 at 4:31 AM
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    Get powerstop with curved vanes. (as opposed to the vanes you can see straight into the center of the rotor). The curved vanes 'grab' air (they are labled Right/Left) as they spin to improve on cooling - you'll need that for the downhill braking while towing.

    You can also look over their Drilled and Slotted rotors while at it. I've had both and recommend Slotted only. The Drilled ones work well to cool but I can feel the drill holes as I brake, no big deal I just like the slotted for their purpose better, draining water out from rotors - helpful it it rains alot in your area.

    But do stick with Powerstop. Study the various pads they offer carefully. Each has its own pro/con.

    They also makes Kits, such as this one for your truck:

    https://www.amazon.com/Power-K6268-...id=1577277042&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&sr=8-1-fkmr0

    Luck, you can Do This! Enjoy those Toyotas. : ^ )))
     
  9. Dec 25, 2019 at 5:55 AM
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    Slots in the rotors have nothing to do with draining water from the brake pads. That doesn’t even make sense. The slots are to allow a place for gasses between the pad and rotor to escape and to provide a higher grab and cut a fresh surface on the brake pad which provides higher initial bite and harder grab.
     
  11. Dec 25, 2019 at 7:29 AM
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    I've seen good things about the powerstop and there are also bad things about the powerstop rotors warping after a few thousand miles. In the end, I decided to go with Toyota OEM based on how long they last and got TRD pads for a bit better performance. They do dust a lot more than the stock pads but I'm used to dusting from my BMW. All four corners cost me like $500 vs $400 for the z36 powerstop kit.
     
  12. Dec 27, 2019 at 7:19 AM
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    Just bought these Powerstop
    Power Stop K2813-36 Z36 Truck & Tow Front and Rear Brake Kit
    front and rear kit for $430 total on Amazon. The same brake kit was $330 for just the front at the local shop. I'm all about supporting local business but that's a huge difference= $230 saved. Amazing but sad that Amazon is killing local businesses. Thank you for all the feedback. I'm feeling good about doing my own brakes for the first time, probably how I'll celebrate the new year. Happy 2020 all!
     
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  13. Dec 27, 2019 at 8:17 AM
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    My wife had the brakes changed on my last Tundra it cost $700 (Toyota Dealership) just to do the rear. The rotors and pads cost about $350 Got the powerstop for a little over $400 front and rear. Changed them myself for the first time. Popped a piston out by accident and had to bleed the brakes nothing major, but learned something new.
     
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