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Old 23 Sep 2009, 01:45 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Performance Brake Pads and Rotors for 2001 4Runner

Ray O wrote:

> I used to do a lot of driving in the mountains and did not experience brake
> fade or rotor warpage on any of the Toyotas I had as company cars.
>
> The only aftermarket brand you listed that I'm familiar with is Brembo.
> They should be OK but before you go that route, try checking the back brakes
> and shifting to a lower gear.


I already use lower gears while descending, though perhaps more than I
should these days simply because I'm trying so hard to keep the brakes
cooler. The back brakes are fine in terms of remaining material, but I
thought they were self-adjusting and I didn't have to do anything in
that regard.

It may just be that the original rotors should never have been
resurfaced in the first place, and once they were thinner they warped
from the heat. I don't recall ever having a problem when the vehicle was
newer. So maybe I'll just go with OEM rotors since if you can't
resurface the slotted/drilled rotors then there's no point in the extra
expense. It's getting close to the need for a front brake job so I want
to select the parts now.
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