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Yeah so far so good with my setup of all Centric front parts with 9k miles on them. The TRD pads on the other hand are squeaking under hard braking. But there was plenty of pad material left last I checked.

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Hey everyone, quick update from my big brake upgrade; Powerstop caliper version. It's been a little over 8,000mi for me and the calipers are performing great. It sucks to hear the Centric calipers are seizing up for you @cliffy .

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I don't think I'll buy calipers online anymore. Not much of a warranty behind them and not convenient in a pinch with shipping/core return. I got a nice rebuilt 4rnr caliper from advance auto with what appears to be a very durable silver coating and a lifetime warranty. The 4nr front brake setup on our FJ's does work great though.
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Re: StopTech true BIG Brake Kit for 400$ (DIY)

@darkhorse13 did you bed your pads to your rotors? Or did you do a easy break-in (brake lightly for 200 miles or so)?

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The TRD pads on the other hand are squeaking under hard braking.
Stop running race car parts! (TRacingD) :

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appears to be a very durable silver coating and a lifetime warranty.
I'd get caliper paint and coat them anyway if they're made of iron. I replaced my dad's Lexus with power stop calipers and they were pretty silver but didn't last. If they're aluminum, then carry on
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@darkhorse13 did you bed your pads to your rotors? Or did you do a easy break-in (brake lightly for 200 miles or so)?
1) On the original new Centric rotors and new TRD pads I followed the break-in procedure supplied in the TRD pads box. I don't exact recall but it was something like a handful of 25-5mph soft stops then 40-10mph medium stops? I am not hard on my brakes nor am I an aggressive stop and go type of person on the highway. Also, the Centric rotors went about 7K miles before I noticed the pulsing so they started out just fine.

2) Now on the new OEM rotors and existing TRD pads, I only have about 20 miles on this combo. I still followed the pad break in procedure though on the new rotors. I plan to get on the highway with them soon and make some higher speed slow downs. I'll do my best to baby these new OEM rotors for about a tank of gas.

I'll have plenty of wheeling trips this summer with a fully loaded rig so I'll be sure to report back if the OEM rotors exhibit any shakes... if they do I probably have other issues creeping up.
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I'd get caliper paint and coat them anyway if they're made of iron. I replaced my dad's Lexus with power stop calipers and they were pretty silver but didn't last. If they're aluminum, then carry on
Hmm, Maybe I should've painted then because I'm pretty sure $129 duralast calipers aren't aluminum....
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I plan to get on the highway with them soon and make some higher speed slow downs. I'll do my best to baby these new OEM rotors for about a tank of gas.
Stoptech removed their original site but their pad procedure and theory were on point. You should run it to almost fade (among smelling the resins in the pad fusing from heat). That's how hot the brakes have to get to transfer the pad material reliably. I have a feeling over time the street driving polished the rotors and unevenly deposited pad material since you said you're easy on the brakes. Just something to consider, drive harder!
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Stoptech removed their original site but their pad procedure and theory were on point. You should run it to almost fade (among smelling the resins in the pad fusing from heat). That's how hot the brakes have to get to transfer the pad material reliably. I have a feeling over time the street driving polished the rotors and unevenly deposited pad material since you said you're easy on the brakes. Just something to consider, drive harder!
That's what I did. I hammered them for the first couple stops from 50-10 mph about 5 times as fast as I could. Nobody else was on the road. Heck, I even dragged them while giving it some gas.
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That's what I did. I hammered them for the first couple stops from 50-10 mph about 5 times as fast as I could. Nobody else was on the road. Heck, I even dragged them while giving it some gas.
Your method seems unconventional but effective The Stoptech article was rather definite in saying once you've gone thru the procedure, go another 110%. Perform the bed in procedure 2-3x total to get to the brakes to operating temp and almost fade to failure. All depends on the pad of course but building up heat to make you brake better seems like the upside down.

I wish I could find the procedure but their site changed servers.
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What do the manufacturers do? I can't see them running brand new vehicles up to 40 mph with hard to moderate stops 6-10 times. Still some guys are getting over 100k miles out of originals... using machines???

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I replaced my front ones with centric parts. The calipers are covered in surface rust in 3 weeks of summer weather. I don't take my FJ on salty winter roads here otherwise they're gonna be way worse. Pictures compare the centric front vs the OE rear. I wonder what coating is on centric calipers…it's as good as bare metal lol
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