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StopTech true BIG Brake Kit for 400$ (DIY)

Looking at the Stoptech/TRD big brake kit and thought to myself 2 things

1. its really really expensive

2. its only .1 inch oversized, not really a big brake kit imho

I know that size was chosen because of the oem 16 in. wheels, I dont really care, i wanted something that was going to be a bigger upgrade.

After doing some research and looking on the forums I was looking into making my own BBK using all Centric components (StopTechs parent company).

This consisted of Stoptech cross drilled rotors and Centric Posi-Quiet calipers designed for the Lexus GX470/4 Runner Sport v-8. These come preloaded with pads. Refer to pics for part numbers.

Additionally, I also got the larger OEM dust shields from the dealership (55$ each) for that model. Not necessary but i thought it was a nice touch.

To my surprise everything bolted on, no hickups whatsoever the alignment was dead center, the new dust shields even bolted on no problem.

The only thing i had to do was bend the brake line ever so slightly and i do mean slightly. The alignment was very very close to the original.

OEM is 319 MM, TRD is 323(?), this is 338mm...

Overall I am happy with the results.

Summit racing/Jegs/JCwhitney all sell these parts, wait till there is a coupon code to get an additional discount if you are trying to save some bucks.


Install is pretty straight forward,

1. remove wheel,

2. remove caliper (2 bolts +10mm nut for the brake line),

3. remove rotor,

4. pop off black dust cover,

5. remove cotter pin and remove aluminum retention ring,

6. remove axle hub nut (35mm socket, you can rent this socket for free at autozone w/ 20$ deposit)

7. remove hub (4 bolts),

8. remove old dust shield,

reinstall new parts

dont forget to bleed the brakes when complete

17 inch wheels or larger will be needed, double check you clearances before hitting the road



this cost me about 550 with the dustshields, you can save even more by skipping the dust shields and going with autozone/napa/oreillys parts and you may even be below 400$

http://www.powerstop.com/product/power-stop-z36/ for those interested in getting the Powerstop rotors/pads (available now) and red powder coated calipers (ETA June 2016)

128.44127L and 128.44127R = rotors

142.44228 and 142.44227 = calipers

enjoy...

(pics in no particular order)

thanks for fixing the pics Baz

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Re: StopTech true BIG Brake Kit for 400$ (DIY)

Very nice looks good, how does it feel? How much improvement over stock?
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pics showing how perfect the alignment is, notice the quarters at the bottom on each side of the disc....it fits like OEM size, because it is ! (for a Lexus GX470/4Runner Sport anyway) ;-)
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Re: StopTech true BIG Brake Kit for 400$ (DIY)

Very nice work. It almost looks like the dust shields are identical, though I am sure they are not. Could probably bend the OEM ones back a little if there was any interference and still run them.

Those do look VERY purdy!

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Very nice, can't wait for a performance update!

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Looks good. Why did you decide to upgrade?

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The dust shields are definitely bigger. In the parts catalog the parts numbers are different for the sport (v8) and the non sport (v6), and specifically state for larger rotors/calipers, this part number also matches the Lexus GX470 part number, the Lexus was V8 only.

Besides the 2 reasons I mentioned in the original post I wanted to upgrade because stoptech basically hung up on me when I called and asked them about getting a big brake kit, "you gotta call TRD for that, click"

Well, no I don't....and neither do you

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I did the same upgrade on my previous voodoo except I used 2005 Tundra V8 4x4 calipers and blanks. Its the same upgrade you did. If using FJ dust shields, there is some trimming required. Its a definite improvement over the stock FJ brakes. Its also a lot cheaper than the TRD big brake upgrade for the FJ. I also upgraded to ss brake lines then.
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Re: StopTech true BIG Brake Kit for 400$ (DIY)

Great info and cool looking upgrade for definitely less money than trd. Thanks for shearing. Does that system works on both 16 nad 17 inch wheels?
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I did the same upgrade on my previous voodoo except I used 2005 Tundra V8 4x4 calipers and blanks. Its the same upgrade you did. If using FJ dust shields, there is some trimming required. Its a definite improvement over the stock FJ brakes. Its also a lot cheaper than the TRD big brake upgrade for the FJ. I also upgraded to ss brake lines then.
According to autozone.com the 2005 tundra V8 has 319 MM rotors Part Number: 31267DG
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