2008 Toyota Tacoma EBC Brake UpgradePosted in How To: Suspension Brakes on June 28, 2016
Your rig’s steering and braking systems are the two most critical pieces of equipment on your truck. After purchasing a used 4x4, these are the two areas we take the time to check. It is simply a peace-of-mind matter, as you never know if the previous owner was up to date on all of the vehicle’s maintenance. On our 2008 Toyota Tacoma, both the brakes and steering system needed addressing.
While the steering wobble was cured by a new set of rack-and-pinion bushings, the pulsation from the brake pedal was probably a result of warped calipers and unevenly worn pads. We suspect there were a few factors in place that caused the brakes to wear so unevenly, but nevertheless, they needed to be replaced. Since our 2008 Tacoma is far from stock, we decided to find a brake upgrade that would be better suited for our larger tires and heavier-than-stock setup. We landed on an EBC Stage III front brake kit.
The system is part of EBC’s truck and SUV brake line and includes slotted and dimpled rotors along with EBC’s Greenstuff 6000-series pads. Best of all, it wasn’t some ludicrously priced brake upgrade. In fact, it was only slightly more expensive than going back with stock-equivalent components from our local parts store. We had the install knocked out in around an hour from the comfort of our driveway.
The EBC Stage III truck and SUV series brake package for our 2008 Toyota Tacoma included two directional slotted and dimpled rotors along with EBC’s Greenstuff 6000 series pads. The Greenstuff 6000 pads are the company’s level-one performance truck and SUV pad, which are a definite improvement over stock but not as advanced as some of EBC’s high-performance pads. If you are looking for little more brake performance, with the slight cost increase to go with it, you can opt for EBC Greenstuff 7000 Series pads, which provide increased braking performance with less dust. EBC also offers Yellowstuff pads for the Tacoma, an excellent choice for those who tow frequently.
EBC Sport series rotors are slotted in way that draws cool air into the braking contact area, which helps reduce brake fade. The idea behind the dimple drilling is to avoid stress cracks. The anodized black finish is now standard on the rotors as well, which is a plus for anyone is a rust-prone area.
Our Tacoma’s four-piston calipers appeared in good condition, so we were able to simply sand and lube the pad guides and bolt the caliper back in place. Note, no bleeding was needed for our setup.
EBC suggests a somewhat specific brake bedding process that we doubt many people follow, but they definitely should. Ultimately, the brakes will take some time to get “broken in” before you will notice the full performance benefits. We have a few thousand miles on our new setup so far and can absolutely tell a difference between the original setup. We don’t like using the phrase “night and day” because rarely is any upgrade that extreme, but you will notice a difference. Overall, we are happy about the relatively low-cost investment and performance gain our truck now has.