Explore Our Blog
Toyota Tacoma Brake Upgrade Performance Test
Posted on January 30, 2022
Is upgrading your Tacoma brakes worth it?
There are a handful of aftermarket options available to upgrade your factory brakes and improve performance in the face of modifications and hardcore use. We recently tested the Alcon front brake upgrade kit for third-generation Toyota Tacomas and compared it to the stock brakes. Read on to see what we learned.
The Brake Test
Toyota Tacoma Stock Brake Performance
However, disaster struck after run number three, as the rear of the Tacoma started leaking brake fluid. We ran the truck down to a shop to discover we had blown out one of the brake boots. The failure most likely occurred due to significant wear and tear from the abuse we have put the truck through, as the components were pretty rusty. That, combined with the pressure of applying the brakes heavily, most likely caused the seal to break.
With the problem with the rear brakes corrected, we completed the fourth and fifth runs of the factory brake test. The average stopping distance of the five tests was 174.8 feet.
Next, we wanted to test the brake fade of the stock Toyota Tacoma brakes. This occurs when brake pads and rotors stop creating enough friction to bring the vehicle to a complete stop. As brakes become hotter from consistent use, this effect becomes more pronounced.
Installing the Alcon Toyota Tacoma Front Brake Upgrade Kit Performance
A visual comparison of the components quickly shows that the Alcon brakes are significantly larger and provide a much greater braking surface. Because they are so big, however, a bit of modification to the dust cover is required to make the rotors and calipers fit properly. It is also important to note that 17” wheels barely clear the upgraded brakes.
Alcon Tacoma Brake Kit Performance Test
When it came to brake fade, the Alcon Tacoma kit once again outperformed the factory brakes, taking a total of 25 runs for us to give up on finding the brake fade limit of these aftermarket brakes. In other words, it would take a lot for brake fade to be noticeable with this kit.
To see the Toyota Tacoma brake test in action and a more thorough breakdown of the data we captured, be sure to check out the video on our YouTube channel. If you are in the market for a Tacoma brake upgrade, the Alcon kit is a fantastic option. You can find it, along with a myriad of other Tacoma modifications and accessories, on our website.