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Apr 20, 2017, 7:47 AM

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What are the best brands for:

front disk brakes
wheel bearing seals and grease

2003 tacoma with 68k miles on it. 2wd, 5 speed. 2.3L engine. No options except the enhancement package (AC, allow wheels, painted bumpers, and 2 extra front speakers).

No short trips under 5 miles. Rarely driven on the highway. No off roading, no mud. Although many of the roads here are packed shell rock and very old worn out asphalt. West central florida. 3 miles from the beach. Most times its just used like a car. very rarely anything heavy transported, although seven times since 2003 I loaded her up to and maybe even beyond the rated capacity.

Finally I need new front brakes and will repack the front wheel bearings at the same time. Once in 14 years not too bad, huh? Should I go OEM or are there equal or better quality after market parts available.


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Apr 20, 2017, 10:41 AM

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For brake pads, the grade and construction is far more important than the brand name. I use a lot of Raybestos but they aren't the only good ones. Find out what type was OE and stay with that.

The seals are that important. Stay with a major manufacturer instead of the white box stuff.


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