I'm still researching weight, but otherwise you gotta break it down and see if the highlander option is better:
1. The TRD kit costs well over $1,000 new, and your $500 example is the cheapest I've ever seen it used. I can buy the highlander setup new for under $225 if I shop around, and far less if I'm willing to get used calipers and rebuild them.
2. Maintenance is expensive on the TRD brakes - replacement rotors are insane and replacement pads are far more expensive than the highlander option.
3. Replacement parts availablity is widespread (vs TRD which you are probably going to have to go to the dealer or an online seller for)
4. The TRD kit has drilled rotors, which I personally would never run on a street car.
5. The highlander brakes should fit under 17" wheels, but the TRD kit requires 19" wheels.
1. The TRD rotors are slightly larger (340mm vs 328mm)
2. The TRD calipers are four piston vs two piston. Combined with the rotor size, I'm willing to bet the performance is slightly better than the higlander option.
3. To be fair, they look cool.
Granted we are still assuming the highlander brakes fit, but it looks promising.
Last edited by Paul1114; 10-26-2014 at 11:15 AM.