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So I need new brakes for the XB. Toyota dealership wants to charge me over $500 to change all over. "F" that. I went to a local shop that I trust and they would do it for $400. However I just hit 60,000 miles and he strongly suggested I get rotors replaced as well and that for him to change all brakes, rotors and cleaning with labor will be $874. Now the Toyota dealership hasn't ever told me what condition my rotors were in and their status has never been mentioned to me since day one of owning the XB.

I went online and discovered rockauto.com. I saw that I can get 4 brakes and rotors made by Power Stop for $147. Is this a good brand? Is this too good to be true? Here is the site:
https://www.rockauto.com/catalog/moreinfo.php?pk=4663617&cc=1444317

https://www.rockauto.com/catalog/x,carcode,1444317,parttype,13824

If these will do the job it will save me A LOT of money. I hope these work good because I'm broke because I'm getting married in a couple of weeks. Any advice on these products will help greatly.
 

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I'm sure there is a DIY somewhere on the internet for you to look at. It's not that hard to change your brakes. You would be better off going with a better brand of pad and rotor and do the labor yourself. EBC make great pads and rotors. A lot of race guys like hawk, but they can take a bit of warming up to start working properly on the street. Also when it comes to replacing your rotors, it depends on the condition of the surface and the thickness of the rotor. If there is plenty of thickness left, you can get away with getting them re-surfaced to get rid of uneven grooves. I'd say that is all you would need, unless you do a lot of hard braking.


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I don't know why these parts wouldn't be good. I'm pretty sure that is one of the big brands. I think I bought Centric. If you want cross-drilled, I think Phobic still has a set of rotors and pads that he didn't get installed before he sold his xB.

Brakes aren't too difficult. Make sure you go to a local store and buy a spray can of brake cleaner. The new rotors will have a coating of oil on them to prevent rust. You definitely need to get that off before you install.

Good Luck! :)
 

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I don't break hard nor am I an aggressive driver. From what I see my rotors are still shiny smooth but I wouldn't know if they are still thick or not. I would do it myself and am tempted to but I need to go out and get a wrench and socket tool kit. Also my lug nuts are on super super tight from the dealership over tightening them with their air powered tools.

I'm just going to get the brakes changed because from what I see my rotors are smooth with no damage. Also I read somewhere on this forum that you have to watch out for the emergency brake line when changing the breaks in the rear?
 

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Hey Dan. Our brakes are disc on all four. Which means its very simple to change the pads and rotors ( as opposed to drum rears). Most the stores in our area will even loan you tools. Such as autozone.

The rule of thumb ive always done. 2 sets of pads for one set of rotors. So thats new rotors everyother set of pads. Its also good to flush your fluid with new pads. Seeing that its been 60k for you it would help braking alot. Fluid does goes bad. Doing this is easy as well. The wife can help with it too. You can use a 2liter bottle and a foot of clear tubing and a barbed and threaded piece screwed into the lid to catch your old fluid.

You can also use your phone to take pix of each step you do so you know how it looked when you started. It digital and easily erased ;)

Once you learn how to do your own brake job, youll never go to a shop for it again and kick yourself for going previously.

Good luck!
 

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In most cases, the front pads wear down faster than the rears because they take more of the load, therefore, I'd go with replacing the front ones and having the rear pads checked, they might not need replacing.
 
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