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Budget big brakes?

Own a 2013 se v6 and I'm interested in bigger brakes but not interested in spending an outrageous amount. Has anyone heard of swapping claipers and rotors from an is350 or gs. They have the same bolt pattern and on YouTube they seem to have similar looking mount points. If so it should be a substantial upgrade having 4 piston calipers and 2in larger rotors.
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Own a 2013 se v6 and I'm interested in bigger brakes but not interested in spending an outrageous amount. Has anyone heard of swapping claipers and rotors from an is350 or gs. They have the same bolt pattern and on YouTube they seem to have similar looking mount points. If so it should be a substantial upgrade having 4 piston calipers and 2in larger rotors.
Dual piston calipers and rotors are a direct fit from highlander/rx350/sienna.

See post 7503 in "What did you do today to your gen 7" section.


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Also look in gen 6, the hardware is all exactly the same and I did a write up with pictures - highlander brakes
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Tried highlander brakes and noticed no great difference between stock and highlander. Installed front calipers from mercedes ml w163 (4 pots) and rear (2 pots) from mercedes w140 600sel. Front rotors vw passat r36 345mm dia and rear from bmw 324mm dia. Calipers (front) 50$, rear 20, rotors 100 for 4, pads 50 for front and rear. adapters for front and rear did by myself.
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Just get the highlanders. Rockauto even has kits now, where its; new calipers, rotors and pads.


That's what I'll be doing this summer sometime.

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I'm happy with mine.

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Depending on what you do, the brakes are not a limitation. If you can lock up the brakes or make the abs come on then the tyre to road connection is the limiting factor - for a single stop. For massive hills or repeated hard stops the larger rotors absorb and dissipate more heat.
On my 2007 there was not much change in feel from the stock single pot caliper to the larger disc and twin pot highlander brakes, especially with light braking.

Apply more cash and you can have whatever you want but as a really cheap upgrade, the highlander brakes are great. Having driven 40 000 km since changing, I think that further upgrade would need other things done to make it worth doing. Even with new, upgraded shocks, lowered springs and 245/45/18 tyres I dont think a further brake upgrade would shorten stopping distance much more. Possibly braided stainless lines, but thats more my curiosity about what difference in feel they make
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Should be easier to modulate a better brake combo to avoid lock-up or ABS. Threshold braking is important.

Years ago, most automakers put barely enough braking power in a vehicle along with pathetic pads and overly skinny tires. Seems that over the years, the 'reserve' power of the brakes has improved drastically, the pad media/material has improved some too, along with tire capability.

What it comes down to is.... do you regularly exceed the capability of the stock brakes... IMO, for some commuters in metro-city highway traffic, it could be easy to exceed the capability. Delivery drivers? ...

For others, if you installed fancy wheels, do you want the look of tiny rotors when a big rotor upgrade is a relatively cheap bolt-on proposition?

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I'm happy with mine.

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Is that a TRD sticker or paint on the caliper?


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Paint on the caliper and vinyl TRD sticker.

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Tried highlander brakes and noticed no great difference between stock and highlander. Installed front calipers from mercedes ml w163 (4 pots) and rear (2 pots) from mercedes w140 600sel. Front rotors vw passat r36 345mm dia and rear from bmw 324mm dia. Calipers (front) 50$, rear 20, rotors 100 for 4, pads 50 for front and rear. adapters for front and rear did by myself.
https://www.drive2.ru/l/528627874400305723/
https://www.drive2.ru/l/529564658307170450/
How did you make all of those parts fit the caliper brackets?
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How did you make all of those parts fit the caliper brackets?
With hands and angle grinder 🙂
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