Toyota Tundra Brake Rotors “Warping Issue”

Toyota Tundra’s are phenomenal trucks, but lacks one thing, “BRAKES”.  Everyone that owns a Toyota Tundra knows what I’m talking about when you can only get about 15,000 to 20.000 miles before you get that initial shimmering on the steering wheel.  Even with the new Tundra’s commercial emphasizing so much on their braking system, that still doesn’t solve the warping issue.

If you want your rotors to last more than 20,000 miles and improve your stopping power, R1 Concepts can provide you with all the solutions. Going with the “R1 Concepts Cross drilled/slotted performance brake rotors”, will indeed give you much more air ventilation throughout the brake pads and rotors,  which will eliminate scorching of the rotors and brake fade.   We ensure that all of our brake rotors and brake pads are straight bolt on components without any type of modification needed.

We are having a back to Fall sale for the Premium Performance brake rotors for the Toyota Tundra.  Use the coupon code called “R1Tundra” during check out and receive and instant 15% off instantly.  This sale will be valid from 9-10-2009  to 10-31-2009, so get them while they last!

2000-2006 Toyota Tundra Front PREMIUM Rotors Drill/Slot:

Regular Price – $205.04

Sale Price 15% Off – $174.28

2000-2006 Toyota Tundra Front Posi Quiet Brake pads:

Regular Price – $41.90

Sale Price 15% Off- $35.61

2007-2009 Toyota Tundra Front/Rear Premium Drill/Slot Rotors:

Regular Price – $457.16

Sale Price 15% Off – $388.59

2007-2009 Toyota Tundra Front/Rear Posi Quiet Brake pads:

Regualar Price – $104.60

Sale Price 15% Off – $88.91


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5 Responses to Toyota Tundra Brake Rotors “Warping Issue”

  1. Tundra Headquarters September 11, 2009 at 11:28 am #

    You have any data to support the idea that “warping” happens after only 15-20k? Can you explain why this is happening? The Tundra’s rotors are bigger than any other half-ton, and they’re ventilated, so it stands to reason that heat would be a smaller concern with the Tundra than with any other truck. I have to say I’m mystified at your statement “Everyone that owns a Toyota Tundra knows what I’m talking about, when you can only get about 15,000 to 20.000 miles before your get that initial shimmering.” Having spoken with a lot of Tundra owners, I don’t think that’s necessarily true.

    • Kit September 11, 2009 at 3:31 pm #

      From my past experience with Toyota Tundra’s, I can only get about 18K miles out of the rotors before I have to turn them. Even though I was still under warranty and having the dealers turn my rotors, I only got another 8k miles out of them before they warped on me again. At first I just thought it was only my Truck that was doing that, and since it was a fairly new truck and still under warranty I didn’t bother to put on our cross drill slotted rotors. But soon enough, from family members, friends, and customers, they encountered the same issue. The reason why I state that Toyota Tundra rotors are only getting only about 15-20k miles is because within the past 5 years, these rotors is our number 1 selling product, and from all the feedback from our customers, that’s about a rough estimate of how many miles they get out of their stock rotors.

      Rotors tend to warp a lot easier when heat dissipation isn’t fast enough, so when too much heat is created between the rotor and brake pad; it creates invisible gases that push unevenly throughout the rotors. Over time when wear and tear comes in play, rotors get thinner and the heat dissipation have less iron to work with, which makes it more prone to warping.

      2000-2006 Toyota Tundra Front rotors: 12.55″ Ventilated
      2004-2008 Ford F150 Front rotors: 13″ Ventilated
      2005-2008 Chevy/Gmc 1500 Front: 13″ Ventilated
      2002-2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Front: 13.23″ Ventilated
      2006-2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Mega Cab Front: 13.91″ Ventilated
      2007-2009 Toyota Tundra Front rotors: 13.94″ Ventilated

      *Relatively all modern cars and trucks will come with front ventilated disc.

  2. Jared Meadors March 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    I can verify that at least 2001 Tundras have this rotor issue.  In fact, I've had two long conversations with my mechanic about this (Mike @ Toyotas Limited in Houston, TX)–once right after I bought the truck (used) with about 143,000 miles on it (right before he replaced both front rotors with factory rotors)… and again last week at just under163,000 miles (when he had to replace one of those new rotors and turn the other).
    Before the first rotor replacement he told me that it was a common problem with these trucks and we talked about after-market solutions and he said he had not found one that corrected the problem yet.  After the second brake job, we decided to look harder for an option for the next time it happens (presumably in 15-20k miles).
    To be honest, I started feeling a shimmy in the brakes LONG before 20,000 miles… more like 10,000 or less.  I've got an '01 Limited 4WD Access Cab.  I don't tow a trailer and I don't load it up very often or very heavily.  I mean, I USE the truck–don't get me wrong.  But I live in Houston–flat land–so, now mountains or long, steep grades, again, no boat, no trailer, etc.  So, this truck should NOT be having this problem.  Per my mechanic–and I have to agree–this is definitely a DESIGN flaw that should have and could have been corrected by Toyota in subsequent model years by switching to more massive rotors with better venting and perhaps better air flow over the brakes via under-body plastic work or something.
    In my opinion you can cross-drill and vent all you want but if the alloy is not right, the forging is not right, and the rotor is not massive enough for the potential weight the truck will have (fully fueled up and with a full payload + 25%–it's going to fail every time.
    My uncle started an aviation brake & wheel company (MATCO MFG) and he was experimenting with ceramic brake rotors for light aircraft that were amazing.  He had ALCOA mix up a special aluminum / cermic alloy that took a tremendous amount of heat without deforming like cast iron does–and was crazy light as well.  I should check with him and see what it would cost to produce something like that for the Tundras… probably a very market for them if the price were right.
    What I am trying to determine is whether it is feasible to take a bigger rotor and caliper off another Toyota model–either newer trucks or maybe Landcruiser–and make that work on the Tundra.  Kind of like a "big brake kit" for Porsche 911s I used to see alot… (Brembo).  Any ideas on that?

    • Martin March 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

      @Jared… A big brake kit will fixed this problem. Which we also carry big brake kits from Brembo and Stoptech. But they don’t cheap. Brembo only makes a big brake kit for 2007+ which retails at $4,650. Stoptech front kit for Tundra 2000-2006 retails at 332mm disc – $2100.00 and for 355mm disc – $2780.00. This will solve your problem if you can afford it. Contact us if you want more information on the kit. Aluminum alloy/Ceramic brake rotors does not come cheap as it’s not cheap to make. If your uncle can make this for an affordable price… you got yourself a good product. Keep us updated! But R1 Concepts brake rotors and pads is a good way to make your rotors last longer without it warping so quickly like the stock setup. Especially for the price we have it at, you can’t go wrong. All of our Tundra customers has been very pleased and they are reporting longer rotor life with less warping issues. Check out our website for more information.


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