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I want to do Pads and Rotors soon. I scored a set of OEM pads today on the marketplace for cheap, 30$, assuming that's much cheaper than MSRP. I've seen them go from 80$ to $104. Being that our rotors are undersized by design, can It hurt to go all OEM (minus the calipers)? Springfield Toyota has OEM rotors for 60$ each, with free shipping, the free shipping sold me. Marked down from 87.99$. I cannot confirm or deny if my rig ever had OEM brake components in the front ever since I've owned it.

Before anyone asks, I'm not really interested in the Tundra swap right now. I don't tow, haul, brake hard or drive on any steep incline or decline. I just want my new pads and rotors on. With that being said, 60$ for OEM rotors or 45$ for chinese after market ones. I've probably answered my own question, anyone in our group still using OEM front brake components? My understanding is the pads are terrific and have great bite. I'd assume they will only feel better with OEM rotors?

I've also heard good things about the Brenmbo UV coated rotors, but have no experience with the brand.

Sorry for the long post, and thanks in advance.
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I also went pure OEM for brakes and rotors as they are so cheap, there's no reason to go aftermarket.

Also, you can have your rotors turned at least once (resurfaced) for $30 or less per rotor if money is tight. The machine shop will tell you if there's enough material to have them turned before they start.
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Nothing wrong with going OEM. However, I can tell you from over 30 years experience. If the OEM warp fairly quickly. Your actual hub is no longer true. Meaning you need new hubs and or front wheel bearings. I never knew the wheel hubs can go out of true but they can and mostly do with the higher milage rigs.

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I've been rocking OEM pads, rotors and calipers since 2017. Original calipers. New pads and rotors around 250K ish miles. Currently at 323K. Are they warped? Sure, sometimes they act up, sometimes they don't. Not horrible, though. The pads are in decent shape for the mileage on them.

I have a set of Brembo rotors and Hawk pads awaiting installation when I get some time to do them. Can't really speak on them since I haven't put them on yet. But don't hesitate about OEM components. The above info is accurate, the OEM rotors do warp fairly quickly but it's not the worst thing in the world.

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I want to do Pads and Rotors soon. I scored a set of OEM pads today on the marketplace for cheap, 30$, assuming that's much cheaper than MSRP. I've seen them go from 80$ to $104. Being that our rotors are undersized by design, can It hurt to go all OEM (minus the calipers)? Springfield Toyota has OEM rotors for 60$ each, with free shipping, the free shipping sold me. Marked down from 87.99$. I cannot confirm or deny if my rig ever had OEM brake components in the front ever since I've owned it.

Before anyone asks, I'm not really interested in the Tundra swap right now. I don't tow, haul, brake hard or drive on any steep incline or decline. I just want my new pads and rotors on. With that being said, 60$ for OEM rotors or 45$ for chinese after market ones. I've probably answered my own question, anyone in our group still using OEM front brake components? My understanding is the pads are terrific and have great bite. I'd assume they will only feel better with OEM rotors?

I've also heard good things about the Brenmbo UV coated rotors, but have no experience with the brand.

Sorry for the long post, and thanks in advance.
Nothing wrong with OEM. $60 for OEM rotors are a good deal IMO. I just looked up replacements from Autozone and Advance Auto and they're over $70, and I'm sure they're manufactured in China.

I'd replace the caliper pins while you're at it, shouldn't be more than $15 locally.
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Nothing wrong with going OEM. However, I can tell you from over 30 years experience. If the OEM warp fairly quickly. Your actual hub is no longer true. Meaning you need new hubs and or front wheel bearings. I never knew the wheel hubs can go out of true but they can and mostly do with the higher milage rigs.

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Thanks fellas and Jon. My rotors and pads now are roughly 6 years old and both aftermarket, cheap chinese parts, which are finally starting to warp and feel squishy. I hope if I can get that much mileage out of the new OEM parts, and will last hopefully at least as long.
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