But what if you answered Tundra, Tundra Limited, or Tundra Platinum? Chances are your answer spectrum expands: off road, trails, mountain climbing, and the like all become
realities the raison d'etre because the aforementioned Toyota off road models all come with team Toyota Racing Development's TRD Big Brake Kit.
Shown here with the TRD alloy wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich All Terrain T/A tires and TRD Performance Big Brake Kit upgrades, the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Edition is about as off-road ready as a vehicle comes!
This image shows a 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser TRD Big Brake Kit on the standard FJ Cruiser alloy wrapped in Bridgestone Dueller H/T tires. You will also notice the slotted design on the rotors for better cooling and durability.
Shown again on the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser TRD Big Brake Kit edition at Handy Toyota, when viewed closely you can see the TRD-red color and TRD graphics of the TRD Big Brake Kit's caliper.
You'll know the 2012 Tundra Platinum with a TRD Big Brake Kit when you see it. As shown here the 20-inch wheels on the Tundra Platinum gets a shiny red caliper from the TRD Big Brake Kit.
there's one area of any vehicle that should be upgraded it's the brakes.
No matter what kind of driving you do, stopping power is critical.
Whether it be from a performance standpoint or for the sake of maximized
safety there are few better places to spend money on upgrades. For your
Toyota Tundra the ideal way to do that is with the Toyota Racing
Development (TRD) Big Brake Kit.
As hedonistic off road guru website AutoTruckBoys.com explains of the TRD Big Brake Kit shown above: "If your goal is to improve the overall performance of your [Tundra Limited or Tundra Platinum], then an improved braking system should be in your near future" (source: autotruckboys.com, "Toyota OEM FJ Cruiser TRD Performance Big Brake Kit Front Set - description, 2009).
The TRD Big Brake Kit is not just a shiny set of calipers in TRD-red meant to show off the goods under the hood that your Toyota truck is trying to brake; instead it's an incredibly huge improvement over the standard, OEM Toyota caliper system and is meant for far more aggressive use. The powerful TRD Big Brake Kit features larger, more aggressive rotors that have been slotted to maximize heat dispersion and thanks to a stainless steel composition the TRD Performance Big Brake Kit will out-last the normal calipers as well.
In addition to the obvious caliper enhancement and more aggressive brake rotors, the TRD Big Brake Kit includes a set of four-piston calipers designed for maximum grip on larger brake rotors - such as the whopping 20-inch alloys of the Toyota Tundra Limited and Tundra Platinum series. Degradation isn't an issue with the Big Brake Kit either thanks to the aforementioned quality composition, but what's more (or equally) important is that the high strength steel yields more braking power. To add to the potency of the Big Brake Kit, the FJ Cruiser Team Trails TRD Big Brake Kit or Tundra Limited and Tundra Platinum houses a braided stainless steel brake line set to completely eliminate flexing of the brake lines during extraneous use.
Though we love stocking 2012 Toyota Tundra Limited trucks, Toyota FJ Cruiser SUVs, and Tundra Platinum trucks that house the TRD Big Brake Kit pre-attached, that doesn't mean you can't get yourself a set. Handy Toyota of St. Albans, Vermont's master parts manager can order them in a heartbeat if you call him at toll-free at 888-447-8961 or if you fill out a parts order form online with your VIN (vehicle identification number) which you can locate on the door jamb, sometimes on the glass, under the hood, and several other places.
Here is an example of a full Toyota Motors USA vehicle identification number tag, or VIN tag, from a new 2011 Toyota Rav4. Notice there are 17 alphanumeric characters just above the bar code.
On other makes and models or areas of the vehicle the VIN plate or tag may be very different. Here on Handy Toyota's used 2008 Lexus IS 250 AWD we see a much smaller tag with only the VIN.
As if that wasn't great enough, our Toyota service team can easily install the TRD Performance Big Brake Kit on your Toyota vehicle! Simply schedule an appointment online or call the service team's toll free number 888-594-1392. If you're a do-it-yourself kind of person, you'll be happy to know with a little bit of maintenance, car repair, or service know-how you can install the TRD Big Brake Kit on your own. Included in a TRD Big Brake Kit package is:
- Complete performance upgrade for all driving situations
- Larger, more aggressive, and better performing brake rotors
- Stainless steel contstruction enhances durability
- A slotted design results in better cooling, less fade, and longer pad and rotor life
- 4-Piston TRD calipers which provide maximum grip on larger rotors
- Stainless steel brake lines to completely eliminate any line-flex during heavy use
- All necessary hardware and step-by-step instructions
- Calipers finished in high-temperature red epoxy featuring the Toyota Racing Development "TRD" logo
Remember, fast is fun, but brining that speed to a full stop - and in a timely fashion! - is just as important and, when you haven't damaged your car, just as fun. Come into Handy Toyota's 39 South Main Street, St. Albans, VT 05478 location today and order your TRD Big Brake Kit to feel the powerful sensation of ultimate stopping power to maximize the horsepower and torque you off-roaders so rightly deserve! You can also check out some vehicles with TRD Big Brake Kits already in place by viewing our Tundra Platinum inventory and FJ Cruiser inventory online today!
All of this adds up to one thing, and it's one of the biggest "things" any driver should be concerned about: a big improvement over the standard, OEM Toyota Motors brakes and a much needed addition to those of you looking to maximize the power of your 2012 Tundra Platinum or 2012 Tundra Limited's massive 380 horsepower 5.7L V8 DOHC engine with VVTi. To put it another way, if you've ever had to make an emergency stop from 75 miles per hour, you will surely agree that there's no such thing as too much braking power. In the end tooling down the road or the trail at X miles per hour is all fun and well... but you need to be able to stop that train, right?
Remember: the key to all of this is making use of all the power your Tundra Platinum has. Doing so in a safe manner is tantamount to the overall fun factor of the Tundra LTD or Tundra Platinum, not to mention it helps in keeping the investment that is your Tundra 4WD Truck nice and shiny new. Short of installing a large anchor or parachute, the TRD Performance Big Brake Kit at Handy Toyota of St. Albans, VT is the best way to make that happen.