well after hearing so many good things about TRD
brake pads i decided to "upgrade" my OEM pads. i got the pads at northridge toyota for 40 even each...front and rear ($80) at northridge toyota. well i got them and as i opened the nice glossy TRD
box that screamed "high quality Performance part inside" i found that it was wrapped in bubble tape...no TRD
marking anywhere but in small letters it read...Hawk HPS...again i knew they were made by Hawk pads...i just thought TRD
musta forgot to re-badge. the pads are hidden in the calipers anyway so it could have said happy hippos and i wouldn't care. so anyway i got them installed and broke it in as per the directions in the box...and you know what?...it felt like stock..LOL
. yeah it grips a "little" better. but it's nothing drastic. i was a little disappointed as there was so much hype...i have read so many reviews saying "for daily drivers who want to comprimise track Performance and daily driving just get high Performance brake pads". so as a daily driver i ruled out steel brake lines, slotted rottors, etc. i got the brake pads...and got a whole lotta nothin'...LOL
they are still good pads. and Hawks are quite reputable. i guess i was expecting too much...
my advice: either stick to OEM...or go full out...