Tarox launches 410mm Toyota Land Cruiser ‘big brake’ kit
Italian braking brand Tarox has launched its latest kit, a product that it excitingly calls “the very definition of over-engineered”. The company says the finished 410mm front brake upgrade for the popular Toyota Land Cruiser 4.5 V8 J200 model offers improvements in both control and retardation. The kit is aimed at both enthusiasts looking to get more out of their car off-road, but also at the many conversion companies that armour or equip the ultra-tough Land Cruiser for life on the front line.
To this end, the kit has been designed to cope with much more weight than just the standard vehicle, offering increased stopping power on even fully armoured examples. On a non-armoured vehicle, Tarox says the precise modulation and feel means that they are never more than is needed. It believes the product improves on the OE brakes, which it says may be fine for empty desert tracks but “can quickly come unstuck” off-road or on busy European streets.
Based around two RT 12 pistons calipers and 410mm two-piece discs, the Tarox kit contains everything needed for a quick and simple fitment. All brackets, pads and hoses are included to the make the upgrade a simple case of bolting up, bleeding through and bedding in.
Tarox describes the system’s 12-pot calipers as “the last word in performance braking”; they are effectively two six-pot calipers conjoined, complete with four pads, instead of the traditional two. The V8 Land Cruiser rolls out of the factory on 20” wheels, so Tarox’s design engineers have scaled everything up accordingly, with the kit still fitting comfortably inside the original rims.
Fiat’s Balocco proving ground was used to develop the kit, with performance on low adherence surfaces and flooded roads, as well as fully laden stop tests being particularly important. Tarox reveals a lengthy development time was taken to ensure that the power of the kit could be balanced with feel and control in extreme conditions, to prevent the ABS from being over-worked.
The resultant kit is ultimately pitched as an upgrade for the off-road enthusiast and “a downright essential” for the armourer. It is priced at £3,900.