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Old May 22nd, 2019, 09:30
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Re: Socalfest 2019 was great!

I’ve been planning a rear disc conversion for a long time. This gives me an incentive to move it to the top of the list.
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Old May 24th, 2019, 13:26
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Re: Socalfest 2019 was great!

Made it home....barely.
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Old May 24th, 2019, 13:38
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Made it home....barely.
wow!!! which route did you take down? The last time that i towed i went down the 330 and over heated my brakes. This time i took the 38 and had 0 issues.
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Old May 24th, 2019, 14:33
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Re: Socalfest 2019 was great!

Yes, 38 good; 330 and 18 bad!

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Old May 24th, 2019, 14:43
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Re: Socalfest 2019 was great!

Went to the desert since I didn't have headlights. Figured I wouldn't see any cops that way. 10% grade back there. Ran my light bar the whole way.

Brake issue was due to trailer brakes not doing their share. New parts for everything came today.
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Old May 24th, 2019, 16:15
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Yowp!

I did similar on my trip back home on Easter. Temps with an IR gun had the rotors at 400 degrees or so by the time I pulled over. Nowhere near where yours went though.

I had a broken wire to one of the trailer brakes and I put a turn or so on the drum adjusters for the rear of the truck.

I think the biggest issue was the weight of the load. Cargo trailer loaded with hardwood lumber and a pair of big block Chevys in the bed of the truck, one with a TH400 attached.

I took to generous application of the lever on the brake controller.

And I have parts for front brakes sitting my shop right now too

Glad you made it home safe..
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Old May 24th, 2019, 20:07
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Thats just scary man, glad you're ok. I flat towed down the 38 with my suburban, drove like grand ma', had no issue. Only time I've had to pull over in the past was when I was a little too (impatient) fast down the hill and started smelling brakes. Maybe happened to me twice.
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Old May 24th, 2019, 20:34
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The big downside of diesel, downshifting does nothing.

I really should add a exhaust brake.
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Old May 25th, 2019, 08:31
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The big downside of diesel, downshifting does nothing.

Didn't know that.
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Old May 25th, 2019, 11:31
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Is that a Chrysler auto trans thing?

My Cummins/NV4500 will hold things back within reason. (Within reason being a matter of how steep the grade is and how much weight I am running).

The 3000 RPM redline is certainly a limiting factor, but as long as I brake to a reasonable speed and then downshift I can count on the engine to help hold speed down. I have never thought I was at a disadvantage due to being a diesel.
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Old May 25th, 2019, 13:35
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Diesels are notorious for not slowing you down on a grade. No throttle blades means no engine vacuum. Airflow through the engine being restricted by the closed throttle is what slows a gas engine. Hence why they put a blade in the exhaust and call it an exhaust brake.

And yes, it's worse with an auto because the converter will unlock and lose the slight slowing you get with your manual. If you really want to see that thing slow you down, add a butterfly in the pipe after the turbo...itll put you through the windshield.
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Now you have me thinking.

Never a good thing.

Looks like it would be a bit more than a grand for the brake itself. Plus 60lb springs. Plus a spring compressor.

Worst part is, I should have done this a year ago. Now that I have put this truck through the bulk of the hard work it seems hard to justify this kind of upgrade.
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Old May 26th, 2019, 13:13
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Now you have me thinking.

Never a good thing.

Looks like it would be a bit more than a grand for the brake itself. Plus 60lb springs. Plus a spring compressor.

Worst part is, I should have done this a year ago. Now that I have put this truck through the bulk of the hard work it seems hard to justify this kind of upgrade.
Yeah, kind of the reason I've never done mine....its fine if everything else is working correctly.
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The big downside of diesel, downshifting does nothing.

I really should add a exhaust brake.
My f150 is v6 twin turbo. I can relate.
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Old May 27th, 2019, 10:00
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My f150 is v6 twin turbo. I can relate.
They dont have throttle blades? Or just too small of motor with low enough compression to not do any good?
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