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Old 12-15-2009, 05:14 PM   #1
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Brake Line Flush

I just got my rig back from the shop for some routine maint. We decided to completely flush the brake fluid. I have the original brakes on this rig and it weights close to 12,000 lbs. I have to say I am noticing a considerable difference in the rig's braking. It is more firm and has more stopping power. I don't have any before and after scientific data. But has anyone had the similar experience?
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Old 12-15-2009, 05:59 PM   #2
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Re: Brake Line Flush

off your topic
but 12,000 pounds?!?
i just weighted Wilson, fully loaded 9,600 pounds
and i have AC, generatior, two huge solar, cruiser top
that weight is also w/ full fuel, firewood, kayak and me.....
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Re: Brake Line Flush

Holy Smokes. This is what i was told when i bought the rig. I better take it to a scale!!! Thanks.
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:28 AM   #4
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Re: Brake Line Flush

Ours weighed in at almost exactly 11,000lbs when fully loaded, 5k on the front, 6k on the rear.

Regular body, Diesel engine adds a few hundred over gas, ~250 for our motorcycle, 55gal fuel @~6lb, 30gal water @~7lb, 2 4D batteries @120 ea, 100lbs in tools, etc. It adds up fast.

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Re: Brake Line Flush

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I just got my rig back from the shop for some routine maint. We decided to completely flush the brake fluid. I have the original brakes on this rig and it weights close to 12,000 lbs. I have to say I am noticing a considerable difference in the rig's braking. It is more firm and has more stopping power. I don't have any before and after scientific data. But has anyone had the similar experience?
Yes...maybe you've read this:
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Talking with the engineers at Brakeman (I have the storm brakes system) they said it's a good idea to bleed the brakes each year or any time you have stressed them out. They also suggested to flush the system every few years especially if water some how entered the system. The newer Reservoirs are less likely to let water in via venting so it's not as bad as a problem like with older vehicles. I also added higher spec fluid that boils at higher temps. This is supposed to help with brake fade. I noticed a huge difference but added new HP pads as well.
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Re: Brake Line Flush

I have read it. Thank you. UPgrade the brakes is on the horizon. The added insurance and braking power is worth the peace of mind.
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