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I have a 96 crew cab long bed automatic and have been kicking around the idea of an exhaust brake. I've spent many years in big rigs and love the sound of Jake brakes. I know I won't get the same sound etc. So I've looked around and have found couple options. I can get the banks system, BD, and some others or do the DIY exhaust brake and use the existing EBPV and put it on a toggle to control when I want it on and off. Just wanting some input and thought. Maybe pros and cons. Does it harm anything? Also when starting truck when cold I can hear the EBPV close for maybe 10 seconds then open back up. Is something wrong with it?
BANKs hasn't manufatcured the brake for a 1st gen Powerstroke for many years. You cannot get one from them or support for it if you happen to find one on some random shelf in a store.
Normal for EBPV, the pcm cycles the valve warm or cold to test that it's working. Otherwise it'll through an emissions code (depending on your PCMs current tuning).
I dont have one, but have heard that in extreme cases it can be hard on the transmission due to reverse torque. Others have also mentioned that it can be hard on the exhaust valves if excessive. But lots of people use them effectively.
Or stuck shut if not balanced correctly or the spring brakes. The floating exhaust valve issue was more an issue with the older blades that didn't have a hole in them to relieve the back pressure at high RPM engagement. With today's parts and tuning the system will not engage unless several things line up.
-'97 Mini Monster
-Bean's: 160/100 (FF Injectors), 2/ 6-POS chips (TW & Beans tunes), Overboost controller, E-Fuel
-BANKs: downpipe, full exhaust, gauges, intercooler
-Irate: T-4 kit, IC pipes, 3" Irate Plenums, BASB Turbo
-Stage II trans.
-Mag-Hytec trans. and pumpkin covers
-6637, CCV, IDM, 6.0 Fan, 49-Federal PCM swap, MAP line Mod
-370 Amp alt., 40k trans cooler, ADRENALINE PUMP
-twin on-board air w/ 10 gal. tank
-'15 F350 6.7L DRW 4x4
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Last edited by BigFuel; 09-02-2014 at 07:38 AM.