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Old 07-02-2014, 09:06 AM
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Exhaust Brake yes or no

I have an '00 F-350 dually 7.3 auto (stock) that I use to haul a horse trailer, which is about 12,000 lbs loaded. It's an old 1985 steel trailer, and the brakes aren't the best even after being fully rebuilt. Hauling down long grades can get a bit hairy.

I'm thinking about installing an exhaust brake. My questions are:

1. Is it worth buying aftermarket?
2. If so, which unit?
3. Do the aftermarket units justify the cost versus wiring my stock exhaust valve to be used as a brake.


Also, any other ideas to improve the braking would be appreciated. Already considering Hawk pads and possibly better rotors after researching this site. Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:25 AM
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I sell and have used a BD brake..great units and better than using the stock valve.

Example going down the grapevine in Socal I'd have to turn it off ocasonally as it slowed me down to much towing aprox 11k lbs.

I've had customers going over Hy 88 in the sierra mountains towing a huge Horse-living trailer tell me they never had to use their brakes.

Brakes..Powerslots and Hawks with new SS lines.
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:43 AM
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What do you do for TC lockup on the autos with the BD system?
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BD has a kit for controlling lockup.
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:29 AM
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Do slotted or drilled rotors increase braking performance over solid rotors, or just help to keep them from warping?
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I wouldn't use stock size drilled brakes but slotted will help braking.
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After rebuilding brakes, they should be great. I would address that first, THEN spend money.
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