Jake Brakes?

Jake Brakes?

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    RAM Jr Member GStash's Avatar
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    Jake Brakes?

    Has anyone done any investigatin to see whether or not you can install an exhaust brake on the Ecodiesel? I would love having that instead of having to down shift or use my brake pads excessively.

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    That would be nice!

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    It might be possible that some different programming could use the turbo for exhaust braking. Not sure how effective it would be on this setup but it would give some engine braking. It works on the cummins why not on this engine.
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    OK... there would be a "Cool" factor to it. But the reason it wasn't done from the factory is because these are light-duty trucks. The regular brakes should stop us just fine. Besides... the trans will shift aggressively while in "Tow-haul" mode... and it will drag your speed on long hills pretty good, without using the service brakes.
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    The exhaust brake is one of the features I know that I will miss from my 2500. Theres nothing like coming down a long steep grade while towing and never have to touch the brakes. I doubt we'll ever see one built for the EcoD.

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    For the amount of weight these trucks are rated to pull, I dout there will even be an engine brake designed for it

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    I'm with hillbilli, it's just not enough load (as spec'd out) to warrant anything over the truck's brakes. Hopefully supplemented by 'real' trailers with their own decent brakes but I know some smaller or homebuilts have no brakes.

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    I have an exhaust brake on my motorhome and it works well. Having one on the ED would be interesting.

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    This truck needs an exhaust brake. I live in the mountains in California and have smoked my brakes several times driving the moderately steep and twisting roads here. I had the truck in Tow/Haul mode and down shifted appropriately, even in 4 low and still there isn't enough engine braking to keep this truck under a decent speed. I really hope there is an after market answer to this problem soon. I can't even begin to think about towing a trailer in the mountains around here until a better braking option becomes available.

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    Trivia: Jake Brakes is a trademark of Jacobs Vehicle Systems and everybody else has to refer to their product as engine brakes or exhaust brakes. Shucks, there was once a country music artist who called his band Jake Brake and the All-Trucker Band. Jacobs sued him--after sending several cease and desist letters which were ignored--and won. He was interviewed about it in a trucking publication that I cannot remember and acknowledged that he received the letters and ignored them.

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