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Old 06-16-2017, 09:44 PM   #1
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1998 HR Endeavor exhaust brake project.

Coming back from our shakedown trip over the Cascades on Memorial Day weekend, I discovered another little glitch with my coach. The exhaust pipe on either side of the exhaust brake had rusted through and completely broken off, leaving the brake itself just hanging from the air hose. Not a good thing.
The local diesel shop wanted $2000 to fix the problem including replacing the fully functional, just heavily corroded brake mechanism itself. I don't think so.
Two custom fabricated adapter pipes, two 3.5 inch stainless pipe clamp belts, six feet of exhaust tape, six new bolts and nuts, two cans of BLASTER, and four days of being covered from head to toe in soot and grease... and it's all fixed! And I saved $1750!
I may not be able to walk for a week, but I have a great sense of accomplishment and a fully functional exhaust brake.
Yup, owing a 19 year old coach does have some challenges, but some things are worth the effort.

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Great to hear that your DIY work went well .

I hope your future trips don't require the soot and grease time .
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Old 06-16-2017, 10:13 PM   #3
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I could do without that too! LOL!
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