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Old 02-01-2012, 09:00 AM   #1
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brake buddy

HELP needed
I just purchased a used BB the tan 1
i believe its called digital classic
i want to know what setting you use when toading a 4400lb vehicle
my "stuff" is in my sig" and we dont over load the MH and nothing extra in the jeep
this will be my first tow w/brake buddy so far have toad about 8ooo without it but for the 300 bux spent i figure it was cheaper than "splainin it to my ins agent"
thank in advance for the help
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:13 AM   #2
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Full itstallation manual. www.brakebuddy.com/pic/instructions/classic_instr.pdf
All models are adjusted the same way.
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We tow a 4400 lb Jeep GC and a 5,000 lb Jeep GC.

The pressure is set to 60 psi and the sensitivity to a middle setting.

The BB Classic seems to work well, but it has been to the factory 2x in 10 yrs and costing about $150 each time.

Now I am going to tear into it to see if I can fix the compressor thingy that sounds like it is about to die.
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:41 PM   #4
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With our Brake Buddy we started with the manual recommended setting (based on towd weight). We then adjusted it so that it now only comes on during hard stops. With our CRV the "right" setting ended up at 3 Sensitivity, 60# pressure.
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You want to be careful, that you don't have the setting (on the BB) too high! I didn't pay much attention to the setting, as long as it worked ok. However, on occasion, I would hear a "squeal" of tires, when I put on the brakes. One year later, and wayyyy too early, I had to replace my toad brake pads, (on the front), plus one rotor!!!! I won't make that mistake again! I am just about to replaced the two front tires also.
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If your compressor is sounding funny, I'd fix it before it burns up inside your toad. I ruined a brand new Ford Explorer. Year later and the smell is still in it.
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The BB Classic seems to work well, but it has been to the factory 2x in 10 yrs and costing about $150 each time.

Now I am going to tear into it to see if I can fix the compressor thingy that sounds like it is about to die.

Well, I opened up the BB and discovered it must have been repaired on a Friday afternoon about quitting time!

The compressor was detached from its bracket. Two unlike screws had been used. One was bent and rattling around in the BB case. The other was still in the brackett hole but not holding anything.

It works fine after correcting the technician's work for which I paid $150.
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Old 02-15-2012, 03:20 PM   #8
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How would the brake buddy work on larger trucks. We have a Chevy silverado 2500HD and once while driving home we lost the serpentine belt. When I lost boost pressure, I lost all brakes too. Does the Brake Buddy do something to provide boost, or just push on the pedal. If if just pushes on the brake pedal, it's not gonna stop my truck.
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We set ours at 60lbs and sensativity at 4. We had someone ride in the toad for a few miles to watch everything, talked to my wife on the cell phone while she was sitting next to me in the MH to see when the brake buddy would respond, 4 was the best setting for us. Make sure you pump the brake buddy a few times while it's in place. Read That Manual! You could do alot of damage to your toad if something isn't set right. We have a receiver that lights up when the BB engages but it won't receive the signal all the way up front so it is plugged in the master bedroom, someone has to check on it once in a while, not the best set up but I'm not buying a signal extender, enough already.
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I have a Blue Ox brake buddy in my Toad. It works pretty good. One thing I will mention that happened to me and could easily go unnoticed is that we were towing our wrangler one day and I normally have the system set at a 4 on the monitor. It was raining and the roads were wet. Well I was getting off the highway and I was on the off ramp which was semicircular like a clover leaf and I was on the brakes moderately and don't I look in the drivers mirror to see my jeep sliding slightly sideways due to the brakes being locked. Well I immediately got off the brakes and the jeep returned to its normal trailing position. Needless to say now I drop the setting to 3 when it is raining and it seems to be ok! Never even considered the jeeps brakes would lock up since it was perfectly fine on dry pavement.

We have a Grand Cherokee now that I just fitted with a blue ox baseplate for towing this season. So we will see if the heavier weight of the Grand Cherokee overcomes the need to drop the setting down one in the rain.

Not sure if the wrangler would have hit the guardrail if I didn't notice it in the mirror. I am hope the tow bar would have prevented any additional sway.

Just something to consider !
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I have the little remote signal that tells you when the BB is activated. I don't remember the setting but I set it so that I have to stand on the brakes in the MH to activate them. Except when I REALLY need extra braking I don't want the toad brakes to activate.
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I have the little remote signal that tells you when the BB is activated. I don't remember the setting but I set it so that I have to stand on the brakes in the MH to activate them. Except when I REALLY need extra braking I don't want the toad brakes to activate.
I do much the same, setting ours to a 3 and pressure to about 45#. In slow easy stops I don't need the Brake Buddy to brake, but in a panic stop it will apply or should the break away pull out it would brake.
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