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Old 02-01-2016, 10:43 PM   #1
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Shopping for a surge brake

I've seen on the forum that several people have purchased the Ready Brute Elite and they are happy with it. I have an 88 Suzuki and it already has a tow bar on it so I wanted to look at adding a surge brake since the Zuki is pretty light.

I found a receiver style by Ready Brake that looks like it would work.
ReadyBrake™ Towed Vehicle Receiver Style Supplemental Brake System - NSA RV Products

I found another receiver type from Blue Ox which is considerably cheaper.
BX88100, AutoStop | Blue Ox

I'm wondering if anyone else has compared these two. I like the fact that the Blue Ox doesn't have any external moving parts, but wonder if less expensive means cheaper.
Has anyone tried the Blue Ox?
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Old 02-03-2016, 10:11 AM   #2
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Chass I found the Redybrake for $411 on Amazon that's pretty close to Blue Ox and I like the looks of the Redibrake and its history of doing the job if installed correctly if it were me.
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Old 02-03-2016, 03:59 PM   #3
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We use the Ready Brute Elite system. No problems, works great.
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I have a ready brake elite and it works great. I tow a Chevy cruze with a manual trans. I cannot tell its there. Braking is smooth and the light in the dash tells me when the brakes on the car are applied. Personally I find it was my best option.
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I wasn't aware that Blue Ox made a surge brake, but I have been very satisfied with the ReadyBrute Elite towbars with built-in ReadyBrake!
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Readybrute here also works great fiat 500 easy 4 down
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Oh! Sorry it's a ready brute elite ,I have not a ready brake. Sorry for the confusion.
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Oh! Sorry it's a ready brute elite ,I have not a ready brake. Sorry for the confusion.
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Actually, you do have a ReadyBrake. It's just built into the towbars!
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Bought a Ready Brake

Thank's everyone. I went with the consensus and bought a Ready Brake surge brake. I imagine it's the same brake that is built into their Elite tow bar. The install was easy due to the Zuki's small engine (lots of room). Haven't been able to try it out yet, but soon.

I really like the dash light telling me the brakes are on. Comforting. I'm going to insert a switch in the brake light circuit of the toad to save the battery.

BTW - also got the Ready Brake breakaway system in case everything fails. Don't want to see my toad pass me.
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Thank's everyone. I went with the consensus and bought a Ready Brake surge brake. I imagine it's the same brake that is built into their Elite tow bar. The install was easy due to the Zuki's small engine (lots of room). Haven't been able to try it out yet, but soon.

I really like the dash light telling me the brakes are on. Comforting. I'm going to insert a switch in the brake light circuit of the toad to save the battery.

BTW - also got the Ready Brake breakaway system in case everything fails. Don't want to see my toad pass me.

One caution on the break-away kit! Be sure you mount the block that locks the cable in a location where you can easily reach it if it gets accidentally pulled! Also, be sure to leave a loop of cable above the brake pedal!

I think you'll be happy with your decision!
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