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Old 04-09-2012, 07:10 PM   #43
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Yes, I did pump the brake before adjusting the Readybrake for the first time. I have a Wrangler so I bought the CoolTech harness for the lights. That too was cost effective and easy to install.

BTW, the Readybrake system sold these days has a LED light that installs on the dash in the MH that lights up when the surge brake has been activated. It used to activate with the toad brake lights. Not sure why they changed the design, but I modified the wiring for the LED so it lights when Toad brakes are activated. I think that's a better way of showing whether the Readybrake is properly adjusted or not. The way they have it coming from the manufacturer now, it'll show you when the surge brake is activated, but if your cable is too slack, it may mean your toad brakes are not activated.

Got my Readybrute Elite tow bar with Readybrake from hitchsource.com for $830. I also got my Blue Ox base plate for the Wrangler from them. Looks like prices have gone up this year.
I was on Hitchsource.com web site today and priced the Ready Brute tow bar $624, Blue ox base plate$349, Break away system $104, Cover$60, Wire harness $51, plus free shipping on it all for my 2010 Mariner. These are by far the lowest prices I have been able to find including ebay. Going to order mine in the am.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:57 PM   #44
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I was on Hitchsource.com web site today and priced the Ready Brute tow bar $624, Blue ox base plate$349, Break away system $104, Cover$60, Wire harness $51, plus free shipping on it all for my 2010 Mariner. These are by far the lowest prices I have been able to find including ebay. Going to order mine in the am.
Just verifying, but you are saying the READY BRUTE alone and not the READY BRUTE/READY BRAKE ELITE? If so, are you not going to provide your toad with supplemental braking or do you have something else in mind for that?
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Yes, we have discussed this before and I never thought much more about it, as it does work, but what he's saying is that this method only tells you that the surge brake control is being activated and not necessarily applying the brakes on the toad. So, if for example to forgot to attach the cable altogether or there was too much slack, as he says, the LED monitor would still light up, indicating that the toad brakes were being applied, whaddaya think?
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Tropical36 - My thought is if not properly adjusted the ready brake cable could pull the brake pedal just enough to activate the brake lights and your brake light signal would send the signal to your dash light but not actually apply a braking force. Kind of like following the guy or gal down the highway that has a foot resting on the brake pedal waiting for the emergency. Best thing is a correctly adjusted cable.
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Tropical36 - My thought is if not properly adjusted the ready brake cable could pull the brake pedal just enough to activate the brake lights and your brake light signal would send the signal to your dash light but not actually apply a braking force. Kind of like following the guy or gal down the highway that has a foot resting on the brake pedal waiting for the emergency. Best thing is a correctly adjusted cable.
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That too and certainly do agree. Proper adjustment is the key to proper braking, no matter how you do it. That said, you now have me thinking as to why it's the way it is and in fact why did they change it from the way it was. Yep, need to sleep on this. Thanks for the up....
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