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Old 03-11-2021, 02:21 PM   #1
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Ready Brute Elite vs Ready Brute Elite II

I wanted to get a ready brute elite but see they have been discontinued. All my videos for reviews and installation are for the ready brute elite.

I will be flat towing a 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and like the mechanical vs electrical system of the ready brute.

Now I have to get a ready brute elite II. The new one does seem to be different. Has anyone use the new Elite II? Is the Elite II just as good as the original?

Appreciate the feedback.
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I would go with the Hercules steel towbars with built-in ReadyBrake. They are rated at 12,000 lbs!

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Old 03-11-2021, 03:35 PM   #3
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I have a Ready Brute Elite II, which I love, and tow a 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon. Unfortunately, I don't know the difference between it and the RB Elite I.
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Ready Brake ll is plenty of tow bar for a Wrangler, 8000 lb. towing capacity, you could tow 2 wranglers with that bar. The Ready Brake Elite ll is pretty much the same as the old model. The new model has easier to release bar locks and a few ohter minor updates. I do like that this bar/brake is totally mechanical other that the optional red light you can wire into the dash of your motorhome.
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There seems to be two different Ready Brake II's. I think the first one mentions Elite.

https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Ready...72bc903cc63985

https://www.walmart.com/ip/READY-BRU...f6d11a9d20e9e1

The first one is way more expensive than the 2nd. They both claim 8000lb capacity. I can see the difference in the release handles, but is that enough to justify almost twice the price?
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There seems to be two different Ready Brake II's. I think the first one mentions Elite.

https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Ready...72bc903cc63985

https://www.walmart.com/ip/READY-BRU...f6d11a9d20e9e1

The first one is way more expensive than the 2nd. They both claim 8000lb capacity. I can see the difference in the release handles, but is that enough to justify almost twice the price?
First is the Elite 2 The pins and the camber system on the 2 are big upgrade but that is a killer price for the Elite. Neither one of those has the brake pictured for that price.
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First is the Elite 2 The pins and the camber system on the 2 are big upgrade but that is a killer price for the Elite. Neither one of those has the brake pictured for that price.
Thanks for the info.

Good catch on the brake. The cheaper one had the cable guide and I didn't notice both were missing the brake system.

So the Brake System is a completely separate piece for these?

https://www.bing.com/images/search?v...t=0&ajaxserp=0

I thought that brake part was part of the towbar.
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I used a ReadyBrute Elite from 2006 until end of last year. It was still a great tow bar/aux brake system I simply decided to upgrade to new. I went with the Elite II and have been using it for about 8 months. I like it and am not finding any great difference from the out going model. I'm not following how the installation is any different. Don't you simply insert tow bar into the receiver of the coach and run the brake cable through the engine compartment to the brake pedal of the toad? You'll find running the cable on your JL to be a piece of cake. I did my JL in about a hour.
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Thanks for the info.

Good catch on the brake. The cheaper one had the cable guide and I didn't notice both were missing the brake system.

So the Brake System is a completely separate piece for these?

https://www.bing.com/images/search?v...t=0&ajaxserp=0

I thought that brake part was part of the towbar.
Finally found the whole system as one.

https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Ready.../rb-9050-2.htm
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Finally found the whole system as one.

https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Ready.../rb-9050-2.htm
I think that pricing is pretty consistent with buying it directly from NSA. The clevis's will add about $200 making it about $1200 total. Unless it's gone up I believe mine was about $1200 right from the mfg.
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I pulled my 2004 Wrangler Rubicon for 3 years wiht an old Ready Brute towbar. I bought a new Ready Brute when I bought a Jeep Gladiator. I've got 10K towing with the new bar. It is easier to operate. The Ready Brute bars seem to be the best bang for your bucks for towing.






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I towed with an RB Elite and it was good. In hindsight, though, I’d probably elect to use the ReadyBrake system with either a Blue Ox or Roadmaster tow bar. Simply because the likelihood of finding tow adapters will be easier if you change vehicles or bumpers, etc. For instance, if you go with Maximus 3 tow points, they have the adapters for BO ready to go.
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I think that pricing is pretty consistent with buying it directly from NSA. The clevis's will add about $200 making it about $1200 total. Unless it's gone up I believe mine was about $1200 right from the mfg.
Thanks for the info
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I towed with an RB Elite and it was good. In hindsight, though, Id probably elect to use the ReadyBrake system with either a Blue Ox or Roadmaster tow bar. Simply because the likelihood of finding tow adapters will be easier if you change vehicles or bumpers, etc. For instance, if you go with Maximus 3 tow points, they have the adapters for BO ready to go.
I have the Maximus 3 tow loops also & purchased the clevis's from Night Shift Auto with the new tow bar.
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