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golf_bears

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Posted: 02/28/14 07:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If I remember correctly, the Kodiak brake system warrants the pads for life. If you need new pads contact them and they will replace them, no charge.





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Posted: 02/28/14 08:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some people will mention lag time. If there is any I ain't seen it and it would more than be made up by the STOPPING power of disc brakes. Brakerite pump and Kodiak

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Posted: 02/28/14 09:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"Lag Time" was more at the beginning of disc brakes being installed by trailer manufactures and their failure to complete a good bleeding process. Any air in lines will compress more than fluid and cause lag or poor braking performance. Randu


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Posted: 02/28/14 11:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It might have been the first electric to hydraulic actuators. Some of the first ones were pretty ugly and had an arm like one of those you mount on the floor of a toad for brakes. I can understand how those would lag.

I don't notice any lag in these with the Carlisle actuator.

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Posted: 02/28/14 11:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No lag with Dexter running off a P-3. I have not had to replace pads, but I have a spare set in the shop from some Never-Lube axles that were switched out so I shouldn't ever have to worry about it.

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What about running them with the factory brake controller?


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I've read that some oem controllers require an extra module to interface them with some actuators but I have no idea which combinations need the help. Craig

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Carlisle makes and interface box to go between GM controller and Carlisle actuator. Had that setup on our previous Montana and the same setup on our Redwood. No lag and sure makes a world of difference stopping.


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Posted: 02/28/14 08:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The module is also required for the Ford brake controller, otherwise it things the trailer is not connected and alarms.

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Been FTing for 9+ years with 3 Excel 5th wheels. Had Mor/Ryde install Kodiak disc brakes with Carlisle actuator. Awesome performance and well worth the bucks. Last 2 rigs had factory installed Dexter which work well also. Like already said the parts for the Dexter are limited availability and very expensive $100+ per axle. Kodiak are the 315 series GM pads available at every corner auto parts store and you can get pads for $15 to $60 per axle depending on what you want.
If I had my choices I'd go with the Kodiak. On RV disc brakes if you lose pressure anywhere in the system you don't have brakes. Chance of anything happening like that are very slim. In automotive we started using a split system in the late 70's.....the RV industry is that far behind time. We (automotive) had disc brakes in the 60's (optional). There is a good reason why we went to disc brakes. Get it!!! rockin'


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