Originally Posted by Dwight
How do you "sync" the unit?
what unit (s) ?
with the acti'b and kodiak and a ford ITBC the process is basically this....
1. set the gain/boost to max (10)
2. manually activate the brakes to FULL ON (slide the lever completely to the right.
3. hold for 10 seconds to fully squeeze the pads
4. allow the brakes to completely retract, then...
5. repeat steps 2 and 3, three ? times.
with the dodge, it' not necessary to repeat 2-3 times, but doesn't hurt anything IF done.
this is done while PARKED, not moving and without touching the truck brake pedal.
this needs to be repeated any time the 12 power supply is completely disconnected.
for example after pulling/reinstalling or disconnecting the deep cycle trailer battery/ies.
after this sync process comes calibration.
calibration is when the 'gain/boost' is manually adjusted to cause the trailer brakes to engage first AND with adequate vigor.
this process is described in most of the truck manuals and perhaps the brake controller/stream manual.
my approach is to find the value that will manually 'lock up' the trailer brakes at 20-30 mph and SKID the tires.
then dial it back 0.5-1.0 from that value and test using the tv brake pedal...
IF the trailer pushes/taps/nudges or otherwise suggests delayed/inadequate engagement,
dial the boost up 0.5 and repeat.
with both the ford and dodge ITBC and 6 x kodiak using semi metallic pads,
this turns out to be 6.0 or 6.5 or 7.0 in my experience.
kodiak makes 2-3 models (size/ratings) of trailer brakes
so one must realize and understand the size/model and # of axles and trailer weight impact this setting.
the final setting is also affected by tow vehicle brake size and performance.
it is also useful and imo necessary to BED in the pads and rotors for optimal performance and durability...
this is done at highway speeds with the manual brake lever much like bedding in car/truck disc brakes.