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Old 06-07-2006, 10:50 AM   #15
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We DO NOT SELL BOTH.

Some parts only, for the old system.

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We do sell the Kodiak system and the Actibrake actuator.

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Old 06-07-2006, 11:11 AM   #16
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Yep!

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I knew that!

I simply thought with all of your years of Airstream experience that you might have seen or repaired enough of the old style disc systems to do a bit of a comparison vs the Kodiak.

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Old 06-07-2006, 12:44 PM   #17
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Andy,

I knew that!

I simply thought with all of your years of Airstream experience that you might have seen or repaired enough of the old style disc systems to do a bit of a comparison vs the Kodiak.

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What basis of comparison do you think should be used, when comparing a product from 30 years ago, to todays standards?

Does the old system work? Yes.

Does the new system work? Yes.

Which one works better? Obviously, the newer system, that Actibrake provides.

The old system, since it was a new venture, performed quite well. With proper PM, many owners are still satisfied with it's performance.

We have the disc brake pads made that exceed the original specs of the Ausco pads, which in turn provide more braking power than the original pads.

Additionally, the original disc brake system that Airstream used, when working correctly, compared to todays electric brake performance, leaves the electric brakes way back in the dust, hands down.

Other systems reportedly have some technical problems.

That's another subject for a different time.

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Thanks!

Andy,

Thanks - that pretty well answers my question. I know the Kodiak product, sold 100's of axles with that brake a week. What I didn't know was how the older Airstream system compared.

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Old 06-07-2006, 07:48 PM   #19
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I hate to confound conjecture with data, but I can't stop myself...
Check the brake test PDF on the other thread in this forum:
Hydra Vac or Hydra Electric
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Which brand of caliper is on the 78 excella 500.
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Old 06-07-2006, 09:17 PM   #21
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caliper type for 78

The 1978 Excella (first year discs) has Ausco type ll (see pdf on earlier post)
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Here's the info on older Ausco calipers used on the late '70s. I bought parts through a jobber-Berenson Fluid Power. Ausco can give you jobbers.
Thanks for the invaluable info. I called the folks at Berenson Fluid power But without the Brake part number, they were not much help. maybe the files you attached contain the brake part number, but the file is not very readable on my computer. Do you have any lead on that mysterious brake part number?
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My '77 Excella has the Ausco setup too.
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Thanks for the invaluable info. I called the folks at Berenson Fluid power But without the Brake part number, they were not much help. maybe the files you attached contain the brake part number, but the file is not very readable on my computer. Do you have any lead on that mysterious brake part number?
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Most anyone can buy parts from Ausco.

But, first, you must spend a huge amount of money.

And second, their promised shipping date exceeds their quotes, usually by 4 to 6 weeks.

We know, as we have been doing business with them for about 15 years.

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parts & part #s

The Excella brake part pdf should show the Ausco part #s clearly. Just zoom in a bit. My airstream repair manual uses the OEM part #s so it is easy to identify and order. Ausco doesn't fool around with small orders-they have a minimum, but they have jobbers that will. Use the part #s on the drawing. I am including a sample order I place some time back. Hope this helps
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Resurrecting this old thread,,,,

I am now the proud owner of a 1978 tradewind with disc brakes. I have replaced the vaccum booster with a new Dexter electric hydraulic pump so now it's on to rebuilding the brakes. I can get the Ausco caliper parts, but where to get new rotors?

Anybody know where to get rotors? Or what car/year the rotors are from?

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The rotors are Kelsey Hayes, integral with the hub and virtually unobtainium
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Well that kind of sucks. I guess I'll pull them off, have them turned down and see how close to minimum they will be, then decide to rebuild the calipers or replace the whole thing with Dexters.

Are you still using the old rotors?

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