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Old 12-26-2012, 09:28 PM   #1
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Maxbrake availability

Maxbrake appears to be back in production again and lists a number of nationwide retailers, ProPride among them.

Perhaps Sean can confirm that MaxBrake units are in stock and shipping.

I continue to believe that this is an excellent product rivaling OEM integrated brake controllers for safety and smooth operation. I have two, one in each tow vehicle.
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:25 PM   #2
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I've been looking to replace my current brake controller. I don't even remember what kind it is but the digital display is not working. Last time I towed it worked fine though. After reading your post above I looked at the maxbrake. I like it but it does seem a bit pricey. The installation seems straightforward enough also. I have an '06 Dodge and there is no really convenient place to mount it. Got any ideas ?????

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Old 12-27-2012, 02:56 PM   #3
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I am considering this unit as well for our 1996 F250; the Tekoshna unit works ok on the freeway, but in hilly stop and go it tends to over or underbrake as it gets confused about if we're going uphill or stepping on the brakes really hard. A unit that actuates the trailer brakes in proportion to how hard I'm stepping on the pedal seems perfect.

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From what I understand is that Brakesmart went out of business and Maxbrake took it's place - a completely different controller and manufacturer.
I too hope to own a Maxbrake unit in the future. I have been told by folks that pull heavy loads that this is the best controller available in terms of smoothness and braking power.
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:35 PM   #5
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I was just reading some older postings about a Direct Link controller. Same price range with a much simpler installation. I like the idea of the wired remote hand held controller. Something else to consider in high end brake controls.
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I was just reading some older postings about a Direct Link controller. Same price range with a much simpler installation. I like the idea of the wired remote hand held controller. Something else to consider in high end brake controls.
For those of us with older tow vehicles, DirectLink is not an option.

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Old 12-27-2012, 04:06 PM   #7
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Hi Bart, how old is "OLD" when looking at the Direct link controller ???
I tow with a 2006 Dodge 3500 diesel.
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Hi Bart, how old is "OLD" when looking at the Direct link controller ???
I tow with a 2006 Dodge 3500 diesel.
2006 is new enough it requires an OBD2 port.
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:41 PM   #9
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Thanks WAZ, Still thinking on it. You have any opinions ????
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I have a MaxBrake on my '05 Ram. The installation is not difficult and the bleeding of the "T" and its short brake line is not an issue. My better 1/2 did the pedal portion and I cracked the line, done. It's in the manual and online. The only slightly non common tool that I used in the install was a brake line bending tool to curve the line and not kink it. Since I set it up, I don't think that I have made one adjustment to it, period. The brake control is darn good. If MaxBrake is listening, my only wishlist is for a slightly smaller box and maybe a bit nicer mounting bracket. Performance is top shelf. FWIW my rig has hydraulic brakes and I checked for compatibility first.
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:56 PM   #11
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Thanks WAZ, Still thinking on it. You have any opinions ????
Well I am using a Prodigy and haven't tried either of these but I like the Direct link controller better then messing with the brake lines. Although some people use the OBD2 port for a scan gauge so it wouldn't work for them.

Many years ago (I know it was over 15 maybe 25) a guy that I worked with told me he had a controller that connected to the brake line and when he went to the dealer for brake problems he was told it voided his warranty. From what I've read recently they can't void the warranty without proof the modification caused the problem but, it is something to think about. Yours is a 2006 so you probably don't have a warranty to worry about though.
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Hey G. On your '05 Ram where did you put the controller ??? I have mine low on the right just above the accelerator pedal. I really don't like it there since it's awkward to see while driving. I like the Maxbrake unit and I would have no problem with the installation. I even have a tubing bender. But the Directlink is also nice and the handset can easily be mounted in a good spot.

Waz, with the Directlink taking the OBD port would that prevent one from using one of the tuner boxes ??? Do they plug into the port also ?? For diagnostics you could unplug the brake unit to make use of the port if needed to check or clear any codes I guess.
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With the simple tuner boxes, they just plug in when you change the tune so just unplug to use the port. With more complicated ones like Banks (which also has gauge features) it wouldn't work. Also the ones like EFILive were you hook up a computer, they log (record what the engine does while driving) to get a more accurate tune, wouldn't be able to log while towing.
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Hey G. On your '05 Ram where did you put the controller ??? I have mine low on the right just above the accelerator pedal. I really don't like it there since it's awkward to see while driving. I like the Maxbrake unit and I would have no problem with the installation. I even have a tubing bender. .

I mounted it just above the fuel pedal. But I rarely feel the need to look at it while driving, it does its job.

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The above link shows installation details on the MaxBrake and the Towing crowd at Turbo Diesel Register has many many ferverent fans of the MaxBrake.

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