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Old 07-22-2015, 07:14 PM   #11
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Tater you can coast without taking the switch off, just don't come off the accelerator pedal all the way. This way the exhaust brake will not engage.

Like the others, the only time I switch mine off is when it's wet or raining.
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Old 07-22-2015, 07:31 PM   #12
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Tater you can coast without taking the switch off, just don't come off the accelerator pedal all the way. This way the exhaust brake will not engage.

Like the others, the only time I switch mine off is when it's wet or raining.

Yea I knew that. Call me lazy - I like taking my foot off the gas. 😊


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Old 07-22-2015, 08:12 PM   #13
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Gorilla Glue....


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Old 07-23-2015, 10:16 AM   #14
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I am just curious how did u break it in the first place.


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I didn't. It just fell off in my hand. The little plastic finger(s) on the rear broke, possible from normal use, but they are terribly thin.

Regarding someone else's comment about gorilla glue - yes that will work, but you're stuck with that switch cover forever, unless you replace the entire electrical switch in the panel (more $$$, and more work).

Having just upgraded my Girard original with the 1M model, I feel I spend far to much time fixing this thing.
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Old 07-23-2015, 01:57 PM   #15
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By leaving your exhaust break switch on, wouldn't that be hard on your transmission because of all the down shifting I experience? I too try to not let off the gas all the way.

Thanks everyone again for all the great tips I keep picking up!
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Old 07-23-2015, 06:14 PM   #16
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Judicious Exhaust Brake Use

Maybe this would be a good place to talk about how I get 11. 2 mpg on a leg, and 10.2 mpg fill up to fill up (fill to overflow).

I coast down, and then when at "the right distance" from the exit, hit the exhaust brake. Sometimes I can get onto the exit ramp without using the service brake, and always, without holding up traffic.

Anything you do to save brakes will save gas. It's called energy management. Don't put the energy into kinetic energy increase, and you won't have to take it out again by heating or wearing the brakes.

P.S: I find that the on-board computer for fuel flow is extremely accurate (like most fuel metering systems). The "Y" tube (that connects the two fill points to the tank seems to hold about 2 -3 gallons.

Now if I could just get my wife to do this with her SUV; she goes right from the accelerator to the brake.
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Broken Exhaust Brake Switch Cover

Hallen01, just email Andy at FR and have him send you a new cover. Don't need to jerry rig something that inexpensive.
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Old 07-23-2015, 10:23 PM   #18
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Hallen01, just email Andy at FR and have him send you a new cover. Don't need to jerry rig something that inexpensive.

+1! If it does start to slip towards the end of bringing in the slide push the button once and again and again until the slide is fully in. Don't hold the button and let it jump the gears.

I hope that makes sense.


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Hallen01, just email Andy at FR and have him send you a new cover. Don't need to jerry rig something that inexpensive.


Don't know where you got the idea I jury-rigged it. I had to get myself home , so I remounted it every time I needed it until I got home and could order a new one.

Otherwise, I didn't jury-rig anything - it broke, and I replaced it. Also, as I stated, I started with the warranty department (Mitch, who works with Randy), who helped me with the part number, and advised me to buy a replacement from their parts dept.

I think the switch cover manufacturer could maybe make a more robust switch cover, with respect to the little retaining latches on the back. I didn't use excessive force in operating the switch at any point, but I use the heck out of it, so after two-and-a-half years, I regarded its failure as wear and tear, not a warranty item, and I didn't expect free replacement.
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Don't know where you got the idea I jury-rigged it. I had to get myself home , so I remounted it every time I needed it until I got home and could order a new one.

Otherwise, I didn't jury-rig anything - it broke, and I replaced it. Also, as I stated, I started with the warranty department (Mitch, who works with Randy), who helped me with the part number, and advised me to buy a replacement from their parts dept.

I think the switch cover manufacturer could maybe make a more robust switch cover, with respect to the little retaining latches on the back. I didn't use excessive force in operating the switch at any point, but I use the heck out of it, so after two-and-a-half years, I regarded its failure as wear and tear, not a warranty item, and I didn't expect free replacement.

Lighten up! My comment was in response to the Gorilla Glue comment.
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