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Old 08-01-2016, 06:16 PM   #1
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So just finished the last leg of my 25 hour drive home in the new rig. I used the retarder a few times, and was really glad to have it on a few quick stops.

I am wondering if there are any negative side affects to using a retarder? Can I use it everytime I'm coming to a stop? Or will it "wear out" faster that way?

I am reading that some people use theres instead of brakes basically, but I want mine to last. And brake pads are probably cheaper than repairing the retarder I would guess?
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Old 08-01-2016, 06:44 PM   #2
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So just finished the last leg of my 25 hour drive home in the new rig. I used the retarder a few times, and was really glad to have it on a few quick stops.

I am wondering if there are any negative side affects to using a retarder? Can I use it everytime I'm coming to a stop? Or will it "wear out" faster that way?

I am reading that some people use theres instead of brakes basically, but I want mine to last. And brake pads are probably cheaper than repairing the retarder I would guess?
While costing several thousand dollars, one of the KLAM's claims to fame is its abiltity to extend the life of traditional brake linings by up to 7 times. It works on electromagnetic technology, somewhat an electric motor in reverse, kinda. Use the KLAM. That's what it's there for. Feel lucky that it came included on your skoolie.

For more info on the tech, check out these websites:
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Old 08-01-2016, 07:15 PM   #3
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So just finished the last leg of my 25 hour drive home in the new rig. I used the retarder a few times, and was really glad to have it on a few quick stops.

I am wondering if there are any negative side affects to using a retarder? Can I use it everytime I'm coming to a stop? Or will it "wear out" faster that way?

I am reading that some people use theres instead of brakes basically, but I want mine to last. And brake pads are probably cheaper than repairing the retarder I would guess?
Use the retarder. They're so badass, huh? I try to tell folks!
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Old 08-01-2016, 08:38 PM   #4
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While costing several thousand dollars, one of the KLAM's claims to fame is its abiltity to extend the life of traditional brake linings by up to 7 times. It works on electromagnetic technology, somewhat an electric motor in reverse, kinda. Use the KLAM. That's what it's there for. Feel lucky that it came included on your skoolie.

For more info on the tech, check out these websites:
Welcome To TELMA USA
Heavy Duty America Retarder Technology

So does that mean it only is expected to last the life of 7 linings? Haha
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Use the retarder. They're so badass, huh? I try to tell folks!


Oh man is it awesome. I never had to use the 4th stage even. There was a fender bender on the highway that brought traffic to a halt. Luckily I had the Klam or I would have had to really jam the brakes. Having the toad really wasn't so bad with it, without would have been a bit more of a challenge
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They only die by physical damage, really. Rust, mainly. Using them doesn't really wear them out any.
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