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Long-Term Updates - July 2012

Posted in How To on July 1, 2012
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Hydroboost Brakes

Last April, we retrofitted a PBS hydroboost brake system onto our half-ton Dodge project truck. It immediately improved the braking power of the vehicle, and at the same time allowed us to switch to a master cylinder that put more fluid to the rear brakes for our disc brake conversion. Unfortunately, after about five hours on the road, the master cylinder went bad and we lost the brakes. This was an off-the-shelf master cylinder and no special part, so we were able to find one at a parts store and get back on the road. Other than that, the hydroboost brake system has worked great and vastly improved our braking ability. We will probably replace our power steering pump since we noticed more strain on the pump and the hydroboost system is fed by the power steering pump.

Baja Base

We’ve had our Baja Base for about five months and really like it. The articulating base gets a better foot on uneven terrain and we really like that it is wider than a conventional Hi-Lift base. It goes onto any conventional farmer’s jack and has a rubber foot that grips the ground. While we’re sure that the black anodization would scratch if thrown in a tool box, ours has stayed immaculate since our Hi Lift jacks are secured tightly to the rollcage. Only the rubber foot shows a couple nicks from being placed on some sharper rocks.

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