Traction Control Braking does exactly what it says:
TRACTION: The tire to ground traction is referred to as coefficients of friction, the TCB device helps to increase the amount of wheel slip during aggressive braking maneuvers by using different amounts of traction.
CONTROL: During aggressive braking maneuvers or “panic” stops, the area of the tire that is actually on the ground is less than the size of postcard on any given tire, so this small area is where you are getting traction. The TCB allows the tire to rotate during these aggressive maneuvers and the driver experiences more control of the vehicle because more than a small area of the tire’s surface is used. Without any form of Anti-Lock or TCB the wheel is more likely to lock, resulting in skidding out of control.
BRAKING: Electronic forms of anti-lock braking work only at certain speeds by quickly locking and releasing, but it needs to be emphasized that ABS still lets your wheels lock. When your wheels lock at high speeds or on less than perfect road conditions (such as gravel, wet roads, etc) this can lead to loosing control.
The TCB unit on the other hand works every time you brake and at any speed to help avoid the wheels from locking. Once installed, the TCB becomes an integral part of the brake system it has been applied to.
Cruisers and Customs: Cruisers and Customs: The TCB unit is calibrated to function best when applied to each brake caliper for vehicles with more than one caliper per wheel. These heavier vehicles can be more susceptible to wheel lock when you have less traction/coefficients of friction are low such as when road surfaces are wet. Also during turning and braking at the same time, heavier vehicles are more likely to lose control because of the additional weight and inertia.
Dirt Bikes: Dirt Bikes: Due to the frequent use of the brakes with these types of vehicles, in low turns when you have less traction/coefficients of friction such as soft dirt, mud, or gravel the TCB function is noticed more than ever. More aggressive braking coming into turns becomes a huge advantage in track times.
Advantages in braking after jumps and avoidance maneuvers are also immediately recognized. Downhill braking on lighter vehicles has always been a difficult situation. With the TCB front wheel lock would be less likely to occur to help eliminate flipping the vehicle and sending the driver over the handlebars.
Sport Bikes: These low center of gravity motorcycles are made to corner at higher speeds compared to any other motor sports vehicle. During these maneuvers the amount of tire on the ground/“footprint” is most important and any wheel lock could end up with less than favorable results. As the TCB helps modulate the fluid pressures additional wheel rotation during aggressive braking is imperative.
Scooters: In the past few years many new scooters have hit the market, some are now even allowed on highways and freeways. These vehicles have a smaller wheel diameter and subsequently there is less amount of tire on the ground. Therefore any type of wheel lock while turning could be disastrous. Even on the lightest scooter the TCB helps to prevent this out of control condition.
ATVs: ATVs have a high center of gravity and wide tire(s) so they have more tire area on the ground. This makes the ATV or Quad more susceptible to flipping over on top of the rider especially when riding down a hill. The TCB will help give you more confidence in this situation as well as braking in turns.
Although there are two wheels up front the calipers are smaller and one TCB is sufficient for the front if the unit is mounted at the master cylinder. The rear usually uses one brake caliper for both back wheels; in this situation mounting the TCB at either location is acceptable.
Snowmobiles: Since snowmobiles don’t have the same characteristics as any of the other power sport vehicles. The area of the track on the ground is quite larger than any tire but the amount of traction/coefficients of friction still remains an important factor in braking and control. Although these coefficients are different, the TCB will still help modulate braking to allow track rotation to occur.
Traction Control Brake System Installation Instructions
The TCB Device can be installed at different locations, at the Brake Caliper or Master Cylinder. We recommend that you install the TCB unit at the Brake Caliper unless there is not enough room for the unit, the brake caliper is covered or you prefer the look of the TCB at the Master Cylinder. You will get the same amount of Traction Control whether you install it at the Brake Caliper or the Master Cylinder.
If You Are Not Confident That You Can Bleed Your Brakes Properly, Please Go to a Qualified Mechanic
Locate the Banjo Bolt that the TCB Unit will be replacing. The Banjo Bolt is the bolt that attaches your brake line to the Master Cylinder and the Brake Calipers.
Thoroughly clean all installation areas around the Banjo Bolt you are replacing and check for existing leaks prior to the installation.
Remove the old Banjo Bolt and crush washers, inspect the crush washers for damage and wipe them down as well. (New crush washers are always recommended with all installations to avoid leaks).
When installing the new TCB device insure one crush washer is on each side of the brake line Banjo fitting.
Carefully thread the TCB device into the brake caliper (or master cylinder) until you have the unit threaded in finger tight at least 3 full turns. Using a 3/4" wrench or socket tighten the TCB device down to normal Manufacture Specifications and wipe clean. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN!
Refill lost brake fluid in Master Cylinder prior to bleeding process, do not re-use old brake fluid. If the old brake fluid shows signs of discoloration or contamination replace it always with manufacturer’s recommended DOT fluid.
Bleed your brakes according to your manufacture’s specifications just as you would when replacing any other brake system product that may initiate loss of brake fluid!
Re-check your fluid reservoir continuously and fill to recommended level during the brake bleeding process.
Although the brake may feel different because the TCB device is now functional Every time you apply the brake make sure all air is gone from the brake system!
To insure all air is out of the system we recommend repeating steps 4 & 5 two or three times before and after your test drive to insure all air has been removed. (Your brake lever will still feel different)
Prior to your test drive apply the brake with sufficient force to insure there are no leaks at the installation area.
Remember to gradually get acquainted with how your brakes feel and act after the TCB has been installed on your vehicle. Never assume the TCB device will completely eliminate lock-up!
Enjoy the new braking performance you have with the TCB Brake System installed and remember Always Drive Safely!!! Good judgment is always your best safety feature.
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