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How does the "turbo brake" work for the 04.5 and up duramax? Fleece Performance and Banks Engineering sales them. Is it something you can do with EFI Live? or do you have to buy the controller?

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The Banks and fleece units are adjustable. You can do similar with EFI Live but it's basically not infinitely adjustable like the banks or fleece units.

They all work on the same concept though, using the turbo veins to create backpressure and slow the truck/trailer down. With the adjustability of EFI Live it's not to difficult to modify the turbo brake settings to suit your exact needs. And for the price EFI Live gets my vote every time

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The Banks and fleece units are adjustable. You can do similar with EFI Live but it's basically not infinitely adjustable like the banks or fleece units.

They all work on the same concept though, using the turbo veins to create backpressure and slow the truck/trailer down. With the adjustability of EFI Live it's not to difficult to modify the turbo brake settings to suit your exact needs. And for the price EFI Live gets my vote every time
explained very well:rockin
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The Banks and fleece units are adjustable. You can do similar with EFI Live but it's basically not infinitely adjustable like the banks or fleece units.

They all work on the same concept though, using the turbo veins to create backpressure and slow the truck/trailer down. With the adjustability of EFI Live it's not to difficult to modify the turbo brake settings to suit your exact needs. And for the price EFI Live gets my vote every time

Ok that makes sense. So would closing the veins create backpressure?

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Yes it does. Thats how all three of the brands/types I mentioned create the backpressure.

With EFI Live it's programmed in such a manner that it doesn't come on during normal driving, but when towing it will work in conjunction with the tow/haul mode and the downshifting that the allison does. I don't know as much about the Fleece or Banks unit, but I do know that the Banks unit is very effective. Can't comment on the Fleece unit.

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Yes it does. Thats how all three of the brands/types I mentioned create the backpressure.

With EFI Live it's programmed in such a manner that it doesn't come on during normal driving, but when towing it will work in conjunction with the tow/haul mode and the downshifting that the allison does. I don't know as much about the Fleece or Banks unit, but I do know that the Banks unit is very effective. Can't comment on the Fleece unit.

Oh ok well good deal. I'll probably get a tune to do that when i get dsp5. Thanks man.

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How does the "turbo brake" work for the 04.5 and up duramax? Fleece Performance and Banks Engineering sales them. Is it something you can do with EFI Live? or do you have to buy the controller?
Banks does more than just manipulate the turbo vanes...

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Yes it does do more, BUT... BUT... you could have EFI Live and your own turbo brake for less than the speedbrake alone. Add in the IQ monitor and it's a LOT more than EFI Live.

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Is it always about cost? Not for me.. Banks SpeedBrake is the best money I have spent on my truck hands down. Towing my 36' 5er down some nasty hills.. lock in the speed, sit back and relax.. no hot brakes, no stress. Love it.

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Here's a LB7 with a Fleece Stand Alone Turbo Controller. Never seen one like it.

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