keeping with our current quest to find functional stocking stuffers
for dealers, we turned to TCB’s brake proportioning valve. When I
was first contacted by Mark Lipski of Traction Control Braking about
trying their brake banjo bolt replacement and he said would help
stop my brakes from locking up, I was skeptical… I mean, how is a
bolt going to prevent lock-up? Mark claims that the TCB bolt is
separated into two chambers by a rubber diaphragm. The top portion
is filled with air and sealed off, while the bottom chamber has an
opening that allows brake fluid to fill it so that when the brakes
are applied, there is a sort of shock absorber action of the pads on
the rotor. While that made sense on paper, I still had some doubts
about how it would work on pavement, so I agreed to try one out.
Even if I didn’t like riding with the TCB bolt, it would take only a
few minutes to go back to the stock system on my FLHTI. When testing
it, I noticed improved stopping immediately. I gradually increased
the speed and continued to apply more brake, stopping the motorcycle
in ever shorter distances without locking up the front wheel.
However, the real test came the following day when I had an
unexpected opportunity to really try out my brakes in a panic stop
situation when a car pulled out right in front of me. They worked
great! Since then, I have been using the TCB banjo bolt for more
than 30,000 miles, and I am not going to take it off just because
the "Rode Test" is over. I LIKE IT! Our consumer counterparts at
Biker tried it and liked it as well (see the August 2008 issue).
To find out more about the TCB Device or to order one to test, go to
www.jvdirectsales.com or call (903) 569-2998 to get price
discount details for service shops, dealers and distributors.
from V-Twin News Parts Bin December 2008