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Author Topic: Jakes for an 8V71N  (Read 2962 times)
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« on: March 12, 2010, 08:20:49 AM »

Hello fellow lunatics,

Any idea where I could purchase a set of Jakes for an 8V71N?  I have exhausted (no pun intended) all my usual suspects.

Thanks.

Josh Miller

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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2010, 08:57:56 AM »

Try Don Fairchild, he usually has a few sets laying around collecting dust!  Wink

That's where I will get mine as soon as I win the lotto!

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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2010, 09:24:41 AM »

If you are adding jakes, be sure to get the bolts when you buy the units.  DD wanted $900 for the bolt set separately on mine.
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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2010, 05:44:59 PM »

Better make sure and get the bridges also

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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2010, 07:44:12 PM »

Don't limit yourself just to bus connections. Many old trucks had them and they can still be found for cheep behind some shops that don't throw anything away. Also you will need taller valve covers or spacers.
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2010, 08:10:54 PM »

Don can certainly get them for you.  Also ask David at Southern Oregon Desel down in Roseburg, Orygun..  Clifford may have a set. Dallas might know where some are.  Talk to these guys direct by PM.

Hard to advise you when we can't tell your location in CONUS from you personal data.  Might rethink leaving all that stuff blank....then again maybe not.

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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2010, 10:33:51 PM »

Don definitely has some rebuilt sets.  He just installed one on my MC5a, and so far I have nothing to complain about.  Of course, I haven't driven it yet!
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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2010, 07:59:27 AM »

Don definitely has some rebuilt sets.  He just installed one on my MC5a, and so far I have nothing to complain about.  Of course, I haven't driven it yet!

And may I ask why? Wink
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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2010, 09:19:32 AM »

Because I have not gotten the bus back yet.  Don is just about finished with it, but his shop landlord is having trouble with the county.  They have forced Don to stop all work at the shop until the landlord settles the problems.  The situation is a really frustrating mess.
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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2010, 01:05:45 PM »

Sounds like a typical Californicate situation to me! I don't miss it at all! Grin

I'm sure Don will figure out something.
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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2010, 01:57:24 PM »

When I get rich instead of just good looking I'd like a set of jakes but for now we don't decend anything threatening, we don't have a mount iggle here in northern michigan and the roads that are steep with major down grades arn't used by buses or have clearances for them.
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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2010, 02:21:47 PM »

Cody,

There are a lot of grades in California.  My feelings in springing for the Jakes was that first, switching from manual to automatic would give me a bit less control going down the hills.  Second, since the engine was out, it would be easier to install them.  I believe, as far as personal satisfaction goes, since I will be resigned to going up hills very slowly with the 8v71, I can get my morale back by going down a little faster and safer.
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« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2010, 02:53:26 PM »

Lin, I agree completely, it's been years since I was anywhere out on the west coast but I know I'd feel a lot better tackling some of those grades with jakes onboard.  I know I'd really like a set for the occasional times I would use them but for me I just don't have the extra to spare yet to do it, but when I can I do think it's a great idea.
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« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2010, 06:16:09 PM »

Yep, Jakes are great out west.  I can descend any grade on I80 out to Reno with little or no service brake use.  It did take me more than two years to realize one has to downshift more than one gear to get maximum braking out of the Jakes.

Mine Jakes came with the bus.  I don't know if I would have added them if I didn't already have them.
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« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2010, 06:13:02 AM »

Okay, I've added stuff to my profile such as I am from Wheeling WV and am a 40 year old male.

Thanks for all the advice on the Jakes.

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