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HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator for Disc Brakes - 1,600 psi

HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator for Disc Brakes - 1,600 psi

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Anodized aluminum electric-hydraulic actuator lets you use your brake controller (sold separately) to activate your trailer's hydraulic disc brakes. Vented end plate releases heat. Hydraulic lines and breakaway sold separately. Call 800-298-1624 to order Hydrastar brake actuator part number HBA16 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Hydrastar products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator for Disc Brakes - 1,600 psi. Brake Actuator reviews from real customers.
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Hydrastar Brake Actuator

  • Electric-Hydraulic Brake Actuator
  • Disc Brakes
  • 1600 psi
  • Hydrastar

Anodized aluminum electric-hydraulic actuator lets you use your brake controller (sold separately) to activate your trailer's hydraulic disc brakes. Vented end plate releases heat. Hydraulic lines and breakaway sold separately.


Features:

  • Electric-over-hydraulic brake actuator activates your trailer's hydraulic brakes when you apply the brakes in your tow vehicle
    • Brake controller (sold separately) is required to send signal from tow vehicle to actuator when brakes are applied
    • 7-Way trailer connector (sold separately) is needed to transmit signal from brake controller
  • Improved functionality when compared with surge brake couplers
    • Faster response time - trailer brakes are triggered when you apply brakes in tow vehicle, as opposed to when trailer pushes against hitch ball
    • No need to manually lock out brakes when you back up
    • Trailer brakes can be intentionally activated when you reverse
    • Manual override on brake controller can be activated so you can engage the trailer brakes without having to apply your vehicle brakes
  • Vented end plate releases pressure, moisture, and heat in order to protect the internal components
    • Allows actuator to be mounted in places where most actuators would overheat
  • Electronic, proportional pressure valve ensures that braking is smooth and effective
  • Built-in bleeder screw lets you easily flush air out of the brake lines
  • Durable extruded aluminum provides corrosion resistance
  • Compatible with any standard, 5-amp-hour-battery breakaway kit (sold separately)
  • DOT compliant
  • Unit installs on trailer frame and connects to trailer's wiring and hydraulic brake lines (sold separately)
    • Mounting hardware not included
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Application: single-, tandem-, or triple-axle trailers with disc brakes
  • Maximum output pressure: 1,600 psi
  • Power: 12V DC
  • Hydraulic port size: 3/16"
  • Dimensions: 11-3/4" long x 3" wide x 7-3/8" tall
  • Wire configuration:
    • Black: 12-volt power
    • Blue: brake controller
    • Yellow: breakaway
    • White: ground
  • 2-Year limited warranty


Note: Do not power wash the HydraStar actuator or take it through a commercial car wash. High-pressure water may damage the seals on the actuator.


The HydraStar electric-over-hydraulic trailer brake actuator applies pressure to your trailer's hydraulic brake system in response to the electrical signals sent from your in-cab brake controller. As a result, your trailer's hydraulic brakes will be activated every time you apply the brakes in your vehicle or press the manual override on your controller.


Pair the HydraStar electric-over-hydraulic actuator with your trailer's disc brakes to get the best possible braking setup. With disc brakes, you already have more consistent braking at higher speeds and a shorter stopping distance than you'd get with drum brakes. In addition to more reliable braking, you also have less cost to maintain the brakes as there are fewer moving parts. Combine these benefits with an electric brake controller and you'll get greater control over your already superior brakes, providing you with the best braking performance.


HydraStar Electric-Over-Hydraulic Actuator vs. Standard Surge Brake Actuators

With the HydraStar electric-over-hydraulic actuator, you can get all the benefits of towing with an electric brake controller while using hydraulic brakes. Because this actuator will activate according to the settings you have chosen for your brake controller (sold separately), you will have more control over when and how your trailer brakes engage. Depending on the features of your brake controller, you may be able to control both the rate and intensity with which your trailer's brakes activate. You can also use the manual override on your brake controller, which allows you to engage the trailer brakes without having to apply the brakes in your vehicle. And perhaps most impressive, if you have a proportional brake controller, your brakes will be activated with an intensity that matches the braking speed and power of your rig.


This pump-and-motor-based system increases response time compared with traditional actuators because the trailer brakes are triggered when you apply the brakes in the tow vehicle, as opposed to when the trailer pushes against the hitch ball. This not only gives you faster, more efficient braking, but it also eliminates the pushing sensation that occurs in setups that use standard surge brake actuators.


HydraStar actuators are also beneficial because, unlike standard surge couplers, they allow you to activate your brakes when reversing down an incline, such as a boat ramp. Having the ability to brake in reverse gives you more control and prevents wear on your tow vehicle.


HydraStar Installation

Hydrastar Installation Diagram

This HydraStar electric-over-hydraulic brake actuator will give you years of trailer-stopping performance. The actuator mounts on your trailer's frame with the included hardware. Then it splices into the trailer's wiring and connects to your hydraulic brake lines from the 3/16" female port. Lines and fittings are sold separately.


Durable Construction

Just like other HydraStar electric-over-hydraulic actuator models, this system is built of extruded anodized aluminum for excellent corrosion resistance. In addition, the weathertight seals protect internal components from the elements.


This actuator also has a vented end plate that releases pressure, moisture, and heat to help prevent any internal damage. Unlike models that are unable to release heat and pressure, this vented actuator can be safely mounted inside of a compartment on your trailer. As a result, this actuator is great for gooseneck and fifth-wheel trailers where finding space on the tongue can be nearly impossible.


Brake Controller Compatibility

Not all electric trailer brake controllers will work with this electric-over-hydraulic brake actuator. See the following table to determine compatibility with common models of brake controllers. For best performance, it is recommended that you use an aftermarket electric brake controller rather than an OEM factory-installed controller.


ManufacturerVehicle Years/Controller ModelsCompatibleCompatible if Used with HBA-CAM
VehiclesFord2005-2006Yes
2007-2008NoYes
2009-2015Yes
Dodge2010-2015Yes
GMC/Chevy2007-2015NoYes
Brake ControllersDraw-TiteActivator (5100)Yes
Activator II (5500 or 5510)Yes
Activator III (5520)Yes
Activator IV (5504)Yes
HayesEnergize III (81741B)Yes
Energize III+ (HA81742B)Yes
Energize XPC (HA81745)Yes
Engage (HA81760)Yes
G2 Brake Boss (81792BB)Yes
Syncronizer (HA81725)Yes
Endeavor (81770)Yes
Genesis (HA81790)Yes
Blackbird (HA81726)Yes
HopkinsImpulse Digital (47325)Yes
Insight (HM47297)Yes
Brake Force (47225)No
Reliance (47284)No
Agility (47294 or 47295)No
MaxbrakeBrake ControllerYes
RedlineRedline TA900Yes
RedlineTA900ANo
RedlineTA1000No
RedlineTA1100No
RedlineTA1200No
TekonshaProdigy (90185)Yes
Prodigy P2 (90885)Yes
Prodigy P3 (90195)Yes
Primus IQ (TK90160)No
PowerTrac (39523)Yes
Voyager (39510 or 9030)Yes
ValleyVA32812 BlackbirdYes
VA32811 PhantomYes


HBA-16 Cargo Towing Solutions (formerly Carlisle) Hydra Star Electric-Over-Hydraulic (EOH) Brake Actuator

Replaces V381-7067

Item # HBA16

Installation Details HBA16 Installation instructions




Customer Reviews

HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator for Disc Brakes - 1,600 psi - HBA16

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (93 Customer Reviews)

Anodized aluminum electric-hydraulic actuator lets you use your brake controller (sold separately) to activate your trailer's hydraulic disc brakes. Vented end plate releases heat. Hydraulic lines and breakaway sold separately.

- HBA16
by:

I have a 2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD Diesel, towing a 2017 Pinnacle 36FBTS 5th. wheel. The Pinnacle has a standard drum braking system. On a long trip this year I cracked both rotors on my truck from over heating related to the Pinnacle's drum brakes failing to fully provide proper stopping. I decided no more, and after much review I replaced the factory drum brakes with the Kodiak Discbrake system. (my first time ever doing something like this) In addition, one of the key items for me was a way not to replace my on-board factory trailer brake controller, (did not want to use an aftermarket product, that would diminish the interior look ) thus I also added the control Adapter Module that enabled me to use the factory installed brake controller. With all this change I decided to also go ahead and add a separate brake away battery. Everything I just described are shown in the attached photos. I found eTrailer extremely helpful in answering questions, although I did not have a lot of questions since their online videos proved most helpful. All parts of the Kodiak system worked fantastic following a 2500 mile trip. The improved braking is superior, and I did not need to replace my on board controller, but continued to use it by installing the control adapter. The disc brake picture is one of the disc brakes that I examined following our trip...all in perfect shape with everything working great for the entire trip.


Comments
Working great as well as it did since installation
Morris G - 07/26/2021


- HBA16
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Ordered the HBA16 to install on 2013 Dutchmen Rubicon 2900 TH with 7K Lippert axles, feeding the Kodiak Disc Brakes also purchased from etrailer. Unit was received with out any problems, installed and worked as advertised. The only real issue I had was prior to the order finding out for sure if this Actuator would work on my 2014 F-350 with or without the HBA-CAM. Once I received the HBA-16 the documents that came with it from Cargo Towing solutions provided me with another resource to verify what my truck would need. I contacted Nick Ruehlman with Cargo Towing Solutions and he assured me the HBA16 would work on 2014 F-350's with built in controller without the HBA-CAM. Installation was done by a brake tech and went in without any problems. etrailer customer support was very helpful in completing this project. Brakes are outstanding now that the electric's disc's are out.


Comments
The HBA16 is still performing well after 5K miles. Great product.
LarryD - 09/15/2015



- HBA16
by:

I've been using this brake controller with a disc brake conversion I got from Kodiak Trailer Brakes for about a year and the results have been fantastic. Prior to doing the disk conversion, I'd been through about 3 sets of the old electric drum brakes on my 18,000 lb. dual axle toy hauler and I'll never use drums again. The stopping distance is noticeably shorter and I anticipate the maintenance to be super simple since they are discs. The electric controller takes some getting used to since there's about a 1-1.5 second delay between hitting the pedal and the brakes engaging. That can be a little unnerving until you get used to the fact that when the brakes come on, the REALLY come on. After owning my toy hauler for ~10 years, this is easily the most important modification I've done. I will be stripping off brand new drum brakes on my next trailer and replacing them with discs before even the first trip.



- HBA16
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I have been towing 5th wheel trailers since 1992 with electric drum brakes and finally switched to electric/hydralic brakes after I don't know how many close calls while towing loads. I wish I would have done it a lot sooner, I cannot believe the braking ability I hope never to own anything else. Great customer care during the process.



- HBA16
by:

It was the best upgrade for a new brake system I was replacing the old electric brake!



- HBA16
by:

Couldn't be happier with this brake system along with my Kodiak disc brakes. System works perfect.


Comments
Love love this brake system, going to put one on my other trailer I’m restoring.
Eddie - 07/01/2019



- HBA16
by:

This is a solid well built unit. Great screen makes it really easy to read. Lots of configuration options to tune it just the way you like it. Comes with extra parts for various mounting uptiond. I purchased a wiring harness specifically for my vehicle to make things nice and easy. Love this controller.



- HBA16
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I have put three on these on different trailers and they work great!! They install easily and stop on a dime!! I highly recommend the purchase of the optional HBA-CAM. All the newer trucks can be a little tempromental with the intergrated brake control box. I have an "09" GMC 3500HD


Comments
Thanks for your business and your review, Chris! For your reference, the # HBA-CAM
HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator Adapter Module for Ford and Chevy Brake Controllers
$150.42
is a required rather than optional add-on for 2007-2015 Chevy and GMC trucks and will not work with the OEM factory-installed brake controller.
-- Etrailer Expert Laura E - 05/31/2017


- HBA16
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High quality product that is far superior to an all-electric braking system. Provides peace of mind while trailering my boat trailer.



- HBA16
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I just received eoh trailer brake actuator. I will be installing it soon on my triaxle boat trailer, packaging is in good condition, so the actuator should work as intended. Service is outstanding as usual, shipping was excellent. If the Canadian dollar was i stronger i would certainly make more purchases from E-trailer. Thank you


Comments
The actuator worked great last year traveled over 5000 miles with it. As of late last fall my boat was stored on my trailer and because of covid19 the marina here on the east coast of Quebec wont open for another 6 weeks. The actuator was wrapped in plastic to protect it from the harsh winter here close to the ocean. I expect and need it work as it my trailer has to be certified road worthy to pull it on the public hwy. I will give you an up date in a couple of months. thks
Michael - 05/09/2020


- HBA16
by:

product showed up on time in working order, but was aesthetically damaged, the mounting tabs were bent and scratched ,it wasn't during shipping because the box was undamaged , so i would return it as its going on a 75k $ dollar polo trailer but my customer needs it asap the free shipping was nice , but would have gladly paid more for an undamaged actuator.


Comments
Great
David - 04/22/2020


- HBA16
by:

Kodiak disk brakes on a 95 EBY stock trailer. Made a real trailer out of it... JK...



- HBA16
by:

The HydraStar unit worked fine, easy to install and hook up. I hauled several 10 ton loads of hay with no problems, after replacing a brake controller that was defective, I got another controller that was supposed to be compatible with electric/hydraulic brakes but wasn't, a newer one of the same model was compatible. E-Trailer lived up to their slogan, great products,low prices and they have good service too.



- HBA16
by:

Very well assembled and top quality. Not excessive in size and fits easily in trailer. Extremely easy hookup and straight forward to do using instructions. Wired into existing break away and 12v RV battery'


Comments
Always works. Extra bonus was when I realized I could pull the release pin and hook up the fifth wheel without pushing the trailer up on the chocks or wheel lock so much.
Albert - 04/06/2020



- HBA16
by:

I changed out my electric drum brakes on my Montana fifth wheel with this hydraulic brake actuator and Kodiak discs rotor system . What a difference this new brake system has made. I can now lock down the trailer tires if needed and drive much more relaxed on the highway knowing I can stop on a dime.



- HBA16
by:

Replaced an original Hydrastar with a new one. Works great on my 28 ft triaxle boat trailer with disk brakes.



- HBA16
by:

I have taken a trip from Mich to the black hills and back. Put around 3000 mi. On the fifth wheel since I converted it to hydraulic brakes. The hydrastar actuator worked great as well as th he kodiak brakes. I wish I would have converted it long before now. Hydrastar and Kodiak is the only way to go



- HBA16
by:

I purchased the HydraStar Electric over hydraulic actuator for disc brakes. I have been very happy with this purchase. Product arrived very quickly . Instructions were clear and installation went smoothly. Brake system is working great for me on my equipment trailer.


Comments
Unit it working well. I am very happy and satisfied with this unit. Thank you
Billy K - 08/28/2018



- HBA16
by:

I had them set me up with everything I needed for the trailer and it worked out perfectly. Look up what exactly as shown in their videos and works great. I wish I had done this years ago in my trailer. Fantastic product and great service



- HBA16
by:

I've towed my boat over 4000 miles this year and the electric over oil brakes have performed better than anticipated. The safety and control that I have with this system could not be better.



- HBA16
by:

I was amazed at the excellent and quick responses I got from the team at trailer. I was spending a significant amount of money and have some good brake (ASE) credentials although I have been retired for years I was a little apprehensive at making the change. Bottom line is the conversion from RV electric brakes to electric over hydraulic disk brakes went well and it works as I had hoped. Thanks to all who helped me.


Comments
My brakes are working just as expected and hoped for. The real good news and the thing I remember about this project was how helpful the trailer folks were.
Roger F - 11/29/2017



- HBA16
by:

Item shipped from factory with broken cap. Montrell worked quickly with the manufacturer to deliver a replacement cap. Excellent customer service. Thanks Montrell!



- HBA16
by:

This actuator along with the Kodiak disc brake kit has improved the stopping function and shortened the distance substantially.



- HBA16
by:

I recently ordered a complete hydraulic disc brake kit for my horse trailer, as I wanted to change out the worn out electric drum brakes with something better. I worked with Carla on getting all of the right parts to make this changeover. She was very helpful and made sure that I got all of the necessary parts on order. I received everything in one shipment and set out to install the brake kits on all four wheels. I ran into a problem with the brake line kit that was supplied by HydraStar...they didn't include the brake lines and fittings for the second axle as was specified in my order, so I had to make a special run to my local auto parts house to get the lines and fitting at an additional cost. I placed a call to eTrailer to let them know what happened and they said that they would have a tech from HydraStar give me a call. NEVER GOT A CALL FROM THEM!!!!!! Anyway, the installation proceeded and all went smoothly after that. It took me two and a half days to do this entire installation myself and I am very happy with the results. I just got back from a 2000 mile trip with the trailer and everything worked perfectly. Thank you Carla and eTrailer for your help and providing good quality products.



- HBA16
by:

The Kodiac Disk brakes teamed with the Hydrastar Actuator should be a must for those towing with a concern for safety. The stopping distance is amazing compared to the standard electric surge braking systems. The initial cost outlay will pay for itself if it prevents an accident where deductibles are involved and the downtime. The complete installation of the system was actually quite easy if you are mechanically inclined and set aside the time to do it properly.


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    What we've found is that the factory brake controllers don't work as consistently with electric over hydraulic brakes like the Hydrastar part # HBA16 that you have even when they are supposed to. Some setups work totally fine, others are intermittent, and other not at all. The adapter part # HBA-CAM would take care of the issue but I'd rather you go with a P3 brake controller part # 90195 as it's 100 percent reliable with EOH brakes and there would be no risk of them not working reliably....
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    Yes! The Hydrastar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator for Disc Brakes # HBA16 will work with the integrated brake controller on 2018 and newer GMC Trucks. 2017 and older GMC trucks require the HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Adapter Module # HBA-CAM to be compatible with the factory brake controller.
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  • Does the Factory Brake Controller in a Ram 3500 Need An Adapter to Work with EOH Brakes
    I called HydraStar who is a prominent manufacturer of electric over hydraulic brake actuators and they said the issue that you are having is caused by a compatibility error between the factory integrated brake controller and your electric over hydraulic brake actuator. Therefore, you will need to use an adapter. Please also make sure that you are in the electric over hydraulic mode if that is an option. In order to recommend the correct adapter I will need to know what electric over hydraulic...
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    I have another option for you, but there is not a electric over hydraulic actuator that will fit inside of your Titan Model 10 Surge Brake Actuator. You will need to install the electric over hydraulic actuator somewhere else on your trailer. For an electric over hydraulic actuator I recommend the HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator for Disc Brakes - 1,600 psi # HBA16 which will work with the disc brakes you currently have on your trailer, but will allow you to control the braking...
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    The HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator for Disc Brakes - 1,600 psi # HBA16 you were looking at is the correct Electric Over Hydraulic actuator for the disc brakes on your tandem axle boat trailer. You can lock out your Titan Model 10 surge brake actuator by having it welded which will cause it to not allow the inertia of the trailer to activate the brackets. Since your trailer has a bolt on coupler it would be easier to replace the coupler with a standard coupler like the...
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  • Is the HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator Adapter Required for 2019 GMC 3500
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  • Parts Needed to Convert 10 Dexter Axles to Disc Electric Over Hydaulic
    We can definitely help, but can you get me the brand of your axles on your trailer and what year you think they were made? Looking for disc brakes or drum? With that info I can get you set up with everything you'd need for sure.
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  • Recommendation for Routing Triple Axle Brake Line Kit
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    Sounds like you have an integrated brake controller installed in your 2012 Ram 3500. While this controller SHOULD work with the HydraStar # HBA16 we have found that the integrated controllers are a bit more finicky than the aftermarket ones. They just don't seem to reliably work with the EOH systems even when they say they will. The best solution I can make would be to install a P2 # 90885 that will work with the Hydrastar. You can try using the adapter part # HBA-CAM as that might work...
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    If you have 12V power to the pin in the 1 o'clock position on your 7-Way (see attached picture) then that is all that is needed to supply power to the HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator for Disc Brakes # HBA16. You will need a fully functioning 7-Way on your 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 so that you can utilize a brake controller, like part 90195, to activate the HydraStar. If you check out the attached photo you can see that the brake controller signal will show up on the pin in the 5 o'clock...
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  • Breakaway Battery Kit Needed for HydraStar Actuator on Triple Axle Trailer
    Unless your state requires a 9AH battery you actually only need a 5AH battery for a HydraStar EOH actuator. For example, the HydraStar # HBA16 which is rated for disc brakes is compatible with a 5AH breakaway battery kit. Since you need a breakaway battery kit that is compatible with up to a triple axle trailer I recommend the Tekonsha # 50-85-313 because it has a built-in charger, is a top load so it's easy to read, comes with a test button, and is DOT compliant. I have attached an...
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  • Troubleshooting Brake Controller and EOH Actuator that Stay Active with No Brake Pedal Contact
    In a trailer brake controller installation the wire on the controller that takes in the input signal from the vehicle's brake light switch is the red wire. When this wire has a 12V signal on it the controller will send a trailer brake signal out on its blue output wire that goes to the EOH actuator. The strength of the output signal depends on your chosen power and boost settings. Since you are seeing both the brake controller and the actuator misbehaving in the same way this tends to...
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  • Is Integrated Brake Controller of 2018 Ram 3500 Compatible with Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator
    HydraStar states that their part # HBA16 will work with the integrated brake controller of a 2018 Ram 3500 like you have. That said, we've found that integrated controllers are pretty hit or miss with electric over hydraulic actuators so I'm not totally surprised you are having an issue. You could try using the adapter part # HBA-CAM which normally allows integrated controllers to work with the actuator, but best option is bypassing the controller and using one that is compatible reliably...
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  • Can the Integrated Brake Controller of a 2011 Dodge Ram 3500 Activate a Carlisle EOH Brake Actuator
    The factory brake controller in your 2011 Dodge Ram 3500 is not compatible with the HydraStar Electric-Hydraulic Actuator for Disc Brakes # HBA16 that you referenced. There is no adapter available that would make it work either. Your only option would be to replace your factory controller with an aftermarket one that is confirmed to work with electric over hydraulic brakes. The one we recommend the most is the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. I attached a link to an FAQ article...
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  • Adapter for Allowing Ford Integrated Brake Controller to Recognize Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator
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