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Old 03-07-2012
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I am installing an SMI Air Force One brake system in my 2009 Jeep Liberty Toad. I was pleased to find a 1.5 inch hole in the firewall with a rubber plug in it right where I needed it. I also found a perfect spot for the main control box right in front of it.

The unit uses the proportional brake pressure from the coach to

A: generate a vacuum for the toad brake chamber, and

B: relay proportional pressure to the cylinder permanently mounted on the brake pedal arm.

The control box also contains a small tank used for the breakaway feature. Because the toad brake system vacuum is charged, it requires less reserve air to apply the brakes so the tank does not need to be very large.

I was also pleased to find the lower 1/4 of the tail light assembly is unused. It has a reserved area that can be cut to accept a light socket so I don't need to get involved with the toad electrical system. Since the SMI moves the brake pedal, the main toad brake lights will still be operational.

NICE!!

Here are a couple of pics. I will get finished pics when I finish!
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Nice install Gardner! Your work is always craftsmanship quality.
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Nice install Gardner! Your work is always craftsmanship quality.

Sometimes I just make it appear that way. It always loooks better in pictures.
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I am installing an SMI Air Force One brake system in my 2009 Jeep Liberty Toad. I was pleased to find a 1.5 inch hole in the firewall with a rubber plug in it right where I needed it. I also found a perfect spot for the main control box right in front of it.

The unit uses the proportional brake pressure from the coach to

A: generate a vacuum for the toad brake chamber, and

B: relay proportional pressure to the cylinder permanently mounted on the brake pedal arm.

The control box also contains a small tank used for the breakaway feature. Because the toad brake system vacuum is charged, it requires less reserve air to apply the brakes so the tank does not need to be very large.

I was also pleased to find the lower 1/4 of the tail light assembly is unused. It has a reserved area that can be cut to accept a light socket so I don't need to get involved with the toad electrical system. Since the SMI moves the brake pedal, the main toad brake lights will still be operational.

NICE!!

Here are a couple of pics. I will get finished pics when I finish!
Go Gardner,

Keep the directions & instructions, We may need them.
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I was considering the Air Force One for my Wrangler JK. The pictures give me a pretty good idea of the size of the control box. Now I just have to find a place where it might fit.
Keep us informed on your progress !
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I installed the SMI Airforce One when it first came out in 2007 in my 2008 Jeep Rubicon. This is a fantastic brake system. I invited the CEO to Quartzsite in 2008 to use my install to showcase his product. He could not find his control box installation because of the small size and location of the install. I love it and would never be without one.
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I am installing an SMI Air Force One brake system in my 2009 Jeep Liberty Toad. I was pleased to find a 1.5 inch hole in the firewall with a rubber plug in it right where I needed it. I also found a perfect spot for the main control box right in front of it.

The unit uses the proportional brake pressure from the coach to

A: generate a vacuum for the toad brake chamber, and

B: relay proportional pressure to the cylinder permanently mounted on the brake pedal arm.

The control box also contains a small tank used for the breakaway feature. Because the toad brake system vacuum is charged, it requires less reserve air to apply the brakes so the tank does not need to be very large.

I was also pleased to find the lower 1/4 of the tail light assembly is unused. It has a reserved area that can be cut to accept a light socket so I don't need to get involved with the toad electrical system. Since the SMI moves the brake pedal, the main toad brake lights will still be operational.

NICE!!

Here are a couple of pics. I will get finished pics when I finish!
Looks great Gardner! Nice solution......
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Gardner you got it going on. The instructions were not very good on mine and I did not watch the cd. No where on the unit or instructions does it tell which air line, Red and Blue, goes to which. Got mine backwards to start. Also managed to get the vacuum ck valve reversed.
But it really is easy to install. Yours looks good Gardner. You are going to like it.
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Gardner you got it going on. The instructions were not very good on mine and I did not watch the cd. No where on the unit or instructions does it tell which air line, Red and Blue, goes to which. Got mine backwards to start. Also managed to get the vacuum ck valve reversed.
But it really is easy to install. Yours looks good Gardner. You are going to like it.
Mallie,
I noticed the lack of a color reference, but after really carefully reading I found it. Don't tell SMI, but I opened up the box to see what is inside which made the connections obvious. Must be worth at least $40 in parts . Well, maybe more since the little air tank looks like stainless.
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That is the way I did it. They sure liked screws, 8 to hold that little top on. May have been trying to discourage opening it.
And I agree, not much to the system.
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