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Default Driving the FC35RB

My driving impressions with the 250HP 3208TA W/MT643 & Jacobs retarder (still trying to learn how to use that thing correctly)

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The Jacobs manual is in the files section.

Dash switch is normally left "on" when driving and the control stalk at your left knee controls the retarder. Stick full forward is "no retard" and each detent back gives you incrementally more retarding force.

The real trick is not forgetting it is on...my method is to keep my finger on the stalk when using the retarder...reminds me to move it forward after a descent.
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The Jacobs manual is in the files section.


The real trick is not forgetting it is on...my method is to keep my finger on the stalk when using the retarder...reminds me to move it forward after a descent.
Mine had a light on the dash that lit when the stalk was moved(engaged). I always thought that factory, now I know it wasn't.
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Funny you guys mention the “keep your finger on it” which I did successfully until a big turn, hands on wheel, then “MAN is this a steep hill...” until figuring it out.

On topic, the big question for me, and didn’t get too clearly from manual, is how much can you use that thing, especially on 3 or 4, until it cooks?
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Yes - it's a guess...I use 3 and 4 as I need it, and if possible I will slack off for 10-20 seconds as possible for a brief cooling period. I also use the brakes...typically like this: Say my target speed is 50. I will brake moderately down to 45 then off the brakes...then run up to 55 using the retarder as much as I can...then brake again down to 45. I do not ride the brake.

Trying to keep speed down is easier at under about 45...then you can downshift and lock out 4th gear.

FYI's: There is a lube fitting on outer casing of the retarder - lube it good. Also check your brake arm stroke. Even with automatic slack adjusters brakes should be inspected and manually adjusted - U tube has videos on this. Ensure all brakes are within specifications.
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