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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-04-04, 04:28 AM Thread Starter
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Disable ABS

I know this sounds stupid, but can you disable ABS on an ED? I was driving home one night and a roo jumped out infront of my pride and joy. I hit the brakes, like it says in the manual how to brake in an emergancy with ABS. It was all good for the first 2 seconds, then the brakes just let go, and the car had little or no brakes, thankfully it was out of the way before then, as I was only doing 50, they're physco out here. Now as soon as I got my Ls, dad taught me to to pull up a car (non abs) without lock up, and I had to prove I could do it consistently before he'd let me drive over 40km/h, so I can stop in pretty much any situation flawlessly. Now this abs gave me one hell of a fright, so I ask how do you take it off, as I honestly feel safer brakeing without it. I like to drive my car, not let the computer do it. Thanks


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Re: Disable ABS

In an ED when ABS activates it feels like the pedal falls away from your foot then repressurises. The key to stopping quick is to keep your foot jammed down as hard as possible the whole time. As silly as it sounds the natural instinct of a person when they feel the pedel fall away is to release there foot a bit which fubars the whole ABS setup for an ED, It took several tries before I could confidently say in an emergancy situation I will now jam down as hard as i can the whole time till i come to a dead stop and just focus on steering.

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Re: Disable ABS

yeah i was the same when i first tried mine out, it may not feel as effective as the ABS in later model cars but its still better than locking them up
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Re: Disable ABS

I drove an EF for a week, jumped the brake pedal on wet pavers approaching an intersection and almost ened up in full on traffic, i was shitting myself, so I just kept the XF instead seemed to go as hard and actually stopped when I wanted it to.

ABS is friggen stupid, in the dry I could outbrake an EF by a mile in my XF, the wet was a close tie and I would just loose.

P.S. there is a fuse you can pull out, don't know how the car reacts to the fuse missing though :0)


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Re: Disable ABS

Well I had a similar situation with my EF and a Fence on wet grass. Was rolling in 1st gear and pushed the fence over (thats how little it was braking). I fulled the ABS fuse out.... no ABS, just good old brakes. I do get an annoying "CHECK ABS" orange light on my dash... over it.

I'm going to hook up a relay to it which will allow me to turn it on and off as I please...


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