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Re: Possibilty of differential braking?
There are quite a few competitors running cutting brakes of one sort or another.
It is a very good tool to have in your bag of tricks when competing, and I find myself using them more and more all the time. Its also starting to become second nature to position the vehicle to get the most out of the brakes.
Mine is set up with a lock at each side of the rear axle, in conjunction with a twin stick T case.
Its simple enough to use, when I am in position to start (lets say) a driver side pivot, I press the brake pedal firmly and hit the left switch on my shifter (the left side LED lights up to confirm), I pull the rear drive lever quickly into neutral, and turn hard toward the turn,( it helps to engage the ARB in some situations, but not as much so, in others. Once I am lined up on the gates or obstacle, then I disengage the switch, reengage the rear drive, and proceed as normal.
It really works well.
I dont see a huge need for it, if you arent competing, since you can just back up, but it could also be usefull for climbing tight technical obstacles on the trail.
It can put quite a bit of strain on your front joints though, as you pull hard through full locked turns with no help from the rear.