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How can a band be on a hiatus and still be touring? Disambiguation if you ask me... /Radonwiki 30/1 2006
BR5-49 → BR549 — They dropped the hyphen on their third album,as can be verified both on their official website and their third album (This Is BR549). — Ten Pound Hammer and his otters • (Broken clamshells•Otter chirps) 12:24, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
BR-549, not BR5-49 was the original correct spelling. The original designation was for the 549 engine manufactured for the International farm pickup truck. The engine's huge cylinders used smaller pistons and thus the engine was designed to use wide piston rings, or "Broad rings". Thus, the engine was the "broad ring 549", or BR-549. The engine was instantly popular with farmers due to the huge displacement and horsepower. Internationals patented "Broad Ring" design allowed for intensely high compression in the cylinders. Unfortunately it had a tendency to overheat due to the fact that the cooling system was too small to cool the big-block engine. International stopped production after a few years as the BR-549 fell out of favor with farmers due to the overheating issue. You might say the "BR-549" was International's Edsel.
The band chose it's name from the Hee Haw skit where Junior Samples (used car salesman) advertised his number as "BR-549". — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 17:55, 6 October 2011 (UTC)