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Any one using a line-lock in place of the e-brake?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by CK5, Aug 7, 2000.

  1. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Just wondering if it would be a good alternative to the Eldorado calipers with the TSM kit.

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    Hey Steve, I've thought about using a line-loc, but its not legal to use as an E-brake here (British Columbia) because it is not mechanical. If you have any sort of brake line failure you have no E-brake. It would probably be a good supplement to your E-brake though.

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    The only other problem I see with that is the fact the the solenoid on the line-lock must remain energized for the E-brake to function. It would work fine for hopping in and out of your truck on the trail and manuevering, but your battery would drain if left for extended periods of time... Which brings us to the "Battery dead = E-brake dead" topic... [​IMG]

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    I thought there are mechanical versions?

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    Hmmmmmm... Not that I particulary recall. It's possible though. I ran the Hurst "Roll Control" on my Formula and every line-lock I found before buying it was electric/hydraulic. [​IMG]

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    we used to use a Mico-lock on our big forklift at work. It just uses a lever. You push the brake down and hold it, then you flip the lever to the lock position and it holds the pressure in the line. Again it probably is'nt legal but it sure worked good.

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  7. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Thats the one I was thinking about, do they have a web address or are there others?

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    HEY!!! That's cool.

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    Steve

    That was (and still may be) my plan. Only problem is that I've heard that the micolock isn't street legal because the pressure bleeds off over time, releasing the brakes. I guess it depends on the regulations in your area.

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    Hey Steve, Steve Frisbies blazer is using line locks for both front and rear. He got them from JC Whitney catalog, I believe the manufacturers name is J-MAR. Saw them used in an article in 4WOR Mag. They are much less expensive, take less room to install and use a press in button rather than a lever. Hope this helps.
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    Cool. I just sent him an email.

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    Steve,

    TSM sells a hydraulic brake lock used for security but could be used for a e-brake. THis is part number 3900 and sells for $149.95 in the TSM catalog. Call TSM at (303)688-6882 and get a catalog. The catalog was free. It has alot of valuable info on the disk swapping.

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    This has been pretty well covered, but J.C. Whitney does sell the Jamar hydaulic lock. We have used them for years on buggies with no problems. All the hot rod VW shops carry them also. They sale for $24 at J.C.'s.

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    Ordered the catalog over lunch today.

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    I have a Mico Lever Lock. It is a great tool for the third foot factor!! Ya know when your trying to climb a hill and you stop and need to hold the brake in and the cluch and the throttle all at once.
    The hydrolic line lock may fade in time, several hours, that is mostly why it is not a true parking brake.
    I love it and use it quite abit when running into stores or while stopping on the trail.

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    Many years ago I drove a Ford F350 tow truck that had a lever operated mechanical line lock. I haven't seen one since but I miss it to this day. I used it all the time and it worked great. I will caution you and others who use line locks. If you lock it in the morning when it's cool and the temperature rises significantly in the afternoon, you could blow a seal or brake line due to the expansion of the fluid. Remember...hydraulic works because it doesn't compress. If it expands, it must go somewhere. And it's not a rumor...I've seen it happen. Many light aircraft use line locks for the parking brake and the operating manuals indicate to leave them unlocked when parked for extensive periods of time. That's why you see parked airplanes with wheel chocks in place.
     
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    Steve Jegs catalog sells about 4 different manualtypes plus electric.
     
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    Steve,
    Just curious on what you ended up using for your e-brake.
    Thanks
     
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    I bought a pair of 77 Caddy Eldo calipers, and am going to go with the TSM kit.

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