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Caddy e-brakes (I know, I know...)

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 2Dogs, Jan 10, 2002.

  1. 2Dogs

    2Dogs 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Hello All,
    This is commonly asked question number 5,208. Sorry to you 'oldbies' cuz you have seen this a thousand times :)

    Need some help with the Caddy caliper e-brakes. The company that was making a set of cables for me
    turned out to be flaky so I cancelled my order.

    Question one: are the stock cables long enough for a 6" lift?
    I plan on doing a 'custom' mount like 1990K5 mentions in here
    http://coloradok5.com/gallery/Daves-Pics
     
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    there is a post on off-road.com which mentions the company that was used to make the cables for potent rodent... (on the post about disk brake conversion of course...)

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    2Dogs 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Thanks solo - do you want me to order your set while I am at it???

    Gonna go look.



    Dave

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    2Dogs 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    OK this is a good article from the Rodent - thanks again solo.

    http://coloradok5.com/gallery/Daves-Pics
     
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    I used my stock cables they worked fine. Are yours too long? My buddy used a cable stop in front of the sweged ball. He adjusted the threaded parking brake adjuster half way the installed the cable stops. Worked ok to me. His truck is an 1984 chevy 1/2 ton 4x4
     
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    2Dogs 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    My cables were left on my old diff - in transit now.

    But I like what you are saying - if I have enough cable I will use a cable stop. Thank you, Sir!

    Been laying out under the truck (cuz I can't stand Survivor and I lost the remote :) and I am coming to the conclusion that I will also need the cable housing stop on the diff end of the cable.

    I wonder where the stock caddy housing mounted.....

    I think I'll fab a bracket and fasten it to a longer backing plate bolt (will stick all the way thru).

    Think, think, think,..... Ow, it hurts.

    Dave

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    no, don't worry about it, but keep the measurements would ya? I can't imagine the stock cables being long enough, but there is a wrecked k5 up there I'm going to get the e-brake cables from to try it. I'll be interested to see if it limits my suspinsion, but I don't have quite as much lift as you do.

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    OK here is an update. Shawn never completed the e-brakes on the Rodent and he is now converting to the HighaAngle transfer case e-brake.

    But it sounds like our fearless leader has completed his rear disks with e-brake. (now you can fix/upgrade the tranny...?)

    And it does require making a housing mount point on the diff somewhere. I'll post pics when I finish but it probably wont be this weekend....

    Another note - it appears that the TSM kit comes with e-brake brackets mounted on the caliper.

    Dave

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  9. CK5

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    As far as I know TSM does not offer ebrake brakets for their kits, I had to have some fabbed up, if a few people were interested I could pull them off and have them reproduced.

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    I am interested but can probably do it here - think you will have time to snap some pics of your setup?

    Did you run the calipers in the stock Caddy upright position or like Shawn had them?


    Here are the brackets I was talking about. Maybe they are just for the trailer setups.
    http://www.california.com/~eagle/brakes.html

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    One more thing - did you get custom cables made with the Caddy ends?
    Get em from the number on Shawn's writeup?

    Thanks!

    Dave

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    Stock cables and the calipers were mounted like Shawns, That pic looks like a mounting point for brake lines not e cables?

    Steve

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    Here is another shot.
    http://www.my-gmc.com/rear.htm
    This isn't a truck but I dont see why those wouldnt work.
    Too late for me but might be worth checking out.

    I bought the Boyce kit BTW.

    Dave

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    Those look like the brackets that came on later model Caddies, with the smaller calipers. They've just been modified with the steel tube that's welded to them. I think that the brackets on the Eldorados were attached to the car, rather than to the caliper.

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    oh yea, I'd love to have some pic's of that... maybe some spec's too?

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    A couple pics for you:[​IMG]

    Here: community.webshots.com/photo/20488503/29057685ateGQkJsRz.

    Not real fancy, but they work. Hope this helps a bit.

    Robb
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    Robb,
    That is perfect, thanks! Is your truck lifted? I am hoping I can use the stock cables also.....

    Solo,
    Which pics and specs were you referring to? Sorry....

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    O I C. 4" lift.... Enough plat left over for 6" ya think?

    You have the Bad Ass Burban!!!

    Dave

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    You're welcome, and thanks, Dave![​IMG] It'll be much more "Bad Ass" if I ever get enough time away from work/kids to finish it.[​IMG] Just for the record, those two photos of the e-brake cable are from my friend Craig's Jimmy. I will do the same thing for mine, though.

    Robb
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    the brackets for the dif... didn't you say you were gonna fab some up?

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