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Cutting Break

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 79Stomper, Aug 18, 2004.

  1. 79Stomper

    79Stomper 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I have seen a few posts and read some articles that mention a cutting break but can somone explain this to me? Or maybe a few possible links where I can do some research on the subject.

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    i_4x4 1/2 ton status

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    Cutting brakes are used for sharp turns. Let say if you engage(lock) left rear brake & drive thru(apply power) the turn on your right rear. It will pivot on the left rear tire. This will only work if you have a Detriot or simuliar locker that will unlock or open diff. NO SPOOLs or WELDED. This also helps an open diff if you have 1 wheel spinning, apply brake to that wheel, it transfer some bias to the non spinning wheel. In essense a poor man's locker. Hope this helps you understand it alittle better. /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif
     
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    Atlas is a good case for cutting brakes cause you can disengage the rear drive and just have front. an ARB is another good option for cutting brakes.
     
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    All right I get the concept but how does one go about making one side of the axle brake and the other freely rotate?
     
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    you have to run a seperate brake line for each side, then have it operated by a lever of some type, when you want to lock one wheel you pull that lever and the brake is applyed to only one tire and the other three can drive
     
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    Line locks work good for this kind of stuff.
     
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    You can purchase smaller master cyl. to plumb in line to use as cutting brakes. I know RockBuggySupply used to carry them.
     
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    I have them on my Blazer. You can see the pics in my webshots. http://community.webshots.com/user/rjdinkins
    I do not use them real often, but they definitely come in handy when you want to make a tight turn. I dis-engage the rear axle, lock one side and drive around on the front axle only. I also have detroits in both ends and the cutting brakes still work fine.

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