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E-Brake Disc setup on an NP205...WHY?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Greg72, Nov 10, 2001.

  1. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    I think I saw it on the "High-Angle Driveline" website. It's a small disc brake and caliper that allows you to connect your e-brake to the transfer case instead of the rear wheels.....It's REALLY cool looking, but I couldn't help but wonder...."why would someone need to do this?".

    The kit is a couple hundred bucks, and I think that you might pay an extra $100 or so to add "e-brake capability" to a typical rear disc brake kit, so I don't think it's for cost savings.....

    Does anyone know the reason for this mod? It's really got me curious. [​IMG]

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  2. gokartergo

    gokartergo 3/4 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    My dad has a old 56 willy's Not sure what the t-case is. But that is the setup. There is no e-brake going to the axle or setup for it. That might be the reason. So you could put in a newer t-case.. Just a thought..Dan

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    Why you ask? Why not? sometimes its hard to locate the eldorado calipers for the ebrake setup on the axle or you could just say that the cable is one more thing going from the frame to the axle that could get ripped off or limit articulation. i personally really want one for my truck, id rather have to deal with one short cable, rather than one, cable split into 2 then have to be run to axles with expensive calipers that you might have to make brackets for. plus that fact that its 100 to 200 dollars cheaper is a big deal to me, I can buy a spare 37 inch bogger with that 200 dollars. my .02 cents

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    Provides more braking because it is upwards of the gearset(spins faster to convert more energy to heat).

    It is also the only way a e-brake can add to the braking force of the brake system since it is using a separate disc(you can hit the pedal and the e-brake together for more braking).

    Finally, it keeps the assembly out of the water/mud better.

    Still Poundin' "pavment" after all these years!!! [​IMG]
     
  5. 84_Chevy_K10

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    If your e brake setup is in the condition mine is, you don't want to even try to put it back together.

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     
  6. RGF

    RGF 1/2 ton status

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    The eldo calipers can be a pain to set-up/adjust, if your not using eldo calipers and need to pass inspection the transfer set-up will keep it legal!

    RGF
     
  7. Chris Demartini

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    <font color=blue>Not to mention the holding capabilitys of the eldo calipers are very poor. Anyone want to buy my eldorado calipers? They're new a year ago and come with e-brake levers and TSM stainless flexhoses. I'm going to regular front calipers, I just need the flex hoses for those.
     
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    if you've ever run in soggy mud then you realize that the rear drums stop much worse then the front discs. an even bigger benefit is that the disc is quite high, and in some circumstances may even stay out of the puddle. the possibilities of a disc on the drive line go way beyond just a parking brake........

    just a humble opinion

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    Best of all, no cables to run to the rear wheels!!
     
  10. Greg72

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    TorkDSR,

    Are you saying that this setup works to replace the rear brakes for normal driving too? I was under the impression that you still needed brakes out back (discs or drums) and the NP205 disc was ONLY for a mechanical parking brake function...?

    -Greg72
     
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    No it does not replace the back brakes. It only works for a e-brake. But it is a good e-brake as specially when you are in the mud...Dan

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    Good pioint Tim. Mine are the same way, cortesy of 28 years of muddin!

    Still Poundin' "pavment" after all these years!!! [​IMG]
     
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    I think I'd buy the ebrake set-up if I didn;t have to buy a specialty yoke.
    I have a new 1350 yke on my 205 and I don't want to spend extra, plus shorten my freshly-lengthened shaft.
    -- Mike

    <font color=blue> The mud's on it to hide that it's more than one color.[​IMG]
     
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    tx i have to say yours is a stock yoke on a one ton rig non c/v and has trade in value you know - Jess

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    if the rears are locked then there isnt a reaason (that i can think of) that would keep them from replacing the backbrakes

    the little reservoir that goes to 2 rear drums may be about the right size for 1 caliper.....
    just brainstorming....
    the only problem may be the proportioning valve, but that's just extra weight in my eyes.....

    hehehehe

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    Mine is GONE. I remove every last piece of it, minus the pedal.

    Tim
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    Greg this is my next project i am putting a mechanical parking break off the rear of my 205 Why because i put disc brakes on the rear and i did not want to the break cables hanging under my truck to get caught on something while i was wheeling. Or i thought of a line lock.<font color=red> 1 FN HI K5</font color=red>

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    Remember, a line lock isn't worth a crap if you rip a brake line or hose off. I speak from experience. I ripped a flexible stainless line in half and was thankfull for the ebrake at that moment.....

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    When running a ebrake off the TC it will put the braking power to all 4 wheels if you're in 4wd. And going through the rear end gears it mulliplies the brake force by the ratio of your gears.
     

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