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Emergency Brake/Disc conversion

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by IDGMC, Mar 24, 2006.

  1. IDGMC

    IDGMC 1/2 ton status

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    Ok so has anyone installed a inline hydrolock switch for an emergency brake after doing a rear disc brake conversion? Just wondering if thats an option?
     
  2. mofugly13

    mofugly13 1 ton bucket of rust Premium Member

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    Won't work as an emergency brake, just a parking brake, but it's definitely not recommended. Line locks can bleed off over time. I dont know if they're electrically held solenoids, but if they are, then when the line lock is applied, yer suckin' power from your battery, when the voltage drops too low, the solenoid will let go, no more parking brake.
     
  3. IDGMC

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    Yeah we talked about a elec. solanoid and thats what we figured too. But I think there are mechanical inline switches...and when I say emergency brake I mean park break.
     
  4. Leper

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    Not a good idea.
     
  5. 1985_K5_Silverado

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    I sure wouldn't use line-lock for that! It's for the strip, not for use as an EB (for reasons others have already stated). If you haven't done the conversion yet, either use calipers that have a cable-operated mechanical EB, or rotors that have a teeny drum brake built into the disk "hat" (like the old C3 Vettes). The cable-op caliper EB is what I'd prefer.
     
  6. Smitty

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    You can get an electrical or mechanical version of these brake systems. I've seen them on a lot of construction equipment and aircraft towing equipment. Also seen them fail. I'd stick with something mechanical that takes the hydraulics out of the equation.
     
  7. Halfnut

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    Mico makes what you are asking for.
    http://www.mico.com/literature/blocks.php3
    I don't think they are legal parking brakes for the purpose of passing inspection, but they do work. I drove a truck with one for a while, it broke and the brakes failed, had to drive it home without brakes. Other than that, I liked it!
     

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