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Parking Brake?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sstack, Jan 9, 2005.

  1. sstack

    sstack Newbie

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    I have a question for you guys with suspension lifts.

    What did you wind up doing about parking brakes? I've just installed the rear springs of a 6 inch lift and I really don't think the cables are long enough. I don't want to loose the parking brake if I don't have to.

    What did you guys do?
     
  2. k20

    k20 3/4 ton status

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    there is a bracket on the frame that the cable runs through. I lowered it and it made the cable long enough. I took 2 of the metal sleeves that goes through the middle of a spring bushing, cut about 1/4 of the length off, and used the 3/4 length side as a spacer, ran bolts through, and it was good to go. Hardest part was grinding the rivits that hold the bracket on, off the frame.

    http://image01.webshots.com/1/7/20/10/37372010iEQIws_ph.jpg

    If you go to that link, look at the top right, and u can see a pic of what I did.
     
  3. whiskey bent

    whiskey bent Registered Member

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    Could always get a T-case brake, or use a line-lock, or maybe even some of the buggy cutting brakes that lock. I like the hydraulic e-brakes alot more than cable anyway, more holding power, no adjustment, and you can even lock down all 4 tires.
     
  4. sstack

    sstack Newbie

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    Wiskey Bent, T-Case brake? Who makes those?
     
  5. tweaker

    tweaker 1/2 ton status

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    do line locks leave a draw on the battery while engaged or only while the truck is switched on. i'd like to have one anyhow for burn outs, but the truck sits alot, so no draw is important too.
     
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    Whats the point of having a line lock for a e-brake, the e-brake is for if the hydralics of the brakes fail the EMRGENCY brake will hold you, so a line lock will do no good if your brakes fail. just my .02
     
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    I have a line lock right now and am going to keep it as a secondary, plus I have my shift rails done so I should be able to make tight turns. A line lock works good if its your only source of e-brake and you need to get out to check out your line or some other quick use. I dont recomend using one for long periods of time.
     
  9. cbbr

    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I had no problem with mine - 5" of lift. Is this a common problem tha I should watch for?
     
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    spoolnaround 1/2 ton status

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    depends on how much articulation you have. Then again it may be your limiting strap, until one breaks :D
     
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    I think a line lock would be better than nothin since it will hold you if say your parking paw broke in the trans.
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Sounds lik one more thing to add to the never ending list of stuff I didn't know, and don't want to find out the hard way.:thinking:
     
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    is there a continual draw on the battery
     
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    I would think so. I dont run mind all the time so I havent found out the hard way.
     
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    Here's my opinion:
    1.Line locks- expensive, time consuming to hook up, better suited for rails (cutting brakes) 2.t-case locks- expensive, time consuming to hook up, best suited for trucks with disk brake conversions on the rear axle (unless you bought the right rear calipers which will let you use a cable e-brake) 3.good old cable e-brakes- free, pretty much already hooked up, you just need to extend a bracket to make it work.
     
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    Safety First!

    Parked on a good hill on the side of a mountain with a big scarry cliff to fall off of and roll for 15 minutes. When you stop your truck and get out, ALWAYS - shut it down, mash that e-brake, and put it in gear(stick) or park(auto) and hell! put a rock in front of the tires. I put mine in park once and jumped out as my stuck started to leave. The t-case was in neutral (bumped it when I was getting out). Thanks to my cat-like reflexes I saved my truck.
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    "cat-like reflexes" or the absolute lack of survival instinct that would allow you to get into a 7000lb truck rolling down a hill. :screwy: :haha:
     
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    You probably want to leave the mechanical e-brake in the truck....just in case. Nothin more fun than a 6000 lb truck that loses it's master cylinder (done it). The newer trucks (mid 80's ish? - feel free to answer this for me) had a different e-brake cable set up than the older ones, so they don't have this problem as much as us old timers ('75). I need to do this me-self before i rip something off the frame. At least I know someone else has the same problem.
    P.s. A line lock does not use battery power unless you have the redneck line lock and jam a 2x4 between the seat and the brake pedal (done it).
     
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    after putting a 14 bolt in the rear I retained my e-brake but the cable is way too short. This is on an 81'.
     

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