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Old 12-12-2009, 08:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone ever convert their e-brake drum to a disc?
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If I recall correctly there was a company that offered a kit to do just this. Supposedly it works really well. Of course I've never had the drum let me down either.
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If I recall correctly there was a company that offered a kit to do just this. Supposedly it works really well. Of course I've never had the drum let me down either.
I've seen the disc brake kit. Its pretty fricken sweet, but its quite expensive. The only time the drum brake failed (well, it didnt fail) was when it froze engaged. Couldn't move the damn truck until the weather warmed up. I felt cheated, I had to take the damn car!
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Next Time it freezes lightly heat the metal with one of those benzo-matic propane torches. Works great.
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Anyone ever convert their e-brake drum to a disc?
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Are you wanting to modify yours and if so, how come. It is, as already mentioned, kind of expensive to do.
Most people rarely use the e-brake any way, I know for me, I have used it less then once a year.
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Most people rarely use the e-brake any way, I know for me, I have used it less then once a year.
really? i use mine all the time, and i live in relatively flat TN.
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Well, we have to use ours as we have a manual transmission with no 'park' on the box.

Some vehicles have a problem with the linings sticking to the drum, especially after a long run when the drum has warmed up and then contracts around the shoes when stopped.

I know it's convenient to put it in park and leave the handbrake, but eventually that parking pawl will wear and then you've got a transfer box removal to get at it.

I have had a few auto's over the years, but always used the handbrake, even when we hire a car in the USA we still use the handbrake, force of habit! We drive in the USA two or three times a year normally.

The disc kits are nice, but apart from the off-roaders who have trouble with mud getting inside the drum, there's not really a big need for it.

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I use my handbrake everyday. I put the truck in neutral, pull the handbrake, then put it in park.

I dont know why I do it that way, its just a habit. I think I picked it up from land rover driving school or something like that.
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The disc conversions were largely developed for the old 4 speed boxes as the e-brake rarely worked.
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I use my handbrake everyday. I put the truck in neutral, pull the handbrake, then put it in park.

I dont know why I do it that way, its just a habit. I think I picked it up from land rover driving school or something like that.
Assuming you let it roll slightly before engaging park, the reason to do it is so there's no load on the locking pawl in the gearbox.
When I lived in the part of the country where the shoes freezing to the drum, or mechanism freezing, was an issue, I'd put it in 1st (I've always driven manuals) leave the parking brake off and chock a wheel.
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Assuming you let it roll slightly before engaging park, the reason to do it is so there's no load on the locking pawl in the gearbox.
When I lived in the part of the country where the shoes freezing to the drum, or mechanism freezing, was an issue, I'd put it in 1st (I've always driven manuals) leave the parking brake off and chock a wheel.
Yeah I let it roll. I think the only reason it froze was there must have been a little moisture in it from the last wheeling trip. I just waited till the weather warmed 2 days later (this was about 3 months ago) and it broke loose easily. I could have gotten the tiger torch out, but I wasn't in any hurry.

I took the drum off, wiped it out and never had a problem. I put all new hardware in the brake drum when I changed the transfer case about - well almost a year ago now.
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I do the same thing a as Alak
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