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Old 02-07-2008, 04:29 PM
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Floor mounted emergency brake by Lokar

I am working on a 46 Chevy 1/2 ton pickup. I need to install a floor mounted emergency brake.

Has anyone installed one of these lokar units? I noticed the cable cost more than the brake handle. I need some ideas on how to do the cable.
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Old 02-07-2008, 04:34 PM
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I used a Lokar floor mounted E-brake in my coupe. I also used the Lokar brake cables. The system looked good and worked good...real easy to install.
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I've never used a Lokar, but they sure look nice. I picked up an NOS Corvette ebrake assembly off Ebay for $20, fabbed a steel bracket and bolted it to my tranny (not the floor pan). I wanted it to be secure and solid when I pull on it. I'm running a manual trans, so that's important to me. Anyway, a trip to the local hardware store is all I needed to find a pulley and stainless steel cable. Pretty simple stuff, actually. Give it a try.

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I've done a few.
Rout away from heat, Don't kink the cable. Less bends the better. Wider bends are better. Land the cable at suspension pivot points and the cable will flex with suspension movement instead of working back and forth.


If you have a leaf spring setup, rout your cable parrallel with the leaf springs. Same for 4 bars. That makes the cable flex instead of pull during suspension movement.

Don't use crappy wrenches on the setscrews in the Y block. Use some anti seize on the screws.

Leave yourself about a 1/4" of adjustment towards the slack side. Actuate the e brake a few times then re adjust.

Don't let the cable slide through a partially tightened cable stop..You'll never get it to hold adjustment after that.

Don't use serrated or cup point setscrews ...They tend to cut the cable.

To cut the cable, tape it off then chop through the tape with a cutoff wheel. Once cut, I take the tig welder to the end, and melt the strands together, (like when you cut nylon highway rope...)

Mount the pull handle where it will be easily accessable, the mechanical advantage on those little Lokar handles is sucky and you won't get a good pull if it is out of the way or you have to do the limbo dance to grab it. .

The floor needs to be reinforced around the mounts..I usually put a couple of lengths of 1 1/2" flat bar about 1" long on either side of the slot that you cut for the handle. Tack weld them in place then bolt through.

Leave enough room for you to get your hand between the handle and your carpet after you upholster it.

The action on those handles is lousy..They always feel like nothing was ever lubed or deburred at the factory.

Hope that helps,

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Old 02-07-2008, 08:19 PM
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WOW !!! A lot of good information. Thanks guys. That's what makes this site so great!!

Keep the suggestions coming.

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The Lokar unit that I used mounted to the tranny but it looked like it was floor mounted. The Lokar cable kit came with all the neccessary hardware to install it.
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The Lokar products are great. Their instructions are lousy!!

Make up all of your runs and make sure everything clears before you cut the $100 worth of cable. You can always shorten them, but cable stretchers are always hard to find . You will probably have to make up some brackets and mount some clips for your installation

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The general cable run(It is actually about 4" from the driveshaft):
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Old 02-09-2008, 06:51 PM
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Ireland, that is a very neat installation. I may use the trans mount instead of the floor mount. It just looks stronger than a floor mounted system.

Thanks for the information.

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