Originally Posted by bigun
happens if you loose a drive shaft or break an axle?
...and what happens if the e-brake cable snaps (oh wait...you already did that)...or if the peddle snaps off...or if the shoes freeze up from getting mud in them...or if...
You will always have something that can go wrong. I have known some people that spent $$ putting on caddy e-brake calipers and were not happy with it when they were done. You still have the cables hanging down low where they can get snagged (which you already figured out) and most calipers won't hold enough with larger tires, heavy trucks, and on hills.
The high angle driveline kit requires you to use one of his (Jess...very cool guy!) 1-ton CV driveshafts. You would have to try very hard to kill that.
Also remember that when you are in 4wd the front and rear axle are locked together. If you loose the rear driveshaft (or an axle etc.) your truck still won't roll away because your front wheels will be holding you.
If you don't have the money for the high angle kit you still have a few options. You can either find a small car with disc brakes at the j/y and pick up the caliper and rotor and get creative hooking it up. You could also make your own plate steel rotor, mount, and buy just the caliper from Jess.