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Old 08-08-2017, 01:01 PM   #1
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Anyone replace the emergency brake pull handle with a foot operated one?

I'm just wanting to install a more modern and tucked out of the way e brake lever. Just wondering if anyone has done it and what they have used?

I like how my Sierra has a pedal that you push to set and then push to release
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Old 08-08-2017, 01:51 PM   #2
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Re: Anyone replace the emergency brake pull handle with a foot operated one?

Yes here are examples - http://www.persh.org/Pickup/misc.htm
http://www.persh.org/Pickup/DonsEBrake.htm
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Old 08-10-2017, 07:05 PM   #3
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Re: Anyone replace the emergency brake pull handle with a foot operated one?

I also am going to install a foot operated Emergency Brake BUT I'm taking it a little step further. I'm' going to install one from a mid 70's Cadillac. Why? Because on a Cadillac once the car is running & you drop it into Park or Reverse the parking brake releases automatically. It uses a vacuum source to release the parking brake via a Cadillac neutral safety switch which fits our trucks perfectly. You can NEVER forget to release the emergency brake because it's automatically done for you. Now say you want the truck in gear, engine running to say set the idle speed in Drive - After the brake releases with the truck in Drive if you stomp the parking brake pedal again it will stay, holding the emergency brake engaged.

I found this out the hard way when I attempted an Emergency Brake U turn going 50 MPH in my 71 Caddy Hearse. I thought WOW this would be COOL! No need to hold the Parking Brake release handle while mashing the Emergency Brake pedal, just mash the E Brake pedal, with a quick cut of the steering wheel, instant U turn, mash back down on the gas pedal and you're back on your merry way only going in the opposite direction in just a split second. WRONG! The Emergency Brake pedal stayed engaged & sliding backwards with the rear wheels LOCKED at 50 MPH in a 22' long 6,680 LB Hearse. I had to clean up after myself with a putty knife once the coach came to a stop and now my 2 rear tires had BAD flat spots in them. That's the last time I pulled an Emergency Brake U turn in a Cadillac.

If you go the Cadillac route make sure you also get the special U clamp that goes with the Neutral Safety Switch that's a must.
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:38 PM   #4
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Re: Anyone replace the emergency brake pull handle with a foot operated one?

i went a different route. 2" actuator. custom cables and reverse polarity switches.
its tied in to my alarm system. works very well.

just a different thought.



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Old 08-13-2017, 07:47 AM   #5
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Re: Anyone replace the emergency brake pull handle with a foot operated one?

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i went a different route. 2" actuator. custom cables and reverse polarity switches.
its tied in to my alarm system. works very well.
just a different thought.
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:34 PM   #6
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Re: Anyone replace the emergency brake pull handle with a foot operated one?

That actuator set-up is slick as hell.
Can you tell us more? Like where to get the actuator, maybe a part number, and where you had the cables made?
I'm assuming the actuator doesn't have to be constantly energized, so once it's set one way, it's locked, then once its released, it's locked in the released position, rather than needing to have power constantly flowing to it?
(I'm a bit of an electrical Luddite...small words, lots of details... like you're explaining it to a 3rd grader. One who grew up in the '70s, not one of the new ones that can wire and program their Smart Home system today)

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Re: Anyone replace the emergency brake pull handle with a foot operated one?

ill start a different thread. dont want to step on anyones toes.

title- electric parking brake.


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