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    Default Re: Project LQ4 - V8 S10 - Rear end stuff...

    I tack welded the Explorer brake cable bracket to the frame. Should be just enough to hold permanently, or remove easily if needed.



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    This may or may not work, but for the 15 minutes it took to burn the bracket on to the frame, I'm willing to give it a shot. It's a zero dollar solution if it does work.

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    Default Re: Project LQ4 - V8 S10 - Rear end stuff...

    Coming back to the party pretty late. Couldn't you swap the gears from the new rear into the old and save the cutting/welding?

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    Default Re: Project LQ4 - V8 S10 - Rear end stuff...

    Quote Originally Posted by BillBooost37 View Post
    Couldn't you swap the gears from the new rear into the old and save the cutting/welding?
    For sure. Certainly an option. Like I've seen you say many times before, anything is possible. I chose to modify a completely different rear end for a couple reasons;

    To buy just the ring and pinion gear (even a used set) would be nearly half the cost of a complete junkyard rear
    Installing a gear set requires tools I don't currently own (dial type inch lb torque wrench for the pinion pre-load), dial indicator with mag base...
    I would also need an instal kit (crush sleeve and assorted shims to locate the carrier) There's about another $100. Give or take.
    Probably the biggest reason is, I didn't want the hassle of setting up a new ring and pinion set. Backlash, tooth pattern, pre-load... Forget all that noise. Cut the tube twice, clamp on some angle iron and burn it in. It's a gamble, but it's a pretty safe gamble. Like hitting on 11.

    Plus, I was able to sell (at full disclosure of it's condition) the 4:10 rear for $170. That's close to what I paid for the "new" 3:73 rear. I call that a wash.

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    Default Re: Project LQ4 - V8 S10 - Rear end stuff...

    Well I did end up moving the bracket back a couple inches. Looks like bracket placement is what determines/balances the timing between the right and left brake. I tried to get it as close as possible, but the spring should compensate for any error. Clamped a vise grip to the cable and gave it a tug. Stopped both wheels from spinning while in the air. So far, so good...



    Just need to figure out what to do with the extra length.



    My options:
    1.) Try to find a pre-made 26" intermediate parking brake cable
    2.) Try to find someone locally to swage (?) a new end on the existing cable
    3.) Put a loop in the existing cable and secure with a cable clamp to "use up" the slack

    I'm leaning toward #3 just for proof of concept. If the cable gets damaged, I can get another section at the yard.

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    Default Re: Project LQ4 - V8 S10 - Rear end stuff...

    id be all over #3 too, cut the cable in a clear area and use two cable clamps.

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    Default Re: Project LQ4 - V8 S10 - Rear end stuff...

    Yup. That's what I did. Too much effort to cut the cable though. Just make a loop and call it.



    The concept proves good. The brakes hold........mostly. Enough to keep it from moving while idling in gear, but nothing more than that. I'm betting once I adjust the pads, the hold will be greatly improved. I'll do that next time I have the wheels off.

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