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Old 07-21-2020, 09:28 PM   #1
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A snowballing upgrade

I'm nearing the end of the full float upgrade to my 2001 E250, but running into a few hurdles. Todays hurdle is that the parking brake cable cant connect to the parking brake lever coming out of the backing plate. Both the cable and the lever it should attach to are now both fully closed eyes. The old lever was hooked shaped allowing the cable eye to slip over it. I know lots of folks have had issues with parking brake cables during upgrades, but I couldn't find where this exact issue was addressed. So, anyone know of some type of adapter, or a part number for a cable with ends that will match the new closed eye? Last resort will be to replace the new lever with the old one, but I really don't want to take the damn axle all apart....... again
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Old 07-21-2020, 09:53 PM   #2
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Chris at uj offers a cable setup that’s a direct fit.

https://www.ujointoffroad.com/produc...l-kit-upgrade/

That’s the part of the conversion I never finished. The uj option was out of my budget after having to convert to 17’s unexpectedly. Times got tough for us right about then and I haven’t been able to do anything about it. I do recall that between the original cables and the ones that came with the 05 axle that if I moved the tab on the frame rail that it would have worked, but again moola got tight and I had already clogged up a borrowed lift long enough so it got back burnered. HTH
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Just leave it unhooked, they donít work worth a damn anyway!
I know thatís not helpful, but I had to throw it in there
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^^^ somewhat agree, but it does dictate my fast idle function so it would be nice if it were working again. Right now I have the pedal tied up to keep the brake light off, otherwise the cc won’t work.
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Just leave it unhooked, they donít work worth a damn anyway! I know thatís not helpful, but I had to throw it in there
I'm hoping the new axles parking brakes work better. My SMB actually had a working one, and since I have all new shoes and hardware, I have high hopes I can make this one work too.
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Old 07-22-2020, 11:18 AM   #6
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Chris at uj offers a cable setup thatís a direct fit.

https://www.ujointoffroad.com/produc...l-kit-upgrade/

Thatís the part of the conversion I never finished. The uj option was out of my budget after having to convert to 17ís unexpectedly. Times got tough for us right about then and I havenít been able to do anything about it. I do recall that between the original cables and the ones that came with the 05 axle that if I moved the tab on the frame rail that it would have worked, but again moola got tight and I had already clogged up a borrowed lift long enough so it got back burnered. HTH
I don't think Chris at Ujoint will sell anything to people that don't buy a full 4x4 conversion kit.
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Rockauto.com has pictures of a lot of cables. I've found many part numbers there just because they have accurate photos. Sometimes there is info about length and years/model interchange
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I don't think Chris at Ujoint will sell anything to people that don't buy a full 4x4 conversion kit.
Sure he will. I've bought a couple of things from him and never had one of his kits. It has been a few years but I seriously doubt he would not sell you something just because of that.
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The key words are "it's been a few years "
This is from member post yesterday.
I was planning on getting the ujoint offroad filter relocation kit but just got email that they no longer sell to non ujoint conversions
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I don't think my emergency brake has worked after the 1st 25,000 or maybe less.
Had it in break shops, different mechanics and they are at a loss as to the reason it won't adjust out and hold the vehicle.
What's the issue???????????????????????????
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