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Parking Brake Upgrade.......

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by My4xburbanrocks, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. My4xburbanrocks

    My4xburbanrocks New Member

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    Does anyone know if a aftermarket kit is available? I'm sick of not having a working parking brake !!!! For god's sake its a truck it's supposed to have a parking brake..... I know there are many of us running without one because we are tired of spending money on new shoes and cables for something that just doesn't hold up.
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  2. Joeairforce

    Joeairforce New Member

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    I've never had any problems with the factory one holding/working with everything adjusted properly....
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  3. My4xburbanrocks

    My4xburbanrocks New Member

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    Even when it's properly adjusted if you use your brake everyday as I do (IE: Driveway is not flat) ......it doesn't last long enough in my opinion. I'm looking for a setup that doesn't require more than a pad or a shoe every time it needs fixing as these do.
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  4. RayVoy

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    I think the setup using rotors and disks at all 4 corners is the best way to go.

    Using this setup, the rear rotor (called a top hat) has a a built in drum that is used only by the parking brake. There is a single shoe that is activated by the parking brake pedal.
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  5. My4xburbanrocks

    My4xburbanrocks New Member

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    Your just stating the current setup which is not a good solution...... What is needed is a design change in where the rear brake caliper brake pad is also used as the parking brake thus eliminating the shoe completely. If it can be done on a car I see no reason why it can't be done with a truck.
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  6. RayVoy

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    OK, as you didn't provide any vehicle information, I assumed you had a burb with the rear drums and shoes. I use mine every time I stop and I don"t have any problems. My previous truck ('05 Envoy) which had 135,000, only required a shoe change once (around 130,000) and I think, I adjusted the shoes one other time.

    Perhaps, this arrangement is obviously cheaper.
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