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hey, i'm thinkin about handbrake mods. but being a noob, i don't know anything about it but i pull & it stops. i'm pretty sure it only stops the rear wheels, am i right? how does the handbrake stop the car, is there another rear drum on the rear axle or how does that work? what can i do 2 get more stopping power? in addition, i was wondering if there's any way 2 shorten the throw & disable the button so i don't have 2 push it in 2 let it down? i have an automatic, so i don't really need it 2 park it, but is there a way that i can use it normally w/out it racheting but then when i need 2 park be able 2 lock it up? any help much appreciated, i love sliding out that back end. thanks,l8r
 

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The ratchet is part of the button... the only thing I can think of in that direction is to hold down the button so it doesn't stay stuck up. You COULD do some sort of... I dunno... rachet and release system on the button so you could have it always ratcheted down when you're driving but then release it when you wanna lock it up. But this would all be very expensive and not really worth it.

The handbrake is connected via a cable to the same drum brakes you use when you hit the brake pedal, it uses the cable so that if your hydraulics go out you still have something to stop with. Putting disc brakes on the rear (off a GT) might help you quite a bit... But again... For sliding the rear end around, is it really worth it to do all this work?
 

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You can tighten the e-brake by tightening a bolt that is on the cable right near the handle. All you have to do is take the console off that covers it and you will see what I mean.

As for making it not lock, it's very simple. Press the button in and drill a hole through the handle and button. Then you can put a cotter pin or whatever in there and it will hold the button in for you. Just remove the pin and it will return to normal.
 

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If you have a deep (10 or 11mm I think) socket and a 6" extension (or two 3") with a ratchet, you can pull back the rubber cover near the handle, physically see the nut, slip the socket in, and tighten it that way. Takes like 5 seconds :wink:

Matt 8)
 

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well i like sliding it around, but i mostly just wanna learn more about the car & tweak it 2 my liking. thanks 4 the help, but sleeper, have u done this & do u know where is ok 2 drill & what's not? again, thanks 4 the help & understanding of my limited knowledge
 

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I haven't done it myself but have seen it done. You need to hold the button fully in, and then drill through both the black rubber handle and the button itself. I don't know the exact measurements as to where to place the hole, you'll want it as far in as possible so it doesn't tear the rubber, but still going through the button.
 

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Putting disc brakes on the rear (off a GT) might help you quite a bit...
No. Rear disc brakes have a very small drum inside the disc for the handbrake. He'll get more braking power out of the LX's rear drums with the hand brake... if he's really interested in stopping, then the rear discs would help.. but sliding and stopping are two different things.

Monkey, if you want to slide the rear end around.. put some hard narrow tires on the rear and some sporty rubber on the front, buy a 1" rear swaybar from Bare End and forget about the handbrake :roll: Or you could buy a RWD car or truck.
 

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it's not like i'm that obssesed about it, it's just occasionally fun. but that gt rear end sounds ok in the future, anyone know about how much that would b @ a u-pull-it junkyard? i just like the handrake, idk y, but i like using it. i'm gonna have 2 try tightening up the cable a lil. thanks 4 the help
 

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it's not like i'm that obssesed about it, it's just occasionally fun. but that gt rear end sounds ok in the future, anyone know about how much that would b @ a u-pull-it junkyard? i just like the handrake, idk y, but i like using it. i'm gonna have 2 try tightening up the cable a lil. thanks 4 the help
It only takes one good handbrake turn to flatspot both your rear tires..
 

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coyote-x said:
Putting disc brakes on the rear (off a GT) might help you quite a bit...
No. Rear disc brakes have a very small drum inside the disc for the handbrake. He'll get more braking power out of the LX's rear drums with the hand brake... if he's really interested in stopping, then the rear discs would help.. but sliding and stopping are two different things.

Monkey, if you want to slide the rear end around.. put some hard narrow tires on the rear and some sporty rubber on the front, buy a 1" rear swaybar from Bare End and forget about the handbrake :roll: Or you could buy a RWD car or truck.
That's good to know. And yeah, with the flatspots, that's true, unless you have cheap rear tires. (I've done it more than a few times and don't seem to have any flatspots, but they're ultra-cheap hard tires.) Plus, if your experience is anything like mine, the handbrake will get all loose and not work for important things, like, I dunno, keeping the car from rolling backwards out of my driveway while I shut the garage door?
 

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Beaverboy wrote:

No. Rear disc brakes have a very small drum inside the disc for the handbrake. He'll get more braking power out of the LX's rear drums with the hand brake... if he's really interested in stopping, then the rear discs would help.. but sliding and stopping are two different things.
Actually this drum/disc design you speak of is mostly used on heavy duty trucks with an auxillary parking Brake. All of our escort GT's have rear disc brakes and an integrated caliper that serves as both the service brake and parking brake. It's a mazda part used on many protege's, too.

The lx's on the other hand have rear drums. Neither will really out-perform the other if all you are looking to do is e-brake slides with it. Otherewise disc brakes stop[ much better.

Dave 91EGT
 

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Well both drum brakes and disc brakes have the same breaking power...but because of their designs, the drum brakes will overheat faster then disc brakes...so if you're planing on beating the sh**t out of your car on the track you might want to do the rear disc brake conversion cauz otherwise you'll end up loossing breaking power due to overheating....
 
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