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Old 09-11-2013, 09:14 PM   #1
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TJ w/ 8.8, how do you adjust the parking brake

I adjusted the drums till they started to drag and then adjusted the middle adjuster, however the middle adjuster is bottomed out and it's still not holding very well.

What am I doing wrong?

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Old 09-11-2013, 09:22 PM   #2
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If I recall correctly, the is a great deal of slop in the parking brake parts/pads.. You might just need to make sure everything is lined up.. Again, not sure that is the issue. I never connected mine on my 8.8 as I never trust parking brakes.

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Old 09-11-2013, 09:58 PM   #3
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Loosen the middle adjuster about an inch, adjust the drums until they're are tight then back them off about 5 clicks. Then tighten the middle adjuster a few turns and check the handbrake for ebrake engagement and repeat tightening the middle adjuster and checking ebrake engagement until its good. This is what I did and its good.
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:16 AM   #4
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Tight as in you can't turn the wheel, or just enough to feel them drag?
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Old 09-14-2013, 09:03 AM   #5
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Tight as in the adjuster won't turn any more.
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Old 09-14-2013, 01:52 PM   #6
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You need new lines...

the stock brake lines have too much slack and even when fully adjusted, you wont be able to make them work.

Some people have cut the stock lines and fastened new ends on them but i think you can you some XJ lines...cant remember.

do a google search and read the thread posted on jeepforum...

i'll soon be doing my lines as well. I just dont use my parking brake at the moment.
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:43 PM   #7
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Here's my fix.

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Old 09-21-2013, 06:56 PM   #8
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what did you end up doing? Might follow suit with mine tomorrow...
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:02 PM   #9
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I rotated the pics so you can see what I did better. Basically took that funky connecter out, drilled the hole slightly bigger and slid the original adjuster bolt in place. Works like a top now.
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:20 PM   #10
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good idea...cheers to you

i'll be doing this tomorrow so my ebrake will finally work lol
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Old 01-23-2014, 03:33 PM   #11
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I ground down the brad that holds the "V" wire, spread the wire clamp and removed the threaded rod. Also removed the "V" wire from the oval cupped piece. I then enlarged the hole just enough in the cupped piece for the threaded rod to go through.

Still has been working good
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:02 PM   #12
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My Ebrake had too much travel when I bought it and it made it completely useless, so I did what this guy did

and it totally fixed it. Took all of 15 minutes. And I still have some travel left in it too.
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If you look at the pic above, I was at the end of my adjustment after my Ford 8.8 rear-end swap, so that wouldn't work.
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I was at the end of my adjustment as well (8.8 here)...

i'm about half way through...just have a bit of a headache (was hoping it'd go away while i did this). I've got the bolt out so just need to widen the opening in the cup and rethread it.

I found my angle grinder and just cut the "v" then cut the clip and removed the bolt. Gonna go back out in a sec.
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If you look at the pic above, I was at the end of my adjustment after my Ford 8.8 rear-end swap, so that wouldn't work.
Oh,.... well then I gots nuthin. sorry.
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Looks like i'm back to the drawing board...

Got everything completed and now my actual e-brake lever is tight and it pulls the cables but i'm not getting any grip from the brakes.
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Edit: going to take the wheels off and use some lubricant/grease and make sure the mechanism is actually moving free behind the rotor...probably do this in the next week or two.
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Here's my fix.

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Pics aren't working for me. Mind reposting?
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Pics aren't working for me. Mind reposting?
I'll post some of mine tomorrow...I did this fix...Just wont have a picture of the "old" since mine is already done.
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I'll post some of mine tomorrow...I did this fix...Just wont have a picture of the "old" since mine is already done.
That'd be awesome...thanks Owen!
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Sorry if I missed it but did you make sure the shoes are adjusted correctly? Mine were pretty lose and I didn't have enough cable travel till I adjusted them up at the brake rotor.

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