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    Question: TJ extended E-brake cables

    What have you guys been using (if anything) for longer E-Brake cables on a TJ.

    My Rubi 1 ton build is using '78 Eldorado brake/parkbrake calipers on rear wheels.

    I can get the TJ cable on there and in place....but gonna be too short now that its full width AND the cable is underslung on the axle instead of over the axle as in OEM rear disc.

    SO I am 99% sure I can make TJ (STYLE) PB Cables work....as long as I can find longer ones. The ones I have are 43" nub to nub....thinking and extra 12" would be plenty for flex.

    Any idea if LJ PB cables are longer or is the primary singe cable from the hand lever longer ?


    The axles came with Lokar cables and were junk....siezed, undersized in comparison to TJ, ends were all fawked up and not thinking I want to order over the border for something that i wasnt impressed with on first impressions.

    Many advance thanks....
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    Yes the LJ will fit and the e-brake cable is longer. I had an LJ rear swapped in to my 1997 Tj and the cables fit they were just longer. I never measured the difference but would estimate 10" longer
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    this is good info....THANKS!

    Have a bunch of feelers out there to physically measure differences.

    What year LJ rear axle was it? (might make a difference too)

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    The variables in e brake cables are disk or drum and long or short wheelbase that's it

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    It appears that a Driver Side Unlimited Park Brake cable is 51-3/8" long (ABSCO # 61117). And from what I understand all LJ's were rear disc with internal PB shoes.

    As opposed to ABSCO 61115 or 61116 TJ Rubicon PB cables that are 41-3/8".



    Lengths are ABSCO catalog specs.

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    LJ brake cables on my TJ (full-width and 5" stretch in the rear). Work great, but don't part numbers etc.
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    Look into ZJ Grand Cherokee cables.

    I had them on my 98 with 4" lift when I swapped to disc brakes on the back (before I ditched the D35). They are lots longer then stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Money View Post
    It appears that a Driver Side Unlimited Park Brake cable is 51-3/8" long (ABSCO # 61117). And from what I understand all LJ's were rear disc with internal PB shoes.

    As opposed to ABSCO 61115 or 61116 TJ Rubicon PB cables that are 41-3/8".



    Lengths are ABSCO catalog specs.

    Numbers are matching up and so are the length spec.

    So I grabbed 2 x 61117's to cable my e-brakes, they are about 10-1/2" longer than OEM TJ cables.


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    Awesome info!

    Anybody out there running a stretched LJ and still using the factory cables?

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    You said you can make it work... Are the eldorado calipers adaptable to the end hangers on TJ/LJ cables?

    I know what with the Ford (8.8), i ended up going with the M.O.R.E. E-brake cable kit but it was a costly affair IIR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by countryboy View Post
    You said you can make it work... Are the eldorado calipers adaptable to the end hangers on TJ/LJ cables?

    I know what with the Ford (8.8), i ended up going with the M.O.R.E. E-brake cable kit but it was a costly affair IIR.
    I've already had the TJ cable ends on the Eldorado e-brake arms (at the calipers) - just a little file here n there I can get the square "eye" in and around the zigzag end.

    Will post pics later.

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    We're the arms for the caliper ( that the cable hooks to) a dealer only item? I'm having a hard time sourcing then

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    Quote Originally Posted by chormp View Post
    We're the arms for the caliper ( that the cable hooks to) a dealer only item? I'm having a hard time sourcing then
    I know when I core-returned my Eldo calipers I had to swap over the e-brake arms...so not sure if they are available commercially.

    They wouldnt be hard to make (other than making the hex spline) to fit over the ebrake stud.

    ----Thinking piece of angle iron about 3 or 4" long drill a hole, file it out Hex to fit over the stud ---- notch in for the cable "eye" or bolt it direct....

    Nothing complicated or super hi-tech about those arms....(but sounds like i'm glad mine had them)

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    I didn't have any cores , and I was thinking the same thing, just fab something up

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    Quote Originally Posted by chormp View Post
    I didn't have any cores , and I was thinking the same thing, just fab something up
    I'm in jeep build final stretch today...I'll snap a pic or two of what I have and how its all connected.

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    So as promised, here is how I used LJ (or TJ Unlimited) rear park brake cables WITH 78 Eldorado calipers on my 1 ton build

    Note the underslung parkbrake cable and simplistic design of the PBrake arm:


    Little bit of a bend in the arm...but not critical as far as I am concerned...(note the cable eye on axle)


    Need a notch to slip the inner cable through the eyelet once it is connected to the PB arm on the caliper"


    With a little bit of grinding / filing, this is how I got the TJ cable end onto the Eldorado arm (3 pics in series):






    Driver's side now just for kicks:


    cable routed up the handbrake primary cable:


    These dont need alot of tension to grab....works mint. Just adjusted by finger tight at the junction (primary cable) and holds good.

    I would NOT spend the money and time with the custom cables from LOKAR....save those for street machines. They seize and the unviversal cut to length crap is rinky-dink.

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    Turned out good. Didn't even think to look this evening at that. Was too in aww at the rest of the rig.

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    Anybody have access to those arms. Im in the same boat. If you find some on ebay I will buy them from you. I dont do computer stuff too good

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    make em....hardest part would be filing a hex for the stud

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    I just checked Cardones site and they sell the callipers complete with all hardware. I emailed them and they said it comes as pictured (with the e brake arm)
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