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Post  HorsinAround on April 3rd 2014, 2:15 pm

Do you guys install an emergency brake on your drag cars? Just trying to decide if Im going to install the ebrake drums shoes in my 8.8 or not.
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Re: Emergency brake

Post  bbf-falcon on April 3rd 2014, 3:16 pm

Not me.I really don't even have one on my work car.lol

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Re: Emergency brake

Post  Copperhead on April 3rd 2014, 3:39 pm

No E-brake on mine.

BUT,.....
I do plan to install a Chute real soon,..........does that count?

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Re: Emergency brake

Post  HorsinAround on April 3rd 2014, 4:06 pm

Only if you deploy it before you discover you need it lol
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Post  whatbumper on April 3rd 2014, 4:10 pm

No emergency brakes.

Use a chute every pass. Its just a good habit.

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Re: Emergency brake

Post  DILLIGASDAVE on April 4th 2014, 2:27 am

There's really no reason to use an emergency brake/parking brake setup on a race only car that never sees any street use. But if it's a "street/strip" combo that will actually see street use, and will need an inspection sticker, an E-brake setup might be needed to get the sticker depending on what state you're in.

For example an independent E-brake/parking brake setup (that doesn't rely on the hydraulic brake system to apply it) is required to pass inspection & get a sticker in Texas (IIRC).
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Re: Emergency brake

Post  supervel45 on April 4th 2014, 4:01 am

DILLIGASDAVE wrote:There's really no reason to use an emergency brake/parking brake setup on a race only car that never sees any street use. But if it's a "street/strip" combo that will actually see street use, and will need an inspection sticker, an E-brake setup might be needed to get the sticker depending on what state you're in.

For example an independent E-brake/parking brake setup (that doesn't rely on the hydraulic brake system to apply it) is required to pass inspection & get a sticker in Texas (IIRC).
SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIi Don't remind them they may rember to check it. Razz 

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Re: Emergency brake

Post  HorsinAround on April 4th 2014, 9:19 am

I brought this up because the closest track to me is 1/8 mile, and I have heard about a vehicle that had a brake line failure and he went through the sand trap, through the fence and onto the road, fortunately no one was hurt.
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Re: Emergency brake

Post  supervel45 on April 4th 2014, 9:50 am

It seems like an emeregy brake with drums does not have much stopping power, but I guess if you combine it with downshifts, it's better than nothing. If you have a manual valve body, or one that will grab 1st at any speed, don't get excited and go from drive to low. I did that once on a pass durning a brake failure. I was lucky, and it only did minor damage to a rim and rear control arm. I will not mention the rest of the story, but it could have gone alot wore, and an emergy brake would not of helped in this case.

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Re: Emergency brake

Post  DILLIGASDAVE on April 4th 2014, 9:58 am

HorsinAround wrote:I brought this up because the closest track to me is 1/8 mile, and I have heard about a vehicle that had a brake line failure and he went through the sand trap, through the fence and onto the road, fortunately no one was hurt.

At first glance using an E-brake on a drag car as a backup for the hyd braking system might sound like a good idea. But having the brakes fail on a pass, & then suddenly locking up the rear tires & spinning the car around & around because you grabbed/stomped the E-brake too hard is the last thing you want to do.


On the other hand disabling the emergency/parking brake's ratchet-locking system so it's super easy to lockup the rear tires at will & do some Dukes Of Hazzard 180* power slides is kinda fun.  Twisted Evil
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E- Brake

Post  747JetMech on April 4th 2014, 11:55 am

My cars are driven on the street so I made sure it works..

A long time ago....

My Maverick sat all winter long. Jumped in it for a spin down the street and a cruise down the main drag. I was a nice day so with no one around, I opened it up a little. Coasting up to traffic, I went to stop......... Pedal went to the floor. Cars at stop light, curbs and no dam brakes..... I was able to sneak it around the corner between traffic and the curb.

That feeling will never go away. I might even put a neutral safety switch in it for my kid when he takes over. Its a stick car.

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Re: Emergency brake

Post  nuclearcobra on April 4th 2014, 9:23 pm

Never had the brakes fail on the track but have on the street a few times , one thing that scared me was the nos switch sticking open when I lifted over the line once , it was only 10.80's but still I ended up in the grass between the track and return road cause I had to kill it with the key which locked the wheel  Mad Nothing got damaged tho but my racing pants  Laughing 
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