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Unread 10-22-2013, 08:45 PM   #1
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Default All-Sports Rear Lift Kit Install "My Way"

This may be a potential sticky.

Lots of people have been asking me what to do with the brake cables of a Precedent vehicle with a 6" lift. There is an issue due to brake cable length of these vehicles. This is my solution...

I'm going to post 10 photographs. Afterwards, I'll describe them. Please ask if there are any questions.
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Unread 10-22-2013, 08:46 PM   #2
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The first picture is of the square U-bolt plate that is to be installed underneath the axle. I install a bolt in the center of this piece to keep the plate seated firmly in the spring saddle. I use a 5/16" x 1" bolt. The head of this bolt will sit in the saddle.

The second picture is a photograph of the factory brake cable bracket/spring retaining plate. You'll need to cut off the shock tab on both of these plates (Driver and Passenger) as shown.

The third picture shows the brake cable bracket/spring retaining plate after cutting.

The fourth and fifth pictures show the center hole of this same plate. It must be enlarged to 1/2" to allow for the nut on the leaf spring center pin to sit inside it.
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In order to gain the clearance that I want and to releive the slack of the brake cables I've determined that the best method is to flip the entire brake mounting plates upside down and swap them to the other side of the vehicle. This will allow for the brake "Slide" mechanism to be located towards the top of the backing plate, rather than the bottom. This keeps the brake cables stuffed up high and will keep them from hanging down so low.

The first and second pictures here show the brake assembly. These pictures are taken of a vehicle that has already had the brakes "flipped" If you'll notice, the brake adjuster is at the top of the cluster instead of the bottom. The access hole in the first picture reveals the C-Clip that must be released in order to remove the axle shaft. You'll need a pair of 90 degree C-Clip pliers to complete this task. Once it's released, slide the axle out and un-bolt the brake plates. Swap the driver and passenger brake plates and flip them upside down. Re-install axles.

The third picture shows the lift kit install finished on the passenger side of the vehicle. Notice the bottom square plate as shown in the previous post. The bolt in the center of this plate is firmly seated in the original spring saddle and can not roll out of it. This lift kit does not "Require" this bolt, but I think it's extra security so I highly recommend it.

The fourth picture is another angle of the same thing. Notice the factory spring retainer plate is not mounted underneath the leaf spring. (We used a factory spring therefore the enlarging of the center hole was unnecessary because the center pin is longer, but with many aftermarket springs you'll need to do it). Another common way of tackling this task is to install a grade 8 bolt with the head on top of the spring but with double nuts on the bottom. This will allow for the OEM spring plate and the lift block to fully seat. Make Extra SURE that the center pin is seated into BOTH the plate and the lift block, otherwise it may shift and fall apart. Take a look at the brake cable. It lines up perfectly to the slide mechanism. The All-Sports spring retaining plate is mounted above the leaf spring and the factory shock bolts right up to it.

The fifth picture shows the completed lift kit again but gives you a nice view of the brake cable sitting in it's "Factory" location, yet it's on a lifted car. It provides a much better brake feel than any other method.
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. . . nice write up and pics . . . thanks Tahoe . . I agree . . Sticky material . . .
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. . . nice write up and pics . . . thanks Tahoe . . I agree . . Sticky material . . .
Agrees great information and write up, helps my plan for when I do my lift.
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I guess this will work on a DS also?
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I guess this will work on a DS also?
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Thanks for the tip! That's a much cleaner look without the brake cables so low.
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Tahoedawg - is this the same on electric rear ends as well as gas? not sure which one you were working on in the pics.
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Tahoedawg - is this the same on electric rear ends as well as gas? not sure which one you were working on in the pics.
I do gas cars the same way except I "Tilt" the powertrain assembly back before I tighten the U-Bolts. This allows the rubber snubber to sit properly.
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