Clamps for connecting parking brake cables?

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  1. MRGTX

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    Is there hardware for permanently connecting parking brake cables?

    Lokar has these cool block clamps tht are useful for making linkage from scratch...and these blocks with set screws are sort of what I have in mind but I’d want the cables to be end to end so the vector of the pull was properly in line ...maybe I’m an idiot (almost certainly) but I’m not finding what I need.

    There has to be some standard way of doing this, no?

    Any suggestions?

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    google "wire rope". I looked and there are many joining methods. watch that it is not for electrical. Did not find exactly what you describe ( I have seen what you describe)
    What is your application?
     
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      Why not just use a basic cable clamp?
       
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      So...this is a good question. Is this not considered safe for some reason?
       
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        I know I would trust them more than an allen screw clamp, and it would keep the cables inline with each other.
         
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          It's a parking brake;mine had to be working to pass Manitoba safety, in 1999.
          I don't recall ever using it since.
          Clamps would not pass safety up here, even tho it was working 100%; it's a government thing. If I passed it, I could be liable to a $7000 fine, and my employer could be subject to double that......even tho it's a stinking parking brake.....that hardly anyone ever uses.
          By now, mine's probably seized again.....
          Kindof like my horn; it had to be working to pass safety. It died again shortly afterwards, and I have never needed it in all the intervening time. I haven't had a working horn since before 1981. I got a big box full of horns. They used to get me into a lotta trouble. As I got older......and flabbier,I figured it was better not to have one.
           
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          What is the application?
          What's the issue?
          Can't find OE replacements?
           
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          Lot's of options. Crimp a swage on and get creative. Here's what I did: 20180311_180403.jpg
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          Thanks for all of the input here, guys!

          The deal is that the new disks with internal parking brake (Ford Exploder pieces) don’t have the ball ends on the cables. They’ll need to be cut to length...so I’m looking for the easiest/reliable way to connect the stock cables to the new ones.

          What’s up with the price on these!?
           
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          Do you guys really not use your parking brakes? The only time I deliberately don’t used them is when the car will be sitting for long periods...On perfectly flat surfaces.

          It’s just a good habit, IMO.
           
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          That's what I did. Look closely. Ball on one end swage on the other. Check out the 8.8 swap page.
           
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            How do they make the connection on a Ford Explorer?

            Seems like that would be the thing to figure out, if it’s good enough for Ford it should work fine for you.

            Either that or you’ll need to have a custom cable made. Although honestly that shouldn’t be all that expensive, and it will look a lot cleaner.

            I always use mine, and all of mine work. They’re super simple, if they don’t work it’s an easy fix no matter what the problem is. At least with stock parts and drum brakes anyway.

            With my cars if the emergency brake isn’t set the wheels are chocked. Everything that I drive has a working emergency brake, the projects are mostly chocked either because of the time they’re sitting or incomplete brake systems. But even on those I like to have the e-brake working because it makes moving them around a lot less exciting since not all of them have fully working brake systems.

            And on that note- there’s a reason they used to be called emergency brakes. I don’t like that new cars call them a parking brake, although I guess if they’re electronically controlled they probably run through a computer that will keep them from being used in an emergency anyway. Or run off of the same hydraulic system which makes them useless in a hydraulic failure. Not everything from “back in the day” was the best way to do it, that’s for sure, but some things really were done a certain way for a reason.
             
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            Post #10. Mopar ball in one end ford swage in the other.
             
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            Thanks again, guys.
            Yep. I'm going to learn how to swage. It doesn't seem too difficult but without the tool, it's murder on your teeth. :)
             
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            Yes, unfortunately, the crimpers to crimp the swedge's is a little high for occasional use. Maybe you could weld them on? When I was considering my options on my project someone recommended a garage door company that could crimp them on. Good luck with your project.
             
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            So I am going to pick up a swage tool and do this properly but in the mean time, I am finding that standard/small cable clamps seem to be up o the task (at least for a temporary fix until my tool budget recovers). Yes, wheel-curbing, wheel chocks will be used rigorously in the meantime as I will never fully trust these.

            One more quick question; when routing the cables, it seems like the cable wants to cross right under the front u-joint...which seems pretty obviously wrong. Where does your cable cross the driveline?

            I'm SO close to being ready to roll...I just consistently get hung up on these little details.
             
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            If you have a hydraulic press (they are cheap and VERY useful), you can cut nuts in half and make a dies to swage things.
             
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