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Old 04-16-2008, 06:01 PM
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Default FJ40 Dis Parking Brake Question

Hi Everyone,

I hope someone on here can help me figure out where I can go to get some parts for my 40.

I bought a 40 that the parking brake doesn't work. I've determined the caliper and pads are missing/need replacement. CCOT doesn't offer the parts. Any suggestions?

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Old 04-16-2008, 07:13 PM
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Does it really have a disc parking brake? That might be an aftermarket thing but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be missing calipers and pads.

If it's stock, it'll have drum brakes in the back. It took me a while to get the parking brake working on the 4Runner. Assuming it's the same sort of deal, there should be a steel cable suspended just over the rear axle that's attatched to a little arm that goes through the backing plate on each side. On mine, one of the arms had completly siezed up and the other one didn't move very easily. It's not too tough to take out that arm assembly...just pull the wheel and the brake drum, unhook the linkage from the arm inbetween the brake shoes and take out the two 12mm bolts that go through the backing plate from the inside. I managed to get both arms freed up with a lot of penetrating oil and moving them back and forth. You could also just find replacements--a good junkyard item.

If the arms are moving freely and the cable isn't seized somewhere from the brake handle to the back of the truck, the shoes may just need to be adjusted. There's a star wheel inside an access slot toward the bottom of the backing plate (or between the lower ends of the brake shoes if the drum's been removed). Adjust that to move the shoes toward the drum a little. Not so much that the brakes heat up while you're driving but just enough to give them a firm bite when you pull the e-brake handle.

I hope this is the same between a mini truck and FJ-40. If not, ignore all that!
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:07 PM
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What year is it? Most 40's have a drum parking brake system behind the TC.
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Old 04-16-2008, 09:04 PM
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I believe it was an after market conversion. It's definately disc and it's missing the caliper and pads. I would prefer to not have to convert it back to drum - although I have found kits for that.

Why would the previous owners(s) do the conversion? Does the disc work better?
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Old 04-16-2008, 09:07 PM
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CCOT probably doesn't have parts because it's not their kit.

Looks like this one from MAF?

http://www.man-a-fre.com/parts_acces...akeconvkit.htm



I think Specter also used to sell a disc brake conversion, maybe others. Let the Cruiser guys fill you in since I dunno.
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BTW, here's a pic ofmy new ride. It's almost stock. Not very much rest. The Tub is in great shape and he interior is clean. Someone either re-did this truck or kept it clean!
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Arn't subaru brakes sometimes used in that aplication? What about some kind of motorcycle brake?
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Hey, that looks like he deal. Specter, huh?

Thanks!!!!
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Hey, that looks like he deal. Specter, huh?

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No, Man-A-Fre. Although SOR I think used to have one, but it's discontinued AFAIK. But most likely Man-A-Fre. Nice truck, uber clean.
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Wow, great looking 40. What's the story if it's a recent acquisition?
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