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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:37 am 
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Looking for a good handbrake handle to fit a Locost. I have a Miata handle that doesn't really lend itself to mounting on the top of my transmission tunnel. Anyone got any pictures of a handle you like? Just about any could be adapted to fit my Miata brake cables I think.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 2:21 am 
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If you click on the picture you can see what I used. It's from an 82 or so Corolla and has 2 mount tabs that are flat and at the same height. I welded tabs inside the tunnel to hold it.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:03 am 
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Steve,

I have one from a 90 Toyota Supra I could "throw" in. Let me know and I'll go take a pic.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:38 am 
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I have the about same E-brake system as Steve. I would only add that you move the lever a little further back and recess the lever down into the tunnel. [I actually shortened the mounting legs on the mounting bracket.] I also ground the racket jaw notch lower on the cam lock for the lever. This allows you to park the lever at a lower angle for added elbow clearance.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:14 pm 
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Steve,

I have one from a 90 Toyota Supra I could "throw" in. Let me know and I'll go take a pic.

Tom


That would be sweet! Thanks Tom!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:05 pm 
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Mine is an 85 Corolla lever mounted on the pasenger side floor beside the tunnel. I can reach it, doesn't get in the way of my arm or the passengers legs.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:26 am 
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I used the RX7 handbrake which, I believe, is fairly close to the Miata design. I cut off the tail of the mount and turned it 90 deg to bolt to the tunnel crossmemer. It works well and seems to be in an OK position. However, my shifter is pretty far forward. If I moved it back, then the handbrake would also have to move back a bit. Scattered details of my cable construction can be found on my build log pages 3 thru 5. I'm not sure if you are looking for before or after pics so here are both.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:08 pm 
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That certainly looks like a Miata handbrake lever, or very similar. I'll think a little more about mine rather than discount it because it wasn't easy ... thanks for the tips.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:44 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:25 am 
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Here's my Miata brake handle. It came out just fine:

http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=2741&p=38826

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:25 pm 
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Earley Motorsports wrote:
Mine is an 85 Corolla lever mounted on the pasenger side floor beside the tunnel. I can reach it, doesn't get in the way of my arm or the passengers legs.
:cheers:


Graham,

Would you mind posting some pictures of this setup? I'm interested in the handle mounting, cable routing to the rear axle, and the attachment of cables at the adjustment points.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:07 am 
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I used a Spitfire handle, mounted up under the dash, can just see most of it here:
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Its one of the few things that Spits are good for.


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Earley Motorsports wrote:
Mine is an 85 Corolla lever mounted on the pasenger side floor beside the tunnel. I can reach it, doesn't get in the way of my arm or the passengers legs.
:cheers:


This is exactly what I was thinking of doing. Any pics?

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