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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-28-2008, 02:15 AM Thread Starter
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I have a hard time getting my rig slowed or stopped on very steep inclines and have had a few close encounters with large trees & boulders that could cause some serious damage to my rig not to mention myself, no Sissy comments please, there is a reason.
So I was watching a TV program recently that featured an electric power brake booster / master cylinder. It's intended for Hot Rodders that dont want the ugly vacuum brake booster cluttering the engine bay and / or running a cam that reduces the amount of vacuum at low RPM's and causing poor braking.
I want to install one of these on my Rhino but the $1000 price tag I was quoted from the company featured on the show has turned the idea into a dream I can only put on my Christmas wish list for Santa, but he never pulls through dammit!
I'm not much of a car guy but know there are some made with electric power steering these days so I figure there might be some with electric power brakes maybe? Does anyone know, and if so what make & model? If so I could possibly pick one up at a salvage yard and maybe adapt it to my Rhino. Or is this the first any of you have heard of such an animal?
This is the company featured on the show I mentioned. The Best in Brakes & Steering...

I have the UniSteer kit on it and I'm extremely satisfied with it's performance, if I can get the same results or even a noticeable improvement with the brakes I'll be very pleased.

Any help with locating such an item would be greatly appreciated.
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Here's one from Stainless Steel Brakes Co.

Performance Disc Brake Search Results from Stainless Steel Brakes Corporation (SSBC)

And here's a list of cars with electric vacuum pumps:
gmcmotorhome.com - Supplemental Vacuum Pump


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What would you use for a master cylinder? Those are just vacuum pumps

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Hey Curley have you though about running a dual rear disk set up???? Would that help or is it just a problem with being able to push down hard enough? I've never though about a power set up.....Hmmmm



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i say just extend the brake pedal... it will give u more leverage.


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i say just extend the brake pedal... it will give u more leverage.
Could it be that easy? Sounds like a possibility

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i would think there would be a traction problem before you would not be able to get enough force on the pedal.
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What would you use for a master cylinder? Those are just vacuum pumps
You need a master cylinder from anything...the vacuum pumps provide the vacuum assist. No way around a master cylinder.

A rhino likely won't have enough vacuum to provide much assist, so you use an electric pump. All diesels have vacuum pumps but they're usually run off the power steering pump.

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Hey Curley have you though about running a dual rear disk set up???? Would that help or is it just a problem with being able to push down hard enough? I've never though about a power set up.....Hmmmm
I have Jim, I'm sure it would solve some of the problems with the drive shaft mounted brake but I don't know if it would reduce the amount of effort needed to stop? That's my biggest problem. Seems like it would but I just dont know if it would be enough of an improvement and I'm not 100% certain if the disc's & calipers from 08/09's will bolt up. I have seen a few people post these questions but never read a final answer.
The 08 calipers are about $160 each and the disc $25 each, I already have a rear hose and could connect it to the steel line I'm sure so basically I just need to know if the 08 calipers bolt up to the 06 knuckle and if the disc fit. $370 retail is not bad to convert the rear brakes if everything bolts up but the knuckles have different part numbers so??? I dunno. 08 knuckles are about $75 each so if those are needed to then it's a bit over $500 but will the 08 knuckles bolt up to everything else 06? I would say yes but simply dont know. I would go for it if I knew it would a bolt up as I can get OEM parts at cost. Dual rear brakes would be sweet for several reasons and might do what I want, I just dont know. That's what made me think of an electrically assisted master cylinder bit I'm open to suggestions.

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what about a hand brake control like what wheelin has?? bet you could fab somethin up pretty easliy

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