X-Brake

chris snell

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I'm interested in your thoughts if you have field-tested the X-Brake transmission brake. I've just about had it with the crappy Land Rover trans brake drum. Mine keeps slacking. I don't know if it's a failing cable or maybe worn-out adjuster snails but I'd like something that's easier to adjust and that is more secure and fails less often.
 

JimC

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I was interested in the x-brake but I’ve been told they rattle like crazy. So I’d love to hear some feedback as well.
 

Ash

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The rattle is just poor retention of the brake pad. A little bit of RTV or some type of epoxy to keep it from bouncing around in its pocket and all of the noise goes away.

I'm a fan of them. Less rotational mass to rob what little power these trucks have, really simple adjustment, and one less place for mud and dirt to get caked inside of.
 

Napalm00

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I fucking love mine. It's been on there for about 10 years.

Glue the pads with silicone and they dont rattle. It's a massive upgrade, makes servicing easier .

Paddocks has a great price on them



Edit: forgot to mention it saved my life last year! Hit some garbage in the road and the driver side Hardline to the caliper was cut on the highway.

When coming down the extra ramp (this was prior to all the brake conversions I did ) the pedal was useless , I was still doing about 65mph.

Code brown.

I slowly pulled up on the xbrake and the truck shuddered to a halt in the shoulder.

Myself and the cars infront of me would have been dust otherwise.

A month later I converted to Chevy master, booster, removed the pwda and I'd the rear disc conversion.
 
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NPT90

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Yeah I think a lot of the ill reviews were for the earliest iteration of the X-Brake, I think they have since addressed the concerns with the design
 

chris snell

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Has anybody done an install recently? Got my brake from Paddock last week and it looks a lot different from the brake shown in the instructions. I'm wondering if anyone has made sense of this apparently newer style.

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Here's what the instructions show:

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As you see, the bracket on the right in my pic is completely different than the one in their pic.
 

Dan kemper

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Chris the different brackets likely have to do whether it is on 110 vs rrc etc as they sell different models. The instructions likely just show a random version. Someone correct me if I am off
 

chris snell

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Well, the instructions say "X-Brake - Defender models" and my bracket is exactly like the Defender brake that they're showing on their site. I suspect that they may have updated their design but not updated their instructions.

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Napalm00

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It is a new version. Two local guys here bought them within the last month. Both of them needed to modify the cable even the correct cable that came with the kit to make it long enough.
 

chris snell

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On Defenders? It actually looked like the stock cable might be too long. How did they extend the cable? Is there a safe way to even do that?
 

Napalm00

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Cut the tiny clevis off the stock 200tdi cable and pin it to the end of the other 200 cable ..making the end double jointed kinda . Using a pin to make the joint
 

SARTech

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Chris, that is what I got in the mail also. I will be installing it soon. Kind of disappointed it wasn't the cool gold anodized finish.
 
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