a swap to rear disk brakes on my 1987 4Runner, I was left without
any provision for an emergency brake on my Toyota. I was aware
All Pro Off Road out of Hemet, CA had a trick emergency brake setup
that was a direct bolt-in for trucks and 4Runners with gear driven
transfer cases, and was pretty excited to give it a try.
Now I know that when I say "bolt
on", that can mean a lot of different things - especially in
the off road product world. But this kit from All Pro really
is a true bolt on kit - taking about an hour to install.
||The kit comes with everything
you need for the installation. A heavy duty bracket for
mounting the caliper assembly to the back of your transfer case,
a custom cut rotor, as well as the necessary bolts and miscellaneous
hardware you will need.
||Here is what I started with - the back
of the stock transfer case. Simply remove the driveshaft
from the flange, then remove the nut holding the flange in place
on the transfer case.
||A chisel was used to remove the metal dust
seal on the flange. This is necessary so that you can
place the brake rotor behind the transfer case flange.
Once the rotor is in place, Simply press the dust seal back
on behind the rotor.
Re-install the flange making sure to
properly torque the nut and re-stake it to keep it in place.
Go ahead and reinstall the driveshaft with the longer bolts
included in the kit.
Taking a look at the bracket, you can
see some of the stock transfer case housing bolts need to
be removed. You don't even have to drain the fluid to
do this, so go ahead and get them out of the way. These
bolts will be replaced with longer ones included with the
||Now you will need to disconnect the rear
section of the stock emergency brake and get it out of the way.
Attach the actuator arm of the All Pro brake to the stock brake
assembly. You may need to adjust the actuator arm to get
it to feel and hold, but it's easy to do and only takes a few
||I know it sounds too easy - but that is
all there is! As I said, it may take a few adjustments
to get it set right, but this brake kit from All Pro works well.
I found myself putting it to good use during the build-up of
my 4Runner when I did not even have rear brakes hooked up.
The All Pro e-brake was great for use in parking and stopping
during the build process, even on inclined surfaces. Later
I tested the unit by parking on obstacles and setting the brake,
and was easily able to hold the vehicle securely in place with
the vehicle running, and in neutral... Impressive!
Overall, I have been very impressed
with this emergency brake kit from All Pro Off Road. Easy
installation was followed up by use of a product that works.
Since I was converting to rear disk brakes and thus eliminating
the stock rear emergency brake setup, a kit like that that
takes it's place and is operated by the factory pull lever really
is a great addition to any Toyota.
All Pro Off Road
541 North Palm Ave
Hemet CA, 92543