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reaer brake drums..whats the secret?

Hi Gang,

I was trying last weekend to get the rear brake drums off my ZUk (88.5) to try and unfreeze the E-brake but had no success. I searched this board for clues and found that I am not the only person who has had trouble with this (suprise!). I also found people referring to a couple of 10mm holes to srew bolts in and help pop the drum off.

My rear drums do not seem to have these holes. I took off the four bolts that hold the drum on and pounded the snot out of it with a hammer, but it wouldn't budge. IS there something I am missing? I noticed there are a couple of REALLY rusty screws around the outside edge of where the drum is, maybe these screw into the backing plate or ??? I have never taken the brake drums of anything before, so as usual, I am just guessing.

Can anyone offer a suggestion about getting the drums off so I can stare blankly at what's inside?

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Re: reaer brake drums..whats the secret?

Use a slide hammer on the lug studs.. Don't ferget to release the parking brake
Mine came right off, brakes were toast though..

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Try loosing the lug nuts with the wheel on and removing the four center bolts. This allows you to use the wheel as a small slide hammer. For me it works great. Maybe because of the tire size. Anyway when you get them off spray the thing with wd40 or something simular so they don't rust together agian.

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Re: reaer brake drums..whats the secret?

your ebrake is frooze? on or off? if its on you will have to take the cable off to get the brake to un aply befor you get them to come of .and then get a BIG hammer

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Re: reaer brake drums..whats the secret?

Silly rabbit, you forgot to say "Open Sesame".[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]

Try the trick with the tire on as mentioned above. 'round these parts, a ridge of rust builds up and prevents the drum from sliding over the shoes.

Also, this would be a really good time to contemplate a rear disc brake conversion. You can buy kits (there are two main types) or you could do the "home-grown" type than most of the Nor'Easters are running. For a really easy swap, the Trail Tough kit is probably the best bet, as the ebrake will remain on the axle/wheel. The standard rear disc kit is $249. Or you could go crazy and get the full floater/rear disc for $749.

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Re: reaer brake drums..whats the secret?

I made a puller by drilling some holes in some plate steel with one hole in the middle then just tightened the lugs and then the center bolt to pop them off

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Re: reaer brake drums..whats the secret?

My parking brake gets stuck too. I just lean under the rear of the rig and give the lever a nudge. Thats enough to pop it open. I have to do both sides. Soon I hope to have rear disc brakes..... I dont use the parking brake much anyway.

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Re: reaer brake drums..whats the secret?

I am puzzled that there are no 10mm threaded holes on the face of your brake drum. They should be 180 degrees apart and a little closer to the center of the axle than the wheel studs. Weird. Maybe they're aftermarket drums...

Ditto on what everyone else has mentioned. I used the 10mm holes to spring mine -- I had to double-check the e-brake linkage to make sure that the ebrake was not engaged --and they popped off.

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Re: rear brake drums..secret?

One side of my Zuke had the holes, the other didn't. I had to get a new drum for the drivers side and it had the holes in it. So I guess it must be a cheap aftermarket replacement drum that doesn't have the threaded holes. They sure are a big help tho!

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