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Old 11-25-2010, 09:20 AM   #1
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Help with Ready Brake Cable install

Have a 04 Honda Accord That I am trying to get hole thru firewall so I can get cable conected to brake pedal. So far have 4 test holes and keep finding a double wall behind brake pedal. have drilled test holes directy behind pedal and as far right as I can go. Cant go to left because of unibody frame. Anyone been there done this? Sure could use some ideas as I am all out of them. Thanks in advance and to all Happy Thanksgiving. Rod
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Old 11-25-2010, 10:18 AM   #2
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In a tight spot

I just did this on my 2000 Accord 4 dr sedan and could not believe I was lucky enough to get it with the first test hole. It's like threading a needle with a wet noodle. There is very little room for error because the area that is single wall was so small. Here's what worked for me.
Looking from the engine side of the firewall with a flashlight I found a small recessed area next to the steering column. On my car it is behind a bent section of the hydraulic brake lines. This small recess area (appx 1" x 2") is where there is a single wall.
The trick is... finding the small area from inside the car. I used a tape measure to calculate how far down and to the left the hole needed to be from the steering column. Then from inside the car I had to remove the steering column lower cover at the floor. This allowed me to apply my calculations using the steering column as a reference point as to where the single wall area was. This was difficult because the steering column passes through the firewall at a double wall area, so there is some eyeballing involved.
If your firewall layout is like mine be extremely careful drilling near the brake lines. I used an adjustable depth bit adjusted to 3/16", but you may be able to drill carefully if you think you can control how far through you drill. Maybe a block of wood behind the brake lines, but not much room for that.
Once I successfully drilled the test hole, I enlarged it with the correct size bit. Then from the engine side of the firewall I had to bend the brake line to the side to allow access for the cable to pass through.
Hope this helps,
Please post back with your results, this may help someone in the future with the same concern.
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Wanabee FTer. Thanks so much for the reply. I got a chance to take a peek at the Honda and I see what you are saying. I would really like to take a try at it today but DW is not happy with the greese monkey routine on Thanksgiving Day. Thanks again for info. Will let you know how I make out hopefully tomorrow.
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Happyho,
You are most welcome. I totally understand about the "no working on the RV" thing on thanksgiving. I could not complete a project I started yesterday and DW knows me well enough to say, "Don't even think about it" last night.
As a firm believer in a happy wife = a happy life, I did not make a stand on this issue.
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Wanabee FTer You were right on. Exactly as you stated. My brain had me working about 2 inches too low. After studying what you said and getting some more carpet padding out of the way and looking at both sides of firewall I was able to see what you said. I thank you very much. You not only saved me a lot frustration but saved the Honda floorboards from looking like swiss cheese. Thanks so much--Rod
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Great job Rod
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