Originally Posted by Drivingsilv
Just had the ReadyBrake installed on our 2012 smart car. The installer exited the brake cable through the bumper plastic right above where the plate goes. really makes the car look like a windup toy now. Couldn't he have bright it through the grill work? Anyone with a ReadyBrake and smart toad want to share where their brake cable exits the front of the car? pic is from top.
First off, and this is not to chastise you but, if you know how the Ready Brake works and, how it's to be installed so that it works correctly, if you didn't want the cable end to protrude out of the place it is, I would have thought you maybe make a suggestion to the installer about it's exit point BEFORE the work began. Now, if he's an experienced installer of these systems, then he most likely picked the exit point that was the most efficient and, would allow the unit to work correctly.
Second, you can have as many bends in the cable in that engine compartment as needed but, each bend MUST BE SECURED so that, when under tension, as in when the brakes are being applied, that cable CANNOT ATTEMPT to straighten out. Every engine compartment is different. And smooth, straight routing of that cable is by far, not the normal setup. Obviously the least amount of bends is better due to the fact that there would be less friction and resistance but, it's not always feasible.
So, if there are multiple bends, then each bend must be secured to stay in the position it's laid out in.
And, there really isn't that much pressure or, tension on that end of the cable housing. It merely supports the exit of the internal cable. There's more tension on the bends, (if any or all) than the ends. Below is a picture of my install of our Ready Brake, in our 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab 4x4. I made the bracket that retains that cable housing end. But, with a little ingenuity, I kept the cable end from protruding out the grill.
I also setup the cable end at the brake pedal so it's not connect 24/7 - 365. The cable end lays under the floor mat until it comes time to need it. Then, all the wife does is, reach under the floor mat and, hook it to the small pin, I installed on the brake arm. It's just a cleaner install that way. I also installed a turn buckle in the link cable between the toad and the coach. That way, if and when any adjustment is needed, you can instantaneously micro-adjust that turn buckle for the proper tension. Just some ideas for you.