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Old 03-07-2010, 12:58 PM   #1
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US Gear and Saturn Vue installation

Hi all, This is my first post and from the threads I've read so far, I'm sure someone out there has encountered and solved this quandry.
I just bought a 2004 Saturn Vue and am in the process of moving the US gear tow brake from my 88 bronco II. My question is where to mount the pulley behind the brake pedal. There is a rather awkward space where I was expecting sheet metal panel. Thanks in advance for any advice you might have. Dave
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We have the same '04 Vue and did our own installation. Found that same sheetmetal situation at approx. the pulley attach. point. Went to Lowes and purchased a 4"X8" piece of metal (don't remember thickness - probably in the 1/32" area). Was going to screw it to the floor which would have easily solved the problem however.... kept looking at the "real" floor and finally decided on a location that has worked for over a year.
Where is your actuator to be installed? Ours is under the drivers seat and had to be slightly moved one time (install it last).
This was one of those projects that took more thought than actual hands on.
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Old 03-08-2010, 09:28 PM   #3
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On my 98 Blazer, I had to fab a "bridge" metal strap to complete the mounting of the cable retainer by the pulley behind the brake pedal. A piece of scrap steel 1 by 4 by 3/32 inch with a offset bend- good to go.

Removed some of the insulation so the cable would lay flat.

Just watch that you don't punch a hole in some wires or lines.
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Hal and gg,
I do appreciate your quick responses and good ideas. I took a break from the UTB installation and installed a Blue Ox baseplate in the Vue after work this evening... at least that was easy!
I'll put the solenoid actuator under the drivers seat in this case, and I got a metal plate from a hotrod building friend in case I have to go that route.
Thanks again, and I'll let y'all know the outcome. Dave
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I also have the US Gear Brake system. I bought a new Vue in 2004 and removed the Us Gear system from the Escort and installed it on the Vue. I also had a time mounting the pulley and cable on the brake pedal. It has never worked as it should since putting on the Vue. It worked great on the escort.
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Dave- what kind of transmission does your Vue have? I had an '03 4cyl with the VTi transmission
that would NOT tow 4 down. I traded for a manual and that's o.k.
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Hey Joe, My Vue has the Honda 3.5 L V6 with the 5 spd. trans.
It's good that you traded the vti in.... lots of problems with that one. Dave
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Dave: The VTi was mfg'd in Bulgaria,a sealed unit with no dipstick. The d/s shaft seals leaked oil and the Tranny rattled like ten aluminum pie pans in the wind. $375.00 in repairs-seals,labor and fluid- no more noise. That's when I found out it wasn't towable 4 down.Ran great afterwards. I tell people I have two cats chasing a hampster in a cage for the power. You have a much better power train than mine.
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