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Old 02-08-2008, 01:49 PM   #1
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Brake Handle

Going to replace my Brake handle tonight with the new alluminum one I bought.

Anyone have some advise for me on the removeale of the Center Console and the removel and replacement of the Brake Handle?

Any help, or tips would be appreciated.

Thanks!

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Old 02-09-2008, 10:04 AM   #2
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Here is the link I used to intall a short shifter. It will get the center console off. Replacing the handle looks pretty straight forward from there. I've have read recently how to adjust to get proper tension on brake cable. The emergency brakes are not supposed to start grabbing until after the 2nd click.

Good luck and post some pictures. I have a new emergency handle on order and any additional help you can provide would be appreciated.

Link to B&M Short Shifter Install is HERE
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Old 02-10-2008, 11:32 AM   #3
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You will need to twist and turn the center console a bit to get it free but it's not too hard. Just make sure you also have a terrycloth towel handy to cover/wrap the edges of the console. Otherwise you could scratch the leather while dragging it across/over the passenger seat. Follow the B&M instructions posted above and you won't have any problems. Don't forget to snap from b4 and after pix and post 'em too
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Old 02-10-2008, 02:46 PM   #4
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Oddly enough, I just replaced mine this afternoon!

The directions from the SSK are good for removing the center console.

I also installed a new black console I got for trading something a while back.

I used the directions for replacing the handbrake from this page:

http://www.986faq.com/7-0/handbrake.asp

The only hard part about removing the handbrake is the fact that the tranny cables are in the way and a bit tedious to get around, but it's not bad.

Don't forget the screw under the coin holder in the oddments tray.

BTW, closely examine the hinge on the oddments tray for cracks in the plastic. Mine cracked and broke a while back and super glue didn't hold long. I took the time today to rivet in a new kit sold by Porsche to fix it once and for all.

I also put in a non-smoker's kit and new window switches because the old ones had all the black shiny paint worn off the edges and showed the white plastic below.

Boy, my new ebrake handle, new switches, new console and non-smoker's kit looks nice... and my old console was so wobbly and loose because the plastic around half the screws had broken out completely. Someone before me must have been really hard on that console.

One more thing... found nearly a buck in change under the console all around the place... under the ebrake assembly and in the shifter area. Whomever said NOT to keep change in one's ashtray wasn't kidding!
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I replaced mine Friday night and it wasn't too bad. Took me about an hour and a half. I used the B&M Short Shift Kit installation guide to remove the center console and it worked perfectly.

Check out my other thread titled New Pictures for some pics of the new brake handle.

Randall, what type of handle did you install?
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Standard black leather e-brake. Bought off ebay for something like $9!
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Do you have pics I can see....sounds interesting
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Handbrake handle removal (just the leather grip part):

How to for a 986/996:
1. Pull the alu button off
2. Use your hands and brute force to twist the handle back and forth, to free it up from any glue
3. Pull the handle off
4. Put the new handle on (use a small amount of epoxy?)
5. Put the button back on.

IS THAT CORRECT?

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