The Chase Bays Hydraulic Handbrake design has many unique features. We've carefully combed through every detail of this product to provide the most compact, stable, comfortable, and simple solution for adding a hydro e-brake to your car.
Designing our Hydro E-Brake
When we set out to design the perfect handbrake, we took in all the aches and pains of other performance handbrakes, and here's what found. They were too bulky, had poor design, created a large amount of play or shimmy in the handle, extremely uncomfortable on the hand, too hard to pull, and incomplete package (aka missing important components). If you've experienced these issues or you want to avoid them, then you're on the right page. Read on to learn how we fixed these common issues.
By using a side mount or sideways mounted master cylinder, we've created the most compact base and master cylinder mounting available for hydraulic e-brakes. We wanted the ability to install under factory center consoles, and others on the market do not allow for this. Ours is over 2" inches shorter than the current popular options. The increased aesthetics of its minimalism is a nice plus too!
This was huge for us when designing a handbrake. Other hydraulic handbrakes shimmy in all directions from poor machining tolerances (which creates longer throw from wasted space), and the entire assembly flexes on the tunnel since they lack the proper installation hardware. The Chase Brake Hydraulic Handbrake has zero shimmy on the handle.
The factory trans tunnel metal flexes too much, so we're offering a steel plate that matches the handbrake base shape. It's even pre-tapped for the supplied hardware. We recommend stitch-welding this on. The Hydro Handbrake needs to be supported 100% underneath with a steel base if our Reinforcement Plate isn’t used, and any overhang should be supported from underneath so that the Reinforcement Plate or custom base cannot flex.
We have designs for stand-alone and inline style MC, with the handle being reversible for Pull-Up or Pull-Towards. No one else is providing a thought-out one-off solution like ours. Instead, all we see is the same off-the-shelf base with uncomfortable machined handles. Which leads us to our next feature...
Comfort & Master Cylinder Size
If you've used other handbrakes besides ours, then you probably experienced a sore hand. We have implemented a cylinder shape comfort grip atop the Chase Bays Hydro Handbrake handle, and it's guaranteed to leave your hand happy instead of sore.
In addition to this, our handbrake requires minimal force to lock the rear calipers. Nearly every handbrake we see uses a Wilwood base that's designed for a foot-activated pedal, not a hand-activated handle. Our legs are stronger than our arms. Therefore the entire package has to be designed around that.
We've learned a lot about pedal ratios (which is the distance between the swing and master cylinder connection plus the length of the pedal/handle) with our other product, the Chase Bays Brake Booster Delete. We designed a manual brake master cylinder setup that stops the car on a dime and doesn't require additional leg effort.
On our handbrake, we tested many theories and landed on what we know is the perfect pedal/handle ratio for a minimal throw to lock and easy on the arm. Every master cylinder we provide is a 3/4 size bore, and it will work with every chassis and caliper setup you throw at it. So if you have to sit there reading a chart on how to set up your calipers with your master cylinder size, you're doing it wrong.
This does include all 3AN outlet fittings needed and has the option for the mounting plate.
Inline to Stand Alone Conversion
We know how drift cars progress, so we always push to make things seamlessly modular. It is so easy to convert your Chase Bays Inline Handbrake to Stand Alone after your purchase. CLICK HERE FOR THE CONVERSION KIT