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How To Do A 14 Bolt Swap and KEEP Your Emergency Brake

Swapping in a 14 bolt axle is a popular modification among off-roaders. One of the downsides to the mod is losing the vehicle’s emergency brake (aka e-brake or parking brake). This is because either:

  1. The 14 bolt axle isn’t compatible with the e-brake on the vehicle it’s going on.
  2. The swapper is upgrading to disc brakes on their 14 bolt axle, and most disc brake conversion kits aren’t compatible with e-brakes.

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The good news is you don’t necessarily have to lose your e-brake if you want a 14 bolt axle on your truck. In this article, we’ll show you how to keep your emergency brake while swapping to a 14 bolt axle and/or upgrading to disc brakes.

Great Reasons for Switching to a 14 Bolt Axle

First, let’s talk about why a 14 bolt axle is a great upgrade for off-road trucks. It’s because the 14 bolt is super strong and relatively easy to source (as lots of them are in junkyards). There were so many of them made that they are cheap to buy. Also, 14 bolt axles have a lot of parts that are easy to upgrade and customize.

When you’re building your truck, the 14 bolt axle offers a lot of choices. There are many gearing and locker options available. It’s also easy to upgrade the axle to disc brakes.

Compared to most, if not all, axles out there, the 14 bolt axle delivers a lot of bang for the buck. It’s no wonder a lot of off-road enthusiasts make a point to switch to a 14 bolt axle when building their rig.

How to Keep Your Emergency Brakes While Swapping to a 14 Bolt Axle

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The emergency brake is important, especially while off-roading. That’s why we at Lugnut4x4 developed an e-brake compatible disc brake conversion kit for 14 bolt axles. Whether you’re looking to upgrade to disc brakes on your existing 14 bolt axle or do a 14 bolt swap, here’s how you can keep your emergency brake:

  1. Order a standard 14 bolt disc brake conversion kit
  2. Select a set of calipers that have a built-in parking brake (in the drop-down list under “Calipers”)
  3. Order all the hardware you need to connect the emergency brake on the calipers to your factory e-brake setup

If you need any help finding the right disc brake conversion kit, emergency brake calipers, or hardware, you’re welcome to reach out to us. We’re happy to lend a hand.