How to Install a Hydro Ebrake (Hydraulic E brake)

How to Install a Hydro Ebrake (Hydraulic E brake)


Hey guys!
ChrisFix here
Today I’m gonna show you how to
Install a hydraulic e-brake in your car.
This is a hydraulic e-brake, also known as
A hydro e-brake, or just a hydro,
And it’s used for drifting!
When you pull the hydraulic e-brake, it’s essentially like pressing a normal foot brake in your car,
But you’re only braking with the rear wheels
Which helps you control your drifts.
You can also use the stock e-brake to do this, which is what I’ve been working with,
But it isn’t as strong as a hydraulic e-brake, and it’s already stretched the cable
Just from two drift events.
Plus, when you’re using the stock e-brake you need to make sure you press this button.
Otherwise, this thing can get stuck in the up position,
Which wouldn’t be good.
The other thing is, the stock e-brake isn’t meant to be yanked all the time like this
That can cause the cable to stretch out,
Or even snap.
So, today I’m gonna show you everything
That you need to know on how to install a hydraulic e-brake.
And once we get the e-brake in, then we can get our racing seats in,
Which will be the next video
But one thing at a time, so let’s first install the hydro.
So here’s all the tools and products you’ll need for this job
And I’ll be sure to link everything in the description,
So you can easily find it.
I’m using an ASD Hydro E-Brake. This is one of the best
Quality e-brakes on the market,
Has a nice, long handle to grab onto
And gives you plenty of leverage.
And this e-brake has a reservoir because I’m running a dual-caliper setup.
And besides the e-brake, you’re also gonna need some brake line.
I have some stainless steel braided brake line
And using flexible stainless steel brake hose is gonna make it really easy
To go from the hydro
To the brake caliper.
You’re also gonna need a couple of fittings, in this case
I have a “T” fitting. Everything is “-3AN” fittings to make it simple.
And then we have a “-3AN” fitting
To the stock caliper fitting.
And you’ll need some crush washers to complete the brake install.
And then to make our mount you have two options
If you have a welder, you can weld everything together,
Makes it really easy
I’d actually prefer to do this, but I know not everybody has a welder
So I’m gonna be making this completely bolt-in,
No welder required.
So then after watching this video,
You’ll be able to install your very own hydro e-brake.
So the first thing we need to do is figure out where
We’re gonna mount the hydro e-brake.
And your biggest restriction is gonna be space.
You don’t want it to get in the way of your shifter,
And I’m keeping my stock e-brake so that I’ll have a parking brake,
Because the hydro e-brake doesn’t work as a parking brake. It doesn’t lock.
So I’m gonna want to have my have my e-brake somewhere in-between the steering wheel and the shifter.
That way I can go from the steering wheel
Right to the hydro.
The only problem is, when we put it in first gear
You can see there’s not a lot of room here,
And then in second gear there’s also not a lot of room
So we’re gonna have to keep that in mind
For when we figure out where we want to mount this.
And this area right over here looks pretty good,
And our hydro is gonna end up sitting right on top of this cupholder area.
And lucky for us,
This cupholder just pops right out.
And with the cupholder removed, you can see
We have a nice area to mount our hydro.
And I’m thinking the hydro is gonna go right around here.
That’s looking actually really good.
I’m liking that spot a lot. Plenty of room for first gear and second gear,
Go from steering wheel to hydro, perfect!
That is exactly where I want to mount it.
Now, if you’re not sure where you want to mount your hydro,
Just go to a drift event.
Walk around and check out other people’s cars.
I spent about 15 minutes just looking into cars
And talking with different owners,
And without even asking some of the owners said,
“Hey, go sit in my car, go test it out.”
Not only was this very helpful, but it’ll give you plenty
Of ideas on where you wanna install your hydro.
So after you figure out where you want to mount your hydro,
Now we have the challenge of figuring out where we’re
Gonna run our brake line, which has to come out here,
Then we’re gonna have to run it somewhere back here
And then it’s gonna have to go all the way
To this brake caliper on this side
And the same thing with the other brake caliper on the other side.
Now I have an idea, I wanna see if it’s gonna work
So we’re gonna open this up.
We have two hidden screws,
One under here, and then one under here.
We gotta unscrew those, and with those unscrewed
The center console storage bucket comes right out.
So what I’m thinking is,
We run the brake hose up, and then we’ll root it across back here,
All the way to the back of the center console
And we’ll have a nice pass-through with a grommet right back here.
Then the brake line’s gonna come out here.
From here we can tee the brake line off, one to one caliper,
One to the other caliper
And we’re either gonna have to drill a hole on each side,
Or maybe there might be some stock pass-throughs.
Only one way to find out,
Let’s go and remove this rear seat.
And to remove the back seat is pretty simple.
Right under here, just pull the seat back and then you press this little clip right here
And it pops right up.
There’s one clip on each side so do the other side as well
And remove the seat.
And then hopefully we have some good news underneath this insulation…
Beautiful!
I think this is gonna go through, pull up the grommet
Alright, I see daylight from the other side
I actually see the e-brake cable, that is perfect!
Now I’m just hoping there’s one on the other side…
Yes, beautiful!
And that goes through as well, and you can see the e-brake cable, perfect!
So we need to figure out now
How much brake line we’re actually gonna need
And to do that there’s a little trick. Use a piece of rope.
And we’re gonna run the rope exactly how we’re gonna run the brake lines,
So we know exactly how much brake line we need to order.
So starting from the hydro, we’re gonna go up through the boot for the e-brake
Come around behind this metal bracket.
And then we’re gonna go out right at the bottom of the center console
And this will be routed nice and neat
Up to about this black line right here.
So let’s go measure to this black tape.
See what we got…
We have just about four feet.
Now we need to go from the middle to each caliper.
And right at the middle here, just to give you an idea, we’re gonna have this “T” adapter.
So we have our brake line coming in from the hydro right here,
And then we have our two brake lines going out,
One to each caliper.
So we’ll start from the middle, and run our line right to the hole in the chassis.
And that hole comes out right over here.
We’re gonna have it come up behind here
And it’s gonna come to our brake caliper right about here,
So I’m gonna mark it off with some tape.
And let’s go get a measurement!
How much break line we are going to need
And it looks like we are just going to need over 3ft of break line
Since break line comes in 1 ft increments

100 Replies to “How to Install a Hydro Ebrake (Hydraulic E brake)”

  1. Spoiler Alert! Since I have gotten a ton of questions on why I didnt run the brake line under the carpet, well… That is because I will be gutting the interior for the weld in roll cage, then painting the interior so it looks amazing!

  2. Drifting…. Too much internet, because of when I think of drifting I think of guys wearing Arabs in white sheets…that's the branding.

  3. Hey chris, when I turn 20 or pissible 18 I plan on getting a gt86. I'm going for a drift build and homage to the Initial D AE86. What mods should I first do to start?

  4. Chris, you’ve saved me $1000s in mechanic fees, I do my own oil changes, diff fluid changes, tranny fluid/filter maint, Xfer case, brakes, shit that would have cost me $300+ each service, and X 4 vehicles, do the math Thanks for your great vids and step by step instruction. Get the right tools, a Jaw Gear Puller the most important for removing a frozen rotor (saves hours!)

  5. 11:03 Give it a wrigle anyone know the name for that show that the sound effect came from??? I can't remember the name. Lol

  6. Все ахуенно. Но вот пластиковые стяжки в конце испортили всю композицию. Надо было специальное крепление придумать для фен-шуя.

  7. All i done with the stock hand brake is used a bit of plastic and a whole lotta duck tape to hold the button down so all I had to do was pull it and wouldn't lock up top lol

  8. U seriously have the best videos on how to install tuning parts on cars. Keep up the work. Greetings from germany✌

  9. Just got done rebuilding my entire t5 trans in my mustang…. Let me just start to say that it's a pain in the ass but I now have reverse again so I'm kinda happy lmao

  10. Chirs: Pardon my ignorance (new to drifting) but what did you do with/about the stock brake line to the rear wheels when you installed this? How did you plug the hole in the stock master cylinder? Was this issue resolved when you installed the dual caliper system to the back wheels? With this system, under normal driving, only the front brakes stop the car if you use only the pedal right?

  11. Ight Chris, it takes high amounts of entertainment to get me to subscribe, yet like videos, and even turning on notifications, you, my man, succeeded in pretty much every way possible.

    TL;DR, Chris is one of the best youtubers ever, I really appreciate to work you put into your videos 🤘🏻🤘🏻

  12. Just unknowingly spent my entire Saturday morning watching 3 ChrisFix videos. Now I want to work on my car for the rest of the day.

  13. I don´t have a place to modify a car, don´t need an hydro brake still find this vids very cool. Your jacking method is also very cool, car is quite high

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