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    #76
    Hydro-boost can be made reduced effort. My 07 GMC Savanna, same as an express 1500, has hydro-boost. It was a first for the conversion place who actually shopped it out to a brake specialist who figured out how to do it. My braking arm is total c5 and fairly weak but I don't have any trouble stopping my van. They added two additional boosters that are mounted underneath the van. They may have done other things, all I know its been working like a charm for 8 years and 110k.
    This is the place if anyones interested: http://powerbrakeservice.net
    pat@beachmobility.com

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      #77
      Originally posted by pattherat View Post
      Hydro-boost can be made reduced effort. My 07 GMC Savanna, same as an express 1500, has hydro-boost. It was a first for the conversion place who actually shopped it out to a brake specialist who figured out how to do it. My braking arm is total c5 and fairly weak but I don't have any trouble stopping my van. They added two additional boosters that are mounted underneath the van. They may have done other things, all I know its been working like a charm for 8 years and 110k.
      This is the place if anyones interested: http://powerbrakeservice.net
      I think we found a winner with this. I haven't actually watched yet some of the videos they have on their youtube channel, but this place came up in a search I was doing for ported hydroboost setups.

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        #78
        I may have to hit them up again for a Jeep Unlimited I'm building. It's got 37" meats on 20" rims.
        pat@beachmobility.com

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          #79
          great thread. thx everyone. pat, i'll call this guy.
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            #80
            I reached out via phone and email yesterday. haven't heard back yet
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              #81
              Just talked to Matt at powerbrakeservice.net. It seems his father Bob Sweeting is the one who designed and built my brake system. They have since split into to competing businesses and don't talk. Matt says he can build you a system but would like to see pics of mine first. I found a number for Bob but no answer ... 562-394-8218 email is powerbrakebob@msn.com.

              You mentioned you have suregrips and the window button are in the way? Are you getting full brake without hitting them? I have the same setup and mine are rotated up to barely go over the switches, if they weren't they would definitely interfere. It's not an ideal position for your arm though and I've wanted to increase the one of the bends in the control so I could make the them sit level and still clear the switches but never got around to it.
              Last edited by pattherat; 6 Aug 2015, 3:28 PM.
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                #82
                yah, I clear, just clear. im using right angle suregrips, the regular push rock were terrible for me in there.

                Originally posted by pattherat View Post
                Just talked to Matt at powerbrakeservice.net. It seems his father Bob Sweeting is the one who designed and built my brake system. They have since split into to competing businesses and don't talk. Matt says he can build you a system but would like to see pics of mine first. I found a number for Bob but no answer ... 562-394-8218 email is powerbrakebob@msn.com.

                You mentioned you have suregrips and the window button are in the way? Are you getting full brake without hitting them? I have the same setup and mine are rotated up to barely go over the switches, if they weren't they would definitely interfere. It's not an ideal position for your arm though and I've wanted to increase the one of the bends in the control so I could make the them sit level and still clear the switches but never got around to it.
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                  #83
                  Pat, shoot me an email please jpsquires@att.net would like to get pics of your hand control etc

                  Originally posted by pattherat View Post
                  just talked to matt at powerbrakeservice.net. It seems his father bob sweeting is the one who designed and built my brake system. They have since split into to competing businesses and don't talk. Matt says he can build you a system but would like to see pics of mine first. I found a number for bob but no answer ... 562-394-8218 email is powerbrakebob@msn.com.

                  You mentioned you have suregrips and the window button are in the way? Are you getting full brake without hitting them? I have the same setup and mine are rotated up to barely go over the switches, if they weren't they would definitely interfere. It's not an ideal position for your arm though and i've wanted to increase the one of the bends in the control so i could make the them sit level and still clear the switches but never got around to it.
                  Last edited by fuentejps; 6 Aug 2015, 4:17 PM.
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                    #84
                    Here's what was added to the brake system in case anyone else was interested. I have no clue what they are:



                    Here's the Suregrips:



                    Full brake:



                    I think it would clear if this was bent more:

                    pat@beachmobility.com

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                      #85
                      Apparently this system is pretty good. A truck diesel shop might be able to retro fit it for you without having to "invent" anything.
                      http://lincolntrial.integr8cms.net/i...-brake-booster
                      I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                        #86
                        I don't think those suregrips should have left the shop that way if they set them up. Be careful bending at that spot. You might end up with interferance with the steering wheel. A bend close to the far bend might work better. That shaft as-is is just screwed up. From here it looks like it needs to be custom fitted,
                        I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                          #87
                          I see all of you guys are rocking full size vans
                          C5/C6 Complete since 08/22/09

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                            #88
                            Originally posted by Mac85 View Post
                            I see all of you guys are rocking full size vans
                            I used to drive a full-sized Ford E-150 from my chair, MPD hand controls and a tri-pin, EZLock. I switched to a minivan 6 years ago (Dodge Grand Caravan, Braun Entervan, MPD hand controls and a tri-pin, EZLock), and while I do miss being up high and seeing over traffic, I don't miss the cumbersome size. I just got a new Grand Caravan (Braun Entervan again, or Braunability as they go by now, MPD hand controls and a tri-pin, EZLock), but I also added a Adapt Solutions Power-Pull for those times when I'm on a slope or just uneven enough to make the ramp too steep to push up.

                            C-6 functioning quad, by the way (almost 25 years).

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                              #89
                              yah, im not a sure grip fan. the geometry seems different than mpd, less leverage cause of mounting point. im switching back to mpd. heres my right angle sure grip. took it to a local garage , the owner was great he adjusted them up and got them smoother braking. hes not a dealer but has worked on hand controls over the years. didn't like the angles as they were mounted. said no problem mounting aftermarket hydrobooster

                              pat, I emailed with Bob, will chat Monday with him.


                              Originally posted by nonoise View Post
                              I don't think those suregrips should have left the shop that way if they set them up. Be careful bending at that spot. You might end up with interferance with the steering wheel. A bend close to the far bend might work better. That shaft as-is is just screwed up. From here it looks like it needs to be custom fitted,
                              Last edited by fuentejps; 8 Aug 2015, 4:47 PM.
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                                #90
                                Originally posted by fuentejps View Post
                                yah, im not a sure grip fan. the geometry seems different than mpd, less leverage cause of mounting point. im switching back to mpd. heres my right angle sure grip. took it to a local garage , the owner was great he adjusted them up and got them smoother braking. hes not a dealer but has worked on hand controls over the years. didn't like the angles as they were mounted. said no problem mounting aftermarket hydrobooster

                                pat, I emailed with Bob, will chat Monday with him.
                                Right on.
                                I really like the Suregrip push/rock. They're much easier to maintain acceleration for long trips. MPDs would really wear on my neck muscles after a while.
                                That GM would design the door with the switches like that when they must know that many people that buy their vans use hand controls is ridiculous. You would have much better leverage and stopping power if you could extend your controls. At the very least mobility conversion places should offer a replacement panel with the switches relocated when they install hand controls.
                                pat@beachmobility.com

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