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Cover for brake lines with running boards removed?

Discussion in 'Stock 2006 -2010 Explorers' started by bluesq, July 6, 2019.

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  1. bluesq

    bluesq New Member

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    I took off the "mom steps" since they were faded and kinda lame looking but once they were off I noticed how exposed the brake lines are. Is there a cover made for the brake lines? If not I might just refinish the running boards and put them back on. I feel like the brake lines are super exposed with the running boards off. Anyone else have a tip or trick that I can use to have the running boards off while having protection for those lines?

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  3. ThunderbirdSport

    ThunderbirdSport Active Member

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    I wouldn't worry too much about them...lots of trucks are the same way.

    Unless you do a lot of off roading...
     
  4. bluesq

    bluesq New Member

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    Yeah, once in a while. Clearly it's not set up for anything major but I hit the desert from time to time. I think the pic below is the thing I'm looking for. Other threads say this is part 6L2Z-7810176-AA but it's a tough one to find.

    Other trucks are setup this way too? That seems really sketchy.

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    If you are hitting stuff with the potential to damage your brakelines, your brakes should be low on the list of worries. Its super common for them to be run along the frame like that, because its one of the safest places for them.

    I had taken my running boards off because I also think it looks better without them, but eventually put them back on, my wife and daughter are grateful, and it makes messing with stuff on the roof rack a lot easier.
     
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    Those are not your brake lines by the way, they are the parking brake cables.


    The routing is commonplace especially with ladder frame vehicles. We beat the snot out of our super duty trucks with the same routing dragging the frame quite a bit and never have had issues. If you didn't have issues before with running boards I don't see how you would without running boards.
     
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    I'll echo the comment above. Virtually every pickup truck I've owned that had a mechanical parking brake had the cable located in a similar spot, exposed out on the frame rail like that. Sometimes covered by steps or running boards, but usually not. With extensive off road and construction site use, no issues.
     
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    BKennedy Elite Loser Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    I have been dragging my Explorer's frame over rocks for 20+ years and never once damaged the park brake cables.
     
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    You might be able to get a metal shop to make you a piece of steel or aluminum L-channel that you bolt onto the frame and paint it black, or possibly buy ready-made L-channel but I don't know how thin you can get it with enough width, would probably be more like plate thickness while the metal shop could use sheet thickness, maybe 12 gauge to reduce cost and weight.
     

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