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GB Potential Group Buy - Fiesta ST Drift Button (Handbrake Button Mod)

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Hey Folks,

So I have been working on another project for the Fiesta that enables the handbrake to be used without the button popping out to lock it into place. This has been a particular sore point for me during rallycross events when I use the handbrake and I don't fully compress the button leaving it up one or two "clicks" and the car starts beeping at me (and I think something more serious is wrong like overheating).

The handbrake remains fully functional by pulling it out to lock it into place.

Here it is in action:
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The button will be two pieces and be made of 3D printed ABS plastic in black. I am doing this for myself but was wondering if anyone else would be interested. I would be willing to do this for the community if I could get minimum 5 people interested. Price would be right around $55. The installation would also require you remove the plastic/rubber cover off the handbrake (requires heating it up with a heat gun on a low setting and working it off). The install is fairly involved compared to other vehicles due to the spring location on the Fiesta.

I'll keep track if folks are interested.
 


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This is interesting. I am interested to know how well the stock handbrake setup works to initiate. I am totally aware of drift buttons coming from the 240sx world.

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This is interesting. I am interested to know how when the stock handbrake setup works to initiate. I am totally aware of drift buttons coming from the 240sx world.
Not entirely sure I follow but the stock handbrake won’t do much on dry pavement other than get the front pointed into a turn.

It’s more used for getting the back end around on loose surfaces like snow and dirt and wet tarmac.

I really just used the “drift” moniker because then people would understand what it is. I’ve had this idea for awhile and never knew it had a real name.


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I'm interested, but I'm no guinea pig...I'd definitely be in after I hear reviews from the first run.
 


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I'm interested, but I'm no guinea pig...I'd definitely be in after I hear reviews from the first run.
Understood, wouldn’t be making any for the forum until I install/test mine. Install will be tough and not for everyone.


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Not entirely sure I follow but the stock handbrake won’t do much on dry pavement other than get the front pointed into a turn.

It’s more used for getting the back end around on loose surfaces like snow and dirt and wet tarmac.

I really just used the “drift” moniker because then people would understand what it is. I’ve had this idea for awhile and never knew it had a real name.


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There were some late night typos in that comment hahahhaha it should read would like to know how well it makes the stock handbrake setup initiate. You stated that above. I asked that also because specifically at Octane academy they had install a bigger rear hydraulic hand brake setup in the cars specifically for corner initiation and sliding.
 


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There were some late night typos in that comment hahahhaha it should read would like to know how well it makes the stock handbrake setup initiate. You stated that above. I asked that also because specifically at Octane academy they had install a bigger rear hydraulic hand brake setup in the cars specifically for corner initiation and sliding.
Yeah a hydraulic handbrake would be a whole 'nother level. This just adds some convenience to using the existing handbrake on loose surfaces. A hydraulic unit is definitely in my future but a much bigger undertaking.
 


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Doubt we will have enough interest for a group buy. Just reach out to me if you are interested. I’ll send @The Cuzi one so he can review it.

Pictures of the prototype. Working well on the bench.







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this is neat, I had one on my S14 when I thought it was going to be a drift car, turned it into grip and left it on there. .
 




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