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Post by mcalid Tue Jan 24, 2023 11:17 pm

If anyone has one of these for sale then I would be interested.
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Post by natmat Sun Mar 05, 2023 5:30 pm

Sorry, can't help you with your quest to find one...


But was wondering, how does this affect swivelling the driver's seat around. 
Can I still do that with this extension bar fitted (if I can, then I'm going to join your search for one)?

According to https://www.functional-products.co.uk/rare-spares-handbrake-extender it does still allow the seat to swivel.
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Post by Kemerton-bath Tue Mar 07, 2023 12:17 am

We have a Rare-Spares handbrake extender available. It was fitted on the 2015 Kemerton we’ve recently sold and we don’t intend fitting it on the Ducato we now have as it’s an automatic so the handbrake isn’t used as much.

I can confirm it didn’t affect operation of the swivel seat.

They are £80 new, happy to accept £40 plus postage.

Please PM me if interested.

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Post by Sportscar7 Wed Mar 08, 2023 8:44 am

I’d be very interested if it’s still available. I have a 2016 Kemerton 

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Post by Kemerton-bath Thu Mar 09, 2023 11:01 pm

Now sold, thanks for the interest.

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Post by bertb Fri Mar 31, 2023 10:47 am

Good morning all.
I am looking for the same thing. I fitted one to both of the last vans and found it really useful.
The last one went with the (stolen) Dorset and I'm having a problem finding a replacement.
I had a Kobran but they appear not to be imported anymore. So that leaves Rare Spares version 
which looks OK but so far I can only find two sellers. I could buy through Amazon but delivery is
at the end of May! The other choice is a company called Functional-Products but they have no phone
number or address so I'm loath to give them my card details.
So any other ideas please?
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Post by natmat Fri Mar 31, 2023 11:09 am

Hi Bert, 
I have fitted the one I bought from Tim, but haven't used it yet. First test this weekend.
If I don't like it then it may be re-advertised on here... I'll keep you posted.
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Post by bertb Fri Mar 31, 2023 11:13 am

Hahaha, you'll keep it. It's really useful. I had forgotten how far away the handbrake was, especially as I
tend to have the seat at it's highest setting.
But can I have first refusal please Handbrake Extension for Boxer 1f600
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Post by mcalid Tue Apr 04, 2023 10:47 pm

bertb wrote:Hahaha, you'll keep it. It's really useful. I had forgotten how far away the handbrake was, especially as I
tend to have the seat at it's highest setting.
But can I have first refusal please Handbrake Extension for Boxer 1f600
I wish I had first refusal on one of these considering I started this thread!!!
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Post by Paulmold Tue Apr 04, 2023 11:26 pm


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Post by bertb Wed Apr 05, 2023 7:54 am

Thanks Paul, don't know how I missed that!
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Post by mcalid Wed Apr 05, 2023 10:51 pm

Thanks Paul, being parsimonious l was looking for a second-hand one but l could be interested in this one as I am really challenged to use the brake as it is. 
All the Best. 
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Post by natmat Sat Apr 15, 2023 8:00 pm

natmat wrote:Hi Bert, 
I have fitted the one I bought from Tim, but haven't used it yet. First test this weekend.
If I don't like it then it may be re-advertised on here... I'll keep you posted.
... and I've now used it.

Likes:
- that it means I don't have to reach down so fall to find/pull/apply the handbrake 
- increased leverage, means less effort pull up the lever
- when parked (if the pin is removed - allowing the lever to drop and then re-insert the pin), the handbrake cannot be dis-engaged. Though, without the lever fitted this is never a problem - with the lever fitted you can easily/accidentally disengage it... and roll back down your drive and almost crash into your house!!! (warning to self :) ).

Dis-likes:
- too easy to not engage the handbrake, because pulling it up has (by default) the locking button depressed. You pull the lever up and let it go, but the button is still pressed so the lever goes down too and you idon't have the hand brake on.
- adjusting to the changed leverage/angle to cope with the change in clutch's biting-point when hill starting.

Will take a bit of adjustment (mental and physical) to actually use it effectively. 

I'll try it again in a week's time on next trip... I think I might be a covert despite the dis-likes.
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Post by bertb Sat Apr 15, 2023 8:11 pm

Thanks for the update Nat.
I found the one I had really useful but it was different to yours in that
the lever/handle didn't fold down. One problem I found was when it
went in for a service I was asked how it was released.
So far I have lowered the seat and trying it for a while as is. So far 
it feels OK.
(Lowered the seat as far as it will go with the swivel device fitted)
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