American Shifter Company has established its name as a leading supplier of aftermarket shifters, shift knobs, and shifter accessories, but it also offers an array of other car parts as well. And of its little-known offerings is the brake clevis. Sold in pairs, the American Shifter Company brake clevis enable car owners to use their brake cable kits to work on various braking systems. In this review, we put a brake clevis kit from American Shift through its paces.
- For use with Ford, GM, and Chevrolet vehicles
- Stainless steel construction with protective coating that reduces wear
- Packaged in pairs in a single-sided blister pack
- Designed in the USA
- Installation is pretty straightforward, provided of course you are familiar with the process. Make sure that the vehicle is secured before installing these parts, however, as removing the stock clevis will render the brakes inoperable.
- The stainless steel construction is definitely an improvement from those of a stock clevis. It is stronger, rust-resistant, and comes with a special protective coating that slows down wear. It certainly looks like American Shifter manufactured these parts with longevity in mind.
- Very limited in use. The brake clevis is only for use in brakes for vehicles made by Ford, GM, and Chevy, and, on top of that, they can only be used in conjunction with American Shifter brake cables. We find this to be rather restrictive, but it isn't really much of a problem if you intentionally bought these parts for use with American Shifter cables, and you have the compatible vehicle models mentioned above.
- Does not come with an instruction manual. We actually had to scour online in order to find an installation manual for this part.
- The cost of the brake clevis kit ranges from $35 to $45, which is quite high for what are basically two bended strips of metal. In comparison, brake clevis kits from other brands are priced at $4 to $15.
The American Shifter Company brake clevis kits are essential if you are planning on using American Shifter brake cables. But beyond that, these components don't offer much else in terms of functionality. Granted, each clevis is well-machined from high quality materials, but its price and limitations make it a highly specialized product at best.