Brabus Handbrake Grip Fitting
Fitting the Brabus Handbrake.
Fortwo 450 & Early 451
Remove the original handbrake cover by levering out the plastic pin from underneath (this is a pain),
then pull out the insert the pin sat in. Unscrew the handbrake button and then slide the old grip off.
This is what you are left with.
The Brabus grip is loose on the handbrake handle so a few wraps of tape not only makes the grip
more secure, it also stops the lever from splitting in two which will cause the handbrake to fail.
Slide the new grip on. Turn the leather gaiter inside out, slide it onto the grip and zip tie it into place.
Use a 2mm allen key to tighten the grub screws on each side. Do not overtighten them.
Screw the new button into the end and pull the gaiter around the right way and into place.
It would seem that smart's 1st run of 451s used up the last of the 450 handbrake levers
and covers. From that point on, there was a new design which came off in a different way.
You will need a 22mm spanner, cloth and a hammer.
Drape the cloth over the lever, place the 22mm spanner behind the grip,
remove the handbrake button by unscrewing it and then hit the spanner
forwards near the base. The grip will slowly move forwards and come off.
The grip is held in with small tabs and an interference fit. No match for a hammer.
With the grip off you can see it is very different from the 450 handbrake lever.
Run a few wraps of tape around the end to make the new grip a tighter fit.
You will need to find/buy/make a washer for the end or the handbrake button won't work.
I used an old Dremel cut off disc that I killed cutting something silly.
Slide the new grip in place and tighten the grub screws at the back. Refit the button.
I found that a few loops of duct tape at the back of the handle gave the grub screws something
to dig into and made it more secure. You can now fit the leather gaiter and make it look nice.