Rare Spares VW T5 T6 Extender
Volkswagen Transporter T5 & T6 Version
From 2003 to Current Models
manufactured in the United Kingdom, The RARE-SPARES Handbrake
Extender makes your handbrake much more accessible if required.
years that our Ducato extender has been in production we have occasionally been
asked whether we can provide an extender for VW Transporters.
Transporter T5 and T6 extenders being offered here are a limited production
issue based on components used in our best selling Ducato extender. These are then modified in-house to fit
existing T5 and T6 handbrake levers.
extender retains our standard feature of the lever being able to be dropped
down. This may be useful for those
vehicles fitted with swivel seats, though this will naturally depend on individual
dimensional clearances etc.
version (as with our current Universal Ducato extender) has the operating lever
spring-loaded to give a more positive feel and to dampen any lever vibration
that might occur under certain circumstances when driving.
Otherwise all features are as before
with our standard extender. The Rare-Spares extender has always been
(1) Once the vehicle is parked, the lever itself can be moved out of
the way downwards to reduce the overall height of the complete assembly to
little more than the original handbrake. The second photograph above
(2) The RARE-SPARES Handbrake Extender raises the
handbrakes's handgrip higher than other extenders (giving approximately a 200mm
or 8" increase in height) to make it easily reached.
information, see www.functional-products.co.uk
Operating the Brake
The use of
the handbrake when driving is self-explanatory and will soon be found straightforward
after a short trial.
of the lever which operates directly on the existing release button obviates
the need to press the release button with the thumb. Instead the whole arm is
The lever’s rubber
grip is also of a larger diameter than conventional handbrakes. On these two
counts then it is eminently suited for those suffering from restricted and/or
painful movement of the fingers and thumbs.
IMPORTANT: The movement of the lever
on the handbrake's release button effectively makes the handbrake act as the
type known in the vintage motoring era as a ‘Fly-Off’ handbrake. Because of
this quick release nature, driver should always play doubly safe by
leaving the vehicle in gear. This is something recommended by all
experienced campervan and motorhome users whatever the method of handbrake
Please satisfy yourself that you are
happy with the concept of this 'Fly-Off' action prior to ordering.
Dropping the Lever
achieved by pulling out an aircraft style quick release pin. This lets the
lever swing downwards until it touches the floor. Depending on your T5 or
T6 seat set-up this could provide clearance for swivel seats to turn.
If the quick
release pin is replaced whilst the lever is in the down position, this provides
an additional safety feature for when playful children are
present. Neither inquisitive fingers nor the extension lever itself can
reach the original handbrake's operating button
Do not mistakenly compare this product with the one or two on the market
that have a 'cheap and cheerful' appearance. When you have paid a great
deal of money for your campervan or motorhome, why spoil it with an accessory
with a 'Heath Robinson' appearance? The RARE-SPARES Handbrake Extender is
a quality good looking product manufactured using the finest materials:
The clamping body is injection
moulded from glass-filled nylon which is extremely tough and shatter-proof.
The lever itself is made from 6mm satin
finish stainless steel.
The hand grip is made from soft high grip bi-coloured rubber.
The photos show the T5/T6 handbrake grip that this extender will
Note that the existing VW outer plastic covering grip is not removed to
fit this extender
We generally hold no or very little stock of these extenders as they are made as a private venture in small batches when our workload allows. To cover this effectively 'made to order' situation we feel we have to quote up to 30 days delivery. Please be aware of this situation as even if we are showing this item to be available, this means availability within the 30 days. However, generally your wait will be much less than that and your extender could be despatched within 2 working days!