You see, the axle I installed was from an older Jeep, a 1987. This new-to-me axle's parking brake cables used guides and equal-length brake cables. However, my Jeep, a 1997, is equipped with bracketry for a 3 cable system with a tension adjuster link.
NAXJA, I decided it would be easiest to just install new-style cables in the drums. Unfortunately, mine had gone with the other Jeep when I swapped axles. Swapping cables requires removal of several internal drum brake components, and this is exactly the dirty job I have been avoiding for a year. In the meantime, a member of my North American XJ Association from the East Coast found himself with an extra set of cables I could use. He replied to my thread and offered to mail them to me if I paid shipping - so I did! (and I really like that my participation at NAXJA lead to this unique interaction spanning coast to coast!)
Before and After comparison photos.
|I installed the new cables, removed unnecessary hardware, and cleaned up some line routing.|