Kiravans VW T5 T6 Handbrake Lowering Kit

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Customer Reviews

Based on 16 reviews

Fiddly and not a 100% fit but does the job and my seats swivel

Peter Gray
Easy to fit mod

Well made item that did the job perfectly.

Team Gray
Vw t5

Very happy with this, it works well and fitting was good as followed the video on the Kiravans site. I found I can swivel the seat which now clears the handbrake when down, better still the handbrake can be applied when the drivers seat is facing into the rear, which is a bonus rather than relying on the van being in gear only.
The parcel did arrive without the bolts and two pipes to fit the kit with, however I got in contact with Kiravans and John replied quickly and posted out the bits I needed straight away, such a great service which is rare these days and all this was carried out whilst they were very busy moving to another warehouse.
Thanks again John and will highly recommend Kiravans.

Uel Nesbitt
Kiravans VW T5 T6 Handbrake Lowering Kit

Great product which helps keep the drivers seat close to the original comfortable height by not having to use the riser bars after installing a RIB swivel base. The lowering kit was easily installed and is a sturdy mod which when used with the molded plastic rear cover looks like an OEM part. As always, fitting was speeded up by watching the Kiravan’s fitting video before installation . Does exactly what it says on the tin allowing the drivers seat to swivel without obstructions and you do get used to the lower position of the handbrake very quickly.


Fitting a swivel to your VW Transporter drivers seat?

As is often the way in the world of campervans, it's not quite as straight forward as you might think. The main issue you'll find is that the handbrake (even when released) sits higher than your the metal seat base in your van. If you fit a swivel on top of the seat base it will crash into your handbrake when you attempt to rotate your seat. This is a problem!

Realistically you have 3 options to get around the issue:


Option 1: Use a RIB swivel

These drivers side swivels include a pair of 20mm spacer bars which raise your swivel and seat up a bit higher. The extra height is sufficient to just clear the handbrake.

However... you are now stuck with a seat that is, in total, 45mm higher than originally designed by VW. You will also find that your handbrakes plastic trim may also need to be removed in order to gain a couple of of extra millimeters clearance.


Option 2: Fit a handbrake lowering kit

Typically these are supplied by the swivel manufacturer (e.g. Sportscraft). By removing your handbrake and refitting it at a lower height, you'll have space to rotate your seat without it hitting your brake lever.

However... the handbrake mods tend to look rubbish as your plastic handbrake trim no longer fits, and you tend to end up with your handbrake resting at a weird angle.



So Kiravans have created, what we believe is, the perfect handbrake lowering kit:

  • It includes new vacuum-formed plastic trim cover for your handbrake bracket
  • 4mm steel bracket to avoid any flexing
  • All the nuts, bolts and cable protection you'll need to fit it in 10 minutes
  • It's compatible with every single swivel on the market & with our Double Seat Swivel

If you want to use a RIB drivers swivel with our lowering kit the great news is that you can now remove the spacer bars and drop your seat down by 20mm! 

Our handbrake lowering kit is compatible with the VW Transporter T5, T6 & T6.1. Check out our fitting video to see just how easy this is to install.


Designed for use with the standard rubber floor mat. If your van has an extra layer of carpet (such as the Caravelle) then the plastic trim will not fit properly.

Warning light information: In left-hand drive (European) vehicles the switch that activates your handbrake indicator light must be removed in order to install this handbrake kit. This means that the red handbrake indicator light on the dashboard will not function when you apply the brake.

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