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  • How To Determine If Your Trailer Has Free-Backing Brake Assemblies When Replacing a Surge Coupler
  • To find out if you have free backing brakes, there are really only two ways I can think of to test. First, if your coupler works, you can push your surge coupler to move your trailer in reverse. If the brakes apply, then you know you do not have free backing brakes. If you can move it easily, then your brakes are free backing. If your coupler is broken and thus the reason you are replacing then you will need to go to the second testing option. You will need to pull one of your hubs...
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  • Replacement Electric Brake Assemblies for Mobile Home Axles with 12 inch Brakes
  • If your trailer's axles have the 5 bolt brake flange and 12 by 2 inch drums then the brake assemblies, part # AKEBRK-7-SA, will work for you. Verify by measuring the inner diameter and width of the drums. You should know that mobile home axles are designed for one time use and therefore replacement parts can be difficult to find. They generally don't fit the standard parts. If you're running into this you may be better off replacing the axles on your trailer to make it easier later...
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  • Recommended Disc Brake Conversion for 7,000 lb Dexter Axles
  • On your 2018 Montana 3791 RD, with Dexter 7K axles, we do have the parts but not in a kit for axles that large. I recommend the Kodiak Disc Brake Kit - 13" Hub/Rotor - 7,000 lbs # K2HR712D along with Bearing Kit # BK3-100. I recommend using grease # L11390 and cap # F001520 instead of doing the oil bath simply because if a seal fails you can melt your bearings and cause more issues than what grease would allow. Then for the electrical aspects, I recommend the HydraStar Electric-Hydraulic...
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  • Choosing the Correct 10 x 2-1/4 Inch Electric Brakes
  • The brakes need to fit the axle. Or more specifically the hubs and the brake mounting flanges on the axle. One thing that may be confusing you is that brake assemblies for 4,400 pound axles and those for 3,500 pound axles are both 10 x 2-1/4 inches. The difference will be the brake mounting flange bolt hole pattern. If your axle is a indeed a 3,500 pound axle # AKEBRK-35-SA will work for you. The mounting bolts are included but you need part # BRKH10B for the nuts and lock washers. If...
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  • Disc Brake Kit Recommendation to fit 7,000 lb Dexter Axles
  • For your Dexter 7k axles the Kodiak Kit part # K2HR712D would fit and work well. Your EZ lube grease caps from your current hubs will fit the hub/rotors and for bearings you would need # 25580 and # 14125A and then for the seal you would want the part # RG06-070.
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  • Why is 10 or 12 Gauge Wire Recommended for Electric Brake Assemblies
  • The reason that 10 Gauge # 10-1-1 or 12 Gauge # 12-1-1 wire is recommended for 10" brake assemblies, like part # AKEBRK-35-SA, is because they pull more power than the lights on your trailer. I believe the green wire you are referring to carries the right turn/stop lighting functions as you can see from the attached photo of a trailer side 4-Way. The 14 and 16 gauge wires are too small for the amount of power needing to get to the brake assemblies and they could potentially get too hot,...
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  • Difference Between Dexter and etrailer.com Brand 12 inch Brake Assemblies
  • Dexter brake assemblies like the part # 23-458-459 are essentially the best ones on the market. They use the best materials and and incredibly reliable and well-made. That being said the etrailer.com brand assemblies part # AKEBRK-7-SA are also very well made too. We have sold a ton of these and gotten very positive feedback on how well they well they work and how reliable they are. If it was my money I would go with these unless you want to have the absolute nicest materials money...
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  • Which Electric Brakes Will Give the Best Performance?
  • Dexter and Hayes/Al-Ko make quality brakes and one isn't necessarily better than the other. The majority of the time, the biggest factor in determining the life of a brake is going to be the load it is asked to help stop, the ruggedness of the ride, how often it is used and proper adjustment. Brakes that are self-adjusting such as the Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit # 23-464-465 are popular because adjustments are made automatically and enhance the brake's performance - and...
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  • Troubleshooting Electric Trailer Brake Assembly Magnets
  • We have an article to assist with checking your brake magnets like you are stating. The resistance will go down because the brake magnets are connected in parallel. Since the voltage doesn't change, the amperage draw needs to increase to power the magnets. This is Ohms law in action based on my research. You obviously already have a multimeter like # BTMT15 so if you determine based on the article that you need to replace magnets, I recommend # BP01-180 for 12 inch Dexter assemblies...
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  • Disc Brake Kit Recommendation for Lippert 7k Axles
  • The disc brake kit # K2HR712D that you referenced should work well for you. You would need a quantity of 2 of these for each of your axles. These have the same bolt pattern as your current setup and are rated a 7k. You can verify that these will fit your spindle by removing a current hub and checking the numbers on the bearings. If they are 25580 for the inner and 14125A for the outer this kit would fit the spindle and work well. This kit will fit a spindle that has a diameter of 1.25...
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  • Troubleshooting Weak Braking After Installing New Dexter Electric Brakes on Trailer
  • If you have self-adjusting assemblies like the Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Brake Kit # 23-468-469 installed on your trailer, they will indeed continue to adjust as you pull the trailer around. It does sound like you performed the initial manual adjustment correctly, so you should see improved performance as you continue to use them. Driving around in a parking lot and using the brake controller's manual override like you mentioned is a good way to do this. Otherwise, since the brakes were recently...
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  • How to Measure to Determine the Size Trailer Brakes Needed For Hydraulic Drum Replacement
  • To determine the size of the brake assemblies you need you have to measure the depth and width of the hub drum on the axle like what you see in the picture I attached. The most common size is 2-1/4 inch wide like the # T4071600-500 that you referenced.
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  • Comparing The etrailer.com Self-Adjusting To The Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Brake Assemblies
  • The only difference between the Electric Trailer Brake Kit - Self-Adjusting - 10" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies - 3,500 lbs # AKEBRK-35-SA and the Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit - 10" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies - 3.5K # 23-468-469 other than brand name are that the etrailer.com brake assemblies have brake shoe material that is cut during production versus scored and snapped off. This actually makes it a better brake shoes because the brake material lasts longer...
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  • Brake Assembly Identification on a Tandem Axle Trailer
  • The type of brake assembly shown in your photos were commonly used on mobile home axles and older travel trailers. We do not carry this style of brakes for this style of trailer. However, if you could provide a little more information I would be happy to make a recommendation for replacement drum brakes for your trailer. In order to get the proper corresponding parts I will need to know the following information: Brake mounting flange dimension - the center to center distance between...
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  • New Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Trailer Brakes are Not Locking Up
  • You are not wrong but at the same time you do not want trailer brakes to lock up. The brakes you have, # 23-468-469, are self-adjusting but it takes some time for the shoes to extend out far enough for normal braking. This is why we recommend making an initial adjustment at the time of installation. That way you don't have to wait for them to adjust out themselves. After this initial adjustment you won't have to adjust them again. I have included a link to a video that shows how to...
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  • Troubleshooting Electric Trailer Brakes That Hum But Do Not Engage Drums
  • The humming sound you hear from your trailer's electric drum brakes is a good sign. It means that the brakes' magnets are being energized by the output from the trailer brake controller in the vehicle. The issue with the brakes not applying pressure to the drums could simply be a matter of adjustment, or it could have another cause. Drum brakes like # AKEBRK-35 have an adjustment device called a star wheel that is located near the bottom of the magnet. Please refer to the picture I prepared...
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  • Do Self-Adjusting Trailer Brakes Adjust Going Forward or in Reverse
  • Actually, it is recommended to make the very first brake adjustment manually on self-adjusting trailer brakes such as # AKEBRK-35-SA. This is so the brakes are ready to go without having to wait for them to adjust out while you drive (forward or reverse). Basically there is a device on the adjustment wheel on these brakes that prevents the shoes from adjusting back inward. You have to sort of move that out of the way to be able to turn the adjustment star wheel easier. The video I have...
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  • Best Disc Trailer Brake Kit for Salt Water Use on 3500 Pound Axle
  • The Kodiak disc brake kit # K2R35DS is made up of Dacromet and stainless steel components. Dacromet has a 400 to 600 hour salt spray rating while stainless steel is about as corrosion resistant as you can get. Still when using these items in a salt water environment be sure to hose them off after use with fresh water. For the absolute best in corrosion resistance go with an all stainless kit like # K2R35S. I have linked installation details for you. I have also included a link to our...
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  • Differences Between Kodiak and Titan Disc Brake Kits
  • Both of these manufacturers make excellent products and both products have received excellent customer reviews. The main difference is that the Kodiac Disc Brake Kit and Titan BrakeRite Electric-Hydraulic Actuator, # T4843800, which you referenced, comes with an EOH actuator. The Kodiak kit # K2HR35D does not have a brake kit with actuator available. For a comparable kit, you will need the following: Kodiak Disc Brake Kit, # K2HR35D - Qty 2 Titan BrakeRite Electric-Hydraulic Actuator...
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  • Recommended Parts Compatible with Dexter P12 7,000 lb Axle
  • We do not carry the replacement axle for your P12 7K Axle. We do however have the brake assemblies and bearing kit or hub/drum assemblies to assist based on what I can find online for a 7K Dexter axle. You will most likely want the Bearing Kit, 14125A/ 25580 Bearings, 10-36 Seal # BK3-200 to work with your axle and hub/drum assembly. To get the entire replacement assembly, you want the Dexter Trailer Hub and Drum Assembly - 5,200-lb to 7,000-lb E-Z Lube Axles - 12" - 8 on 6-1/2 # 42866UC3-EZ....
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  • Replacement 12 inch Brake Assemblies for Dexter 36-89 on Trailer
  • The brake assemblies you have are 7k Dexter assemblies that are 12 inch by 2 inch in size. The part number # AKEBRK-7-SA will work as a great replacement set. This includes assemblies for both sides of your trailer that are self adjusting.
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  • Parts Needed to Upgrade From 7K to 8K Axle and Convert to Electric Over Hydraulic Brakes
  • In order to change from an 7,000 pound axle to an 8,000 pound axle you will need to replace the entire axle with an 8K model. You will not be able to add any parts to your current axle to upgrade it to an 8,000 pound capacity. We do not currently have any 8,000 pound axles available but you will want to find one that features the same hub face and spring center length to what you currently have. Then in order to convert from electric drum brakes to electric over hydraulic disc brakes...
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  • What is Needed to Add Electric Brakes to Pop-Up Camper?
  • To add electric brakes to your 2006 Starcraft pop-up camper, there are a few bits of information you'll need to know. Instead of measuring your axle, you would need to know its weight capacity, as well as the size of your wheels, your mounting flange bolt pattern. A hub and drum assembly would also be necessary. To get the appropriate one you would need to know the bearing numbers and grease seal that are on your current hub, as well as the wheel bolt pattern of your existing hub. Once...
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  • Switching from Electric Drum Brakes to Electric Over Hydraulic Brakes on Trailer w/7K Lippert Axles
  • I did some checking and your 7K Lippert axles use inner bearing 25580 and outer bearing 14125. We have 7K brake kit options that use these same bearings and have the same 8 on 6-1/2 bolt pattern as your existing hubs. The most basic kit is # K2HR712. The parts have a raw finish which means no corrosion resistance. The next step up from there is # K2HR712E which has an e-coat finish which is like a powder coat and offers minimal corrosion resistance. What I recommend is the next step...
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  • How to Convert Drum Brakes to Disc Brakes on a 2005 Boat Trailer
  • The Kodiak Dacromet Disc Brake Conversion Kit, item # K2HR35D, would be a good choice for conversion to disc brakes on your boat trailer. We have not had the opportunity to do a video installation for the disc brake conversion yet, but I will go through the installation with you. Before starting you will need to make some determinations to be sure you get the correct conversion kit and that you have the correct components on your trailer to work with the kit. You will need to be sure...
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  • Replacement Electric Brakes for 5,000 lb Axles with 12" x 2" Brakes and 14.5" Wheels
  • If you have 12" x 2" brakes and are needing to replace them only then we have exactly what you are looking for. Our Electric Trailer Brake Kit # AKEBRK-7-SA includes left and right self adjusting brake assemblies that have a 12" diameter and are 2" wide. They are compatible with 14-1/2", 15", 16", and 16-1/2" wheel sizes and 5,200 lbs, 6,000 lbs, and 7,000 lbs axles so they will work for your application. If you are needing to replace your hub and drum assemblies as well then you...
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  • Replacement 12 Inch Brake Assemblies Compatible with Old Warner Trailer Hub/Drums
  • You can absolutely use the Dexter 12 inch brake assemblies. If you have electric brakes then the Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit - 12" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies # 23-458-459 with your current hubs. You may also want the new mounting hardware # BRKH12. For a more economic option that will work just as well, you may want to consider the Electric Trailer Brake Kit - Self-Adjusting - 12" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies # AKEBRK-7-SA. If you have hydraulic brakes,...
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  • Replacement Hub and Drum Assemblies for AL/KO 8460 Hubs and Drums
  • It looks like Trailer Hub and Drum Assembly - 5,200-lb Axles - 6 on 5-1/2 Item # 8-201-5UC3 could be the right replacement for you. You can check the bearing numbers if you still have the bearings. If they are 25580 for the inner and LM67048 then this hub and drum assembly will work. If you have different bearing numbers let me know what they are. And if you do not have the bearings anymore you can measure the spindle with digital calipers such as # PTW80157. I have linked a help article...
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  • Replacement 12 inch Brake Assemblies for Hadco Trailer Axles
  • We have a large selection of 12 x 2 electric brake assemblies available, which I have linked for you to look through. I recommend looking at the etrailer.com Electric Trailer Brake Kit - Self-Adjusting # AKEBRK-7-SA. These 12 inch assemblies are designed for 5,200 to 7,000 pound axles and feature a 5 bolt mounting flange bolt pattern. They are also self-adjusting so they will not require periodic manual adjustments like standard brakes. I have included a short video demonstration on this...
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  • Comparing Dexter and etrailer.com 7,000 Pound Electric Brake Assemblies
  • The etrailer.com Electric Trailer Brake Kit # AKEBRK-7-SA and the Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Brake Kit # 23-464-465 referenced in your question are both self-adjusting assemblies that will work to replace the existing Dexter brakes on your 7,000 pound axle. Between the two options I actually do recommend going with the etrailer.com # AKEBRK-7-SA and not only because of the much friendlier cost. One thing that sets the etrailer.com brand brakes apart from other brand assemblies, including...
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  • Availability of Titan Disc Brake Kit for 7,000 lb Rated Trailer Axles
  • We do have 7k rated disc brake kits from Titan as part # THRCM13378DACEK. Since you have a tandem axle trailer you'd need two kits.
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  • Is It Possible to Determine What Brake Assemblies a Trailer Would Need Without Taking Them Apart
  • With the diameter of the drums and the amount of mounting bolts I can safely determine what assemblies you'd need. For example, the # T4071600-500 is the correct kit for you if your 4 bolt assemblies also are 10 inches in diameter.
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  • Recommended Self-Adjusting Brake Assemblies for 7,000 lb Axles
  • For your 7,000 lb axles with 8 bolt hubs, the Electric Trailer Brake Kit - Self-Adjusting - 12" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies - 5.2K to 7K # AKEBRK-7-SA or the Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit - 12" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies - 7K # 23-464-465 will be a great fit. The 5-bolt they are referring to is the mounting flange on your axle for the brake assemblies. All 7,000 lb axles will have either a 4 bolt (AL-KO Axle) or 5 bolt assembly (all other brands) with 5 being...
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  • What is the Difference Between the Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit 6K and 7K
  • The Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit part # 23-464-465 rated for 7,000 lb axles will work with your Dexter 6,000 lb axles but the braking aggression would not be ideal and I do recommend sticking with the Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit part # 23-458-459 rated for 6,000 lb axles. In regards to replacing the braking assemblies, there are two components that tend to wear out faster than the others on drum brakes and that is the shoes and magnets. The magnets...
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  • Recommended Kit to Add Disc Brakes to Trailer With 3,500 lb Axles
  • There is a kit available that will give you everything you need, but it is important that you make sure you have a 4-bolt brake mounting flange, your bolt pattern is 5 on 4-1/2 and your spindle is compatible with inner bearing # L68149 (1.378" inner diameter), outer bearing # L44649 (1.063" inner diameter) and grease seal # RG06-050 (1.719" inner diameter). If you are unsure you need to use a digital caliper such as # PTW80157 and measure your spindle where the bearings and seal ride, as...
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  • Availability of 6-Lug Trailer Disc Brake Kits
  • We do offer disc brake kits, both complete kits that include a coupler and also brake-only kits with a 6-bolt lug pattern like those shown on the linked page. These 6-lug kits fit 5200- and 6000-lb axles. You can choose from several finishes and these vary considerably in cost. A basic raw-finish kit costs less than a Dacromet-finish kit like # K2HR526D, which in turn costs far less than a stainless steel kit like # K2R526S. Please refer to the linked page to see all 6-lug kits. You...
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  • Troubleshooting Weak Electric Trailer Brakes
  • For your electric brake assemblies, the first thing to note is that your ground on your brake magnets should be directly to the trailer frame. Each assembly should have the power from the wiring connection direct as well as the other wire of the magnet attached to the frame bare metal to metal with no corrosion or debris. The voltage you are getting on your 5 o'clock trailer pin looks good. When you hit the manual override, you should get even more of a boost. The emergency brake...
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  • Are All Electric Trailer Brakes Self-Adjusting
  • Trailer brakes can be either self-adjusting like the Dexter # 23-468 or may require periodic manual adjustments like # 23-27, depending on the particular model assemblies you have installed on the trailer. An easy way to tell if you have self-adjusting units is to pull the hub/drum off the trailer spindle and check for an adjustable cable that would extend across the brake assembly (see attached picture). If this is present, then you have self-adjusting brake assemblies that will adjust...
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  • Disc Brake Kit Recommendation for 7,000 lb Dexter Axles
  • For Dexter 7k axles we have the Kodiak XL Disc Brake Kit part # K2HR79E which is a confirmed fit and would work well. You will need to provide the bearings though which are part numbers # 25580 and # 02475. For a grease seal you would need part # RG06-070.
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  • Comparing the eTrailer and Dexter Electric Trailer Brake Kits
  • I currently have three diffrent self-adjusting assemblies for your boat trailer with 10" x 2-1/4" electric drum brakes which are attached for you below. eTrailer Electric Trailer Brake Kit part # AKEBRK-35-SA (3,500 Axles) Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit part # 23-468-469 (3,500 Axles) Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit part # K23-478-479 (4,400 Axles) The eTrailer brand is going to be the economy line and the Dexter brand is going to be the premium line....
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  • How to Select New Disc Brake Components for EZ-Loader Boat Trailer
  • We do offer some disc brake kits that include calipers, hub/rotors, brake lines and fittings, such as kit # T4843300 from Titan, shown on the linked page. But this and others also include a coupler, which you may not need. To see complete kits like this select the Disc Brake Kit option using the filter on the page. If you want a totally new system without concerns that there could be hidden damage somewhere, then a complete kit might be the way to go. Having the entire braking system...
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  • What is Needed to Add Electric Brakes to Utility Trailer?
  • In order to add electric brakes to your trailer you are going to need to switch to a hub and drum assembly. For 3,500 lb axles with 15 inch wheels you may be able to use # AKHD-545-35-K but you are going to need to make sure you have a brake mounting flange. I've added a link to our page with flanges so you can find the correct one. The hub and drum assembly I've mentioned uses inner bearing L68149 and outer bearing L44649 and is compatible with # 84 spindles. Your current hub will need...
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  • Changing from 10 x 1-3/4
  • I do have an option for you but we no longer carry 10 x 1-3/4" brake assemblies. I recommend upgrading to 10 x 2-1/4" brakes as this is the more common size for 3,500 lb axles and will provide greater stopping power. For a set of 10 x 2-1/4" brakes, I recommend taking a look at the Electric Trailer Brake Kit part # AKEBRK-35-SA. These brakes are self-adjusting and use a 4 bolt brake mounting flange which is what should be equipped on your AL-KO axles. If you have a different brake mounting...
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  • Parts Needed to Add Disc Brakes to Trailer with Dexter 12K Axles w/ Electric Drum Brakes
  • The Kodiak # K2R1258L12 Disc Brake Kit is compatible with a 12K Dexter axle with a 7-bolt brake mounting flange. Your current wheels/hubs should have an 8 on 6-1/2 inch bolt pattern. You'll also need an electric over hydraulic brake actuator, a brake line kit, a break away system and a brake controller that's compatible with electric over hydraulic brake systems. For the electric over hydraulic actuator, I'd recommend going with the Hydrastar # HBA16. Our install techs have found...
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  • 4 Hole Brake Mounting Flange Dimensions for 10 Inch Brake Assembly
  • The Electric Trailer Brake Kit - 10" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies - 3,500 lbs # AKEBRK-35 will bolt onto the standard brake flange like # 4-35 that is 2-7/8 inches on center and 4 inches diagonal on center. I've attached a photo to assist. The bolts will be 7/16"-20 and the Mounting Hardware for 10" Brake Assemblies # BRKH10B will give you the necessary lock washers and nuts compatible. The holes range from 15/32 to 1/2 inch.
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Brake Assemblies That are New And Seemingly Weak
  • The Hayes/AL-KO Electric Trailer Brake Kit # 10257-59 that you installed is a self-adjusting set of brake assemblies. Since you had the gain of your brake controller cranked all the way up and the brakes didn't lock up I'd suspect the trailer needs a few more applications of the brakes to fully get adjusted. If you haven't tried this already I would try towing the trailer at a slow speed and then applying the brakes several times with the manual override lever and you should feel them get...
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  • Replacement Hub/Drums and Brake Assemblies for Dexter P-29 SLR D52 Trailer Axle
  • For a 5,200 lb D52 Dexter trailer hub/drum we have the part # 8-201-9UC3-EZ which fits your spindle and comes with the bearings and seals. For a set of self adjusting brake assemblies then you'd want the part # AKEBRK-7-SA and you'd be set.
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  • Replacement Trailer Brake Assembles to Fit Dexter 8-201 Drums
  • The Dexter 8-201 hub and drums use 12 x 2 inch brake assemblies. You can verify this by measuring your drums as shown in the attached picture. I recommend # AKEBRK-7-SA electric brake assemblies. Both the left and right hand brakes are included and labeled for easier installation. These are self-adjusting brakes so you'll need to adjust them when you install them but after that you leave them alone. I've attached a vide on installing drum brakes, as well as an article on adjusting them.
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  • Recommended Brake Assemblies for Karavan Boat Trailer with 3500 lb Axle
  • For your brake assemblies, I recommend the Demco Hydraulic Brake Kit - Free Backing - Galvanized - 10" - Left/Right Hand Assemblies - 3.5K # 40716-15. These galvanized assemblies will work very well for saltwater or freshwater use, resisting corrosion. The free backing design allows you to back up without using the lockout on your coupler. This will absolutely fit your 3500 lb axle. For your Bearing Buddies, bearings, and seals, you very likely have the standard size 84 spindle...
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  • Recommended Brake Assemblies and Drums for Dexter P-11 model SLR SND 490400 Axle
  • I reached out to my contact at Dexter and based on the information you gave, they said is it a spring axle with a 3500 lb capacity. Based on that, I recommend the Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit - 10" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies - 3.5K # 23-468-469 which comes with the backing plate and the 4 bolt mounting pattern. For your drum assemblies, I recommend the Dexter Trailer Hub and Drum Assembly for 3,500-lb E-Z Lube Axles - 10" Diameter - 5 on 4-1/2 # 84546UC3-EZ...
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  • Recommended Replacement Brake Assembly for Hadco Drum Brake Hub
  • Based on the bearings you gave, it looks like you have 3500 lb axles. That would mean you have 10 inch brake assemblies, so I recommend the Electric Trailer Brake Kit - Self-Adjusting - 10" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies - 3,500 lbs # AKEBRK-35-SA. These assemblies will adjust as needed after the initial manual adjustment at install. These brake assemblies are labeled for which side of the trailer to install on, and the brake shoes have great quality material. I've attached a video...
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  • Disc Brake Conversion Kits for 8K Axles and 17-1/2-Inch Trailer Wheels
  • We do have disc brake kits for 8000-lb axles that will be compatible with 17-1/2-inch trailer wheels and you can see these on the linked page. These Kodiak kits include both the hub-and-rotor type like # K2HR89AE and rotor-only kits like # K2R858DE. All use the 8-on-6-1/2 wheel bolt pattern. The linked article will give you a complete recap of the items needed to make a trailer brake conversion to EOH disc operation.
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  • Recommend Disc Brake Kit For 5,200 lb Tandem Axle Trailer
  • I do have all the parts that you would need to install disc brakes on your 5,200 lb tandem axle trailer, but not as a kit. First, you will need the Kodiak Disc Brake Kit, part # K2R526S, which is a stainless slip-on disc brake kit. We also have a hub replacement disc brake kit, in a dacromet coating, part # K2HR526D. To use part # KSHR526D, you would need to pull apart your hub and make sure you have the correct bearings, races and seals. You will also need to have a 6 on 5-1/2 bolt...
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  • Replacement Electric Drum Brakes for Keystone Raptor 5th Wheel
  • I checked the Keystone website for details on your Raptor model 3912 but I could not find this model's axle specs. Since you want to choose brakes with the appropriate stopping power you'll just want to check your specs for the axles' rating or look for a sticker or plate on the axle beam that will tell you its weight rating. Chances are the axles are rated between 5200-lbs and 7000-lbs each. Based on your photo (thank you) and the weights of Raptor trailers you most likely have 12 x...
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  • Replacement Drum Assemblies for AL-KO 8490 Hubs
  • According to my research, AL-KO 8490 references an AL-KO hub for 3,500 lb axles with a 10 x 2-1/4" drum and a 5 on 4-1/2" bolt pattern. For a drum assembly that will work with these hubs I recommend taking a look at the Electric Trailer Brake Kit part # AKEBRK-35-SA for self-adjust or part # AKEBRK-35 for manual adjust. If you would also like to replace the hub then as long as your existing AL-KO hub uses an L68149 inner bearing and an L44649 outer bearing, the Trailer Hub and Drum Assembly...
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  • Trailer Brakes Keep Dragging on One Side
  • There are a few things that could cause one side of your brakes to drag after adjusting. This could be either a broken spring, faulty adjuster screw, or possibly a pinched wire on that side but you would hear the magnets buzzing if this was the case. I would first pull off the drum and inspect the springs. If all looks well then you will want to take a look at the adjuster screw and make sure it is in working order and installed correctly. You can use the side that is working as a reference....
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  • Replacement Trailer Brake Assemblies with Axletek-10-GG On Assemblies
  • Yes, the Electric Trailer Brake Kit - Self-Adjusting # AKEBRK-35-SA that you referenced are an exact replacement for the AxleTek assemblies you have now that have Axletek-10-GG stamped on them. If you check out the attached picture you can see the same brand and number on a sticker on the inside of the assembly. I also attached an install video for these for you to check out as well.
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  • Disc Brake Kit Recommendation for 7k Trailer Axles
  • For Dexter and most common brand 7k axles we have the Kodiak XL Disc Brake Kit part # K2HR79E which is a confirmed fit and would work well. You will need to provide the bearings though which are part numbers # 25580 and # 02475 (you need two of each of these). For a grease seal you would need part # RG06-070. For an actuator you would want the part # HBA16.
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  • Adding Brakes to Dexter 3,000 lb Trailer Axle
  • The etrailer.com brake set part # AKEBRK-35-SA that you referenced is a fit for your Dexter 3,500 lb axle. You will need to replace your current hub with hub/drums but aside from that you'd have all the parts needed. For hub/drums you'd then need the part # 008-418-02 which will require bearings # LM67048, # L44649, and grease seal # 58846.
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  • Brake Kit Options for a Tow Master 80 HD Tow Dolly Without Brakes
  • The most common type of brakes found on tow dollys are electric drum brakes. This is because electric brakes are typically the more cost effective option over hydraulic brakes and electric brake systems typically require less maintenance than hydraulic braking systems. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Electric brakes are usually cheaper to install than hydraulic brakes, but you must have an electronic brake controller, like the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller # 90885, installed...
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  • Replacement Brake Assembly Recommendation for Big Tex AC20 Car Hauler
  • The brake assembly kit you want is the part # AKEBRK-10 which comes with two self adjusting brake assemblies for the size you need of 12-1/4 inch by 3-3/8 inch. I attached a review video for these assemblies for you to check out as well.
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  • Recommended Complete Disc Brake Conversion System For 10,000 lb Dexter Axles
  • To replace your leaking seals, you will want the Unitized Oil Seal # 10-51. This is a confirmed fit for your hubs. I've attached a video of an oil seal installation on a similar hub to help. For your disc brake conversion, you will need to use the Dexter Trailer Hub Assembly - 9,000-10,000-lb Axles - 8 on 6-1/2 - Oil Bath # 8-288-3UC1 and then the Kodiak Disc Brake Kit - 11" Rotor - 8 on 6-1/2 - Raw Finish - Leaf Spring - 10,000-lb Dexter # K2R1058D11E compatible with these hub assemblies...
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  • Replacement Braking Assemblies for Dexter 8-133 Axle
  • The only 12" braking assembly we offer with the four bolt brake mounting flange pattern is the Dexter Electric Brake Kit part # 23-105-106-09 which has an offset brake mounting flange pattern. If you have an offset brake mounting pattern and 2" wide brakes then these assemblies would be an exact replacement for you. However, if you do not have an offset brake mounting flange pattern and your brakes are not 2" wide then you would need to convert to a more standard 10 x 2-1/4" braking assembly...
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  • Can Parking Brake Be Added To Electric Trailer Brakes Not Equipped With Parking Brake Feature
  • We do have electric brakes that come with the parking brake. I recommend part # K23-086-00 for the left hand(driver side). For the passenger side you can use part # K23-087-00. A parking brake cannot be added to the # 23-468-469 brake assembly you asked about.
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  • Replacement Disc Brake Kits and Brake Parts for Ranger Boat Trailer
  • We can help you with either new disc brakes or with replacement parts for your existing disc brake setup on your Ranger boat trailer. Either way you will want to confirm the axle rating of the single or tandem axles on the trailer since complete brakes and some brake parts are specific to a particular axle weight rating. The trailer's main sticker may have axle ratings indicated or sometimes on the axle beam itself there will be a plate or sticker with its specific weight capacity. If...
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  • 10 Inch Electric Trailer Brakes with Parking Brake Feature
  • There are only a handful of brake assemblies that have the provisions to add a parking brake and # AKEBRK-35 or # AKEBRK-35-SA do not have that feature. Dexter electric brake assembly kit # K23-086-087-00 does have the ability to add a parking brake feature. I have linked a video review of this set for you. The parking brake levers are at the backs of the assemblies. You can attach cables to those and run the cables to a lever to engage/disengage the brakes manually. I have also included...
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  • 7K 8 Lug Disc Brake Kit Recommendation for Trailer
  • The Kodiak Disc Brake Kit # K2HRCM1337-9DAC is a 7k axle disc brake kit with a bolt pattern of 8 on 6-1/2 inch bolt pattern. If you inner bearing is 25580 and your outer bearing is 14125A currently this setup would install on your trailers spindles. You would need two of these kits for both of your axles. This comes with bearings and grease seals. For an actuator kit that includes brake lines, a breakaway system and an actuator you would want the part # CAR-HBA16-2. I attached...
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  • Troubleshooting the Adjustment or Lack of Adjustment on Self-Adjusting Brakes
  • To get your brake assemblies to start self-adjusting after the initial manual adjustment at install, you will need to hit the brakes hard multiple times. I recommend having the truck and trailer on a fairly smooth and level surface in a parking lot for this adjustment. You will slowly accelerate to no more than 20 mph, then hit the manual override on your brake controller to its max. It will be jarring, so be prepared. You will need to do this a few times. Then you can do the same...
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  • Replacement Hub/Drum and Brake Assemblies for Trailer with AL-KO 8460 Hubs
  • From past customers we've learned that the AL KO 8460 hub/drum are 5,200 lb capacity drums that have a 6 on 5-1/2 inch bolt pattern. So for a replacement hub you'd want the part # 8-201-5UC3. And then for a pair of brake assemblies you'd want the part # AKEBRK-7-SA like you referenced.
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  • Comparing Cost of Replacement Brake Parts vs. Complete New Drum Brake Assemblies
  • Thank you for giving us a chance to help you out with the brakes on your travel trailer, and thanks also to your friend who steered you our way. We do sell all sorts of individual brake replacement parts such as shoes, magnets, springs, etc but most often our customers prefer to replace their complete electric drum brake assemblies. The cost of a complete new electric drum brake is often not much more than the cost of even just a few individual parts. Replacing the complete brake is...
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  • Available Disc Brake Conversion Parts for 7K Axles
  • We do have both individual disc brake components and kits for converting a trailer to this type of braking operation. A great resource you can check out is the linked article (one each for hydraulic discs and one for electric-over-hydraulic discs) since these provide a complete recap of all the parts needed and links to each category. Pricing is shown on each item's page.
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  • Adding Electric Drum Brakes To a Master Tow Dolly
  • I do believe that you do have brake mounting flanges. It is odd that they are turned a little, not square, but it would not have much of a negative affect on the braking. As long as you have the right brake on the right side and the left brake on the left side it will work. In order to use electric brakes you would also need to change the idler hubs you have to hub and drum assemblies. For that I would need to know the inner and outer bearing numbers stamped into the sides of the bearings....
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  • Replacing Electric Brakes and Grease Seals on Dexter 4400-lb Axle
  • Trailer axles with EZ-Lube spindles like # TRU74FR or Bearing Buddy grease caps like # BB1980A-SS do certainly make it a lot easier ensure your hubs are adequately greased, but like many before you (and many that will inevitably follow) you have found out that this feature also makes it easy to accidentally over-fill your hubs with too much grease which can result in blown out grease seals and also contaminated brakes. We can help you with both new seals for your hubs and new electric brakes...
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  • Electric Brake Assemblies For Dexter 6000 lb Axles With 12x2 Inch Drums
  • The brakes you are looking for are a standard size, so rather than getting the shoes and magnets for your older design, I recommend upgrading your system. I recommend the Electric Trailer Brake Kit - Self-Adjusting - 12" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies - 5.2K to 7K # AKEBRK-7-SA. These are really well made assemblies. The brake pad material is actually cut instead of scored and broken like other assemblies, so you get a better quality pad. If you want the current Dexter assembly...
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  • Replacement Electric Brakes for 12" x 2" Drums
  • To determine the brake assemblies that will fit your trailer, you need to know your axle's weight capacity, your brake's mounting flange bolt pattern and the inside diameter and depth of your hub, which you mentioned was 12" x 2" drum. If your axle was rated for 7,000 lbs and you had a 5-bolt mounting flange you could use the Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit - 12" # 23-464-465. For a 6,000 lb axle and 5-bolt mounting flange you can use the Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric...
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  • 7,000 lb Lippert Brake Assembly Recommendation for Dual Axle Trailer
  • We have just what you need. The part # AKEBRK-7-SA is a set of 7,000 lb capacity rebranded Axle Tek self-adjusting brake assemblies like what you currently have. These would be an exact replacement and will work well.
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  • Electric Brake Conversion from Air Brakes on 15,000 lb Axle Trailer
  • The Dexter Electric Brake Kit w/ Cast Backing - Self-Adjusting - 12-1/4" - Left/Right Hand - 15K # 23-446-447 will fit any 15K axle that have the standard 7 bolt mounting flange. These are self-adjusting brakes so there is no need for manual adjustments after the initial installation. They are labeled left-hand (driver's side) and right-hand (passenger's side) to ensure proper placement. If you need the mounting hardware, I recommend # BRKH122510 for each axle. You will also need...
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  • Titan Disc Brake Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator Not Working with Factory Brake Controller
  • For your Titan Disc Brake Kit with BrakeRite EOH actuator, the issue with the two trucks you are using is the factory brake controllers are not directly compatible with your actuator. You will need the Titan BrakeRite EHB Adapter for Ford/Chevy Integral Brake Controllers # T4846000. I've attached a video to assist. Your other option is to use a different controller like the Prodigy P2 # 90195 or if you don't want to change the factory integrated brake controller the Curt Echo # C51180...
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  • Do Saltwater and Trailer Electric Brakes Mix Well
  • Water and electricity don't really get along. That being said, we are seeing more trailer boat manufacturers install electric brakes on their trailers and it not being an issue at all. If the wiring is solid the circuits don't short out. It's also highly recommended that you disconnect the trailer wiring before backing in. Saltwater is highly corrosive. So the assemblies are going to start corroding quicker than if the trailer was being backed into freshwater. Rinsing the trailer with...
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  • How To Pick Out Disc Brake Kit for an EZ Loader Boat Trailer
  • It looks like you have 2,200 lb axles on your EZ Loader trailer. Since that is not a common axle rating you are going to have to remove the hubs of your trailer to get the bearing numbers so that we can pick out the correct system to fit your trailer. If the inner bearing is a L68149 and the outer bearing is a L44649 then the part # K2HR35D that you referenced would fit and work well. This is a 3,500 lb axle kit with a 5 on 4-1/2 inch wheel bolt pattern. I attached a help article...
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  • Parts Needed for Disc Brake Conversion on Tandem 10K Axle Gooseneck Trailer
  • We have trailer disc brake kits as well as detailed help articles that outline the parts needed and the things to keep in mind as you plan your conversion from electric-over-hydraulic drums brakes to EOH discs. The linked article is a great starting point for your project. I also linked our main page for 10K-rated disc brake kits from Kodiak such as # K2R1058D11. Available kits include both hub-and-rotor and rotor-only types. The article includes links to each item required, but you...
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  • Replacement Brake Assemblies For AL-KO 10,000 lb Axles
  • We do have the brake assemblies for your AL-KO 10,000 lb axles. They are the Hayes/AL-KO Electric Trailer Brake Kit - 12-1/4" - Left/Right Hand Assemblies - 9K to 12K # 10257-59. These are 3-1/2 inches deep and 5 bolt assemblies.
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  • Replacement Kodiak Brake Kit for UFP DB-35 Brakes on Trailer
  • Based on my research, it looks like the UFP DB-35 Brake Kit is for 3,500 pound axles and uses the # L68149 inner bearing and # L44649 outer bearing. I highly recommend that you verify this by measuring the existing bearings or the spindle where the bearings sit. For a replacement Kodiak Brake Kit, the part # K2HR35D should be the correct assemblies. This kit includes 2 Dacromet-plated, 10 inch hub-and-rotor assemblies, calipers, and mounting brackets. They are designed for 3,500 axles...
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  • Should Brakes be Used on All Three Axles of a Triple Axle Trailer
  • Most people will put the brakes on the front axle of a tandem axle trailer or the front two axles of a triple axle trailer. This is what I recommend doing if you are not wanting to install brakes on all of the axles. For the most effective braking system though, I recommend using brakes on all 3 of your axles. This will help your brakes last longer because they won't be working as hard individually and it will help give you better braking performance. I have attached a link to our...
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  • Troubleshooting New Brakes That are Weak After Adjustment
  • If you have adjusted your Dexter Electric Trailer Brake Kit # 23-26-27 properly and you are getting no braking power with your override manual while your trailer is connected to your tow vehicle then I would start off by checking your 7-Way connectors for any corrosion or debris. If those look good the next step would be to determine if the brake controller signal is actually getting to the trailer or not. Using a circuit tester like part # PTW2991 test the pin in the 5 o'clock position...
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  • Disc Brake Kit Recommendation for Dexter 10k Rated Trailer Axle
  • The Kodiak Disc Brake Kit part # K2R1058D11 Dexter 10 rated axles. They will need to be 8-288, 2 piece hub built from Feb. 1990 to Aug. 2009. Yours fits the age range so theres a strong chance this is the right kit.
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  • Replacement for Hadco 10" x 2" Electric Brakes
  • The Electric Trailer Brake Kit - Self-Adjusting # AKEBRK-35-SA have a 4-bolt mounting flange bolt pattern; in order to determine if they will fit you will need to measure the inside width of your hub. These 10" x 2-1/4" brake assemblies will fit most standard hub and drums so it is likely they will fit but you'll need to take that measurement to make sure.
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  • Replacement Dexter Hydraulic Brake Assemblies for 023-344-00 and 023-345-00
  • For your replacement Dexter hydraulic brake assemblies, you will want the Dexter Hydraulic Trailer Brake Kit - Uni-Servo - 10" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies # 23-312-313. These will work very well with your existing hub/drum assemblies.
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  • How to Add a Disc Brake Kit to an EZ Loader Trailer with Idler Hubs and No Brake Mounting Flange
  • Thanks for the great picture of the hub and axle setup of your trailer. It looks like you don't have a brake mounting flange at all on your axle so you would need one to install the # T4843300. The mounting flange you see in the product pictures is for attaching to a flange that is already installed on the axle. Adding brake mounting flanges to a spindle is something that only a qualified welder with experience welding them on should do. A much easier solution would be to go with a spindle...
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  • Replacement Dexter Electric Brakes for Trailer with 9,000 or 10,000 Pound Axles
  • For the axles on your trailer, I recommend the Dexter Electric Brake Kit # 23-450-451. These are self-adjusting brake assemblies that measure 12-1/4 inches x 3-3/8 inches. These particular brake assemblies are designed for 9,000-10,000 pound Dexter axles, so they will work great whether you actually have a 9,000 pound or 10,000 pound axle on the trailer. To ensure they will fit perfectly, you can take a couple of quick measurements on your existing drum to verify they are 12-1/4 inches...
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Brakes Locking Up Without Applying Vehicle Brakes
  • The brakes on your new RV trailer can be activated either by the brake controller or the trailer's own on-board emergency breakaway system. I have not heard of an issue with the Echo # C51180 before now, and while it is possible the unit has an internal malfunction I suspect the problem is more likely to be in either the trailer's breakaway system or within the 7-way wiring on the Audi or the trailer. For the trailer brakes to lock up without you pressing the brake pedal they would need...
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  • What Is The Difference Between Dexter And etrailer Self-Adjusting Brake Assemblies
  • There are a couple of differences between the etrailer # AKEBRK-35-SA and the Dexter # 23-468-469 brake assemblies. The pad on the etrailer brake is a little thick so that means the etrailer brakes will last a bit longer. Also, the etrailer brakes are cut so the edges are a bit smoother than the Dexter brakes which are snapped off of a long strip.
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  • Oil Bath or Grease for HydraStar Disc Brake Kit with Actuator for Tandem Axle Trailers
  • In regards to the bearings, trailer bearings nowadays are generally made overseas; there may be some exceptions here and there, but they generally aren't standard trailer bearings. The bearings and seals that come with the HydraStar Disc Brake Kit with Actuator for Tandem Axle Trailers # HSE7K-T1 are of the highest quality and you won't have any issues. As far as changing from grease to oil bath, that is not recommended for trailer hubs. Oil bath hubs can be problematic because they...
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  • Picking Out Replacement Trailer Brake Calipers and Pads for Ranger Boat Trailer
  • It's very possible we have the replacement parts you are looking for but without knowing what brand brakes you have or what size they are (diameter of rotor) it's hard for me to say for certain. Can you get back to me with that info? For example, we have the very popular Replacement Caliper for Dexter brakes part # 225CAL which is correct fit for Dexter 3,500 lb brake assemblies. The rotor would measure 10 inches. For replacement pads for this caliper we then have the part # T4870900....
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  • Troubleshooting Electric Brakes That Do Not Work
  • It sounds like you may not have wired everything like it should be, particularly the ground wires. Each brake assembly is going to need to have a pair of wires coming out of it, with both having ground wires that are attached to bare metal surfaces on your trailer frame. Then run a power wire to your trailer brakes and connect it to the wire which was not grounded (on either of the brakes) and run another wire from the power wire on that brake to the brake on the other side of the axle....
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  • Recommended Replacement Brake Assemblies For 1997 Casita 17 Foot Trailer
  • The Electric Trailer Brake Kit - Self-Adjusting - 10" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies - 3,500 lbs # AKEBRK-35-SA are the correct replacements for your 1997 Casita 17 foot trailer. These assemblies need adjusting at installation only and then will self-adjust for proper braking. They are labeled so you can make sure you put the assemblies on the correct side of your trailer. If you want new mounting hardware, I recommend the Mounting Hardware for 10" Brake Assemblies # BRKH10B.
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  • Disc Brake Kit Recommendation for a 6,000 lb Lippert Axle
  • I checked with Lippert and their 6k axle uses the bearing numbers 15123 and 25580. Because we know that we know that the Kodiak Disc Brake Kit # K2HR526D will fit your axle since it uses the same bearing numbers. I also attached a couple help articles on adding disc brakes to a trailer for you to check out as well.
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  • Parts Needed to Convert From Electric Drum Brakes to Electric-Hydraulic Brakes on 2018 Raptor 355TS
  • We have all the parts you need to swap from electric drum brakes to electric over hydraulic brakes on your 2018 Keystone Raptor 355TS. The first thing you will need are a hub and rotor disc brake kit. I was able to find that your '18 Raptor 355TS has a pair of 7,000 lb Dexter axles so you will need two of the Kodiak Disc Brake Kit - 7,000-lb Dexter Axle # K2HR758D, which are a hub with an integrated rotor. Since this kit does not come with bearings or grease seal you will need to order...
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  • Troubleshooting Electric Trailer Brakes that Are Not Functioning Correctly
  • Electric brakes when adjusted properly will allow stopping but are not necessarily designed to lock the wheels if that is what you are referring to. When properly adjusted you should have a very slight drag on the drum when you turn the wheel anything more will heat up your brake shoes too much and unnecessarily wear down the shoes more quickly. A sure way to make sure your brake shoes stay adjusted properly is to use self-adjusting assemblies like # AKEBRK-35-SA. These require using...
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  • Electric Trailer Brakes # AKEBRK-7-SA Fit SureTrac 7000 lb GVW Axle
  • The 7k axles of your trailer are compatible with the etrailer.com brake assemblies # AKEBRK-7-SA but as far as if they were original equipment thats hard to say.
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