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  • Are etrailer.com Brake Assemblies Compatible with OEM Brake Controller of 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500
  • Yes, the Electric Trailer Brake Kit Assemblies # AKEBRK-35-SA that you referenced are perfectly compatible with the integrated brake controller you have in your 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500.
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  • Are There Galvanized Trailer Hub/Drums for Travel Trailers
  • We do have galvanized trailer hub/drums available for travel trailers. For example we have the part # 8-247-50UC3 which fits the very popular 3,500 lb trailer axles and has a 5 on 4-1/2 inch bolt pattern. If you have a different need for a hub/drum let me know and I'll see what we have that would be best option.
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  • Using Surge Brake Actuator on Trailer with Fold-Away Coupler Hinge
  • If your trailer is equipped with a fold-away coupler hinge like # FHDPB330301 then you can still use a surge brake actuator like the excellent Titan Zinc-Plated # T47154207K. The only thing you will want to add is a flexible brake line across the hinge like the Titan # T0776500 to accommodate this function. Please note that the Kodiak Disc Brake Kit # K2HR35D referenced in your question includes rotor-and-hub assemblies, calipers, mounting brackets, and mounting bolts but it does not...
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  • Can etrailer.com Electric Trailer Brake Kit # AKEBRK-6 Be Used with 17 or 18 Inch Wheels
  • The etrailer.com Electric Trailer Brake Kit # AKEBRK-6 referenced in your question can be used with wheel sizes of 14-1/2 inches, 15 inches, 16 inches, and 16-1/2 inches. The potential problem with using 12 inch assemblies like these with larger 17 or 18 inch wheels isn't necessarily due to the brakes themselves but the hubs they will fit, such as the etrailer.com # AKHD-655-6-EZ-K. A 12 inch hub and drum assembly may not provide enough surface area to safely support a wheel of that...
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  • Will Brake Controller Control Three Axles of Trailer Brakes
  • If your trailer has three axles that all have electric trailer brakes then yes, a brake controller will be able to activate them all at the same time.
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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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  • Replacement Bearing Kit and Brake Assemblies for 2017 Jayco Pinnacle 36FBTS with 7000 lb Axles
  • For your 7K axles, you will want the Bearing Kit, 14125A/ 25580 Bearings, 10-36 Seal # BK3-200 for each hub if you have the standard spindle. If you have the EZ Lube spindle with the grease zerk then you will want # BK3-210 to include the EZ Lube washer. Then for brake assemblies the kit part # AKEBRK-7-SA that you referenced would fit and work well.
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  • Will Integrated Brake Controller of 2011 Ford F-250 Work with etrailer.com Electric Brake Assemblies
  • Yes, the OEM integrated brake controller you have on your 2011 Ford F-250 is perfectly compatible with electric trailer brake assemblies like the part # AKEBRK-7-SA that you referenced.
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  • How to Pick Out Replacement Axle for Trailer
  • The numbers you mentioned aren't part numbers so they would not give me enough info to let you know what you'd need as a replacement. You are going to need to measure your current axles in a few places to get the correct one. You will need to measure from hub face to hub face and then from the spring seat centers. You will also need to know what bolt pattern you have on your current hubs. I attached a help article on how to determine this as well. I also attached a link to a page...
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  • Torque Spec for 10 inch Brake Assemblies
  • 45 to 50 lbs is the recommended torque rating for the 4 bolts that hold 10 inch brake assemblies to a trailer like the part # AKEBRK-35L-SA.
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  • Size Fittings for Brake Lines on the Hydraulic Brake Assembly Kit # AKFBBRK-35-D
  • The thread size that the brake line fittings of the Hydraulic Brake Kit # AKFBBRK-35-D that you referenced is 3/16"-20. This is the standard size that brake lines and fittings are made for.
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  • Brake Magnet Wire Gauge on 10 Inch Electric Brake Assemblies
  • The Electric Trailer Brake Kit - Self-Adjusting - 10" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies - 3,500 lbs # AKEBRK-35-SA has 18 gauge wire. We recommend using a minimum of 12 gauge wire to run to your trailer from the wiring connector because of the length of wire needed. Ideally, I recommend 10 gauge # 10-1-1 sold by the foot for best function. 18 gauge works for 5 feet length, 16 gauge for 10 feet, 12 gauge for up to 20 feet and 10 gauge after that for anything longer to allow proper amperage.
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  • Recommendation for Adding Parking Brake to Electric Trailer Brake Assemblies
  • Most trailers do not come with parking brakes, but you can add them with certain electric brake assemblies. If your trailer has 7 inch brakes, then you will want the Dexter Electric Trailer Brake Kit w/ Parking Brakes - 7" - Left/Right Hand Assemblies - 2.2K # K23-103-104-00. If your trailer has 10 inch brake assemblies, then you will want # K23-086-087-00. These assemblies have a lever and a spring cable location that will give you functionality like a bicycle brake assembly. You...
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  • Can Manual Adjust Brakes be Replaced with Self-Adjust Brakes on a Lippert 6,000 Lb Axle
  • Yes to both. In order to switch out the manual adjust braking assemblies for the self-adjust braking assemblies on your Lippert 6,000 lb axle you will need the Electric Trailer Brake Kit part # AKEBRK-7-SA. In order to replace the brake shoes on your existing brakes you will need to use the Replacement Shoe and Lining Kit for 12" Manual-Adjust Brake Assembly part # AKBRKR-S-12. I have attached review videos for you as well.
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  • Replacement Braking Assembly for Lippert 3,500 Lb Axle
  • Yes, the Electric Trailer Brake Kit part # AKEBRK-35-SA is correct for your Lippert 3,500 lb trailer axle. I called the manufacturer to confirm this. If you also need to replace the hub/drum then you will want to use the Trailer Hub and Drum Assembly part # AKHD-545-35-K I have attached review video for you as well.
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  • Best Way to Convert Lippert 10K Axles to Disc Brakes
  • Yes, we have everything you need to convert the electric drum brakes on your 2014 Kaufman Car Wedge Trailer to electric over hydraulic disc brakes. In order to do this you are going to need disc brake assemblies, trailer hubs, brake lines, and an electric over hydraulic actuator. For the disc brake assemblies you will want to use the Kodiak Disc Brakes part # K2R1058D11DAC. You will need one kit per axle. For the trailer hubs you will want to use the Dexter Trailer Idler Hub Assembly...
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  • Kodiak Disc Brake Kit for 12,000 lb Axles
  • The Kodiak Disc Brake Kit # K2R1258L12 you referenced is a fit for 12,000-lb Dexter and Lippert axles with leaf springs. Keep in mind your current idler hubs need to have an 8 on 6-1/2" bolt pattern and a 7-bolt brake flange. If you are not sure what bolt pattern you have I've added a link on this page to a help article that explains how to determine your bolt pattern. I have also added a link to a help article on adding disc brakes which you may find useful.
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  • Could Electric Brakes Install on Stand-Up EZ Haul Tow Dolly
  • The picture you submitted does show a trailer spindle that has a brake flange mounted to it. Based on that it is possible you could install brakes on your tow dolly. It really comes down to what spindle your trailer has though. That will dictate whether we have a hub/drum we can fit on it that will have brakes. In order to pick out the correct hub assembly for a trailer you are going to need know a few key pieces of information. The first thing you will need to know is the bolt pattern...
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  • Parts Needed to Install Disc Brakes on Gooseneck Trailer with 10k Axles
  • Since we know you have 10k axles that makes picking out the disc brake kit easy. For that you'd need the part # K2R1058D11E but you'd need to have idler hubs installed already like # 8-288-3UC1 as this is a kit designed to slip over idler hubs. If you the plan is to go to electric over hydraulic brakes you'll need an actuator as well. For that the HydraStar brand is the way to go. For that the part # CAR-HBA16-2 comes with everything needed to install including brake lines so you'd be set.
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  • Replacement for AL-KO 1530116 and 1530117 Brakes
  • I do have an option for you but we don't carry any braking assemblies that are 10" diameter x 1-3/4" wide. These are an oddball size and would be best replaced with something more modern so you can access replacement parts if needed. There would also be an upgrade in regards to braking power. For this, I recommend using the Electric Trailer Brake Kit part # AKEBRK-35-SA for self-adjust or part # AKEBRK-35 for manual adjust. These will be a direct replacement, no drilling or cutting required....
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  • Replacement Self-Adjusting Trailer Brakes for Trailer with Tandem 6K Axles
  • Based on the description you have provided (thank you) the Dexter Nev-R-Adjust brake set, # 23-458-459, will indeed be a fit! Another option that will save you some money is the etrailer brake set # AKEBRK-7-SA. These are also automatically adjusting 12 x 2 inch brakes with the same mounting pattern as the Dexter brakes and they will also fit your trailer. I have linked videos for both sets for you.
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  • Proper Way to Adjust Brake Assemblies of Hydraulic Brake Kit # AKFBBRK-35-D
  • The adjustment procedure you mentioned of tigthening the adjustement till you can't turn the wheel by hand and then backing off 10 clicks is the standard way to adjust brakes and would be the correct way to adjust the Hydraulic Brake Kit # AKFBBRK-35-D that you referenced. If you follow that procedure with these assemblies you'll be good. I also attached a video that shows how to adjust brakes as well. At about the 4:39 mark our installer begins adjusting the brakes.
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  • Recommended Brake Shoes Compatible With 10 Inch Self-Adjusting Brake Assemblies
  • The Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit - 10" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies - 3.5K # 23-468-469 will not allow you to use the 10" x 1-1/2" Electric Brake Shoe/Lining (One Wheel) # BP04-065. The shoes will not be the correct width. You want the 10" x 2-1/4" Electric Brake Shoe/Lining (One Wheel) # BP04-095 which will fit the 10 x 2.25 inch assemblies. You can choose to replace just the shoes or you can replace the entire assemblies. If you choose to replace the entire...
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  • Replacement Brake Assemblies for Trailer with Dexter 12k Axles
  • We do have the correct brake assemblies you are needing for your Dexter 12k axles that has 5 inch wide assemblies that attach with a 6 lug bolt pattern. The best option is the etrailer.com assemblies part # AKEBRK-12 that come with both sides. The price on these compared to the Dexter equivalents # 23-442-443 is considerably better and the quality is essentially the exact same.
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  • Titan Surge Disc Brake Installation on Tee Nee Single-Axle Boat Trailer
  • The surge coupler you will install to add hydraulic disc brakes to your Tee Nee single axle boat trailer will have its hydraulic fitting at the back of the housing. You can see this solenoid in the linked photo; in actual use this brass fitting would be protected by the solenoid shield that is included in the brake kit # T4843100 you referenced but since this coupler mounts on top of the 3-inch wide channel tongue the hydraulic fitting would be above the trailer tongue to allow connection...
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  • How to Initially Adjust etrailer.com Self-Adjusting Brakes Without a Tool
  • You can actually adjust the self-adjusting brakes # AKEBRK-35-SA without using a tool like the adjustment spoon # W80630 since you said that you can't get to the adjustment piece (which you would access from the back of the assembly). If you can find an empty parking let then all you need to do is get up to 25 mph and then use the manual override on your brake controller to hit the brakes on your trailer. After doing this a few times you will see that the trailer brakes are working correctly....
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  • Does Dexter Electric Trailer Brake Kit w/ Parking Brakes Include Lever
  • We do have a set of Dexter 3,500 electric brake assemblies that are designed for use with parking brakes as part # K23-086-087-00 that you referenced. It's hard to see since it blends in but the lever is built into the top of the assemblies that activates the parking brake. You can see it pointed out in the review video I attached as well.
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  • Does Electric Trailer Brake Kit # AKEBRK-6 Come with Enough Assemblies for Both Sides Trailer Axle
  • The Electric Trailer Brake Kit # AKEBRK-6 that you referenced includes enough assemblies for both sides of an axle. This comes with a left and a right hand side.
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  • Best Electric Actuator Kit Recommendation for Boat Trailer with Surge Brakes
  • You are on the right track, but as long as you are able to find the axle capacity you want in a grease hub setup there's no advantage to going with an oil-bath setup. The big factor for me is that if you blow a grease seal you'll be able to get home no problem and fix it without further damage. With an oil bath setup if you blow a grease seal you basically have to stop where you are at and fix the hub otherwise you'll start causing damage. Reason being that the oil is going to drain out...
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  • How to Determine if Trailer is Equipped with Brakes
  • It is very easy to determine if you have electric brakes on your trailer or not. If it does have brakes then you will have brakes like what comes in the kit # AKEBRK-35-SA and a hub and drum like part # AKHD-545-35-K but if it doesn't there will just be a hub assembly like part # AKIHUB-545-35-K. You can probably determine this by simply looking through or behind your wheel. If you can't tell by doing that then just simply remove and wheel and it will show what you have. If you don't...
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  • How Many Assemblies Comes with Electric Brake Kit # AKEBRK-35-SA
  • The Electric Trailer Brake Kit # AKEBRK-35-SA comes with a left assembly and a right assembly, or enough to do one trailer axle. If you needed to replace 4 brake assemblies on a tandem axle trailer you'd need to order a quantity of two of these kits.
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  • Replacement Axle for Cargo Express CE610XL Trailer or Adding Brakes to Current 3,500 lb Axle
  • You do not need to replace your axle. If you have brake flanges on your current axle, then you can simply add the brake assemblies, hub/drum assemblies, and wiring and be good to go. The 3,500 lb axles are all the same spindle measurements so I recommend the following parts: Electric Trailer Brake Kit - Self-Adjusting - 10" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies # AKEBRK-35-SA Mounting Hardware for 10" Brake Assemblies # BRKH10B Deka Heat Shrink Butt Connector - 12-10 Gauge - Nylon Insulation...
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  • Do Self Adjusting Brake Assemblies Affect EZ Lube Spindle Setup
  • Self adjusting brake assemblies do not affect anything aside from the way the brakes adjust. There would be no affect on what sounds like your EZ Lube spindle setup.
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  • Routing Electric Brake Assembly Wires For Best Connection and Function
  • Depending on the size of your trailer, I recommend the Electric Trailer Brake Kit - Self-Adjusting - 12" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies - 5.2K to 7K # AKEBRK-7-SA or the # AKEBRK-35-SA for 3,500-4,200 lb axles. These assemblies will install with # 10-1-1 wiring run from the electric brake output wire of your trailer connector to one side of your brake magnets and then the other wire of your brake magnet gets wired to ground on the axle or the trailer frame. This wiring does not...
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  • For Trailer Brake Assemblies Which Is Passenger/Driver Side, Left or Right Hand Designation
  • Right-hand side means passenger side and left-hand side means driver side in relation to brake assemblies like the brake assembly set part numbers # AKEBRK-7-SA that you referenced.
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  • Troubleshooting Weak Trailer Brakes When Using Foot Pedal But Great Breaking with Manual Override
  • It sounds like you have a proportional brake controller, like the Prodigy P3 # 90195, that activates the brakes on your trailer at the same time and with the same intensity as the brake pedal in your tow vehicle. What I think is going on is that you aren't adjusting the power output of the brake controller before heading down the road. The manual override will always provide the 12V of power but if you have the power output setting low on your brake controller (like a 5 or 6) then it...
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  • Do Brake Shoes Need to be Replaced if Grease Spilled on Them
  • I empathize with you because accidents do happen but if grease got on the brake shoes of your Hydraulic Trailer Brake Kit # AKUBRK-35-D to be safe you need to replace the shoes in order to ensure proper braking. For that you will need two of the Hydraulic Brake Shoe/Lining # BP04-120; this shoe will fit single servo 10" diameter x 2-1/4" wide shoes like your kit has.
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  • Converting Three 7,000 Pound Dexter Axles to Electric Over Hydraulic Brakes
  • I can certainly help you out with a disc brake set up on your trailer. The first thing we need to find out in order to select the correct parts would be the inner and outer bearing numbers stamped into the sides of the bearings in the hubs you have now. With that information I can ensure that we get you the right parts. I would also need to know the bolt pattern of the wheels and what kind of braking system the trailer currently has. Also, do all 3 of the axles have brake mounting flanges?...
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  • Adjusting Electric Trailer Brakes
  • In order to loosen the star nut on electric brakes you can use Adjustment Spoon # W80630 you should be able to rotate the star counter-clockwise or "down" to loosen them. There should not be any type of keeper that will keep it from loosening; if you take a look at the video I linked and forward to about the 4:25 mark you can see how the brakes should be adjusted.
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  • Free-Backing Uni-Servo Hydraulic 12 x 2-inch Brakes for Military Trailer
  • The Hydraulic Brake Kit # AKFBBRK-7 is a set of left and right free-backing uni-servo hydraulic brakes rated for use on axles with weight capacities from 5200 to 7000-lbs. These 12 x 2-inch brakes use a 5-bolt mounting pattern to bolt to your brake flanges. You'll want to confirm that the axle rating falls within the range noted, that the mounting pattern matches too and that your wheel diameter falls in the compatible range of 14-1/2 to 16-1/2-inches.
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  • Which Direction Should Star Wheel of Brake Assembly Move to Tighten Brakes
  • The adjustment star on brake assemblies like the # AKUBRK-35-D needs to turn counter-clockwise to expand the shoes so you'd need to click the star "up" to tighten the brakes or "down" to loosen them as you'd view them from the back of the assemblies. You will adjust the brakes using that wheel until there is a slight but constant drag of the shoe pads on the drum. I have included a link to a video and at about the 4:39 mark our installed begins adjusting the brakes.
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  • Kodiak Disc Brake and Actuator Kit Recommendation for 8,000 lb Trailer Axle
  • Dexter does offer 8k axles but at this time we do not offer any. We do however have 8,000 lb axle disc brake kits from Kodiak that you could use like the part # K2HR89DD. Then for an actuator kit the HydraStar actuators are the best around. For a kit that comes with this actuator, brake lines, and a breakaway kit you'd want the part # HBA16-252-82. To pick out the axles you'll need you'll need to find a local trailer shop who can order them in and get them the hub face to hub face...
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  • Who Makes the etrailer Electric Trailer Brake Kit
  • AxleTek makes the Electric Trailer Brake Kit part # AKEBRK-7-SA which will work in place of a Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit like part # 23-464-465. They come with a one year warranty. They are an excellent cost effective alternative to the Dexter braking assemblies.
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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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  • Are Dexter or AxleTek 12 Inch Brakes Better
  • The Dexter braking assemblies are going to be our premium line and the AxleTek braking assemblies are going to be our economy line. Therefore, the Dexter braking assemblies will be of better quality than the AxleTek braking assemblies though both are good options. If you have 12" diameter x 2" wide electric drum brakes then I recommend using part # AKEBRK-7-SA for AxleTek and part # 23-458-459 (6K) or part # 23-464-465 (7K) for Dexter. These assemblies are all self-adjusting which means...
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  • Replacement Braking Assemblies for a 10,000 Lb Trailer Axle
  • The correct replacement braking assembly for your trailer should be either the Hayes/AL-KO Hydraulic Brake Kit part # K23-524-00-2 or the Dexter Hydraulic Drum Brake Kit part # 23-410-411. If you take a look for a tag on the center of the axle that should tell you the manufacturer and weight capacity. If not you would need to inspect the brake mounting flange and size of the assembly. The Dexter assembly uses a 7 bolt brake mounting flange and is 12-1/4" diameter x 3-3/8" wide (see photo...
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  • Parts Needed to Add Brakes to a Tandem 3,500 lb Axle Trailer to Tow with a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • It sounds like you currently have a wheel hub that has a 5 on 4-1/2" bolt pattern (taken from the far end of one bolt to the center of one directly across from it) and that you already have a brake mounting flange on two 3,500 lb axles. If this is the case then I recommend using the electric brake kit # AKEBRK-35-SA along with the Trailer Hub and Drum Assembly # AKHD-545-35-K. Electric brakes are the easiest to install and maintain so these will work out great for you. Just make sure...
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  • How to Prep Brake Drums for Use with New Braking Assemblies
  • The best way to prep your new drums would be to take them to a local shop and have them resurfaced. Although there may not be any visible pitting they could still be warped which could create more issues further down the road. You also need to make sure there is enough life left in the material which they will tell you before the resurfacing process. If you choose not to have them resurfaced then I recommend taking a bit of fine grit sandpaper and removing any surface rust off the top layer...
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  • Brake Mounting Hole Dimensions for the Etrailer Brake Kit # AKEBRK-7-SA
  • It sounds like what you currently have is a brake mounting flange like part # 4-44-1 that you are wanting to mount the Brake Kit # AKEBRK-7-SA to. If this is the case then the bottom mounting holes are 3" apart on center with the other holes being 2-1/8" apart on center just like you mentioned. If you are needing new mounting hardware then the kit # BRKH12 is what you are needing for these 12" brakes. Attached is an installation video of this kit for you to reference.
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  • Can etrailer.com 3,500 Pound Electric Brake Assemblies WOrk on Dexter 3,500 Pound Axle
  • Yes, as long as you have a 3,500 pound axle with 10 x 2-1/4 inch hubs the etrailer.com Electric Trailer Brake Kit # AKEBRK-35 that you referenced will fit and work perfectly. It is not required to have Dexter brakes on your Dexter axle. In fact the etrailer.com assemblies feature a thicker brake pad material that is cut (instead of "snapped) during the production process that results in a cleaner, crack free edge that helps to extend the life of the pads. One other thing you will just want...
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  • Recommended Axle for Off-Road Adventure Trailer From Old Military Trailer
  • For the custom width you are seeking, we don't have a standard thru axle that will fit. So, I recommend using the Timbren Heavy-Duty Axle-Less Trailer Suspension - 4" Lift Spindle - Off-Road Tires - 3,500 lbs # ASR35HDS02 which will give you the off-road clearance and integrated suspension system. Then I recommend using a 2 inch square bar in the integrated holes of the assemblies cut to the custom length needed for the unique width of your trailer. This will be a maintenance free suspension...
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  • Troubleshooting Weak New Brakes on Trailer Rear Axle
  • Since it sounds like you performed the initial brake adjustment correctly and have given them a bit of time to self-adjust by simply pulling the trailer, the issue you are having may be coming from a weak ground. I recommend checking both brake assemblies on the rear axle to make sure the ground wires are securely connected to a clean, bare metal surface on the trailer frame. Make sure there aren't any exposed areas on the wiring around the assemblies that need to be replaced. Also...
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  • Does Master Cylinder on Actuator Need to be Changed to Switch From Drum Brakes to Disc Brakes
  • Yes, you do need to change the master cylinder on your actuator if you are converting from drum brakes to disc brakes. The correct master cylinder will depend on the model of your actuator. - Replacement Master Cylinder Assembly for Titan Model 10 and Model 20 Brake Actuators # T4749501042 - Replacement Master Cylinder Assembly for Titan Model 60 Brake Actuators # T4820000 - Replacement Master Cylinder Assembly for Titan Model 6 Brake Actuators # T1777405
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  • Troubleshooting Burned Brake Wire on a 2014 Rockwood Pop-Up Camper
  • Electric trailer brakes, like what comes in the kit # AKEBRK-7-SA, should only have 2 wires, one for ground and one for power. Either one can be connected to either function so that shouldn't matter. Wiring that has been burned through sounds like either the brake wire wasn't thick enough (we recommend 10 Gauge Wire # 10-1-1) or there is a bad ground. Be sure that your grounds are securely connected to a clean, bare-metal surface to prevent backfeed. I am not sure if you meant that you...
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  • Replacement Electric Brakes for an AL-KO 6,000 lb Axle
  • The Electric Trailer Brake Kit part # AKEBRK-7-D is exactly what you need to replace the 12" diameter x 2" wide electric brakes on your horse trailer with AL-KO 6,000 lb axles. However, the dacromet finish is only really needed for boat trailers so you can save some money by using the Electric Trailer Brake Kit part # AKEBRK-6.
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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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  • Comparing the Kodiak Disc Brake Kit # K2HR35DS with a Tie Down G5 Disc Brake Kit
  • Do you currently have a disc brake kit? If it was that badly damaged within a year then you either got a bad set of brakes, something was installed incorrectly, or you have an issue on your trailer that needs to be fixed. The Kodiak kit # K2HR35DS comes with a 3-year warranty so if it was a product defect I would cash-in on that warranty. Since we don't carry the Tie Down G5 disc brake kit it is a little difficult to compare them side-by-side, but one of the major things that I noticed...
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  • Disc Brake Kit Needed for a 2015 Cyclone 4200 with Triple Dexter Axles
  • I reached out to my contact at Dexter Axle who gave me the spindle information for your specific axle. The compatible disc brake kit that I recommend going with is part # K2HR712D from Kodiak. My contact did mention that this axle originally came with electric brakes so you will need a brake line kit as well since it sounds like you already have an actuator. I have linked our available brake line kits. All you have to do is filter through the selection for the best fit for your trailer...
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  • How to Convert From Drum Brakes to Disc Brakes
  • You can convert from drum brakes to disc brakes though you are going to need to know the weight capacity of your axles, your brake mounting flange bolt pattern, your wheel bolt pattern (I've linked a help article which describes how you can find this if you are unsure) as well as the bearings that fit your spindle. If you do not know which bearings you use you can take apart your hub assembly and looking at the bearings themselves; wipe away the grease and you should be able to see...
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  • When Do Self Adjusting Trailer Brakes Adjust
  • Self-adjusting trailer brakes such as Electric Trailer Brake Kit # AKEBRK-35-SA or Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit # 23-468-469 adjust automatically when you are travelling forward.
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  • Replacement Trailer Brakes, Bearings, and Seals for Dexter 6K Trailer Axles
  • We do have brakes for the 6,000 pound Dexter axle on your 2013 Open Range Roamer. That size takes 12" x 2" brakes. For a set of self-adjusting brakes in this size I recommend # AKEBRK-7-SA. The bearing kit for the 6k Dexter axles will be either # BK3-100 or # BK3-110. There are a couple of differences between these two sets. Set # BK3-100 includes a cotter pin and a 10-36 seal which has an inner diameter of 2.250 inches and outer diameter of 3.376 inches. Set # BK3-110 includes...
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  • How to Choose Correct Replacement Electric Brakes
  • To determine the correct brake assemblies that will fit your trailer, you need to know your axle's weight capacity, the size of your wheels, your mounting flange bolt pattern, which will be 4-bolt or 5-bolt and will depend on the diameter of your axle. For example, 4-Bolt Brake Mounting Flange # 4-35 will fit a 2-3/8" round axle. You are also going to need to measure the inside diameter and depth of your drum. I've added a link for you to a help article on what you need in order to electric...
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  • Parts Needed to Add Electric Over Hydraulic Disc Brakes to a Toy Hauler with Three 7K Axles
  • It sounds like you are looking to convert the hydraulic drum brakes on your trailer to hydraulic disc brakes through the use of an electric over hydraulic actuator. If this is the case then you will need a disc brake assembly for each axle, electric over hydraulic actuator, breakaway kit, 7-way trailer connector, and brake controller. For a disc brake assembly, I recommend the Kodiak Disc Brake Kit part # K2HR712 which contains e-coated 13" hub/rotors with stainless steel mounting hardware...
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  • Replacement Brakes and Hubs for 1987 Moody Boat Trailer with 7 x 2-1/4 Hydraulic Brakes
  • The 4-bolt mounting pattern of 7-inch brakes is the same as for 10-inch brakes; both use bolts/holes spaced apart by 2-7/8-inches on center. Moving to larger brakes will naturally require new hubs and these new hubs must use the same set of bearings and the same wheel bolt pattern as your current ones. Also note that larger brakes and drums will be compatible with different wheel diameters than your 7-inches brakes were. The free-backing 10-inch hydraulic brakes you referenced, kit #...
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  • Rotor Size of Kodiak Disc Brake Kit for 3,500 lb Axles
  • The size of your current rotors are not indicative of the rotors you can replace them with. The Kodiak Disc Brake Kit # K2R35DS has 10" rotors but in order for the kit to work you only need to ensure you have a 4-bolt brake mounting flange, #84 spindles, as well as wheels that have a 5 on 4-1/2" bolt pattern and are at least 14" in diameter.
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  • Can Dexter Nev-R-Adjust be Used to Replace Warner Trailer Brakes
  • Your pictures didn't come through but I am attaching a picture with the distance between each of the mounting holes on the Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit # 23-458-459 assemblies. If the mounting flange bolt dimensions match up with these mounting holes then yes, you can definitely use them on your trailer.
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  • Hub, Drum and Electric Brake Replacement for Trailer
  • In order to find the correct replacement hubs for your trailer, you need to know the weight rating of your axle, and also what bearings your current hub has. You will need to take apart your current hub assembly and look at the bearings themselves; wipe away the grease and you should be able to see the part number stamped directly on them. If you are unable to find them, you need to use a digital caliper such as # 301-17068 and measure your spindle to the thousandths of an inch where the...
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  • Replacement Brake Assemblies for 2010 Coleman Pop-Up Tent Trailer
  • For your Coleman pop-up camper, it looks like you have 7 inch assemblies. I recommend the Electric Trailer Brake Kit - 7" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies - 2,000 lbs # AKEBRK-2. These will mount directly to your 4 bolt brake flanges on your axle for an easy installation. It looks like you currently have Dexter brake assemblies, so if you want that brand then I recommend the Dexter Electric Trailer Brake Kit - 7" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies - 2,000 lbs # 23-47-48. I've attached...
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  • Is Mounting Hardware Included with Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit # K23-478-479
  • The Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit # K23-478-479 comes with 8 nuts and 4 adjuster access plugs. The studs are already attached to the brake assemblies so those are included by default. Lock washers are not provided but you can add them using # 5-8 which is sold in quantities of 1.
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  • Nev-R-Adjust Brakes and Breakaway Kit Needed for a 2016 Kaufman 50 Wedge Trailer
  • I believe that you have 7K axles on your 2016 Kaufman Trailer. For that you would use the Nev-R-Adjust Trailer Brake Kit # 23-464-465. These are 12" brake assemblies with 5-bolt mounting flanges. The breakaway kit that I recommend using the the Hopkins Engager # 20099 which includes a tester and built-in charger for the battery. Review videos have been linked for you to check out.
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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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  • Replacement Brake Shoes for Millennium Trailer M7D24PD with 7,000 lb Axles with Electric Brakes
  • I recommend the Electric Trailer Brake Kit - Self-Adjusting - 12" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies - 5.2K to 7K # AKEBRK-7-SA for your application. These assemblies are 12x2 inches. If you just want the brake shoes and not the entire assemblies, you can use the Replacement Shoe and Lining Kit for 12" Manual-Adjust Brake Assembly - 5,200 lbs to 7,000 lbs # AKBRKR-S-12.
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  • Can Stainless Steel Brake Assemblies Attach to Galvanized Steel Mounting Flange
  • In general if you are in a situation with atmospheric conditions of moderate to mild humidity, contact between a galvanized steel surface and a stainless steel is unlikely to cause substantial incremental corrosion. Only under extreme humidity would this be an issue. I wouldn't worry about it if I were you. We've yet to hear about an issue from any of our customers either.
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  • Dexter 8,000 Pound Axle Idler Hubs with 5/8 Studs for Kodiak Disc Brake Kit K2R858DD
  • If your current hubs use grease and are not oil bath then you will need idler hub # 008-399-92 to go with slip-on rotor # K2R858DD. But if it is an oil bath set up you will need # 008-399-93. In either case the hubs have the 8 on 6-1/2 bolt circle, 5/8 inch studs, are fit Dexter 8,000 pound axles.
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  • Recommended Trailer Components for Autowbrake Electric Brake Controller
  • The Autowbrake Electric Brake Controller - Trailer Mount # 3430001 does require brake assemblies like the Electric Trailer Brake Kit - Self-Adjusting - 10" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies - 3,500 lbs # AKEBRK-35-SA or the 12 inch assemblies # AKEBRK-7-SA for larger capacity axles. You may also need a separate breakaway kit like the Hopkins Engager # 20099. A safety system like this is required in most states for trailers weighing more than 3,000 lbs. I've attached a couple articles...
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  • Hub and Drum Assembly for Lippert 4,400 lb Axles on a 2017 Keystone Cougar 29BHSWE
  • Since your 2017 Keystone Cougar 29BHSWE uses an inner bearing of # L68149 and an outer bearing of # L44649 and uses 10" brakes, like part # AKEBRK-35-SA, the best hub and drum assembly would be either part # AKHD-655-35-K for a standard spindle or part # AKHD-655-35-EZ-K for an E-Z Lube spindle. These have a 6 on 5-1/2" bolt pattern so they will match up with what you have, but you will want to check to make sure that the 1.719" inner diameter of the grease seal matches that of your...
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  • How to Pick Out Disc Brake Kit for EZ Loader Boat Trailer
  • Since you said the brake mounting flanges on your 2004 EZ Loader boat trailer have a 4 bolt mount that would almost guarantee that the correct kit you'd need is the Kodiak Disc Brake kit part # K2HR35D for 3,500 lb trailer axles. You can verify this pretty easily by measuring the spindle you have once you pull the hub off. If the bearing surfaces measures 1.06 inch and 1.38 inch in diameter then this kit will be exactly what you need. Use a digital caliper like the # PTW80157 to get...
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  • Trailer Bearing Kit and Electric Brakes for a Lippert 4,400 Pound Axle
  • The Lippert 4,400 pound trailer axle apparently used a 3,500 pound hub and drum assembly and it has a 6 on 5-1/2 bolt pattern which makes it sort of an odd duck. The bearings should be L68149 for the inner and L44649 for the outer. For a bearing kit that has these bearings and a seal with an inner diameter of 1.719 inches and outer diameter of 2.565 inches use # BK2-100. For a pair of 10 inch brake assemblies I recommend etrailer brakes # AKEBRK-35-SA. These are self-adjusting brakes...
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  • Dexter 3,500 lb Nev-R-Adjust Electric Brake Assembly and Compatible Hub Drums
  • The Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit - 10" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies - 3.5K # 23-468-469 do not come with the hub and drum assemblies. They need to be purchased separately. For compatible 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 or if you don't have the spindles with the integrated grease zerk # 84546UC3. If you have the 6 on 5-1/2 inch bolt pattern then you will use...
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  • Can New Dexter Electric Trailer Brakes be Installed and Used on a Boat Trailer
  • Modern electric brakes such as # 23-47-48 work fine on boat trailers . . . as long as you unplug the trailer before getting the boat in the water. But even then the way the magnets are made now getting submerged won't short them out. It is the wiring you have to be careful with. That is why I recommend using heat shrink butt connectors such as # DW05745-10 to seal out water when connecting the brake magnet wires to the trailer wiring.
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  • Replacement Trailer Axle to Replace Trailer with Older Style Brakes that Are Outdated
  • I wish we could help, but only option we can point you towards would be new axles as what you sent in a picture of is not compatible with anything we sell. You are going to need to measure your current axles in a few places to get the correct one as we don't have access to what your numbers reference. You will need to measure from hub face to hub face and then from the spring seat centers. You will also need to know what bolt pattern you have on your current hubs. I attached a help...
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  • Is the Titan Disc Brake Kit # T4843800 Compatible with the OEM Brake Controller on a 2013 Ford F-150
  • I believe that you are referring to an integrated brake controller on your 2013 Ford F-150. The Titan BrakeRite EHB Electric-Hydraulic Actuator # T4813100, which comes with the Titan Disc Brake Kit # T4843800 that you referenced, should work with your brake controller. We do have the Titan BrakeRite EHB Adapter # T4846000 but it is for 2006.5 - 2012 Ford pickups. Since your 2013 F-150 has a setting for Electric-Over-Hydraulic (EOH) trailer brakes this kit should work just fine, however,...
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  • Troubleshooting Electric Reverse Lockout Feature on Titan Disc Brake Actuator Kit T4843200
  • The Titan Disc Brake and Leverlock Actuator Kit # T4843200 includes an actuator that has an electric reverse lockout feature. This electrically-operated reverse lockout solenoid requires a 12V power input to operate. This signal is to be taken from the tow vehicle's reverse light circuit. When you shift the vehicle into reverse to back up the reverse lights trigger the solenoid to block hydraulic fluid pressure from engaging the brakes so that you can back up the trailer. One of the wire...
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  • Will the Kodiak Brake Line Kit Work with the eTrailer Hydraulic Brake Kits
  • Yes, the 3/8"-24 fittings on the end of your Kodiak Hydraulic Brake Line Kit part # 18SI-BLKIT will work with the Hydraulic Brake Kit part # AKFBBRK-35-D. This is a very standard brake line fitting size so is works with pretty much all assemblies we offer.
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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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  • Could Self Adjusting Dexter Trailer Brake Assemblies be Manually Adjusted
  • You can manually adjust self adjusting brakes like the part # K23-478-479 that you referenced. You basically just use the access port on the back of the assembly to move the star wheel to the desired tightness. The linkage for the self-adjusting hardware will partially obstruct access but it is possible to get in there far enough to make the adjustment as I've done it before. For a brake spoon we have the part # W80630. Most likely though the one that is dragging the most is closest...
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  • Replacement 12-1/4 Inch x 3-3/8 Inch Braking Assembly with Four Bolt Brake Mounting Flange
  • If the braking assemblies you have now are indeed 12-1/4" x 3-3/8" and use a four bolt brake mounting flange then you are going to want to use the Electric Trailer Brake Kit w/ Dust Shields part # AKEBRK-8, not the Electric Trailer Brake Kit w/ Dust Shields part # AKEBRK-10. I have attached a photo which shows the correct way to measure your braking assembles for replacement. You will also need to verify that the bolt holes on your brake mounting flange are 3-7/16" apart on center from...
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  • Can the Electric Trailer Brake Kit # AKEBRK-35-SA be Installed on a Boat Trailer
  • You definitely can use the Electric Trailer Brake Kit # AKEBRK-35-SA on your boat trailer if you have an axle rated for 3,500 lbs. In fact, it is becoming more and more common for boat trailers to have electric drum brakes due to how easy they are to maintain. Just be sure your hub and drum assemblies have a 10" inner diameter and your brake mounting flanges have a 4-bolt design and these will fit! Another thing to note is that you will need to disconnect the wiring from your vehicle...
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  • Will the Electric Trailer Brake Kit # AKEBRK-7-SA Fit a 6,000 lb Axle
  • The Electric Trailer Brake Kit # AKEBRK-7-SA is designed for trailer axles that range from 5.2K to 7K in weight capacity so they should fit perfectly. If you want to double check then simply make sure that your brake mounting flange has a 5-bolt pattern and that the inside diameter of your current hub and drum assemblies measure 12" (see attached photo). If this is the case then this is the kit for you! An installation video has been linked as well as a review video for you to check out.
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  • Can Electric Drum Brakes Be Installed on Prestige Boat Trailer
  • Electric drum brakes are more common on boat trailers than they once were, and for the very reasons you mention: lower cost and easier installation than hydraulic surge brakes. More and more marine trailers are being factory-equipped with electric drum brakes and they can be used safely by always unplugging the trailer connector from the tow vehicle before the trailer enters the water. I linked a helpful overview article on this process that covers the whole conversion and all the items...
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  • Troubleshooting Surge Brake Trailer that Doesn't Want to Release Trailer Brakes at Stop
  • Most likely you have a bad shock in the surge brake actuator of your trailer as that's typically what causes a surge coupler to not want to release all the way. Or it's an Atwood actuator which is just notorious for not functioning properly. Have you checked the shock yet?
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  • Using Electric Brake Assemblies On Boat Trailer
  • More and more trailer manufacturers and customers are starting to use electric brakes on boat trailers. This is typically because of the cost savings and also their functionality, as they are far more adjustable based on user preferences. You can absolutely install them on your boat trailer but there are a couple of precautions you will want to take. As you probably know, water and electricity aren't the best of friends, so it is best to simply unplug the trailer from your tow vehicle...
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  • Replacement Braking Assembles for an AL-KO 7,200 lb Axle
  • The correct replacement braking assemblies for your trailer with an AL-KO 7,200 lb axle is the Electric Trailer Brake Kit part # AKEBRK-7-SA for self adjust or part # AKEBRK-6 for manual adjust. The self adjust brakes as the name states will automatically adjust for even pad wear after the initial setup wheres the manual adjust will require continual adjustments for even pad wear. You will also need mounting hardware to install either set and for that I recommend part # BRKH12. I have...
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  • Titan Brakerite II Break Away Battery Charging
  • The Replacement Remote Mounted SD Control Module for BrakeRite II # T4834200 is intended to be installed as shown in the attached diagram. The 12V charge from the 7-way will only help to charge the trailer batteries and breakaway batteries at a maintenance charge amperage. The batteries need to be initially charged on a separate charger like # CTEK56158. The 7-way maintenance charge will not be able to charge a dead battery but only slowly charge a mostly charged battery to maintain...
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  • How to Find the Correct Trailer Hubs for the Electric Trailer Brake Kit Part # AKEBRK-7-SA
  • The Electric Trailer Brake Kit part # AKEBRK-7-SA does not come with the hub/drum. In order to find the correct hub/drums we are going to need to know your bearing numbers or measurements. We would also need to know the bolt pattern of your wheels. I have attached articles for determining both bearing numbers/measurements and bolt pattern for you. If you can provide me with the bearing numbers/measurements then I would be happy to help you make sure you get the correct hub/drums but if...
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  • How to Find Hubs for a 2005 Titan Gooseneck Trailer
  • In order to find the correct hub/drums to use with the Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Assembly part # 23-458-459 (part # 23-459 + part # 23-458) we are going to need to know your bearing numbers or measurements. We would also need to know the bolt pattern of your wheels. I have attached articles for determining both bearing numbers/measurements and bolt pattern for you. If you can provide me with the bearing numbers/measurements then I would be happy to help you make sure you...
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  • Can 7 Inch Hubs/Drums Be Used with 13 Inch Diameter Wheels
  • The recommended hub/drum size for a 13" diameter wheel is one that is for 10" diameter brakes. The wheel will still fit on the hub/drum assuming the bolt pattern matches there is just less surface area on the hub for the wheel. However, you are only 1" off of the recommended specification so you would more than likely be fine with either 7" or 10" braking assemblies but there would obviously be an increase in stopping power with the larger assembly. The brake mounting flange is the same...
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  • Replacement Disc Brake Kit for UFP Brake System on Trailer
  • As long as the hub-and-rotor assemblies from the Kodiak Disc Brake Kit # K2HR35DS are correct for your trailer, the included stainless steel calipers will work perfectly to replace the UFP units you currently have. This kit is designed for 3,500 pound axles and use the # L68149 inner bearing and # L44649 outer bearing, which are not included. I have attached a short video demonstration and the complete installation instructions for this kit that you can also check out.
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  • Hydraulic Brake Line for Hydraulic Drum Brake Assembly # AKUBRK-35-D
  • The Hydraulic Trailer Brake Kit - Uni-Servo - Dacromet - 10" - Left/Right Hand Assemblies - 3.5K # AKUBRK-35-D will fit the traditional 3/16 inch brake lines like # 18SI-BLKIT or # 20TA-BLKIT which have the thread size of 3/8"-24. You shouldn't need an adapter fitting unless you have the larger 1/4 inch brake lines. In that case the Replacement Adapter Fitting for Titan Hydraulic Brake Kits - 1/4" to 3/16" # T4871700 would be used.
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  • Brake Assembly Recommendation for Trailer with Dexter 5,200 lb Trailer Axle
  • We definitely have Dexter brake assemblies to fit a Dexter 5,200 lb axle like you have. The part # AKEBRK-7-SA is a kit that includes a left and right hand assembly for a 5,200 lb axle like what you have. These are self-adjusting too which means that you'll never have to manually adjust them either.
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