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  • How to Remove Rusted Lug Nuts on Calkins Boat Trailer Hubs in Order to Replace Tires
  • I can suggest two methods for helping to loosen the rusted-on lug nuts on your Calkins boat trailer. The first method, which takes longer, is to apply and re-apply (as many times as necessary) a penetrating oil and allow it time to work through the rust on the threads. Depending on how severe the rust damage is this may take anywhere from hours to days. Such products are offered under a number of different brand names. They work slowly but also have less chance of causing damage. The...
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  • Can Regular Grease Trailer Hubs be Converted to Oil Bath Hubs
  • The choice of oil bath or regular hubs is up to the manufacturer. They are usually found on higher capacity axles, though as you know there are some on lower capacity axles. You can convert some hubs from grease to oil bath using a kit such as # XLPROLUBE1980KIT but for others it would not be possible without changing the hubs. This is because oil bath hubs use an oil cap that threads onto the end of the hub. Most regular hubs are not threaded so you would not be able to screw on an...
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  • Kodiak 225 Caliper Brake Pad Recommendation
  • If your Kodiak calipers have 225 stamped on the outside between the two bleeder valves then the correct brake pads are the part # K225CP that you referenced. If you need pads with stainless steel backing plates (if your trailer gets launched in salt water you will want these) you would want part # K225CPSS.
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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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  • Compatibility of Kodiak # K2R526DS Disc Trailer Brake Kit with New EZ-Loader Axle
  • As long as your new axle has a 5-bolt brake mounting flange, the Kodiak # K2R526DS should work fine for you. You'll also need a brake line kit like part # DM5424 and an actuating coupler like part # T47154007K for a 2 inch trailer ball. I've linked you to an FAQ article that shows everything you'll need to think about when you're adding hydraulic disc brakes to a trailer.
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  • What Size Are The Kodiac Ceramic Brake Pads # K250CP?
  • The Kodiak Ceramic Brake Pads - 7,000 lbs to 8,000 lbs # K250CP in some ways is rated for the 8,000 lb axle braking. So it will give you braking on 3 axles rated for 8,000 lbs when you use 3 kits. These brake pads are not easy to specify dimensions, so I've attached a photo to help with measurements being of the backing plate not the brake material.
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  • Disc Brake Kit with 8 on 6-1/2 Bolt Pattern for 7,000 Pound Axle
  • Since you have 6 lugs it's very possible you have 6,000 pound axles. But either way you can upgrade to an 8 lug for 7,000 pound axles. You'll need to replace the bearings, races, and seals to match the new sized hubs. The Kodiak Disc Brake Kit # K2HR712E with Bearing Kit # BK3-200 will work great on your trailer. These have an e-coat finish to help prevent corrosion from the elements. If you don't already have disc brakes you're also going to need an electric over hydraulic actuator...
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  • Converting from Electric Drum Trailer Brakes to Kodiak Hydraulic Disc Trailer Brakes
  • To upgrade your car hauler to Disc Brakes will require several items. Since you are already setup with a brake controller for controlling electric brakes, the easiest way to upgrade would be to add an electric over hydraulic brake actuator to the trailer, like the Titan BrakeRite, # T4813100, for disc brakes. The pump in this actuator will be activated by the brake output circuit coming from your brake controller. If your brake controller is proportional, you will need to make sure it...
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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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  • Replacement Wheel Studs and Lug Nuts for a 2011 Crossroads Cruiser 5th Wheel Trailer
  • The first thing to check is if the hubs have studs that are driven in or that are threaded in. Stud # K12WB2 is a drive-in type so if you have ones that thread in it would not work. If they are drive-in then you will want to check the picture I have included that shows all the measurements to determine if they will fit properly in the hub. This stud takes a 1/2"-20 lug nut such as # CE11051. This is an open-ended lug nut so the additional length of the studs would not be a problem....
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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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  • 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 Wheel Stud For Dexter 7000 lb Axle With 8 Lug Hub Assembly
  • For 7,000 lb Dexter hub assemblies, you could have 1/2 inch or 9/16 inch, or 5/8 inch drive in studs. I've linked the page of our drive in wheel studs for you. Once you have the right stud based on your measurements you can get the correct lug to fit on the other linked page.
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  • Replacement Oil Cap for Dexter Hub # 21-35
  • The Kodiak Oil Cap # KPCAP you are looking at is a replacement cap for the Kodiak Pro Lube Kit. The oil cap you need is the Redline Oil Cap, Plug and O-Ring for Dexter 7-9K Trailer Axles # RG04-230. This will replace the oil cap on your trailer axles with Dexter 8-bolt hubs. I attached a review video of this oil cap you may want to check out.
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  • Do Bearings, Races, and Seals on an EZ Lube Spindle Have to be Changed and Repacked
  • It is still a good idea to periodically change out the bearings and seals in a hub even if you have an EZ Lube axle. Races can be tricky to remove as well but if other parts are worn it would be a good idea to replace them if you are replacing everything else. You will not necessarily have to repack the ones in there if they were packed properly the first time. But when you do change bearings at some point, it is a good idea to package them first, even though you will be pumping in grease...
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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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  • Bleeding Trailer Brakes After Installing Kodiak 225 Disc Brake Calipers
  • When you bleed the brakes on your trailer after installing the Kodiak Calipers # KDBC225DAC, you will want to start with the brake that is furthest away from the actuator. Of the two bleeder valves, you will want to use the bleeder valve that is on the top. If you are manually bleeding the brakes, it is easiest to use a clear jar to collect the brake fluid in so it is easier to see when there are no more bubbles in the fluid. Be sure to open the top bleeder valve when you are bleeding...
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  • How to Pick Out Replacement Brake Calipers for a Boat Trailer
  • To replace the calipers on your boat trailer you will need to know the weight capacity for the axle that is on the boat trailer and the brand of the calipers. A very common brand is the Kodiak calipers, typically they will have 225 stamped on the caliper as well like the # KDBC225DAC. This system would work on axles that range from 3,500 lbs to 6,000 lbs. If you need a different caliper check out the link I attached that will take you to a page that has all of the calipers we offer....
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  • How to Determine the Correct Oil Bath Cap
  • To figure out the correct oil bath cap, you will need to know your axle's capacity or size of your hub bore. For a 3,500 lb hub or 1.98" hub bore you would use Kodiak XL ProLube Oil Bath Hub Body and Cap # XLPROLUBE1980, or for the kit you would use # XLPROLUBE1980KIT. If your axle had a capacity of 5,200 lbs or 6,000 lbs, or 2.44" hub bore you would want Kodiak XL ProLube Oil Bath Hub Body and Cap # XLPROLUBE2440 or if you wanted the kit you would use # XLPROLUBE2440KIT. I've added...
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  • Disc Brake Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer That Uses 8-Lug Wheels on 6000-lb Dexter Axles
  • The key to selecting disk brakes for your 5th wheel is to match up the bolt pattern (in your case 8-on-6-1/2) as well as the brake flange mounting hole pattern, bearing set and axle weight capacity. It is fine to use a brake kit rated higher than your axle capacity, but never one rated lower. You need to match your hub's bearings to the new kit to ensure that the hub/rotor assemblies will fit your spindles. The Kodiak Disc Brake Kit # K2HR712 that you referenced has the bolt pattern...
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  • Replacement Hub and Rotor Assembly with 5 on 4-1/2 Bolt Pattern for 3,500 Pound Trailer Axle
  • From my research the hub and rotor assembly you're looking for is for a 3,500 pound axle with a 5 on 4-1/2 bolt pattern. It uses bearings # L68149 and # L44649 and has a Dacromet finish for marine use. If the bearing numbers match you can use # KHR10D for a replacement hub and rotor. The bearing kit that goes with it is # BK2-100
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  • Replacement Disc Brakes for a Venture Boat Trailer for Salt Water
  • You have some common bearings there. For a combination stainless steel and dacromet which is going to offer the most corrosion resistance you can use # K2HR35DS which has the 5 on 4-1/2 bolt pattern, 1/2 inch studs, and fits 13 inch and larger wheels. For a kit that is all the same except that it is all dacromet use # K2HR35D. For salt water environments the best option is going to be stainless steel. The only problem with stainless is that it is expensive.
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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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  • 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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  • Availability of Disc Brake Pads for a Kodiak 250 Caliper on a Double Tree Fifth Wheel
  • The disc brake pads that we have for the Kodiak caliper that is marked 250 is the Kodiak Ceramic Brake Pads, part # K250CP, that you have referenced. These pads are for use on calipers that are rated for 7,000 lbs to 8,000 lbs. The D215 number is the part number that is on the automotive brake pads that can be used in the Kodiak calipers. It can use the same disc brake pads as used on the front axle of the early 1980s and early 1990s GM FWD model vehicles.
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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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  • Replacement Brake Pad Recommendation for Dexter 8k Axles
  • For your Dexter 8k axles that have you would have to get the part # K71-629. Since the Kodiak pads haven't been tested in the Dexter calipers I can't make that recommendation.
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  • Does a Trailer have to have Dually Wheels and Idler Hubs for Kodiak Disc Brake Kit K2R1058D11 to Fit
  • Kodiak disc brake kit # K2R1058D11 is designed for 10,000-lb Dexter axles with leaf springs. It will fit either 16-1/2 inch dually wheels or 17-1/2 inch single wheels. So the trailer does not necessarily have to have dually wheels for this kit to fit. The kit fits over idler hubs. Since it fits idler hubs, which are just regular hubs as opposed to a hub with integrated drum, you would need to replace the drum brake hubs with properly sized idler hubs to install this kit. To find the...
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  • Will the Kodiak Disc Brake Kit Part # K2R1058D11 Fit a Dexter 10k General Duty Axle
  • Yes, the Kodiak Disc Brake Kit part # K2R1058D11 will work with your Dexter general duty 10,000 lb axles as long as you have an 395S inner bearing (2.625" inner diameter) and 387A outer bearing (2.250" inner diameter). These brakes are only compatible with a specific type of hub which is the two piece Dexter 8-288. If you also need the hub then you can use the Dexter Trailer Idler Hub Assembly part # 8-214-5UC1. I have attached a review video of the hub for you as well.
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  • Replacement 250-031468 Seals Needed for Reliable Oil Bath
  • From my research it looks like the correct replacement seal for your Reliable oil bath kit is the Replacement Seal # XLPROLUBE1980SEAL which is used for 3,500 lb axles. This seal has a 1.72" inner diameter and a 2.56" outside diameter. You can use these specs to ensure that it fits your application. I am unsure about the screw you mentioned because none of our kits have that screw, they just use rubber plugs similar to what you would see on an EZ Lube grease cap. If you are needing to...
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