How to Measure to Select the Correct Brake Shoes for a 6,000 lb Dexter Trailer Axle

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Need new brake shoes? My drums say dexter have no idea what size I need From what point to what point do I measure to know if 10 inch, 12 inch etc I have 2 6,000 lb axles on the trailer both have brakes 15 inch tires.

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You will need to measure to select the correct brake assemblies for your axles. You need to know that the brake assembly is compatible with the brake mounting flange and with the drum's diameter and depth.

I added a photo showing how to measure a hub/drum for you,

Typically 6,000 lb Dexter axles have a 5 bolt brake flange, like part # 4-44-1, and utilize 12 x 2 inch brake assemblies, like part # 23-106. The correct brake shoes for these assemblies are part # AKBRKR-S-12.

If you measure and come up with 10 by 2-1/4 inches on the hub/drum, then you most likely will have a 4 bolt brake mounting flange, like part # 4-35, which uses the # 23-26 brake assembly and the shoes you referenced, # BP04-095.

We have a video showing how to replace the brake shoes on a 12 inch brake assembly, see link. The process would be the same on a 10 inch assembly, just different parts.

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