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Parts Needed to Add Electric Brakes to a 5x8 Aluminum Northern Tool Trailer


Im looking at building a tear on a Northern Tool 5x8 aluminum trailer. Ive seen the other QandAs on upgrading the axle/tires for higher speeds. How can I add brakes to the trailer?


Expert Reply:

To add brakes to a trailer there are a handful of things that you need but it all depends on what kind of braking system you're wanting to add. If you've never messed with trailer brakes before then I recommend going with an electric brake system simply because it is easier to install and maintain. For this you need the following:

Brake Mounting Flange
Spindle (will already be on the axle)
Brake Assembly
Hub-and-Drum Assembly
Trailer Wiring
Breakaway Kit
Brake Controller (for controlling brakes from tow vehicle)

Attached is a helpful article that goes into more detail about this and includes links to the different parts you'll need. If you can let me know what your axle weight rating is (can be found on a tag in the middle of the axle) and if you already have a brake mounting flange or not then I can make specific recommendations for you.

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Jon G

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