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Pros And Cons For Switching From Electric To Electric Over hydraulic Disc Brakes On Trailer


I have a bearcat 4 place snowmobile trailer. I was wondering in your opinion would it be a good idea to switch from electric drum brakes to disc brakes? I am going to do the brakes soon as they are grinding. Please post positives and negatives Thanks


Helpful Expert Reply:

In order to switch from your electric brakes to a disc brake system there are several things you will want to consider. It is true that the disc brakes will provide better braking for you, although converting can require an involved installation.

Electric trailer braking systems provide fast response times and good control over the action of your trailer brakes, but they don't stop as hard as hydraulic brakes.

Some of the things you need to consider if you decide to change the brake system is that you would need to add a brake actuator, add hydraulic lines, brake assemblies, and make sure your brake controller is capable of functioning with electric over hydraulic actuator. I have attached a link to a helpful article that explains the parts needed to add electric over hydraulic disc brakes.

If you are not happy with your electric brake performance, then switching to a disc brake system may be the answer for you. I recommend replacing the existing electric brakes with a Nev-R-Adjust electric brake assembly. This would be a time saving way to go. I have attached a link to our product page for Nev-R-Adjust brake assemblies. Just use the menus on the left side of the page and narrow down the choices for brakes based on your drum and axle size. I have also attached a link to a initial setup video for the Nev-R-Adjust brakes.

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Jeffrey L

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