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Today we are going to take a look at the 12 inch left-hand electric brake assembly for 6000 pound axles. Electric brakes are easier to install. They offer more user control than hydraulic brakes. Now they require only an electric brake controller, which we do sell separately on our website, so there is no actuator or hydraulic lines necessary. Now the brake shoes on this assembly, they are lined with an automotive grade friction material. Now this friction material is fully bonded. It is not riveted to the shoes, so it gives you a nice long life and more braking torque.

The nice thing on it is that the lining has a tapered edge and they do a circular grinding on it to help prevent any cracking and crumbling that can lead to a mechanical lock-up. Now this is a manually adjusted brake system, so you do need to do periodic manual adjustments. They are required. Now the adjustment down here at the bottom, the adjustment gear right here, they do use a fine-tooth brake adjustment gear which allows for a more precise setting, so there is no break-in period needed also when you do set this up. Now the backing plate that this is attached to has a nice E-coating to it. It helps resist wear and corrosion. The other nice thing on this is it does include the adjuster plug.

There is a rubber plug that is in the hole there. Now that hole is there for putting your tool through there and doing your adjustment on the wheel down here, so when you're done adjusting it, you put the plug back in, and that keeps any dirt and debris from getting into the brake assembly. Once you have your brake drum on here, you don't want dirt getting in there, so they actually do include this plug that you put in there after you are adjusting it. Now the mounting bolts, the nuts, and the lock washers that are used to attach this to your brake flange, they are sold separately. Now this assembly is certified for QAI, which is Quality Assurance International, and CSA, which is Canadian Standards Association. The size on this is a 12 inch by 2 inch driver side electric trailer brake assembly, and the way you can tell the measurement when they say 12 by 2, basically the 12 is the diameter and then the 2 is the width of the pad. If we take a ruler and go to diameter, edge to edge is 12 inches, and then the width of that lining is right at 2 inches, so 12 inch by 2 inch, and this is the left-hand side or driver's side. The way you can tell that now when you get them, they'll have stickers on them.

It will say left-hand, but if the stickers aren't there and you just want to look at it and be able to tell, just look at the pad, the lining on the pad. If you see this one and then compare it to this one, this one is even a lot longer and this one is shorter, so the shorter pad will always face the front of the trailer, so if this is facing the front of the trailer, it's going to be on the left-hand side or the driver's side. That's the easiest way to tell what side it goes on. Now this is designed for 6000 pound rated axles. Also as you notice on the back, it does use the five bolt brake mounting flange. It's designed to attach to a five bolt brake mounting flange, so you want to make sure the axle this goes on does have the five bolt brake mounting flange for this to attach to. Now this does use 12 inch drums and these are electric brakes, so you do need to supply power to this magnet for it to work properly.

If you notice on the back, there are two black wires right here. One goes to the brake feed to supply power to the magnet and one to the ground, and basically either wire can be used for either function. It doesn't matter which one is used on which. That should do it for the review on the 12 inch left-hand electric brake assembly for a 6000 pound axle.

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