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Old 07-16-2016, 10:56 PM   #11
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Just a note, you can replace all four wheel ends with fully loaded backing plates and self adjusting drum brakes for $57.95 an end from etrailer. Just take out the five bolts, cut and resplice the wires and your ready to go. Not discouraging the disc brake idea just putting the cost in perspective.
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Triple that number for quality brakes and eight stud drums on 7,000+ pound axles.
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Old 07-17-2016, 01:33 PM   #12
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Has anyone upgraded/or have disk brakes on there trailer? Are they worth the $2500.00 conversion or perform better?
There's an article in this month's "Trailer Life" that covers this conversion. You'd have to be towing a heavy trailer to make it worthwhile, IMHO.
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Old 07-19-2016, 10:04 AM   #13
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Just a note, you can replace all four wheel ends with fully loaded backing plates and self adjusting drum brakes for $57.95 an end from etrailer. Just take out the five bolts, cut and resplice the wires and your ready to go. Not discouraging the disc brake idea just putting the cost in perspective.
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I concur, eTrailer.com will ship in just 2 days. If you can remove, inspect and regrease your own bearings, the next logical step is to remove the brake backing plate (5 bolts on mine) and snip two wires. Adjusting them after installation seems to be the time consuming task. Shoot 'em with a thermal gun after exiting at the interstate rest area, brake spoon down to tighten & up to loosen.
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I just replaced all 4 brake assemblies [ backing plates , shoes & magnets ] for $270 . drums were ok. I also replaced 4 bearings. Replaced all the spring hangers with the the greasable ones for $160 . I could not believe how bad the spring hangers were worn.
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I would think you would need to tow a lot as well to keep them from rusting up. Used to fight that issue on my jeep when I let it sit for a while.

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