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Reading through e-trailer's how-to and products and ran across this:

http://www.etrailer.com/question-16846.html

Has anyone done this? If so, what was the verdict? Thanks for the input!


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If you plan to upgrade, have you considered disc brakes? I have 7k axles and want to put 8k with disc brakes. I know some have done that but I don't have a clue where to start however from what I understand, the disc brakes will give you a huge increase in braking power over drums.

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I can't write directly about the 6-7000lb changeover, but during my recent brake research/repair job, using Dexter parts from e-trailer, I discovered how alike axle/brake parts are. For example, I have Al-Ko 5k axles, but they're only rated to 4200lbs (by Al-ko) for my application. Where I could have had 5-bolt hubs, I actually have a 6-bolt on 5-1/2" lug pattern with larger 12x2" brakes rather than 10x2-1/4" brakes. Because of this, I can probably easily upgrade to 16" wheels rather than the 15" I have, which is a good thing. In speaking to e-trailer reps, who are really savvy, I was amazed at the possible combinations the mfgrs come up with.


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houtrz wrote:

If you plan to upgrade, have you considered disc brakes? I have 7k axles and want to put 8k with disc brakes. I know some have done that but I don't have a clue where to start however from what I understand, the disc brakes will give you a huge increase in braking power over drums.


I'm not looking to make a drastic change. I just noticed that the 7k lb brakes aren't much more than the 6k lb version, so a little extra braking power for minimal extra effort and cost makes sense to me.

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I had a 40" toy hauler that I did the 6K to 7K brake upgrade and it made a big difference in my braking ability. I personally suggest you do the backer plate upgrade, you will be pleased as to the differance.


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Robert6401 wrote:

Reading through e-trailer's how-to and products and ran across this:

http://www.etrailer.com/question-16846.html

Has anyone done this? If so, what was the verdict? Thanks for the input!


Yes, It is a cost effective upgrade in braking. Combining the upgrade in capacity with the Nev-r-Adjust design gets the "best" combination of braking and low maintainence available for electric drum trailer brakes.

13" Kodiak Discs would be even better but price of entry is much higher for brake hardware and possibly wheels (8 lug only on 13" Kodiak)

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On my last TT I upgraded from 3500 Lb axles to 5300 lb axles and I put 7500 lb brakes on. It made a heck of a difference! I always think, if the cost isn't an issue, bigger is always better!!


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I have done the 6K to 7K upgrade on my 2006 Hitchhiker 29.5 LKTG. Best thing I ever did (so far) world of difference in braking ability. I used the Dexter complete backing plate kits with the black wire magnets.
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I didn't see much improvement when I went from stock to 7k brakes (3 times) on my 5200 axles. I wish I would have gotten disc instead of wasteing so much time on the drums. There's a LOT of complaints about 7k brakes on this site. Craig


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