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 02-21-2002, 15:03 Post: 35780
KensS
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 Converting one axle brake to two axle brake

I have a 16' two axle trailer (7000#) that I want to use to haul my JD 950 w/FEL. My trailer only has electric brakes on one axle. I am comfortable with wiring and routine mechanical projects. What parts will I need to convert the other axle to electric brakes??






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 02-21-2002, 16:08 Post: 35782
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I think most people here would be most comfy suggesting that you contact axle OEM and finding there local dealer for such stuff






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 02-21-2002, 18:40 Post: 35786
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After you know the brand of axle try your auto parts store first, they usally can get about anything.






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 02-22-2002, 00:25 Post: 35791
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 Converting one axle brake to two axle brake

The simplest & probably the cheapest would be to buy a complete axle with brakes






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 02-22-2002, 08:14 Post: 35797
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 Converting one axle brake to two axle brake

Unless the axle stub has the backing plate mounting flange, it can't be (easily or cheaply) done, since there is nothing to mount the hardware to. Brakes are with very few exceptions pretty much industry standard. They are commonly referred to by two components, the manufacturer of the axle itself, Dexter is the biggest, and secondly, the size, 10" x 2", 12" x 2", etc. The first thing is to look and see if you have a plate, 4" - 6" square right behind the tire on the axle you want to add the brakes to, if it's not there, you need a new axle, if its there brakes are only about $200 away, presuming you have electric brakes. Get two complete assemblies, including backing plates of course, the dealer can tell you about installation & wiring for your particular case. It's really a very simple thing to do. Best of luck.






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 02-22-2002, 08:32 Post: 35798
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 Converting one axle brake to two axle brake

For a number of years, I have gotten great service from Franklin Trailers
http://www.franklintrailers.com/
They have axle assemblies, electric brakes, hydraulic brakes, and all manner of small bits and pieces. Their advice over the phone has been good, prices low and delivery quick, even on large items. They can match pretty much any type and length of axle, and any type brakes.






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 02-23-2002, 18:45 Post: 35829
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 Converting one axle brake to two axle brake

Ken;
If the one axel has brakes chances are that the other axel is the same. The axel bolt pattern is fairly standard and the equipment is standard but I would determine what set of brakes you have on the other set. The drum electrical brakes are activated with an electromagnet You need to know that all 4 brakes are activating similarly to the electrical current or you may as well stuck with the 2 brakes. Having 4 brakes and stopping with 2 is no better than having two.
In most cases you need the face plate with the brakes and the brake drums. The other axel will not necessarily have drums.






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 04-13-2002, 22:10 Post: 37392
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 Converting one axle brake to two axle brake

If the axle you want to put brakes on is setup to take brakes it is not hard there is a plate on the axle to bolt the backing place on. Try the Dexter axle web page.

Tom M






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 04-14-2002, 01:39 Post: 37394
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 Converting one axle brake to two axle brake

Ken, I'm wondering why you need brakes on both axles to haul a 955 JD? One axle braking is usually sufficient for this type of load. Most people I know have one axle brakes on their 4 horse trailers, which if loaded are MUCH, MUCH heavier than your 955. I have the same trailer size and weight rating as you. It had no brakes until today. I installed a set of drum brakes on the rear axle. Cost me $230 in parts, but I'll still need to spend another $25 to do the wiring. My axle had the 4 hole backing plate. Changing from the hub assembly to the drums only took me about an hour to do. If you do add brakes to another axle, my best advice is to have them professionally adjusted. Because, I'm told that the extra braking potential is not a benefit and can actually be dangerous unless both axles are working in sync.






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