Trailer axle and brakes

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 11:25
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I am looking at putting electric drums on my c/trailer and have found on e-bay an axle and brakes for $440. This sound alright to u all in the know. Also what is the correct way to measure my existing axle as to order the right one. Thanks in advance.
Pete
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Reply By: Shaker - Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 14:09

Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 14:09
It might be safer to ask the vendor how they measure them!

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Reply By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 14:47

Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 14:47
When I bought a new braked axle (simple over-run disk brakes) for my CT years ago I was asked to measure centre of tread to centre of tread.

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Reply By: John and Regina M - Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 15:13

Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 15:13
When replacing mine it was measured from tip to tip and which hubs it has.

I see a minefield developing.
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Reply By: Member - petza - Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 15:18

Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 15:18
Thanks guys, I was hoping not to open a can of worms but these topics normally do .
Pete
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 16:21

Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 16:21
I recently bought an override brake kit and heavy duty axle for my box trailer. My vendor wanted overall length of axle - tip to tip.

I suggest as I did, contact them first and find what they want - just to prevent any misunderstanding.

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Garry
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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 10:10

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 10:10
Petza mate.....the can of worms is there and will get epened sooner or later.
Best open it and get it dealt with.

First if you want a good set of brakes you need to be considering brand......so you want a good set or do you want cheap.
Dexter or one of the other reputable brands OR cheap chinese crackers.

Second the length of the axle depends on a number of things.

If you have an existing axle and the width is appropriate you are safest working off the flange to flange measurement.

things that will influence axle length

the type of bearing and hub system
the clearance of the tyres from the body
the offset of the rims
the width of the tyres.

If you go to a good supplier they should give you all the help you need.

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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 16:42

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 16:42
Bantam! I went through this a few years back and I was wondering if I should open the can. I'm glad I didn't, you're doing great so far! Great advice! Michael
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