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Old 04-21-2006, 10:02 AM   #15
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So if I were to go with discs (I'm assuming that there is a 12" rotor as well?), I'd have to get rid of the factory aluminum mags then, correct?

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Not necessarily. I bought standard replacement alloys for trailers for my disc brake setup. There is plenty of clearance, both inside and out, with Dexter's HD disc brake setup.
I can't speak for offerings from other brands, though. I heard that some of the other disc brake retrofit kits interfere with certain wheels.
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Our Overlander also has 12" brakes. Probably the best thing to do when shopping for discs, if you can, is to take a wheel (sans tire) with you so you can see if there will be a clearance issue.
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Uwe,

I'm getting all new running gear on my single-axle 26' Overlander, was all set to follow your advice re. new Dexter discs with electro-hydraulic actuator -- until I was told that the parts alone would cost ~$2K extra! Does that sound right?

Replacing my solid offset axle, hubs, electric drum brakes, getting new 15" (vs 14.5" on it now) steel wheels, new Marathon tires, new fabricated leaf-springs and skids, new breakaway switch -- parts and labor for all that is considerably less than $2K!

Are those brakes really worth it????
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Old 05-01-2006, 05:32 PM   #18
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Uwe,

I'm getting all new running gear on my single-axle 26' Overlander, was all set to follow your advice re. new Dexter discs with electro-hydraulic actuator -- until I was told that the parts alone would cost ~$2K extra! Does that sound right?

Replacing my solid offset axle, hubs, electric drum brakes, getting new 15" (vs 14.5" on it now) steel wheels, new Marathon tires, new fabricated leaf-springs and skids, new breakaway switch -- parts and labor for all that is considerably less than $2K!

Are those brakes really worth it????
I can't answer your question without some more information.
Which parts are $ 2k extra? And from which point does the 4 2k start? Bare axles? brake axles?

The installation for the electro hydraulic actuator, and the associated brake lines etc. will defintiely cost more than electric brakes and a conventional axle. Even though, on a single solid axle, you only need one flex line, and a very simple installation.
On Torsion tandems, there's 4 flex lines,a nd a much more complicated installation scheme.

My take is that disc brakes are a worth while investment, especially on a single axle trailer of Overlander size.

I don't know if it is worth it to you, but I can tell you that I would buy it all over again...and again....and again....
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I agree!

Uwe is correct - I too would be curious what $2000.00 buys?

Please inform,
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I know that Axis provides 10" Kodiak discs with some axles. Although I like the 12" drums that I have on all my AS's (no comment, youse guys), I think the 10" discs will be just fine on a tandem Overlander. When I get my Centramatics next week, I'll check and see where the offset is and whether they would fit a 12" disc better.

Anyway, 10" discs ought to be available from Dexter, too.

The disc(s) cost is minor when ordered in place of drums on a new axle. It's the electric motor-driven hydraulic pump that's $900+ (both vendors are about the same price, as far as I can tell).
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I know that Axis provides 10" Kodiak discs with some axles. Although I like the 12" drums that I have on all my AS's (no comment, youse guys), I think the 10" discs will be just fine on a tandem Overlander. When I get my Centramatics next week, I'll check and see where the offset is and whether they would fit a 12" disc better.

Anyway, 10" discs ought to be available from Dexter, too.

The disc(s) cost is minor when ordered in place of drums on a new axle. It's the electric motor-driven hydraulic pump that's $900+ (both vendors are about the same price, as far as I can tell).
The 10" discs usually come with 5-lug wheels...much like 10"drums do.
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