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Old 05-23-2016, 05:58 AM   #1
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12 X 2 Brakes Generic?

I'm going to replace the brakes on my new to me 83 Excella. It has 12 inch drum brakes. It's clear that it makes sense to replace the whole mechanism and it looks like a very easy job.

Are these kits generally universal? I see all sorts of brand names and prices but they all look the same...oval magnets and five mounting bolts. Unless there is some clear cut difference in quality should I just buy on price? They are about $40/wheel at etrailer.

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Old 05-23-2016, 06:01 AM   #2
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They are basically the same. They do come in right and left sides.
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Old 05-23-2016, 06:15 AM   #3
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I picked up a set of complete drum brake asymbly. Backing plate and all for my rig from inland RV. Specific to airstream. A little more than $40 per side, but very reasonable, and the correct parts.

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Old 05-23-2016, 07:58 AM   #4
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I'm pretty sure they are generic. I recently bought four complete assemblies from a local utility trailer manufacturer after checking that the mounting bolt arrangement was identical.

A quick installation - in fact I did it when we were on our snowbird getaway last winter - all went fine and the brakes work well now.

One thing I was glad that I took along with me was an electric impact wrench to get the bolts off - they were all well rusted - thankfully none broke, but at least they are nots and bolts so if any had broken it would have been an easy fix.

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Old 05-23-2016, 08:19 AM   #5
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For a few bucks extra you can get self adjusting brakes. Same installation process and it will save you needing to do the manual adjustments as the brakes wear. Beware though, you don't want to forget about the brakes so much that you neglect the periodic need to pull the wheels to inspect.
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Old 05-23-2016, 11:42 AM   #6
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I ordered a set of 4 from Etrailer.com. Brake assembly great price. Free shipping.
And they work like a champ.
If you order from Inland be sure and get them to quote the shipping cost. They charged me $95.00 to ship a 8# box to me a few weeks ago...
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:45 PM   #7
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I ordered a set of 4 from Etrailer.com. Brake assembly great price. Free shipping.
And they work like a champ.
If you order from Inland be sure and get them to quote the shipping cost. They charged me $95.00 to ship a 8# box to me a few weeks ago...
Shipping costs as per UPS are dependent on weight and or size.

As an example an EMPTY BOX of 41 x 14 x 7 costs almost $ 40.00 to the east coast.

Fedex is just as bad.

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Old 05-24-2016, 07:47 AM   #8
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Just ordered a set of self adjusters from Southwest Wheel in Dallas.

Hopefully I will be able to remove all 20 rusted nuts on the old ones without too much bad language. Gonna Kroil them everyday til the new brakes get here.
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Old 05-24-2016, 09:26 AM   #9
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I bought four backing plates from Etrailer. Free shipping, prompt delivery, and they work well. These parts are heavy. Do not get stuck with high shipping charges.
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Don't worry about the bolts. If you're lucky the new brakes will come with new ones. If you're not go ahead and use a 6pt socket and break them if need be. Get new ones from your local hardware guys. Not worth re-using them
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I was going to do the same but decided to put new axles on instead
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Old 06-06-2016, 03:05 PM   #12
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Two done today, the other two tomorrow.

Not enough room to get a socket on the rusty backing nuts so I used an open end crows foot on 18" breaker bar. Ten down, ten to go.
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