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Old 05-07-2012, 03:00 PM   #1
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'73 Overlander Brake Replacement

Hi all,

I'm renovating a '73 Overlander and I'm getting ready to hit the brakes. Any idea on what kind of shoes I need for this thing and where I can buy replacements. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:16 PM   #2
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You may be light years ahead of the game to just buy loaded backing plates. If your brakes are origional you won't find parts anyway. I took one of my old brakes to the local trailer repair place and they fixed me up for about $55 each. Bolt em on, hook up two wires and your done.
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'73 Overlander Brake Replacement

Greetings THEMACS3!

I second the recommendation for fully loaded backing plates. When I had the brakes redone on my '64 Overlander, that is exactly what was done. I would add the suggestion to take the drums along with the loaded backing plates to a machine shop and have the drums machined and the shoes machined to match the drums. When my RV technician recommended this, I was reluctant to go to the extra expense, but the difference that it made in the responsiveness and smoothness of the brakes was and is well worth the additional expense.

Good luck with your Overlander!

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Hi all,

I'm renovating a '73 Overlander and I'm getting ready to hit the brakes. Any idea on what kind of shoes I need for this thing and where I can buy replacements. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!
Several parts for your original 12 inch brakes, are no longer available.

Changing them out to the correct style, is rather cheap, but does cost a little more than just the shoes for yours.

Also, the new style has more efficiency than the old, as well as more stopping power.

You can also, if you wish, purchase self adjusting electric brakes, which is the ultimate for electric brakes.

Andy
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Appreciate all the feedback. I was able to find Dexter 12" x 2" loaded never adjust backplates for $56.00 each at eastern marine. Here is the link in case anyone needs some. They are the cheapest I've found. http://www.easternmarine.com/Electric-Trailer-Brake-Assemblies/
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