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Old 04-07-2014, 08:28 AM   #1
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Backing plate brands

I've decided to replace the brakes in my trailer and am going to get loaded backing plates.

Does anyone have an opinion about the brand of backing plate I should get? Dexter is quite expensive locally (over $100) although I could buy online for around $55 (automatic adjusting). The local truck and trailer place that I often deal with has an offshore brand AxleTech for $50. They say they are identical to Dexter.

Thanks for your thoughts,

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Although I have not replaced mine I would go with the Dexter's. Braking is not something I would want to chance with offshore brand. Is the safety of yourself and/or family worth $50?

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Well if the difference is 5$ and the Dexter brand is made in America it is a no brainer to me.

But, if it turns out that the Dexters are actually rebranded foreign products.... Well.

I would like to think that the Dexter parts are made in USA, but.... Well i hope so .
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Thanks - I should have mentioned that $55 price was online and I would have to drive to the US to pick them up. Not a deal breaker by any means though.

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Although I have not replaced mine I would go with the Dexter's. Braking is not something I would want to chance with offshore brand. Is the safety of yourself and/or family worth $50?

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Fwiw, stuff made in Canada is almost always "close enough" for me to count as "domestically produced".
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Here's a little China vs USA story;

My front wheel bearings on my GMC Duramax 4X4 went out at 60,000 miles. I had two choices, the $480 bearing from GM or the $180 bearing from Advanced Auto, made in China. I bought the Chinese bearing. And now with 70,000 miles on them, they are still tight, noise free and running fine. Hmmmm????????????
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Backing plate brands

Maybe trying to buy domestically is more than "what is best for me ", although, for the price difference you cite in the bearings I likely would have bought the imported bearings too.

A stock bearing failure on those sealed hubs at 70K is an anomaly, they usually always last 180K plus.
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Besides this a GM stamp most certainly does not mean "not made in China".
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It would be interesting to know if that original bearing was made in the US or China.

I can't even tell if the brand is AxleTech or AxleTek - neither seem to have a website that says anything about electric brakes.
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A person might be surprised to find out just how much of their "domestic vehicle" is made in China....

Although those who used to make these parts in the states might have a good idea.
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It seems I recall a post here regarding brake lining issues on Dexter parts and it related back to the Dexter stuff was built in China.

I'd do some digging before I paid double expecting a domestic part.

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If both brands are imported, I would buy the cheaper ones.

If they are both imported it would not surprise me if both brands came out of the same factory.
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It seems I recall a post here regarding brake lining issues on Dexter parts and it related back to the Dexter stuff was built in China.

I'd do some digging before I paid double expecting a domestic part.

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That's interesting! I saw some posts with lining issues and also some issues with the automatic adjustors failing. I will do some digging and see what I can find. Thanks!
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I've decided to replace the brakes in my trailer and am going to get loaded backing plates.

Does anyone have an opinion about the brand of backing plate I should get? Dexter is quite expensive locally (over $100) although I could buy online for around $55 (automatic adjusting). The local truck and trailer place that I often deal with has an offshore brand AxleTech for $50. They say they are identical to Dexter.

Thanks for your thoughts,

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I doubt that they are identical.

The BIG thing to remember, is can you easily get a replacement for the brakes that you have on a local basis, WHEN YOUR TRAVELING??

The Dexter self adjusting, at this point, seems to be the top brand.

They can be drop shipped from 20 different places.

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