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Old 09-06-2015, 10:31 AM   #15
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It's pretty easy. Just like any other controller under the dash. But you need to disconnect the blue OEM brake apply wire and attach the Direclink blue output to the trailer connector. That can be done anywhere in the harness between the itbc and the truck umbilical socket.

But the magnet mod is easier and then you can use itbc. Is there a reason why you don't want to do that?
I can't very well do the magnet mod on a trailer that I don't own yet so I guess the after market controller is the way to go . I'm just hesitant about it no being compatible with my truck and driving 500 miles and find out I can't tow it home .
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Old 09-06-2015, 07:47 PM   #16
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My 2006 Classic limited 34 with slide came with dexter disc brakes and never lube bearings and a dexter actuator. Andy is right when you break down you have limited places to get parts. We spent 12 days in Wakeeny Kansas waiting for parts

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Old 09-06-2015, 11:55 PM   #17
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The Kodak disc brakes parts are usually not available locally either. I carry a spare set of pads, timken bearings, cotter pins, grease and seals. I even got a spare caliper rebuild kit to carry along as well. Next season I'm taking a complete spare caliper. So far the Actibrake unit is still working, original boot shaped unit not on the recall list. Brakes get a going over each season. Never had to repair the brakes on the road yet, knock on wood. But if they do, I'll be ready.
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Old 09-07-2015, 06:28 AM   #18
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Ampman,

I like the sound of your spare parts, now let me suggest one more item.

A hyd line plug.

Go to your auto parts store and it's a 3/8 brake line plug and get a 3/8 brake line coupling too.

This combination will allow you to cap the end of a single line and drive with out having to repair at that bad spot you're at when it happens. It could even be bled if necessary.

I carry a spare caliper set and pads along with the plug.

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Old 09-07-2015, 07:13 AM   #19
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The Kodiak parts are available at every parts store across the country!
The Kodiak manual provides at least 3 different options for pads, none of which are more than $13.
The bearings are very common as are the seals. Cotter pins and castle nuts are always reusable unless lost.
I use the Kodiaks with the Carlisle actuator on both my PanAm and classic, both tri axles. Not a moments worth of trouble!
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Old 09-07-2015, 07:49 AM   #20
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Good idea on the hydraulic plug! Will get one of those too. I have never broke down next to a parts store. Plus my spare parts are available 24/7. Most of our travels are out west where it gets pretty remote. Haven't seen too many parts stores in national or state parks or forest areas. Most mountainous regions are not very populated with parts stores either. Took me a week to order USA made Timken bearings from a dealer last year. All others at local parts stores were offshore made. My choice though. Just feel naked without spare wear parts while on the road.
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Old 09-07-2015, 08:00 AM   #21
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Don't get me wrong, spare parts is good!

Some seem to feel many things are made of umobtanium..... You just need to know where to look!
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Old 09-07-2015, 08:02 AM   #22
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Atomic,

Guess we'll call you lucky for having readily available parts. Sorta stuck with the 4 piston Dexter, works great no reason to change.

But learning about your brakes no matter type or brand, priceless.

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Old 09-07-2015, 08:35 AM   #23
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What do you ask for from the guy at the parts counter when seeking a replacement set of pads for the Kodiak brakes? They don't have a listing for travel trailers in their parts computer. When I first tried that route they suggested I travel across town to an RV place but it was Sunday and they were closed. Read somewhere that an equivalent pad for an old GM car or something would fit but I don't know what year or model. I gave up and just ordered from kodiak on line. That was at home with parts stores on every corner. Couldn't imagine being on the road in need of parts. But I will try again to get pads at the corner parts store, maybe the young man with the tattoos and nose ring behind the counter will put down his cell phone long enough to help me out.
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Old 09-07-2015, 04:01 PM   #24
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Pads for Kodiak Calipers:


#225 caliper 1980-1990 Buick Skylark pad #d-289

#250 caliper 1983-1995 Buick century #md-215

#338 caliper Chevy pickup #d459
All are front pads

Bearing, Race and Seal Information

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Inner bearing: 25580
Outer bearing: 15123

•Races
Inner race: 25520
Outer race: 15245

•Seal: RG06-070
Inner diameter: 2.250"
Outer diameter: 3.376"



Last time I used AutoZone pads. $ cost me $32.97 for my triaxle. I replaced these June 2015
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Old 09-07-2015, 04:14 PM   #25
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We converted our 2014 Classic to the Kodiak disc brakes and installed a Titan BrakeRite II SD pump with remote control module. The wholesaler failed to mention that the Titan pump system was completely incompatible with all the built in brake controllers.

We acquired the DirecLink NE brake control that plugs into the truck's data port where it reads all the operating parameters, like when power is removed from the throttle.

We plan to upgrade to the Tuson ABS Actulink brake pump which will require new calipers and rotors with the ABS sensor rings. The step below their ABS disc brake system is their anti-sway system that does differential braking to keep things in line with electric drum brakes.
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Old 09-07-2015, 05:24 PM   #26
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Thanks Atomic, I'll check em out next time before I order the kodiak pads from kodiak. Are they made in the US? If not I'll pass on em. I'll also stick to the USA made Timken bearings and races that I paid twice as much for from inland truck and axle. Found that even Timken has some sets made off shore so you have to request US only. Sounds crazy but I will pay more and search harder for US made products if they are available. Thanks again!
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Old 09-07-2015, 09:06 PM   #27
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My 2013 Classic came with drum brakes.
Although they perfotm well, I am cosidering upgrading to disc brakes when it is time to get brakes. I think disc brakes may stop in a shorter distance.
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Switz does your classic have Nev-R-Lube spindles / bearings? If so which Kodiak rotors work for this retrofit?


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