Originally Posted by Deerfish
The hardest part of removing the old axles was the weight of them and oddly shaped and also doing it on a gravel pad in the back of my garage did not make things easy. I replaced the original axles that had 12 inch brakes on them with 10 inch breaks ,3200 pound weight rating each with a 32° down angle on the torsion which will give some clearance height from the ground. I have been trying to post pics butt have been having problems uploading pics to this forum.
Ten inch brakes, at absolute maximum perfect adjustment, can only stop 7,000 pounds.
That is not enough to stop your trailer and tow vehicle, should the brakes on the tow vehicle ever fail when towing. Not likely, but it does happen.
On the other hand, 12 inch brakes, stop 12,000 pounds, if perfectly adjusted, but if you had the "self adjusting brakes system" you would be much safer.