View Full Version : Brake Shoes for Dexter axles

02-17-2010, 08:25 PM
When you need brakes for yoru trailers, can you buy just the shoes? I have a Big tex trailer with 10" Dexter axles and i can only find assemblies not just the shoes. Napa, Oriely;s, farm & Fleet, only seel the assemblies. Cetainley someone else has had this problem? You can buy every other component separate, why not just shoes. Is there a brake shoe that universaly fits these assemblies?

02-17-2010, 08:44 PM
Just save your self the headache and buy the whole assembly. You can get a set for around $100. I replaced both axles on my trailer last summer and it was a breeze. Clip 2 wires and unbolt the back plate and replace with new. Simple.

Here some for 10" http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200330599_200330599

02-17-2010, 09:42 PM
I think your right. I just looked on Big Tex's website and the shoes are $23 per wheel and new assumblies are $32 per wheel. I might as well put all new on for a extra $40. Right? Thanks for the help.

02-17-2010, 11:25 PM
Yep...just replace it, you'll get all new every thing, including magnets. Just make sure you check for a ridge/lip on the edge of your drums before you reinstall them. If there is one, use a angle grinder to knock that lip off.

Jason Rose
02-18-2010, 01:30 AM
$35.99 each (one side) for the standard Dexter brake assemblies and $41.95 for the newer "self adjusting" assemblies.


I bought the new self adjusters a couple weeks ago, I get an email from them every so often with sales they have. I just wait till the size I need is on sale. I picked up the self adjusting 10"x2.25" for about $8 off that price.

No, you really can't buy just the brake shoes, because all the components wear out pretty evenly, you need to replace everything at the same time anyway. Yes I think I've found just the brake shoes seperately, but like someone else said, they cost nearly as much as the whole assembly. And be really thankful you can buy them online like this, because if you try to buy them locally, like at orchelens or TSC they want like $80 each for them!

03-07-2010, 12:20 AM
well, just got my new brake assemblies from Big Tex online. I paid $32 a piece for them (10"x21/4"). I've never doen trailer brakes before so I got a couple of questions. I notice that there is an adjustment bolt at the bottom of the assembly, goes inbetween the two shoes, holds them apart? How should this be adjusted? Is this the only adjustment that i have to do? No, instructions came with the assemblies. Just looking for tips to make things easier. Thanks

03-07-2010, 10:15 AM
put the drum on, adjust the star wheel until the brakes rub then back it off a bit

03-08-2010, 11:54 PM
It is a good idea to repack the wheel bearings while they are out and use new seals when you put them back on. When you tighten up the axle nut, tighten it up then back off about 1/4 turn until the hub turns freely. Use a new carter pin as well.

03-09-2010, 12:09 AM
Sure you know but I will mention it just in case, you take the rubber plug off the back of the plate, then use a screwdriver (unless you have an adjuster tool) to turn the adjuster star until it just starts to have resistance as you turn the wheel (while it is raised off the ground). Use jack stands for safety.

03-09-2010, 01:02 AM
Cool thanks for the help guys. BTW, where do you get an adjuster tool? I've never seen one.

03-09-2010, 09:13 PM
most any auto parts place should have one (autozone, oriley, napa, etc).
looks like the metal part of a flat tip screw driver that is bent.

waters lawn care
03-09-2010, 10:37 PM
AKA. Brake spoon