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Brake Shoes for Dexter axles

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by DLCS, Feb 17, 2010.

  1. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
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    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?
     
  2. milsaps118

    milsaps118 LawnSite Senior Member
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  3. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
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    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.
     
  4. milsaps118

    milsaps118 LawnSite Senior Member
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    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.
     
  5. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    $35.99 each (one side) for the standard Dexter brake assemblies and $41.95 for the newer "self adjusting" assemblies.

    http://shop.easternmarine.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=catalog.catalog&categoryID=149

    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!
     
  6. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
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    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
     
  7. ranger350

    ranger350 LawnSite Member
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    put the drum on, adjust the star wheel until the brakes rub then back it off a bit
     
  8. swim

    swim LawnSite Senior Member
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    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.
     
  9. swim

    swim LawnSite Senior Member
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    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.
     
  10. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Cool thanks for the help guys. BTW, where do you get an adjuster tool? I've never seen one.
     

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