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How to Select Replacement Electric Drum Brakes for Tandem Axle Gooseneck Trailer

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I have dexter axles on my gooseneck trailer and the measurements are 12 1/4 X 3 3/8. Im looking to replace app 4 brake assemblies but my magnets look round. 7 bolts hold my backing plates on ant they are plastic which I dont like. Which item number do I need for both Sides? Also theres a number on the back of the backing plate. Dexter 36-70-1

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Replacement electric drum brakes needs to be selected based on the axle weight rating to ensure they have the necessary stopping power. We do offer electric drum brakes in your specified size, 12-1/4 x 3-3/8-inches, and this size comes in ratings for 8K, 9K and 10K axles. All are displayed on the linked page. Your axles should have a sticker or plate that indicates their weight rating.

You'll also want to note the brake mounting bolt pattern to make sure you choose new brakes that match. The brakes shown come with 4-bolt or 7-bolt mounts, such as # AKEBRK-8 and # AKEBRK-10.

As long as you select brakes of the correct weight capacity and mounting pattern you do not need to worry about the shape of the magnets.

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