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How to Determine What is Needed to Switch from Hydraulic to Electric Brakes


2007 exloader trailer on zx225 Skeeter boat. I would like to take of the surge brakes and install electric brake system. What would I need to convert. Thanks.


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To switch from hydraulic brakes to electric brakes the first thing you need to know is your axle's weight capacity, your mounting flange bolt pattern and the inside diameter and depth of your drum.

For example the Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit # 23-468-469 is 10" diameter x 2-1/4" wide so it would require you have a drum that is also 10" in diameter and have a depth of at least 2-1/4". The assemblies are rated for 3,500 lb axles and it will fit a 4-bolt mounting flange. I have added a link to our entire selection of electric brakes for you once you find out your hub and drum size, axle rating and mounting flange.

A breakaway kit will also be needed and the Tekonsha Push-To-Test Trailer Breakaway Kit # 50-85-313 is a very good option.

A brake controller will also be needed and I have added a link to our selection of brake controllers for you to take a look at.

You are also going to need to wire your trailer for brakes and can use 10 Gauge Primary Wire # 10-1-1 and the Hopkins Deluxe Trailer Wiring Installation Kit # HM51020 has things like clamps, butt connectors, ring terminals and numerous other parts needed for the job.

I have added a link to a help article on everything needed to add electric brakes that I also strongly recommend checking out.

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