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Parts Needed to Add Electric Brakes to Trailer

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I only have a four wire flat plug on my trailer that I am adding e-brakes to. 23-468-469,AKHD-545-35-EZ-K What do I have to do to wire these? Also do the hubs on the trailer come off completely and the new drums go on?

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We can absolutely help you find the parts you need for this!

If your current trailer only has a 4 way, you will need to start by adding a 7 way plug; I recommend using one with a junction box like the etrailer Trailer Wiring 7-Way Upgrade Kit w/ Junction Box and RV Style Connector # e99011 to keep the wiring clean and organized.

You will need to remove the existing hubs in order to install the Dexter # 23-468-469. Once you've done this, you'll want to run the wires that went into the 4 way directly to that junction box and add wires from each brake assembly to the trailer; you'll also run these directly to that junction box. You may need some # 12-1-1 for the wire for the # AKHD-545-35-EZ-K brakes and you can make your connections with some heat shrink butt connectors # DW05745-5. Once you get the brakes wired up and connected to the junction box, you'll have a working brake system on your trailer.

I've linked some helpful articles we've done on trailer wiring and adding brakes to a trailer that you can use as a reference as well.

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