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Today, we're going to take a look at the 12-inch electric trailer brake assembly kit. It includes the left and right hand brake assemblies, and it fits 5200 pound to 7000 pound axles. These are electric brakes, they're a lot easier to install. They offer more user control than hydraulic brakes. They require only an electric brake controller that we do sell separately on our website, so there's no actuator or hydraulic lines necessary. On the pads, they use an automotive-grade friction material, which is molded to the brake shoes, and since they're fully bonded, they're not riveted to the shoes, they give you a lot longer life, more braking torque 00:00:30. Also on these, they have a tapered edge on the pad itself, and they do a circular grinding of the pad, which gives you less chance of cracking and crumbling that could lead to a mechanical lockup. Now, these are manual adjustment brakes, so they do require periodic manual adjustment. At the very bottom here where you adjust them, they do use a fine-tooth brake adjustment here, which allows for a more precise setting, and there's no brake interior that's needed following your initial adjustment.

Now, on these, you can notice they do use a e-coded backing plate, helps resist wear and corrosion. Does come with the adjuster plugs. That's a nice cover that covers the access hole, to keep any dirt or grime out of the assemblies and off of the shoes. Now, this kit does include both the left-hand driver's side assembly and the right-hand passenger side assembly. It includes the mounting hardware, which is a 3/8 inch size mounting hardware. It's a total of 10 bolts, 10 lock washers, and 10 nuts to install it onto your brake mounting flange.

Now, these brakes do meet the QAI and CSA certification. These are electric brakes, so they do require, there's two wires on the back of them. They do need to be connected. One goes to a good clean ground, the other goes to the brake feed for power, and are both black wire, so it doesn't matter, either wire for either function, whichever one you want to hook up. A few specs on this, the application. This will fit most standard hub and drum assemblies, including Dexter Lip-pert 00:01:49 NowCoat. The size on these are 12 inch by two inch, and where that measurement comes from, the 12-inch is the diameter, measured from this end of the pad to this.

All the way across, there's your 12 inches. The two inches is the width of the pad itself, so if we put a ruler on that, there's your two inches, so 12 inches by two inches. This assembly does use a five-bolt mounting flange bolt pattern, so when this goes to install on your axle, the mounting flange on the axle does have to have a five-bolt pattern. These are designed to fit on axles that are rated 5200 pounds, 6000 pounds, and 7000 pounds, and one last thing is, these are left hand and right hand. The way to tell them apart, when you get them brand new, they'll usually have a sticker that'll say left hand and right hand, but if the sticker wasn't on there, the easiest way to tell is just look at the length of the pad on the shoe. So here, the pad goes from here to here, and this pad is all the way from here to here. This is a longer pad, this is a shorter pad.

The shorter pad is the primary pad, the primary shoe. That'll always fit toward the front of the trailer, so that'll dictate that this is a left-hand side or driver's side assembly. On this one, it's the same way. This shoe goes here to here. This one is all the way here to here. This is a shorter shoe, the primary shoe. Faces the front of the trailer, that'll mean that's the right-hand passenger side assembly. That should do it for the review on the 12-inch electric trailer brake assembly kit with left and right hand brake assemblies for 5200 pound to 7000 pound axles.


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