How To Choose An Electric Brake

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Monday, January 7, 2013 — No Comments Yet

Brake Selection Process: It is not difficult to figure out the right Electric Brake for an application. Here are the steps:

  1. Determine/Select the size of the brake needed
    - If it's a replacement brake, then measure the diameter of the original backin plate, also measure the width of the lining
    - If this brake is for a new axle, determine the capacity of the axle and find the matching capacity brake
     
  2. Determine/Select the manufacturer of the brake
    - If its a replacement brake, check the original backing plate for identification points: part number, style, etc
    - If the trailer owner is building new - is there a brand/feature preference?

Backing plates are named after their size and capacity. The dimension is for diameter of the backing plate, the second is for width of the shoes: 10" x 2-1/4"

The magnet wire colour will also be given. This helps identify two backing plates which are the same size, but different capacities.

Backing plates are also distinguished between Left and Right. To determine the right or left side brake assembly, position the brake with the magnet at the bottom. The actuating arm will always on on the left for left hand brakes, and on the right on right hand brakes.

If you need help selecting your Electric Brakes please contact us via Live Chat, Email, or call 800-300-4067

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