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MN Mike

Trailer Brake Conversion

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Anybody converted their surge hydraulic brake system to a electric brake system?

Considering doing it on my Floe 4 place sled trailer.

Mike

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I haven't done it but don't see any reason it can't be done. I just put electrics on my fish house and that was easy enough. At least you'll have the flange for bolting on the backing plates. I had to put those on first. Before you tear into the job though, do you have disc or drum brakes presently? With mine, I put on 10" drums and I had to have a minimum wheel diameter of 13" for the clearance. Phred52

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Thanks Phred, I currently have drum brakes and 13" wheels on it so if I can the correct backing plates it should be fairly easy, atleast that is what everyone is telling me.

Mike

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Mike, I'm not familiar with the inside of the brakedrum for surge brakes, however, I did find that the drum for electric brakes is what the magnet is drawn to to apply the brake shoes to the ID of the drum. Basically the inside of the drum (the part the lug bolts go through)is a flat disc and the magnet, when activated, tries to stick to that surface thus pulling the lever and activating the cam for the shoes. Quite a simple system, just tough to try and explain. Phred52

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