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Old 07-28-2022, 08:18 AM   #1
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On August 21, 2021 I found a great deal on new bakes for my TM. Only $80. I do not remember exactly what online store I bought them so I can not incriminate anyone. I thought my 2006 was due and we put a lot of miles on our TM (4,500 in the last 2 months). As we were just pulling out from MI to MT there was a strange sound on one side of the brake, but I could not duplicate it so thought it might be a little stone. Drove 1,400 miles and heard it again. So took off the tire, pulled the drum and I found the end of the spring that connected the two shoes worn to nothing, the star bolt and nut subsequently came loose and were rolling around inside. They had jammed one brake shoe and 1/2 of 1 brake shoe was also rolling around inside. The other spring did the same thing, but had not yet jammed to brake a brake shoe. I went to a trailer manufacturer that also sold parts and bought 2 new brake assemblies for $170 made in America. Looks are deceiving but I am far more confident in this new assembly. So be warned, do not buy the cheapest brake assembly for your TM (or any other trailer). I am just thrilled it did not freeze up my trailer brake going down the road, rip the tread off the tire and rip the sewer assembly out. I have great expectations for the future.
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Old 07-28-2022, 10:13 AM   #2
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Yep. When it comes to auto parts & trailer parts you usually get what you pay forÖ I found this on Amazon;

Southwest Wheel Pro 3,500 lbs. Trailer Axle Self Adjusting Electric Brake Kit 5-4.5" Bolt Circle https://a.co/d/7HNy2EA

They offer the same setup for $65 less with white box bearings & seals.
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Old 07-28-2022, 12:09 PM   #3
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Yep. When it comes to auto parts & trailer parts you usually get what you pay forÖ I found this on Amazon;

Southwest Wheel Pro 3,500 lbs. Trailer Axle Self Adjusting Electric Brake Kit 5-4.5" Bolt Circle https://a.co/d/7HNy2EA

They offer the same setup for $65 less with white box bearings & seals.
Shane, That one includes the brake drums though.

I immediately put new brake assemblies on every trailer that I've ever purchased. I always get them from etrailer. I always get the self-adjusting ones too. Worth the extra few bucks.
https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Bra...BRK-35-SA.html
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Old 07-28-2022, 01:30 PM   #4
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I understand that. Sorry if my point wasnít clearÖ I was showing more about getting what you pay for with the China-bomb bearings for $65 less. I wonder how many people figure oh itís fine, Iíll save some dough, and then have bearing issues?
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I understand that. Sorry if my point wasnít clearÖ I was showing more about getting what you pay for with the China-bomb bearings for $65 less. I wonder how many people figure oh itís fine, Iíll save some dough, and then have bearing issues?
I don't know if any bearings are USA made anymore. The last Timken Bearings that I bought (about 6-months-ago) were made in China. I didn't use them. I got out my trusty magnifying glass and carefully inspected the bearings that I took out. They were USA made Timkens and not a single flaw. That's the 1st time that I've ever reused old bearings. I've always just packed and installed new ones rather than go through the hassle of cleaning and inspecting the old ones.
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