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Old 03 February 2008, 10:13   #1
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Converting trailer brakes to Disk

Just found this hydraulic disk kit available in the US on the interweb...

I could get this lot over here for about 300 which is probably as much as I need to spend on my trailer brakes with indespension to get them going again

Is there any reason why I could not legally fit this to my trailer? would the flexible brakes lines might be a problem however for another $20 they doa version with steel lines.

There is also a reversing solenoid so they would tik that box.

Any experts in trailer law care to comment.

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How much hassle would they be to fit and would you have to change the wheels?
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I'm not 100%, but I don't think the Electric reverse actuator is legal in the UK.

Does a towbar electrics socket have a pin for reverse lights?
Not sure I've seen any lightboards with reverse lights on, but I suppose the socket could be wired.

Looks like a twin socket setup does have a reverse pin.

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I purchased an Elxis trailer from Greece which had disc brakes. It was absolutely fabulous, great braking and never siezed up!!! Only problem (from a UK road-legal point of view) was that it did not have a parking brake, nonetheless a brick against the wheel was a perfectly acceptable alternative!!
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Old 03 February 2008, 17:14   #5
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I need to spend on my trailer brakes with indespension
Several places that are far far far cheaper than indespension for parts.............

But I'm sure you know that already

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That kit would use a 5-pin trailer connector, with the back-up light signal locking out the brakes (actually, I think it simply reroutes pressurized fluid back into the reservoir rather than going to the calipers.)

No reason you couldn't extend the reverse light signal and put back-up lights on your trailer/light board.

As an FYI, you might want to do a bit of research; a lot of people over here have had problems with Tie-Down stuff; most of them now prefer Kodiak products. Champion Trailer and eTrailer carry Kodiak stuff if you want to have a look.

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Looks like a twin socket setup does have a reverse pin.
As do the new "Euro" 13 pin ones.......

Not sure about the legality of that setup tho'. (it might be OK on your car where you have a twin / Eu socket, but then your friend tows it and he's only got a single...... better do some research methinks!
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I would check the legality of hydraulic brakes - they used to be illegal in the UK, and I haven't heard of the law changing -
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