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Old 13 January 2014, 14:49   #11
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All good advice above!
Cables are easy to sort and inexpensive. Circa 15 each, depending on length. If yours are black, they'll be Knott. If they're red they're Alko (generally!).
Yup definitely Knott. The Shoe kit i got last year was knot and the cable ends look right. You looked at some pics of my old shoes and confirmed Knott befor I bought 'em!

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Remember to adjust your brakes on the shoes/drums, not at the cables!
You mean use the spreader round the back of the plate to adjust the shoes out until just at the point where they aren't quite touching the drum. Then use the cable adjustment to take up the slack in the cable?

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Also, M10 brake rod is a better replacement for the central cable, as it doesn't stretch, over time, and certainly won't fray and snap. You can buy 3 metre lengths for not huge money, you'll need two.
How does this work? Why do I need two when it's replacing a single cable? Is brake rod just like threaded bar?

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The extending lighting board arms should be around 25 for a pair. You'll probably need the knurled knobs and retaining pads too.
This is probably the biggest worry. The knurled knobs are present but turn freely and wobble around which I suspect means the bolt is rusted into the hole and the handles have been bust. Will have to try and drill them out. I have attached to light board to the A-frame for the last year which is almost at the rear of the boat, the only thing behind it is the engine. Before you all shout, I know it's not the right thing to do which is why I'm trying to sort it.

Having said that it's daft that it's not legal. You see livestock trailers with number plate at roof height rather than at the bottom. And it couldn't really be any more visible than on the A-frame.
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Old 20 January 2014, 16:38   #12
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So I got all the stuff off it at the weekend. The brake cables seem in not bad nick actually, though I provably replace them anyway. But I think I need to replace the compensator.

I'd still like someone (trailer guy?) To explain replacing the flexible cable with a threaded bar.

Am also after opinions on flushing kits. I'm toying with the idea of retro fitting one. Any opinions?
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Old 22 January 2014, 06:40   #13
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picture paints a thousand words and all that...

please excuse the rough sketches attached. Replace the cable with rod, as it won't fray, snap, rust through etc.

If it is an Indespension trailer, you can fit an Alko flushing kit (they do as OE).

If it's a newer trailer the backplates will be pre-drilled and covered with a black blanking plug (not the green one - this is for brake shoe inspection).

If not, you'll need to drill and tap to fit. 1/4" BSP x 19 tap required.

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sorry, meant to say - one of the sketches shows how your knurled knobs work. So if they wind / unwind, and are loose, that's a good thing. It's just a threaded pad inside. Slide the new arms in and do them up.
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sorry, meant to say - one of the sketches shows how your knurled knob works. It's just a threaded pad inside. So if the wind / unwind and are loose, that's a good thing. Slide the new arms in and do them up.
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Still looking for a third axle for that big trailer Ben someone must have some old axles laying around
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Thanks TG

Very clear and not-at-all-rough drawings. My only supplimentary question is: how do you attach the end to the coupling/energy store?
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great explanation Ben, trailer brakes are witch craft to me
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Still looking for a third axle for that big trailer Ben someone must have some old axles laying around
righto Biff - should have some news for this weekend
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Very clear and not-at-all-rough drawings. My only supplimentary question is: how do you attach the end to the coupling/energy store?
another rough sketch for you. hope it makes sense.
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