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Old 02-15-2013, 07:23 PM   #1
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Brakes system upgrade

I was wondering if it is possible to upgrade the brakes so they are self adjusting? I have a 2005 Montana with Dexter axle. Is there something that I am not understanding with this issue?

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Old 02-15-2013, 10:04 PM   #2
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Yes, Dexter and AL-KO Kober make self-adjusting drum brakes. You might consider upgrading to disc brakes and kill two birds with one stone-so to speak. It eliminates brake adjusting, and has considerably more stopping power. I wish we had bought the disc brake option with our 5er.

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Old 02-21-2013, 12:10 PM   #3
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You should be able to make the brake upgrade very easily. Most of the axles have the assembly bolted to the axle shaft. Many people, when they need to replace the brakes, just purchase new assemblies and that way they are replacing everything at once (brake pads, magnets, holding springs and adjusters). I would contact the manufacturer for your axles and see what they recommend.

On my 1986 Prowler the brakes did not work but the assembly was welded to the axle and most of the hardware was obsolete including the wheels. I installed new 3500# axles (had 2500#) and new wheels. I now have brakes and life is good.
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