View Full Version : 98 Brake shoes

04-13-2008, 01:51 AM
Anyone know a cross for the brake shoes on a '98 single axle MC trailer? Took the right side wheel off today, and noticed complete and total rear seal failure. Grease everywhere, including soaked into the pads.

The only ones I can find online are about $65/axle. Throw in the $30 worth of wheel cylinders that I probably need, and I just don't see why I wouldn't buy the whole set. (http://www.wholesalemarine.com/pc/DIC-23510///12%22+Trailer+Drum+Brake+Backing+Plate.html) for the same price. Given a choice, I'd rather spent $30 on the shoes and $30 on the cylinders, and be done.

The UFP manual says that the brake shoes are " FMSI (http://www.fmsi.org/) Number 62" shoes, but my normally helpful local NAPA couldn't help with that reference. The backing plate is, by the way, the Dico 23510 referenced previously.

I'll give the local dealer a try on Monday, but if I could get most of the trailer back together tomorrow, I'd prefer that.



04-13-2008, 01:48 PM

Where I live we have one of these stores locally. I would think any place that deals with trailers specifically could help you. Tell them the diameter of your drum backing plate (should be 10" like mine) and tell them the width of your brake shoes (lay a tape measure accross the friction material). I just took one side completely off my 98 trailer and hauled it down to the store with me. They matched up a pair of what they call loaded backing plates for me. These will have everything you need complete, just bolt them on and bleed the hydraulic system. They ran me about $42 and some change apiece as I recall...

Once I had every thing back together and working I found the best adjustment setting for shoe clearance to be 12-15 clicks from lock up. So with the trailer wheel off the ground reach through the backing plate with an adjustment spoon (or a flat screwdriver) and adjust the shoe clearance tight until you can't turn the wheel by hand. Then back off the adjustment 12-15 clicks. Should be able to turn the wheel by hand and hear a slight scraping sound from the brake shoes lightly rubbing on the drum. Set both sides like that and your braking action should be real smooth for ya!

Good luck

04-13-2008, 11:17 PM
Thanks, J.

It just seems to me I should be able to buy a pair of shoes and a cylinder rebuild kit for less than the cost of the whole shebang. Obviously I just don't understand modern economics. Besides, at this stage, it'd be less work to put the bits on than to bolt on the whole backing plate.

I'll stop whining now.


04-14-2008, 12:11 AM
See if they cross to Chrysler import models.

04-14-2008, 11:32 AM
Yup go figure,
I had the same thought going into the store. I'll buy only what I need to fix what's busted. When the counter man told me he could sell me a loaded backing plate for less I voted with my pocket book. I guess it is easier for them to stock loaded backing plates than a bunch of loose parts anyway.

04-15-2008, 01:29 AM
Yeah, I guess. I still don't understand modern economics, when even the Internet isn't capable of getting me a good price on the bits.

BTW, I think I found a (temporary) cheap source for the shoes, if anyone's looking. After I ordered new backing plates of course. Link (http://kansascity.craigslist.org/for/640066402.html)