View Full Version : Disc Brake Kit
10-30-2012, 07:37 PM
My trailer brakes haven't worked since I bought the boat. I have a 1998 205 and pull it with F350, so the extra stopping power didnt bother me all that much. The fact that they don't work has finally gotten to me though (d$$$ you MCOCD). The reservour is dry, so I am guess that I would likely be looking at a actuator and complete rebuild. I hate messing with drum brakes, and know that for not much more money I can do a disc conversion.
Now to the point ... does anyone have experience with different kits that are availabe? I have seen a few searching through this forum and just online, but would like to get some feedback from people that have tried the different systems.
Thanks - John
10-30-2012, 07:40 PM
all depends on the make of what is there now for a like-for-like replacement.
I like the hydraulic surge system and discs. You should be able to convert for less than $500 all things included.
10-31-2012, 07:59 AM
I converted over to discs on my 95 Maristar after years of adjusting and marginal braking performance of the drum breaks that were standard. Wow what a difference. I've worked with Kodiak and UFP and both were high quality. Assuming you currently have a UFP actuator and you'll effectively be replacing everything from the actuator back I'd go with the UFP set up. You should just be able to pull the pins on the actuator and slide out the old and slide in the new disc break actuator. You will however need to add a reverse solenoid as the disc brakes will not slip like the drums when you start backing up. This will also mean adding wiring for the solenoid and converting over to 5 pin connector which isn't be a big deal.
X2 on Pacific Trailer. Waymires also has great service but pricing at Pacific Trailer seems much better.
10-31-2012, 09:16 AM
What about California Trailer Works? They seem to have some good prices as well.....
I have dealt with both Pacific and California (bought complete systems from both of them)
Pacific didn't seem to want to answer my questions, or go above and beyond this last time. I wanted an A-60 hinged with a weld on flange, and Pacific wouldn't even get me a price on it. California Trailer Works was helpful and willing to go above on this, prices are the same from either I found
10-31-2012, 03:55 PM
Good responses. Thanks for the experiences and info.
11-01-2012, 11:16 PM
When I did this on my 93 trailer, I think I dealt directly with UFP ....... It was a great experience and a very worthwhile upgrade.
Good luck, post some project pics!
04-28-2013, 10:06 PM
Finally bought the kit. I will try and remember to take some pictures while I am doing it.
04-29-2013, 09:35 AM
What kit and what lines did you end up going with? I've had some issues with mine.....mainly being the flaring on each end. Long story but I think I'm getting it figured out.
04-29-2013, 02:57 PM
Well, I ended getting the UFP kit from Pacific Trailers which includes a couple thermo-plastic brake lines and the distribution block. Any more details on what you are specifically having trouble with?
04-29-2013, 03:29 PM
Yea, no problem. It's basically the flare on the Stainless steel lines vs. the standard, coated lines. I think the tee's and fittings are set up for the standard lines. So, when I sinched everything down, most of the connections leaked. So I go around and start cranking on each of the connections. Some quit, but others still leaked.
Finally decided to remove all lines and re-flare everything myself. Definitely looked better and sealed up "a little".....however, when I originally cranked things down, I crushed the fitting from the SS line. So, even with the new flare, it still leaked.
So, I basically wripped everything out (lines included) and re-did everything. Just got standard lines from Autozone that had flares already done. Got new tees and got 90% done yesterday. I'm still waiting for the fittings on the calipers....yes, I crushed 2 or 3 of those too.
Should have those later this week and finally get this thing done! I hate brake fluid!!
On a good note, at least the thermo-plastic didn't leak! :) So you're good there.
04-29-2013, 04:49 PM
I always get worried about flared fittings when I am messing with them. Seems like a lot of times there is a fine line between tightening enough to seal and tightening enough to crush ....
05-17-2013, 12:29 PM
Well I have looked through the box of parts and I believe its all there. I might have been able to save some money if I had paid more attention to what actually comes in the kit. I was expecting to be replacing just the actuator, but it come with the entire inner member. Thats fine, as it will make the installation much quicker. It also come with the "bolt-on" outer member, but my trailer has a flip-up tongue, so I believe I will have to re-use my existing outer member. Other than that the brake lines, calipers, rotors, bearings, etc were all there. Now I just need to decide when I am going to get it on there. Maybe work on it some while camping over memorial day. It would be nice to work on it without the boat on it. Sometime I relax the best when I am working on stuff anyways. Does anyone have any other pointers or insights that might help to talk this. I would do it this weekend, but I got t-boned when a lady ran a redlight, so I hope to get the car back together this weekend.