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Old 02-25-2020, 05:06 AM
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Hi All,

All 4 of my trailer brakes are currently rusting and before I go on a longer road trip, I'd like to put a fresh set on there. We used to do the keys a few times a year when we lived in Orlando, but now it's a nearly 10 hour drive since moving to Savannah last year.

Currently the best price I've found for a brand I'm familiar with is from eTrailer
https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Bra...ak/K2R35S.html

I think the best value for me is Stainless Steep brakes with Dacromet rotors (since they don't hold water).

Anyone have a better price or recommendations for another brand I should consider?
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The Kodiak brake set you linked to would give you very good service for many years. Looks like those are stainless disks and stainless calipers too. Not cheap, but worth the money if you can swing it. Just make sure the pads also have a stainless backing plate.

Dacromet finish is a distant second to full stainless.
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I used the Kodiak full SS disc brakes kit and I have been very happy with it.
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Originally Posted by capt_matt View Post
The Kodiak brake set you linked to would give you very good service for many years. Looks like those are stainless disks and stainless calipers too. Not cheap, but worth the money if you can swing it. Just make sure the pads also have a stainless backing plate.

Dacromet finish is a distant second to full stainless.
Yes sorry, I just found the kit I'm considering
https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Bra.../K2HR35DS.html

This one is dacromat rotors and then SS everything else. Seems like a good value?
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Originally Posted by jj1987 View Post
Yes sorry, I just found the kit I'm considering
https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Bra.../K2HR35DS.html

This one is dacromat rotors and then SS everything else. Seems like a good value?
That looks like the one I put on my trailer about 5 years ago. Still works like a champ and no problems. I did have to disassemble the calipers and grease up the rods they slide on when new. The brake pads were sticking at first.
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I seen these in person. If I needed brakes on my trailer this is what I would buy: Stainless Steel Disc Brakes Trailers | DEEMAXX Components
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I have a set of Kodiak Dacromet on my trailer (calipers and rotors). I had a little bit of surface rust on the rotors after a couple years, but the calipers look good. I do pull them off and grease them once a year, I suspect if I didn't I'd have some issues with rust on the slides. I'm not sure how long I have until the entire rotor assembly will be rusty, maybe another year or two. Function is great, but aesthetics leave a bit to be desired.

Go stainless if you can.
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Saltwater loves brake parts. Florida flat- brakes not needed in my opinion, but it is just my $ 0.02.
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I just upgraded to the Kodiak all ss brake sets and upgraded to the ss Kodiak rotor as well. Bought my boat trailer last year and never had functioning brakes from the start.
Figure once a year I will check the pads, regrease caliper bolts, and change out the pressed fit, steel lugs that came with the ss rotor.
Wasn’t the cheapest setup initially but considering I fish 100% in salt water, the long term cost should be cheaper.
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I have had the Kodak all stainless on both axles of previous trailer and did same when I bought the current one. Little pricey but no maintance and work very well. I am wimp but no way I would break the law and have a trailer over GVw without the brakes that are legally required. You get pulled over in keys or worse be involved in a accident and you are screwed. This is my hobby, my hobby is about maximizing fun and reducing stress.
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Originally Posted by Snookheaven View Post
I just upgraded to the Kodiak all ss brake sets and upgraded to the ss Kodiak rotor as well. Bought my boat trailer last year and never had functioning brakes from the start.
Figure once a year I will check the pads, regrease caliper bolts, and change out the pressed fit, steel lugs that came with the ss rotor.
Wasn’t the cheapest setup initially but considering I fish 100% in salt water, the long term cost should be cheaper.
Before and after pics attached

That's what I'm doing now. I plan to keep the trailer for awhile. I know it's a big nut to drop but I'm tired of messing with brakes.
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I replaced mine a few years ago with Kodiak. With all the investigation I did most people said Kodiak were the best. They've been great so far.
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I have Deemax full SS and they are great. Check Eastern Marine. Might catch a sale.
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Sturdybuilt.com
They have a great price match guarantee btw.
If you find a cheaper price on something they carry, email them a link and they will beat the price by 10%.

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