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Old 09-15-2007, 11:46 AM   #15
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On the other side of the parts-versus-complete comparison, the brakes parts would be much more than $160 here... about double that, at least in my 10" drum / 3500 lb size. I don't know how much the prices change with size.

I agree with Donna... shop around. Actual cost will also depend on labour costs in the area, which in turn depends on the types of businesses available to do the work. Trailer and suspension shops may seem less friendly to the retail customer than RV shops, but I would expect them to be cheaper.
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Old 09-15-2007, 06:33 PM   #16
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I haven't priced them, but 10" drums may actually be less expensive than 7" drums because they are far more common. Also, when pricing drums be sure the price is for two, not just one. Scamp, for example, is very unclear about that.

Several years ago, when Dexter was selling to the public, I priced brake hardware (including drums) against a complete #9 axle w/brakes, and ignoring shipping, the complete axle cost less than the hardware (just as a complete brake plate costs less than the replaceable components). Had I lived closer to the factory, I could have bought the axle, stripped the parts, discarded the axle and still been ahead!
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