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Disc Brake Conversion: How To Do It Yourself

August 8th, 2019

So, you've put a lot of thought into it, and you're almost ready to purchase a disc brake conversion kit. Now you need to figure out how you're going to get it installed. One excellent care-free option is to let Performance Trailer Braking connect you with one of our approved independent installers. If you'd rather save some money and are comfortable with a DIY involving electrical and mechanical, you could also install the system yourself. PTB is here to help either way. If you're thinking about a DIY, you've come to the right page.

On this page, we'll walk you through the high-level steps you'll want to take to install the kit yourself. Please note that these are just very high level steps to get you in the right direction. When you purchase your kit, we'll provide you with a much more detailed step-by-step installation guide which will give you specifications for your install. You can also watch our video which will help walk you through the process and as always, feel free to contact us via phone or email.

Step 1: Prepare

Preparation is a necessary step in any project, and a trailer disc brake upgrade is no exception. You'll want to set up your workspace, verify you received all necessary parts, and remove your tires and wheels.

Step 2: End Kit Installation

In this step, you'll remove the old electric brakes and install the new hubs, rotors, and calipers.

Step 3: Install Actuator

Next, you'll mount and wire the actuator to the place of your choosing.

Step 4: Install Brake Lines

After the actuator is installed, you'll need to run the brake lines to your calipers.

Step 5: Bleed the Lines

Once the brake lines are installed, you'll need to bleed the lines and test the actuator to ensure smooth operation.

Step 6: Clean Up and Testing

Finally, you'll want to test your brakes before getting on the road to ensure they are operating correctly. When you're all done, you'll want to clean up and then enjoy your new brakes!

"Thank you for making this happen"

Preston and Alyssa did a fantastic job, very professional couple and a great representative for Performance Trailer Braking. Thank you for making this happen. 💯

Pam Falks, Georgetown, TX

"Wow, what a difference!"

Just finished having Disc Brakes installed yesterday by "Bill" the installer for Performance Brakes. Wow, what a difference! After completing yesterday we left on a 175 mile test journey. Read More

Dave Lannoy, NROA Forum Member

"Fantastic to work with"

I just wanted to send you a message saying how fantastic your disc brake conversion is and works. We had done a small local trip with the brakes installed in May which they worked great. Read More

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