Hey GregB..... Fellow Canadian here and love the build. I just picked up one of these and am going to do the change over to 5 x 4.5 hub and drum. Wondering if it is a direct bolt in useing the PA kit SKU# 8211716, or if I need to mess around with different bearings than the kit comes with? Any help would be great.
Hey There Fellow Canuck,
I did a lot of research on the swap, and read the entire spec sheet on the brakes off of the Yahoo CDN M101 website...
look specifically for the
This site is an amazing resource if you own one of these trailers. Anyhow, the original manual for these has the specs on every part and the PA part number for the bearings and the one listed in the manual were one trailing digit apart. I checked the sizes of both online, and they were the same. I tried the drum kit from PA with both the stock and the PA bearings...both fit the same.
I have been running this on the new PA bearings for a few years now and it is perfect. Nice and tight, but not too tight no slop and they look mint as the day I put them in.
If you go with the same model I used (your number looks right) then you are GTG! Direct swap, and if you get them on sale, you can pick them up complete ready to install for $59.00 each. Best part, the parking brake still works.
IIRC, they PA electric brake kits with the backing plates will also direct replace, but you will lose the handbrake. I read that there is a way to make it work, but I haven't attempted it yet. That is on the list for next year!