Is a spacer necessary for brake actuator installation

Discussion in 'Trailering' started by Joel_CA, Jun 29, 2019.

  1. Joel_CA

    Joel_CA Member

    85
    Sep 15, 2013
    Norcal
    1998 Bowrider 210
    5.0 Mercuriser/ Alpha 1
    Hi Guys and Gals,

    I'm replacing the brake actuator for the trailer to my 1998 Searay Bowrider 210. The current actuator has 2- 4.5" long grade 8 bolts securing it to the trailer.
    The bolts simply runs through the actuator and trailer without a spacer. The through bolts were installed pretty tight and has slightly bowed the area of the trailer just behind the contact area of the head of the bolt and the nut. I'm looking to install a sleeve inside the the trailer frame so that tightening the new bolts won't crush the trailer when I torque down the nuts to the new actuator. I measured the inside to roughly 2 1/2 - 2 9/16. Where can I order such a sleeve/spacer and what material should it be made of?
     
  2. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    914
    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    Why not just take a hacksaw to a small diameter steel pipe. I'm pretty sure you can get a short length from Home Depot or Lowes.
     
  3. Joel_CA

    Joel_CA Member

    85
    Sep 15, 2013
    Norcal
    1998 Bowrider 210
    5.0 Mercuriser/ Alpha 1
    Sounds like a plan. I'll go see what kind of piping they have available.

    J
     

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