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    I have an opportunity of laying my hands on a good deal on a fully kitted 2014 BushBaby

    However, it is unbraked, something I'm not completely happy about.

    Does anyone know how much it would cost to add the brakes after the fact?

    The fact that it is unbraked may mean I can knock the price down further by a couple of grand.
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    Roadque inPretoria manufacture all the parts. Download their price list from their website.
    Looks like the conversion to braked axles can cost aprox R6000.
    If the GVM is below 750kg you do not need run in brakes.

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    Have you tried contacting Alko or Burquip.
    AFAIK you will have to replace the whole axle and the coupler with handbrake in front. Maybe Henk can give you better advise if you PM him
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frontierman View Post
    If the GVM is below 750kg you do not need run in brakes.

    I realise that but I prefer not to have to watch weight like a hawk and limit my mod options in future.
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    IIRC fitting a braked Berquip axle, hand brake etc was around R7000 2 or so years ago, IIRC this was for a 1.5 ton.

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    The burquip axle is going to cost you about R 3,5k and the coupler ad cables with bits and bob about another R3,5k.
    As far as doing the change, it is easy as .... unbolt the unbraked axle and sell it on gomboom. Remove theold coupler and fit the Knott braked coupler, fit the pieces in between and bob's your aunt.\

    Worst part is to go to a testing station and having them re register as a 1,5 t trailer

    Bushbaby is a sturdy piece of kit that can be modied to suit your needs as easy as ,......
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    Henk is right. You can get everything from Burquip in Blackheath. See http://www.burquip.co.za/, Saxenwold Lane, Blackheath, Cape Town 021 907 1900. I did my Challenger. Well worth the exercise.


    You will have to get new registration documentation, meaning firstly an inspection of the modified trailer by NRCS. I dealt with a very competent young man, Dewald Horn tel 021 526 3447. You will also have to have the trailer weighed at a weighbridge and a new data plate made (obtainable from Burquip as well). Registration document, weigh certificate, inspection certificate from NRCS is then taken to licensing office and new registration document issued. Cannot remember the cost of the registration side of things, but it was not much. I dealt with the registration office in Milnerton next to Milnerton High School.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dudley View Post
    Henk is right. You can get everything from Burquip in Blackheath. See http://www.burquip.co.za/, Saxenwold Lane, Blackheath, Cape Town 021 907 1900. I did my Challenger. Well worth the exercise.


    You will have to get new registration documentation, meaning firstly an inspection of the modified trailer by NRCS. I dealt with a very competent young man, Dewald Horn tel 021 526 3447. You will also have to have the trailer weighed at a weighbridge and a new data plate made (obtainable from Burquip as well). Registration document, weigh certificate, inspection certificate from NRCS is then taken to licensing office and new registration document issued. Cannot remember the cost of the registration side of things, but it was not much. I dealt with the registration office in Milnerton next to Milnerton High School.
    Dudley, did you not also require Police clearance? I also need to do this soon, but in Klerksdorp
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonB View Post
    I have an opportunity of laying my hands on a good deal on a fully kitted 2014 BushBaby

    However, it is unbraked, something I'm not completely happy about.

    Does anyone know how much it would cost to add the brakes after the fact?

    The fact that it is unbraked may mean I can knock the price down further by a couple of grand.

    Have you gotten any prices yet for the conversion to braked?
    i am thinking of doing the same with my trailer, anyone with suggestions
    and recommendations on who to use?

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    We've just done a DIY conversion on our Venter Botswana trailer. Complete kit from AL-KO in Vereeniging was R6900
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruiza View Post
    Have you gotten any prices yet for the conversion to braked?
    i am thinking of doing the same with my trailer, anyone with suggestions
    and recommendations on who to use?
    We've just done a DIY conversion on our Venter Botswana trailer. Complete kit from AL-KO in Vereeniging was R6900
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Jager View Post
    We've just done a DIY conversion on our Venter Botswana trailer. Complete kit from AL-KO in Vereeniging was R6900
    Sounds about right, mine was a bit more since I also went with bigger rims and tyres that also required bigger mudguards. Does your cost include the braked coupler and did you rebuild the drawbar?
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    Yes included the coupler but we didn't have to make any changes to the drawbar. We're scouting for a set of mags similar to our Fortuners tyres but we'll have to go to 15", 17" is just too wide.
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