Brake controller - location and wiring

Brake controller - location and wiring

Postby Tritium on Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:18 am

Where is the best or accepted standard position and method to connect the brake wire, Red wire, on a Tekonsha Prodigy P3 to the ML Triton.
Splice into the brake switch wire?
Take it from brake light at rear of vehicle?
Is there a factory connection point?

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Re: Brake controller wiring

Postby KevO78 on Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:52 am

so i'm not the only one installing a brake controller today :? i was going to connect to the brake pedal switch somewheres not sure where as yet. diving under the dash to have a good look nows
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Re: Brake controller wiring

Postby Tritium on Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:29 am

Mine is all hooked up except the brake wire. Won't get to that till Tuesday.
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Re: Brake controller wiring

Postby Buzzy on Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:21 am

Tritium,
There are 2 wires going to your brake pedal switch.
Check with a multimeter/test light whichever one gives you 12v when you step on the brake is the one you want.
I spliced into this and soldered it. Bit of a pita though as its a fair way up ander the dash :x

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Re: Brake controller wiring

Postby KevO78 on Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:44 am

Well i'll get my chance later this arve to test mine, thats when i get to pick up our new 2nd hand campervan, so i hope it works :P
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Re: Brake controller wiring

Postby smeghead on Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:49 am

Any hints on wire colours Buzz?
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Re: Brake controller wiring

Postby Buzzy on Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:01 pm

Just pulled the plastic cover out and had a look.
Im fairly sure its the blue/red wire but I cant be 100% as I have heat shrink around my soldered joint :oops:
Just unclip the white plug from the brake and put a test light/ multimeter in the plug and check. Only 2 wires so if you dont get a reading the first time it has to be the other one.
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Re: Brake controller wiring

Postby Choady on Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:11 am

Nice Job Tritium. Had a look at your higher res photos on the link. I like the way you made a bracket for mounting all the wiring. Looks good. Wish I could work metal........ :oops:

Has given me some ideas for mine when the time comes. Hey - did the controller come with enough blue wire to run to the towbar, or do you have to source it yourself ?
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Re: Brake controller wiring

Postby Tritium on Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:05 pm

Unfortunately I don't weld, just fuse things together then grind them back to look like something reasonable. Decided not to put second battery under bonnet but in tub. Wire from controller only long enough to get about 30cm outside of firewall. Joins are hidden in the black cable covering.
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Location of Electric Brake Controller

Postby dazza_241 on Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:57 pm

Guys,
New to this forum found it today after browsing the chipit website.
Purchased a new my11 glx-r last week from cessnock mitsubishi. Looking at installing a Tekensha P3 electric brake controller. Where have you guys installed these fellas? any pics u can share?
i was thinking about to the right hand side of the 12volt socket under the cd player?
are there any tricks with tapping into the wiring harness u guys can share?
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Re: Location of Electric Brake Controller

Postby 4wd26 on Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:28 am

I'll get some pics for you ASAP

Mine is located under the steering column- it dosn't get in the way- but then I'm short. :oops:
it's in the middle- either side would get in the way- problem is I cannot see the unit whilst driving- but I can reach down to adjust (and manually operate) without taking my eyes off the road.

I got mine professionally installed- so not much help there sorry.
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Re: Location of Electric Brake Controller

Postby Snooozy on Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:39 am

I removed my ashtray & fitted nicely in there. Not sure of dash layout in MN, mines an ML

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Re: Location of Electric Brake Controller

Postby Banjora on Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:41 am

I have mine mounted underneath the steering column on the left side. It fits in fine and although close to my left knee/shin, it does not get in the way and can easily be accessed for adjustment or manual operation. I'll post a photo once I get the car back from it's service.
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Re: Location of Electric Brake Controller

Postby borngeek on Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:45 am

heres mine buy yeah I have a ML... I had mine pro installed with its own power source and relay rather than fuse for safety ;) You should use a relay much safer!!
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Re: Location of Electric Brake Controller

Postby helicoptercow on Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:03 am

I mounted my P3 90 degrees in the foot well of of the passenger side, but still within reach. you can see where bg's is above, mine is turned on its side and stuck to the outside of the console, so its a little lower and about 100mm further for the driver to reach.

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Re: Location of Electric Brake Controller

Postby MadKaw on Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:29 am

Banjora wrote:I have mine mounted underneath the steering column on the left side. It fits in fine and although close to my left knee/shin, it does not get in the way and can easily be accessed for adjustment or manual operation. I'll post a photo once I get the car back from it's service.



Same here...
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Re: Location of Electric Brake Controller

Postby dazza_241 on Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:28 am

thanks heaps for the replies!
will look into getting a pro to wire it up. will probably set her up in the spot that i want it in, fit the brackets and send her in to get wired up. super keen to see how this thing tows.....certainly has some punch albeit empty and a 6ft twig driving it atm!
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Re: Location of Electric Brake Controller

Postby Notso on Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:53 am

Have a look at the Redarc it has a remote Switch on it that can be mounted in a standard knock out in the dash, the rest of the gubbins goes anywhere out of the way.

There is another brand that I can't recall that has the same sort of remote head.
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Re: Location of Electric Brake Controller

Postby dazza_241 on Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:03 am

unforunately i already purchased the P3! That Redarc looks awesome..... hows it compare to the P3? I have just been given a copy of camper trailer touring no.10 this morning by my brother in law to read. it has a test of all the electric brake controllers in there...will be interesting to see how they rate the P3 in comparison to the Redarc.
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Re: Location of Electric Brake Controller

Postby Banjora on Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:24 am

Picture as promised. I had mine professionally installed too.

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Location of Electric Brake Controller

Postby FreestyleCab on Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:52 pm

Banjora wrote:Picture as promised. I had mine professionally installed too.

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My contoller is mounted in my ute right where Banjora's UHF hand piece is located
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Re: Location of Electric Brake Controller

Postby dazza_241 on Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:43 pm

see that gap directly under the audio and scan button!. the rectangular plug in the plastic is where i am aiming for the wires to wander their way through. i have just enough room to operate the 12v outlet and it wont foul the gear selectors. will post up some pics when its done! (by a professional...i dont want a carfloat ever going past me that once was behind!)
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Re: Location of Electric Brake Controller

Postby dazza_241 on Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:10 am

hope the pic works!
ok the pic didnt work....check out the one in my shed

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Re: Location of Electric Brake Controller

Postby ML-VR08 on Thu Jan 06, 2011 11:06 am

Does anyone else's Prodigy P3 say "short circuit to battery" after driving on wet roads? Mine has been doing this for a while now. But its fine during the dry...
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