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Old 07-12-2014, 10:09 AM
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Re: 2014 JGC Brake Controller DIY

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If you got the tow package all you need is the brake controller and the adaptor wire that normally comes with it. That's it. Dealers knowledge isn't what they use to be.


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Thanks sir! You're absolutely right. I connected the travel trailer and my brake model recognizes it just fine. Granted, I didn't tow it, will do next but it really appears my dealership does not know what they're talking about! Plus, they wanted to charge $100 for that software flash. Fingers crossed I don't get a surprise though when I head for my travels next week!
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Re: 2014 JGC Brake Controller DIY

Do not wait till last min always do a test drive for something like that. Tow before to make sure everything is set up correctly.


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Old 07-20-2014, 05:25 PM
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Re: 2014 JGC Brake Controller DIY

Hi again!

I can confirm the Mopar trailer brake controller worked flawlessly in my 2014 Grand Cherokee. No ECU software flash necessary.

Unrelated, I did see elevated engine oil temperature pulling up hill on a long steep gradient. My temperature reached 260 F where normal is about 220 F. Analogue coolant gauge looked fine and the 260 F reading still was not in the hot zone. Was this a temperature to be concerned about?

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Re: 2014 JGC Brake Controller DIY

The software flash is only required for folks who are adding towing aftermarket...if the vehicle came from the factory with the Tow Package, a 3rd party controller should be plug-n-play. (Literally plug-n-play if you get a pre-terminated cable, such as the one available from Tekonshia for the P3) The integrated Mopar controller "may" need additional computer work due to it's nature, but I haven't seen anyone post that actually bought one, especially since it's substandard compared to most 3rd party controllers from what folks are saying.
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Old 07-29-2014, 12:08 PM
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Re: 2014 JGC Brake Controller DIY

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The software flash is only required for folks who are adding towing aftermarket...if the vehicle came from the factory with the Tow Package, a 3rd party controller should be plug-n-play. (Literally plug-n-play if you get a pre-terminated cable, such as the one available from Tekonshia for the P3) The integrated Mopar controller "may" need additional computer work due to it's nature, but I haven't seen anyone post that actually bought one, especially since it's substandard compared to most 3rd party controllers from what folks are saying.

I did actually buy the Mopar brake controller and it does work without any software flash. I towed a travel trailer through the NC mountains and it worked just fine with pretty smooth braking after adjusting the agressiveness and progressiveness on the unit. How it would compare with a different brand I have no idea as this was my first time using one. Still, I don't think my hemi liked dragging the weight of the trailer over those hills. Engine oil temperature climbed to 260 F ! ~Tom
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Re: DirecLink / 2014 JGC Brake Controller DIY

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I'm purchasing a DirecLink DL100 for my JGC and wondered how you
installed the controller under the dash. I've bought the Tekonsha wiring adapter already so would appreciate any wisdom !

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Old 10-05-2014, 04:40 PM
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Re: DirecLink / 2014 JGC Brake Controller DIY

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KayakMike (and others!)

I'm purchasing a DirecLink DL100 for my JGC and wondered how you
installed the controller under the dash. I've bought the Tekonsha wiring adapter already so would appreciate any wisdom !

Thank you in advance

Hi Sir!

I actually didn't mount mine. I plugged into the wiring adapter which was a little awkward to reach and ran the cable under the floor mat to the center console and just set my unit on that. Since I will only use it a handful of times a year, I didn't want to have a permanent mounting. After using, I left the wiring harness plugged in because it was awkward to reach that socket beneath the foot parking brake and simply tucked the wiring harness up under the top of the carpet by steering column.

Worked just fine for me and meant no cutting of my dash. Still, if I would were to be using it every week, I would have mounted it permanently.

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Re: 2014 JGC Brake Controller DIY

Hi Tom,

I'm a little confused.......where did you place the actual large "Black Box" of the DL100 (where you plug in the OBD lead)?

Did you leave that under the dash? If so, how/where did you mount it and is it too heavy to double tape it to the under dash carpet piece?
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Re: 2014 JGC Brake Controller DIY

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Hi Tom,

I'm a little confused.......where did you place the actual large "Black Box" of the DL100 (where you plug in the OBD lead)?

Did you leave that under the dash? If so, how/where did you mount it and is it too heavy to double tape it to the under dash carpet piece?

I'm sorry Sir, mine was the Mopar brake controller so it was just one unit about the size of a wallet. It sounds like yours has two pieces with to it. I assumed all brands would be similar to mine as in one unit with a long cable on them. Without knowing the weight of the black box part, one suggestion I have which might work if you don't wish to do any cutting could be the command hook velcro stuff.

I wish you the best with your installation,

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Re: 2014 JGC Brake Controller DIY

Thanks Tom,

Then we were both confused LOL !
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Re: 2014 JGC Brake Controller DIY

I love how I mounted mine. I didn't want to drill into new diesel and leave holes. I didn't want to put it in the cubby hole where the aux port is (genius) bc I would need to cut that fuzzy plastic behind it for the wire. I didn't want to do Velcro like most bc A) I heard with the new plastics they have oil and won't stick as well and B) after time if I remove the Velcro the plastic will be a different color as the rest due to what it gets exposed to. Just like car paint needs to be blended because of fading and exposed to different elements. So I ended up making a bracket that could you could either bolt the controller onto or easily remove it when needed with special magnets. Hope this gives you some ideas.

If you need any other ideas about ways around cutting or drilling into this Beauty let me know as I also added things like a cb to the vehicle without drilling into that too.
Next project is figuring how to get truck route on the nav (same as just avoiding parkways)


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Re: 2014 JGC Brake Controller DIY

Just installed the DirecLink brake controller, which was a very easy install, no drilling or screwing (around) LOL.
I simply removed the bottom kick panel (two black push clips), removed the wiring pigtail to the kick panel light and got the panel out of the way. I located two holes on the RH side of the brake pedal frame and I decided to mount the controller vertically and secure it using these holes with two zip ties on the bottom (slim side) of the controller case. DirecLink thoughtfully included zip ties with the unit.

Using info given by Denis4x4 and others, I used the Tekonsha 3045 harness, which is a perfect match for the Jeep Trailer wiring and the DirecLink. I also ordered and used the optional windshield mount (thanks Denis4x4) and ran the telephone cord under the kick panel where it clipped onto the dash frame. Looks really good, see Denis4x4 pic !

As soon as I turned on the ignition, the DirecLink recognized the Jeep's system, self checked and was ready to go. We should get our trailer delivered the end of next week and I can then set it up. It has a very good instruction/operators manual and when I had questions about the unit, I emailed them and got pretty much immediate responses back.

So far, so very good. Now the proof of the puddin' is in the eatin'......can't wait to try it out !
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