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JTP (WI) 03-27-2012 03:05 PM

Mounting brake controller
I am interested in installing a brake controller, but I do not want it to be attached to the bottom of the dash like all of the installs that I have seen. I won't use it very often, and I don't like how it appears to be an afterthought in what is otherwise such a luxury interior. Were this a pick-up, I wouldn't be worried. It's not.

So, I'm wondering if it would be possible to mount a brake controller in the center cubby. The door swings up over the top, so a standard top-mount bracket wouldn't work. And I know that the P3 has an override switch on the bottom that you need to maintain access to. So, the question is, has anyone come up with a way to deal with clearance for the door and maintain access to the override lever?

I really wish they had provided a better solution for having a brake controller that would be more integrated!

Ratchet 03-28-2012 06:46 AM

Re: Mounting brake controller
I did this on mine the day I brought her home. My purge switch is on the front of my controller so I didn't have to use a bracket. I can just let the controller sit inside the pocket. I also made a pigtail inside of the center bezel so I can disconnect the brake controller when not in use and take advantage of the few square inches of extra storage space. :)

Obviously, this requires drilling a hole for the wires to pass through. In your case, you could use the mounting bracket for a vertical mount on the left inside of the pocket or mount it directly to the bottom. 03-28-2012 08:56 AM

Re: Mounting brake controller
Not sure if you have seen it, but Tekonsha now offers a wireless model that doesnt require physical mounting in the vehicle.

But, I agree that they should offer a factory integrated brake controller as an option. I believe one of the Ford pickups has this now.

JTP (WI) 04-02-2012 10:15 PM

Re: Mounting brake controller
I have seen the wireless model, but requires a module to be installed on the trailer. I want the flexibility to tow any trailer at any time. That requires a built-in solution. I just want to make it so that you don't see the built in solution unless I'm actually using - and that center cubby seems like a viable option if I can just figure out how to mount the controller so that the door still opens and I still have access to the boost switch.

Ratchet 04-03-2012 06:34 AM

Re: Mounting brake controller
If you can't/don't have room to drill, check into 3M "Scotchlok". It's a very agressive hook and loop fastener. Kinda like velcro on steroids. We use this to attach helmet cams for motorcross racing. Normally have to pry the halves apart with a screwdriver afterwards. LOL Needless to say, whatever you fasten down with it will stay put.

JTP (WI) 04-03-2012 12:25 PM

Re: Mounting brake controller
The problem is, Ratchet, that the boost switch is on the bottom of the controller. So I can't mount to the bottom. But the flip up door means I can't mount to the top either. I'm thinking I need some sort of cage that will attach to the bottom of the cubby, but then wrap up and around the controller so that I can do a traditional top mount. I just need to make it short enough to let the door open up and in, but tall enough to still give me access to the boost switch. Was just wondering if anyone else had tackled that issue yet. Thanks for the suggestion, though!

Ratchet 04-03-2012 01:01 PM

Re: Mounting brake controller
You mean like the brake purge botton is on the bottom? Strange place for that. Is it possible for you to give me the model # of the controller or possibly email me a photo or two of it to see if I can come up with something?

JTP (WI) 04-04-2012 09:41 AM

Re: Mounting brake controller
It's the Tekonsha P3. You can see some pics here:

The "button" is actually a lever on the bottom that slides from right to left.

Ratchet 04-04-2012 03:05 PM

Re: Mounting brake controller
I'll try and grab the measurements from that site (honeydo list dependant) when I get home this evening and do some brainstorming for ya. ;)

JTP (WI) 04-04-2012 03:25 PM

Re: Mounting brake controller
That would be great!

All I have been able to come up with is a bracket that would mount to the bottom of the cubby and run up each side of the controller so that it is held high enough off the bottom so that I can get a finger under there. I just haven't really taken any measurements to see if that is physically possible.

How difficult will it be to get the cubby interior out of the console to drill the necessary pass-through hole and maybe pop some mounting rivets through the bottom?

Ratchet 04-04-2012 09:19 PM

Re: Mounting brake controller
Sorry I didn't get any tinker time this evening. My list was long and the weather has been complete crap here.

As far as getting the center pocket removed, it's not that bad. Shifter knob and shifter bezel as well as the center stalk trim will need to be removed in order to access the 2 small bolts at the extreme bottom of pocket.

brandont 04-05-2012 07:49 AM

Re: Mounting brake controller
Just another idea that might fit for you: On my last truck I mounted the brake controller (3-axis model) to the windshield. Since it didn't have to be level I just glued suction cups to the mounting bracket and stuck it up there. I extended the wiring with some 4-wire trailer wire. It wasn't all that pretty but it was easy to 'install' and remove as needed.

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