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Brake controller install location in 2013 PreRunner

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by Spindifferent, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. Mar 22, 2013 at 12:28 PM
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    Spindifferent

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    Thought I'd pass along where I ended up installing a brake controller in my 2013. I won't need to do much towing - probably only a couple times a year, so I wanted to install the brake controller in a way that was least visible when not in use.

    Basically, I installed the controller in the driver side left-hand coin tray that is also the removable fuse box access panel.

    Only real work needed is to cut an opening in the bottom of the removable coin tray in which the controller cable will pass through.

    Velcro tape was placed on the top/bottom of the inside of the coin tray and on the top/bottom of the controller.

    Here are the photos. Feel free to ask any questions.

    - Spindifferent

    1. Coin Tray Fuse Access.jpg
    2. Coin Tray Connector Cable.jpg
    3. Coin Tray Removed.jpg
    4. Access Panel Connector Cable.jpg
    5. Controller and Cable.jpg
    6. Controller Installed in Coin Tray.jpg
    7. Controller Velcro Top.jpg
    8. Controller Velcro Bottom.jpg
    9. PrimusIQ.jpg
    10. 3040-P Kit.jpg
    11. Velcro.jpg
     
  2. Aug 28, 2013 at 4:09 PM
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    Machine gun mount. Would love to blow the shit out of it since it has nothing but issues. QA at Toyota USA is shit. Start making them in Japan for Christ's Sake!
    The P3 would not work the way you fitted yours.

    I just don't have the heart to mutilate my Taco....yet....
     
  3. Aug 28, 2013 at 4:19 PM
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    DoorDing

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    OP, that looks good.
    I agree. I considered using that location, but I think mounting inside the cover would make it difficult to access the manual lever.

    I mounted my Tekonsha P3 to the exterior of the same cover, using the quick release mount. It's a good location for me, but it's worth checking to see if you'll bump it getting in & out. I was a little concerned that the cover wouldn't stay closed, but I haven't had any problems. I like this location because it's easy to access for manual control, and it only requires making two small holes in the cover, and they're hidden under the handhold anyway. It'd be simple to replace the cover if I ever wanted those holes to completely disappear.

    Rob, I can post a few photos later if you want.
     
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  4. Aug 28, 2013 at 5:21 PM
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    Machine gun mount. Would love to blow the shit out of it since it has nothing but issues. QA at Toyota USA is shit. Start making them in Japan for Christ's Sake!
    go for it, but I can't mutilate my taco.... not yet...
     
  5. Aug 28, 2013 at 5:26 PM
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    It's two 1/8" holes in the handle portion. They're hard to see, and the cover can be replaced in seconds. I know it's The Precious, but I'll bet you could suffer that. :)
     
  6. Aug 28, 2013 at 5:57 PM
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  7. Aug 28, 2013 at 6:25 PM
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    my p3 is in the glove box attached with Velcro. works great. its out of the way and easy access if I need to make adjustments
     
  8. Aug 28, 2013 at 6:36 PM
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    The manual control is pretty useful for arresting sway. I wouldn't like having it in there.
     
  9. Aug 28, 2013 at 6:37 PM
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    ...and, not really accessible to the driver if the manual brake lever is needed in an emergency?? :p

    j/k, but not really.
    :eek:
     
  10. Aug 28, 2013 at 9:42 PM
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    ^^^^^^^^ postings #8 and #9 x 6.67 trillion!!!!!!

    You better hope you never have to reach for it
     
  11. Aug 28, 2013 at 10:23 PM
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    Nice clean install OP
     
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    considering the pretty low tow capacity of our trucks Im pretty sure that wont be a problem...
     
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    Bed Brackets, tailgate cap, side rails.
    I need to leave that tray available for gum.
     
  14. Aug 29, 2013 at 5:31 AM
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    Thanks, all.

    I do sometimes lightly bump the controller when I'm getting out of the truck. I have long legs, so I have to remember that the controller is there when I get out.

    The other issue is that the velcro works really well, so it can be some effort to get the controller out of the tray. One option would be to only put the velcro on one side of the inside of the tray instead of top and bottom like I did.
     
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