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Hidden Brake Controller Mod

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by A_Ninja_Racer, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. Sep 10, 2011 at 2:35 PM
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    A_Ninja_Racer

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    Hello All,

    I finally decided it was time to start cutting into my truck to start making mine. I Tow a 6'/12' Enclosed Trailer on occasion and have had a few scary moments where I wished I had a Brake controller so I went out and got one a few months ago but never wanted to mount it because I didn't want it out in the open when I wasn't using it and I didn't want holes anywhere in my dash. Finally the other day It dawned on me where I could mount it so that it would be concealed when I wasn't using it. I decided to mount it into the left side Dash pocket to the left of the steering wheel just under the switches. So here wer go with the Pictures:

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    Before cutting
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    my planned cutting lines
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    No going back now
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    Some Test fitting
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    Rear View
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    Front View
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    In the Dash!!
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    Hidden in the Dash!!
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    If you look in the last picture just above the parking brake you will see I haven't plugged the controller in yet because when I originally wired the controller up I extended the wiring Harness like 3 feet so now I have to shorten it up some.

    All and All I'm very please with the outcome!
     
  2. Sep 10, 2011 at 3:55 PM
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    Tacoma Mike

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    Very Nice Idea...
     
  3. Sep 10, 2011 at 5:02 PM
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    Nice Idea, Nice Job........:thumbsup:
    Thanks for the Post (& Pics)


    CC
     
  4. Sep 10, 2011 at 9:12 PM
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    Crom

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    Nice use of the coin drawer! Are brake controllers expensive? Is that why you didn't want it visible?
     
  5. Sep 10, 2011 at 9:16 PM
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    Although this is for a 2nd, this is an awesome idea! Great job.

    They are usually mounted in near your knee, so this is ideal for keeping things neat.
    Break controllers are about $100
     
  6. Sep 10, 2011 at 9:18 PM
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    A_Ninja_Racer

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    If I recall I think I paid a little over $70.00 but really good ones can run well over $100.00. I more so wanted it hidden because I like the dash to look clean and not have anything screwed into it.
     
  7. Sep 10, 2011 at 9:27 PM
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    Cool. You did a great job. Very functional, and super clean.
     
  8. Sep 11, 2011 at 7:16 AM
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    Awesome job & great pics!!
     
  9. Sep 11, 2011 at 11:39 AM
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    Thanks. Now I just can't wait till I get the harness shortened and then have a reason to use the trailer.
     
  10. Aug 13, 2012 at 8:46 AM
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    I was struggling as to where to put my controller until I saw this thread. Great idea. I think I will do as you did but I'm going to buy an extra coin tray($43) and so I will have it mounted up and can just swap trays(simply plug/unplug) when I plan on towing, which isn't very often. I'm not a fan of bulky add ons in my face or to bang my knee on. This is perfect! Kudos!
     
  11. Dec 26, 2012 at 2:33 PM
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    Thanks Ninja - completed this project about an hour ago.
     
  12. Dec 26, 2012 at 3:45 PM
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    I'm glad to see people are liking this mod and starting to do it themselve. I'd like to see pics of your work and to know what controller you are using.
     
  13. Dec 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM
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    Great install! What is that other black box below your hood release?
     
  14. Dec 26, 2012 at 5:21 PM
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    That's For My Alarm system. I plug this device into it and pres a button and then remove it and it puts it into Valet mode.
     
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