1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Let's see those brake controllers!!!

Discussion in 'Towing' started by 08TRDOFFROAD, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. Jul 27, 2011 at 7:55 PM
    #1
    08TRDOFFROAD

    08TRDOFFROAD [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2008
    Member:
    #10482
    Messages:
    306
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Daniel
    Utah
    Vehicle:
    08' 4x4 TRD Offroad
    Bilstein 5100's on all four corners w/front's set at 1.75", 17x9 Moto Metal 951's, 265/70/17 BFG AT KO's, TRD exhaust, Colormatched grill, GrillCraft, K&N drop in, Pioneer 9800BT HU, Rear leaf TSB, Illuminated 4wd selector switch
    Hey all,

    I searched to see if there was a thread like this already, but didn't come up with anything. I am in the process of installing a Prodigy P3 in my truck. I can't decide on where to mount it. So, I thought I would let you guys help me decide. Let's see where you have mounted your brake controllers! Pictures would be appreciated!
     
  2. Jul 27, 2011 at 8:00 PM
    #2
    steve o 77

    steve o 77 braaap

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2009
    Member:
    #26726
    Messages:
    19,912
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steven
    In a corn field, OH
    Vehicle:
    2001 4x4 5Spd Xtra Cab V6
    265/75/16 BFG A/T's, OME 881's, Wheelers 5 leaf pack, 5100's, Home Made Sliders
    good idea, Im going to be installing an old drawtite one in my truck soon.
     
  3. Jul 27, 2011 at 8:03 PM
    #3
    nighthawk87

    nighthawk87 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2008
    Member:
    #8434
    Messages:
    1,025
    Interest as well. I mounted mine under the little pocket thing next to the ignition
     
  4. Jul 27, 2011 at 8:22 PM
    #4
    hitmans.army

    hitmans.army Just a guy.

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2011
    Member:
    #60399
    Messages:
    1,753
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Chris
    Myrtle Creek, OR
    Vehicle:
    '07 PreRunner & '40 Chrysler Coupe
    Bilstein 5100s up front with OME 885s, rear Add-A-Leaf, LED lights (tails, dome, map, plate lights), Kicker 8" in custom fiberglass enclosure under back seat, Kicker speakers throughout and Kicker amp for sub, Pioneer DVD Player, Satoshi Grille with Devil Horns, Leer 100XQ.
    Mine is mounted in the pocket infront of the shifter. It was installed about 2 months after I got to Afghanistan, I didn't think I would like the location, but it seemed to work perfectly when I went on R&R. Didn't have to worry about knocking my knee on it, and it left the space under my ignition open for my 1911 to sit. Don't use that cubby hole for anything anyways so it works well.
     
  5. Jul 27, 2011 at 10:25 PM
    #5
    MJonAgs32

    MJonAgs32 asphinctersayswhat?

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2009
    Member:
    #15949
    Messages:
    9,211
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    MJ
    Union City, CA (SF Bay Area)
    Vehicle:
    07 Mid-Travel 4x4 DCSB 6spd
    check out my build
    I have the same one.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Jul 28, 2011 at 11:25 AM
    #6
    08TRDOFFROAD

    08TRDOFFROAD [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2008
    Member:
    #10482
    Messages:
    306
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Daniel
    Utah
    Vehicle:
    08' 4x4 TRD Offroad
    Bilstein 5100's on all four corners w/front's set at 1.75", 17x9 Moto Metal 951's, 265/70/17 BFG AT KO's, TRD exhaust, Colormatched grill, GrillCraft, K&N drop in, Pioneer 9800BT HU, Rear leaf TSB, Illuminated 4wd selector switch
    Thanks MJonAgs32!!!! Did you use the supplied screws to mount it to the cubby, or did you use velcro or something less permanent? That is where I have been thinking I will probably mount it!
     
  7. Jul 28, 2011 at 12:50 PM
    #7
    MJonAgs32

    MJonAgs32 asphinctersayswhat?

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2009
    Member:
    #15949
    Messages:
    9,211
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    MJ
    Union City, CA (SF Bay Area)
    Vehicle:
    07 Mid-Travel 4x4 DCSB 6spd
    check out my build
    I used screws, but I just used my own since I got the unit used off of Craigslist.

    When I don't tow, I take the controller out, and leave the wiring harness in the holding bracket. I use the same velcrow that you use to wrap your computer wires to hold the wiring harness in there.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Jul 28, 2011 at 3:40 PM
    #8
    BillyBeamon

    BillyBeamon Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2009
    Member:
    #12978
    Messages:
    15
    Gender:
    Male
    Northern Nevada
    Vehicle:
    Super White
    I really like the spot still have my leg room
    [​IMG]
     
  9. Jul 28, 2011 at 3:53 PM
    #9
    kbp68

    kbp68 hey...I can change this!

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    Member:
    #6689
    Messages:
    607
    Gender:
    Male
    B.C.
    Vehicle:
    TRD Off Road DC/SB
    3" Pro Comp Lift/Level, ARB Winch Bumper, Superwinch UT3000,White Sport Grille, Bedliner'd rocker panels, Draw-Tite brake controller
    No picture but I stressed out for a week over where to mount it. I like to keep things looking as factory as possible inside. I ended up putting it directly under the steering column, beside the TPMS button. You don't even notice it's there, yet it is in a very handy spot to reach and adjust. Because I can't actually see it while driving I am not tempted to take my eyes off the road when adjusting. At first I thought it my be a problem hitting my knee on it when getting in/out of the truck but that has never happened (i'm 5'11") Now if someone would invent one that uses a steering wheel paddle or steering wheel controls, I'd be all over that!
     
  10. Jul 28, 2011 at 4:04 PM
    #10
    MJonAgs32

    MJonAgs32 asphinctersayswhat?

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2009
    Member:
    #15949
    Messages:
    9,211
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    MJ
    Union City, CA (SF Bay Area)
    Vehicle:
    07 Mid-Travel 4x4 DCSB 6spd
    check out my build
    the M/T don't have that convenient little cubby :(
     
  11. Jul 28, 2011 at 6:57 PM
    #11
    08TRDOFFROAD

    08TRDOFFROAD [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2008
    Member:
    #10482
    Messages:
    306
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Daniel
    Utah
    Vehicle:
    08' 4x4 TRD Offroad
    Bilstein 5100's on all four corners w/front's set at 1.75", 17x9 Moto Metal 951's, 265/70/17 BFG AT KO's, TRD exhaust, Colormatched grill, GrillCraft, K&N drop in, Pioneer 9800BT HU, Rear leaf TSB, Illuminated 4wd selector switch
    That is the same controller I picked up...I looked at that spot but wasn't sure I could figure out a way to get it level. Did you use the short screws that came with the controller?
     
  12. Jul 29, 2011 at 11:14 AM
    #12
    BillyBeamon

    BillyBeamon Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2009
    Member:
    #12978
    Messages:
    15
    Gender:
    Male
    Northern Nevada
    Vehicle:
    Super White
    My buddy installed it i beleive what he did was offset the controller in the mount one peg higher than the other
     
  13. Jul 29, 2011 at 7:57 PM
    #13
    psmcn

    psmcn Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2010
    Member:
    #43306
    Messages:
    332
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Paul
    Rockville Md
    Here is my Prodigy P2 install

    Connect wires, truly Plug and play:) White wire is ground
    [​IMG]

    All systems Go!!!
    [​IMG]

    Tuck in the extra wire
    [​IMG]

    Mount bracket. I still have the use of the coin tray
    [​IMG]

    Mount unit. to bracket
    [​IMG]

    I like the location, It is out of the way when I don't need it and it is easy to reach when I need to adjust it. You may think I would kick it all the time but that is not the case. I hit it with my foot very rarely.
    [​IMG]

    THe watch dog watched everything I did and he had no complaints about the work done
    [​IMG]

    That is my controller mount

    Paul
     
  14. Jul 29, 2011 at 11:28 PM
    #14
    fvtalon

    fvtalon Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2010
    Member:
    #41625
    Messages:
    234
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    Southern BC
    Vehicle:
    07 DC TRD/Yamaha
    285/65/18 BFG ATs on MKWs Leer Cap
    I put mine in the right side cubby in front of the ignition keyhole. I actually pulled the cubby out tho and put a bracket in it's place. I wanted to put both the brake controller and the satellite radio in there but there wasn't enough room. I like it there, I can see the screen thru the wheel spokes and it's up out of the way. As mentioned too, manual transmission trucks have the E-brake there.

    Every other spot I thought either took up a useful storage spot or hung too low. I was concerned about banging my knees getting in and out, or not being able to change positions on a long drive without hitting it. I was also somewhat concerned with having a knee impact into the controller in a front end accident situation. In a lot of vehicles that panel below the steering wheel is padded and some even have an airbag there for knee protection.

    I'll take a pic this weekend if I remember and have a chance. I want to detail the truck and get a picture of the leather seats/console/armrests for the Katzkins GB thread too.
     
  15. Aug 2, 2011 at 8:35 PM
    #15
    fvtalon

    fvtalon Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2010
    Member:
    #41625
    Messages:
    234
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    Southern BC
    Vehicle:
    07 DC TRD/Yamaha
    285/65/18 BFG ATs on MKWs Leer Cap
    Pics:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    It's a Hayes G2, works real good. Sooo much better than the timer style I used to use.
     
  16. Aug 4, 2011 at 12:55 PM
    #16
    08TRDOFFROAD

    08TRDOFFROAD [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2008
    Member:
    #10482
    Messages:
    306
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Daniel
    Utah
    Vehicle:
    08' 4x4 TRD Offroad
    Bilstein 5100's on all four corners w/front's set at 1.75", 17x9 Moto Metal 951's, 265/70/17 BFG AT KO's, TRD exhaust, Colormatched grill, GrillCraft, K&N drop in, Pioneer 9800BT HU, Rear leaf TSB, Illuminated 4wd selector switch
    Well, I installed my brake controller after much debate on the location. I went the easiest route, I mounted mine down on the left side by the parking brake pedal. I am not a huge fan of drilling holes so I used some velcro my father in law brought home from his work to mount the controller. It is called "earthquake" or something like that...it is some good stuff (even tho it looks like it is peeling off the dash panel, I assure you it isn't). Now I can just unplug the controller and take it out of the truck when I am not using it.

    Installed
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Controller removed and the plug tucked behind the dash panel.
    [​IMG]
     
  17. Aug 4, 2011 at 12:59 PM
    #17
    MJonAgs32

    MJonAgs32 asphinctersayswhat?

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2009
    Member:
    #15949
    Messages:
    9,211
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    MJ
    Union City, CA (SF Bay Area)
    Vehicle:
    07 Mid-Travel 4x4 DCSB 6spd
    check out my build
    ^ I just hope the velcro holds up and it doesn't fall (heat might weaken the adhesive)

    If I didn't have a clutch, I woulda put it under the coin tray also :(
     
  18. Aug 4, 2011 at 1:28 PM
    #18
    08TRDOFFROAD

    08TRDOFFROAD [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2008
    Member:
    #10482
    Messages:
    306
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Daniel
    Utah
    Vehicle:
    08' 4x4 TRD Offroad
    Bilstein 5100's on all four corners w/front's set at 1.75", 17x9 Moto Metal 951's, 265/70/17 BFG AT KO's, TRD exhaust, Colormatched grill, GrillCraft, K&N drop in, Pioneer 9800BT HU, Rear leaf TSB, Illuminated 4wd selector switch
    It seems to do okay when the cab is at "operating temp" (not so bloody hot), I just threw it on for the pictures when the truck was hot inside. If the velcro doesn't work out I will just end up screwing it to the dash right there.
     
  19. Dec 5, 2014 at 6:46 PM
    #19
    Buroak

    Buroak Member

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2014
    Member:
    #136165
    Messages:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Terry
    Southern California
    Vehicle:
    2014 dbl cab 4x4
    Kicking myself for missing this string. Like others, I debated the above spots, and then decided that I could level it (P3) easier in the straight compartment in front of the cup holders. Fine unless there are two cups there. It hangs from a plywood frame supported on both sides with ply. The plug and play reached with only a little play. Will send a picture if I can figure out how.
     
  20. Dec 24, 2014 at 9:43 PM
    #20
    ian408

    ian408 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2009
    Member:
    #25619
    Messages:
    10,638
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ian
    Santa Clara, CA
    Vehicle:
    09 Tacoma
    3" lift, custom rims, snug top shell, shrockworks bumper, warn winch.
    The Prodigy P3 doesn't need to be level, just parallel to the truck.
     
To Top