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Old 11-08-2012, 07:11 PM
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Question New brake controller question

I just bought a 2012 Ram 1500 and want to install a brake controller. I have a couple of questions. 1st is there any advantage in shelling out $200.00 for the integrated unit vs a aftermarket unit? 2nd the salesman told me that I simply pop the cubbie out that sits directly above my parking brake lever to access the OEM wiring?
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The OEM brake controller fits like it belongs in the Ram
any aftermarket controller that i have seen or heard about, sticks out & becomes a knee banger

yours should be like this
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The OEM brake controller fits like it belongs in the Ram
any aftermarket controller that i have seen or heard about, sticks out & becomes a knee banger

yours should be like this

I found a guy who has a factory unit for $75.00 which is good since a new unit costs 200.00. I don't have the EVIC setup but I am thinking that the unit will work just like any aftermarket units? Meaning I won't have the dash display but will still work?
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bpetroni- My 2009 didn't come with the factory controller as it was not offered when I bought the truck. I purchased a Hayes controller with pigtail and installed it in the center console right in front of the shifter. I would have preferred the factory controller but there is an advantage to placing an aftermarket in the empty area in front of the shifter. Keep in mind that this is in a ram with bucket seats and center console. I tow alot and when coming down step grades (Colorado) it is nice to be able to downshift the load and have the brake control right there to apply the brakes. No changing from right hand to left hand to apply the trailer brakes.
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The factory controller does fit nicely into the designed plate in the truck. I didn't have EVIC and had a good price on a Tekonsha P3...an excellent controller...so I installed it in the OEM dash plate. If I had EVIC, I'd buy the factory setup in a heartbeat.
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the OEM brake controller will work just as good, whether you have the EVIC or not
you will just have the brake controller to look at to see the settings, instead of the redundant second read out on the EVIC
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Will I need to have my computer programmed for the controller to work even though i don't have the EVIC? I can't seem to get a straight answer out of the dealership guys....
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the OEM brake controller will work just as good, whether you have the EVIC or not
you will just have the brake controller to look at to see the settings, instead of the redundant second read out on the EVIC
GTY, I remember that the OEM controller had two wiring pigtails. It's been long enough since I read those extensive posts that I can't recall for certain, but was there an issue if you had a truck with only the "standard" pigtail in the truck's wiring harness? I know that the OEM controller will work in a truck with only the single standard wiring connector, but I thought I recalled something about having to address the second wiring connector...or at least one of the wires in that second connector. My memory is fuzzy on that, so indeed the OEM controller may just be a plug-and-play deal into any of these trucks regardless of having one or two wiring connectors in the truck.
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Will I need to have my computer programmed for the controller to work even though i don't have the EVIC? I can't seem to get a straight answer out of the dealership guys....
Nope, no need to flash. 5-10 minutes to install. Did my first tow this weekend and the factory controller worked flawlessly.
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