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Old 01-10-2015, 09:18 AM
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I need to add a trailer brake control on my '13 Hemi Sport. Dealer quoted me a price of $460.

Has anyone installed one of these things? Seems like all of the wiring would be already installed at the factory.

Any recommendations on where to get the aftermarket part?

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Price should be $200-$250 for the part. Put the part number 82213474 in a Google search and it will show you links to lots of vendors for the controller. The install is not very difficult. Here's a video:



You will have to have a dealer flash code XHC. Prices for that are all over the scale...from free to $125.
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I installed mine. It was about $250. Getting some of the bolts into the bracket under the dash was a PIA! But expect to have the dealer update your EVIC because it will not show up until they update it. I did this within the first week of owning my truck and took it back and told them it wasnt reading...played stupid and they updated the EVIC for free.
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I installed mine. It was about $250. Getting some of the bolts into the bracket under the dash was a PIA! But expect to have the dealer update your EVIC because it will not show up until they update it. I did this within the first week of owning my truck and took it back and told them it wasnt reading...played stupid and they updated the EVIC for free.
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I installed mine. It was about $250. Getting some of the bolts into the bracket under the dash was a PIA! But expect to have the dealer update your EVIC because it will not show up until they update it. I did this within the first week of owning my truck and took it back and told them it wasnt reading...played stupid and they updated the EVIC for free.
You can say that again about a couple of the bolts being a PIA! I bought mine from a reputable Mopar parts dealer on ebay for right around $200 and it took me a couple of hours to install. I haven't had the dealer flash my EVIC yet, so it hasn't shown up on my screen yet. I might do it the next time I take it in for an oil change.
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Bought mine and had it installed at the Dealership for 348.00 OTD

David Dodge in Glen Mills PA.

Call them for a quote and use it at your dealership. It is a one hour job.
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I installed an aftermarket Prodigy P2. Controller + harness cost me about $150 and I installed it myself.
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I'm thinking this will be my next mod (can't talk myself into an exhaust). Do you guys prefer the factory Mopar trailer brake to aftermarket units?
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It's been several years but I used to own a small trailer sales outfit. We installed a lot of controllers (this was before our trucks started coming with factory units). Just about all of the aftermarket work pretty good. You can easily install one for under $100, or you can exceed $200.

However, the Mopar unit blows them all away. It's nice to have the actual control box hidden away (no knee banging) and having the power setting and slider control integrated into the front panel. Unlike other units where you have to usually lean over to look at the Mopar shows it's power output directly on the EVIC screen. It's easy using the uConnect screen to select two levels of pure electric (light or heavy) or two levels of electric over hydraulic brake systems.

Aftermarket units get their input signal directly from a connection to the brake light system (not necessarily the actual light wire but at least part of it). That means the controller is either ON or OFF when it receives a full dose of 12-14vdc power. The controllers do a good job of sending progressive voltage to the brakes but they depend a lot on "G" forces to modulate the power or override the normal progressive output.

The Mopar unit uses the actual movement of the brake pedal to determine the amount of energy (up to the max for the current selection on the +/- buttons). Push harder on the pedal and you'll see the "slider" display on the EVIC move back and forth accordingly. If you panic stop then full power is instantly sent to the brakes (faster than the g-force controllers can act).

It is a few extra bucks over a quality aftermarket unit but I'm sure you will be pleased with the performance of the Mopar unit. Just watch the posted video showing the 2-screw installation because trying to put that third screw in requires hands and arms the size of a four year old.
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It's been several years but I used to own a small trailer sales outfit. We installed a lot of controllers (this was before our trucks started coming with factory units). Just about all of the aftermarket work pretty good. You can easily install one for under $100, or you can exceed $200.

However, the Mopar unit blows them all away. It's nice to have the actual control box hidden away (no knee banging) and having the power setting and slider control integrated into the front panel. Unlike other units where you have to usually lean over to look at the Mopar shows it's power output directly on the EVIC screen. It's easy using the uConnect screen to select two levels of pure electric (light or heavy) or two levels of electric over hydraulic brake systems.

Aftermarket units get their input signal directly from a connection to the brake light system (not necessarily the actual light wire but at least part of it). That means the controller is either ON or OFF when it receives a full dose of 12-14vdc power. The controllers do a good job of sending progressive voltage to the brakes but they depend a lot on "G" forces to modulate the power or override the normal progressive output.

The Mopar unit uses the actual movement of the brake pedal to determine the amount of energy (up to the max for the current selection on the +/- buttons). Push harder on the pedal and you'll see the "slider" display on the EVIC move back and forth accordingly. If you panic stop then full power is instantly sent to the brakes (faster than the g-force controllers can act).

It is a few extra bucks over a quality aftermarket unit but I'm sure you will be pleased with the performance of the Mopar unit. Just watch the posted video showing the 2-screw installation because trying to put that third screw in requires hands and arms the size of a four year old.
That about settles it then.

Thanks for your experienced input

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