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Pilot 2-6 Brake Electronic Brake Controller - Time Delayed

Hidden Hitch Brake Controller

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Code:   80550

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Hidden Hitch Brake Controller - 80550

Features:

  • Works for 2 to 6 Brakes (up to 3 brake axles)
  • Flexible mounting options and can be installed in any direction
    • Microprocessor allows control to be mounted upside down and still have a readable display
  • Large, easy to read dual digital display
  • Protection against short circuit or loss of ground
  • Standard mounting bracket included
    • Optional mounting ball pivot kit (5298) sold separately
  • Pulse Preventer (5501 - sold separately) recommended


Specs:

  • Dimensions: 3-1/2" (W) x 4-3/4" (L) x 1-9/16" (H)
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Note: If a custom brake-control wiring adapter is not available for your vehicle, one of the following will be required:

20-Amp circuit breaker (9506P - sold separately) for 2- to 4-brake applications

30-Amp circuit breaker (38630 - sold separately) for 6- to 8-brake applications



Replaces #39518, #20190, #83503



80550 Pilot Brake Control for 1 to 3 Axle Trailers - Timed Actuated







Video of Pilot 2-6 Brake Electronic Brake Controller - Time Delayed


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Video Transcript for Hidden Hitch Brake Controller 80550 Review

Today, we're going to be taking a look at part number 80550. This is the Pilot 2-6 Brake Time Delayed Electronic Brake Controller from Pro Series. It's going to work for 2-6 brakes, which is going to be up to 3 brake axles. One of the main features I want to show you is the large, easy to read dual-digital disk play. I have it connected to our power source. That way, you can just get a really quick look at how easy that display is to see.

Nice, quick response time too. Please keep in mind that this installer must be installed with a 12 volt negative ground system. It's going to provide flexible mounting options and can be installed in any direction. It's got a microprocessor that's going to allow the controller to be mounted upside down and still have a readable display. It's got a feature protection against short circuit or loss of ground. A standard mounting bracket is included as well as the hardware needed to get it attached.

That's going to go on the side here towards the back of the controller. It's got the mounting slots in there and then you can see the different options that you have as far as a versatile mount. This inaudible 00:01:12 right here is going to be the ball mount interface. It's an optional mounting ball pivot kit that we sell that works with this. It's sold separately. You can find that with part number 5298.

A pulse preventer is also recommended. That's available and sold separately with part number 5501. The wheel on this side of the controller is designed to control and adjust the breaking power. This right here is going to be the manual override or the manual slide knob. The wiring system is a simple plug and play feature that allows for easy and quick connection and disconnection. This is designed for use with electric brakes.

It's going to give us an overall width of 3 1/2 inches, overall length of 4 3/4 of an inch, and then an overall height of about 1 9/16ths of an inch. It's going to be covered with a limited lifetime warranty. If a custom break wiring adapter is not available for your vehicle, one of the following will be required: Either a 20 amp circuit breaker for 2-4 brake applications or a 30 amp circuit breaker for 6-8 brake applications. When it comes to the wiring on this system, your white wire is going to be your ground. Your black is going to be for the positive battery. Your red is going to be for the cold side of the stop light switch, and then your blue wire is going to be for the brake output to the trailer. That's going to do it for our review of part number 80550. This is the Pilot 2-6 Brake Time Delayed Electronic Brake Controller from Pro Series. .




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Pilot 2-6 Brake Electronic Brake Controller - Time Delayed - 80550

Average Customer Rating:  4.0 out of 5 stars   (1 Customer Reviews)



- 80550

by: gregg02/23/2012


good value but the swivel mount being optional should be made more clear 32331




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  • Wiring Instructions for Pilot Trailer Brake Control, Part #80550
  • The blue wire carries the brake controller output voltage, the white wire provides the ground connection and is usually ran to the negative battery terminal, the black wire is the 12-volt power supply, and the red wire typically connects to the brake stoplight switch located above the brake pedal. This connection activates the trailer brakes once the brake pedal is applied.
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  • Troubleshooting a Reese Electric Trailer Brake Controller OL Error Message
  • An OL error code would indicate an overload error. The cause of this is most likely a bad ground or a short to the blue brake out put wire. The first thing I would check is the connector on the back of your vehicle. Any dirt or corrosion can be causing a bad ground or a short to the brake out put pin. The solution is to clean out the connector and get rid of any dirt or corrosion. It would also be a good idea to clean out the trailer side connector as well. There could also be a bad...
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  • Wire Color Codes on Pilot # 80550 Brake Controller
  • The wire color codes on the Pilot Brake Controller are as follows: the red wire interfaces with the vehicle brake system by tapping into the cold side of the brake stoplight switch located at the top of the brake pedal. The best way to locate the correct circuit to tap into would be to use a circuit tester like part # 40376. There can be several wires coming out of the switch, you will need to probe them with the tester until you locate the circuit that only goes hot when the brake pedal...
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  • What Can Cause Weak Electric Drum Trailer Brakes Using a Power Stop Brake Controller
  • The first thing you are going to want to test is the brake controller. Sever the brake output wire behind the back of the controller a few inches. Then use a circuit tester or multimeter like # BTMT15 to test the end coming out of the controller. If the controller output setting is set to the highest level, the tester should show approximately 12 volts. If it does, reconnect the wire. If it does not continue testing to see if the output fluctuates or changes at all. If it does change...
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  • Troubleshooting a Pilot Brake Electronic Brake Controller # 80550
  • One of two things is happening, either the power adjustment is set too low. Or, there is a bad connection on the brake output circuit (blue wire). First thing I would do is make sure that you do not have the power knob on the side of the controller turned all the way down. I would try adjusting the knob to send more braking power from the controller and see if that fixes it. Next thing I would do is check all the wires from the brake controller for proper voltage. Use a circuit tester,...
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  • How to Test Brake Voltage Output for the Pilot Electronic Brake Controller on a GMC Sierra 2500 HD
  • Testing the brake output wire with a multi-meter, like the 7-Function Digital Multimeter, item # BTMT15, and no trailer connected to the vehicle, can yield less than desirable results because there is no load, from the brake magnets, applied to the wiring. A better solution for testing the brake controller output is to use a Circuit Tester, item # 3808. The incandescent bulb in the tester will place a load on the wiring, causing a draw which will allow full power to be applied on the...
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  • Brake Controller Install on 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Factory Tow Package
  • I spoke with one of my contacts at Tekonsha, who tells me he is unaware of any vehicle-specific problems installing a controller on a 2008 Grand Cherokee. The only connection to the vehicle that could possibly affect the vehicle computer would be connecting the red wire on the controller to the wrong wire at the brake stoplight switch. The controller would be mounted under the dash to the right of the steering column, within easy reach of the driver. You can find the green wire that...
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  • Troubleshooting Reese Pilot Brake Controller Problems on a 2006 Ford Expedition
  • I would start by doing a standard troubleshoot on the controller. Use a circuit tester on the black wire exiting the rear of the controller to ensure the controller is receiving power. Test the red wire and make sure there is voltage when the brake pedal is pressed. Test the blue output wire as the manual override is actuated to check output. If all checks out to this point, examine the trailer connector. Make sure it is not damaged or corroded. If you can see any green corrosion on...
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  • Brake Controller Wiring on a 2002 Ford F-250
  • For the Pilot 2-6 Brake Electronic Brake Controller - Time Delayed # 80550 you can use Universal Brake Control Wiring Adapter # 20260. If you have factory 7-Way the only part needed to install a brake controller is the brake controller and wiring adapter. Usually the factory will already give you a brake control adapter that connects to the brake controller and plugs into the dash. If you do have this harness you can also use it with the Pilot. The OEM plug is on the drivers side, usually...
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  • Factory Trailer Brake Controller Plug Location for a 2011 Honda Ridgeline
  • From what I was able to find, if your 2011 Honda Ridgeline has a factory installed 7-Way trailer connector, then the harness will be located underneath and to the left of the steering column taped to another wiring harness near the brake pedal. If your Ridgeline did not come with a factory installed 7-Way then you will need to hardwire the brake controller by first installing a 4-Way, if needed, # 118400, and then a 4 and 7-Way Installation Kit, # ETBC7. I have included some links to...
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  • Brake Controller Wiring Adapter Harness to Install Brake Controller in 2004 Chevy Silverado
  • To install your Pilot Brake Controller in your 2004 Silverado, you would need wiring adapter part # 20264. This adapter would connect to your controller color for color, and plug into the port in the junction box behind the emergency brake pedal. I will link you to our FAQ page that demonstrates how to install a controller in your Silverado, as well as an install video. The video actually shows a different controller being installed in a 2004 Suburban, but the procedure would be similar....
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  • How to Wire a 1990 Ford F-150 for a Brake Controller
  • Since your vehicle does not have a towing package you will need to install a T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4 Pole Trailer Connector part # 118316. First, locate the vehicle taillight wiring harness along the inside of the left rear frame rail. This harness will have a connection point with connectors matching the ends of the T-connector adapter. Separate the harness connectors, being careful not to break the locking tabs. Insert the T-connector adapter between the harness connectors...
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  • Display Turned Upside Down on Pilot Brake Controller # 80550 and Will Not Engage Trailer Brakes
  • I was bench testing a Pilot 2-6 Brake Electronic Brake Controller, # 80550, a few days ago and the same thing happened to me. The display decided to turn upside down. On this brake controller, it can work in any direction, including upside down, if set that way. the display will then be upside down. You would have to turn the brake controller over for it to function properly. However, what I had to do was remove power to the brake controller (black wire) for a few minutes, and then set...
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  • Troubleshooting Reese Pilot Brake Controller Installation On a 2006 Nissan Titan
  • It sounds to me like the wiring harness for installation of the brake controller may be pinned wrong. First, make sure the you spliced the like color wires from the Pilot brake controller, # 80550, to the wiring harness, # 20266, for your 2006 Nissan Titan. Next, make sure you have the correct wiring harness for your truck. Since the connector is plugging into the factory connector on your truck you might just need to re-pin the connector. I attached a photo I edited for you to see exactly...
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  • Connecting Reese Pilot Brake Controller to OEM Nissan Brake Controller Harness on 2012 Nissan Titan
  • I can certainly help you with that. The Nissan OEM brake control pigtail would connect to your Pilot brake controller as follows: Harness Red Wire to Black Wire on Controller Harness Red/Green Wire to Red Wire on Controller Harness Black Wire to White Wire on Controller Harness Brown/White Wire to Blue Wire on Controller The Red/Blue wire on the harness is for an illumination circuit that is NOT used. This wire should be bundled up out of the way and the end capped off so it...
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  • Where Does the Brake Controller Wiring Harness Install in a 2007 Chevy Silverado Classic
  • The # 3015-P harness that is used to install a brake controller in your 2007 Chevy Silverado installs in the electric junction box that is under the dash of your vehicle. It's a black box to the left of the brake pedal. Check out the FAQ, video and picture I attached for more info.
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  • Brake Controller Wiring Colors for GM Vehicles
  • On the Pilot Brake Controller, item # 80550, the wiring is as follows. White = ground, White on Chevy Blue = trailer brake feed, Dark blue on Chevy Red = stop light, light blue on Chevy Black = 12 volt power, red with black stripe on Chevy The orange wire is of heavier guage and is not needed for the brake controller. You should use a circuit tester, 3808 if you need one, to verify the function of each wire before installation to be sure that your particular vehicle is wired the...
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  • Wiring a HiddenHitch/Pilot Brake Controller to a 2007 Chevy 2500HD Classic Body
  • The HiddenHitch Pilot controller you have follows the standard wire coding for brake controllers. Blue is the wire that sends the power to the trailer brakes, black goes to the battery for 12v power, white is a ground wire, and red gets the stop light signal from the brake pedal. I would suggest using part # 20264. It will plug into the port under your dash, and you will match the wire leads color for color to the wire leads coming out of the back of the controller. I could not find...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for Use with Electric Over Hydraulic Brakes
  • The official stance from the manufacturers of the Pilot Brake Controller # 80550 on whether or not it can be used with electric over hydraulic trailer brakes is that the Pilot is designed to operate electric brakes that are activated by electro-magnets. It has not been tested on electric over hydraulic brakes. For a brake controller that is designed to work with electric over hydraulic brakes you would want a Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller # 90885 as it is designed to work with...
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  • Brake Controller Wiring Plug Location on a 2008 Chevy 1500
  • GM stopped using the under dash connector starting with the new body style in the 2007 model year. Instead of using a plug under the dash, the tow package wiring ends in bare wires. The tow package wiring is located above where your left leg would be if your were behind the wheel. It will be a bundle of 4 or 5 wires taped to a larger wiring harness. The tow package wiring will have a white tag hanging off of it, which makes it easier to identify. Although these wires WILL connect directly...
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  • Installing Pilot Time Delayed Brake Controller on 2007 Nissan Titan
  • I do not have a wiring diagram to provide, but I can run through the process for you. To connect the Pilot 2-6 Brake Electronic Brake Controller to your 2007 Nissan Titan you will need the 20266 Nissan brake control wiring adapter (see link below). The wires on the adapter are spliced to the like color wires on the brake controller. With this harness you will be able to connect to the manufacturer supplied connector under the dash and if you have a factory installed 7-way trailer...
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  • How to Install a Brake Controller in a 1997 International 4900
  • You will need to hardwire the Pilot Brake Controller # 80550 in your 19997 International 4900 as there isn't a brake controller port. To do that check out the FAQ article I attached on installing a brake controller from scratch on a vehicle. Basically the blue wire of the controller will get run to the brake output circuit of your trailer connector, the black wire will run to the positive side of your batter through a circuit breaker like part # 38630. The white wire will run to...
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  • Trailer Brakes Lock Up When Connected and Display Shows Nothing on Reese Pilot Brake Controller
  • It sounds like you have an open circuit on the brake output wire to the trailer brakes. This means that the brake circuit is receiving constant power and that is locking up the trailer brakes. First, you can test to see if the blue wire on the brake controller is sending power back. Sever the blue wire behind the controller leaving enough to reconnect when finished testing. Use a circuit tester like # 3808 if needed to test the blue wire. It should only show a signal when the manual...
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  • No Power on Blue Brake Output Wire on Reese Brake Controller
  • Assuming that the compact unit and the old unit use the same connection point, then you may be correct in saying that your compact unit is toast. Before pitching your compact unit, you may want to do some testing first. The first thing that I would check is the connection between the blue wire from the brake controller and the brake output wire going to your 7-way connector. If you use a plug in style connector, then make sure there is not any corrosion, damaged wires or bent pins....
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  • Items Needed to Install Brake Controller on 2005 Chrysler Pacifica
  • Because the 2005 Pacifica is not pre-wired for a brake controller, the controller would need to be hard wired using a Brake Controller Install Kit # ETBC7. There is not a wiring adapter available. Although the install kit contains everything needed to install the brake controller, the vehicle will need a functional 4-pole trailer connector, part # 118303 if it does not already have one. The adapter included in the kit will convert the 4-pole to a 7-way trailer connector. Once the...
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  • Unidentified Error Codes on a Reese Brakeman Trailer Brake Controller
  • Do the error coeds appear with or without a trailer connected or both? Based on what you are seeing I believe there is an overload condition on your Brakeman controller. This could happen for several reasons. First, sever the blue wire from the back of the controller. Next use a circuit tester like # 3808 if needed to test the end coming from the controller. It should only show a signal when you apply the manual override. If it shows power at any other time then there is something wrong...
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  • Pilot Brake Controller Still Shows Trailer Connected When Trailer is Unplugged
  • The problem you are experiencing usually occurs when the trailer connector on the vehicle is corroded or damaged. Take a look at the pins on your trailer connector. If you can see any green or white corrosion on the pins, there is a good chance that the corrosion has spread to the interior of the connector. The corrosion can cause a small short circuit that is making the controller think that the trailer is connected. In case you no longer have it, I have provided a link to the install/operating...
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  • Manual Override Button of Pilot Brake Controller Stuck in On Position
  • If the manual override button will not return once pressed in, there is an interior spring that is broken and the controller must be replaced. This could certainly be contributing to the fact that the controller is not reading your trailer. If you are still having problems once you replace the controller, you can troubleshoot it by following the procedures shown in the video I will link you to. For a replacement controller, I always recommend a proportional controller which will apply...
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  • Parts Needed to Install Pilot Brake Controller # 80550 to 2010 Toyota Tacoma With Factory 7-Way
  • To install the Pilot Brake Controller, part # 80550, on your 2010 Toyota Tacoma with a factory 7-Way connector you will need the Tow Ready Wiring Adapter, part # 20265. This adapter is a pigtail wiring harness that will connect to the wires on your brake controller using the included butt connectors. With the adapter connected to your brake controller you will now just plug in the other end of the adapter to your factory brake controller port located underneath and left of the steering...
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