Pilot 2-6 Brake Electronic Brake Controller - Time Delayed

Pilot 2-6 Brake Electronic Brake Controller - Time Delayed

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Pro Series Brake Controller - 80550

  • Pro Series
  • Time Delayed Controller
  • Electric
  • Up to 3 Axles
  • Dash Mount
  • Automatic Leveling
  • 360 Degrees
  • Under-Dash Box


  • 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


  • 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

80550 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 80550 Installation instructions

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

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Pro Series Brake Controller - Time Delayed 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. .

Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (7 Customer Reviews)

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good brake control not too expensive 193883

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Website was very user friendly and video of installment was very helpful. Our order came in just in time of us to install and use. 187911

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Thanks for the fastest shipping and awesome pricing. I've used these brake controller for years. Great product and great pricing. Thanks etrailer! 220532

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


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  • Should Proportional or Time-Delayed Controller be Used for Towing a Horse Trailer with a 2018 Tacoma
  • If you are towing on level ground or rolling hill areas then a proportional brake controller like the Prodigy P3 # 90195 is preferred. This kind of controller senses the deceleration of your tow 2018 Toyota Tacoma and applies the brakes in your horse trailer at the same time and with the same intensity as the brakes in your Tacoma. This gives you a very smooth braking experience that your horses will appreciate. Really one of the only times that a time-delayed controller like the Pilot...
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  • Is Pilot Brake Controller Compatible With 2018 Ram 1500
  • I reached out to the manufacturer of the Pilot 2-6 Brake Electronic Brake Controller # 80550. They just advised me that the Pilot # 80550 will not work on a 2018 Ram. The reason why is because the brake light signal circuit only outputs 4 to 6 volts (the Ram requires a controller that can output at least 12 volts) which isn't enough for the brake controller to function properly. As an alternative, the Curt Venturer Trailer Brake Controller # C51110 will work for the 2018 Ram 1500....
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  • Recommended Brake Controller Wiring On 1992 Chevy Silverado
  • The Pilot Brake Controller # 80550 will use the Replacement Brake Control Plug-In Harness for Tekonsha and Draw-Tite Brake Controller 12" Long # 20127 and will connect red to cold side of brake light switch, white to ground, blue to electric brake output, and black to 12V power. For your 1992 Chevy Silverado, some models do have the brake (blue) and hot lead (orange or red) wires already ran from under the hood to the end of the driver's side frame rail. However, these wires are hard...
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  • Install Harness Recommendation for Reese Pilot Brake Controller in 2015 Ram 1500
  • The correct brake controller install harness you need to install the Reese controller # 80550 you have is part # 3024-P which plugs in under the dash of your 2015 Ram and the other end plugs into the controller.
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  • Reese BrakeMan Digital Brake Controller Shows Blue Light and Trailer Brakes Do Not Work
  • It sounds like your BrakeMan controller has lost the connection to the trailer brakes. This can happen for several reasons. The most likely cause is a dirty or corroded trailer connector on the vehicle, trailer, or both. Check the vehicle and trailer side connectors and make sure they are clean and corrosion free inside and out. The problem could also be the controller itself. Testing it is fairly easy. In the truck cab you will need to sever the blue wire several inches from the back...
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  • Installing a Pilot Brake Controller on a 2010 Ford F-150
  • The wire functions on the brake controller # 80550 are white for ground, black for 12 volt power, blue for output to the trailer brakes and red for input from the brake switch. If you are using harness # 22292 then yes, the colors will match up; white to white, black to black, red to red, blue to blue. The Ford OEM harness may have the wire functions listed on it if you are using it. The OEM harnesses and brake controller wiring rarely have the same functions for the same color wires. There...
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  • Brake Controller Compatibility with Electric Over Hydraulic Brakes
  • The Pilot 2-6 Brake Electronic Brake Controller - Time Delayed # 80550 has not been tested by the manufacturer to work with Electric Over Hydraulic brakes. Most time delayed controllers are not a fit for the EOH systems. The Curt Venturer # C51110 and the Hayes Engage # HA81760 are the only two the manufacturer states will work with EOH, but I honestly wouldn't recommend either for that use. I recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885 or P3 # 90195 for the best operation with an...
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  • Troubleshooting Pilot Electronic Brake Controller Not Activating Trailer Brakes
  • When the trailer is connected to your vehicle and the brake pedal or manual lever is not activated, the Pilot Electronic Brake Controller # 80550 should display a ".C" to indicate that the controller is reading the trailer. If your controller only ever shows the dot, the brake controller is not recognizing that the trailer is connected. The first thing I recommend checking is the trailer connector at the back of the vehicle and on the trailer. You will want to make sure that the connector...
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  • Where Does a Trailer Brake Controller Plug In on a 2001 Chevy Silverado 1500HD
  • I have included a couple of pictures that show where to plug in a brake controller on a 2001 Chevy Silverado. You are looking for the black junction box located towards the back left corner on the drivers side. Remove the cover and you will see a bunch of empty ports. You need the one that is on the top row, second from the left like in the pictures. I have also included some links that explain the installation for you.
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2013 Ram 1500
  • The problem you are experiencing is due to the brake controller you had installed in your 2013 Ram 1500. The brake switch circuit of your truck has too low of a voltage output to activate the controller. Your truck will only send 4-6 volts on the brake switch circuit and the Pilot # 80550 that you referenced requires a full 12 volts. This is why your controller will activate the brakes with the override lever but not with the brake pedal. The only controllers we offer that are designed...
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  • Does the Pilot Brake Controller have to be Mounted in Any Certain Position
  • The Pilot brake controller # 80550 is a time delay controller so it does not have to be mounted level or in a certain position. The only stipulation is that it needs to be within easy reach of the driver. I have included a link to the installation details for this controller for you. To plug this controller directly into your 2007 Toyota Tundra (if the truck came with a factory 7-Way) use harness # 3040-P. And if you need a new mounting bracket for the controller it is # 5280.
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  • No Power Out on the Blue Wire when Activating the Pilot Brake Controller on a 1994 Ford F-150
  • If you have power going into the Pilot brake controller, # 80550, and not coming out, there are two possible causes. First, make sure the ground wire is attached directly to a good ground source. If you are using the vehicle specific connector for the 1994 F-150, # 3035-P, you can sever the white wire and connect it directly to the vehicle battery negative post to test the ground connection. If the ground wire does not solve the issue, sever the blue wire about 6 inches from the...
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  • Brake Controller Installation on 2001 Toyota Tundra w/ Factory 4-Pole Trailer Connector
  • Toyota didn't start equipping the Tundra with the brake controller connector under the dash until the 2003 model year. You can still install your brake controller, but you'll need to hardwire it in place using our Brake Controller Installation Kit, part # ETBC7. The kit contains everything needed to install your brake controller, including an adapter to convert your existing 4-pole into a 7-way, all the wire, hardware and circuit breakers you'll need. If you click the links I've provided,...
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  • How To Level a Tekonsha Voyager Trailer Brake Controller
  • Brake controllers that have a leveler on them can do some weird things when they are not set right. There aren't many controllers that have this feature any more and most have gone to an auto-leveling feature. The Tekonsha Voyager, # 39510, is one that does have a leveler. You will start by mounting the controller within its specified range. For example the Voyager can be mounted 20 degrees nose down to 70 degrees nose up. It cannot be tilted or turned to the side at all. Once it...
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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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  • 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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  • Which is Better Time-Delayed or Proportional Brake Controller
  • A time delay controller like the part # 80550 is so named because there is a delay between the time that you initially apply the brakes in your tow vehicle and the time that the controller reaches maximum preset power output. Unlike a proportional brake controller, which activates your trailer's brakes based on the deceleration of your tow vehicle, a time-delayed controller sends power out in the same way, with the same gradual delay, no matter the braking situation. Although this delay...
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  • Install Harness for Pilot Brake Controller Installed in 2006 Chevy Suburban
  • Yes, the correct brake controller install harness you need to install your Draw Tite Pilot part # 80550 would be the # 3015-P and you'd be set.
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  • Parts Needed to Add a Pilot Trailer Brake Controller to a 2001 Lincoln LS
  • First, you are going to want to check the owners manual for the 2001 Lincoln LS to determine the towing capacity of the vehicle and not exceed it. After that, you will start with adding a 4-Way trailer wiring harness. It sounds like that is what you already have. The one we carry for your car is # 118373. It is a powered converter that requires a direct connection to the vehicle battery to supply most of the power to the trailer lights. With the 4-Way installed, you would then need to...
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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, # 3050-S, 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...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller for Motorcycle Trailer with Brakes
  • For your trailer, you can add brakes since there is the flange already mounted to your axle. You will need to pull one of the hubs off your trailer spindle to see if you can get the bearing numbers off the face of the inner and outer bearing of that hub. If the numbers are not legible, then you will need to use a digital caliper like # to measure the spindle where the bearings rest on the spindle. I have attached a photo to assist. That will help me get you the brake assemblies...
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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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  • Electric Trailer Brakes Slow to Release After Stepping on Brake Pedal
  • If the electric frailer brakes are not fully releasing after taking your foot off of the brake pedal then there are a couple of things you can check. The easiest thing to check is going to be the vehicle and trailer side connectors. Make sure that the trailer connectors are clean and free of corrosion inside and out. Corrosion can cause a short which would draw power to the brake magnets. You also need to make sure that the brake controller is behaving as it should. What you can...
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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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  • Constant Voltage on the Break Controller Output Circuit on a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado
  • The Pilot brake controller that you referenced, # 80550, is a time delayed brake controller and should not show any power on the blue output circuit when the brakes are not applied or the manual slide is not activated. I like to start with the easiest possibilities first, so try applying the manual slide knob fully several times, letting it snap back to off each time. Sometimes the contact point inside the controller gets dirt or debris in it causing power to be applied constantly or...
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  • Brake Controller Install Harness Recommendation to Install a Reese Pilot in a 2016 Ford F-150
  • Yes, the brake controller install adapter part # 22292 would the correct install harness to install a Reese Pilot brake controller part # 80550 in your 2016 Ford F-150. I attached an install video for this for you to check out as well.
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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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  • 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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  • Installing Pilot Brake Controller Part # 80550 on 2005 Chevy Silverado
  • The 2005 Chevy Silverado will have a connector under the dash to connect your Pilot brake controller, it is just a bit more hidden than the one on your Ford. You will need a wiring adapter, part # 3015-P. You would cut off the black plug, and wire it color for color to the wires exiting your brake controller. There is a black junction box located on the firewall behind the emergency brake pedal. Remove the screw holding the cover in place, and plug the wiring adapter into the second...
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