Brake Controller 7- and 4-Way Installation Kit (ETBC7)

Custom Fit Brake Controller

The Brake Controller Installation Kit, or ETBC7, includes everything necessary for converting your 4-way connector to a 7-way connector in order to use a brake controller to activate the electric brakes on your trailer.

Why do I need an ETBC7?

If you do not have a 7-way plug on your vehicle, but want to use your electric trailer brakes, you will need to upgrade your wiring to support the brake controller. The ETBC7 includes everything you need to make this upgrade (once a working 4-way connection is installed).


Parts Included:

7-way trailer connector, which includes a 4-pole adapter plus 4 additional wires that connect to your vehicle to complete the installation

Mounting bracket and mounting hardware that secure the 7-way connector to the vehicle bumper or hitch; self-tapping screws mount the bracket to the vehicle and the trailer connector to the bracket

Black loom, which is a hard plastic tube that covers the 12-volt hot lead and brake wire connections, giving your installation a professional appearance and extra protection

Gray duplex cable that houses 2 wires that will become the 12-volt hot lead and electric brake wire, which run from the trailer connector to the front of the vehicle

Circuit breakers, which are used to protect electrical components against overload (3 are provided, 2 are used)

Butt connectors for securing connections between wires

Ring terminals, which attach to the ends of wires and hook around battery posts and circuit breakers

Quick splice wire connectors, which are used to quickly connect wires together

Zip-ties, which bind loose wires together and keep them in place, away from moving parts and exhaust system components

Circuit tester

Tools needed:

Brake Controller 7- & 4-Way Installation Steps

The ETBC7 installation kit works with your existing 4-way connector and brake controller. If you do not currently have a 4-way connector on your vehicle, you can use the Vehicle Wiring Fitguide to locate the custom-fit wiring harness, and the Brake Controller Fitguide to find the brake controller for your application. Since this kit supplements your brake controller, please review the instructions included with your brake controller before beginning the installation.

mounting 7-way connector plug bracket

1. Find a suitable location to mount the 7-way connector plug.

4-pole adapter plugged in to 4-pole trailer connector

2. Plug the 4-pole adapter coming out of the 7-way connector into the vehicle's 4-pole trailer connector. Secure this connection with a zip-tie.

white wire grounded to vehicle frame

3. Ground the 7-way connector by screwing the white wire with a ring terminal on it into the frame of the vehicle. If you will be using your reverse trailer lights, attach the yellow wire coming out of the 7-way connector to your reverse light wire, using one of the quick splice wire connectors included with the kit.

separating the two wires inside the duplex cable

4. Make a small cut in the rubber sheath of the duplex cable and slightly separate the two wires inside, being careful not to nick these wires.

using butt connectors to attach wires

5. Use a butt connector to connect the black wire in the duplex cable to the 12-volt hot lead (black wire) on the 7-way connector. Then do the same for the white wire in the duplex cable and the brake wire (blue wire) on the 7-way connector. Use electrical tape to keep the wires together and then install the black loom over the wires.

routing duplex cable to engine department

6. Route the duplex cable under the vehicle all the way up to the engine compartment under the hood, being careful to avoid hot areas or moving parts that might pinch the cable.

separating wires in duplex cable

7. Once the duplex cable is under the hood, you will need to separate the white brake wire from the black 12-volt hot lead. Cut away the gray sheathing as before, being careful not to nick the wires.

separating the duplex wires

8. The black 12-volt hot lead will stay under the hood, where it will be connected to the positive post of the battery by using a 40-amp circuit breaker. You will then route the white brake wire through the firewall (on the driver's side under the dash) into the vehicle, where you will connect it to the blue wire on the brake controller.

drilling an access point in firewall

9. Look for a grommet or knockout in the firewall to route the white brake wire into the cab. If none is available, you can drill a hole on a section of the firewall where there is no obstruction on either side. You will need to drill a hole to install a grommet large enough for the 3 wires that will pass through:

blue wire connected to white wire

10. Using a butt connector, connect the blue wire coming out of the brake controller to the white brake wire from the duplex cable that was routed through the firewall.

mounting circuit breakers

11. Mount the 20-amp (or 30-amp; see brake controller instructions) and the 40-amp circuit breakers in a safe location under the hood. In this photo, you will see it was mounted to the right of an existing ground wire on the firewall.

12-volt hot lead connected to 40-amp breaker

12. The 12-volt hot lead from the trailer connector in the duplex wire (black) gets routed to the 40-amp breaker. Cut the extra wire and add a ring terminal. Attach to the AUX/silver post of the circuit breaker and route a wire from the copper post of the circuit breaker to the positive post on the battery.

brake controller

13. The black wire coming out of the brake controller is the brake controller power supply. It will be too short to reach the battery, so you will have to use excess wire from the duplex cable to complete this connection. Route this wire to the AUX/silver post on the 20-amp (or 30-amp) circuit breaker under the hood. Then route a wire from the AUX/copper post of the circuit breaker to the positive post on the battery.

2 wires connected to positive battery post: 12-volt hot lead and brake controller power supply

14. There are now two wires connected to the positive post: the 12-volt hot lead and the brake controller power supply.

15. The white wire coming out of the brake controller is the ground wire. Route this wire to the negative post on the battery. It will be too short to reach the battery, so you will have to use excess wire from the duplex cable to complete this connection.

brake stop light switch wire connected to red brake controller wire

16. Inside the cab, only one connection remains. Find the wires connected to the brake stop light switch at the top of the brake pedal. Using a circuit tester, test the wires to locate the wire that carries a signal only when the brake pedal is engaged. Using a quick splice wire connector, connect that wire to the brake controller red wire.

excess wires zip-tied

17. With the brake controller mounted and connected, zip-tie any loose, excess wires underneath the dash and under the vehicle. Clip any excess material from the zip-ties. Do not allow the wires to interfere with the brake and gas pedals and keep them away from areas that get very hot. Using a circuit tester, test all wires to ensure that they are getting power before you hitch up your trailer.

ETBC7 Installation Diagram

# ETBC7 Installation Diagram

Connector Diagram C57672

Connector Diagram for # C57672 (included with # ETBC7)

For more information on brake controllers and wiring, see the following:

Updated by: Amber S.

Last updated: 6/5/19

Questions and Comments about this Article

Luther W.

didnt see a price on wire and brake sys. can i get a price to fit 2019 jeep grand cherokee thanks 86255

Reply from Chris R.

Are you looking at a particular brake controller model? All our pricing is listed on the individual product pages. 68212

Russ E.

Would you mind telling me what gauge/type of wire the grey duplex cable is and how many feet are supplied? I cut mine too short and tried splicing but made a mess of it. I was going to buy a replacement locally, since I need my brakes working by this weekend! 84772

Reply from Chris R.

The Wiring Kit # ETBC7 includes 25 feet of 10 gauge duplex wiring. 67904


Good Morning, I have a 2004 Winnebago Journey 36G and I need a electric brake controller. Is there a kit that will plug into a factory plug or will it need to be hardwired? Thanks! 81968

Reply from Chris R.

From what I could find it looks like your 2004 Winnebago Journey is built on the Freightliner XC chassis. If this is the case and it's equipped with the factory 7-Way at the bumper, you can use the Plug-In Play Harness # 3027-P to allow for a simple installation of a Tekonsha or Draw-Tite controller. I specifically recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885 . 67346

David A.

I installed your T-One wiring harness no problem. Thank you. Now i need to install the ETBC7 kit, but I dont know where the blue wire will go, as I also ordered a Curt Echo Wireless Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 2 Axles - Proportional Item # C51180, which mentions a ETBC7L? Did i buy the wrong wiring ETBC7 kit? 74360

Reply from Chris R.

The blue wire is used for the brake output circuit, which isn't needed for the Curt Echo Brake Controller # C51180 . It can simply be capped off. The Wiring Kit # ETBC7 that you purchased isn't the "wrong" kit for the Echo, you'll simply just have some extra wiring. No big deal. The alternate # ETBC7L is just a better match for that controller because it comes only with the wiring that's needed. 61509

Reply from David A.

@ChrisR OK, Thank you for the clarification. 61534

Jerry O.

I need to add a 5th pin to a flat four pin connector. What wire do I tap on the vehicle to get the reverse light on a 2017 Toyota Tacoma? Thanks 74201

Reply from Chris R.

The Tow Ready Adapter # 20036 is perfect for this application. It'll plug into your existing 4-Way and the additional blue wire is what splices into the Tacoma's reverse circuit wire. Unfortunately I don't have access to a wiring diagram that reliably shows what color this wire is on your 17 Tacoma, so your best route is to simply test the wiring behind one of the tail lights. Check to see which wire gets power when the reverse lights are activated. 60367



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