Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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How to Install the Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller on a 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited


Speaker 1: Today on our 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite I-command proportional trailer brake controller, part number 5535. To get that installed, we're going to be using the wiring kit for 2, 4, 6, and 8 brake electric trailer brake controllers, part number 5506. That will be for an existing seven pole. If you do not have an existing seven pole, you're going to want to pick up part number ETBC7.This is what our brake controller looks like when it's installed. This is going to be proportional brake controller. What that means is, when you apply the brakes in your Jeep, the same amount of force is going to be applied to the brakes on your trailer.

This button here, you're going to have a plus or minus button. These two gray triangles, those are going to be your gain. The gain is used for is that's going to allow you to fine tune how much power is going to your brakes on your trailer. These two buttons over here are going to be your boost. So the higher the boost, the quicker you're going to get to that maximum intensity and brake pressure on your trailer.

This button here's going to be your manual override. What that's used for is for emergency situations when you want to apply the brakes on your trailer and not in your vehicle.Our customer already has a seven way installed. So we're going to go ahead and loosen up those wires, pulling them down so we have access to them. You're going to get a bundle of wire in your kit. Inside of this, you're going to have a black and a white wire.

We're going to have to separate them two. This is a wire that's going to run to the front connect to the battery. You can just use a knife. You just want to split these two apart enough where you can strip the ends. So we're only going to be using three of these wires.

Our white is going to be our ground. This is going to be our brake. This is going to be our power that's running to our battery. Yellow wire would be for reverse, we're not going to be using that on this installation.Now your existing seven pole, if you have it is going to come with butt connectors on it. We're going to cut those off and use heat shrink because it's going to be outside the vehicle. It's going to help protect the connections a little bit better. Now these heat shrink butt connectors do not come with your kit, but you can find them on our website. We're going to take our black and white wire, we're going to strip them. Our black wire is going to go to our black wire and our white wire is going to be connected to our blue wire, which we're going to run to our brake controller.I'm going to take some electrical tape, go ahead and cover this yellow wire. I'm going to tape it to the wire loom that's already on there. Next we'll take a heat gun and go ahead and shrink down our butt connectors. Once you've got those shrunk down, we'll wrap them up with some electrical tape to protect them, along with all of our other connections we have here.Next we'll attach our ground wire, you want to make sure it's on metal, not on any plastic. We'll use a self tapping screw. Now we want to make sure our wiring is going to stay off of our muffler. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to take some long zip ties. I'm going to zip tie right around the hitch.I'm going to show you how I ran my wire. You can do it however you want. Driver's side has exhaust, so you want to stay away from the heat. Plus the battery's on the passenger side in the engine compartment. So what I did is I went up above here and I took some air line tube and I ran it inside the frame. It came out, zip tied it to this existing factory wiring. Dropped an air line tube down from my battery. Taped my wire to my air line tube. Now I'll go up and I'll be able to pull it straight up to where my battery's sitting.Next thing we're going to do is we're going to take our 40 amp circuit breaker. We need to find a good place to mount it. I found right on the inside right here it's probably a good place to put it. Then we can take our circuit breaker. Next thing we need to do is we need to strip back our coating off our two wires. Next thing we're going to do is we're going to take our white wire, which again is coming from our blue wire on our seven pole. It's going to be going to our brake controller. We're going to route that over to the driver's side. We're just going to lay it over there for now.Then our black wire, we're going to connect to the silver side. We'll cut off extra, go from our copper side to your battery. We'll cut that off. We're going to add a small ring terminal to one side, large ring terminal on the other. We're going to add our small ring terminal to our copper post. Once you've got that one mounted from your seven pole, you're going to take your 20 amp circuit breaker and we can mount this one right next to it, which is going to be giving power to our brake controller.Next we'll take our extra black wire and again we're going to do the same connection we did here. We're going to give ourself enough to connect to your positive side of our battery. Large ring terminal, small ring terminal. We're going to add this jumper to the copper side. Take our 3/8 wrench and tighten down our nuts holding our wires on. The black wire that I connected to my second circuit breaker, my 20 amp, I've run across the front with my white wire coming from my seven pole on the back. Now I zip tied along this existing wiring.Next thing we need to do is we need to route it inside to the driver's side compartment to where we can connect it to our brake controller. Next your brake booster here, there is actually a grommet that you can run through. You notice inside of this metal piece, right in the center of it's pretty soft. So if you take your air line hose, just cut a point into it. You'll be able to push it right through or you can use a knife and just cut a little slit in it. Next I'll tape one of my wires onto my air line tube like this. I'm going to tape right behind my air line tube to the other wire. We can go inside and pull both our wires through.Next thing we need to do is we need to find a good place to mount our brake controller. It's not so high that it's going to interfere with the driver's knee and it's not so low that it's going to interfere with the driver's foot. Once we've determined where we want it, we'll take one of our self tapping screws that comes in our kit and put one in. Next we're going to line up our holes on the side of our bracket with the holes in our brake controller. Again we'll take a couple of our self tapping screws that come in our kit. I'll take a quarter inch socket on this side and tighten this one up.Next we'll take our wire adapter and go ahead and make the connection. So now I'll add a butt connector to my blue wire. Then one to my black wire. Then what I need to do is my wire that came from my engine compartment, my black and my white one. I'm going to need to cut them down to size. So we'll cut them about right in this area. We'll strip each one back. We're going to add our blue to our white and we'll connect our black wire to our black. And again our white is going to ground somewhere on the body. Red wire's going to go to our brake light switch on our brake pedal.So next we're going to add a ring terminal to our white wire coming from our brake controller. We need to find a good place to ground it. And if you pull this panel off right here on the bottom, this tab that comes off it, what I'm going to do is I'm going to ground it straight up from the bottom through that tab.Next thing we need to do is we need to determine the cold side of our brake light switch, which is going to be connecting our red wire to. So if you follow your brake arm up, this is going to be your brake light switch and you'll see some wires coming off. You'll need to test to figure out which one it was. We determined after testing, that this white wire with this brownish color stripe is going to be our wire that we're going to be connecting to. The red wire was long enough to get over to our brake light switch. However, it was a little bit tight and I didn't want to put any pressure on the switch itself. I just cut a little piece and extended my wire. That just makes a little bit easier. I can always zip tie any extra up behind the dash where you're not going to see it.So what I did is I took my brake light switch wire, cut it in half, added a butt connector on this switch side. On the other side, I took my red wire, connected it with the other side of the wire that I cut, tied them together and then put it in the other end of the butt connector. Once you have all your connections made, you can go ahead and clean up your install. I'm going to take my zip ties, I'm going to feed them right up behind this plastic piece here just like this.I'm going to take some electrical tape, I'm going to wrap it around my colored wire just to kind of help it blend in with the color of the panels. We'll just take the rest of our wiring, kind of bundle it up. Get our zip ties wrapped around it to where it's held up there.Next thing we need to do is we need to go back outside under our hood. We're going to connect our two power wires to the positive side of our battery. Once you have all your connections made, last thing to do is test it out, make sure everything's working properly.You can see we've already connected it and it's showing connection. As you can see, we're getting the proper power to our brakes on our trailer, as well as all of our other functions. That'll do it for a look at and installation on the Draw-Tite I-command proportional trailer brake controller, part number 5535 on our 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.


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