Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2005 Toyota Tundra

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How to Install the Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller on a 2005 Toyota Tundra

Speaker 1: Today on our 2005 Toyota Tundra, we're gonna be taking a look at, showing you how to install, the Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller, for 1 to 4 Axles, part number 5535. Now, to help us in our installation we're also gonna be using the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers for Toyotas and Lexuses, part number 3040-P.So here's what our break controller looks like when it's fully installed. Now, our break controller is proportional, which means it's gonna apply our trailer breaks in the same intensity that our vehicle is slowing down. It's gonna do that because there's an inertia sensor inside, so when our vehicle starts to slow down, that sensor is gonna realize how much we're slowing down, apply our trailer breaks accordingly. Now, it's also gonna feature a manual override, in case you ever need to have a time where you need to apply the trailer brakes without applying the brakes on your truck. You can grab this lever, and if we start rotating it to the side, it will apply the maximum amount of breaks if we have it all the way over.Now, our gain setting is gonna be these gray buttons right here, and it's gonna max out at 10, and will go all the way down to zero.

Now, our boost setting over here is gonna be the blue buttons, and that's gonna go from boost being off, and it's gonna have three different settings; boost one, two, and three. Each time we go up with the boost setting it's gonna increase the sensitivity of the break controller's inertia sensor, enhancing the participation of the trailer breaks during breaking.Now, one of the really nice features that I like, is that when we have our trailer hooked up, we can simply glance down and if we have a c, we know that our trailer's connected. But if I go to the back and unhook the cable, we can see the display is gonna flash, and nc, letting us know that it's not connected. And as you can see, if I hit the manual override button it's not gonna apply any power to the trailer brakes, 'cause it realizes that it's not connected.To begin our installation, we're gonna need to find our factory plug, so we can plug in the adapter, so we can plug the other end into our break controller. If we look behind the kick panel here, just right behind our emergency brake cable, towards the outside, we'll notice that we're gonna have several wires and connectors back here.

Now, if we notice, there's gonna be a white plug right here with some electrical tape on it, that should be our factory tow package harness, so I'm gonna take a box cutter and cut away some of that tape so we can get the plug out of it.Now, if we pull this plug out we're gonna notice that there's a small button right here. We're gonna wanna push on that button, and that will slide the protective cover off. Now we're gonna need to find a spot for a suitable ground. So if we come right past the carpet, there's gonna be a section that's already pre-cut in our insulation against the firewall, so I'm just gonna peel this back, and since the ground is gonna need to go directly into some sheet metal, I'm gonna put my ground right here. And we're gonna be using a self tapping screw, and a 1/4" nut driver, to get my ground in place.Now we can take the white connector on the end of our pig tail, and we can plug it into that connector that we found earlier.

You're just gonna make sure you line up the pins correctly, and you're gonna push it in till you hear it lock into place. You can go ahead and tuck the connector back there, we're gonna leave the wires loose and hanging down for right now.Our next step is gonna be finding a location to mount our break controller itself. Now, we do have this nice little pocket right here, just to the right of our steering wheel. So, just to mock things up just a little bit, I'm gonna hold my break controller clamp on my break controller, and make sure that I have enough clearance between everything. So it looks like right here would be a good spot to mount it, just right below this hole that this panel attaches with.

And so, if we go right behind that, we can mount our bracket directly to the panel. And I just wanna mention, when you are mounting your bracket the brake controller itself needs to be in a horizontal position and not tilted, and it needs to be in the direction of travel.Now, we're gonna wanna line up the holes in our break controller with the little hole on the side of our bracket here. Now, you do have the option to use lower holes, or if you wanted it up tighter towards the top, you can move it up. I'm gonna put mine on the lower holes, that way I have a little bit of adjustment. We're gonna take our screws that they provided in our kit, and we're gonna line up the holes of the bracket and brake controller, and then we can start one of the screws on the side.You can go ahead and take the pig tail coming off the back, and we can plug it into our harness. And we can see with the nc on our break controller, we know that it's working and getting power, and it's letting us know that there is not a trailer connected. Now, for my wires here, coming directly off our break controller, before they get underneath the dash I'm actually gonna take some 1/2" wire loom and I'm gonna cover it up, just as a little bit nicer of appearance. Now, if you wanna pick some of this wire loom up, you can pick some up on our website using part number 459075-1. Now we can tuck all the wires underneath the dash, and tie them up with some zip ties.And that will finish up our look at the Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller, for 1 to 4 Axles, part number 5535, on our 2005 Toyota Tundra.

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