Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2001 Ford F-250

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How to Install a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2001 Ford F-250


Today on our 2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty, we'll be installing the Hopkins Insight Flex Mount Trailer Brake Controller for 1 to 4 axles, part number HM47297. To begin with, let's go over the parts that we'll be installing with the Hopkins Insight Flex Mount Trailer Brake Controller. We have the smart box here, which will be what's wired into our vehicle. We also have the flex control, which allows you to mount controls that allow you to change your settings on your brake controller, anywhere you like, preferably somewhere within easy reach. The kit also comes with a flex display. You can see it also comes with a bracket that can be used to mount the flex controller by screwing it in instead of using the 2-sided tape supplied with the kit.

The smart box also can be screwed in using the self-tapping screw supplied with the kit, or you can just use the 2-sided tape supplied with the kit. We're going to go ahead and take the factory wiring harness that came with the vehicle. It's actually this brown plug here, and it has 4 wires off of it: a white, a blue, a black, and a red. We'll be using bite connectors to connect it to the brake controller's wiring harness. We'll simply match up the color of the wires, blue with blue, red with red, white with white, and black with black. Once we have all the connections made, we'll go ahead and use some electrical tape to secure the wires.

Now we have one end of our wiring harness. It'll plug directly into the factory plug underneath the dash. The other end will plug into the connection on the smart box. Let's go ahead and figure out where we're going to mount the different items for this brake controller. We'll begin by removing this under-panel on the dash of the vehicle. To do this you simply undo 4 of the latches right here on this panel.

Once you have all 4 done, you can gently pull downward on the panel, and it should slide right off. Let's go ahead and point out the port that we'll be connecting our factory harness in with. It's actually this gray connection right here. This is just a simple plug-and-play connection where you plug it in, making sure you hear the locking tab fully click into place. Next we're going to go ahead and choose a couple of locations to mount our flex display as well as the flex control.

The flex display we're going to go ahead and put in this little pocket right here just underneath the 4-wheel-drive activation switch on this vehicle. Right next to the 4-wheel-drive switch is where we're actually going to mount our flex control. Now we're ready to drill our hole to allow our flex display and flex control wiring to be pulled in behind the dash. Next we'll go ahead and use our 2-sided tape, and we'll mount it to both the flex display and flex control wiring. Before putting the 2-sided tape on, it's a good idea to use a little rubbing alcohol to clean the surfaces first. Now that we've got both the flex display and flex controller mounted, we'll go ahead and pull the wires tight and use a few zip ties to secure them as we run them over here to the lower driver's side kick panel area. You can see here, there's 3 connections that'll be made onto the smart box. There's 2 different connections that kind of look like telephone connections. As you'll notice, they are 2 different sizes, so you cannot mix them up in plugging them into the box. There's also the connection that has the 4 wires that we tied in with the factory wiring harness earlier. Any excess wiring, we use a few zip ties to secure it up out of the way. Now we're ready to go ahead and mount our smart box. Want to make sure that it's pointing in the direction as indicated per the instructions, in onthe back side of the box. With the box in the correct location and level, we'll go ahead and use a couple of the self-tapping screws supplied with the kit and secure it to this inner kickpanel area. Now that we've got the box secure, we can go ahead and snip off any excess zip ties and put our interior panel back on as well. Let's go ahead and go through a couple of the functions of the Hopkins Insight Brake Controller. As you can see here, when nothing's plugged into the 7-way at the back of the vehicle, the display screen is blank. When you do plug a trailer in, you'll get a little red dot when no brakes are being applied, showing you that you have a good connection between the tow vehicle and the trailer. If you do the manual override slide, you can see you can go from 0 to 99. Those side adjustments, orpower-level adjustments, are the 2 knobs on the right-hand side of the flex control. The little button on the left-hand side is different curves or how aggressive the brakes will come on. There are a total of 7 different settings for the sensitivity or how aggressive the brakes will come on, 1 being the least aggressive and 7 being the most aggressive. Now that we've tested our brake controller to make sure everything's working okay, that'll conclude our installation of the Hopkins Insight Flex Mount Trailer Brake Controllerfor 1 to 4 axles, part number HM47297on our 2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty. .


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