Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2016 Nissan Frontier

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How to Install a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2016 Nissan Frontier


Today on our 2016 Nissan Frontier, we will be installing the Takancha Primus IQ brake controller. This is for 1 to 3 axles. It's a proportional brake controller. The part number is TK90160. To help us with the install, we will also be using the Takancha wire adapter, part number 3050-P. Now I always like to test it out before we bundle up our excess wire.

As you can see, we have a C, which is for connection, because we've got our trailer hooked up in back. We'd be getting an NC if there was no trailer there, for no connection. You can see we can operate our manual override here. We're going to see that. It's going to read out when it's sending back to our trailer. You can also operate the brake pedals to see when it's sending back.

We've got our gain setting over here, so that we can adjust the maximum output back to our trailer. We've got our boost settings here as well, so that we can set the boost that's appropriate for the size of our trailer. Got 3 boost settings. The first one is no boost. Now we're here at the rear of our Frontier. Let me steer your attention to our tester unit, which is doubling as our trailer in this case.

You can actually read the output that we're getting from our brake controller. I'm going to head up to our brake controller. First you will see me operate manual override. That's going to give us a full readout. I can set the gain to, in this instance, I can lower it to anything I need.

We're right about 3 here, and we should be getting a 3 output there. You can see our brake controller is actually sending out to your trailer what the readout up here tells you. Of course, when we step on our brakes, we want to see that output as well, which we do. To begin our install, we're going to be on our driver's side. We're going to go up underneath the steering wheel, underneath the dashboard. That's where we'll need to locate our vehicle's factory tow package, which is going to be this wire here. The wiring adapter is going to plug right into that. Just an easy snap in place. This is what's going to allow us to connect our brake controller directly to our Frontier. What we're going to do is, we'll take the bracket along with our included hardware. That's just a couple of self-tapping screws that's going to allow us to go right into our panel here. It's not a bad idea to go ahead and drill it out before putting in your self-tapping screws, just because there's also a metal plate behind there, which is a good thing. It's going to give us extra grip, but it's also tougher just to get the self-tapper through. I'm going to just go ahead and drill that out. We should have a much easier time running our self-tapper through. Let's repeat that same process on the other side. With our bracket installed, we can go ahead and bring in out Primus IQ. Notice here on the back, that's going to match up directly with out wiring adapter. As soon as we plug it in, we are getting power to the brake adapter. Now we can mount it in our bracket. Bring that up into place. Go ahead and just get out hardware finger tight for now. Then we'll be able to position our brake controller where it's going to work out best for us. That looks like a pretty good angle so that we'll be able to get a good look at it while we're going down the road. Then we can tighten down our hardware. The last thing we can do, once we know everything is working properly, is zip tie up our wires so that we can tuck them safely out of the way. We're not going to have any interference down here with our pedals. Get that tucked up and out of the way. If there's a secure point under there, you can even zip tie it to that. That will complete our look at the Takancha Primus IQ brake controller. For 1 to 3 axles. Proportional braking. Part number TK90160, on our 2016 Nissan Frontier.


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