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Old 04-25-2011, 09:45 AM   #1
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Installing electric brake controller?

Anyone here already install an electric brake controller in a Suzuki Grand Vitara 2010?
I did it previously for a Jeep Patriot 2008 which was pretty easy, but I am having trouble finding a good path from the battery at the front to the hitch at the back, with a mid-point access point for the controller.
Also, trying to find the colour code for the brake on wire. (looks pretty tight up there...)
PS: I moved to the Suzuki from the Jeep because it can tow 3000 lbs, instead of 2000!
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:06 AM   #2
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Anyone here already install an electric brake controller in a Suzuki Grand Vitara 2010?
I did it previously for a Jeep Patriot 2008 which was pretty easy, but I am having trouble finding a good path from the battery at the front to the hitch at the back, with a mid-point access point for the controller.
Also, trying to find the colour code for the brake on wire. (looks pretty tight up there...)
PS: I moved to the Suzuki from the Jeep because it can tow 3000 lbs, instead of 2000!
Check this out... I think your qestion will be answered with another look at the diagram...

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Old 05-02-2011, 09:01 PM   #3
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Hello Rob. I just ordered one of these. It is a little expensive, but the peace of mind of not having to hack into any wires on my TV is worth it to me. Plus, it is interchangeable between vehicles, so if you upgrade you can just unplug the controller and move it to the new vehicle. Just food for thought.

As I am typing this I am realizing you most likely already have your controller... oh well. Happy camping. --Sam


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Old 05-03-2011, 05:46 AM   #4
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Sam - I like the idea of the tekonsha 90250 but you still have to tap the wiring for running lights and directional signals right, or am I missing something?
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Sam - I like the idea of the tekonsha 90250 but you still have to tap the wiring for running lights and directional signals right, or am I missing something?
Morning Don,

Not the way I understand it. As far as I can tell, there is a control module attached near the tongue and a hand controller which plugs into your 12v outlet in the passenger compartment. I don't think (and I have done quite a bit of reading on this product) any wires have to be cut anywhere, simply plug and play. I should receive this in the mail in the next day or to and will give a full report on the product. (If I do have to end up tapping into a wire, I'm gonna be mad)

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Ok, please keep us posted on what you learn - thanks
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Wow that IS a cool innovation. I was thinking it would be nice if the heavy 10 Guage wires didn't have to come in and out of the dash device. I assume it reads the brake signal from the tail lights?
Unfortunately I have already installed mine using the conventional "tap off the battery" method.
I ended up drilling a hole through the firewall for the wires that lead nicely into the under dash area above the brake, then another small hole in the plastic of the dash at the top left, which is where I located the controller.
Thanks for posting.
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Don this is a Brake controller, it has nothing to due with the running lights or directional signals.

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Old 05-18-2011, 07:03 PM   #9
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I can affirm that for the 2010 Grand Vitara, the Green/White stripe wire is the correct wire for the "brake on" signal into a electric brake controller.
They seems to have used that color code for the last five years or so.

I affirmed it was the brake feed with my meter. The wire is very small guage, but I used a crimp on connector tap off it to feed my electric brake controller. Space under there is tight but do-able!
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