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Old 04-12-2008, 05:27 PM   #1
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Has anyone installed a brake controller in a Subaru Outback ? There does not appear to be any easy way to get the wires thru the firwall. The 2 wiring gromets that are in the firewall are on the passender side and up high in the firewall where you can't get to them without taking the dash apart. I am reluctant to drill a hole in the firewall and wondered if anyone had any experience with an Outback or other suggestions ?
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Old 04-12-2008, 10:40 PM   #2
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I noticed several lookers, but no answers...

I did not try to install mine myself. While it was somewhat expensive, I felt that for me, it was worth it in the long run to let a paid installer do it. They ran the connections for my charge line at the same time, installing all the proper diodes that I would have been clueless about.

Hopefully, someone else will be along shortly with better information...
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You've been at this for a while?!? Found a previous topic from last July here:
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I guess you haven't found the answer
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:05 AM   #4
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I am reluctant to drill a hole in the firewall and wondered if anyone had any experience with an Outback or other suggestions ?
I installed an electronic deer alarm in our 2005 Outback. You're right about your comments, just to get a couple small wires through the firewall was a pain. The gromets that are used for the factory installed wire harnesses leave no room for anything else and I didn't want to drill hole. I did manage, with some effort, to get them through an existing entry on the drivers side. I assume there is no factory installed connector for a brake controller?
Hopefully others may be able to provide more specific information. It would be helpful to know year of Outback. Good luck.
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Old 04-13-2008, 02:12 PM   #5
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Drill hole, install grommet.
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Old 04-15-2008, 02:58 PM   #6
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Has anyone installed a brake controller in a Subaru Outback ? There does not appear to be any easy way to get the wires thru the firwall. The 2 wiring gromets that are in the firewall are on the passender side and up high in the firewall where you can't get to them without taking the dash apart. I am reluctant to drill a hole in the firewall and wondered if anyone had any experience with an Outback or other suggestions ?
Did you figure this out? I had one installed last spring on an 07 Outback. No Drilling needed and no taking the dash apart. They ran the wire underside and then up to the engine area on the drivers side and then put the wire through the fire wall at a spot on the drivers side were another wire (white?) was already running through. From there they were able to fish it out from under the steering wheel area. They mounted the unit on the fuse box cover on the lower left hand side of drivers side.. It is very easy for the driver to read and adjust from there - only problem is that I sometimes hit my knee on it getting out of the car. I wanted to mount it in the spot were the GPS is suppose to go but we thought that would mean taking the dash apart.
Happy to send you a photo of were they went through the fire wall if that would help.

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Old 04-16-2008, 05:49 PM   #7
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I did figure this out. There is a grommet with wires running thru it on the driver side but it is not on the firewall. It is on the side, exits into the wheel well and is covered by the inner fender. I had to remove the front drivers side inner fender and then was able to fish the wires through into the engine compartment.

Yes I did have a similiar post about a year ago. At that time I installed a controller in a Subaru Forester. (Much easier job) Unfortunatly the car was totaled in a rear end collision. Replaced it with a Subaru outback that I am now setting up to tow my Scamp.

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I did figure this out. There is a grommet with wires running thru it on the driver side but it is not on the firewall. It is on the side, exits into the wheel well and is covered by the inner fender. I had to remove the front drivers side inner fender and then was able to fish the wires through into the engine compartment.
That sounds familiar.
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I did figure this out. There is a grommet with wires running thru it on the driver side but it is not on the firewall. It is on the side, exits into the wheel well and is covered by the inner fender. I had to remove the front drivers side inner fender and then was able to fish the wires through into the engine compartment.

Yes I did have a similiar post about a year ago. At that time I installed a controller in a Subaru Forester. (Much easier job) Unfortunatly the car was totaled in a rear end collision. Replaced it with a Subaru outback that I am now setting up to tow my Scamp.

Thanks for the replys !
I just bought a 2008 outback wagon and had them install the oem hitch rcvr.
The car has a flat 4 in it but Im trying to wire in my Prodigy P2 and encountering the same issues. I will be using it to haul a 13'Scamp as well.
How has your setup worked out?

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I just bought a 2008 outback wagon and had them install the oem hitch rcvr.
The car has a flat 4 in it but Im trying to wire in my Prodigy P2 and encountering the same issues. I will be using it to haul a 13'Scamp as well.
How has your setup worked out?
Thread is from 2008 and Mikeny hasn't been around for quite a while…
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Hopefully another Outback owner will chime in.
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On the Forester I found a rubber plug with wires on the side up above the hood latch. I cut a small slit for the power wires. Not sure about the Outback but they might be similar. I picked up the brake light signal on the light. converter input. good luck, Raz
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Will look to see if there is anything similar.
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Old 05-15-2015, 06:50 AM   #13
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I know it' $300.00 but have you thought about wireless?
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Old 05-15-2015, 07:35 AM   #14
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What concern is there with a small firewall hole? Seems benign to me.
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