small(er) brake controller

Submitted: Monday, Apr 09, 2007 at 12:31
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Hi All,
I am just about to poke a brake controller into the Courier but there is just no logical place to put it - the controller is a tekonsha and it seems huge compared to the job it has to do - does anyone know of a smaller unit that works well?
I'd much prefer an inertia based device - the one I have is the dreaded voyager (freebie) and the prodigy looks to be similar in size. I'm not too keen to put it on top of the dash and anywhere else looks like it will get smacked frequently by my knees - I did have the thought of removing the ashtray and poking it through the hole but it isnt quite big enough - perhaps a smaller one may fit.
With a lack of a smaller unit, I will mount in my knee space and see how it goes but surely there must be a more suitable unit.
Thanks for your help,
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Reply By: Member - Brian (WA) - Monday, Apr 09, 2007 at 12:44

Monday, Apr 09, 2007 at 12:44
I have the Voyager, No problems so far, fitted it under the dash
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Reply By: Outnabout David (SA) - Monday, Apr 09, 2007 at 15:13

Monday, Apr 09, 2007 at 15:13
I have a Prodigy and just removed the ashtray in my 80 Series.
The controller just slid in. No holes drilled and when I sell or want to remove the unit I will just pull it out and slide the ashtray in.

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Reply By: Granpa Joe - Monday, Apr 09, 2007 at 17:24

Monday, Apr 09, 2007 at 17:24
A friend of mine has a hayz lemmerz controller in a 97 bravo and it slid straight into the coin compartment on the right hand side of the dash below the right air vent. Is that snug it takes a bit of muscle to pull back out ! No rattles at least.
Depending on the year model, you may not have this slot.
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Follow Up By: vv4yno - Monday, Apr 09, 2007 at 17:58

Monday, Apr 09, 2007 at 17:58
Hi Granpa Joe,
That is the same model as mine - well, the dash is anyway.
Only problem is I have pulled that coin compartment out and fitted switches to run an isolation relay for the 12V charge supply to the van - I have another identical coin pocket on the other side of the steering wheel though- At any rate, it sounds small enough for my ashtray hole so that could be a possibility.
Now to start the hunt for specs for a Hayz lemmerz.
I have done a temp install on the Voyager under the dash but I just dont like it.
Trying to get 6mm cable into the trailer plug was impossible so I had to switch to 4mm cable for 50mm before the terminal - 4mm would have probably been OK as I only have a single axle (2 brakes) but being a sparky I like to rule out the chance for voltage drop - the charge/fridge supply is the same and 4mm to the UHF radio body that is mounted behind the rear seat - there is no more room in the sills for cable :)
Thanks for the info,
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Reply By: Member - Hugh (WA) - Monday, Apr 09, 2007 at 21:02

Monday, Apr 09, 2007 at 21:02
Hi Wayne,

I have a REDARC unit. A little bigger than a matchbox and works just fine. Australian made too!

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Reply By: Granpa Joe - Monday, Apr 09, 2007 at 21:16

Monday, Apr 09, 2007 at 21:16
Here is a link of specs for you wayne.

hope this helps, The guy I was talking about has the Synchronise model in the link I think
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Reply By: res.q.guy - Tuesday, Apr 10, 2007 at 11:19

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2007 at 11:19
Hi Wayne,
I have a module by GSL Electronics (it was in the cruiser when I bought it) it is 105mm x 58mm x 48mm, it works fine.
The model is "XLE12" and their web site is :
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