Brake Controllers

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 at 21:58
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Hi I have just purchased a 2012 Mazda duel cab BT50, diesel and want to put a brake controller on. Mazda will not endorse any product and do not recommend any type of brake controller as they may interfere with the stability control of the car.

Has anyone got a new Mazda and fitted a brake controller without a problem and if so, what brand?

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Reply By: Rob j2 - Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 at 22:51

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 at 22:51
Hello Harry, sounds strange.
I'm buying the PX Ranger, cousin to the BT 50, so would like to hear from one of our knowledgable folk.
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 07:25

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 07:25
Hi Harry,

I just bought a Tekonsha Voyager, recommended by a truck trailer place near here, mine is model no 9030A. I fitted it to a XR Falcon but I dont think it matters what you fit it to, it was an easy install but you need to be across the electrical stuff, and I ran it direct from the battery, bypassing any internal wiring.

I reckon this unit is excellent and am contemplating replacing the one in the Patrol with the same unit.

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Reply By: The Bantam - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 09:14

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 09:14
you have to go a loong way to be at a Tekonsha, the Voyager has been arround for a very long time and is what many government contracts used to specify.

I have driven with them and when set up well they are excelent.

But they have some better models out now that work better and will run with some of the new funky brake systems.

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Reply By: ozjohn0 - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 09:19

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 09:19
Was teh advice from the dealer or direct from mazda?
As Mazda (& Ranger) have a patch lead forthe trailer wiring loom for electric brake controllers. But the job can be easily carried out by any compitent Auto Electrician without the patch.
Not allowing electric brake controller would stuff up their advertised max towing capacity as electric brakes are required for trailers over 2000KG GTM.
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Follow Up By: walwffoeg - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 19:41

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 19:41
Exactly what I was going to point out.
They make a big deal about the 3.35 tonne towing capacity.
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Reply By: Harry B2 - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 21:25

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 21:25
Yes the advice about brake controllers was from Mazda - mentioning the fact that a brake controller may upset the stability control of the vehicle. They sent me to an auto electrician, who charges $350 to fit a brake controller, but they would not say what brand or model or give me any info.

I am leaning towards to P3, and have to hope it won't upset any of the electronics of the car.

Thanks for your responses,

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Follow Up By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 21:49

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 21:49
I'd be taking it back to Mazda and asking for your money back: they have sold you a vehicle on false, deceptive and/or misleading claims.

On the one hand it has a tow capacity in excess of that the govt requires to have brakes and one the other they don't seem to allow a mechanism to actually set up the brakes that are most commonly and efficiently used.

It would seem to me that somewhere in their representations to you to buy their product they have missed this crucial fact. I would have thought the consumer protection commisariat would be most interested in this matter.

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Reply By: Member - Netnut (VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 22:27

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 22:27
G'Day Harry,
My local Mazda dealer fits Redarc EBRH brake controller units to the new BT-50.

I had one installed in my new BT-50 dual cab this week by my preferred auto electrician. A relay is required in the system to make up for voltage loss as the alternator is ECU-controlled. Any competent auto electrician will assist you with the installation. I did most of it myself.

I have positioned the control unit neatly in the dash by modifying the push-out switch blank (with hook) to the RHS of the steering wheel. The actual controller box I mounted on the cross member below the steering column and behind the removeable plastic panel. Getting this panel off was tricky as there was a screw hidden away in the join down the LHS. I have seen other installations where the control knob is located on the console near the knob that selects the different modes of drive.

I have already installed a UHF radio, a reversing camera system, driving lights and I'm working on a dual battery installation.

Any questions, phone 0419 329 548 during work hours.


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