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    Replacing Factory Brake Controller with Max Brake

    This may be somewhere on the site

    Has anyone information what is involved to replace the factory

    brake controller with a Max Brake Controller ?



    Will the existing truck wiring work with an aftermarket controller?



    Wiring required,deleting computer read outs etc?



    Thanks for the info

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    I had a buddy help install mine and it works fine. We contacted the folks we I purchased it from "Plug it Right" for some guidance and all went well except the kit with the controller had an incorrect part to complete hook up that had to be sent to us to complete the job.
    Don
    2012 Laramie Longhorn 3500 Max Tow 4x4, DRW, Sun Roof, Max Brake controller, remote CB, Curt 5th wheel hitch, RDS 60 gal. fuel/tool box, SS Bumper Guides, TST tire monitor, ProMaxx SS wheel to wheel side bars, Timbrens, sprayed lower break, Mag Hytec Diff. Covers front and rear.

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    I am very interested to know why you are changing your controller. You dont say what you are trying to tow? with what kind of vehicle and year do you have? Why isnt the OEM working for you?
    2012 3500 SRW LWB 4X4 SLT crew cab, tembren overloads, auto trans, 3.73 rear. garmen gps,

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    If you look on the second page of this link you will see what I did.
    http://www.turbodieselregister.com/f...max-brake.html
    2010 3500 DRW Crew Cab, 4x4, 6RFE, 3.73, Big Horn

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    Boy there is alot of info. Thanks Jim
    2012 3500 SRW LWB 4X4 SLT crew cab, tembren overloads, auto trans, 3.73 rear. garmen gps,

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    Hi Wayne.

    You must disconnect the factory controller 1st which will take care of deleting computer readouts, etc. You do have to hardwire the Max Brake harness-directions are included in the kit. If you need further assistance, you can pm me or call me at 941-416-0918 and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Diana

    Quote Originally Posted by WayneTurner View Post
    This may be somewhere on the site

    Has anyone information what is involved to replace the factory

    brake controller with a Max Brake Controller ?



    Will the existing truck wiring work with an aftermarket controller?



    Wiring required,deleting computer read outs etc?



    Thanks for the info
    Plugitright Stabilizer-TST tpms-BFLeveler-DeBOE Slide Step-Tailgate Easylift Distributor

    2014 Western Brown Pearl single cab 3500 Dually, Aisin&410 gear, Pace rolltop cover, AMP side &rear tailgate steps.
    1996 38' 3 slide Carriage http://www.plugitright.com/RVStabilizer.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by bombero View Post
    I am very interested to know why you are changing your controller. You dont say what you are trying to tow? with what kind of vehicle and year do you have? Why isnt the OEM working for you?


    There have been alot of People that say the factory brake controller doesn't work right to be Honest and this is My 2 cent's I now have just shy of 32,000 on my 2011 in just a hair over a yr and have tow'd some fairly heavy load's and have never had a Problem just haul'd a 89 drw flatbed on a 17 ft trailer today handled great stopped even better Maybe I got lucky and got a good truck ?????
    running since Feb 2013 1985 dodge crewcab longbed 4x4 cummin's conversion
    R I P Speedy the bug 5-17-2010, sold 2008 2500 n 2011 3500
    new as of 5-11-2012 a 2012 jetta sport wagen TDI Wifes Ride
    2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0 Diesel replaced the Crashed Durango

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    It's not that the factory controller does'nt work, it's just that there is a controller that works alot better. People just don't understand until they use one.



    Stick
    WHITE 2013 DRW 3500 4x4 Auto-Laramie 4:10 Gears - B&W Hitch-Edge Insight
    2008 Carriage Carri-Lite XTRM 5 Emerald Edition

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    Or maybe it the people that are useing them I don't know but I've never had any troubles maybe it's the way you set it ?
    running since Feb 2013 1985 dodge crewcab longbed 4x4 cummin's conversion
    R I P Speedy the bug 5-17-2010, sold 2008 2500 n 2011 3500
    new as of 5-11-2012 a 2012 jetta sport wagen TDI Wifes Ride
    2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0 Diesel replaced the Crashed Durango

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    Like i said, you will never understand until you use a controller like the Max Brake. It's just that much better.



    Stick
    WHITE 2013 DRW 3500 4x4 Auto-Laramie 4:10 Gears - B&W Hitch-Edge Insight
    2008 Carriage Carri-Lite XTRM 5 Emerald Edition

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    I Guess to Each there own I just don't understand the hype in telling everyone the factory controller is junk throw it away and go out and pay several hunded dollar's for 1 that Might work better ? if you use the truck the way it is meant to be used the factory one is just fine isn't that what the ability to down shift the auto trans is for along with tow haul ???????
    running since Feb 2013 1985 dodge crewcab longbed 4x4 cummin's conversion
    R I P Speedy the bug 5-17-2010, sold 2008 2500 n 2011 3500
    new as of 5-11-2012 a 2012 jetta sport wagen TDI Wifes Ride
    2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0 Diesel replaced the Crashed Durango

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    I have my factory controller set on 10 and I find myself using an extreme amount of brake pedal to stop my 15500 fifth wheel I even have to use the manual slide actuator on the controller when getting off freeway offramps. Is that the way it was designed?
    2010 3500 SRW LWB Crew Cab Cummins Auto. 4.10 gears, Laramie package, Mineral Gray Metalic.
    4" Fabtech lift, 35/12.5/20 Cooper STT, 20x10 3100 DD Wheels
    9,500 Miles on 12/28/11

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    are you useing the transmission at all? as you come to a stop or just useing the brakes ? I've never had to set mine on 10 but then again I use the trans to slow me down first . ??? how are you slowing down ?
    running since Feb 2013 1985 dodge crewcab longbed 4x4 cummin's conversion
    R I P Speedy the bug 5-17-2010, sold 2008 2500 n 2011 3500
    new as of 5-11-2012 a 2012 jetta sport wagen TDI Wifes Ride
    2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0 Diesel replaced the Crashed Durango

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    I use the trans but the last 100 to 200 feet the converter and ex brake cut out because engine rpm drops below 1200 so you can't come to a complete stop using trans and exhuast brake. being an offramp is downhill, some of them pretty steep in my area, The brake controller seems to fall a little short.
    2010 3500 SRW LWB Crew Cab Cummins Auto. 4.10 gears, Laramie package, Mineral Gray Metalic.
    4" Fabtech lift, 35/12.5/20 Cooper STT, 20x10 3100 DD Wheels
    9,500 Miles on 12/28/11

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    Oh and the exaust brake/ trans does not do you much good in a quick or panic stop. or around town either.
    2010 3500 SRW LWB Crew Cab Cummins Auto. 4.10 gears, Laramie package, Mineral Gray Metalic.
    4" Fabtech lift, 35/12.5/20 Cooper STT, 20x10 3100 DD Wheels
    9,500 Miles on 12/28/11

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