X5 drivers ... not afraid to get a bit dusty
No worries Mark. Kits for the 200 are available too although I believe they come with factory lockup for 5th and 6th.
I should say that I also have an extrenal trans cooler. However, I wanted to see what difference the kit made so ran it hard towing and saw trans temps drop quickly when lock up engaged.
The new trailer didnt come with mechanical brakes so a brake controller was needed.
The previous owner was good enough to give me a brand new V2 towpro unit (serial number did not require the recall)
He never installed it in his 200 series as he said he "never felt" the trailer behind the V8
Just had to buy the generic harness as redarc no longer make specific looms for the Gen 7
Again, where to stick it...
Too much going on in the passenger foot well so looked at drivers side. Have to mount the unit on a solid surface.
The only surface was up high and had an uneven surface for the 3M tape to adhere to
Knocked up a saddle bracket out of scrap ally, bolted on the bracket then epoxy to the panel.
The way the the harness clips on requires clearance for fingers on the underside/ panel side to undo the clip - so made the saddle bracket about 30mm high off the inner pannel.
The instructions state that you need to run power directly from the battery. The main gland is already crammed so had to drill
into the fire wall to make a new one
I dont recommend doing this. The insulation was a pig to drill thru jamming up he drill bit. Difficult to comprehend but it took about 30 minutes with the drill to break thru the vinyl on the inside, constantly clogging and jamming the drill
Ran 6B&S down the passenger side with the towpro harness for trailer power
Red wire of trailer loom gets spliced with red of towpro while blue gets removed and replaced by the towpro blue wire.
Small round trailer plugs suck. Had to by new internal socket as the brass screws on the old one were flogged.
Fitted up trailer vision power socket
Picked up this Kincrome gas torch as I left the 240V soldering iron hanging for too long and melted the handle
The old benzomatic torch pales in comparison
While I saved about $300 on the towpro unit next time I would consider a wireless unit.