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Blue Ox Patriot Proportional Braking System Installation - 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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How to Install the Blue Ox Patriot Proportional Braking System on a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited


Today on our 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, we're going to show you the Blue Ox Patriot Radio Frequency Portable Braking System, part #BRK2012. This is what the Patriot Braking System looks like when it's installed in our vehicle here. This is an actual totally portable unit, so you can take it out when you need to drive your car as normal. This is also a proportional system which means that it matches the intensity that you're pressing on the brakes on your RV. It has a sensor on the inside of the box. It detects the speed you're going and how fast you're slowing down. It actually matches that effort. Now, this is an all-electric inaudible 00:34, so you don't have to worry about any air lines or anything like that.

It's all completely self-contained. It also comes with a radio frequency remote controller that goes in the cab of your RV. This is the controller right here. This, basically, adjusts how powerful the unit's working on your towed vehicle. It also gives you a status report on how it's working and when it's working.

All it does is, simply, plugs into your 12-volt power supply in your RV. One nice little detail about the controller, is, if you want to, you can activate the brakes on the towed vehicle whenever you need to by themselves. Let's go ahead and look forward and check out how it works up against the brake pedal. There's, basically, a clamp that goes around the brake pedal. You see here, I just open it up, and then when you're ready to clamp it down in place, there's a button on top, or there's a chip 01:27 on the inside that'll allow it to clasp and grip your brake pedal. Very simple.

Easy to install. The only permanent installation that you need to do or worry about is, actually, this one cable that gets ramped in the break-away switch which is supplied with the unit to the inside of your vehicle. This also has a built-in battery backup, so if the towed vehicle's battery starts to go low, you do have a little bit of reserve capacity in the box itself. It is also good for vehicles such as some hybrids that have electrical assist brakes on the vehicle. Let's go ahead and show it in action. Basically, this is the best time to put this into place and is one of the last things you do before you get out of your vehicle and tow it down the road. Let's go ahead and turn it on.

You can see it go through self-diagnostics on the lights. There's also a screen right here that gives you messages and lets you know when it's ready to go. After a certain point, after it's self-diagnostic, it'll ask you to hit "setup." It'll actually check itself to make sure it's ready to go. We can also see how the action works against the brake pedal. This will work three times. Pretty neat how it works. We'll go over a couple of controls here. Now, this "job" button is actually used for certain vehicles, like hybrids, that have a continuous power-assisted brakes. You got to change a couple of settings inside, using the "job" button for that purpose. Our vehicle here, we don't have to worry about that. This knob right here, it's the gain 03:19. That controls how much power is provided from the unit and braking force to the pedal. For instance, you get a light vehicle, you can probably use less "gain", a heavier vehicle, the more "gain." It really depends on how much you have inside your vehicle or how heavy your vehicle is on its own. Of course you can't go down the road and change this, but you can with the remote control. By the way, there's a 12-volt power supply, so I'm going to use that to show how this works. Again, typically, this will be in your RV. As soon as you plug it in, it powers up and matches to the unit. By turning the knob that would be in the RV, you can see it changes on the Patriot, as well. You can make adjustments as you go down the road. It's actually only a few parts, only one permanent part to install, and, actually very easy to work with. If you have multiple vehicles that need to be towed, you can actually share this between vehicles, as long as they have their own break-away switch cable installed. Now, our mount here has a couple options. When you install it, you bolt this down or screw it down to your dashboard. You can simply take this off by releasing these thumb screws here and use the provided hook and fasteners to attach it to your dashboard, as well. Very simple. Very easy to use. Once you're done using it, disconnect the power, go ahead and wrap it up. Just pull the break-away switch cord. We'll tuck this underneath the mat when we're finished. We'll release our clamp. Okay, then we'll go ahead and move our seat back. Then, we can easily take this out of the way. Once we have that removed, just go ahead and take our wire. We can tuck it underneath our mat. Literally, in just under a minute, we have our vehicle, basically, back to stock with no permanent alteration to the brake pedal. On our install, first up, we need to go ahead and install our break-away switch. What we want to do is, actually, mount this using this existing hole here on a bracket to an existing hole that's at the bottom of the bumper. Now, to help us with our install, we'll go ahead and take off this panel first so we'll have easier access to install our hardware. We're going to use a 1/4 inch bolt, 1/4 inch lock washer, and also a 1/4 inch fender washer. We'll need this on the inside edge to take up for the gap in the hole in the bumper. The bracket will actually work as a fender washer, as well. Okay, we have one, two, three, four rivets on the front side of the fascia. You can use a flat-blade screwdriver to get it started. The trim panel tool, like I'm using, works pretty good too. We'll do the two easiest two C1's first. They'll be two in the back. Here's one here and one on the other side. Go ahead and put our break-away switch into place. We'll pinch the bowl against the side of the hole using the bracket, so against all the rest of our hardware. It'll be a flat washer, and then the lock nut. It's still a little tricky to get in there. We'll tie it down with a a 7/16 wrench and socket. Get it snugged up. We'll bring it around. We'll bring it around to the front. Bend it down as needed. Set it to where we want it between a straight line going out, and we'll tighten down the hardware. To our break-away switch we need to add our break-away cable. It'll, simply, plug together here. This will eventually go into our Patriot Brake System, and this will be run to the inside of the vehicle. To route this, we're going to start by the top of the hood and work our way down to our switch. There is a small opening about right here next to the hood inaudible 08:17 that we can drop the wire through. Then, we go ahead and pull it out by the grill and help guide it down. Let's go ahead and continue working on down towards the ground. We'll go underneath and pull it out. Pull out our wire and we'll plug the two together. This will be a semi-permanent connection, so we'll go ahead and add some electrical tape to help give us some extra protection. Let's go ahead and just take up our extra slack. Leave a little bit so we can tuck it underneath the fascia when we put it back up into place. We'll go back up to the top and just go ahead and use another zip-tie to hold it in place. The kit doesn't come with any zip-ties, so you have to supply your own. Let's go ahead and continue to work our way back to the firewall. In this case, we'll follow some pre-existing wiring. That's for the taillights in our vehicle that's being towed behind the RV. Eventually, there's this little opening on this side of the brake booster here that we can use to go ahead and push our wires through. Now, to get our wire to the inside, there's a grommet we can use right here which seems to be made for the occasion. We just take a flat-blade screwdriver or something else that's pointy that we can reach in there to break through the plastic or rubber membrane on the inside. It doesn't really take much to go through there. It's a little bit of a reach, to reach down there with this, and I'm going to use a pull wire to help bring it through. Now, that pull wire is going to be an old piece of airline tubing, but it can be any piece of wire which you can run through, and guide it through, and pull the rest of our wire in. I'll go ahead and run it through. Let's go ahead and pull our wire from the outside to the inside. We'll go ahead and take up our slack. Once we've brought to the inside, let's go ahead and zip-tie our wires one more time to secure them for good underneath the hood. All right. Now, we've got our cable on the inside. Now, you might want to take into consideration about your extra length and what you want to do with it. The manufacturer suggests when you're not using this, is to go ahead and hide it underneath the mat. Just make sure it's safe, and secure, and out of the way so it doesn't interfere with the operation of your pedals. You should be good to go. Again, you might want to have your own . You might come up with our own system, as well, so use it a few times, see if it works, what layout for the wire works best for you. With that, the permanent part of our installation is complete. Now, we'll go ahead and set up our Patriot Braking System in this spot right here. With the Patriot System, you'll notice it has three of these feet that come with the kit. They screw into the bottom of here. Now, what the manufacturer recommends is, actually, leaving them off and trying that out first to make sure how it works. A lot of the time, the only time you need this, is when you have something that's really uneven on the floor of the vehicle. For our install, we're going to try it without it. Let's go ahead and put our Patriot into place. Before we do that, we'll go ahead and show you how this claw works and attaches to your brake pedal. First off, you pull it up, you pull it apart. It has a inaudible 12:37 where it holds it open, and you can put in under your pedal. Once you put it in place, you can push it down this button here, and it'll go back down. You can see it's spring-loaded, as well. Also, there's a little trip 12:58 right here, as well. That'll do the same thing once you put it in place. It'll grip your pedal. Complete range of motion so you can actually put this in a variety . This, obviously, will fit a variety of situations in cars. If you take a look at it and spin it around, we can see this little dial right here. If you turn it, this, actually, keeps the button from allowing it to snap shut. It kind of keeps it locked open as you put it into place, if you want, and then push your button. Just rotate it back, and it works as normal. At this point you want to have your vehicle ready to tow, and hooked up, and in "tow" mode. This would be the last thing you'd want to do. Let's go ahead and put it into place. I just pushed on the brake pedal, and you can see how it clamped down on its own. Now, the next thing to set up is this pad right here. This is designed to work up against this part of the seat. There's a knob right here in the middle that we can unthread and adjust it to match the seat height. Once we have it set, let's go ahead and tighten it back down. Then, we need to move our seat back up towards the pad, maybe within an 1/8 of an inch or so, just to make sure it's not pushing on the brake pedal too much. You can double-check that by making sure the brake lights are still off on the vehicle. Let's go ahead and plug into our power supply which is located in the center console. Make sure you have power going to it with the red LED right there. All right, one of our last steps, let's go ahead and take our break-away switch and plug it into the port right here. Make sure it's fully installed, and then we'll go ahead and turn it on. It'll scroll through some messages here, do a self-diagnostic, make sure everything's okay. Our last step is to go ahead and put our fascia back up into place. Now, to make things a little easier to put our fascia back in place, we could probably make it work, but I'm just going to make a notch in here. I've got two marks about two inches, with one inch being the center of this hole right here. We'll also remove that small section right there, and that'll give us plenty of room for our wires and our break-away switch. With a simple cut like this, we can go ahead and cut. You definitely want to use a sharp knife for this. Along the bottom here, we'll just score it and break it free. Let's go ahead and put our panel back into place. All right. With that, that'll finish it for the Blue Ox Patriot Radio Frequency Portable Braking System, part #BRK2012 on our 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. .