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factory brake control not very strong
Prior to my current 05 F250, I had an 03 Excursion. There was no factory brake control option. I used a Prodigy P@, that I was very happy with. I was expecting similar performance with the factory control, but have been pretty disappointed so far.
The first thing I noticed is that despite setting the gain to 10, the trailer brakes simply do not engage as strongly as with the P2. With the P2 you could get actual lock-up if you set the gain a little too high. While I do not need to actually lock them up, it is a good indicator of the limit of adhesion and possible braking force. No matter how the Ford controller is set, I am not getting as much braking force as I did with the P2.
The second thing is that the Ford controller does not appear to be able to compensate for hill braking. I believe they both use the same principle, ie inertial braking. I know the P2 see the forward inertia of the truck, and the braking effort and compensates to give smooth braking performance. This translates on hills to enhanced braking effort for the trailer. However the Ford unit does not. I had to use the manual plunger to stop the trailer several times where the P2 had simply compensated on the same drive.
My question is: Is there anything that can be done to improve the performance of the Ford controller?
In the alternative, is there a easy retro-fit of better controller into the existing slot in the dash?
05 F250 King Ranch crew cab - bone stock for now, new to me April 2013, 56K miles
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