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#1 4ngoods

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Posted 30 December 2004 - 01:45 PM

Hello I bought a 05 crew cab ls, my first chevy and at the time that I bought the truck I didn't know that chevy had the option on getting the radio controls on the steering wheel. I had that feature on my last car and if I could of know that it was an option, I could of look for one with the controls on the steering wheel. I was wondering if I get a steering wheel with the radio controls and put it on my truck, if it could work maybe the truck is pre-wire for this feature and it just need the steering wheel with control to be plug in. If this is posible where can I get a steering wheel with the buttons for the radio, I saw the price for the option on the chevy website and they said $125 for that option. Thanks for yall time. :crackup:

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#2 BBSilverado

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Posted 30 December 2004 - 03:54 PM

I just successfully installed the Fully functional DIC and Radio controls on my '04 crew cab. I will try to answer all questions which were raised here as briefly as possible, Ask any additional ones you may have.

First, You must get the steering wheel with controls. I believe part numbers were listed above, but bottom line, make sure you get the right color if you are ordering. The black one is called ebony. Prices vary depending on where you get them. I got mine from a salvage yard brand new for $75. Second, You must replace the clockspring with the column harness. If you have a light duty pickup, you will need part number 26101829. This is for a 2 stage air bag. If you have a heavy duty, order part number 26101828. This is for a single stage air bag. If you are unsure, take off your airbag and look to see if it has 1 or 2 pigtails connected to it. 1 is a single stage, 2 is a 2 stage. GM has reduced the number of part numbers available to simplify things. Therefore, you will get a harness equipped with an additional 8 pin connector. This is for the steering wheel speed sensor for quadrasteer. If you do not have quadrasteer, just tape it to the column and don't worry about it.

Be careful when installing the harness, there are about 14 connectors, I spent 2 hours installing the harness and wheel.

Now the part which has been the most confusing. If your truck was not equipped with rpo code (UK3) which is redundant radio controls, your body controller will not recognize or (turn on) the radio controls. In addition the instrument cluster will not recognize or turn on the DIC functionality. Therefore, your dealer will have to call the Techline Support center. This is not the same as TAC. Techline is for software, programming...etc. They need to explain what they are doing and request a 2 VCI numbers. A VCI number is a new calibration code which will allow your controllers to turn on the radio and DIC controls. They need to get a code for the IPC and one for the TBC. They will then request info from the vehicle with their Tech 2 handheld device. They then take the Tech 2 to their PC loaded with TIS2000 and perform a SPS programming function using the VCI numbers. This will load the calibration into the Tech 2. They then take the Tech 2 back to the vehicle and load the new calibration into the vehicle. They will need to go through this process twice, once for the IPC and again for the TBC using the new VCI numbers.

I personally did every part of this on my own truck today (yes, the programming also) and it does work. The Dealers do not get this request often, so probably will not know the process. Therefore, print out this message and they will then understand.

This was a quote from a previous post
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#3 lrymal

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Posted 30 December 2004 - 06:32 PM

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Great job on the "sticky" quote, Silverado! You done well... :crackup: :crackup:

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#4 4ngoods

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Posted 30 December 2004 - 06:51 PM

Damm that was real good BBsilverado, Thanks alot. :crackup:
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#5 jamesqjr

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Posted 15 January 2006 - 12:09 PM

I just successfully installed the Fully functional DIC and Radio controls on my '04 crew cab. I will try to answer all questions which were raised here as briefly as possible, Ask any additional ones you may have.

First, You must get the steering wheel with controls. I believe part numbers were listed above, but bottom line, make sure you get the right color if you are ordering. The black one is called ebony. Prices vary depending on where you get them. I got mine from a salvage yard brand new for $75. Second, You must replace the clockspring with the column harness. If you have a light duty pickup, you will need part number 26101829. This is for a 2 stage air bag. If you have a heavy duty, order part number 26101828. This is for a single stage air bag. If you are unsure, take off your airbag and look to see if it has 1 or 2 pigtails connected to it. 1 is a single stage, 2 is a 2 stage. GM has reduced the number of part numbers available to simplify things. Therefore, you will get a harness equipped with an additional 8 pin connector. This is for the steering wheel speed sensor for quadrasteer. If you do not have quadrasteer, just tape it to the column and don't worry about it.

Be careful when installing the harness, there are about 14 connectors, I spent 2 hours installing the harness and wheel.

Now the part which has been the most confusing. If your truck was not equipped with rpo code (UK3) which is redundant radio controls, your body controller will not recognize or (turn on) the radio controls. In addition the instrument cluster will not recognize or turn on the DIC functionality. Therefore, your dealer will have to call the Techline Support center. This is not the same as TAC. Techline is for software, programming...etc. They need to explain what they are doing and request a 2 VCI numbers. A VCI number is a new calibration code which will allow your controllers to turn on the radio and DIC controls. They need to get a code for the IPC and one for the TBC. They will then request info from the vehicle with their Tech 2 handheld device. They then take the Tech 2 to their PC loaded with TIS2000 and perform a SPS programming function using the VCI numbers. This will load the calibration into the Tech 2. They then take the Tech 2 back to the vehicle and load the new calibration into the vehicle. They will need to go through this process twice, once for the IPC and again for the TBC using the new VCI numbers.

I personally did every part of this on my own truck today (yes, the programming also) and it does work. The Dealers do not get this request often, so probably will not know the process. Therefore, print out this message and they will then understand.

This was a quote from a previous post

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#6 jamesqjr

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Posted 15 January 2006 - 12:15 PM

sorry

how much time would a dealer charge to do the reprograming?

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 06:53 PM

Oops wrong thread :banghead:

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#8 minnow

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 05:31 PM

sorry

how much time would a dealer charge to do the reprograming?

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Just had mine donw. I supplied the wheel and the clockspring harness and the GM tech did the install and the reprogramming for $180.00. And I LOVE the new functionality !!!!!

#9 kjenkins

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 06:35 PM

Just did this mod on my 03 avalanche and love it. New steering wheel off Ebay, new clockspring harness also off Ebay, did the install myself and the dealer reprogrammed the truck and now I am styling. Thanks for the info on this sweet mod!.

#10 scottmoyer

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 10:33 PM

I can't find a home for one of the harness plugs. It's an 8 wire plug that is longer than the rest. Where does it plug in?
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#11 m3xiano4ever

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 02:48 PM

Well I just installed the harness and the steering wheel with the control for the DIC. Took me and my friend about 4 hours (We didn't know what to do). 1 thing is for sure tho is that you better know what kind of air bag you have in your vehicle if its single or dual! I had to buy 2 harnesses for I messed up the first time. I picked this color for I'm going to be getting the Escalade leather seats :shakehead:

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#12 apinechevy

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 04:05 PM

Well I just installed the harness and the steering wheel with the control for the DIC. Took me and my friend about 4 hours (We didn't know what to do). 1 thing is for sure tho is that you better know what kind of air bag you have in your vehicle if its single or dual! I had to buy 2 harnesses for I messed up the first time. I picked this color for I'm going to be getting the Escalade leather seats :D

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are you getting all the functions like mpg and radio controls ?

#13 jamesqjr

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 03:57 PM

well after buying the clockspring steering wheel escalade cluster i found out my w/t reg. cab didn't come with the rest of the wiring in the dash harness to complete the setup. :cheers: oh well next project dash harness.

#14 G80

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 04:59 PM

I just finished installing my new steering wheel controls and had it programmed at the local GM dealership. The install took about 2.5 hours. We had some problems routing the new harness, but then we realized that we one plug in the wrong place!! :lol: But after that it was smooth sailing. Taking your time and really looking at it helps a lot. The actual programming took the dealer about 1 hour. Everything works on the DIC, odometer, trip, stereo controls, vehicle settings etc. The only thing I don't have is Instant fuel economy, but I'm not 100% sure if these trucks have that anyhow. Perhaps someone else can chime in on that.
The upgrade is definitely worth it!!

#15 blackmajicwoman

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 09:20 AM

I just finished installing my new steering wheel controls and had it programmed at the local GM dealership. The install took about 2.5 hours. We had some problems routing the new harness, but then we realized that we one plug in the wrong place!! :dunno: But after that it was smooth sailing. Taking your time and really looking at it helps a lot. The actual programming took the dealer about 1 hour. Everything works on the DIC, odometer, trip, stereo controls, vehicle settings etc. The only thing I don't have is Instant fuel economy, but I'm not 100% sure if these trucks have that anyhow. Perhaps someone else can chime in on that.
The upgrade is definitely worth it!!


Greetings,

For those of you that have replaced the clock spring in order to accomodate the "new" steering wheel w/ radio/DIC controls, how do you remove the "two lead" connector on the top of the ignition switch? I jiggled, wiggled and stared at that one connector for nearly 30 minutes attempting to get it off...after not wanting to destroy the original, I put everything back together in order to conduct a little reseearch to see how all of you removed that one connector. All of the other connectors came apart easily. Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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