I have to agree with the OP regarding the "Auto" climate control on these trucks.. this is my one big complaint about my truck.. (my first GM truck).. this is hands down the worst functioning system I've ever used.. all my vehicles have had ATC since my first '86 Lincoln.. and even that '86 Lincoln -32yrs earlier technology- was far superior. I will also agree with the comment regarding the Grand Cherokee ATC - this was the most refined well functioning setup I've used - GM would do well to learn from Jeep/Chrysler here - my first Grand Cherokee was an '01 and again even that 17yr earlier technology put the GM tech to shame. Don't get me wrong I do love this truck as a truck but the tech is far behind.
.. just to add to the winter is here thread.. I may be in the minority but I wait all year for winter to arrive.. I'm an avid snowboarder and there is no substitute for a day spent on top of the mountain or in the glades. This year will be rough as I'm unable to get any snowboarding in due to my back injury... but like ShubiSnax said at least I can still go out and play in the snow with my Silverado
.. grabbed a couple pics this morning of the Adarac in the daylight.. uprights installed and uprights removed.. really like how quickly the uprights go on and off.. it's like having an instant cargo rack only when I need it.
.. just finished installing a new Adarac cargo rack on the truck.. grabbed a couple quick pics in the dark.. fit is great and works perfectly with my tonneau cover. I needed something to haul the kayaks around with so I settled on the Adarac design as the side rails can stay mounted but the cargo rack uprights are a quick on/off with a couple bolts. I will also be adding cross bars at bed level using strut channel to create mountain bike/snowboard racks when needed. When I'm not hauling anything and the uprights are removed the rack side rails are barely noticeable.
I've had this mod installed on my truck for a little while now and it works great. After testing different variations the write up below is my final setup. If you haven't read thru this thread from the beginning please do so or you'll miss some great information. I'll include the product links wherever possible to the components I used. As I'm in Canada all Amazon links are Amazon.ca but they are equally available on Amazon.com I initially followed what was shared and used the second 5 pin relay to break the TR7 via the brake light. i) This still left the opportunity for false triggers and the tailgate could still inadvertantly open due to the wake voltage always present at the latch.. especially when working on the truck, in between driving for a while or anytime you're in and out of the truck repeatedly ii) I like "blinky" lights and was not happy without the visual indicator the lights provided during the day. iii) I wanted to make use of the 5 second timer function provided by the TR7. 1) Add the actuators: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B078NR7VSD?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf .. for these actuators Green (+ pin 87 Relay) Blue (-) 2) Add the PAC TR7.. this needs to be programmed first.. just follow the included directions they are straight forward. It is helpful to write down all steps on a sheet of paper to follow as the steps are time sensitive. I programmed mine for 5 pulses 3) Wire up the relay, TR7, reed switch and actuators. I prebuilt a quick harness with split loom to protect it so that I just needed to plug everything in and mount in the truck. I ran my harness alongside the OEM harness thru the tailgate and tapped 12VDC (+) and Ground (-) at the 7 pin trailer wiring using Posi-taps (I already had a Curt T harness installed which made things much easier and left OEM wiring untouched) and used a T tap for the OEM power lock Curt T harness http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B007EA6WQU?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf PAC TR7 http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0002J22BO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_x6j3BbF0W8JZN Relay 4 pin fused 10A http://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F292431144426 Reed switch .. I used a door sensor that I already had from eBay like this one: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F172427519414 7 Pin Trailer Harness Red (+ 12VDC) Black (-) Relay 30 (+ 12VDC) 85 (-) 86 (PAC TR7 Blue) 87 (Actuator Green) PAC TR7 Red (+ 12VDC fused) Black (-) Green (+ Trigger from Reed switch) Blue ( pin 86 Relay) Reed switch Input (+ White at OEM tailgate lock) Output (PAC TR7 Green) Everything was mounted without drilling using zip ties. The TR7 was attached to inside support. The Reed switch was attached to the lock armature and a small magnet was simply placed on the backside of the lock tumbler.. the magnet is plenty strong enough to stay in place.. the magnet placement was optimized using a multimeter. The relay and a fuse holder were secured using bolts on the bottom side of some scrap sheet metal and attached using the OEM bolt in the middle (which also served as the ground point for the actuators) I have a tonneau cover installed which caused drag/resistance across the top of the tailgate preventing the auto drop to function with the cover installed. A cheap door popper from Amazon solved this and the tailgate functions great now whether or not the cover is closed or the truck is parked facing downhill. The PAC TR7 now functions as intended with the 5 timer without any chance of false triggers. The trigger input pulses only when the lock physically cycles bringing the reed switch in range of the magnet and closing the circuit. Press the OEM key fob unlock button 5 times within 5 seconds and the tailgate opens Door popper http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B079Z82SYJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_uZk3BbKBQWKFH Finished installed.. everything hidden Relay and TR7 mounted at right Reed switch zip tied to lock actuator Magnet placed on lock tumbler Zip tie door popper to tonneau cover rail Video link
.. eBay http://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F132503284500 .. decal comes as a pair.. I was also considering placing them on the valve covers but didn't think they would last there so the engine cover won and I have extra for a license plate frame
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