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Everything posted by blamkin86

  1. Congrats everyone on getting through this install. Also congrats on not dropping tools on your batteries and burning your trucks to the ground! Really nice to see so many of you using the directions I typed in here. My truck is just over a year old now; I've got 17K miles from driving from colorado to Arizona, Utah, Kansas several times and even towing to Wisconsin for the SCCA runoffs last fall. I wound up populating my switches with 1) 14 (!!) rock lights all around the perimeter. My wife made fun of me until the first time we went camping, and now we use them all the time. 2) Baja Designs Squadron Pros in switches 2 and 3 - the latter I have outside on the base of the a-pillar for ditch lights. Same deal as above 3) Switch #4 is to a pair of Viair 450C compressors, in the bed below the front of the camper. That was also a crazy project - and I'm not done, I have discovered I really need a tank for that thing. I went to use #5 for something, but I just couldn't let myself drill a hole in the third brake light housing then run a wire to who-knows-what. Someone on here had the good idea of just following the lead from the switch and running another wire out the firewall. If I ever need a 5th thing that's what I'll do. Congrats all - love to see the instructions in use and the stuff you've added to your trucks. Happy motoring!
  2. Hi all - does anyone know if this is possible? i have a camper on my truck. I want to use the bed AC outlet to power my camper fridge. It works great. Unfortunately I have to remember to press the button on the console. I am prone to forgetting so I’m wondering if the default can be changed in Truck startup? in other words, is it possible to program the truck so when I start it, the bed AC comes on? I’m aware it’s based on the alternators running.
  3. I have a popup camper on my truck - I’ve been wanting to relocate that rear view mirror camera for a couple months. Makes total sense that you’d get a big blind spot by moving it backwards like that. maybe I won’t bother. I did move the tailgate camera to the back of the camper. That was a really great idea. Unfortunately there’s no way to get that signal to the rear view without significant work behind the dash. Specifically you’d have to get that camera wired directly to the rear view - plus none of the cameras work on the dash if one is disconnected so you’d have to replace the one you removed. Sounds like a lot of work. Thanks for posting
  4. My ford had the switches up there, and I never cared for it. Always felt like I had to look at them to figure out what switch I was hitting. While you can't really see them on the GM knee bolster, I can feel my way and know which button I'm hitting pretty easily. Just my thoughts... ...I'm really impressed with what you've done here tho.
  5. That may have been the worst part. The lights I bought included a "Base" in case you wanted to mount them on a rollbar. I basically cut that base on an angle, so the lights would be canted out 45 degrees. I'll post some pix tonight. There just isn't a great place on the front of the truck. I thought about lower under the spoiler, but I'm sure they'd just get wiped off there by some rock. They're basically inside the tow hooks. If you look, you'll see what looks like two parallel lines running straight up, just to the inside of the tow hooks. I mounted them just above those lines - you'll see it. I'll post some pix later. Thanks!
  6. Finally got around to finishing this last night. No less than 14 of these little buggers scattered around the land barge. I took the time to redo some of the wiring that I wasn't happy with... I swapped out plain-old Harbor Freight butt connectors for those fancy ones that you heat up with a torch that seal out water. Really pleased with how this turned out. Total overkill but imagine pulling up to a BLM campsite at 10pm in Utah and unloading with those. Done.
  7. We’ve seen white and blue on this thread. Black is kinda pointless. wonder if we’ll see a red one.
  8. Thanks! I need to do the foot wells. That looks really cool.
  9. Switch #2: Combo offroad and driving lights. Baja Designs Squadron Pro: https://www.bajadesigns.com/products/squadron-pro-pair-driving-combo-led.asp They're 10% off with free shipping right now. I wanted something smaller, not a big light bar. I've been disappointed in those in the past - really all I need is some lower-speed light for going 25-45 offroad. They were easy to wire - bought the kit with the harness, and it literally all snapped together. Found a ground right by the driver's battery and ran the rest of the wire through the firewall like I did for the rock lights. The pain was getting a wrench behind the bumper. Had to run a hand between the grill slats and hold the wrench upside down with the nut on it - then try and move that around until it matched up the hole I drilled, then thread in the bolt, then try and keep it all from falling down while tightening it. The bumper swallowed one 14mm socket- hopefully that'll fall out on some backroad and not damage anything. Hoping these are all they're supposed to be.
  10. Very welcome! Very interesting on the driver side battery fuse. In my case, there's a completely empty post there, not another fuse. I in fact used that spot and added a relay and hard-wired in my camper to that spot. So my AT is different than yours!
  11. That's cold white. They were out of all the other colors! I think it matches the stock LEDs pretty good - not perfect but it's not like one looks yellow vs the other. Wiring: Upffitter switch #1 to 12 ga wire. Back out normal place thru firewall. Down to driver's frame rail and all the way to the back. Zip tied to stock wiring. Near the Bed Step, I scotch-lok'd in another 12ga wire across the fuel tank then across the top of the heat shield to the other side. For grounds, there's a fantastic factory ground right above the spare tire to the driver's side. From there, each light is just either crimped or scotch-lok'd to the 12ga wire. Oh there's no good grounds on the sides, I used a bolt under the bed because it wasn't painted on the underside.
  12. Thanks all yeah I just need to find the right place on the front. Under the bumper looks great but I don’t think I can get a wrench on the back side. I’ll post again when I get it done.
  13. ....Or., if you took out the air box, there's a hole between it and the fender - I wonder if it would squeeze thru there?
  14. Hmm.... I wonder how hard it is to get that fender off there... (only partially kidding.)
  15. Had anyone looked at the area between the (diesel) air filter and passenger fender??? Looks like if you move the horns, there may be enough room there. If so, that seems like a great place to mount this ARB compressor. I’ll go look at the dimensions.
  16. As you may have seen in other pix, my 3500 AT4 carries a Four Wheel camper. My wife and I head to Utah from the Denver area many many times a year. We usually arrive after dark and it’s nice to have some light as we’re moving from the cab to the camper. Also nice to socialize for a bit before we head in for the night. So, very first on my list was some loading lights. Some people call these “rock lights” but they generally have different intentions than we do. Some people use rock lights to get over rocks at night - others have fancy colors that change while they play their disco music white boy. For me, they needed to be not dim, but also not super bright nor very high of the ground like a ditch light or work light might be mounted. After a lot of research, I bought two sets of these: https://www.online-led-store.com/6pc-lamphus-stardust-sdrl14-led-off-road-rock-light-orzledwkl1050-xx-x6 Actually I bought one set but they were so perfect for what I was doing, I bought another set! Currently, I’ve mounted and wired 10 of these things, all to switch #1 I started with four across the bottom of the back bumper. Then I added one to each bed step. When the second order arrived, I added one to each side of the rear bumper (also on the bottom) then I added one to the center bottom of each running board. This leaves me with two left over. I wanted to add them to the bottom of the front bumper, but that looks like a royal pain. So I’m either going to put them on the bottom of the air dam (yeah those’ll get scraped off at some point) or maybe the front of the side step. My wife says it’s stupid to add them to the front - but she’ll be happy if she ever needs them. - you married guys know the drill on that one. Anyway - let me know what you think! Dumb? Awesome?
  17. Well that’s good news. I have not returned to the dealer because I bought mine at one dealership and plan on having it serviced at another.
  18. Awesome thanks for the great update. I wonder what wire I have going across the firewall with the plastic holders on it...Also good idea on removing the hood release deal. I didn't see an obvious way to do it, although I did see the screw sticking out the back side. I guess pulling my cable out of the firewall was just dumb luck. It REALLY doesn't want to go back in, either. And there's now at least two of us with the kit installed. I am going to post some pix this weekend of my "loading lights" I added to the rr bumper and side step. Two screws. Not sure why they're not included. I don't mind having mine missing so I think I'm going to leave it. I hate rattles tho, so if anything starts up I'll be all over it. Great work. Who's next?
  19. Looks like a good choice. I permanently carry a huge ice fishing tent in front of the rear seats so that spot is out for me. I need the storage. now I’m worried about water because I definitely go through shallow creek and river crossings several times a year.
  20. I’ve got one more light project before I get to the air compressor. I’m wanting the dual ARB you have but I need to be prudent with money so I don’t know what I’m getting yet. I am actually considering mounting it on the drivers side under the driver or passenger. There’s a lot of area behind the factory steps that looks like it’d easily swallow up the compressor. I’m thinking there for a few reasons: 1 I want to have a shorter battery run and I can run 8 gauge to there pretty easily. I have the upfitter switches so I’d start from the passenger battery and go up and over the firewall. That also means a heavy duty relay of some sort. Haven’t researched it yet. 2 the passenger side has too many opportunities for the exhaust to interfere. I’m planning on running the output fitting to the area right next to the trailer plug. A run of the high pressure hose from the drivers side would be pretty short. 3 if/when I add a tank there’s also plenty of room in the same area. these are my very preliminary thoughts. I found that area while I was under there installing rock lights. Looks like a natural fit to me.
  21. Very welcome! if I did it again I could cut down to about 1/3 of the posts. Don’t be intimidated by the install you can do it.
  22. http://coloradocollision.com/ the broomfield location. Spent about double what I thought it would be but I didn’t shop around and they have done a ton of other work for me.
  23. Got the part back on today. I love it - I'm sure some won't because I've changed the signature looks of the AT4. It's mine now!
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