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Miami Son 04-11-2012 10:15 PM

My Lockpick is in!
 
Put my Lockpick in today. Aside from all the crawling around under the truck it really was a plug-and-play install. I took my time since I have a bad back, but an able-bodied person should be able to do this in 3-4 hours. Here's some pics of the highlights.
Rather than run the camera wiring separately I decided to run it inside the sheathing from the electric tailgate lock kit I installed just 3 weeks ago. Would have been easier to do both together had I known back then I was getting this add-on.

This is the harness from the electric tailgate actuator.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y67...0/100_2238.jpg

The harness runs along the driver-side frame rail. It will be zip-tied to the existing wiring harness.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y67...0/100_2239.jpg

This was the hardest part of my install, squeezing the camera wire into the split-loom harness from the electric tailgate lock already in place. My thumbs are killing me!
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y67...0/100_2240.jpg

All done running the camera cable in the split-loom and secured to the existing wiring harness. Looks factory, eh?
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y67...0/100_2242.jpg

I brought the camera cable in through the accelerator cable grommet by poking a small hole in it. Once I pushed the cable through I resealed it with some clear silicone.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y67...0/100_2247.jpg

The cab side of the grommet where the cable came through. More silicone just in case.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y67...0/100_2243.jpg

Removing the console and radio trim is pretty straight forward. If you use something hard to pry anything off a couple of pieces of tape will help prevent any scratches.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y67...0/100_2246.jpg

Once you have the shifter trim off grasp the bottom of the radio trim and pull gently. It should come off pretty easily.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y67...0/100_2244.jpg

Remove the connectors from the backside of the radio trim. No worry as to marking them because each can only fit where it came from. They all have little release tabs that have to be pressed while pulling. Be careful not to scratch anything as it is a bit awkward to get at.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y67...0/100_2245.jpg

The Lockpick's instructions are actually very good and there's no need for me to cover them here. All connectors fit only where they are supposed to go. There is plenty of room behind the radio trim to mount the Lockpick harness and main module. There is a lot of room under the shifter console, as well. After initializing and firt-run setup, I now have this on my display.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y67...0/100_2249.jpg

You can turn off the distance markings if you prefer, but it must be done before you close everything up. I like them, though. Not only does the backup cam come on automatically when you put the vehicle in reverse, you can access it at any time from the display screen. You can also switch camera views (in a multi-cam setup) and turn off the camera view with the left side steering wheel control. Haven't tried inputting a destination or watching a DVD while driving yet, but give me a few days.:

TurboCup87 04-12-2012 11:12 PM

Looks awesome! THX for the write up. Do you know if it's possible to use LP to add cameras to the OEM BU cam? It would be nice to be able to see middle or rear of a trailer.

Miami Son 04-12-2012 11:41 PM

Yes, you can add 3 additional cams with the Lockpick, but only 1 with a reverse view.

mmcglynn264 04-14-2012 09:43 PM

Can you add some pics of the camera? Also, how is the video when backing up at night. Was wondering, if it's a license plate mount, if the license plate lights wash out the camera at night.

Miami Son 04-14-2012 11:14 PM

Here's a pic of the camera. Haven't really used it at night yet, but I will try it and see what it looks like.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y67...0/100_2250.jpg

mmcglynn264 04-15-2012 02:22 AM

Thanks for the pic. That helps alot. If the cam works good at night, I'd rather do that then install one in the tailgate handle. With the tailgate handle one, it's usless if you want to back up with the gate down (all you see is the ground under the truck). Plus with aftermarket in the tailgate handle you need to make sure to have disconnects for it between the tailgate and bed in case you need to remove your tailgate for some reason. Your camera eliminates all those issues! I like it! BTW, you might want to concider blocking out you plate number in the picture.

Miami Son 04-15-2012 10:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mmcglynn264 (Post 776856)
BTW, you might want to concider blocking out you plate number in the picture.

Why? No one's ever showed up on my doorstep because of my plate being posted online and if they did my doormen, Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson, would greet them.;)

mmcglynn264 04-15-2012 04:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Miami Son (Post 776929)
Why? No one's ever showed up on my doorstep because of my plate being posted online and if they did my doormen, Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson, would greet them.;)

^^^Good point! Mr. Beretta Storm guards my door and he rides in my Ram:gun:

Miami Son 04-15-2012 05:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mmcglynn264 (Post 777149)
^^^Good point! Mr. Beretta Storm guards my door and he rides in my Ram:gun:

Mr. Browning watches my back door.:smiley_thumbs_up:

mmcglynn264 04-19-2012 03:14 PM

Miami Son, any chance you were able to check out how the backup camera video looks at night? Got my new 430N on it's way and I'm getting ready to order lockpick and camera. I'd like to make sure the license plate lights don't mess up the back up cameras picture quality, since those two lights shine right at the plate.


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