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J Beal 12-11-2011 11:48 AM

Adding an Overhead Console to an ST
 
Good Morning All,

I purchased an 2500 4X4 ST about a year ago, and have been adding parts to it to get it the way I really want it....LOL. A big thanks go out to all of you who have posted your step by step mods (especially those with pics!) since I rely on those prior to any undertaking. Anyway, I need to add an overhead console and I am wanting to use the factory piece out of a wrecked truck. So I am wondering if anyone has done this, and if so the level of difficulty? I am also wanting to know if it is just a plug an play affair with the wiring harness? Thanks all for your help and have a great day!

J

CajunDodge 12-11-2011 12:21 PM

Welcome to the forum since I see you're new here! That's a good question, too, and hopefully someone will be along soon with some good advice for you on that so good luck! When you get a chance, be sure to drop by the Newbie Checkin and introduce yourself to everyone! :)

- Cajun

APSTRAM 12-16-2011 02:09 PM

Installed ovehead console on 2011 ST
 
Hello, I posted this information on another thread unrelated to this subject so I figured It would be better if I shared this info here so you may see it.

This is for a console that I installed on my truck as my first mod. I will be attaching pictures as soon as I can to better illustrate. I hope it helps.

The mod was fairly simple. I found the console on ebay. It came with the wiring harness and the mounting bracket .

The mounting bracket installs under the headliner and is supported by the sunvisor screws.

I cut the hole in the headliner by starting with a small hole and I worked in steps so it would not be too big when done. I took a bit longer but I did not want to go too far and have to buy a new headliner. Once the hole is cut the console simply snaps into the bracket.

The wiring was also simple. I followed the overhead light wire and found a plug in the dash under the left side cover on the end of the dash when the drivers door is open. The wires run down behind the pillar cover and into the dash. The overhead light was the only thing running off the original plug and had to be spliced to the new wiring harness.

Once wired up the lights worked as they should and can be turned on at any time by pushing on each light also both sides light up when the door is open or when the interior lights are turned on.

The console I bought does not have any modules on it but does have the power rear window switch on it.

I recently bought another console that does have the compass/homelink module on it but have not figured out how to get it to work yet.

jmr 12-18-2011 12:32 AM

APSTRAM,
Great info I will be looking forward to the pics and your write up.

I added Homelink to my 09 Challenger R/T that had a overhead console without Homelink. The Challenger had a connector under the passenger side A pillar cover that powered for the factory Homelink. You only need to connect 2 wires (Power and Ground) to make the Homelink work. The canbus is only used to communicate with the EVIC to display messages like 'Training'
and is not needed for it to function. I'm sure the connector are located elsewhere on the RAM.

Do you know what the pinouts are for the Homelink/Compass module?

APSTRAM 12-18-2011 01:22 AM

The pin out is pretty much what you saw on the challenger 1) red fused B+ , 2)black Ground, 3)white with dark green for the llin bus.

The homelink should work with the ground and power but I an sure the compass will need the lin bus.

Since the wiring is all there already from the wiring harness I received with the overhead console. I believe all I need to do is have the sales code added that activates the module.

NMBowtie 12-18-2011 01:27 AM

I need to do this mod as well. I added the EVIC cluster, but to get the compass to display correctly, I need to add the OH console with the compass module. Hopefully I will get the wiring figured out for the lin bus.

jmr 12-18-2011 09:43 AM

Since you are using the original harness you may need 2 sales codes.
These sales codes are from a 2010 Charger R/T but are still valid or have your parts guy run a build sheet for a loaded RAM.

XGD - Universal Garage Door Opener
JFJ - Temperature Compass Gauge

I tapped into the Challenger's connector for the Homelink and bypassed the Lin bus. It worked you don't get feedback as to what the Homelink is doing but it will still could be paired to my garage door. Do the Homelink buttons light up when the headlights are on? They are very dim to see them in the daylight.

NMBowtie 12-18-2011 10:49 AM

Thanks for the sales codes, I am going to have him add a bunch all at once when I get it done, so that hopefully everything will work that I have added or plan to add. I don't have the list here, but we found codes for the EVIC steering wheel controls, turn signal/puddle lamp mirrors (I will be adding tow mirrors), auto dimming mirrors, trailer brake control, and several others I can't remember off hand. I don't remember if the tech I spoke with had found the compass/door opener codes though.

jmr 12-18-2011 05:41 PM

You'll need sales code 'RDZ' this code for the for 'Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls' buttons on the back of the steering wheel.

Since the '12 Express already has the buttons to toggle through the odometer/trip odometer/temp on the front of the wheel. You may not need to add additional sales code to step through the EVIC other than have the proper EVIC type buttons.

I would like to add the EVIC buttons and the Uconnect buttons since my truck has the Uconnect option. I'm not sure if I'll need a different harness to or just the new buttons.

justinboor 01-01-2012 09:46 PM

Adding overhead console on ST 2010 Ram
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by APSTRAM (Post 675221)
Hello, I posted this information on another thread unrelated to this subject so I figured It would be better if I shared this info here so you may see it.

This is for a console that I installed on my truck as my first mod. I will be attaching pictures as soon as I can to better illustrate. I hope it helps.

The mod was fairly simple. I found the console on ebay. It came with the wiring harness and the mounting bracket .

The mounting bracket installs under the headliner and is supported by the sunvisor screws.

I cut the hole in the headliner by starting with a small hole and I worked in steps so it would not be too big when done. I took a bit longer but I did not want to go too far and have to buy a new headliner. Once the hole is cut the console simply snaps into the bracket.

The wiring was also simple. I followed the overhead light wire and found a plug in the dash under the left side cover on the end of the dash when the drivers door is open. The wires run down behind the pillar cover and into the dash. The overhead light was the only thing running off the original plug and had to be spliced to the new wiring harness.

Once wired up the lights worked as they should and can be turned on at any time by pushing on each light also both sides light up when the door is open or when the interior lights are turned on.

The console I bought does not have any modules on it but does have the power rear window switch on it.

I recently bought another console that does have the compass/homelink module on it but have not figured out how to get it to work yet.

Did you have any luck adding the homelink and compass features? I purchased a console from eBay, but I still need to find the wiring harness for the lights, homelink, and compass.

Thanks,
Justin


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