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Old 01-18-2011, 09:48 PM
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I recently purchased a 2011 dodge ram without the backup sensors. I already have the factory backup camera but would like to have the sound beep the closer I get to an item. I want to add an aftermarket kit but I dont want to add the kits that come with an external screen. The issue with this is that the systems without the screen dont have an on/off switch, so I would have to place an external switch which Id rather not do. I'm wondering if I were to purchase the factory switch that turns off the factory backup sensor could I use that as the switch to turn off the aftermarket backup sensor instead of having to install a toggle switch. Also are there any brands that work best, the ones on eBay look very poorly made. Again the main thing I would like to know is if I can some how use the OEM ParkSense switch to turn off an aftermarket backup sensor. Any information would be greatly appreciated
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Why qould you look to turn it off? THey only get powered and work when your truck is in reverse. And don't see why you would want to turn the feature off. But a simple switch can and would do that. The sensors are not difficult to install. The hardest part is drilling the holes in the chrome bumper. Make sure you have the right hole saw.And measure mark and use a punch to make a dimple or score mark so the drill doesn't walk when you start the drilling. I used my dye grinder afterwards to smooth the edges after the holes were drilled out. If you shop for a kit look for the newer ones that do not get as easily effected by the cold. The older ones would stick in the cold weather. Best info I can offer is crawl under the truck and take your time. zip tie the wires to the frame(follow the other wire harnesses to make it easier). And any holes you drill in metal use a lil touch up paint on the holes so they don't go rusting out later down the line.

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use some duct tape where your holes are going to be drilled, easy to see the marks & it will leave a clean hole, no chipping, whether its in metal or plastic bumpers
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The main reason I want a switch on it is because when I back up a trailer that beeping would get really annoying. Instead of using a toggle switch would I be able to use the factory switch that shuts the parksense feature
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Is there any difference between a 2 sensor kit and one that has 4?
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the more sensors that you have, the better the coverage
the factory puts 4 in the bumpers, one more right in the center would have been nice to have, don't ask how i found that out there is a little dead zone until you are too close to react
i bought a backup camera right after it happened
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your truck looks really good is that the factory backup sensor or aftermarket
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