Had some big plans for fathers day. A day of hanging out with the family and tinkering with the truck. Got only part of the list done...maybe because of my three and eight year old "helpers". They were a little less than focused, but we had a great time.
Fixed up the new Lockpick CHR550. I had it installed a couple of weeks ago but I wanted to add a couple of things to it. Wired in some pigtails for the power and ground to the front camera. Left the wires and video cable under the dash so I can get to that later. Also ran new wires off the power and ground for another trailer camera (see below).
While I had the dash apart, I tapped into the 12v outlet and ran power to my radar detector. Ran the "smart cord" down the a pillar and left it there for now. I'm not crazy about the position yet, but I'm not sure where to put it just yet.
Put in a switch as well so I can turn it off if I want to
Installed a new shifter handle. It was crazy easy. Pop off old shifter, slide on the new one and set the screw. This came as one piece so the stock shifter shaft is covered by the new one. Didn't like the "skinny shaft" of the stock one when new handles are added.
Installed Mopar molded splash guards. Put on the 3M clear paint protector first so they won't scratch the paint. Honestly, probably the only mod of the deal that I'm just not sure of. I'm not sure I like the looks of the sport with these on just yet.
Clear paint guard
Put on a Fold a Cover G4. I know the Bak Flip is the popular choice around here, but I gotta be me. I liked the Mopar folding cover, but after a lot of research, I realized it was just the older version of the fold-a-cover, and even though my dealer could get it for me at cost, was more expensive than the G4. This one took about two hours and my father in law stepped in to help.
Ran some LEDs under the dash and wired them so they come on when the door opens. Litterly no time at all for that mod.
Ran new wires for the trailer camera. A connection sits on the back of the truck to plug in when the trailer is hooked up. The camper also has a connection and a coiled cable connects the two.
I used this setup in my old truck, and it was great to see what was going on behind the camper as I was pulling it. Instead of using the headunit for the video, I have another monitor I slip on the rear view mirror. The natural inclination is to look at the rear view mirror to see what is behind you, so its a perfect place for it.
Camera connection on the camper (didnt do this on fathers day)
Thats a lot in one day now that I look back, and can't believe I had more on the list. This truck only has 1,700 miles and I've put more time into this than I thought I would this early on.
At the end of the day, spent a lot of time with the family, and had a lot of fun doing it.