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Old 05-19-2013, 08:01 PM
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I didn't get as far as I would have liked today, I stayed up till after midnight last night printing out all the necessary schematics and building a wiring schedule. After a 16hr day in 90+ weather I was pretty much totalled today so i basically just puttered today.

I did manage to get the temp sensor installed under the hood down on the inner fender but then later decided to do it right and put it up under the hood where it belongs and extend the harness down to the ICM. The sensor signal return wire splices into another existing wire but the main sensor wire is missing from my connector so I had to pull the C3 connector apart and add the missing wire. I had to pull C5 apart as well and add the two wires for the heated mirror relay circuit so I did that while I had it apart. Even though I grabbed a ton of spare connectors from the donor vehicle, it still took forever to go thru them and find terminals that would fit and lock into the connectors properly. That was pretty much what took up most of the day.

So, I also got the center console and power mirror installed and functional which was basically my goal for the day. Since I was unable to find any of the proper connector bodies to simply plug into the console, I was forced to modify other connectors to make them fit. Things went pretty quick after that. Lucky for me, I discovered that connector C201 on the left window pillar is fully populated with all the necessary wires already so all I had to do was connect the points with 5 new wires and 4 that spliced to existing wires for the dome lamp.

There is one connection missing still that goes to the instrument cluster but I was way too tired to dig into it tonight. It is the courtesy light ground for the glovebox light and map lights. I could just put the circuit to ground rather than tie it into the instrument panel ground but then I would be bypassing the vehicles feature where it turns off all lights if they get left on too long, (actually a pretty valuable feature). Until I get that wire installed the map lights can't be turned on from pressing the lens and the glovebox light won't work which are no biggies.

The Homelink garage door opener feature is working great as well and it only took a couple minutes to configure for our craftsman opener. I haven't tested it for range yet but so far I have no complaints.

After this weekend I have decided to take a slow and steady approach to this project. I was in a rush and figured I could bang it out in a weekend but that will not be the case. I am doing things correctly and wrapping everything in loom as I go and making things look OEM. It's going to take longer but it's going to be done right and will be trouble free for the life of the vehicle.

Sometime this next week I will start swapping the SRT Inserts into my door panels and hopefully have the correct window regulators. These two items are pretty much holding up the rest of the install so all I can do is prep and keep working on the wiring harness between the two doors for the locks, windows and power mirrors. The Durango harnesses need to be reconfigured as well so there is plenty of little things to be done yet.

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Old 05-20-2013, 01:28 PM
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Not sure why but the temperature reading on the overhead was stuck at 46F when I first hooked it up. My last truck did the same thing when I added the overhead but then miraculously worked just fine the next day so I wasn't too worried. Sure enough, started the truck this morning and it was reading bang on at 72F.

I googled it and found more than a few people with the same comment so apparently it's a normal function when adding an overhead that you have to wait for the temperature to populate. I even checked it right before I went to bed which was a 6 hours after I hooked it up so I'm not sure if it needs a certan amount of time or if the ICM does some sort of reset at a specific time in the middle of the night?.?.? One of life's little mysteries I guess.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:39 AM
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I did some research last night about the window actuators and could not find where there are different units for standard versus Quad cab. I cross referenced the part numbers and they came back as the right parts for my truck so I pulled the door panels off my old truck and found the difference.

The manual window regulator is mounted upside down when compared to the power unit. It's hard to explain so I will add pics this weekend when I swap them out. Either way, I have the right ones and my conversion is back on track. If I keep prepping a little more each night, I should have this wrapped up by the end of the coming weekend and still have time to go out and have some fun.
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:25 PM
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Put in a good 20 hours in the last couple days and now have the power windows and mirrors functioning as well as the harness prepped for the power door locks. I have 4 more wires to hook uo tomorrow before I will see if the factory door locks will function with my cluster or if I have to go out and buy a new one.

I still say this project was worth doing but I have way more hours into this than I should. The harness was a huge PITA and part of me wishes I had of spent the money and purchased the correct wiring harnesses for the truck. The Durango harnesses worked and had all the right wires and connectors but they had to be pulled apart and completely reconfigured before they would firt the larger door panels of the full size standard cab. 80% of the time spent on this project has been in reworking the wiring harness.

One thing I did find that was a huge help was that the dash harness did in fact have the extra wires from the cluster down to a connector by each door pillar so all I had to do was patch wires from the door connectors to the local plugs. I also discovered that this truck has the clockspring for the steering wheel radio controls so I may be adding those in the near future too.

After getting the window regulator issue sorted, I modded the door panels and transfered the inner panels from my old doors.

Long and short doors stacked for comparison...




Crappy pic of the old door panel...



Better pic of the new door panel...



Passenger side door...



Overhead display...

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Old 05-27-2013, 07:17 PM
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Completed the conversion today. Since I found the dash harness had all the necessary wires to connect the door harnesses to the instrument cluster, I was really hoping the cluster would function once I hooked everything up but that was not the case. I ended up pulling the cluster from my 2002 Quad cab for testing and everything worked as soon as I plugged it in so I guess I'm looking for a new cluster now.
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loving this thread. it's definitely great to see trucks come along way and this one certainly did that!

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Thank you sir, it's hard to document but I have all my paperwork still and would be more than happy to discuss what is needed to pull this off. There are things I would do differently and definately ways to do the whole thing cheaper. I wanted some specific parts so I paid a premium where I could have gotten everything much cheaper had I been able to get to a salvage yard that actually had my make, model and year of truck.

As for cost, I am currently $850 into this and i still have to get a new cluster. I keep meaning to call my dealer and see what my options are. I can find a cluster off ebay for under $100 but that won't do me any good if all they do is exchange.
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what's the difference in the clusters?
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what's the difference in the clusters?
The ST cluster does not have the door lock functions. The pin outs are there, the circuits are there but there's no function. The port where the keyless entry module plugs in is missing as well so I was pretty sure it wouldn't work but I had to try anyways.

I snagged the cluster out of my old truck just to prove out the circuitry and it worked right as soon as I plugged it in.

I also hoped the cluster might reinitialize and figure out that it had power locks now but it's been a couple days and still no go. Hoped it was like the overhead temp sensor and it woudl magically start to work overnight.

I have been swamped at work as well as a couple big things going on at home so I haven't even thought about it all week. Taking the truck on a 2000 mile round trip up to Syracuse, NY this weekend to pick up a new ski so it will be a good test for it. Tonight was actually the first time I had it over 50 mph and the mileage wasn't bad. I actually averaged 18.8 mpg on the interstate.
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After much research, I finally ordered a Cluster off ebay that I can send in as a core to get programmed with my mileage and VIN. Really tried to find a work around to this but theres no other way. Oh well, it's just money.

I also received a full set of Infinity speakers to go with the Amp I snagged at the auto wreckers. Seven speakers total for under $100 so even with the cluster upgrade, I am still under the $1000 mark for the entire upgrade.

Truck is shaping up nicely.

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