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2006 Ram 2500

Post by cbell6469 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:28 pm

Installing a pi with open auto pro in my 06 ram 2500

List of Parts:
https://www.amazon.com/ELEMENT-Element1 ... ref=sr_1_3

https://www.amazon.com/iUniker-Raspberr ... ref=sr_1_8

Rpi Camera
https://www.amazon.com/Raspberry-Pi-Cam ... ref=sr_1_3

USB Bluetooth
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BC ... UTF8&psc=1

usb sound card
https://www.amazon.com/UGREEN-External- ... sspa&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GD ... UTF8&psc=1

Screen Case
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07K4 ... UTF8&psc=1

DC-DC Converter Step Down Module 12V to 5V
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ME ... UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M7 ... UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CJ ... UTF8&psc=1

rpi camera to hdmi adapter
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XD ... UTF8&psc=1

HDMI Cable
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006F ... UTF8&psc=1

3.5mm to 2-Male RCA Adapter Cable
https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-3-5 ... sspa&psc=1

rca ground loup isolator
https://www.amazon.com/Isolator-BOSS-Au ... ef=sr_1_12

Powered usb hub
https://www.amazon.com/Leedemore-Adapte ... ef=sr_1_11

GPIO jumpers
https://www.amazon.com/Kuman-Breadboard ... ref=sr_1_5

https://www.amazon.com/Microphone-ZAFFI ... ref=sr_1_7

I may be forgetting something I'm sure

I started out with Crankshaft and didn't like it. I came across a video on open auto pro and never looked back. I cut a set of rca's to go from line out on my eq to the factory infinity amp. Everything is working great. I need to finish up getting my EQ in its little cubby hole and run my backup camera. Other than that everything is working. I have 2 relays I am currently using for backup camera and power off signal. I used modified versions of the scripts provided in this video to make it work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMvMXd4RvdA&t=898s

Issues I had:
Found out you need a usb sound card as the built in sound card in the pi does weird stuff with the EQ (couldn't control volume, eq, or anything)
needed a ground loop isolator to get engine noise out of the audio
Need an external BT adapter to get calling working
Need a powered usb hub as the Pi deosn't have enough power to plug my phone in and run the screen
Screen has to be plugged into pi or else the touch portion does not work

Wish I had the ability to add a shortcut to the applications list
Day/night mode like Crankshaft (that is the only thing I liked about Crankshaft)
GPIO assignments menu of some sort to do different things like shutdown or reverse camera or day/night things like that
Keep up the good work Devs!!! :)

Future for this setup:
Better Mic?
get a front camera setup as a dvr
get Kodi configured how I would like
Setup Hotspot for internet access
Steering wheel controls working?
possibly get a hifi audio hat for the pi
Get some sort of day/night script with relay on my headlight switch working (to dim the screen at night)
Make wiring more permanent (solder connections) and clean
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Re: 2006 Ram 2500

Post by cbell6469 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:40 pm

just thought I would put this pic out there of my wiring mess I need to clean up when I am confident I like how everything is working.
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Re: 2006 Ram 2500

Post by Hisma » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:16 pm

That's my video! Just like you I was previousuly on crankshaft and made the leap to OAP and never looked back.
Awesome work, very clean fascia! My wiring is a complete mess, just like yours. I want to clean it up at some point, but the reason it gets so messy is you put in "temporary wiring" for testing and flexibility purposes and it just ends up permanent since it just works.

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Re: 2006 Ram 2500

Post by cbell6469 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:49 pm

Yeah man your video was very helpful for sure. I'm hoping I revisit my wiring one day (cough probably wont cough) lol just so happens the screen and case I got fit perfectly on my double din face-plate that was already there.

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Re: 2006 Ram 2500

Post by BlueWave » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:37 am

Thanks for sharing your project. Looks great, especially with this dashboard layout.
Your recommendations are interesting. We will see what can be done in this matter.

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Re: 2006 Ram 2500

Post by cbell6469 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:14 pm

Thanks for being receptive on recommendations. Your product is worlds better than anything I have seen out there.

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Re: 2006 Ram 2500

Post by Chrisfromwa » Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:41 pm

Looks very nice, great job looks factory.
how do you currently control the volume?

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Re: 2006 Ram 2500

Post by cbell6469 » Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:14 pm

My truck has a factory infinity amp. It has the normal speaker imputs like grey purple white...ect wires. I use a usb sound card from the pi with a 3.5 headphone to rca adapter. That cable runs to the Equalizer input. The EQ has a main volume control knob that controls the volume. That EQ has a set of rca's for front, rear, and sub. I cut a rca cable to get a 2 wire output for each channel to run to my factory stereo wires. If my truck didn't have a factory amp then I would have needed an amp to make sound come out of the speakers. I got lucky as it already has a factory amp.

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