What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?

Since I suck at reading wiring diagrams and don’t feel like splicing into my Ram’s harnesses, I’m just going to use the plentiful power outlets (one round ‘cigarette lighter’ outlet and power-only USB in the dash, and another similar setup [except the USB is also a data port] in the armrest/console) to power my front and rear dashcams.

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Problem is, the armrest outlets are powered 24/7 from the battery, the USB in the dash is as well but I’m only using it for my phone... the other dash outlet is ignition-ON powered so its perfect for the cam.

So imagine my surprise whilst reading the owners manual last night (who does that?) that there’s a page dedicated to telling owners how to move a fuse to turn that armrest outlet from batt to ignition powered!

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The manual isn’t quite clear, but there it is:

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It also gave me a reason to pop the hood for the first time, and note all the room for activities!

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So with the V6 set so far back, the accessory drive is pretty much the only thing past the axle centerline, so its pretty much front-mid-engined.

So with the fuse switched, I plugged the camera’s cord in and ran it down the back of the armrest,

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Under the carpet to the storage area beneath the rear seat,

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And up to the camera that I had no other choice but to ziptie to the center headrest poles

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For the front cam’s wire I just tucked it into the headliner and down the a-pillar and across the dash below the steering column, and this is the only wire that really sticks out

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And I only wounded myself once on the sharp plastic bits

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There are only a few small things I think I’ll end up doing to the truck, mostly to make it more livable over the next three years I’m leasing it. Stay tuned for some exterior doo-dads that are going on/in next week.

Mini-Daryl approves.

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