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Re: My "Knight Rider" Project 2003 Avalanche
« Reply #175 on: 07/15/17 02:01 PM »

Coolant line stuff done (FINALLY!)
Have to test it out yet to insure the union between the factory water line and the new braided line will hold. I bypassed the Throttle Body since it is not obvious how this could even begin to be helpful. By the time the coolant is warm enough to heat up the TB the engine block would be warm too providing heat to it...

Installed the AUX box for the radio with wiring to go to the computer and to an Aux port that will be added to allow a phone or something to be accepted.

Installed the new crossovers inline in the factory wiring. (Split the tweeter feed wire, figured out which comes from the radio and routed wiring accordingly. )
Using Memphis component set for now. may move to the Diamond Audio later once I get more information on the cross overs. We will see. I atleast want to run these speakers for a while and see how they sound.

Installed the HD Radio. This goes to the PC and will be used eventually as the FM radio. For now will go through the computer which can play through the radio.

Waiting for paint to dry then will be installing the Cell/Wifi/GPS antennae. Had to drill a hole in the roof to install this. I used a paint marker and painted the cut hole to prevent rusting. Will also apply black silicone to the hole to seal it up.

Next step is putting dash back together and install the Memphis tweeters in the A-Pillar, the 6" in the doors and see how they go.

After that will be wiring up the PC box to get it into the truck and operational.

Once everything is back in the truck I can start working on my Midgate box. I have a spare midgate and just picked up a table saw to accomplish this. Will be attaching a box to the back of the midgate and install the speakers inside to box to give them enough front space to move. They are 12 inch Alpine speakers. Will be running them off my Audio Art 100MS amplifiers which put out a measured over 300 watts per amplifer when bridged. (These were cheater amps that were good for 4 ohm bridged. Due to their unregulated power supplies they go up to about 350 watts when the vehicle is putting out full voltage while running. They were rated for 50x2 at 12 volts but ramp up almost logarithmic.

From the interior the only thing that will look different will be the 10" screen in the console. Everything else will pretty much be hidden.
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Re: My "Knight Rider" Project 2003 Avalanche
« Reply #176 on: 07/25/17 11:38 AM »

Installed the Antenna for the Cell/GPS/WiFi. Will be picking up adapters for the GPS and WiFi so I can use them right away. The Cell is intended for a repeater unit but don't have the $400-$500 to spend for one at the moment...

Installed the Memphis speakers in the doors. These sound way better than factory. Haven't installed the tweeters yet. The passenger side BOSE speaker was torn when removed.. The original BOSE speakers were integrated into the mounting bracket. I ended up using my Dremel and cutting away the basket for the old speaker and used an exacto knife to cut away the surround. The Memphis speakers I used are an exact fit and with them in there look like they belong. Although I didn't pay attention to my butane soldering iron discharge and melted a hole in one of the speaker cones. No damage to the speaker its self other than a hole in it.  :8:  Hopefully the +33 electrical tape will do... Looks funky but won't see it unless really looking for it. Doesn't seem to affect the sound at all since it appears to be hard thin plastic anyhow.

Have to cut the A-Pillars bigger to install the tweeters yet.

Next will be looking at getting the console back into the truck and build the midgate box. Since I have a table saw here just for that project I MAY build the Midgate box BEFORE doing the console install. We shall see... Building the box shouldn't be too hard.. Integrating it into the midgate will likely take some work though.

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Re: My "Knight Rider" Project 2003 Avalanche
« Reply #177 on: 07/30/17 11:49 AM »

Ok today I started reassembling my Console. Currently have the computer installed back into place and mounted some of the new power distribution stuff.

Picking up some foam from work to help quiet down some of the noise some of the components will make such as the relays.

Everything will fit in the console, just trying to sort out the best way to accomplish assembly. Will be ordering a couple small low noise fans to cool off the power supply. With the computer on you may hear the cooling fans but not much I can do about that. Just the way it is. Although may not really need much in the way of cooling for it since it is in the now wide open BOSE subwoofer compartment.

Have relays for the RAP and IGNITION wired up. I have room for 4 Relays and may install all 4l. May use it for  I found the switches can fit inside the center console at the rear of the console in the unused portion that really is worthless.

Designing a speaker box now for my 3 12" alpines. Will be a stealth setup. the ONLY thing obvious will be the screen in the console and if you look behind the seat there will be mesh in the bottom section. Will be using mesh behind some sonically transparent cloth similar to the stuff there now. I will be firing the subs through the back of the mid gate but we will see how well this setup works out. I will be maintaining the window holder but will likely set it up to shut off 2 of the speakers when the window is in its storage compartment.

Also considering where to install the amplifiers... At the moment looks like I will have a 6 channel amp bridged down to 4 channels. (120 watts for front, 75 for rear)
Each sub will have its own amplilfier that bridged goes over 300 watts. The subs are designed for 300 watts and these amplifiers will go up to near 400 watts so should be able to drive them fine without clipping. 

Hoping to have all this stuff installed for the nationals... Have a nice alarm to protect it all too. No way you can get into the truck without me knowing it... Even if you break into the truck it has a phone home alarm that will immediately call my phone if it is tampered with.  Nothing in this installation will be quick to grab other than the screen which will be worthless to someone else since you won't be getting all of the electronics to run it...

And I don't know anyone that wants a 6'3" 320 lb pissed off red head running at them with an "implement"...

Rodney
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Re: My "Knight Rider" Project 2003 Avalanche
« Reply #178 on: 08/12/17 10:26 AM »

Work continues on building the center console. Think I have power distribution section done. Next step is to make sure I am not forgetting any components then start putting the console back together. The computer is mounted properly and the relays, fuse panels etc are all setup. Just have to start installing the different sections into the center console and make sure it all works. Then one properly wired I can drop it back into the truck, connect to the harnesses already integrated and away I go.

This weekend I am also building a board to mount my "Hacking lab" on so I can continue working on the M2 interface. And building a speaker box to mount to the rear of my mid gate. Building it to maintain full access of the midgate. Will be mounting the amplifiers in an "alternate" location...

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Re: My "Knight Rider" Project 2003 Avalanche
« Reply #179 on: 08/20/17 10:34 AM »

So I got in on another thread... Ugh... 

http://www.chevyavalanchefanclub.com/cafcna/index.php/topic,97388.200.html

Darn brake lines anyhow...

So other work is pretty much stopped while working on the brake lines. Currently stalled until the flexible lines arrive. Paid for 2 day delivery so hopefully no later than Wed. 

The Dremel is a nice light work tool but I grabbed my jig saws from storage to continue cutting for the sub box. But this is stalled until the brake lines are complete.

I started a thread to discuss the new subwoofer enclosure and amplifier enclosures too...
http://www.chevyavalanchefanclub.com/cafcna/index.php/topic,151754.0.html

Also looking into adding some interesting lighting to my Truck...

If I use Acrylic rod with diffusers built in and some colored CREE LED's it could make an interesting light bar. Similar to the tail lights on my CTS. (My CTS uses LED powered Acrylic rods as the running lights as an OEM item.)  Cost looks to be about $40 for each LED color for each tube and the tubing is like $30 for 10'. 

Will make for a fun winter project...

Rodney
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Re: My "Knight Rider" Project 2003 Avalanche
« Reply #180 on: 09/02/17 04:23 PM »

Brakes done.. Back to the sound system as mentioned in the other thread...

I did add a couple Moroto 5 watt DRL lights in the grill...

I took a picture with my phone but it sucked in the dark... I will have to post a picture later.

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Re: My "Knight Rider" Project 2003 Avalanche
« Reply #181 on: 10/28/17 06:13 PM »

So getting ready for parking my truck for the winter.

Engine running great after all the issues with the heads...

Sound system is better now...

Brakes work great now...

Noticed that getting a little wear on one tire weirdly so I am going to look into replacing most of the front end components. Probably will just do the A-Arms and Tie Rods since I don't have any play in the steering wheel.  After raising my GF's truck I am thinking maybe its time to consider doing it to my truck. Most 6" kits seem to be around $1300 but I am assuming I will also need longer brake lines. May consider bigger tires and an hptuner if I jack up the truck... Although installing a new engine may become more interesting down the road.
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Re: My "Knight Rider" Project 2003 Avalanche
« Reply #182 on: 01/27/18 03:47 PM »

So I mounted the new amplifier boards to the back of the seats and ran initial power to the power block. I will show pictures once I have run the power and tested them. At the moment I have the amplifier for the fronts and rears mounted to the passenger side seat. It also contains a 3 way crossover. I am using the cross over to split out the subs and the rear speakers. Since you don't want highs in the rear speakers and the lows are going to the subs I am sending the lows to the subs and the midlevels to the rear door speakers. Still running the front stage full range but the passive crossovers limit the bass run through them anyhow.

The power distribution I am using has both the positive and negative distributions with large glass fuses in them and a volt meter. it will accept up to a 1/0 input and send out up to 4gauge wiring. I only have an 8 gauge running to it right now and only 8 gauge running to each amplifier at the moment. I expect to run 2 gauge to this panel this spring and keep the 8 gauge running to the amplifiers. When I install the amplifiers into the bed I expect to have two of these distribution blocks and run 2 gauge from the sub amplifiers and 6 gauge to the front stage amplifier and any processors I use.

I am also researching making some cool light strips for my truck. Looking at integrating some RGBW light strips with individually addressable LED's. Going to get water proof 3 meter strips. One will go in the grill, Two will go under the tail gate in the rear.  I plan to control them using an Arduino which will be integrated into the vehicle. I hope to have it read from the Databus eventually but may tap into the wiring at first to read the inputs. Will allow for some cool lighting effects and give my truck that full "knight rider" view ability. Will likely let the rear light up red a little with the parking lights, a lot with the brakes. Light up yellow with the turn signals and white when in reverse. I will be able to add effects to the lighting since I will have full control. For the front I will likely have it run Yellow lighting when the parking lights are on, flash yellow when turn signals are on. Will also have a security mode so when the alarm is going off the lights will flash with patterns and will be integrated into the alarms output. May have some sort of security LED flash going so it looks menacing as well. Just depends on how the power draw is.
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Re: My "Knight Rider" Project 2003 Avalanche
« Reply #183 on: 02/08/18 08:06 AM »

Looks like this will be my final update.

It is becoming painfully obvious to me that certain individuals need to feel empowered to bully others that try to offer support or help since it isn't coming from them or it challenges information they provide.

And speaking to the moderators doesn't help. Even though people have complained about this in other threads it continues and chases new people away. Many of the old timers don't bother coming here anymore because they don't want the drama.

I will be building my truck into an off road beast and am in the process of integrating cool electronics and such into it. But no one here will know any more about it.

Good day and enjoy your drama.
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Re: My "Knight Rider" Project 2003 Avalanche
« Reply #184 on: 02/08/18 08:54 AM »

Darn...was looking forward to some dash pictures as I'm considering a 10.1 install in the same area.
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Re: My "Knight Rider" Project 2003 Avalanche
« Reply #185 on: 02/08/18 06:05 PM »

Darn...was looking forward to some dash pictures as I'm considering a 10.1 install in the same area.
Dig up some post from Dluvr22 (I think that his screen name on here). He has the most advanced electronics setup in an avy you'll ever see.
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Re: My "Knight Rider" Project 2003 Avalanche
« Reply #186 on: 02/09/18 04:20 AM »

Dig up some post from Dluvr22 (I think that his screen name on here). He has the most advanced electronics setup in an avy you'll ever see.
Here http://www.chevyavalanchefanclub.com/cafcna/index.php?topic=138828.0
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Re: My "Knight Rider" Project 2003 Avalanche
« Reply #187 on: 02/09/18 12:50 PM »

Well, I for one hope you change your mind and keep posting to this thread. I have read it multiple times and have learned and lot from it
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Re: My "Knight Rider" Project 2003 Avalanche
« Reply #188 on: 03/16/18 12:56 PM »

I may come in here occasionally to update my threads but I am done with being an active participant of this forum. I am too busy and too impatient to deal with the Arrogant Jerks that seem to rule this place these days. Ie you won't see me in here trying to help out anyone or supporting the site.

I will be spending most of my summer updating the M2 device and integrating my computer into my truck. While Dluvr22 is an inspiration for much of my work, due to some of the contacts I recently have come in contact with I suspect the integration of my truck to electronics will be unparalleled outside of GM's research and development. Basically I have been offered "the keys to the castle" with the skill set to know what to do with them.

In the fall I finish my Computer Science Degree then likely start my Cyber Security Masters unless I catch on locally with a Security firm where I will learn a lot more.

I hope to have pictures up of my installed computer system soon. I have some work to do to it before hand and am finishing up this semester so work is slow.


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Re: My "Knight Rider" Project 2003 Avalanche
« Reply #189 on: 03/16/18 06:01 PM »

But are you going to inject an RF chip into your hand so you can unlock your truck.   :laugh:   :kidding:  Dluvr22 thought about it but I think ultimately thought better of it.
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Re: My "Knight Rider" Project 2003 Avalanche
« Reply #190 on: 03/18/18 03:20 PM »

Lol, no need to. I will be able to do the same thing with my phone or my watch. Both have RF on them or blue tooth.

That or face recognition with gesture recognition or even voice recognition are all methods available. RF chipping your hand is so barbaric when you have so many other options out there. "Alexa, start my truck at 10pm and let it run until the interior reaches 75F then shut it off" is an option too...

But putting mics near the truck and using voice recognition that is keyed to your actual voice can do wonders too.

we shall see when I get to that point... ;)

Like I said... Might be a little more exotic than others out there...
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