This pictorial will be a specific remote start with keyless entry for a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab geared towards the DIYer. Yes! She's got a HEMI!
The “specific” aspect will be the use of an iDatalink bypass module and listing only the vehicle wires needed to effect the install. This truck has a transponder based ignition immobilizer, a MUX Start/Accessory/Keysense system, a single wire door lock system and a MUX based Headlight/Parking Light system. As such, it represents several challenges to the installer. Using the iDatalink bypass module allows the installer to make just 11 connections to the truck ( including the Hood Safety ).
Shown below is a bench prepped remote start unit with the iDatalink bypass module. All wire connections are done in the W2W fashion exactly following the diagram provided by iDatalink. W2W will allow the bypass to work with any ( quality ) remote start unit.
Disassembly : Remove two Phillips screws at the bottom corners of the lower dash panel. Pull the panel at the top, straight away from the dash. There are three plastic clips on the left side and one on the right. This will expose the metal plate shown below :
Remove the four Phillips screws marked, lift the plate up slightly and remove.
Remove the lower steering column cover using a Torx T-20 driver. First remove the Tilt Wheel knob ( one screw ). Next, remove three Torx screws at the underside of the lower cover. Squeeze the steering cover in at both sides along the seam to separate the two halves and remove the lower section.
Removing the side dash panel will allow easy access to the back of the Headlight switch and for antenna cable installation. Gently pry it open with non-marring tools. There are four plastic retaining clips.
Along the left side of the steering column is the ignition harness. This bundle of wires contains the Horn, CAN Bus wires, and the four ignition wires.
Here is a picture of the Ignition wires. ( Closer and out of focus, sorry. )
The CAN wire, also out of focus, found in the same harness.
Here is picture of the Horn (-) wire at the steering wheel connector. It, too, can be found in the same column harness
Here is a picture of the Headlight Switch connector. There are two WHITE/ Lt Green wires in this connector. The correct MUX wire is marked.
This was the only wire not directly controlled by the bypass module. All reference sources listed this connection as needing a relay with the wire going to ground thru a 1130 Ohm resistor. My fabricated resistor measured 1137 ohms and turned on the Headlights. Ended up getting the Parking Lights on at 1850 ohms and soldered in a 2,000 ohm resistor that reliably flashed the Parking Lights. A 5K ohm multi-turn potentiometer would make finding the correct resistance value easier.
Here is a picture of a convenient grommet for the Hood Safety wire pass-thru.
Not shown are the Chassis Ground and main 12V Constant connections to the remote starter. There are two factory ground bolts at either side of the
steering column channel under the dash. While the current draw of the remote starter is low, a direct connection to the battery is recommended.
The iDatalink bypass module handles the locks, alarms and bypass thru CAN Bus data. It supplies the remote starter with the Brake signal and a
Tach signal. It also supplies a Door Status signal for an alarm system. Due to the “data” type nature of many of the vehicle wires, all connections
should be securely soldered and well insulated.
There is plenty of room under the dash for module placement. While I used an ADS AL CA bypass module flashed with the ADS AL(DL) CH5 firmware, DIYers will find it easier to obtain the pre-loaded Solo Series ADS-ALSL CH or ADS-DLSL CA2. Please note that there are many ways and methods to install a remote start w/keyless into this truck. The description above is fast, fairly easy, very reliable, does not require two working keys for module programming and costs about $100.
Soldering is fun!