Steering Wheel ADD-ON Controls w/o System
I'm pretty new to this website (I've been lurking for a couple of months) and am in the process of designing my first system. Thanks in advance for any help with the following. I couldn't find anything about this particular situation.
I have a '01 Chevy Tahoe that did not come with steering wheel remote controls. I very much want them. The '01 Denali & Escalade have the remote controls. I was planning on swapping out the steering wheel or adding on remote controls, then re-wiring with the appropriate harness, SWI-X adapter, etc. However since I've been bitten by the mp3car.com bug, I would prefer to control this feature via my CarPuter.
There was a long thread (God of CPU's) about how one could use steering wheel audio controls via the car's specific interface to a joystick game port on a PC.
MY QUESTION IS...(sorry it took so long to get here), how can I wire add-on audio control buttons directly into a CarPuter, completely bypassing the cars wiring system? Phew. ;) Thanks again.
add-on controls purchasing info
If you want to spend around $700, call your local GM dealer for a brand spankin' new factory replacement. Otherwise, the 2nd cheapest alternative I've found are these remote controls add-ons for $219 at...
I've seen just the audio remote controls, as well as brand new OEM steering wheels with audio remote controls, both for $50 on Ebay.
Nordstrom's Automotive (a seller on Ebay) has an inventory of gray leather ones with the audio remote controls and I was thinking of going that route, however after speaking to them, they told me "it looks like the base of the control is molded into the wheel so you wouldn’t get the whole switch. I cant say for sure that it would be functional once removed."