wire cutters and a soldering iron
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.
Cool. Thanks for the input. I didn't find a diagram by searching. I'm not shy about doing the soldering as long as I know what to wire to what. Any suggestions? Thanks again.
I would say to start off Buy a set of controls.
Do you have any recomendations, I would like steering wheel controls aswel.
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This is going to be a good thread... I can feel it. I'd also like to have steering wheel controls.... that aren't just in a box tied to my steering wheel. I'd like it to have a factory look and feel.
If you don't mind attaching a 3rd party remote to the wheel pioneer makes one that is really nice comes with their high end stereo systems and ive seen them available for seperate purchase around $35 or so at crutchfield etc. And then use IRMan to control it on the PC.
this ain't the best picture of my solution under construction, but you should get the idea...it is fully functional & awaiting cosmetic completion. the top row of buttons are all multimedia controls, short cuts & web browsing controls. there is also a 1.8" lcd being grafted in above center of keyboard for rear view monitoring. the left side behind wheel is a mouse control & behind r/s is radio controls, as I kept my head unit. they are accessable the same way say a cruise control stalk would work, if you know what i mean...
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."
Buy a $20 usb keyboard, take the controller out of it, trace the inputs for up, down, left, right, ect...(hotkeys for winamp or whatever you use), buy the matching connector solder together and plug it in.
Now you have a $25 Gm Steeringwheel Control to USB converter using native Keyboard API; cross platform support. Other option include using a joystick controller...same concept.
Make something idiot proof, and they'll make a better idiot. Car modification is not just a hobby, it is a business.