Looking for help with 83.3 baud CANBUS integration for Chysler, Jeep, Dodge
I'm a noob to carPCs, but I'm starting to get serious about implementing one in my '11 Challenger. My aftermarket head unit is clinging to life by a shoestring and....simply put....they just don't make 'em like they used to. I'm looking to handle complicated audio processing, but things like navigation, internet, and video cams would definitely be coming down the road. I have no conceptual problems (yet) with the hardware stuff, like the PSU, PC, or monitor. I get those thanks to this site's search feature. What I don't get are the software integration parts to retain things like steering wheel controls, OBDII, and make the car not flip it's stuff when I remove the PAC adapter for the CANBUS. I've visited canhack.org, but honestly I'm not a software person, so it doesn't make much sense to me. If there isn't a file named "Setup.exe" I'm lost.
1. Has anyone successfully (and seemlessly) integrated the factory steering wheel controls for the 83.3k baud CANBUS system on a CJD vehicle through either a front-end or windows 7/8? I'm also a bit lost on the required hardware to accomplish this. Further CAN related diagnostics and OBD info sniffing/integration would be excellent as well. I believe this includes 3rd gen Durangos, all Challengers, earlier Chargers and 300s (I think it changed around MY12?), and probably the 4th gen Rams, but I don't know on that. I'm sure anyone that has a system working for them would know what I'm talking about. I don't understand how to make it work. I'm using all aftermarket speakers and amps, so no need to retain the factory amplifier (or anything else downstream from the head unit). I've taken a microprocessors class, but I only ever covered PIC assembly programming and a little bit of C. I'm a junior/senior level EE undergrad. We never made it to CAN systems and I certainly never learned how to write code for windows integration. I have or have access to most electronics tools if any are necessary.
2. Is anyone selling a PC HD radio tuner now? It seems like all the ones that come up on search are discontinued and HD radio is a must for me.
3. The audio processing programs are all a bit confusing to me. I've downloaded and tried playing with audiomulch, but there's a whole lot of things I don't need, and I can't find some of the ones I would need (time alignment, independent channel EQ, output assignments, phase flipping, etc.)
I'm sure #2 and #3 I can figure out with some more searching, but I figured I'd throw those in too in case someone knows easily.
My budget on this project isn't infinite, but I could throw up to $2k at this project before it starts getting uncomfortable, so in terms of the CAN integration, money isn't a major concern. I just need to understand it and know how to source the hardware for it. Right now I'm mostly interested in trying windows 8, but if a front end would suite me better that's 100% fine with me. Everything is flexible and nothing is purchased yet.
Any help would be appreciated, especially from fellow CJD owners that have some experience with this stuff. I haven't seen any recent Challenger builds and the ones that do exist haven't answered PMs (inactive).