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Willy, converting to power door locks

jason,
i have been contemplating the switch to power door locks for my truck. (94 half ton). i got used to having them on my Z-71 and I"m thinking about installing them on this truck. how difficult do you think this would be to accomplish? I"m assuming ican purchase the actuator and then instalation can't be too complex. but i figured you might have some experience with it from installing remote starters as they typically have door lock outputs.
thanks for the help
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Re: Willy, converting to power door locks

Just an idea, if you don't want to modify the interior door panels for the switches, you can make it power locks and add a keyless entry system. Then you can keep the stock interior.

Anyways, just something i thought of.....
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Re: Willy, converting to power door locks

Adding stock actuators would be a biatch. Go to an alarm/stereo place and buy 2 2 wire door lock actuators of DEI brand or something comparable. Cheaper ones will die within a year or so... Make sure you get the 2 wire motors and not the 5 or whatever they are.

To mount them you just put them in line with your lock rod inside your door, mount them to the inner door steel with 2 machine screws, and bend up the little steel rod they come with so you can attache it to the stock lock rod in the door with the supplied little clamp.

If you want switches inside like stock then you will have to go to the dealer and buy the new bezel and switch for each side.

If you don't want switches you can just add a keyless entry system like suggested above.

Argh, I just spent 10 minutes writing out the wiring diagram and realized if you use stock switches you won't need relays or anything... If you use stock switches they have a ground when at rest output already so you just need to hook the motor wires directly to the switches and give the switches a +12v that is always hot, a ground, and an illumination if you want them to light up. I'll get you a switch diagram for the stock switches when you get to that point. Your going to have to pick up the harness that plugs into the back of the switches to.

Now if you want to run keyless entry and no factory switches you will need to use 2 30 amp SPDT automotive relays and wire as follows. Take a drill battery or your car battery or whatever and power up your actuators and see which polarity makes them lock, and which makes them unlock. Write this down. The colors should be purple and green out of each actuator. For this example lets say the lock is purple and unlock is green. Tie both green wires from the 2 actuators together and tie both purples together. Take a pigtail from the purples over to pin #30 on one of the relays. Take a pigtail from the greens over to pin #30 on the other relay. Run a +12 volts that is hot all the time to pin 87 and pin 85 on both relays. Take a -12 ground to pin 87a on both relays. Now, you will use the -12 ground output of the keyless entry module to work the relay by hooking the lock output to pin 86 on the purple wire relay and the unlock output to pin 86 on the green wire relay. Wasn't that simple?

Now if you want keyless entry and the factory switches, you will use the exact same wiring as mentioned above but instead of the -12 ground going to pin 87a of each relay you will run the output of each switch to that terminal. So the output of the lock switch goes to pin 87a of the purple wire relay and the output of unlock switch goes to pin 87a on the green wire relay.

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Re: Willy, converting to power door locks

as suprising as it sounds, that wiring made complete sense to me and sounds about as easy as it comes. i need no stock BS. a switch in the dash would work fine. i havea hard time reaching all the way over to the pass side of the vehicle to unlock. this would eliminate a need for that.
i was contemplating the remote start /keyless entry thing and this seems like a good freason to add it to the truck. one can never have too many wires floating around in there [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
thanks again, you just saved me a couple of hours of testlighting crap
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Re: Willy, converting to power door locks

Too many wires?



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Re: Willy, converting to power door locks

WHAAAAT? your getting soft man....i could do that w/ my seatbelt on going through the s-curve at 70 mph. you just have to move fast and understand you cant see the road for a minute
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Re: Willy, converting to power door locks

Peacock:

I used the JCWhitney power door lock and power window kit. It was very easy to install and all has been working well for over 3 years. It's very generic and the instructions were very simple. Only issue was the room to work in but just a couple of cuts later it was all in.

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