Originally Posted by Horns07
How hard did I find the remote start and overhead monitor to install?
Remote starts really aren't to bad, and are actually much easier in trucks as you have a lot easier access and more room to get under the dash (as compared to my Accord). You need to be comfortable with identifying wires, checking voltage, and either stripping or clipping them and soldering. Quite a few options out there by my preferred are DEI products. You do need to pay special attention to default settings in programming like crank time, wait to start, etc. New vehicles have security modules you have to bypass and DEI makes kits like the PKALL and DBALL which will allow this without the need to keep a spare key in the dash somewhere. The DBALL will tie into the CANBUS and makes programming and bypassing security easier. Sometimes the lock/unlock wires are a pain as you need to grab them from the passenger side vs. the driver side (cannot remember on the Fseries and my 350 had it factory). Biggest pain can often be pulling the steering wheel shroud without scratching it if you need to hit the vehicles security system/key sense wires. FYI, if you install an alarm system you cannot unlock your f series with the keypad on outside of door w/out setting the alarm off (which does stink a little) but still worth it in my opinion and most cars will have a quirk or two.
As for the overhead monitor that was pretty simple, especially w/out a sunroof. You do need to pull the ceiling down a bit, but not completely off and either identify somewhere to mounts the screws to hold it up without puncturing the roof or add a reinforcement that will spread the weight of the monitor evenly and give you a mountable surface. What I did was insert a piece of 1/8" or so plywood in between the headliner and the roof line where the monitor was to achieve this and hold my 10" monitor. Not heavy enough and spread weight over enough area (18" x 18") in the headliner to prevent sag. Then cut a small hole on the headliner to run audio/video/power and fish through to drivers door to be run down pillar and connect to radio. I had reading lights on mine as well that I tapped into the lights in the headliner at the rear of the truck.
I have done one or two of each