My "Farm Truck" Gets ALPs

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My TMG equipped SS is put up for the winter and I started to feel pretty naked driving my truck around without LIDAR protection so I was keeping an eye out, possibly for another TMG system, when I saw @gapi 's posting in the classifieds for a brand new dual ALP with HiFi. I thought to myself it would be great to have both a TMG and ALP system, especially with the price being so close!

Everything went great with the transaction and I wouldn't hesitate to buy from gapi again! Unfortunately for me I had to go to China and I had to wait until I got back and wait through some -36F weather to install them.
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The heads ended up being about 24 in apart on center to get them close enough to the outside of the truck and spread the coverage out as evenly as possible. I've also got them stuck out pretty far, which I thought I had a photo of but turns out I have to take another one later. ETA: side and top photos.

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The install was really easy in this truck. I used the @thebravo method through the fender and in through the door wiring grommet.

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I popped out the driver side headlight and I was able to run all the head wiring through there and into the grill. I didn't have to remove the grill or anything either.

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On the inside I hid the CPU right near the fuse box and popped the surround off the gauge cluster to take advantage of a little cubby that is just a placeholder for where the four-wheel-drive switches would be on a four-wheel drive truck. Where they are mounted in the cubby, you can see the controls very well from the driver's position but you can't see them when looking into the driver's window at all. I drilled a hole in the surround to put the LED in as well.

Speaking of the LED, the thing is stupid-bright, I'm going to have to figure out a way to tint it or something. Maybe a black magic Marker would be good enough?

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Some might be wondering why I would bother putting ALPs on this truck. It's because this thing is a sleeper. It's a 01 3/4 ton with a 6.0 gas engine. I've installed a 78/76 turbo 80lb injectors and a computer out of an 04 so I can run flex fuel and a 3 bar map. Running 12 psi on the corn, 0-60 is around 4.4 seconds. "Stealth the ride, not the install." Right? LOL

With my AFR and boost gauges on the pillar along with the newly installed ALP just to the left of the steering wheel, my dash cam and my Uniden R3 by the rearview mirror and my scanner and phone to the right of the radio, it really feels like the cockpit of an aircraft.

It'll be nice having both TMG and ALP, it's a good way to be familiar with the differences and quirks of each system.

Speaking of quirks, how common is it for the parking sensors to alert in fog and rain? I think I remember reading about this somewhere and I experienced it a bunch of times today when driving around. I think I have them set on 4.

Anyways, I'll have to have it tested one of these days. I might have to hit up @darkpenguin .
 
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You can easily customize the brightness of the LED's when you are configuring. Nice ride, I learned on an '02 8.1L M6, and earned my first ticket in it!
 

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You can easily customize the brightness of the LED's when you are configuring. Nice ride, I learned on an '02 8.1L M6, and earned my first ticket in it!
I have it on the dim setting but it's not dim enough.
 

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Looks good! You have a nice lift you lucky devil. Thanks for sharing.
 

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@OBeerWANKenobi nice install! Any pics of the door grommet entry?
Also, is that coil cord running up to the mirror for an RD? The cord is the giveaway... hardwire that puppy!
 

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@OBeerWANKenobi nice install! Any pics of the door grommet entry?
Also, is that coil cord running up to the mirror for an RD? The cord is the giveaway... hardwire that puppy!
I'll grab a pick and edit my first post when I get a chance. I've got to add picture of the sensors from the top or side as well.

If I do hardwire it, I'm thinking of using a constant source and a switch. The reason I have neglected to do the hardwire so far is that my lighter sockets stay on all the time and I really like that, mostly for the dash cam. In case I get pulled over, it's nice to have the audio from my dash cam. I'l do something with it one of these days.
 

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I have it on the dim setting but it's not dim enough.
Dim setting also lets you choose the exact level from 1-9 and by default its at 5 so you can adjust it lower if you want to dim it more.
 

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Dim setting also lets you choose the exact level from 1-9 and by default its at 5 so you can adjust it lower if you want to dim it more.
Thanks! I didn't notice that. I'll have to look closer. I changed the setting from the control pad because it wouldn't load my config file initially. I'll have to go online, change the config and try uploading to the CPU again.
 

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Thanks! I didn't notice that. I'll have to look closer. I changed the setting from the control pad because it wouldn't load my config file initially. I'll have to go online, change the config and try uploading to the CPU again.
On the setup when you select dimmed right below will be 2 sliders one for the control set LED and another for the external:
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@OBeerWANKenobi nice install! Any pics of the door grommet entry?
Also, is that coil cord running up to the mirror for an RD? The cord is the giveaway... hardwire that puppy!
I added some more pictures to the first post.

I finally got my LED setting to switch for me. I ended up having to ignore the "long press power button" thing that the website tells you to do after you download your config file. I had to turn the unit on and stick the USB into it while it was already booted up. Then it loaded the config fine. I'm on the lowest LED setting for the external LED.
 

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I added some more pictures to the first post.

I finally got my LED setting to switch for me. I ended up having to ignore the "long press power button" thing that the website tells you to do after you download your config file. I had to turn the unit on and stick the USB into it while it was already booted up. Then it loaded the config fine. I'm on the lowest LED setting for the external LED.
Where are you seeing instructions that you need to long press anything? To load a config file you just need to insert the USB with the system on and it will load instantly.
 

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u need to long press anything? To load a config file you just need to insert the USB with the system on and it will load instantly.
When you download your config file after editing it at alpupdate.com

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So, the above is confusing. Might want to change what it says.
 

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If the system is off its telling you to long press the Power Button to turn the ALP on. By default the system should already be powered on when ignition is on so doing so will just turn the unit off.
I will see if I can get them to clarify it on the page. That is the first time someone mentioned that to me.
 

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If the system is off its telling you to long press the Power Button to turn the ALP on. By default the system should already be powered on when ignition is on so doing so will just turn the unit off.
I will see if I can get them to clarify it on the page. That is the first time someone mentioned that to me.
Yeah, the wording makes me think the unit must be off when I insert the USB.....but sometimes my brain works differently than others. LOL
 

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Yeah, the wording makes me think the unit must be off when I insert the USB.....but sometimes my brain works differently than others. LOL
I don’t have an ALP system, so I’ve never tried it. But that’s 100% what it indicates: insert USB into system, then turn it on (so it had to be off to start with), and it will load the config.
 

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Tested the install this weekend and it should be great for what I face around here. Tested against an LRB, which is the most common gun around here along with PL3's, and tested with a DETC on old FW. I'm sure the duals would have all kinds of trouble with the newest DETC but for the guns I face, the old model is a good test to make sure there aren't holes in the coverage.

I'm using this course because it's handy but it's also challenging due to elevation changes and curves.


We tested both headlights and CM from the curvy direction (opposite direction from the above video) as well.

When we were testing from the other direction, as I was making my way to turn around I was being shot from behind for ****'s and giggles when the ALP's caught a reflection. There's no doubt they are very sensitive!


And it seems to never fail that we get at least a drive-by from our "buddies" during testing.


I waved at him out of my window, he waved back and we didn't get a second look.


Even if they are easy guns, LRB's are still cool, and I want one. They work well for QCB drills. You'll just look silly doing this with a DETC

 
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