solo79 wrote:If you do a "hidden" panel over all of that, make sure you vent the compressors somehow. They don't like to be in confined spaces.
That sounded like great advice so I used it. I turned the compressors around on their board to help the intakes breathe in to the larger area of the trunk space and not into just the back corner. I also re-mounted the Ridepro ECU to better conceal some of the wiring.
*Warning* If/when you remove the 2 main electrical connections to the ECU be careful since they are extremely tight. I learned the hard way and snapped the little plastic piece on the male end that the white retaining clips on the female end are made to latch on to. The good news is that they are also so tight you can't pull them off unless you apply a good amount of force even with the little clip snapped off, I still had to slide in a little screw driver to wedge it out safely and this was after it snapped off.
I did make a call to Ridetech Friday 2/20 to ask, "why so tight?" I've never had close to this type of difficulty removing a plastic connection, weatherproof or not. Gave a last good tug of the middle connection while on the phone with Ridetech and that's when the darn thing pulled off with a slight snapping sound. A little piece of plastic broke and the over phone diagnosis/explanation was that they normally pull out the white tabs anyway that hold them in. I can at least say I do see why they would remove the white clips that help hold these in now even though that explanation had me scratching my head a little. I guess if the ECU was installed in a place that was not easily accessible it would be darn near impossible to remove the two big wire plugs running to it without removing these white tabs. I just wish I would have known this beforehand and I would have done so and saved myself from snapping it off as well. I guess this must be just one of those insiders knowledge/experience things at Ridetech that they secretly know
since it was made to sound like an obvious solution, so I just figured I would share the experience.
Overall, from my experience if you want to take the next step up from a basic stereo install I think wiring this is just slightly more thought intensive but with all the same basic understanding. I've enjoyed figuring out the best way possible to get this wired for my uses and Ridetech makes an amazing plug and play system, except for the small issue noted above. Now on to the fun part... tearing down and building back up with the new suspension upgrades over the next week, more pics to follow. Fingers crossed we'll be on the road this weekend!