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Old 08-08-2013, 08:16 AM
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Upfitter switch engine start?

Does anyone know how to use the upfitter switches in a 2008 6.4 to start the engine? I've done some research but can't find anything.
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Why?
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I can't understand why you would want to but you could just tie the output of the upfitter to the starter solenoid wire. You would still have to turn the key to on, then just bump the switch on to crank the engine.
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:24 AM
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if you do that, where do you live LOL jk

Easy to start with out a key? Hmm? Might as well put a sign on your truck stating, "steal my truck, no kys needed"!
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:26 AM
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You still have to have a key to unlock the steering wheel and shifter.
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:29 AM
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You still have to have a key to unlock the steering wheel and shifter.
ha! Screw driver! I think its a bad idea, just MHO
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:30 AM
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Why?
Why not? Could be useful as a security system.

As for how, you would have to undo the wires connected to the ignition cylinder and wire it up to 2 upfitters, one for run position to turn on all electronics needed to run and the 2nd to actually crank the starter. Ive never messed with upfitter wiring before so i dont know for sure how to wire that but id imagine its just like any other switch just fancier.

Only problem i see is that you would have to flip the 2nd switch back to off after it starts otherwise you will burn out your starter unless you really wanted to get fancy and wire a "normally on" oil pressure switch to cut the power to that circuit once the engine has oil pressure(i.e. started)
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:33 AM
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if you do that, where do you live LOL jk

Easy to start with out a key? Hmm? Might as well put a sign on your truck stating, "steal my truck, no kys needed"!
Yes but before you thought about this would you have ever thought if you were stealing the truck to try to flip the upfitters? I for one wouldnt but maybe im not bright enough for that.
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:35 AM
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Yes but before you thought about this would you have ever thought if you were stealing the truck to try to flip the upfitters? I for one wouldnt but maybe im not bright enough for that.
thats where your wrong. The 07+ trucks that go MIA and get stolen, those kids who are jacking them are extremly smart!
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:40 AM
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thats where your wrong. The 07+ trucks that go MIA and get stolen, those kids who are jacking them are extremly smart!
Well either way like you said they will just jam a screw driver into it and turn it, but at least with the upfitter start it wont just start with the screw driver they would have to think about switching the upfitter as well. Its just that added extra step that can foil the theft. As is stated in any security system thread if they want it bad enough they will get it. Its just making it just that much harder to get that can keep your truck from being stolen
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