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I can't seem to find anyone who has made there own and only a few who have done it with a kit. I want to do a wireless start on my 7.3 so that it can warm up before driving it and wanted to try to build my own, but I'm not sure how I would do it. Does anyone know how to do it or have seen it done?
 

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And another thing is that the kits I saw cost more than what I'm wanting to spend, so that's why I want to make my own
 

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I usually just install an alarm system with remote start. I'm partial to Viper, but there are other good brands.
 

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I have a AutoPager on mine. I think they are out of business though. I might be able to post the installation/ wiring diagrams and instructions later. Could give you some ideas.


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The nice thing about the prepackaged remote start/alarm systems is, they're pretty thoroughly engineered to remote start your truck. It ties into the brake light circuit to kill the ignition if someone gets in and steps on the brakes, monitors the battery voltage, can monitor temperature in the vehicle, senses when the truck is cranking and if it successfully started or not, etc. Not sure your skill level, but it's probably faster, easier, and cleaner to install one of the commercially available options. If your homemade solution gets stuck, holds the starter on for 5 minutes and burns it up, or cranks but doesn't successfully start, but leaves the ignition on and kills your batteries, well, there goes your cost savings. Not to mention you'll have an alarm too...
 

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Not to discourage you but I agree with the above post.

Sure it could be done with something like an Arduino or Raspberry Pi, and I thought of doing the same thing before I bought my truck that already had it installed. But after having the commercial unit I realize I would not have thought of all the safety features they built in. Plus, you have to look at the designed operating temperatures of those devices because a truck can get very hot or cold left outside.

I will also say from my work with arduino, sometimes it just does random things. No explaining it in the code, just a glitch. You don’t want a glitch on your truck


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