Originally Posted by malay4785
I'm actually looking to do a Viper 5904 install before winter really settles in. Doing the research now. Do you know about how long it took you to complete the install? And if you had any troubleshooting once you got everything hooked up?
Need to do some detailed research on a bypass as I may need to purchase one, really started looking into it today.
Thanks in advance.
I did it a year ago so I could be off a little on the time, but I'm pretty sure it took me around 10 or 11 hours. But I went a little slow on purpose and I forgot to plug one of the wiring harnesses back into the fuse box all the way.
Figuring that out took about half an hour of great frustration.
Once I had everything connected, it was just a matter of getting the settings where I wanted. Things like changing the transmission setting on the Viper to automatic (its on manual by default), locking the doors when I start the truck, and having the parking lights on when I remote start it. I didn't have any troubleshooting to do because I took my time and made sure I did everything right.
I'm not familiar with the inside of a 2012, but if on your dash you have the little car symbol with a key in the middle of it, you need a bypass. (see the picture at the bottom of this post) The "G" and the dot on the keys aren't always indicative that a bypass is necessary.
I went with the idatalink bypass because that's what was in stock at the store. It works fine, so I guess I like it. I know other people have used the expresskit ones because they're made by the same company that makes Viper. I don't know if it would be an easier install with the expresskit or the idatalink. If you go with the same idatalink that I used, I might be able to help you out if you have questions along the way. But PepsiManKolt seems like a pretty helpful guy too so he might be able to help you out if you went with the expresskit bypass.
Nearly all of the bypasses are basically an empty shell. You have to load (aka flash) the right firmware onto the bypass. Flashing the firmware onto the bypass is not something you can do yourself. You have to have someone at an install shop do it for you. When I bought my bypass, they did not charge me extra for flashing the firmware onto the bypass.
If you have any questions at all, feel free to ask them on here or just PM me. I'm usually pretty quick at responding.