Help with Upfits from Ram Brand Engineers

Resourceful, ambitious, independent – if you own a business in our industry, there’s a good chance these characteristics apply to you. It’s also a safe bet that yupfit_impageou’re comfortable under the hood a work vehicle, not afraid to grab a wrench when basic maintenance is called for, willing (even excited) to perform the upfit yourself when after-market equipment would make your truck or van more suited for the job.

For those with the time, resources and inclination to perform their upfits in-house, our partners at FCA US LLC (formerly Chrysler Group) and Ram Trucks have made available a number of resources to help the work go more smoothly, including an extensive online Body Builder’s Guide and even a direct phone line to their engineering department in Auburn Hills (manned by real people!). In an effort to lend even more support, the Ram Brand is supplementing existing resources with a new video series featuring tips and advice from actual Ram Brand engineers.

HOW TO VIDEOS
Below are the first seven videos in the series, with more coming soon.

Wiring Snowplow Lighting
Description: Ram System Integration Engineer Paul Wright demonstrates the proper way to connect and wire snowplow lighting on all Ram pickup and chassis cab trucks except the Power Wagon®. Also included in this video is a tip from Paul for accessing accessory power in your Ram truck. Watch Video now.

Auxiliary Switches and Upfitter Wiring
Description: Ram Brand engineer Chris Borczon discusses auxiliary switches in Ram pickup trucks and chassis cabs, focusing specifically on how auxiliary switches work, how to program and how to connect them. Watch Video now.

Connecting LED Tail Lamps
Description: Ram Brand engineer Chris Borczon explains how to install LED lights to the rear of the Ram Chassis Cab in this video from the Ram Trucks Commercial Vehicle Team. Watch Video now.

Power Take-Off 101
Description: Ram Brand engineer Chris Borczon discusses all things power take-off (PTO), i.e., the source of power for your upfit. Subtopics covered by Chris in this video include vehicle self-tests as well as programming, wiring and connecting hydraulics to the PTO. Watch Video

Ambulance Prep Package
Description: Ram engineer Brock Wienczewski discusses the Ram Chassis Cab Ambulance Prep Package. Specific aspects of the prep package covered in this video include the tie-in points for heating and cooling as well as the high-amp power point and the VSIM module. Watch Video

Rear Park Assist Install/Operation
Description: Ram System Integration Engineer Paul Wright goes step-by-step through the assembly, installation and operation of the Ram brand’s rear park assist system. Watch Video

Vehicle System Interface Module
Description: Welcome to VSIM 101. In this video from the Ram Commercial Vehicle Team, engineer Chris Borczan explains the vehicle system interface module, aka VSIM, an exclusive feature that allows for upfit functionality without the need to cut into existing wires. Watch Video

Not an owner of a Ram Brand vehicle? Remember, NARI members, their household family members and employees are eligible for a $500 cash allowance toward the purchase or lease of select Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram or FIAT® Brand vehicles. Visit the member benefits page on our website for more information.

 

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