Servicing Emergency Vehicle Equipment, ATVs and UTVs
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WHAT DOES VEHICLE UPFITTING MEAN?
It is the process by which additional electrical and/or electronic equipment is installed and wired into the vehicles factory electrical system. So whether you have a Car, Truck, Motorcycle, ATV, Side-by-Side, Boat, Tractor or other Off-Road vehicle, having a PRO help you choose and install the proper equipment can save you time, money and a lot of frustration.
ARE VEHICLES REALLY THAT COMPLICATED?
In the old days, a vehicles electrical system consisted of a battery, alternator and various loads, such as power windows and power door locks controlled by switches. These loads would operate in 1 direction, such as “up” for windows or “lock” for door locks and to get the opposite direction, the control switch would have to reverse the polarity to get “down” or “unlock”. Vehicles now use what is called “Data Communication”, which means the power window switch on your drivers door “talks” to the passenger window to tell it to go up or down.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO ME?
One of the most critical components to vehicle upfitting is the physical mounting of product and on every install, we consider several things, a few of which are:
- Is it safe to put screws / holes here?
- Will it interfere with front/side/seat airbag deployment?
- Will this location create a waterleak?
- Are there any vibration/temperature concerns that could cause the equipment to fail?
- When the equipment comes out, will there be any permanent damage to body panels?
When it comes to making connections to your vehicles electrical system, not every wire is simply a power or ground like the old days, so making 1 wrong connection could:
- Cause your equipment to work improperly or only at partial intensity
- Create a world of bizarre problems with how your vehicle systems operate
- Void your factory warranty, leaving you to pay the dealership’s costs
- Disable or impair safety equipment on your vehicle
- Cause your equipment to cut out intermittently when going over bumps or when certain temperature or moisture conditions are present
If the installer that does the work is not certified, you could wind up paying them to do a poor job and then paying us to repair their install AND correctly install the equipment. We pride ourselves on doing installs in brand new vehicles that when the equipment comes out, you’ll never know there had been upfit equipment installed!! That means better installs, better operation and better resale value for you – THE PRO DIFFERENCE
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