AlfaOBD

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  1. Ghost_RAM

    Ghost_RAM Senior Member

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    Please Read!!!
    Supported years: 2013 to 2018
    Make a backup of your original BCM configuration before making any changes. While we have a few BCM configs to compare with, there is nothing like comparing to your own pre-changes.

    Instructions:
    Uploading System ID (BCM) Information: Thank you Mpgrimm2
    To upload your System ID information (BCM) go to the "Tools" icon in the upper right corner. From there select "Upload to Google Drive", it will ask you to link to Google Drive. Link your Google Drive to Alfa. Select "Upload to Google Drive" and "Upload Faults and Status Log". Then select "Body_Chrysler_Info". Name the file to upload whatever you wish. Done! Now you can go to your Google Drive and read the system info a little easier.

    For viewing the information directly on the app, go to the bottom and select the battery icon once a connection has been made. Then select Read System ID. It should start populating below. Form what I have seen the Alfa programming tool keeps a record by date of all changes in the BCM from time of first connection.


    Only make changes you are sure of.
    There are quite a few setting in the AlfaOBD software that are just not for us Ram owners. What you will find in Alfa are code settings for most FCA vehicles. If it makes sense and if another Ram has it from factory, then chances are you can set it. You must also keep in mind not only code settings will get you what you want, you will also need the proper hardware installed. Alfa is not magical!!!


    Hello all! Below is a list of known working codes when using AlfaOBD and the OBDLink MX Bluetooth with Android tablet/phone. This thread is to get the information out about this program/tool and its powerful interface. Ricks Ram, STecoD, Mpgrimm2 and I have been able to activate the following codes with no ill effect. I personally have been in contact with the developer several times and he is very willing to help and is pushing updates fairly regularly.


    AlfaOBD is only available to Android and Windows platform. There is NO iPhone support.

    AlfaOBD
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.AlfaOBD.AlfaOBD

    OBDLink MX Bluetooth
    https://www.amazon.com/ScanTool-426101-OBDLink-Bluetooth-Professional/dp/B006NZTZLQ

    While there are other ways of connecting to your BCM with AlfaOBD, the above OBDII adapter has been tested and is preferred.

    Before attempting any of this be sure to skim through the instructions/help pdf on getting started.
    ANDROID http://www.alfaobd.com/AlfaOBD_Android_Help.pdf
    WINDOWS http://alfaobd.com/AlfaOBD_Help.pdf

    DeereGuy: In case anyone with a 2018 RAM would like to make changes to their truck, we have just officially announced a security bypass harness that will let alfaOBD and other tools work with the 2018s.

    https://www.ramforum.com/threads/2018-ram-security-module-bypass.125133/#post-1801395


    Please make notes for every code you set!!!
    If there is a problem this will give you a starting point in which to go back and change what went wrong. We have found nothing in the codes listed below that is not reversible. While it is possible to select multiple codes at once, it is recommended to set one code at a time then let the truck sleep 3 to 5 minutes. When I first started this I noticed some of my codes didn't take right away. I believe it is because I was not giving it enough time.


    Known Working List This link provides a working list of codes that will be updated periodically with new additions.

    Write-ups for a few of the commonly sought after changes in Alfa. Thank you @1500ram12


    Confirmation of DRL CSM showing on RA2 radio settings.

    Original Post by @G-Ride990 ... Here and Here

    Thank you @ramrocker for locating the above!

    Shared BCM Configurations


    Earlier Versions of AlfaOBD Thank you @Lawsuit11

    Index of How To's and info: Thank you to all those who have contributed!!!
    Android getting started


    Windows getting started

    Tire size adjustments (Easy online calculator)

    TPMS

    Fob Programming Walk Through


    Obtaining 4 digit pin from reluctant dealer

    Differences on 4 and 5 digit pin code.


    Mirror info for tilt in reverse function


    Adding Rain Sense Wipers

    Adding OEM Cargo Camera with M2Mods Harness

    BW 44-44 to BW 44-45 Transfer Case Swap

    2006-2012 Thread on Alfa usage

    Factory Keyless Enter N Go

    Remove Air Suspension Warning (Disables air suspension)

    Adding Dual Zone ATC to a Tradesman

    Heated/Vented Seats and Wheel Posts 6959 to 6968


    Adding Front LED Turn/Park Lamps


    Odometer Correction Post 7871 Thanks @Lawsuit11 (Proceed at your own risk! Still not perfect as the correction is slightly off in the tenths)

    Engine Hour Correction Post 7910 Thanks @Lawsuit11 (Proceed at your own risk!)

    Do not use an app called SRTactivator. It could possibly leave your truck inoperable or at very least needing to have the BCM flashed at the dealer. It is strongly advised to not change the "Vehicle Line" or "Vehicle Brand". Be very careful in making changes to settings you are unsure of or that have not been tested.

    FYI - AlfaOBD needs to be connected to your truck in order for you to be able to see all the settings. While most of them will show, you will not have several other as well as all the CSMs.

    Ricks Ram: "I wanted to mention it might be a good idea for guys to leave positive comments in the Google Play Store or wherever you buy the alphaOBD tool from and mention that you're using it for your RAM so the developer will see how many of us who are using the tool are from the Ram community. I'm thinking it might help us in the future as he refines a tool when he knows how many guys are using it for Ram trucks since it was primarily used for Alfa Romeos and other cars prior to the Ram pickup.


    I'll continue to update as I find new working codes or fixes to issues as given to me.

    Special thanks out to Ricks Ram, STecoD and Mpgrimm2!! I don't believe I missed anything here but if I did, please let me know and I will edit. Thanks!
     
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    I ordered Bluetooth MX last week and I’m getting it tomorrow! Can I acticate my inverter codes as well as things like change quad to projector headlight harness and switch rear bulbs from incandescent to leds?
     
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    Congrats, I'm sure you will not regret it. There is so many things you can do with this setup.

    I have not messed with any of the inverter codes but I found the following just skimming through a few minutes ago.

    Inverter Status Input Present
    Inverter Enable Relay Output Present
    DC to DC converter Present

    Best thing I can say is make detailed notes of each change you make so you can revert back if you have adverse affects. Also, let us know and post your findings!

    The headlights and harness have settings inside the program but maybe someone more aware of the process of swapping out the housings and harnesses can chime in. As far as the led lamps, the only thing I have done with any of the settings is the led license plate lamps. I changed the setting in mine to remove the pesky lamp out. I no longer get the message but then again I probably will not receive the warning of lamp out either because even with the bulb removed I get no message now.

    Good luck!
     
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    Ricks Ram Senior Member

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    Thanks for the great writeup and posting exactly what is needed to activate each code you have been successful with. This tool already seems to be able to add more codes than the AE tool like blinker lights,puddle lights,auto dim side mirrors,Smart Beam,single zone ATC ect and so far there are no corruption issues (knock on wood). It is also known that on the 2014 Rams the AE tool for some reason doesn't show all the options in the BCM. With the alphaOBD tool I can see all those settings as well. I have only had the alphaOBD for a few days but I already like it much better than my AE tool. I also like the fact that it's Bluetooth so there are no cables to connect to your laptop. I plan on keeping my Bluetooth OBD connector in the console of my truck at all times just in case I ever have an issues away from home I can also use it for diagnostics as long as I have my Android device. Hopefully people will use this thread to report what they have been able to activate with the alphaOBD tool and the exact steps they used to do it and also any problems they may have it so we can start to build a data base. I am hoping the developer continues to work with us to correct any issues we may find with the tool.

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    Thanks Rick, no way I could do any of this without your, STecoD, Mpgrimm2, DeereGuy and many others who have helped along the way with everything I have accomplished on my truck. Even the small issues I have had have either been reversible or the program wouldn't let me, but the developer is always quick to respond and great with keeping the tool updated.

    Hopefully in the near future we will have a lot more to add to this thread in the way of successful codes. There is one downside to Alfa, it shows me all the things I would love to have in my truck! Lol
     
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    I thought I read another poster on here couldn't connect to their ECU with AlfaODB for some reason? Maybe it was just them?

    If so I will gladly purchase a copy of the program immediately. Ive tried another app (FCADiag) but it didnt seem to have as many "can do" items as AlfaODB.
     
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    Thanks for posting. I need to do the same as soon as I figure out how.

    I know one person who was having issues getting connected after an update that was sent out. After contacting the dev and a couple fixes he was up and running again.
     
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    Thanks for the images!

    Are all/most/some/very few of the settings in the screenshots actually set-able through the app?
     
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    For those of us without Android phones, is the windows version able to be used as well?
     

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