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Re: Power Lift Gate

To elaborate, you can open and close it by hand but that works against the power pistons. When you pull up on the liftgate handle the auto lift actions starts, you can continue pulling and the worm gear will disengage and allow you to move it by hand. The same goes for lowering it, you can do it by hand but the mechanism has to reset itself so you'll hear and feel the liftgate piston moving. When you lift it manually it disengages the power lift do you can open it to whatever height you need. You can also stop it's upward or downward motion by hand at any time but it will take some force to cause it to stop so it's more than just touching it.

A salesman I talked to that was at the regional introduction was told by the engineers that although it can be manually overridden it's not recommended to be used that way on a regular basis because it can cause premature wear of the power actuator.
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:32 AM
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I was wondering does anybody think it would be possible to add power lift gate to a 2011 limited jeep GC. I assume buying a motor and installing it and a new key fob . I assume the Wiring should be all ready to go what are your thoughts .
I've been speaking with a parts guy in Chicago (found him on the net, I'm in Baltimore) who says that it is possible to add this feature as well as others (HSW, Pwr steering column) into a Limited (which is what I have - didn't inquire about a Laredo). The current problem is that many OEM replacement parts are not in production yet which means they can't be ordered.

He owes me a detailed part list for each feature within the LUX2 package as well as prices. I have no idea what part costs will be for the liftgate (I have them for the HSW) or what installation time/cost will be. I do know that i'm kicking myself for buying off the lot and not building my own.

You can buy key fobs on eBay and program yourself (approx. $100/ea). You just need two working keys in order to accomplish the programming. I do not think it is possible to add additional buttons (remote start or power liftgate) to your existing key fob.

I will be more than happy to share the list whenever I recieve it, which I do not expect anytime soon but hopefully this spring/summer.
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Re: Power Lift Gate

This is probably one of the only things I miss that my Saturn Outlook had. It was a nice feature if you were coming out of a store, hit the fob and the lift gate is open by the time you got there. I would say there is no way to retrofit one. The Outlook's was tied into the back up sensors, it had a sensor if it hit something when closing, and had a button on the dash that could turn it off for manual mode.
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Yeah I think its a great feature but how have people not been screwing up there rear hatch? I mean when parked in a standard two car garage on your typical SUV the lift gate will open high enough to hit your garage door when its opened or the bottom of the garage arch. So basically like 85% of the time we have to strain the motor from fully retracting because most people always park in a garage.
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Yeah I think its a great feature but how have people not been screwing up there rear hatch? I mean when parked in a standard two car garage on your typical SUV the lift gate will open high enough to hit your garage door when its opened or the bottom of the garage arch. So basically like 85% of the time we have to strain the motor from fully retracting because most people always park in a garage.
In the wife's MB R350 and my loaner MB ML500 it has a feature you could turn on for garage height where it limited the full range of the liftgate. Not sure if this is an option on the WK2, if not it should be.

Personally, I don't like the limited height feature. Being 6' 1" I find myself having to duck under the liftgate. I had my ML500 at a conference in Washington, DC and had forgot I turned off the garage feature. I opened the trunk inside an underground parking garage and the liftgate came very close to hitting the ceiling but it had about 2" to spare.
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In the wife's MB R350 and my loaner MB ML500 it has a feature you could turn on for garage height where it limited the full range of the liftgate. Not sure if this is an option on the WK2, if not it should be.

Personally, I don't like the limited height feature. Being 6' 1" I find myself having to duck under the liftgate. I had my ML500 at a conference in Washington, DC and had forgot I turned off the garage feature. I opened the trunk inside an underground parking garage and the liftgate came very close to hitting the ceiling but it had about 2" to spare.
Yeah thats exactly what im referring to and a lot of newer SUV's have this feature so how is everyone not destroying there lift gate? lol
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In the wife's MB R350 and my loaner MB ML500 it has a feature you could turn on for garage height where it limited the full range of the liftgate. Not sure if this is an option on the WK2, if not it should be.

Personally, I don't like the limited height feature. Being 6' 1" I find myself having to duck under the liftgate. I had my ML500 at a conference in Washington, DC and had forgot I turned off the garage feature. I opened the trunk inside an underground parking garage and the liftgate came very close to hitting the ceiling but it had about 2" to spare.
Reading through the manual it doesn't seem to have that feature. I did however find reference to manual operation.

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To operate the power liftgate manually in the open
direction, pull the liftgate handle once to initiate a power
cycle and then pull the handle a second time to put
liftgate into manual mode.
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Reading through the manual it doesn't seem to have that feature. I did however find reference to manual operation.

Running to garage to test.....
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Running to garage to test.....

Sweeeet, but please dont go damage your lift gate on my behalf haha Watch your gonna crush it into your garage door lol.

No but seriously though I guess what im wondering is when your Overland is parked in a normal 2 car garage and you lift the rear gate up does it stop before it hits? Here is an old picture of my 08 SRT8 which I no longer have so I cant remember if that one did or not. The area I have circled in red is the area im referring to. Im hoping that it stops on its own before going that high.

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I do know that i'm kicking myself for buying off the lot and not building my own.
I did the same and I feel the same as you. I want to add Adaptive Speed Control (which I dont have for sure) and "Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection" which I am not sure if I have it in my Overland.

If you get the list for those options, please let me know. I am interested and I do hope the wiring is there already for at least the Adaptive Speed Control
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I did the same and I feel the same as you. I want to add Adaptive Speed Control (which I dont have for sure) and "Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection" which I am not sure if I have it in my Overland.

If you get the list for those options, please let me know. I am interested and I do hope the wiring is there already for at least the Adaptive Speed Control
Well if you dont have adaptive cruise control you dont have any of the other things either. Its all one package. Adaptive cruise, bling spot monitoring, cross path detection, forward collision warning. None of these systems are plug and play and certainly not something you can just install. If you want those you will have to buy a completely different Jeep.

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Most of the garages around my area are plenty high for opening the lift gates. I could park my lifted ram in my garage no problem. Just checked and I have a 8' door and 15' ceiling.
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