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Blind spot monitors

Is it possible to install blind spot monitors in a one year old 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo X?
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Re: Blind spot monitors

not sure of the answer to your question insofar as an installation....

but.....................

If you want to eliminate blind spots while driving, then that's another issue.
And here is the simple answer.

MOST people adjust their outside rear view mirrors incorrectly!

To properly adjust your mirrors... follow this guideline.
Most people sit in the driver's seat and 'line down the side of their car'. Almost, but not quite, correct.
What you should do is...
Sit in the driver's seat.. and then lean your head to a position directly over the center console... THEN line down the side of the car on the passenger side. THEN for the driver's side adjustment, lean your head to almost touch the glass and then line down the side of the car. You will know it is correct when you then look into your rear view (interior) mirror and note that the outside mirrors are now 'extensions' of the interior mirror, and in fact no longer repeat what was already showing. How many times do you need to see that red truck behind you anyway? Right?
Try it.. you'll like it.

The only 'adjustment' for you, as the driver, to make is to realize that the interior mirror is now your 'rear view' mirror, and the exterior (side) mirrors are now your blindspot mirrors. For 'on the road' testing, let a car pass you... (I know it's against your usual driving habits, but try it anyway!)... and you should see them move from the interior rearview mirror, to then 'enter' your outside rearview mirror as they disappear from the inside one, then as they disappear from the outside, they should then be right outside your window (in your peripheral vision).

Voila... No more blindspots. Ever.

Adjustment #1. IF they are in your outside mirror... do NOT change lanes! There isn't enough room
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Re: Blind spot monitors

You would need to install the side looking radars, mirrors, controller, wiring harness, and reprogram the computer. Perhaps not too practical.

Regardless of how you adjust your mirrors, the blind spot detectors are extremely useful when road spray obscures your vision as well as a tremendous safety aid in parking lots and backing out onto a street from a blind driveway, alone, and without help. Adds a significant extra margin of safety. Don't get hung up on the name of the system "blind spot monitor" as it does much more than that including cross path detection of folks walking by (folks that I don't think you'd notice regardless of mirrors).
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Re: Blind spot monitors

Genotex, thank you for your help. It is working!
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Re: Blind spot monitors

Jimbo all the parts needed sound like alot of work to install and get working.

Most people keep implying that there is some sort of side radar in the mirrors but I don't believe there is.

I think the blind spot dection system activates only the two outer most Back up sensors on the rear bumper.

I was driving behind a 2012 Mercedes Benz ML 350 that had their blind spot monitoring system turned on. What I noticed is everytime a vehicle passed it in the opposite lane the warning triangle would show in the mirrors wnen the vehicle got to the rear of the vehicle.


So I am guessing if you really want to have the function of the system you would have to come up with a way to energize your park sense system while your vehicle is going forward for nearly the same effect.

Of course you won't have the cool triangle that shows up in the mirror but you would have the audilble tone just like when you are backing up near something.
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Re: Blind spot monitors

The sensors used for BSM are not the same as the backup sensors.

On mine, I never detected a vehicle moving in the opposite direction.

I really like this feature and it works well.

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Re: Blind spot monitors

Can the OP not buy the radar modules and kinda "retro fit" the system? It may not be integrated as the factory does but might still work.

I read somewhere few days ago that on the new Infinity vehicles with Blind Spot detection system, the vehicle will actually try to prevent you from changing the lane if it detects a vehicle in the blind spot. This is achieved by applying brakes and such. The system apparently warns the driver as it is trying to prevent you but it does not stop you from changing the lane if u force it. I know I am not explaining correctly... let me see if I can find the news article.
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Found it...

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Thank you again for your help in this matter.
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