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Rear View Camera in Laredo?

I just ordered a 2014 Laredo with the 18" wheel and 8.4" stereo setup. I am really disappointed in Chrysler for not including a rear view camera in this trim level...even my wife's Base model CR-V has one and its $13k less expensive than my Jeep. Sorry, done bitching!

I opted for the larger stereo as I am planning to add some in-line processing and new speakers, amps, subs, etc. I will post all the details as I proceed. Does anyone know if the 8.4" in the Laredo has an input jack for the rear view camera like the one on the Limited would have? I know this would still take some significant work to setup a camera, but wasn't sure if the two units were similar enough that it would include this??
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Re: Rear View Camera in Laredo?

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I just ordered a 2014 Laredo with the 18" wheel and 8.4" stereo setup. I am really disappointed in Chrysler for not including a rear view camera in this trim level...even my wife's Base model CR-V has one and its $13k less expensive than my Jeep. Sorry, done bitching!

I opted for the larger stereo as I am planning to add some in-line processing and new speakers, amps, subs, etc. I will post all the details as I proceed. Does anyone know if the 8.4" in the Laredo has an input jack for the rear view camera like the one on the Limited would have? I know this would still take some significant work to setup a camera, but wasn't sure if the two units were similar enough that it would include this??
I am in the same situation as you, I have the 2014 Laredo E with the 8.4 and 18" wheel package. Your only option is to install the new Lockpic C8. I pulled out the 8.4 screen to take a look behind and found no jack for a camera.

Just curious what processor do you plan on using to process the factory audio signal? I went for the Audison Bit Ten. I plan on installing it next weekend. You really should to use a distortion detector, like a DD1 to see where the factory head unit clips the signal. Let me know how your install goes.
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Re: Rear View Camera in Laredo?

Thanks Vant4ge.... I am going to have to do some more research on the Lockpik product as I have never seen that before. Have you used one or do you know anyone who has that could give me some more information?

Regarding the rest of the system, I have a lot of experience with the JL Audio CleanSweep product line in the past with great success. I used it for a 2008 Camry, a 2009 Mazda with a Bose system and a 2011 Kia with a UVO/Infinity system. The nice thing about the CL-441 is that it automatically sets itself based on the factory crossovers and flattens the entire signal. You can then run RCA's out from the unit to a set of amps. My best system with this was in the Camry... I had a CL-441 with 9-conductor wire and factory harnesses behind the head unit. The CL-SSI merges the signals into a full range feed. From the CL-441 I usually run a 5 channel amp like the Alpine PDX by used a CL-RLC adapter for the 5th channel which enables separate sub control. A setup like this ends up being like a $500 addition beyond amps and speakers and all, but the quality of the sound when using these products is AWESOME!
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Re: Rear View Camera in Laredo?

I came to this site to read up on RA4 firmware. But FWIW I have successfully added the OEM camera to my 2013 Ram with an RA4. Something that no other dealer has been able to do. It has the moving backup lines and everything.
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Re: Rear View Camera in Laredo?

JeepGuy, is the RA4 in the Laredo or Limited?
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Re: Rear View Camera in Laredo?

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I came to this site to read up on RA4 firmware. But FWIW I have successfully added the OEM camera to my 2013 Ram with an RA4. Something that no other dealer has been able to do. It has the moving backup lines and everything.
This is good news, Now I need to find where the OEM camera can be purchased from. Anybody know?
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Re: Rear View Camera in Laredo?

Not so fast Vant4ge....the RA4 radio mentioned is only in the Limited and up (according to www.wk2jeeps.com at least) which states that the Laredo has an RA3. I am guessing the differences may include the jack for the camera, but please JeepGuy tell me Im wrong and please tell how you did yours so we can get this all figured out?!?!?
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Re: Rear View Camera in Laredo?

I apologize if linking another forum is in violation of the rules. It's not a Jeep forum. My thread is here.

What I did was visit Tech Authority and open it up in two different browsers (not windows, but browsers). Open it in IE and Chrome. In one browser, enter your VIN. In the other browser, just select a generic vehicle with any trim level that can option out a backup camera. I just chose a fully loaded model. Compare the wiring schematics and connector details of the two Jeeps, and determine what, if any, wires you're missing.

Once you've figured out the missing wires, you'll have to install the wires. Then install the OEM camera hardware. Lastly, have the BCM flashed to recognize the new camera. Flashing the BCM will add the options to your radio automatically.
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Re: Rear View Camera in Laredo?

who and how do you reflash the BCM?
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who and how do you reflash the BCM?
The dealer. You just ask them to add the sales code to your build sheet and then reflash the BCM. For the Ram, it was sales code XAC.
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Re: Rear View Camera in Laredo?

Unfortunately, Techauthority.com does not have the 2014 Grand Cherokee wiring diagram yet. JeepGuy, can you give a little more detail on that custom harness?
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Re: Rear View Camera in Laredo?

I designed it based on my research of the missing wires. If the 2013 Jeep has the same radio and electronics, you can assume the wires are about the same.

You'll want to look at your Jeep to verify anything you find online anyways.
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