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Garage door remote

Can the overhead garage door remote be added to a WK2 if one was not installed by the factory?
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Re: Garage door remote

What I did was buy a rear view mirror from Gentex (they specialize in rear view mirrors and actually supply most of the car manufacturers). The mirror I bought has auto-dim and 3 Homelink buttons. Model # 50-GENK41A.

It requires a switched power source as well as a ground to power the mirror's features. I tapped into the 12V plug in little storage bin in centre stack. It's a bit of work, but doable.

I attached a picture of my mirror. I love it. Works great.

Here's one I quickly found on ebay: Mito 50 GENK41A Auto Dimming Mirror Homelink 50GENK41A | eBay
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Re: Garage door remote

Is the Homelink built in to the mirror or the ceiling console in a factory build?
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Is the Homelink built in to the mirror or the ceiling console in a factory build?
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Re: Garage door remote

This is another way you can consider doing, Ive done this on my motorcycle and it works great! Just as long you can handle some soldering and taping into your hi beam cir , Like I said its just another way


I currently have my garage door opener hard wired into my motorcycle's high beam switch. The nice thing about this set up is that the remote is hidden in the frame of the bike, You can installe the remote somewhere near the headlight , it can not be easily stolen, forgotten or lost; and it can not be triggered unless the key is in the ignition. And I never have to change the battery.

My current configuration is as such.
1. Open the remote control and identify the push button cir.
2. solder a jumper across the button on the remote so that it is always in the on position.
3. Connect wires to the battery terminals on the remote. negative to ground, and positive spliced into the high beam positive source.

when my high beams are on the remote will be transmitting and it sends voltage to the 12 volt garage door opener , It was fairly simple to hard wire it such that any time the high beam is on the opener is transmitting,

Remember the remote control needs to be a 12v (12v lighter battery)
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Re: Garage door remote

Thanks for all of those ideas. I would like to go stock of I can. I found four different overhead consoles ranging from $350 to $750. I wonder why they are so pricey?
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Re: Garage door remote

I had the same issue with my wifes car (a GM product) when I wanted the Homelink unit that is built into the overhead lighting console, very similar to the one in the GC. Also, note that like the GC, there are multiple overhad light consoles - some with sunroof buttons and the one without (3 different models for the GC - no sunroof, standard sunroof, pano sunroof). With my wifes car, the headliner came from the factory in two different colors. This is not a issue with the GC, all are the same.

So, after checking with the dealer for new parts (very $$$) and watching eBay for almost a year - I started searching the local and online recycle parts yards. It took me nearly 2 months, but I found the console (without sunroof buttons, in grey) from a recycle parts dealer many states away. Final cost was $35 including shipping. It literally plugged in. Important - I made sure the dealer I bought from sent me the end of the wiring harness it was attached to. The Homelink had a unique connector. Otherwise, they are pretty much plug and play (ie: may have to find a power lead to splice into).

So my recommendation is to start e-mailing and phoning around. Many recycle parts dealers do not like fooling around with these relative inexpensive parts - too much labor $ to properly remove and some do not want to cut wiring harnesses or separate certain parts (ie: some believe the overhead console should remain with the headliner). I ended up buying from a small recycle dealer that was very helpful and willing to work with me. I found the dealer by watching for various interior parts on eBay for my wifes car. Many dealers post photos of the vehicles the parts come from, with a note indicating if you want anything not pictured to call - which is what I did after seeing the Homelink console in one of the photos posted.

Sort of like this one on eBay currently (I believe the color description is incorrect, all GC's are the same - sort of a light grey color). This one has the standard sunroof controls (the pano shade buttons would go on the right side). I would proceed with caution on this, as it does not appear to come with the wiring harness, but you could contact the seller to see if they can send it along with. The Homelink unit itself is self-contained in the console (ie: the sending unit is all there behind the buttons):

Grand Cherokee Over Head Roof Console Overhead 2012 Homelink Jeep 12 Tan Sunroof | eBay
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