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Help me...looking to do this

I rented a Jeep Laredo and my wife loved it so much we decided to buy one on our trip.

Well we got the car, and noticed it didn't have this feature on the car:

http://media.ed.edmunds-media.com/je..._oem_1_717.jpg

We really like this feature (maybe me more than her) can you show me the parts I need to buy in order to get this working on the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo B package in black?

Thank you for your help and time.

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Old 12-01-2015, 07:22 PM
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I believe all models has the rear plug and vents, but only limited models and yo had the heated rear seats and plugs and I do not think you can buy parts to get it, or cheaply that is.


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My jeep is just the vents. It was one of the coolest features. I don't mind paying. Can you help me find the parts I need.
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Old 12-01-2015, 07:32 PM
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That would be next near impossible for me. You need to talk to a parts department to even see if it's possible. Should have just got a limited for a few more grand


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Re: Help me...looking to do this

I don't know if its possible to add those features to your Jeep. From the picture I see, 2 USB sockets, a 115 Volt Power Outlet, and 2 switches for heated seats.

So you'd need the plate, the switches/buttons, along with all of the various wiring. And of course, the heating elements in the seats. All of this along with the work required to install them would cost a LOT.

Sorry... but you probably should have properly checked the vehicle you purchased to ensure it had everything you wanted. I think spending at least a few hours determining which features you want along with which models offer them is a sound and wise use of my time when spending tens of thousands of dollars.
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Re: Help me...looking to do this

It sounds like you mainly want the USB ports and/or the 115v socket? Not the heated rear seats so much. I'm going to be more optimistic than the others here. I don't know for sure, but I think it's likely you have the wiring for the USB and 115v socket "roughed in" under the center console anyway. Kinda like my GC came with trailer brake controller prewiring and trailer hitch prewiring from the factory even WITHOUT the factory hitch and tow package. I had the dealer add the hitch to mine and it just plugged into a connector that was there.....I had a brake controller connector too. They don't make dozens of wiring harnesses for these GC's and all the different option combinations, it would be impossible. I agree it may be expensive, and it may take asking more than one dealer about parts and installation, but it probably can be done. Another option is a reputable/skilled car stereo indy shop (not Best Buy) can surely install factory looking USB or 115v ports there or anywhere else you want them for that matter.
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My jeep is just the vents. It was one of the coolest features. I don't mind paying. Can you help me find the parts I need.
My 2014 Summit model came with these features. They seem nice on paper, but in practice, not so much.

First off: the USB ports. These are "charge-only" ports and will not allow you to connect additional media devices to your head unit. That's trivial in comparison to the main issue: they only source a tiny amount of current. That is to say, if I plug in my tablet to one of these ports and have the tablet running then its battery will steadily discharge even while it's plugged in. So, I had to get an alternative USB power source for my devices. I have been very happy with this one:

Amazon — Aukey 4.8A Dual USB car charger

Fast charging for my phone and it can keep my tablet/other devices charging even while they're under active, heavy use (e.g. having the screen, CPU, and bluetooth constantly on to operate a windshield HUD for OBDII data via the Torque app).

Second, the power inverter. It says it's rated for 150W. Maybe. All I know is that it doesn't provide sufficient power and/or a clean enough waveform for my laptop power supply brick. When I use my laptop with this inverter the brick constantly freaks out and therefore my laptop cycles from thinking it's on AC power back over to battery power every few minutes. The laptop brick never has this issue when plugged into wall power. So, about the only thing I have used the power inverter for is to plug in a wall USB charger (again, in order to get a decent amount of USB current that the built-in USB ports won't provide).

If I were considering doing this as a project (as you are), I'd avoid using stock parts and get quality components instead.
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Re: Help me...looking to do this

Wow thank you for the advice, I still appreciate the nay-sayers. I will check around and see what it will cost to put in some quality parts.
The idea is for the kids to power their iPad's instead of putting in two tv screens.
I am also looking at damaged scrap jeep cherokee's to maybe get some parts of their
I know that sounds ghetto lol.
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The idea is for the kids to power their iPad's instead of putting in two tv screens.
Yeah, that will never work if you use the stock components. If you are committed to doing it as an embedded project then find a charger that can supply 2.4 amps *per USB port* (so, make sure it's rated in watts for at least 5*2.4*number of ports) and that will supply that amount of current to Apple devices.

If you want to future proof there is also a new qualcomm quick charge 2.0 spec that can very quickly charge compatible phones/tablets (not that it's likely to be implemented by Apple).
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Congrats on the Jeep, but sorry to see you bought the wrong one. It seems to be a daily thing here that people buy a vehicle, but then post about adding features from a higher model. I don't get it, why didn't you get the one you wanted right from the get go?
Either way I hope you can get that stuff added, but I would imagine the required wire harness will not be there making it not a simple plug and play job.
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My 2014 Summit model came with these features. They seem nice on paper, but in practice, not so much.

First off: the USB ports. These are "charge-only" ports and will not allow you to connect additional media devices to your head unit. That's trivial in comparison to the main issue: they only source a tiny amount of current. That is to say, if I plug in my tablet to one of these ports and have the tablet running then its battery will steadily discharge even while it's plugged in. So, I had to get an alternative USB power source for my devices. I have been very happy with this one:

Amazon Aukey 4.8A Dual USB car charger

Fast charging for my phone and it can keep my tablet/other devices charging even while they're under active, heavy use (e.g. having the screen, CPU, and bluetooth constantly on to operate a windshield HUD for OBDII data via the Torque app).

Second, the power inverter. It says it's rated for 150W. Maybe. All I know is that it doesn't provide sufficient power and/or a clean enough waveform for my laptop power supply brick. When I use my laptop with this inverter the brick constantly freaks out and therefore my laptop cycles from thinking it's on AC power back over to battery power every few minutes. The laptop brick never has this issue when plugged into wall power. So, about the only thing I have used the power inverter for is to plug in a wall USB charger (again, in order to get a decent amount of USB current that the built-in USB ports won't provide).

If I were considering doing this as a project (as you are), I'd avoid using stock parts and get quality components instead.
agree that inverter is completely worthless. 150w doesn't get you much these days. both my laptop bricks exceed it as does everything else I have ever wanted to plug into it. be nice to get a little more out of it.
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I don't get it, why didn't you get the one you wanted right from the get go?
Haha, ironically, based on his described use case he may have made the correct decision. You know, because the built-in USB ports won't do what he needs them to do. So, he may actually come out ahead this way, cost-wise. I mean, what if he had spent thousands on the higher trim only to find out he needed to get an alternate USB power supply anyway? Heh.

Maybe someday I'll rip apart my Summit and replace those stock USB ports with some that source a reasonable amount of power. As it stands, I'm satisfied with that small $13 Aukey USB adapter that provides 5x the current per port compared to the stock ports.
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