Originally Posted by JTS97Z28
No, you do not need both of those. Here is how it works. So I'm not 100% sure about the Jeep accessory illuminated sills, but I believe that when you purchase those all you get is the metal inside insert and you add that to your existing plastic sill piece. There are tabs inside that will allow you to remove the old one, then reinstall the new illuminated one.
Now if it comes as a complete piece, then literally all you do is pull off the old one, then pop the new one back in....obviously after you wire them up.
I installed the Summit illuminated sills on my 2014 Summit as those started on the '15 model years. I tapped them into the footwell lights. Easy to do and access to that area was pretty simple. Only had to tap two wires. The Jeep accessory sills may have other instructions as far as where to tap for power, but I think of regardless where they say to get it, the job is not hard. The finished product is great. It really adds a little extra something when getting in and out of your Jeep.
Thanks, I just found the thread from this summer when I was originally kicking around this idea: Is your aftermarket Mopar lighted door sill inserts flush ?
From that discussion, it appears that the Laredo owners are required to purchase the additional piece to make everything work. I confirmed that the lighted sills are just the "interior" metal inserts, and not the entire unit.
At this point, I assume I'll need to either purchase the additional parts that J4J calls scuff plates, or take a dremel to the plastic unit that is factory on my Altitude. I'll see if I can remove the interior insert first, but it looks like it is just one molded piece.
If anyone else has done this mod on a Laredo and wants to chime in, that would be great.