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Old 04-22-2012, 07:00 PM
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Installing options after you buy (seat memory, powerfolding mirrors, powerlift gate)

I have a new Jeep 2012 Laredo and of course the model I wanted had a few more options, but wasn't on the lot when I finally showed up. I managed to get everything else installed I wanted (off road adventure package I and a tow hitch with wire harness) for next to nothing since the original model I wanted had these options. Didn't get the rear leveling suspension or the 220amp alternator, but not sure if I could even install these after the factor, or if it is even worth it.

So my main question is, can you install stock Power-folding mirrors (non-US standard feature), seat memory, and power-lift gate by buying and plug and play and update the computer to use them? It would be interesting to know if you could install the mirror moving in reverse and rain sense wipers and other optional accessories as well if you ever wanted them down the line.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:24 PM
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Re: Installing options after you buy (seat memory, powerfolding mirrors, powerlift ga

all of those are canbus items and VERY expensive to add. It would be cheape rto go and trade for the jeep you wanted
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:22 AM
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Re: Installing options after you buy (seat memory, powerfolding mirrors, powerlift ga

Ha I know if I were to install them all it would be better off trading it in. I was thinking about doing a custom order, but.... yea that didn't happen.

Anyways, I liked the Laredo trim and not the Limited one. My questions is it possible to plug and play these items? Cost aside, you can find blinking mirrors from junkyards or ebay, the seat memory (not sure what it includes other then the switch and programing the computer) seems a cheap add on, the power lift gate, rain sense, and power folding mirrors would be a more complex and expensive job. Even if I only add one or two options.
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Re: Installing options after you buy (seat memory, powerfolding mirrors, powerlift ga

Seems like a lot of guys on this forum buy the base model, then wish they had all the options and features of the higher end ones. These threads pop up a lot recently and unfortunately adding factory options to cars these days is not simple.

Every feature you mentioned would be incredibly difficult to add. You said memory should be simple because it's just the switch and computer programming. I would assume its much more complicated than that. There are many computers involved since memory controls everything from the seats, to mirrors, to steering wheel location etc etc.
The simplest thing you can probably add is OEM nav units, and even those require the dealership to modify the cars computer. Sounds like its time for an Overland ;-)
I'm waiting for the post where someone asks if the factory air suspension is swappable haha.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:50 AM
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I have actually added oem options after the fact and they are pretty simple most of the time. I put in a factor oem rear view camera and mirror LCD in my Silverado and that took about an hour. Among many other factory upgrades.

Jeeps are all basically the same from the factor and alot of the additional wiring is normally included in most other vehicle models because it is easier to build them all the same up to a certain point and the keeping off the final end unit pieces unless the customer asks for it or the package requires it.

There is a post about adding the quad lift suspension on a forum (not sure about this one or another) and no it is not an easy add on or even possible. I do agree with the poster in that people that use a WK2 for off roaring rarely have an overland or summit and QL should be offered to lower packages. In the end it's all about money and what people are willing to pay for and what the company thinks a product is worth or if it will sell.
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Re: Installing options after you buy (seat memory, powerfolding mirrors, powerlift ga

It is totally different with jeep..... You wouldnt even be able to add the factory camera without a dealership to activate it for you. All the options you mentioned would require expensive modules and dealer activation...... Hence why everyone suggested to trade in the jeep for a higher end model wk2
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Re: Installing options after you buy (seat memory, powerfolding mirrors, powerlift ga

Is really not that difficult to add some and near impossible to add others, at least until the computer is reverse engineered.

Already added the side rails (I prefer black to chrome), rear view camera, rear privacy cover, and added OBD-II bluetooth. Am mulling whether to go with the 6.5" 430 or a 7-9" aftermarket "media center" with integrated Android or Win 8 (again in the air) & G3/4, pieces to integrate Uconnect and steering wheel controls already exist. May just go with Skype & skip the whole cell phone thing. Do want to add Internet based Netflix. Also considering replacing the instument cluster/EVIC with something more integrated as in my 1988 Reatta. I like "glass cockpits".

Problem is that even the top of the line options include only part of this so easier to begin with a bare canvas

Already built a 180F thermostat to fit the Pentastar, and am working on a CAI: think the factory air cleaner & snorkle are fine for a Pentastar, just replacing the "hose"

Wasn't thinking about it but may add ATC just to prove a point.

That said, the 17" wheels/tires, cloth interior, & folding passenger seat are not even options on other lines so had no real choice in the model.

Realize that some may be offended by this but have been modifying cars to suit my whims for years now including computer cars. Some things just don't work but I paid for it so am entitled & just chalk it up as another way not to make a light bulb. A surprising number do.

Now if really wanted to incite the mob, I'd mention the plan to lower it about 2". Won't.
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Re: Installing options after you buy (seat memory, powerfolding mirrors, powerlift ga

good luck! All of those are canbus items on the wk2 which would require a full interior harness, dash underpinnings, dash harness, door harness, door panels, seat modules, telematics modules etc. etc. Not to mention custom programming of the ecm etc. Im sure there are a few items that can be added. I added the auto dim, bluetooht, voice activated rain sensing mirror on my wk which included adding the telematics box for that item plus a custom harness. Some may be able to be added.....but it will be very expensive...even with used parts.
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Ok do what can be added easily?

The auto dimming mirror is just replacing the glass and running a cable from what I can tell correct?

The memory seats is adding a module, programming the computer and a wiring harness to connect the switch to the module.

Power folding mirrors seems like it would be just a harness and new mirrors and relatively simple (this is a huge one due to the tight places I have to park). The big issue with this is finding the damn mirrors since they are an export item.

The powerlift gate seems out of reach, as does the auto tilting mirrors in reverse. The rain sense is a replacement mirror, but not sure if it is worth it. I have seen a lot of complaints on that option.

Rear leveling suspension, heavy duty alternator, limited slip diff, and quadra lift are also too expensive to add or in QL's case almost impossible after the fact. Surprising that more models then the offroad package II doesn't offer the LSD.

I'm going to see what I can do with adding the memory seats (my girl is almost a foot smaller and I hate banging my knees after she drives it) and the power folding/auto dimming mirrors. If anyone sees these parts let me know.
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Re: Installing options after you buy (seat memory, powerfolding mirrors, powerlift ga

[QUOTE=padgett;617954] Already added the side rails (I prefer black to chrome), rear view camera, QUOTE]

I want to add the rear camera on my 2012 JGC. It has the 430 (RHB) with uconnect, and etc...all the bells except for this. Did you go with the factory unit? When all was said and done around what did you spend? Have it installed by a dealer?
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Re: Installing options after you buy (seat memory, powerfolding mirrors, powerlift ga

I installed a wireless unit from Amazon (actually pieces from two different systems, 3.5" monitor from a VR3 and camera/transmitter from a Peak. Could get a single unit for under $100. Did seal the camera with silicon to make sure it stays waterproof. Camera mounts on top of license plate with LP screws, did need to drill one hole behind license plate for wire/grommet, gats power from back up light in tailgate (white/green stripe & black).

For a 430 it would probably be easier to use a wired unit since you need to plug a composite signal into the radio - video + to C3-3, return C3-4, shield C3-5. Wiring diagram is on page 5 of instructions sheet K6860985.

See also this discussion on using the factory 430 & and camera.
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Does anyone know if you can plug a blinking limited mirror with auto tilt and seat memory module into a laredo and it will work? Will the computer need to be programmed with the new features?
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