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Unread 10-16-2010, 02:17 PM   #1
2005renegade
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Can I add steering wheel radio buttons myself?

Wondering if (or how to find out if) it is possible to add factory steering wheel radio controls to my Liberty.

Are they all wired for it, or would it have to be wired, and does it depend on which radio you have.

Anyone tried it? Success? Any help or advice appreciated...

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Unread 10-17-2010, 08:47 AM   #2
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I would not say yes for definate, but you can on the wj and the info is on wjjeeps.com if it helps. If you take off the airbag Carefully and check your clockspring there should be a connection for the harness. It is a really simple job, I'm just in the middle of doing my wj. You will then need the controlls and possibly to cut out the blanks on the reverse of the wheel, or get a complete wheel from a breakers with everything you need. I would keep as close to the same year as possible to make things easier.
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Unread 10-17-2010, 09:08 PM   #3
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Yes, I have done it. A buddy got the buttons with their wire pigtails from a junkyard. You need to remove the airbag, pull the steering wheel off with a wheel puller and get the backing plastic off. Cut holes in that to fit the buttons and reassemble. If your KJ came with a premium BCM (if you have remote locking doors I think is one indicator) then the pigtails just plug right in and the stereo will recognize them. Added cruise buttons at the same time, but needed to take it to the dealer for them to enable that bit in the software.
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Unread 10-18-2010, 05:59 PM   #4
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Yes, I have done it. A buddy got the buttons with their wire pigtails from a junkyard. You need to remove the airbag, pull the steering wheel off with a wheel puller and get the backing plastic off. Cut holes in that to fit the buttons and reassemble. If your KJ came with a premium BCM (if you have remote locking doors I think is one indicator) then the pigtails just plug right in and the stereo will recognize them. Added cruise buttons at the same time, but needed to take it to the dealer for them to enable that bit in the software.
Cool. Good to know. Is the airbag removal straight forward or difficult? I've looked into doing it on other cars before, but never completed it.
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Unread 10-18-2010, 06:58 PM   #5
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Cool. Good to know. Is the airbag removal straight forward or difficult? I've looked into doing it on other cars before, but never completed it.
Make sure you disconnect the battery and turn the headlight switch on and walk away for 15-30mins(to drain SRS system capaciters) then come back turn off headlight switch and then remove the airbag.Make sure all SRS system connectors are securely plugged in before hooking the battery back up to prevent any accidental firing.
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