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Unread 07-20-2009, 05:50 PM   #1
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Adding power windows & remote locks to JK wrangler?

Hello all!

I'm about to buy a new Wrangler, and I want power windows and keyless entry. These aren't available on an XB, and the xs is $2500 more which seems like a lot to pay for four motors and some switches.

Is it possible to add aftermarket power windows and remote locks?

Could I just replace the doors?

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Unread 07-20-2009, 08:29 PM   #2
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i just went to my local (Chicago) stereo/custom shop and he quoted me $75/door to add an afternmarket power lock mechanism. I'm sure the mopar would be more $$. Still not sure $75 is a good price.
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Unread 07-20-2009, 09:43 PM   #3
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Hello all!

I'm about to buy a new Wrangler, and I want power windows and keyless entry. These aren't available on an XB, and the xs is $2500 more which seems like a lot to pay for four motors and some switches.

Is it possible to add aftermarket power windows and remote locks?

Could I just replace the doors?

I say just pay the extra if that's what you want. Your not just talking about simply replacing the window or lock mechanism with motors or just replacing the doors. You would have to wire for switches, then where would you put the switches??? Then you have to wire to the battery for power, and I sure there would be some fuse work involved. $2500 is alot of money...are you sure the ONLY difference in the two models is just the addition of the power group?
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Unread 07-20-2009, 10:30 PM   #4
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Maybe I'm just acting too much like the old-school minded jeeper I am, but WHY? It's a jeep. Love it for what it is and what it doesn't have. I wouldn't take free power windows or locks.
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Unread 07-20-2009, 10:34 PM   #5
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I'm with imped4now, i wouldn't want power windows or doors. Just more stuff to mess with when you want to take the doors off. I'll just use unzipping the soft top as my keyless entry!
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Unread 07-20-2009, 10:39 PM   #6
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I'm with imped4now, i wouldn't want power windows or doors. Just more stuff to mess with when you want to take the doors off. I'll just use unzipping the soft top as my keyless entry!
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Unread 07-21-2009, 06:32 AM   #7
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I have the 4 door X with no power and once you figure out where the handles and knobs are it takes 10 seconds to open all 4. Clearly just me but when I picked mine up I wanted no power anything and stick, nothing to do with money, it just felt more "jeep" like. It would be like buying an automatic Porsche or Corvette. Personal preference. If you are short armed or it's going to be the wife's Jeep you may just want to pony up for power now as it will be a reach accross the doors and to the back seats.
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Unread 07-21-2009, 07:33 AM   #8
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Hello all!

I'm about to buy a new Wrangler, and I want power windows and keyless entry. These aren't available on an XB, and the xs is $2500 more which seems like a lot to pay for four motors and some switches.

Is it possible to add aftermarket power windows and remote locks?

Could I just replace the doors?
In 09 the XS also includes fog lights, center console, cruise, better wheels and tires amongst other things. I have an X with the S package but not power equipment and don't miss it at all. I with everyone else, it is one more thing to go wrong and Wranglers and crank windows go hand in hand. But to each their own, if you really want pw/pl just get the whole package, it would be too much of a pain to wire and hook up.
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Unread 07-21-2009, 09:15 AM   #9
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It would be like buying an automatic Porsche or Corvette.
Don't be so quick to judge. The new corvettes are faster with the auto. With the new technology the auto will shift a lot quicker and smoother than almost anyone driving a manual. I got the pw/l because 1) I knew the fiance would be driving it too and she requested it and 2) I really didn't feel like trying to roll down the back windows from the driver seat any ways. Yea, the doors are a little heavier, but there isn't any more steps you have to do to take the doors off between the ones with power and without. Both have the connection that you have to take apart. But that is just me.
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Unread 07-21-2009, 09:43 AM   #10
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Don't be so quick to judge. The new corvettes are faster with the auto. With the new technology the auto will shift a lot quicker and smoother than almost anyone driving a manual. I got the pw/l because 1) I knew the fiance would be driving it too and she requested it and 2) I really didn't feel like trying to roll down the back windows from the driver seat any ways. Yea, the doors are a little heavier, but there isn't any more steps you have to do to take the doors off between the ones with power and without. Both have the connection that you have to take apart. But that is just me.
Speed is not the only factor when selecting manual vs. auto. Several newer autos shift faster than their manual counterparts, like the Nissan GTR (auto only), Corvette, M3 and even Porsche. Who cares? I would NEVER buy an automatic tranny with a sports car, even if it does get me to 60 0.1 seconds faster. The same goes for paddle shift vs. manual. If I had the $$ to purchase a Ferrari F430, it would have the 6 speed. It's a DRIVER'S car, not a pure drag racer. If I was into 1/4 miles only (boring), an auto would be my choice. Now, back on topic.
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Unread 07-21-2009, 09:49 AM   #11
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I went in to the dealer looking at a stock JK bare bones and ended up with power windows, door locks, etc...

I'm not going to lie, I like it. Now if they would have had a bare bones model in green, then maybe.
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Unread 07-21-2009, 11:31 AM   #12
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power group is great!

If you are looking to add it, why not just get it and finance the add-on; versus having to deal with an aftermarket kluge, hoping it will all work out for you, and if and when it brakes, having to go after someone else to fix it....

I have the power group in my 07 jkl and its right on! love the switches in the middle of the rig. doors pop off easy enough.

So far, my initial quality rating for this truck has been A+. 1 issue with the gas tank, which was repaired no issues. 30k miles of pure joy.

Great advice from the crew. now you get to go make it happen!

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Unread 07-21-2009, 11:46 AM   #13
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I agree, don't add it later. That will be less reliable and will hurt resale most likely. If you plan on an X, get the package.
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Unread 07-21-2009, 02:37 PM   #14
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I know what I want is perverted and wrong, so you can stop telling me

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My current Jeep is all mechanical already, I want what I want because I want it.

It's easy to say "just get the package", but the "s" package is an extra $2500, and the "power convenience group" is $595 on top of that!
PLUS, I'd have to special order the other features I want (blue, hard top).

I can get a blue, hard top XB for $20,000. The only three things that I want added are cruise, power windows, and remote locks.
Which I can do for a LOT less than $3000 IF it's technically possible. I just don't know if it is.

I could probably buy a pair of doors off a wrecked one, but I don't know if the wiring could be added. That's the problem.
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Unread 07-21-2009, 03:23 PM   #15
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If I had the $$ to purchase a Ferrari F430, it would have the 6 speed. It's a DRIVER'S car, not a pure drag racer. If I was into 1/4 miles only (boring), an auto would be my choice. Now, back on topic.
You shouldn't fear change; 80s notions about performance have evolved a bit. Even Ferrari drops the manual 6-speed option on their higher end F430 Scuderia model for the addition of their Superfast2 semi auto...

Now, to the OP, I can't speak to how well the JK would take aftermarket windows through the stock harnesses, but the way Jeep engineered them is spot on. You press the tab, unplug the harness and the door strap, and go doors free when you want to, and all their systems know that the door sensors are off and react accordingly (autolock, interior light, etc.). When you have them on and plugged in, makes it super easy to live with. I've had a CJ7 and a YJ prior to my JK, and I don't see why having power windows is so frowned upon by some - it's not any less capable offroad, and it's easier to live with on road.

It is more money upfront, but it will pay off more in the end. The way the options work with the CANBUS system makes me suspect that adding the switch group to the console and using junk doors is not going to be as straightforward as in previous years.
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