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post #1 of 4 Old 02-14-2013, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Aftermarket Keyless Entry Install (sort of)

Alright people, this is my first thread I did do some searching but couldn't find anything that really helped to clarify what was going on with my jeep.

So, I just purchased a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee (or rather I gave my Dad the money to buy it in VA, I go to Grad School in Indiana).

Anyway, the original drivers side door was replaced by the previous owner. They replaced it with a door from a 93-95 ZJ. From what I can tell (because the 5-wire relay the door would have required is missing) the old 93-95 power locking mechanism is in my 96 ZJ.

From what I understand these use a different locking mechanism than the 96-98 which uses a reverse polarity locks.

If i wanted to reconnect the keyless entry wires to the new door, how do I do that? Can I still have all of the doors unlock? Can I use the existing system (a Code Alarm), everything else acts as if its still wired up. Will I need a DEI 455t or something similar?

I'm sorry to ask all of these questions but I'm kind of bogged down. I pick up the car in March over spring break and was hoping I could take a day to fix the locks before the school started back up.

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post #2 of 4 Old 02-15-2013, 12:52 AM
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Everything I've read has stated that the connectors are totally different on the 93-95 and 96-98 doors. I would imagine that the harness has been re-wired to accommodate the older door. I previously thought that such a replacement would have been impossible until I read your post. how hard would it be to find the proper door at a Junk Yard? I would imagine your interior panel doesn't match the rest of your Jeep either...

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Nope, the interior panel was swapped out, so it matches the rest of the jeep. I'm honestly not sure. Perhaps the lock motors were swapped out as well. Is there a way to figure out if that is what happened?
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Any ideas what I might need to do? I've heard rumors that I can wire directly into the circuit board for the door locks, bypassing all the wiring for the reverse polarity locks...does anyone know if this is true?
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