(First of all, I have to mention this disclaimer for anyone thinking I'm up
to anything. NO, this is NOT to solicit sales. I went thru 3 months of
asking questions and hunting down parts and other headache creating tasks
trying to figure this out to get it in my truck So I thought to share it
with anyone else that may want to install the actual factory UConnect on
their vehicle.Sure it will cost money, but what doesn't these days?? If you
want it, you will pay for it... This cost me about $700.00 including 2.0
hours installation time at a dealer at $100/hr, including the Starscan
(which only took 5 minutes.)
I finally got the factory UConnect unit in my 06 Power Wagon yesterday. It's
However, the factory unit may or may not be easy to put in, depending on
Little background on harnesses from what I learned in the past 3 months: It
appears that Dodge complicates things with their wiring harness design. Rams
with clearance lights and no UConnect have a completely different harness
than with UConnect and the clearance lights. There are more combinations, of
course, which lead me to find out there are numerous iterations of all the
harnesses used in all DC vehicles, depending on ordered options. I would
imagine that DC did this to save on costs on the harnesses, so saving $1.50
on harness parts per vehicle, if not required on a vehicle, multiplied over
whatever amount of cars produced in a year that doesn't have a particular
option, I guess would amount add up, even though all DC dashes electronics
share part numbers. So it sux for figuring out what you need for a
replacement. Plus they would need to inventory or continue producing 20 +
(whatever the number is) different harnesses. If there was only one harness
used, imagine the possibility of adding any factory option you didn't
originally get at production. But NOPE, Dodge did NOT make it that simple...
If it's easy to put in or not would depend on YOUR current harness. You may
need an additional harness. Requiring or not requiring an additional harness
depends on your vehicle and whether it has the mirror harness jack in teh
A-Pillar and how many pins are in it. If less than 11 pins connected to live
wires, you'll need the LX Jet Harness.
If you need the harness, you'll just need know how to get into the
headliner, A Pillar, under the dash, and pull out the radio. Or take it to a
dealer for a 2.0 hour job. Also while at the dealer, which you don't have to
do and it works without this step, to use the Starscan to setup the new
found device on the CAN so the EVIC is aware of it.
If you don't need the harness, the plug that the Telematic unit gets plugged
into in the LX cars is behind the glove box. In Rams, I believe the plug is
behind and to the left of the radio, but check DCx for the exact placement,
or just ask Ted...
If not sure, or want to simplify the whole process, ask Ted what you need.
He's also working a universal UConnect harness, if your vehicle requires it,
which was originally designed by Jaak as the "LX Jet Harness" for any DC
vehicle, whether with or without the rain sensors, mirror dimmers, clearance
lights, etc. Ted can put together a package including the Telematic unit,
Mirror, along with mirror harness already profesionally spliced into the Jet
harness that Jaak created.
Whether you need this harness or not, it's pretty much a simple plug and
Mopar Super Center, Rick Hendrick Dodge Chrysler Jeep
For more info, how-to's, etc, what everyone else' take on it is, etc, check
out these threads. Also check out Jaak's Garage too that has a bunch other
factory mods and goodies.
LX UConnect Harness (Jet Harness)
LX Forums: Installing the factory Uconnect in your LX
Dodge Forums: RE: Installing factory uconnect
More goodies at this site, including a reverse cam (not factory), and
modifying the Nav radio to allow you to connect your laptop or a portable
I hope this helps anyone attempting this awesome addition.
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