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Here is the official write up.

*I recommend disconnecting any thumb drives, sd cards, anything plugged into the interior.*

It's a pretty easy swap, so I kept it short and sweet.


TOOLS NEEDED: T15 Torx screwdriver, Philips screwdriver, Interior trim pry tools

1. Disconnect the negative battery cable (10mm wrench). Wait a few minutes for the air bags to discharge.

2. Pry the lower HVAC control piece off.


3. Remove the two philips screws on the bottom of the bezel.


4. Pop the bezel at both ends next to the air vents. Also pop the top of the bezel above the radio, there are about four clips up there.


5. Remove the four torx screws (T15) that hold on the hazard light assembly, and unclip it from the bezel.


6. Now you can remove the four philips screws holding the radio onto the frame.


7. Remove the connections from the rear of the radio.


Install is pretty much the reverse of these steps. Actually it only takes maybe five minutes or less to remove the stuff. Running the satellite cable took the longest.

*NOTE: You may need to have a Jeep dealer unlock the radio, mine needs it.*

*Perform this mod at your own risk, I assume no responsibility for whatever may go wrong.*
 

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I have scheduled next tuesday to have my new radio flashed at a jeep dealer.

Total cost:

RA3 Radio: $699 oemautopartsco.com
Bezel: $150 mymoparparts.com (side note: oemautopartsco.com only has the silver trimmed bezels.)

Satellite antenna cable: $45 oemautoparts.com (if needed)
Reflash/Reprogram Radio: $65

Total: $959

I also talked to Chris Balles from oemautopartsco.com, and he said to walk away from any dealer that charges more than $100 to do the radio reflash.
 

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What are they needing to flash at dealership? Security unlock or jeep Cherokee specific settings?
I thought oempartsco sent them already unlocked.

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What are they needing to flash at dealership? Security unlock or jeep Cherokee specific settings?
I thought oempartsco sent them already unlocked.

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The radio is still programmed to the VIN from the RAM that it came from. It is in lock mode. They will reflash the radio to my VIN, and it will have my current Jeep software on it. I still have climate control, and FM radio, thats it.
 

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jim_87 Thank you for this wonderful write-up. Now time for me to make some calls to local dealers about their flash price and get this thing started.
 

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Jim just one extra question. Could you please check after the reflash if you got same options like original 8,x or you keep only standard settings from 5, getting only a big screen? I hope you get all the benefits. I'm interested hahaha
 

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Jim just one extra question. Could you please check after the reflash if you got same options like original 8,x or you keep only standard settings from 5, getting only a big screen? I hope you get all the benefits. I'm interested hahaha
Sure, I won't know until next Tuesday, that's the earliest I could get in. I will keep you posted.
 

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jim_87 Thank you for this wonderful write-up. Now time for me to make some calls to local dealers about their flash price and get this thing started.
Thanks, I will post some final pics next week when all is working.

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Found out that oempartsco is able to create a volume dial for us non SWC/HVAC controlled units. They made a great mod for the Ram RA 3/4 that works perfectly. I appreciate you posting this info. Will be ordering once I get the final #s from them.
 

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Found out that oempartsco is able to create a volume dial for us non SWC/HVAC controlled units. They made a great mod for the Ram RA 3/4 that works perfectly. I appreciate you posting this info. Will be ordering once I get the final #s from them.
Thats great news. I also believe I read somewhere, they have patents pending on those custom bezels. I also saw OregonCherokee is going to be calling dealers to get a price quote for the unlock, and software flash. It's cool that this is a do-able mod. I saw it's very popular on the ram forums.
 

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Ask the dealer service department if they have the ra3/4 sales code available for your vehicle before you do this mod. They have the ra4 for me, but not the ra3. I will keep you posted.
 

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Ask the dealer service department if they have the ra3/4 sales code available for your vehicle before you do this mod. They have the ra4 for me, but not the ra3. I will keep you posted.
Good to know. I hope it is simply a request they sent to Chrysler and then flash with new code. OEMparts has everything gathered and ready to ship shortly, have a few Jeep dealers in Portland, should be able to find at least one that can flash the RA3.
 

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Ok, so there was no RA3 sales code available for my cherokee. The dealer tried it with the available RA4 sales code, and it was a no go. So to sum it up, I currently have the RA4 software running in the jeep. I found a used RA4 on ebay for what I paid for the RA3, so I ordered it. Gunna have a newish RA4 by mid next week. If anyone goes to the dealer, and they have the available RA3 sales code for their VIN, send me a PM, and we can talk about the RA3 I no longer need.

What a long day...
 

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Good to know. I hope it is simply a request they sent to Chrysler and then flash with new code. OEMparts has everything gathered and ready to ship shortly, have a few Jeep dealers in Portland, should be able to find at least one that can flash the RA3.
Yeah, make sure they have the sales code available for your VIN first. I found out the hard way. Still had a great experience at the dealer though.
 

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Yeah, make sure they have the sales code available for your VIN first. I found out the hard way. Still had a great experience at the dealer though.
If I'm understanding you correctly, there are no compatible RA3 codes that exist that would work?
 

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If I'm understanding you correctly, there are no compatible RA3 codes that exist that would work?
There was not one for my VIN, but the RA4 was available, so thats what I got, now just waiting on the new head unit. I would still check at the dealer, before you put your order through. The way I saw it done, my service advisor opened up a program that listed the sales codes for my VIN. The dealer clicked the RA4 code, and applied it. Next the technician loaded it onto my cherokee through the OBD2 port I assume. Alot of variables with this project.
 
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