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Old 02-25-2013, 07:58 AM
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Old Jeep + keyless entry =



I got tired of not locking the Jeep because I couldn't get any of the door lock cylinders to engage the mechanism in the door (without feeling like the key was going to break off). So, I installed a cheap keyless entry kit. Here's how:

First, I sourced some door solenoids from a junkyard car. Now, I got these in about 2005, so I can't tell you what they're off of.

Second, I snooped around on the Internet and found that most local parts shops stock the Bulldog brand. Being a big fan of instant gratification, I went to my local Autozone instead of buying something cheaper online. On the same trip, I stopped by Ace Hardware for some stainless hardware.



Here's a closeup of the solenoid and its mount. The solenoid needs +12V on one lead and ground on the other to make it pop up or down, and the polarities reversed for the other direction.



I drilled two holes per door down under the lock knob near the corner.



Then I used two little clamshell clamps to hold things together. The first time I assembled this, there was slippage - the solenoid pops so hard that the clamps couldn't hold the rods. I ended up wrapping rods with double-backed tape, and squishing the clamps with channel locks prior to installation.



Installation of the controller was just a matter of threading wiring from the dash to the doors, getting nonswitched power to the unit, and giving it a good ground. I mounted the little sending unit where my emergency brake pedal used to be.

One warning - to get the reversing polarity effect, I had to provide ground to two of the wires that normally go to door lock switches (which I don't have).

Anyway, I walk away and hit the button on the fob, and BAM the doors lock. Walk back up and BAM they unlock. No worries about standing around looking like an idiot trying to get my key to work, and I know I've done what I can to keep my baby where I put her.

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Old 02-25-2013, 08:52 AM
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Cool! remote start next?
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:33 AM
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Nice!

For the record, those look like the old style GM power door lock solenoids. Very common from the late 60s through the late 80s.

Great job!
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:04 PM
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That's a whole heck of a lot better than the factory optical system! Those lock motors are very similar to what they used as well- when I replace mine, I'm going with actual solenoids so they don't get weak with age.

Nice job! Keyless entry is the best.
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:22 PM
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Cool! remote start next?
With fuel injection? Sure.... bit more complicated with a carb as you atleast need a throttle control circuit to set the choke and squirt a little fuel in.
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:57 PM
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Wink Great idea....

I put in remote power door locks on my 82' which already had the key type power door locks. Everything was very smooth but the two rear doors never lock right. I can't figure what is binding up. I put in NOS actuators but no luck

Your approach seems pretty simple to do. When I get caught up an feel like re-doing something that seems like a do-able project






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With fuel injection? Sure.... bit more complicated with a carb as you atleast need a throttle control circuit to set the choke and squirt a little fuel in.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:34 PM
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With fuel injection? Sure.... bit more complicated with a carb as you atleast need a throttle control circuit to set the choke and squirt a little fuel in.

Use a micro-controller and some high torque servos. Could be a fun project!
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Now you need to add one of those new-fangled keyless ignition systems.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:43 PM
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Thanks!

For the record, it's a diesel, so for remote start I'd at least need to cycle the glow plugs at least once. And trigger the fast idle solenoid by pushing down the go-pedal a bit...
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That's a whole heck of a lot better than the factory optical system! Those lock motors are very similar to what they used as well- when I replace mine, I'm going with actual solenoids so they don't get weak with age.

Nice job! Keyless entry is the best.
These GM lock motors work much better than the solenoids they replaced.
Thanks for the heads up on the Bulldog kit, just what I need to finish mine. I'm using later-year linkage with the tabs welded on. One more project interrupted by life.
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Use a micro-controller and some high torque servos. Could be a fun project!
All you would need is another door solenoid and just wire it up as the "trunk" button and hook it to the throttle. Give that button a hit so it sprays some fuel and sets the choke and then just hit the start button.

Really, the linkage is the hardest part.
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