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Old 09-13-2007, 09:40 PM   #1
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Jeep Trailguide install on the cheap :)

I really liked the way the Trailguide setup looks and performs in the TJ.
However I could never bring myself to spend 800 dollars for a simple GPS and mount.
So I went to EBay and bought a Garmin Quest for $190. Factory refurbished with a full one year warranty. The Trailguide comes with the QuestII but the only difference between them is that the QuestII has a little more memory then the regular Quest. The Quest come with 115 meg of onboard memory and can hold more maps then you drive in a day or 2. I can hold the state I live in (Nebraska) and all the surrounding states with memory left over. So to me the QuestII is really not worth the extra money.

Next off to the Jeep Dealer ship and ordered part number 5191114-AA. Which is the plain Trailguide mount with no GPS or wiring. $108.00

The install is actually pretty easy. All you will need in the way of tools is a Drill, 5/32 drill bit, 9/32 drill bit, Phillips screwdriver, wire and a computer motherboard connector.
This was done in a 06 Rubicon so your jeep may not have the same exact layout.

1: Remove the top cover of the dash, the one that goes over the defroster vent.


2:Remove the 2 screws holding the center cover in place and remove center cover.


3:Jeep trail Guide top View.


4:Jeep Trail Guide Bottom view.


5:Hold Center console level.


6:Set Trail Guide on console.


7:Mark the holes with the 5/32 Drill bit.



8: Drill the 2 marked holes with the 5/32 drill bit. Also drill a hole in the center (doesn’t have to be exact) with the 9/32 drill bit. This will be where your wires go through.

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9:Holes drilled.


10:Here is my super secret device that will bypass the need for Jeeps 40 dollar proprietary connector. It came from a scrap computer case.


11:Simply attach some wires to the connector and plug into the Trail Guide. If you want you can buy the proper connector from the Jeep dealership Part# 5191115-AA for $40.00 dollars. However if you have 97-03 or a Jeep without a stock stereo you will be cutting off all but 2 wires, the power and ground.


12:I put some black RTV on it afterwards just to make sure the connector does not vibrate out.


13:Feed the 2 wires down through the center hole.


14:Install the 2 screws that come included with the Trail Guide.


15:Connect your 2 wires to a switched source (cig lighter perhaps) and re-assemble console. Your done with your Trailguide install for a total cost of $298.00 much cheaper then the 800 bucks the factory or Quadrajunk wants for it.

Cover closed


GPS in storage mode.


Ready to navigate.



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Old 09-13-2007, 09:43 PM   #3
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super cool!
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That is SO cool! Does it have detailed maps of off road trails, or do you just travel a lot?
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Old 09-13-2007, 09:49 PM   #5
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That is SO cool! Does it have detailed maps of off road trails, or do you just travel a lot?
The Quest will allow you to put in Topo maps of the area you are in and you can run road maps at the same time. You just switch from one to the other when ever you need too. It also gives turn by turn directions when on the road while mounted in the cradle.
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Great write-up. Looks really good to. Very cool.
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Great write-up. Looks really good to. Very cool.
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Nice work Scoob. I'm diggin all the great write ups the last couple days.
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Topo maps? How do you get the image, is it by satellite of the area or just the most recent and you download it into the unit? The area I wheel is always changing so a topo map might put my in a ditch that wasn't there 2wks before.
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Topo maps? How do you get the image, is it by satellite of the area or just the most recent and you download it into the unit? The area I wheel is always changing so a topo map might put my in a ditch that wasn't there 2wks before.
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Old 09-14-2007, 07:24 AM   #11
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VERY nice setup. I currently use a magellan Meridian Platinum on a RAM Mount, but would LOVE to switch to something a bit more integrated AND COLOR to be easier to see! Not to mention the lower profile over what I am currently using...

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So, is the Garmin essentially the same unit Jeep sells, just without the fancy Jeeep script on it?
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So, is the Garmin essentially the same unit Jeep sells, just without the fancy Jeeep script on it?
Yes.

The Jeep Trailguide is actually a Garmin QuestII with a different colored face plate.
What I used was the Garmin Quest. Which is about 100 dollars cheaper (on Fleebay) then the QuestII. Because I have found that I really didn't need the extra memory the QuestII has. Both use the same mount system though.
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So this should work on pre-03's?
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That's pretty boss, love the jeep lettering.

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So this should work on pre-03's?
Yes it sure will. Should fit any TJ that has the nifty coin tray or whatever that thing is on top of the dash
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That is awesome - thanks.

I got the Quest last year, but the suction cup mount that it comes with sucks. I might have to be doing this soon!

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That is great, nice job on the write-up & pics.
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Old 09-18-2007, 08:41 PM   #19
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used mopar trail guide for sale if anyone is interested

i have a complete trail guide set up. used for 6 months. complete minus installation instructions (can possibly locate if interested)
complete with handheld unit, cradle, owners manual, handheld unit wall charger, bonus usb cable, setup & map data dvd. wiring harness which directly connects to factory power/cig outlet connector. mopar pt# 82209336 fits TJ models
great condition.
contact at patsomersjr@gmail.com

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