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Old 06-04-2013, 06:15 PM
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Can you install EVIC without Connectivity Group?

So I was by some act of god able to get a '13 JKU Sport on order after the 21st dead line by swapping an order they had already placed. The only thing was they wasn't able to add the connectivity package, probably because I didn't mention it as a must have. Is there anyway to get the Electric Vehicle Information Center on a Wrangler without the Connectivity Group? I saw that it may be difficult but no explanation of what kind of work had to go into adding it. I saw that some people were regretting not getting it so now its bugging me that I wasn't able to add it.

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In the past, IIRC, your dealer could contact their regional rep (or someone up the line like that) and get an order changed, like adding connectivity, IF your ordered Jeep hadn't progressed to far in the order process - before it gets a VIN maybe?

I did this in 2011 with my pending 2012 order. You just have to convince the dealer to get on the phone and do it!

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YOU CANNOT UPGRADE
Likely it was me who said they wish they got the EVIC. The instrument panel on mine doesn't have the light up areas the upgrade would have. To add it afterward would be stupid expensive if even possible.

DEALER CAN STILL DO TWEAKS FOR YOU
The dealer can make any changes that the EVIC can. My service department said they would charge me hourly to make a change. I don't trust personally that they would keep that cheap. My main issue has been a feature called "illuminated approach" that keeps the lights on for 30ish seconds after you unlock the doors. That's not all that awesome with a busy campsite at night. With EVIC you can set that to 0 to solve the issue. That has been my main issue so far, and I suppose it is livable.

IT WOULD BE NICE
I like fiddling with stuff like the EVIC on long road trips. I still have a few wheel controls to play with. I have a driving timer(worthless), avg. mpg, temp and direction that you can cycle through with the wheel. You can see ECO mode on the trip counter area by clicking the reset button once, but this also is a worthless indicator. You know if your not flooring the gas. Now that I have broke down and got a smart phone the Bluetooth would be nice for songs. You can still use a wire into the AUX stereo hole. Is just a bit messy.

YOU CAN STILL USE WHEEL DANCES
The good news is that most stuff still can be changed but it's more difficult. Check out this thread i made. It will show you how to remove the seatbelt chime also.
LINK> https://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/man...le-155357.html
Having a manual trans I wish they made the HSA hill start assist easier. It should really have a button somewhere. I just keep it on and it's not too bad on the street. I love it on trails.
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:21 PM   #4
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DEALER CAN STILL DO TWEAKS FOR YOU
My main issue has been a feature called "illuminated approach" that keeps the lights on for 30ish seconds after you unlock the doors. That's not all that awesome with a busy campsite at night. With EVIC you can set that to 0 to solve the issue. That has been my main issue so far, and I suppose it is livable.
I believe that you can configure that using the Superchips Flashcal.

http://www.superchips.com/Store/JeepFlashcal.aspx
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Good find, thanks.
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Thanks for the options guys. I'll call the dealer first thing in the morning. Might as well get it for the few extra bucks. If not the superchips option isnt to bad. Anyone know if the TPMS would work without the connectivity package with the Superchips system?
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Thanks for the options guys. I'll call the dealer first thing in the morning. Might as well get it for the few extra bucks. If not the superchips option isnt to bad. Anyone know if the TPMS would work without the connectivity package with the Superchips system?
IT SHOWS ON MINE (RUBICON)
The TPMS will work without it on mine with no connectivity option and no superchips. It's a Rubicon so maybe mine has a light version of the EVIC where a base stock Sport would not. I looked at the manual to refresh myself where the info line pops up. It implies that on the 2012 it's not a universal feature to have the basic wheel controls. This is the heading (COMPASS AND TRIP COMPUTER — IF EQUIPPED). You would be able to tell if it has the basic version mine does, if it has a "step" and "reset" on the left side of the wheel.

HOW IT WORKS
Mine gives you a reading of "low tire" with a beep when you start. It it will flash 3 times. It displays on the trip-counter/odometer(total miles) area. The wheel display functions are in a different spot on the instrument cluster.

There are other alerts also that show up on the odometer. This is pasted from the manual.
ECO......................FuelSaverIndicator
door.............................DoorAjar
gATE........................ SwingGateAjar
LoWtirE..................... LowTirePressure
HOTOIL . . . . . . . . . . . . Transmission OilTemperature
Above Normal Limits
gASCAP....................... FuelCapFault
noFUSE .......................... FuseFault
CHAngEOIL............... OilChangeRequired

I forgot to mention above that mine also gives the miles until empty when you cycle through the wheel displays. So it shows temp and direction, distance until empty, driving timer, and average mpg.
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IT SHOWS ON MINE (RUBICON)
The TPMS will work without it on mine with no connectivity option and no superchips. It's a Rubicon so maybe mine has a light version of the EVIC where a base stock Sport would not. I looked at the manual to refresh myself where the info line pops up. It implies that on the 2012 it's not a universal feature to have the basic wheel controls. This is the heading (COMPASS AND TRIP COMPUTER — IF EQUIPPED). You would be able to tell if it has the basic version mine does, if it has a "step" and "reset" on the left side of the wheel.

HOW IT WORKS
Mine gives you a reading of "low tire" with a beep when you start. It it will flash 3 times. It displays on the trip-counter/odometer(total miles) area. The wheel display functions are in a different spot on the instrument cluster.

There are other alerts also that show up on the odometer. This is pasted from the manual.
ECO......................FuelSaverIndicator
door.............................DoorAjar
gATE........................ SwingGateAjar
LoWtirE..................... LowTirePressure
HOTOIL . . . . . . . . . . . . Transmission OilTemperature
Above Normal Limits
gASCAP....................... FuelCapFault
noFUSE .......................... FuseFault
CHAngEOIL............... OilChangeRequired

I forgot to mention above that mine also gives the miles until empty when you cycle through the wheel displays. So it shows temp and direction, distance until empty, driving timer, and average mpg.
I called my dealer and he said that there was no way to add on the connectivity package. From reading the only thing i want is the EVIC everything else will be replaced or unusable when I throw in an aftermarket HU.

I think the new Sports with S package come with the step and reset buttons on the steering wheel. So with that I will at least be able to see DTE (pretty big for me since thats what I look at instead of the actual fuel gauge) and avg mpg(pretty handy)? If I at least get those features I will be a very happy camper having saved $450 which would cover the cost of my new HU.
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The average mpg is usually about 1/2-1mpg too optimistic. You can reset it any time. It takes about 10 miles for it to settle into a rather accurate reading. It's fun to have. For a more accurate calculation there is a free site called www.fuelly.com. As long as you fill up all the way it will hand calculate the mpg off the odometer (NEVER try to top off the tank on a jk. It will overflow 99% of the time). I have the site bookmarked as an icon on my smartphone. It makes charts and gives you all kinds of stuff like cost per mile.

I haven't used the distance until empty. It said in the manual it bases it off the average mpg, so it probably a good idea to give it a bit of extra padding.

Both features I doubt would be any better with the connectivity package. I don't think it would be a deal breaker feature for me either, but nice enough I would add it if doing a custom order.
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I called my dealer and he said that there was no way to add on the connectivity package. From reading the only thing i want is the EVIC everything else will be replaced or unusable when I throw in an aftermarket HU.

I think the new Sports with S package come with the step and reset buttons on the steering wheel. So with that I will at least be able to see DTE (pretty big for me since thats what I look at instead of the actual fuel gauge) and avg mpg(pretty handy)? If I at least get those features I will be a very happy camper having saved $450 which would cover the cost of my new HU.
You don't even need the S package to get those features... I got the most stripped Sport I could find (only options were A/C and 3.73's) and I have the steering wheel controls with the mileage, DTE, eco and temp features.
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This clears up a lot for me. I was starting to get bummed that my new jeep wasn't going to be perfect.

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