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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-10-2017, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Complete Dash replacement - keyless entry, lower dash, etc.

So I have started restoring this dodge and I am hoping for a few tips and pointers.

1. lower dash off ebay in perfect shape last year. $450.00
2. New top dash, face plate, factory radio, HVAC controls, O/D, fog light buttons, etc.. everything I can is being replaced with new parts.
3. I removed the HVAC box and put new blend gate modules, heater coil, evaporator and also did a new condensor because I could not get the old one off so I just cut the lines.
4. I found two RKE modules off ebay. Both had a set of keys with them and one of them actually had the pig tail that plugs in BUT i just moved and i cant find the damn thing anywhere.
5. new carpet

RKE Module: 56021422

My truck did not come with keyless entry. I want to put the factory keyless entry in it. Does anyone have a picture of their module showing the plugs that connect to them?

I am terrified to start assembling this dash again because I feel like I am going to break the damn lower dash again and now people want $650 for them off ebay. I guess I am going to try and assemble the whole dash and have a friend help me lift it in there. I have read tons of write ups but I am still nervous about breaking it.

Anyone done something like this and have some pointers? I really need to know more about the keyless entry wiring. I thought I had found one time where someone had a write up on how to wire it but I cant seem to find it anymore.

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Did any '95s come with the keyless entry you have as an option or is it after market?

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The best I can tell is that 97 was the first year for it as an option. I cant seem to find much information but I have looked and looked at used vehicles for sale and 97 is the oldest Ram I have seen with RKE.

With that being said, I have seen one other member on this forum who wired this module up.

I also have been thinking about buying a dash wiring harness for a 1997-1998 12valve and see if it has the plugs for the RKE.

I just found the other RKE I bought that had the plugs on it. This was a rare thing to find!
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In case you are not aware, there is a link to free downloads of factory service manual in one of the stickies. I suggest you download the '96-'97 manual as well as the '94-'95 and take a look at the wire diagrams. Personally I prefer the print version manuals while working on wires because some circuits have multiple pages and are difficult to trace digitally. So if one or both of the free downloads has what you need, the print versions are available here.

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I just ordered a 95 and a 97 book. I thought I had a manual but it was just the cummins Service Manual.

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95 and 97 book are completely different regarding RKE. 8w-61 is the page number. Has no mention of keyless entry for the 95 model. All of the wires are same color though. It should not be a problem wiring it up . I will post my results.

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I installed RKE on my truck last year, I believe you pm'd me about it. I've been meaning to reply but I have been very business with my 96 project truck. This is the wiring diagram I used to build my harness
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Just out of curiosity, what's wrong with an aftermarket alarm that has keyless entry? Mine also has remote start, which is kinda cool. The only way to tell that it's aftermarket is the fob.

If you want to have a factory setup and you want to do it yourself because that's just the way it is, I totally get that mindset.

I'm just curious. Drove my teachers crazy when I was a kid. Why? Why? Why?

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Personally I went with factory RKE because I like those cool rare options on vehicles. That's the only reason I went with factory. I like the look of the dodge keys with the factory fob better than the aftermarket fob.


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Can anyone give me a rough idea where this box is mounted? Like to get it into a better spot. My 97 has factory rke.

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Does anyone know if 1997 trucks that didn't come with keyless entry have the wiring and connector for it in the dash? In other words can I find a receiver in the junkyard and just plug it in?

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No it is not plug an play on a 97 you have to build your own harness


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