Originally posted by csmeance
installing the power tailgate will involve the following:
Rear Pillar Trim
Driver door Panel trim
Entertainment model Alarm system
Entertainment model remotes (2x)
Many wire harnesses.
The motor should be tied in with the alarm system as the button for opening the tailgate is on the Keyfob. This is just my opinion on it. The parts would cost a bit and it would not be guaranteed to work.
Do you know this for a fact? I somehow doubt that all of these things are needed. That is not the way modern cars are usually set up.
The rear pillar trim and door panel trim I'll give you. The remotes I will give you as well. However "alarm system"? Not likely. As I noted above, I am willing to bet that the system currently installed can handle the updated mechanics with a simple software download.
As for the wire harnesses, I will check the tech manual. I would be willing to bet, but I could be wrong, that the rear wiring harness that is already in place would have these connectors.
My apologies above, I did not mean to infer that the motor was in place. It is not. I said that the "unit is largely self contained" meaning that the lift mechanism is "all of a piece" according to the shop manual, and it should be easy to install, rather than having pieces all over the place to put in.
This is my first expereince with something like this in the Acura, but not in other cars, in particular my Volvo. It is possbile to add accessories that are not standard on that car, but are standard or offered in other markets on that vehicle. In the most cases, it is pretty easy as:
1) The wiring harnesses are generally made for ALL possible accessories, with any unused connectors simply buried. You would not believe the empty connectors that are found in my Volvo for things like the built in phone, optional subwoofer, uprated alarm sensors, backup sensors, etc. The harnesses are there, but those circuits are empty.
2) The computer is configured to run these accessories. Once the accessory is installed, physically, the technician hooks up to the car via the diagnostic tool and "enables" these functions via a software download.
I am NOT saying that this is the case of the Acura, but I would be surprised if it wasn't.
I checked the repair manual at home. Parts to add:
left pinch sensor
right pinch sensor
Of course, you'd need revised trim as was noted above.
Checked into the harness. It's hard to tell whether the connectors are there or not. There is an asterisk in the description next to the function of each connector that states (on power tailgate equipped vehicles) however, it does not distinguish whether it is there or not. I am still inclined to believe it is, but not really in the mood to pry the rear trim apart to find them..they can be buggers, as they are usually wrapped up into the wiring harness using tape or foam tape in order to prevent them from rolling.
Regardless, all in all, not an easy job in the best of scenarios.
Does anyone know a GOOD parts man? I have heard this Tim of HondaAcura world mentioned, but as a new guy, I am unsure if he is a parts guy or just someone who sells the accessories. For my Volvo, the guy who runs the parts counter at Boston Volvo is half parts man, half mechanic, so he's able to answer these types of questions.
I certainly don't trust my local dealer!!