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Unread 07-16-2011, 05:28 PM   #1
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First Jeep, 98 TJ Wrangler---NO A/C!!!

Hello all,

I have had my wrangler for about 5 days now. I purchased the jeep knowing that it had no a/c. It has all the components within the jeep, knobs, vents, etc. Although, it has no components to actually produce cold/hot air(compressor, hoses, nothing). It does have a blower. I live in South Texas, 100+ degree weather. I need A/C. What is the most cost efficient way to install an entire a/c unit on this TJ? Thanks in advance!

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Unread 07-16-2011, 05:36 PM   #2
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I have a 99tj and tried to sell my A/C stuff for a year and finally tossed it out last month. you could go to a junk yard and get the pieces off another jeep that has the components you need, but check to see what you have on your jeep and make a list of what you need then go to a you pull it yard. make sure you take an A/C line disconnect tool any auto parts store should have a kit. your other option is to try to find another TJ offroader who might still have most of the A/C stuff after removing it, maybe craigs list.

but buying new is expensive, A/C pump and lines arent cheap at least in my experience.
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Unread 07-16-2011, 08:02 PM   #3
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I am in Indiana, but summers here are hot, however, I do not feel the need of A/C, very happy with mine, I drive with the top down all the time in the hot weather, will only put it up in November. This is not my daily driver though. Think hard if you really need it.
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Unread 07-16-2011, 08:03 PM   #4
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I have a 97 TJ that came from the factory with no air. Living in Arizona I needed A/C. I bought a kit from Jeepair.com and it was easy to install. The kit comes with instructions and a CD with photos. The really neat thing about the TJ is that the wiring harness already has the necessary plugs for the A/C. Jeepair is really good to deal with also.

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Unread 07-31-2011, 02:03 AM   #5
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Just ordered the kit from Jeepair, I'm nervous I will mess this sucker up. Is the process easy? Is it very time consuming? I am getting help from two buddies. Thanks.
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Unread 07-31-2011, 10:45 AM   #6
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This should be pretty easy for you as long as you have some mechanical ability (You will need that mechanical ability if you are going to own a jeep!) Between you and your buddies, you shouldnt have too many problems. I couldnt imagine owning a jeep without A/C, but then again, I DO live in AZ.
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Unread 07-31-2011, 10:50 AM   #7
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Just don't try to charge the A/C system yourself, unless you have the equipment to vacuum the system.
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Unread 07-31-2011, 02:24 PM   #8
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Just don't try to charge the A/C system yourself, unless you have the equipment to vacuum the system.
I have a 97' came without AC but did have the heater/defrost, etc...

I got a kit from AZ mobil air or something like that, it was about $900 but came with very high quality components even better than stock.

Took a full day to install since I had to pull the dash and blower housing and completely disassemble it to install the AC cooling core.

I charged the system myself without vacuuming it, the way to do it is to purge the HP valve while filling until you get a bit of refrigerant to come out (tree huggers can suk it) and good to go, did this on 2 of my vehicles and they blow ice cold, so in response to you saying not to charge it yourself, there is nothing wrong with that, it can be done and I have ice cold AC to prove it, I could transport Penguins through Iraq safely if I wanted to, lol.
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Unread 07-31-2011, 02:32 PM   #9
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Just ordered the kit from Jeepair, I'm nervous I will mess this sucker up. Is the process easy? Is it very time consuming? I am getting help from two buddies. Thanks.
Cancel the order. Your wasting a TON of money since you already have all the dash controls. The bulk of cost in those conversion kits is the new HVAC control unit. A compressor and all the other components are cheap in comparison.
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Unread 08-01-2011, 11:51 AM   #10
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you dont need no stinking A/C. no door or windows and a top will be enough.
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Unread 08-01-2011, 11:54 AM   #11
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Good Luck with the install
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Unread 08-01-2011, 12:21 PM   #12
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If you install the kit yourself, make sure and keep everything clean. A bit of dirt on the orings will most likely cause a leak that you'll have to chase down later. Don't install the drier. Leave it factory sealed and let the shop that charges the system install it right before evacuating the system or at the very least install it right before you head up there. It's called a drier for a reason and not evacuating the system or opening up the drier to atmosphere defeats its purpose. I would also wrap baggies over any open tubing to keep junk out until you get it all buttoned up. Oh and don't forget about the oil for the new compressor. Some come with it, some don't. Talk to an expert to see what they recommend (add separate, use the oil+refrigerant, etc).
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I have a 97' came without AC but did have the heater/defrost, etc...

I got a kit from AZ mobil air or something like that, it was about $900 but came with very high quality components even better than stock.

Took a full day to install since I had to pull the dash and blower housing and completely disassemble it to install the AC cooling core.

I charged the system myself without vacuuming it, the way to do it is to purge the HP valve while filling until you get a bit of refrigerant to come out (tree huggers can suk it) and good to go, did this on 2 of my vehicles and they blow ice cold, so in response to you saying not to charge it yourself, there is nothing wrong with that, it can be done and I have ice cold AC to prove it, I could transport Penguins through Iraq safely if I wanted to, lol.
Hello, I live in Las Vegas and was wondering if u can tell me where you purchased your AC kit for 900. the cheapest I found online was like 1049.00
Thanks in Advance!
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Unread 06-23-2012, 08:00 AM   #14
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I am in Indiana, but summers here are hot, however, I do not feel the need of A/C, very happy with mine, I drive with the top down all the time in the hot weather, will only put it up in November. This is not my daily driver though. Think hard if you really need it.
You obviously don't live in the desert no ac around these parts is a death sentence! Ok maybe not a death sentence but really unpleasant. I live in southern CA 15 miles from Mexico and our summer temp averages 105-110 and some parts of Texas are around the same averages but twice the humity. Ac is a must in my opinion.
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