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Unread 07-02-2009, 08:10 AM   #1
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TJ bezel removal and switch install *Pics*

Here's some pictures for removing the center bezel on an 03 and up Jeep. Just for reference, on 97-02 remove the top plastic cover, remove the 2 screws on the top of the dash (coin tray), remove the screw from behind the ash tray then pull the whole assembly out, 4 clips total. 2 at the top and 2 at the bottom.

2003 and up
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I started from the bottom and removed the glove box and panel under the steering wheel to get a better grip. Popped the bottom 2 clips then pulled the top 2 clips. Here's what the back side looks like.
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If you're adding a switch here's what it looks like, remove the 4 screws after you remove the center bezel
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I disconnect everything so I could work on it easier. The blanks have to be removed from the back. Clip on top and a clip on the bottom, then push it back.
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Pop the new one in from the back. Then, do whatever connections you need to do. I noticed a plug on the back plugged into one of the blanks. I believe if my Jeep was an automatic this would be the O/D switch harness. I just left it unplugged.
Here's a finished product of my modified rubicon switch for my front locker.
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I hope these pics help!

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Unread 06-29-2010, 02:42 PM   #2
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I know this a old thread, but i just picked up the defroster and wiper switch from a 98-99 XJ to put in my 97 TJ.. Anyways the switch wouldnt go in as it seemed to be a bit wider..

Does the defrost switch HAVE to go on the far left side? Or can you switch those around? Cause now that i look at it i think the bezel itself is meant for the specific switch in a certain location. I think im gonna have to try putting the switch in the correct position.

Any idea?
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It doesn't matter which one you put where as long as the wiring in the back can reach and there's not a whole lot back there but I think it's possible. How much bigger is the switch compared to the opening? I'm pretty positive the openings are all the same size. Pics?
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Yah there is no wires back there yet. As my jeep is only a softop option.. But i wanted to atleast wire in the wiper motor to the switch but i cant seem to find a simple wiring diagram they all seem to get pretty involved or people just say get the complete wiring harness.
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How much is the wiring harness? I think you're EASIEST and quickest way is just to buy the harness. Then it's plug and play.
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Unread 06-29-2010, 04:13 PM   #6
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So i just went and confirmed the XJ switches do fit perfectly in the stock TJ bezel. But there is a order for it lol..

for the 3 switch bezel like the TJs had no Air lockers..

its defrost, wiper/washer, fog lights. I just went out and took that center piece apart to check lol.

The harness costs about 150$ + $50 ( 03-06 hardtop adapter ) apparently from the dealer. Not really cheap.. Consider i paid just a tad bit more for the hardtop itself lol
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