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after market air conditioner for tj

I was wondering if anyone here has much experience with purchasing/installing the after market air conditioning systems on tj's that didnt come with factory air systems.

Specifically I have two questions:

1) how difficult was it to install?

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2) what prevents the newly installed a/c from running all of the time? generally speaking, tj's have an "a/c" setting that lets you know when the air has been activated. since my tj now on has the "cold - hot" dial and nothing specifically marked for a/c what would i do to turn the air on and off. does this make sense?

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I was wondering if anyone here has much experience with purchasing/installing the after market air conditioning systems on tj's that didnt come with factory air systems.

Specifically I have two questions:

1) how difficult was it to install?

and

2) what prevents the newly installed a/c from running all of the time? generally speaking, tj's have an "a/c" setting that lets you know when the air has been activated. since my tj now on has the "cold - hot" dial and nothing specifically marked for a/c what would i do to turn the air on and off. does this make sense?

tia!
It's my understanding that the kits come with the dials. I believe you simply replace the current controls you already have. With gas prices being over $4 why would you want AC in a TJ?

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You get the controls and you could do it in a weekend.
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...With gas prices being over $4 why would you want AC in a TJ?
Are you serious? I think A/C makes it more comfortable than sweating your butt off!
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Are you serious? I think A/C makes it more comfortable than sweating your butt off!
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Are you serious? I think A/C makes it more comfortable than sweating your butt off!
Guess I just wouldn't have a Jeep then.. my just my 2cents.

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Guess I just wouldn't have a Jeep then.. my just my 2cents.
Then you should get rid of your other two cylinders.
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You get the controls and you could do it in a weekend.
http://www.jeepair.com/
Along similar lines, is it possible for a mechanically inclined, but unpracticed in car repair person (me) to replace my radiator by myself?

I saw a radiator on that website that appears to be relatively well priced. Is it possible to do? Or would I be better off having a mechanic do it?
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Thanks for this link, I just placed the order today with Jeepair for my custom lines on my V-8 conversion!

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Along similar lines, is it possible for a mechanically inclined, but unpracticed in car repair person (me) to replace my radiator by myself?

I saw a radiator on that website that appears to be relatively well priced. Is it possible to do? Or would I be better off having a mechanic do it?
Yup,it's not real hard to do.
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With gas prices being over $4 why would you want AC in a TJ?
Actually, Consumer Reports published a study last week that says that running A/C doesnt significantly effect gas.

This came as a shock to me. I have always heard and believed that it does, however a very credible source says that it doesnt effect millage significantly (they would know better than I).

Their study concluded that going over 60 mph with the windows down creates a drag that is equal to the gas that one would burn running a/c. they DID say that in town, stop and go driving would slightly elevate the cost however it was still not significant.

So, that leaves the option of burning up (as another suggested), running 60+ mph with no air and windows up, or getting a/c and being comfortable.

Not trying to start and argument, just stating what I read...

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Guess I just wouldn't have a Jeep then.. my just my 2cents.
I really dont understand your logic. Are you saying that unless you are comfortable with being uncomfortable that you should not have a jeep? If indeed that is what you are saying, then I would disagree.
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I really dont understand your logic. Are you saying that unless you are comfortable with being uncomfortable that you should not have a jeep? If indeed that is what you are saying, then I would disagree.
Guess it's just an opinion thing. I don't value AC that much to spend $1200 on a kit to install it. I'd only use it very rarely and it wouldn't be worth it.

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Guess it's just an opinion thing. I don't value AC that much to spend $1200 on a kit to install it. I'd only use it very rarely and it wouldn't be worth it.
I agree; it is a matter of opinion. Also, I do agree that the price is steep. I am currently trying to decide if it is worth it to me.
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