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Old 05-05-2010, 08:17 AM   #1
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Softtop to Hardtop

First, I know there are a lot of topics on this generally, but I have specific questions...

I'm currently replacing my softtop with a hardtop on my 98 Sahara. I bought the wiring harness for the wiper and defroster from Howbills, and I also was given the switch board.

I believe I'm missing the wire that goes from the plugs on the harness to the plugs in the switch board?

Also, what does the power supply (if any) look like on the harness? I need to figure out how to plug it in, where to plug it in, etc.

Any help is appreciated.

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Old 05-05-2010, 01:12 PM   #2
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????????????????? Switchboard, power supply...........???????? How about a liink to what you have. Is it the Mopar wiring kit? Many of us including myself have purchased and installed the Mopar kit which is pretty much plug and play with instructions (which could be a little better) From the sound of it, you have something totally different. There was no switchboard in mine.

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Old 05-05-2010, 01:20 PM   #3
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This is what I have:

a 98 Sahara that came stock with a soft top. This means that I had no wiring harness for a rear wiper or defroster. This also means that my switches on the dashboard only came with a switch for fog lights.

I am installing a new dashboard switch from a 2000 wrangler that has a defroster and wiper switch. I also am installing the wiring harness that runs from the hardtop towards the dashboard.

Sorry, by switchboard I mean the dashboard switches for defroster and rear wiper.

I'm missing a piece that goes from the main harness, over to the switches for my defroster and rear wiper, I hope to pick this piece up today.

However, I'm wondering if the wiring harness has a power supply that it needs to plug into? If not, how is the wiper and defroster powered?
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Old 05-05-2010, 01:40 PM   #4
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I think I figured it out...just in case people are curious.

I assumed the Dashboard Harness is different between Soft top and Hard top which probably isn't the case...

Just talked to a Jeep Dealer, and he said that the plugs for the rear wiper and defroster switches may be taped up inside in the dashboard harness, because dashboard harnesses are all the same.

This also answers my question about a power supply. So basically, I need to find those plugs taped up inside somewhere, and I need to figure out where the hardtop harness plugs into...
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Well I guess you are not installing one of the "kits". Try to get the FSM wiring diagram. Or go to Quadratec and read the installation instructions for the kit and it may help you. You can can do a web search for the instructions. I've seen them around.
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Old 05-06-2010, 06:59 AM   #6
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I think I got it all figured out. Found the switch plugs taped up inside the dash harness. Ran though to the dashboard switches.

Also figured out my "duh" moment. My original wiring harness for trailer, emergency brake, etc is using the harness plugs that I was looking for. I'm kind of embarrassed, haha.

All in all, I've got it all figured out. I'm removing my center console today to run my emergency brake wire, and also going to run the soundbar wire and seat wire. I should be all set.

Thanks for your help everyone.

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