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Old 03-18-2014, 03:29 AM   #1
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Airconditioning... am I dreaming?

I'd like to have A/C in the jeep. I'd rarely use it but sometimes its just horribly hot and you have a long drive ahead of you.

I saw some kits that seemed to cost about 1200 dollars and looked like the installation was monstrously complicated. Enough that I'd really need a mechanic to do it.

What I'm wondering is if there is some sort of simple A/C system that you plug into cigarette lighter and it maybe blows cold air in your face. Just something so you can not die of heat stroke.

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Old 03-18-2014, 03:53 AM   #2
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When I would drive through the desert without A/C I'd have a bucket of water which I'd stick my t-shirt and baseball cap in when needed. Sometimes it only took 15 minutes before I'd have to dunk it again, but when it's above 110 it's the only way to stay cool. I now have A/C in my jeep and it's so much nicer.

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Old 03-18-2014, 06:25 AM   #3
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Anyone have any experience with those ice bucket AC units?

Its not really what I want... what I want is for my car to have AC. But I don't think I'll use it that often. Maybe on and off for a couple weeks every year. So for that... paying the upwards of 2 grand to get the AC installed just isn't worth it to me.

Are there any air compressor universal AC systems? You know... systems that don't need to be filled with ice?
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Old 03-18-2014, 06:26 AM   #4
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I google'd cirgarette lighter AC and this is what I got:

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Old 03-18-2014, 01:17 PM   #5
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Do the kit from Jeep Air or buy a used system on eBay ... instructions are simple and straight and the company is enormously helpful. With minor mechanical skill you could connect everything and then have a shop charge it up for $100.
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Old 03-18-2014, 04:54 PM   #6
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The kit is actually pretty easy to install if you have decent mechanical/electrical skills.

I have the YJ AC, and it's a little under-powered in my Jeep. The vents are too low and the volume of air isn't great. I'm not sure that I would buy a new kit if my Jeep didn't already have it. A used kit might be a better value.
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Old 03-19-2014, 02:04 AM   #7
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The kit is actually pretty easy to install if you have decent mechanical/electrical skills.

I have the YJ AC, and it's a little under-powered in my Jeep. The vents are too low and the volume of air isn't great. I'm not sure that I would buy a new kit if my Jeep didn't already have it. A used kit might be a better value.
where the heck would I find a used A/C kit for the yj?
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Old 03-19-2014, 02:57 AM   #8
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Bone yard. Craig's. eBay. Convert it to r134 and you could charge it yourself for nothing.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:15 AM   #9
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WillEnd where do you live? A guy 2 hours north of me in Daytona FL has a YJ AC system. He will ship it anywhere but shipping it might not be cheap. I can give him a call for you if you are interested. PM me
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Sounds reasonable.


The only thing that gives me any pause is how to install the damn thing. It looked like a big deal.


I'm pretty technically savvy but I've never really messed with the car before... beyond the occasional oil and filter change.

Should i just take this to my guy or is this something a person could do in an afternoon?
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You can knock it out over a 12 pack.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:10 PM   #12
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Tell me about the r134 conversion... It seems to be a matter of draining the freon out and then filling this stuff in its place.

It can't be that simple so what is the actual process.
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It is not that simple for the r134 conversion of just draining out the r12 them filling with the 134. Another step you will need to do so you do not damage the drier is to draw a vacuum on the system after the drain. You would need a vacuum pump. Most like me do not have one and need to take to someone to do this for you. I learned this the hard way. I had to replaced my drier a couple a days later. It worked great for that couple of days. After the fact all AC experts said yup you should have drawn the vacuum on it. GL
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It is not that simple for the r134 conversion of just draining out the r12 them filling with the 134. Another step you will need to do so you do not damage the drier is to draw a vacuum on the system after the drain. You would need a vacuum pump. Most like me do not have one and need to take to someone to do this for you. I learned this the hard way. I had to replaced my drier a couple a days later. It worked great for that couple of days. After the fact all AC experts said yup you should have drawn the vacuum on it. GL
Alright... so who would be able to do that? Would your standard autoshop do it?
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Old 03-20-2014, 01:33 PM   #15
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Any shop that does AC, which is 99% of all auto shops out there.
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You will have to replace the dryer,if you don't replace with one that is compatable with R-134a the desicant bag inside can rupture and contaminate the entire system. A new expansion valve calibrated for R-134a is recommended.Drain all oil from used parts and install aprox. 8oz. of PAG or Ester refrigerant oil to the compressor.Place the system under vacuum for at least 45 min. to remove all air and moisture and recharge with no more than 2 pounds of R-134a.High pressure readinds should not exceed 250 psi.

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