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Old 06-06-2011, 11:04 AM   #1
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Question Are soft top JKs wired for rear wiper?

I was just wondering, now that my hard top is safely stored in my garage for the summer. If some ill fate should befall my Jeep, could I save a few bucks on a replacement by getting a JK with just the soft top? Would it have the wiring/plumbing for the rear wiper/washer/defroster on my hard top?

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I would think so, but if nothing else, you can get a hardtop wiring kit if needed.

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Old 06-06-2011, 11:38 AM   #3
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No, they do not.
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^ x2 it would not be set up.
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I have the soft top JKU and have been looking at getting a hard top for it, and you will need the wiring kit for it if you wish to use the wiper/defroster.
when I look on Craigslist or such I always ask if the wiring is included.
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Old 06-06-2011, 12:19 PM   #6
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The rear wiper is useless anyway.
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The rear wiper is useless anyway.
Disagree. Very useful.
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The rear wiper is useless anyway.
I have to agree, the motor is a bad blind spot and the wiper isn't really big enough to do much good.
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The computer would also have to be programmed and if considering an eleven or twelve the harness is on back order won't be available until late fall
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If it came from the factory with a hard top/dual tops and you talked your dealer into removing the hard top from the deal, then it should have the wiring (assuming the dealer doesn't remove that as well). Otherwise, no, it would not have the required wiring/washer fluid hose.
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The rear wiper is useless anyway.
Diddo...useless..but the rear defrost is nice
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I find the wiper useful on rare occasions. Mostly in winter driving when it gets nasty out and they put lots of ice melt down on the roads. Then it is very useful. In downpours sometimes it gets used. During certain weather conditions which produces fogging on the outside of the window the wiper is useful. So, ya, I'm glad it is there. Could it have been designed better? Sure but it is what is there. So, may be useful to the OP as well.
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One other thought just occurred to me. If you had an insurance claim on your current jeep and had to replace it, before it is taken by the insurance company, remove the wiring and plumbing, problem solved. Then transfer it to the new jeep. OR, if it is an insurance claim, they would have already included that in the replacement so they may expect the original to contain those parts and not be stripped of them.
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Thanks for the replies everyone. It was just one of those "what if" things I had thought of. Here's hoping it dosn't happen.

I don't plan on replacing my Jeep until the diesel arrives.
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I have to agree, the motor is a bad blind spot and the wiper isn't really big enough to do much good.
I've found that when my back window gets covered in dust I can give a little squirt and a wipe then I get a great view of the spare tire. Also think that the cover over the wiper motor is too bulky taking about 1/3 of the available open window. However, my daughter gets a kick out of it when driving in the rain.

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