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Old 02-15-2011, 05:38 PM   #1
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Finally, my hardtop. Next up, wiring.

So I got the call today that my hardtop finally came in after six months. The dealership said it would take three hours to install the wiring harness at 140.00 an hour. It would be 4 hours if I went there with my soft top still on. I'm like most of you and enjoy doing things like this myself. With that said I have a few questions.

1- Does anyone know how intense it is to install the wiring kit to include the wiper motor and control along with the defrost.

2- Should just pay the 400+ and have the dealership install it.

3- Installing hitches in the past there's typically an harness to tie into in the tail light. Is that similar to the hardtop .

Any info or insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 02-15-2011, 06:14 PM   #2
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Im not exactly sure how the harness is "assembled" ...But I would think that whether a jeep has a hard top or not the wires are probably still there somewhere, maybe tucked under the carpet somewhere.
I would do it yourself. Definatley not worth 400+...let alone 140 just for one hour.

If you have a buddy with a pick up truck, throw him $20 and go get the top and bring it home.

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Old 02-15-2011, 07:20 PM   #3
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If yours came from the factory with a soft top, you will not have the wiring for the hardtop. The dealer installed mine for $80 because i was only quoted an hour of labor but it ended up being like 2.

$400 seems kinda steep.
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My opinion is that the powered back window wiper is not needed. My pickup does not have one and I see through back just fine, plus soft top drivers don't have one. I would rather jeep save us the money by not installing.

Also the electrical plug and water line is a pain to unhook everytime you remove hardtop. You should do without and save the money.
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No way I'd pay $400 for that. I have installed several of those kits on TJs....but not on a JK. I'm assuming that it's similar. On the TJ, there were some wiring plugs to add or remove a wire or two....not too difficult if you have some experience with wiring harnesses. There were also a couple of splices to do. The rest was just running wires or removing stuff to get down to the places you need to be. The manual that comes with the harness is like 20 pages with pictures...not many words. LOL

You can certainly use the top without ANY of that stuff hooked up. Just use it that way, study the manual and decide if and when you wanna attempt it. I seldom use any of that stuff, but I hate to not have it "completed".

That kit is probably a couple hundred bucks, so if you decide you don't really need it, you might can just not buy it...or maybe return it.
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You tell that dealer to put it where the sun don`t shine !
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Old 02-15-2011, 10:00 PM   #7
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Looks like you fellas feel the same way as I do. It's definitely too much money. Maybe two hundred bucks at the very very most. I just found the directions on the web and it looks pretty easy. I think I'll just pay myself to do it. Thanks for your input.
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Looks like you fellas feel the same way as I do. It's definitely too much money. Maybe two hundred bucks at the very very most. I just found the directions on the web and it looks pretty easy. I think I'll just pay myself to do it. Thanks for your input.
Have you considered paying yourself with beer? That's how I pay myself and the job always seems to get started-and finished- a little quicker.
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:31 AM   #9
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The only thing I would be careful with is installing the new control lever on your steering wheel to turn on/off your rear wiper and defrost. Its different than the stock one but as far as mounting the hard top onto your jeep I cannot see why that would take 4 hours? Honestly, that seems way to much. Question it with them and go with your gut on it. At the very worst you fail trying to put it on, you can take it there after ward?

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