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Old 03-28-2011, 09:07 PM   #1
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adding air conditioning

just bought a 2004 jeep wrangler. its a 4 cyl 2.4l engine. it did not come with air conditioning and i really want to buy it and install it before it gets really hot out.
does anyone know how hard it is to install? they make it seem easy enough but you know how that goes.
my other question is if anyone has added the air if the power of the jeep decreased or mpg decreased.
i am really excited to put the air in so any ideas or help would be greatly apprechiated. thanks

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Old 03-29-2011, 07:18 AM   #2
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Same boat as you. I'll be following this post for sure!!

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Old 03-29-2011, 08:59 AM   #3
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It's as easy as removing the top/doors!!

Kidding man. It will cost you for sure adding it in. Compressors aren't cheap, and you need to think of how your 4 banger will handle it.
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:09 AM   #4
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You will lose power for sure...air conditioners draw a lot of power from the engine when they're running. It also will not be cheap.

I can tell you with a Jeep...I probably kick my a/c on less than 5 times a year. If I want to cool down, I open my windows. Once the temps are above 70*F, my top and doors come off. Now THAT'S air conditioning...and it's cheap.
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:17 PM   #5
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best bet is to take everything like doors and top if its warm outside good amount off spped on the high way priceless
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:20 PM   #6
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My air crapped out a couple years back and I could care less.
Funny thing is I never used it much, maybe that's why.
If I ever buy another new Jeep I don't even want ac, just heat but that's probably not an option anymore.
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:29 PM   #7
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I just installed one from Jeep Air. $1200 delivered and pretty simple to install. They even sent a cd with color pics. Everything you need but the R134. Took me a few days cause I did a tune up and was juggling the kids, but it could easily be done in a day.

I prefer to take out the windows, but for short trips in the Texas humidity it's nice. That and the wife made me get it...
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:33 PM   #8
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Here in Central Texas a heater is not needed much but ac...I want front and rear ac, especially when it hits 104 and 90% humidity.
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:43 PM   #9
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I put ac in mine came out to 400$ total dnt go buy ac kits unless u wanna spend more than 1,000
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I have AC but have never used it - best off top off !!! Cape Cod - don't need it anyway !
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:40 PM   #11
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I installed the kit from jeepair.com last week. It was alot of work, took 7 hours, but it was worth it. The kit includes everything and is just like factory installed air.
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:56 PM   #12
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If you install one yourself, make sure the blender door moves before you put it back together
Now I need to take as much apart as possible without ripping the heater box out again
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@DMC. I am in VA Beach and am getting ready to pull my AC system out. I have never ran it. If you are anywhere near here, I'll sell it to you for cheap.
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I ordered a kit from Jeepair.com on August 19, and still waiting for it. Any one wanting to order from them just be wary. Others on here have had similar trouble with them. I keep getting the run around and keep getting different answers from people when I call.
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Old 09-15-2011, 05:46 AM   #15
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It took about a month to get mine, they were waiting on the compressor. After it arrived I had to wait a few more months to install it, and when I got to it they had sent the wrong parts or excluded a few. I called back and found that when talking to anyone but the office manager (a female, didn't get her name) CS is pretty good. The man I was talking to agreed they sent the wrong parts but she didn't want to fix the problem because of the elapsed time. I got put on hold for a minute, he came back and said the parts (and then some) were on the way via overnight.

The parts themselves fit perfect, and the instructions are pretty good. You may have to do some investigating on the electrical part (right fuses, etc.).

I do question myself sometimes on why I bothered with it, but the high humidity days in full ACUs or a date night with the wife make it worth while. There is diffidently a power loss when its on, but I don't notice any loss when its off.

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