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Old 09-20-2012, 05:14 AM   #1
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Hardtop wiring question

My jeep originally came with a soft top but had a hardtop on when I bought it. The top was off of a 98 and my jeep is an 03 so the pigtails are different. The top is in good shape but I want to get the defroster and wiper wired up for winter. I don't have any wiring going to the back or a pigtail to plug in. Can I just run power from my fuse box to the appropriate pin on the the hardtop and power it off and on with a toggle switch? I'm not to comfortable with running wires so the easier the better. Thanks

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Old 09-20-2012, 05:19 AM   #2
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Buy the kit, it's much easier. The kit is around 150. Here is how you can make the 03-98 plugs work Hardtop wiring: converting plugs to match different years - JeepForum.com

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The kit includes the switches, washer bottle, harness and instructions. You will need an adaptor to connect the 03 harness into the 98 hardtop.
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...You will need an adaptor to connect the 03 harness into the 98 hardtop.
Or you could just swap one of the plugs to the correct one. Pick up a plug for a buck or two at a junkyard, and you can swap it without cutting, splicing or soldering - just unclip the wires from the old plug and clip them into the new plug (sorry the thread isn't on this site):

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Old 09-21-2012, 01:10 AM   #5
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Or you could just swap one of the plugs to the correct one. Pick up a plug for a buck or two at a junkyard, and you can swap it without cutting, splicing or soldering - just unclip the wires from the old plug and clip them into the new plug (sorry the thread isn't on this site):

Hardtop wiring: converting plugs to match different years - JeepForum.com
Very detailed write up on how to swap the plugs. But won't I still have to run fused power wires and toggle switches since I don't have any wires going to the hardtop from the cab? Im probably overthinking this whole thing but none of this is making sense to me. I would like to order the plug in kit but can't afford that option. Sorry to be such a pain but I am electrically challenged and don't want to burn something up.
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Old 09-21-2012, 03:23 AM   #6
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Sorry to be such a pain but I am electrically challenged and don't want to burn something up.
Then the safest was is to install the kit.
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Very detailed write up on how to swap the plugs. But won't I still have to run fused power wires and toggle switches since I don't have any wires going to the hardtop from the cab? Im probably overthinking this whole thing but none of this is making sense to me. I would like to order the plug in kit but can't afford that option. Sorry to be such a pain but I am electrically challenged and don't want to burn something up.
Suggestion: download the Mopar wiring kit instructions and review them. If you think you can succeed at installing the kit, then do so, otherwise have the dealer do the kit installation for you.

Once the kit is installed, then you can proceed to swap the plugs (or give the dealer a printout of the plug swap thread and ask them to do it at the same time they install the kit).

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