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Old 06-03-2014, 11:37 PM   #1
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JeepAir on my '97 Wrangler - a bit of a rant

So, last week I ordered a JEEPAIR.com kit to add AC to my Wrangler Jeep Air - 1997 TJ Wrangler AC Kit 2.5 Liter Engine

I work as an RN. Since my '97 is now my daily driver, going to work with SWAMP ARSE isn't an option - seriously doubt my patients want to have me all sweaty and stinky.
At first... my lovely wife said, you don't need AC. Then on a HOT day she drove the JEEP to work. She's a home health nurse (yes, if you are paying attention... we are a 2 nurse family). She made several stops through the day... Well, she gets home... Says, ORDER IT!




Well the kit arrives. I notice that my schedule hasn't been conducive lately to allowing me the time to do the install the system myself, and it's not going to get better in the next month.

I have a good buddy who runs an auto repair business... said he'd do it for me.
Took my jeep to him today, he's got the dash out and about ready to start putting back together...
But a last minute decision surfaced, since he's got to be in the dash... we decided to replace the heater core. I figured it would be better to do it now than have to pull it out in the winter... Right?

So I am guessing by Thursday or Friday... my Jeep will be back together and cool.
I found it hard to spend $1049.99 on a 17 year old Jeep, but then again... if it were a vintage Mustang or Camaro or ???... I wouldn't hesitate adding AC to that.
I find this modification to be an investment.

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Old 06-04-2014, 12:37 AM   #2
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Where was the rant?

Congratulations!

And the 4.0L heater core replacement job is normally like 12 hours long. I imagine that it is the same for the 2.5L. Good call. Get it all done now. You will be pleased. Report back to tell us how much better a dry backside is when you get to work.

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well, as with all things I ever head into... things haven't gone exactly smooth....
Though this morning my local NAPA store had the new heater core at the guys door at 0730.... One of the parts in the kit did not line up (evap canister, I believe). The connections are not inline and my buddy can't make final connections. So, I had to call today... JEEPAIR is sending a replacement, but it won't be here for a few days. Kind of bums me out. I mean I am happy that it's all done except for the connection at the canister and charging. It went MUCH faster than he or I expected.

It is going to be sooooooo nice to flip on the AC.
No taking off the Hardtop isn't as much of a requirement as it is for fun.
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Old 06-04-2014, 07:02 PM   #4
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I have a 1998 4.0. I ordered mine a week ago and got to putting it in today. And also decided to replace my heater core and Radiator. Took three shops to find my heater core. And three for the radiator hoses. Then find out they left out the drain reservoir. Now my Jeep sits till they ship the part. I have to call them in the morning. Or try a local Jeep dealer. Install and directions are very strait forward but require some patience.
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:36 PM   #5
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bobknake, is your original HVAC controls in good shape? and if so would you be willing to sell? I to have a 97 and am in dire need of replacement controls.
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You actually reuse the non AC controls.

From my understanding... they are the same with and without....
The kit comes with a new decal that you replace on stock.

So I don't have anything to sell

If you need one.. you could try Daviesjeep
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ok thanks.
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Yes you do reuse the original control. They also sent me the wrong lines and no clips to hold the lines together. . :face palm
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Yes you do reuse the original control. They also sent me the wrong lines and no clips to hold the lines together. . :face palm
that sucks... did they get them out to you ASAP.

my part is due here tomorrow.

Can't believe how much I miss my JEEP. I've been driving my wife's Mustang Convertible for the past couple of days... It's tons faster and handles better... but I want my JEEP.
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Yes they were great to deal with. No complaints about them. They are very nice and apologetic about it. I hear ya. I am driving a 2014 Escalade and still miss the Jeep when it's down. Funny how that is. They are great vehicles. Haha.
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im really glad to see they are good to work with, looking at buying a pretty built jeep with no AC and was going to go jeepair route
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I put the whole kit in by myself. And replaced my radiator heater core and radiator hoses. In about a day and a few hours. I would highly recommend taking out your seats and center console. I didn't and hindsight is 20/20. Haha. They recommend taking the power steering resivior out. I didn't and had no problem.
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Ok....
I'm almost 1200 miles from home this week.
My replacement part arrived. The system is installed and charged. According to my buddy.... it works great! :-/
I won't be home until next monday... But when I get there I guess I'll be incredibly happy. In the mean time, I'll keep walking around The Happiest Place on Earth chasing that darn mouse and making my kids happy.
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This is good to hear. I'm about to order one of those kits myself. I'll definitely report back once I install it.
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Keep us posted

I found it hard to cut loose of that kind of $$$$ on a 17 year old jeep. But it sure will make things much more enjoyable
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Old 06-09-2014, 05:24 PM   #16
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I stand corrected. And misunderstood. jeep air. All I had to do was swap out the switch on the lines on top of the condenser. It took two minutes. Very happy. I will have mine charged tomorrow and report back how it works. I was told again by Jeep Air to make sure all lines click to lock in when pushing them together.
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I think this thread kind of applies to my problem...I recently bought a 97 TJ, and it has a straight 6 with a 2004 Sahara 6 speed tranny, but...I live in Cancun and it is hot I mean really hot. The Jeep runs normally around 140 or so which is ok, it used to put out a lot of scalding air on my leg, my mechanic put in a ceramic heat shield, and exhaust tape, so that part is pretty much fixed. The main problem I have is if I use the a/c, the temp quickly goes up to 210 and I shut the air off to let it cool down. The thermostat is new, the radiator is new, the fan works, the coolant level is good. I was wondering if maybe I should put in an oil cooler, or if there is any trick you guys know of to keep it from running SO hot??? Thanks.
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My 1998 4.0 5 speed runs at 210 all the time. Winter or summer.
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140 seems pretty cool to be a normal temp.
my 4cyl ran 210 before and runs 210 now.
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Any update on the air conditioning system? How's it working? How's the 4cyl handling it? Been thinking about adding it to mine. Thanks
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I have the 4.0 but it's 89 here today and ice cold in the jeep. Well worth it.
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JEEPAIR Update: 07/01/2014

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Any update on the air conditioning system? How's it working? How's the 4cyl handling it? Been thinking about adding it to mine. Thanks
Well it's been a couple of weeks of driving around with the JEEPAIR kit.
I really love having AC in my jeep.
It has been working well... But today.... I started my Jeep and the most god awful squeal came from under the hood.
I turned off the AC and turned it back on... the noise was gone.


I can definitely tell when the AC is on, when it comes to power/acceleration. the 4cyl is pretty much a joke (by today's standards) when it comes to that.
The 4 cyl is up to the challenge, but it lets you know its on.
It's fine for me, I drive 5 miles to work and 5 miles back home. It's not a race and I don't usually exceed the speed limit anyway.

I will say... today after the noise. I pulled a 16' jon boat into town and back home. AC on... 5 gear and able to keep speed on flat ground (but that's all we have in Central IL).

I'm going to contact JEEPAIR and tell them about the noise.
It sure didn't sound healthy. I want them to know now if there is an issue later.
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Funny my 1998'4.0 made that squeal today. When the compressor kicked in with the motor cold. Did the same thing turned it off then back on. It went away. I am going to check the belt tomorrow to see if I have to tighten it. It was 92 here today. So I will look at it tomorrow.

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