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Old 11-09-2008, 11:30 AM   #1
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TJ Hidden Features

So behind my dashboard on my 97 TJ sport are at least 3 connectors not plugged into anything: 2 that plug into plastic holders in the central console switch holder, one behind the instrument cluster and one to the right of the instrument cluster.

I have no features like cruise etc - Is this wiring for extra factory options?

So if I have the wires, I'm presuming I just need the attachment for these features (cruise would need a new stalk I guess) and maybe an OBD hack to enable?

Well this was how it worked on my old Boxster, is it the same kind of principle with the wrangler?

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Old 11-09-2008, 03:35 PM   #2
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Hmm that could be, you can actually buy the panels for cruise control on ebay, those are seperate panels from the airbag and wheel.

Seems like Chrysler is notorious for this, those of you with the 15 gal. tank (yj-tj) actually have the 19 gal. tank, but a shorter hose going to it, another way for them to save money by only manufacturing one tank instead of two. I saw a write up somewhere online on how to fix this.

When I had my 97 I would hate knowing that there is actually 4-5 more gallons in there when it came time for me to fill up.

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Old 11-09-2008, 05:42 PM   #3
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It don't work quite like that.For cruise you are still going to need the vacuum diaphragm,cable for the throttle pull and the control box to monitor the speed while the cruise is set.Just because the wire is there does not mean you have all the components to make it work installed already.Yes some of the Fords had the components installed but need the connectors but mostly for like the trailer lights and on some even the trailer brake box but that is all I can think of right off hand.The reason they are there is because they use the same harness for most models that may have other options and just leave the plugs not needed cliped to a blank slott or just empty.
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That wire is basically for the illumination, as are the wires going to the center switch bezel. If you have a soft top, but not hard top, the other switches are IIRC for rear defrost and rear wiper.
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Hmm that could be, you can actually buy the panels for cruise control on ebay, those are seperate panels from the airbag and wheel.

Seems like Chrysler is notorious for this, those of you with the 15 gal. tank (yj-tj) actually have the 19 gal. tank, but a shorter hose going to it, another way for them to save money by only manufacturing one tank instead of two. I saw a write up somewhere online on how to fix this.

When I had my 97 I would hate knowing that there is actually 4-5 more gallons in there when it came time for me to fill up.
do all tj have the shorter hose? b/c i have on '05 and have gotten my tank way down past "E" and when i filled up the reciept said between 18 and 20 gals, depending on how the gas station attendant pump it (ya i'm in jersey so i dont pump my own, legally i cant)
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There is a bunch of extra stuff, my XJ came with rear defroster and wiper then had an extra blank with a plug stuck in it, that was for fog lights, there was also another cable back there and I found it was for extended idle.
I found a 4 hole switch panel at jeepsareus thats now in the XJ and I used the 4th hole for my USB connection for the jvc head unit.
In the front of the XJ is another plug behind the bumper, that one is for the outside temp sensor if I had the overhead console.
I have found a few extra plugs here and there like the one for the engine bay light, A/C compressor if I had A/C, Plugs for the rear wiper and defroster if I had a hard top.
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do all tj have the shorter hose? b/c i have on '05 and have gotten my tank way down past "E" and when i filled up the reciept said between 18 and 20 gals, depending on how the gas station attendant pump it (ya i'm in jersey so i dont pump my own, legally i cant)
Maybe they just got really cheap later on, the write up was for a YJ but they said chrysler did the same thing for the TJ.

EDIT: wouldn't you have the 19 gal. tank anyway? I thought only the 4 cylinders had the 15 gal.

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