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Old 07-12-2015, 05:00 PM
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Air Conditioning Bypass (Jeep.com)

For 2015, the base 2-door Sport and Willys Wheeler trims did not come standard with A/C.

If you configure a 2-door Willys on Jeep.com, Air Conditioning ($1295) is listed under Interior Options.

If you configure a 2-door Sport, Air Conditioning ($1295) and Air Conditioning Bypass ($0) are listed under Interior Options. As far as I can tell, it's been this way since the JK debuted (perhaps even before).

I've tried to find out exactly what Air Conditioning Bypass specifically is, but I'm not finding a satisfying answer.

If it's simply the absence of A/C, then why have it as a selectable option if Standard Equipment comes without?

I've read a couple of opinions that say selecting A/C bypass has the factory install some hardware that allows for aftermarket A/C install.

Other opinions state that A/C bypass changes some part of the HVAC system to allow for outside air to pass through the vehicle in lieu of A/C (or something along those lines).

Does anyone here know if selecting "Air Conditioning Bypass" as a no-charge option when ordering a base 2-door Sport actually changes the manufacturing of the vehicle?

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It's usually a pully that replaces the compressor due to the routing of the serpentine belt.

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Old 07-12-2015, 05:11 PM
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Why is it optional?
Or is it truly optional?
Do they put the pully on if you don't get A/C regardless of whether you select the option or not?
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Your over thinking it. Two options, A/C or no A/C. If you don't get A/C you get the bypass. I didn't get A/C, when you turn the fan on you get outside air blowing in.
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Your over thinking it. Two options, A/C or no A/C. If you don't get A/C you get the bypass. I didn't get A/C, when you turn the fan on you get outside air blowing in.
This. "Bypass" means no A/C. Chrysler does that a lot with listing zero cost options. They don't prep it for anything aftermarket in this case.
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