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Hi all!

First day as a forum member here ... i'll say that i DID already search for some answers before posting.

My wife had a TJ before i met her and we are longing to buy one. We already have two vehicles and are trying to keep the costs down on our Jeep purchase. We are also entering this with the mindset of: we will modify it to our own tastes so don't need/want to pay for upgraded factory components and we also don't think a Wrangler really needs creature comforts. I will be using the car as a commuter to keep the miles down on my other car and also as an occasional off roading toy .. in the future it'll slowly become less of a commuter and more of a toy, hopefully.

That being said, air conditioning is a creature comfort that i really don't want to live without, but also don't know if the $1300 from the factory is the best way to go. I've done some light modification on my cars in the past and am not afraid to bolt a few things on/off.

Who has done this? It seems like it should be a common task but the only thing i came across in my search was some other guy's unanswered question regarding doing the same.

Thanks for any input!
 

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I bought a 2014 JK with no A/C and it was a huge mistake.

I have done a bit of research into adding A/C to the JK and from my understanding it is next to impossible without extensive modification from specialists...

There are kits to do this on the TJ but from what I have read to have it done on a JK is about 5 grand in work and can't just be done by any shop/dealer.
 

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Yeah, it's not easy to be done later, and much more expensive. I would suck it up and do it on the front end.
 

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Get the factory air. You'll get your money back when you trade/resell. Not so much with an add-on system.
 

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There quite a few parts that need to be ordered and there is a fare amount of work involved to install A/C on the JKs... Labor and parts are >$2500 with tax.
Tear apart dash and air blend box to install the evaporator, run new harnesses, replace climate control cluster and control module, install compressor and lineset, longer belt is needed, and program the computer. There might be a few other things that I have forgotten, but you get the idea.
 
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