Hardtop wiring: converting plugs to match different years


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Hey sorry to revive an old thread but I just picked up a 97-00 hardtop with the 10 pin connector. I have a 2000 TJ myself. What I need to know is where to find the female tub side connector and wiring and once I do where does it plug into in the dash? Is it on the instrument cluster maybe?
 

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Hey sorry to revive an old thread but I just picked up a 97-00 hardtop with the 10 pin connector. I have a 2000 TJ myself. What I need to know is where to find the female tub side connector and wiring and once I do where does it plug into in the dash? Is it on the instrument cluster maybe?

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It should be in the back driver side corner of the tub, if not there then it's possible your Jeep wasn't wired for a hardtop from the factory. Mopar used to have a kit available for retrofitting non-hardtop TJs, but Googling it seems to show it has been discontinued. Might have to find one used or end up making a harness.

https://www.quadratec.com/products/11190_48.htm is the kit I'm referring to.
 
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SO need some help here. I have a 06 TJ X and just got a 03-06 Hard Top. The 03-06 Wiring Harness 82208907AB has been discontinued CANNOT find it anywhere. Ive email every Junkyard Jeep salvager I can find.. Any suggestion on what Wiring KIT would work and parts needed adapters etc?
 
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SO need some help here. I have a 06 TJ X and just got a 03-06 Hard Top. The 03-06 Wiring Harness 82208907AB has been discontinued CANNOT find it anywhere. Ive email every Junkyard Jeep salvager I can find.. Any suggestion on what Wiring KIT would work and parts needed adapters etc?
Randy I'm in the same boat 03 Sahara not wired for a hardtop but have an 04 top that's wired . What did you find ? Thanks Mike..

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Randy I'm in the same boat 03 Sahara not wired for a hardtop but have an 04 top that's wired . What did you find ? Thanks Mike..

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Same here unfortunately. Have an 05 Sport and pre 03 hardtop and just need the elusive hardtop wiring kit that Mopar discontinued that came with wiring, switches, washer bottle and hose for rear window. Striking out on eBay and any other website and junk yards. I’ve called multiple and sent parts requests messages and so on. It’s just not available anywhere. I’ve been hunting for about 3 months.
Has anyone on here ever wired up their own all the way from the dash to the back? Washer isn’t all that important (nice to have but not imperative) but to at least have wired the wiper and defroster to behind the dash with switches? If so, do you have any notes on it to help us unfortunate souls out??


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I saw this great write up on wiring your TJ for a hard top. It looks like more than I had expected. Glad mine came with the hard top.

 
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I have a 2006 that I recently wired up the hardtop on. Since the kit doesn’t exist anymore, I had to copy every single wire that went in the kit. Somehow I got it to work the first time.

I bought the following parts:
Wiper and defrost switch and pigtails
03-06 body side hardtop wiring harness
Washer bottle with 2 pumps
Washer fluid check valve for JK hardtops
Generic plastic tubing
12AWG and 18AWG wiring
Used car stereo wiring harnesses (to pull harness pins from)
OE style relay, fuses, and fuse tap

Most of the parts I ordered from Davey’s Jeeps.

I then used the Factory Service Manual to copy every single wire that is related to the hardtop. Not only do you have to run wires back to the top, but you also have to add pins and wires between existing wiring harnesses and run wires into the engine bay for the 2nd washer pump. There are other ways to wire the defrost that are easier; however, in order to get the factory timer function it needs to be wired through the instrument cluster. Finding the right pins to fit in the harnesses can be a pain, but I was able to make it work.

If anyone has questions on this, please feel free to ask.
 
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I have a 2006 that I recently wired up the hardtop on. Since the kit doesn’t exist anymore, I had to copy every single wire that went in the kit. Somehow I got it to work the first time.

I bought the following parts:
Wiper and defrost switch and pigtails
03-06 body side hardtop wiring harness
Washer bottle with 2 pumps
Washer fluid check valve for JK hardtops
Generic plastic tubing
12AWG and 18AWG wiring
Used car stereo wiring harnesses (to pull harness pins from)
OE style relay, fuses, and fuse tap

Most of the parts I ordered from Davey’s Jeeps.

I then used the Factory Service Manual to copy every single wire that is related to the hardtop. Not only do you have to run wires back to the top, but you also have to add pins and wires between existing wiring harnesses and run wires into the engine bay for the 2nd washer pump. There are other ways to wire the defrost that are easier; however, in order to get the factory timer function it needs to be wired through the instrument cluster. Finding the right pins to fit in the harnesses can be a pain, but I was able to make it work.

If anyone has questions on this, please feel free to ask.
I am attempting to add the factory hardtop wiring as you did. I would appreciate it if you can email me (dantressler@comcast.net) with any additional information. Right now I am gathering all the supplies and I hope to start as soon as I have them. Thanks for your help!
 

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I am attempting to add the factory hardtop wiring as you did. I would appreciate it if you can email me (dantressler@comcast.net) with any additional information. Right now I am gathering all the supplies and I hope to start as soon as I have them. Thanks for your help!
I really don't have any significant additional information, but feel free to ask any questions here.

The best resource is the factory service manual, which you can download here:

Essentially, you are trying to duplicate the wiring that Chrysler would have installed in the factory. There is a section full of wiring diagrams. You're looking for the sections on the rear wiper/washer and the heated back light.

The hardest part was probably adding pins to existing wiring harnesses. I tore apart some junkyard harnesses to get usable pins, and just reused those.

It does take a while to install, as you'll need to take off a good amount of dash trim and pull the instrument cluster, as well as run wiring to the engine bay.
 

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I really don't have any significant additional information, but feel free to ask any questions here.

The best resource is the factory service manual, which you can download here:

Essentially, you are trying to duplicate the wiring that Chrysler would have installed in the factory. There is a section full of wiring diagrams. You're looking for the sections on the rear wiper/washer and the heated back light.

The hardest part was probably adding pins to existing wiring harnesses. I tore apart some junkyard harnesses to get usable pins, and just reused those.

It does take a while to install, as you'll need to take off a good amount of dash trim and pull the instrument cluster, as well as run wiring to the engine bay.
Thanks for the reply. I’m just wondering what the best way to connect the positive line for the defogger light switch (that indicates when it is on, not the backlight). The wiring diagram show that it is spliced from the positive line back to the hardtop defogger, then routed through a separate harness (I think 301?) then to the fuse box. I’m thinking it would be best to run a separate wire spliced at the same location to an inline fuse then directly to the defogger switch. If you know of a better or easier way that would be great. Every other line will be run how the factory wiring diagrams are.