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Creature Comfort, Part V: Power Window Installation
No need to reach over, just push a button! ◆◆◇◇ Medium
When was the last time you rolled down the passenger side window when the guy next to you was asking for a direction or because it was nice outside as you were driving? Well, I am 5’ 10” and I do have to reach over to crank the passenger window down.
Bored with the jeep, I found that there is automatic window kit for the Jeep TJs. So I decided to look into it. Just like any other mod that I purchase, I started searching for good price, and found out a1electic.com with the following URL had the best price with the free shipping. It arrived after 4 days after the order has been placed.
The box that came was about 2’ by 3’ and as shown it contained the driver and passenger window regulators, wirings, relays, switches, brackets, screws, connectors and wire T-taps. The connectors that go between the switch and the regulator did not come assembled. For some reason, I had to reverse the connection on my install but I didn’t do anything wrong when I was wiring things up. I will cover this later in detail.
The overall installation was pretty straight forward except that I had to do some cutting and drilling and get right sized bolt/screw to make the operation of the window crank mechanism to work smooth. I also needed a special tool to remove the window crank handle.
While I was at it I decided to repaint the plastic door trim pieces and the door handles that had the peeling paint. I will include them in different write ups.
Tools & Parts Needed
Power Window Kit from A1electric.com @ $239.00 (Part # JE12-KSW)
2 of 10-24 x 1” Machine Pin Head Screws
2 of 10-24 Hex Machine Nuts (These are available through Homedepot or Lowes)
Window Crank Handle Removal Tool (Harborfreight.com @ about $5.00)
Socket & Wrench Set
2. Once the handle is removed, you can remove the door panel. Unscrew all the bolts you see on the door panel; the location is shown in the picture. I remember it was pretty hard to remove the panel for the first time. You will need a flat head screw driver to pry the door panel out. Look at the picture that shows the backside of the door panel. It shows the location of the pins that holds the door panel to the door. Pry these locations and the door panel should come off relatively easy.
8. Loosen the other three shown but do not completely remove, shown with Yellow arrows.
12. To install the glass, you will have to cut the protrusion out of the one of the plastic piece that is closer to the front of the vehicle on both driver and passenger side of the door window glass.
13. Install the glass using the screw and nut combo (mentioned in the “Tools & Parts Needed” section of the write up) on the trimmed plastic and reuse the old screw on the other. I used the blue lock tite on the screw and the nut as I didn’t want to deal with it again. ;)
17. You also have to wire a constant hot (this is always on). I forgot what color wire this is on the harness. It is the fat red wire shown. The installation manual should tell ya, I lost this! Doh! Run the rest of the wiring harness towards the driver side behind the dash. I used electrical tape to wrap the wiring harness so I don’t have to deal with them when I am debugging some other electrical problems in the future.
21. Install the door panel and ground the ground wire on the body panel on the driver side by the clutch. There should be a bolt holding a ground wire already.
22. Repeat the regulator installation procedure on the passenger side.
Here is a video of the power window in operation! (~3.1Mb)
If you have any questions or recommendations, please let me know!!
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Written by Michael on 7.13.2006.
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