Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Install Fire Extinguisher

Safety is important when going off-road. Learn how to install a fire extinguisher in your Jeep Wrangler JK.By Charlie Gaston – November 13, 2015

This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-present).

There are no two ways about it: If you own a 2007-Present Jeep Wrangler and use it to go off-roading, you’ll want to install a fire extinguisher, as well as maintain a treasure trove of other must-have safety essentials, including, but not limited to, a functional CB radio, Hi-lift jack, DOT-approved tow strap, winch and more! Let’s go over the best place to mount your fire extinguisher and the places you’ll want to stay away from. Here are installation tips and tricks for getting the job done right the first time!

Materials Needed

  • Fire extinguisher or off-road kit

Step 1 – Choose the best fire extinguisher or off-road kit

There are a number of off-road kits on the market. However, we recommend going with a trusted brand such as Die-Tech Off-Road. The company offers a seat-mounted fire extinguisher for increased off-road safety and improved driver accessibility. The Mag-Lite clip/holder is also a great buy. Finally, it’s worth mentioning that fires can occur beneath driver-side and passenger-side seating. As such, it’s recommended that you use hose clamps to install a fire extinguisher on the upper roll bar located in the rear of your Jeep.

Figure 1. There are a number of places to house your fire extinguisher.

Step 2 – Consider your mounting options

Don’t be hesitant to bolt a fire extinguisher holder directly to the bottom of your seat, for example. But check the positioning to ensure the holder does not interfere with your ability to drive. You could also use industrial-strength Velcro to secure a fire extinguisher to the base of your seat, or some other convenient location inside your Jeep. The base will need to be strong, so consider the weight and size of the fire extinguisher, as well as the mounting location. Chrome holders are available to match the chrome fixtures within your Jeep.

Figure 3. Chrome fire extinguishers are available.

Step 3 – Check your fire extinguisher regularly

When it comes to knowing whether your fire extinguisher is still good, always check with the manufacturer. The actual fire extinguisher should have an inspection sticker that tells how often to have it serviced (usually annually). Do a manual inspection of the pressure gauge on a monthly basis, and always check for signs of damage, including cracks in the hose and missing components. Replace damaged fire extinguishers before heading out on your next off-road adventure.

Figure 4. Fire extinguishers require inspection.

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Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Repair Wind Noise

The Jeep Wrangler JK can all be taken apart; between the removable doors and the removable top, wind can find its way inside the car. Here is how to fix a wind noise.By Bassem Girgis – December 15, 2015

This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-Present).

The Jeep Wrangler JK is the definition of freedom. It’s equipped with removable doors and a removable top. Unfortunately, with such freedom comes issues. Having everything seal perfectly is not an easy job, especially between removing components and installing it back on wrong. Fixing wind noises comes down to finding the source of the air leak. This guide will help you find the culprit causing wind noise and how to fix it in the Jeep Wrangler.

Material Needed

  • Weatherstripping

Step 1 – Locate culprit

Before we start fixing the problem, we must first discover it. The noise has been known to come from the corner where the top meets the door and the windshield. The weatherstripping tends to wear right in that corner, whether if it’s on the driver’s side or the passenger’s side. Analyze it visually before removing the top. If you can’t see clearly, then consider removing the top. To remove the top, you will have to unlock the latches inside the cabin, then remove the center screw. It’s recommended you ask a friend to lift it with you.

Another location that has been known to cause the wind to slip in and make noise is the part where the front top pieces overlap. A lot of times people put the driver’s side first, which causes it to not fit properly. Make sure the driver’s side goes on last, and be sure both pieces are flush together. If one is sticking out more than the other, then they are not installed properly.

Figure 1. Inspect the top.

Step 2 – Remove hard top

If the issue is around the hard top, remove it to replace the weatherstripping. Disconnect the latches holding the top in place. Undo all the black latches holding it in place. Finally, remove the center screw next to the dome light. You can just twist it counterclockwise to remove it. Get out of the car and remove the top.

Figure 2. Unlatch all the black latches.

Figure 3. Remove the center screw.

Step 3 – Replace weatherstripping

Once you find the weatherstripping that is worn or cracked, which causes the wind to slip in and make noises, remove it by pulling out on it. It’s recommended you replace it as a whole. The weatherstripping in the wrangler are held in place with little clips, and the new weatherstripping (you will purchase specifically for the Wrangler JK) should come with the clips. Installing it is a simple swap. Pull out the old ones and clip the new ones in the same way; make sure each clip clips properly to avoid any wind noise.

Figure 4. Make sure the corners are tucked in properly.

Featured Video: How to Remove Hard Top

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Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Remove Soft Top and Install Hard Top

This article will help you possess the freedom to alternate between your soft top and hard top in your Jeep Wrangler JK.By Bassem Girgis – December 15, 2015

This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-Present).

What is the point of having a Jeep Wrangler JK without knowing how to alternate between the soft top and the hard top. The Wrangler comes with either one. If you have a hard top, you most likely have a soft top; however, if you have a soft top, that doesn’t necessary mean you have a hard top. If you have a hard top and you want to remove the soft top to install the hard top, this guide will help you do that. Read on to learn how you can remove the soft top and install the hard top in the Jeep Wrangler JK

Figure 1. Jeep Wrangler JK hard top.

Material Needed

  • Torx wrench

Step 1 – Unlatch roof latches

Unlatch the roof latches securing the roof in place. There should be one in front of the driver side, one in front of the passenger, and one on each side; you just have to slide them forward.

Figure 2. Unlatch front latches.

Figure 3. Slide side latch forward.

  • Figure 4. Slide roof back.

Step 2 – Remove windows

The rear side windows are secured in place with Velcro and zippers. Just remove the Velcro up and unzip the zippers. When storing the side windows, don’t fold them because they will show signs of cracks and folds. For the rear window, unzip the two zippers on each side all the way up, then fold the window up. The Jeep comes with straps, so when you fold the window all the way up, you can attach the straps to hold it in place.

Figure 5. Remove side windows.

Step 3 – Fold the soft top

Pull on the side tab on the driver side to release the top, then pull it back. As the top comes down, guide it and fold it in place.

Figure 6. Release tab.

Figure 7. Fold the top back.

Step 4 – Install rear hard top

With the help of a friend, align the rear hard top in place. Install the six Torx screws holding it in place; there should be three on each side.

Figure 8. Align top in place.

Figure 9. Install six screws.

Step 5 – Install front pieces

Install the two front pieces, starting with the passenger side. The two pieces fit in place easily. The driver side’s piece has a lip that goes over the passenger side’s piece. Reattach the front latches, the side latches, and finally the center screw that screws in the middle.

Figure 10. Center screw.

Featured Video: How to Remove Soft Top

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Jeep Wrangler JK: Paint Modifications

You don’t have to take your Jeep Wrangler to the shop every time you need to do a little painting. Believe it or not, you can do it adequately and inexpensively yourself. And you’ll be impressed as well!By David Weitz – December 8, 2015

This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-present).

Ah…the life of an off-road Jeep owner. Scratches, mud damage, rock dings, branch marks. What do you do to keep your Wrangler JK looking good while still enjoying the great outdoors? Nobody has the cash to take their Jeep to the shop every year to repair and touch up the paint job because they’re an ambitious off-roader. Fortunately, there are some paint modifications you can do yourself that will protect and repair your Jeep, make it cooler (we’re talking temperature here), and make it cooler (now we’re talking envy).

Paint Modifications

Touching Up Paint and Repairing Dings/Scratches

DIY Cost – $50-$75

Professional Cost – $200-$400 per fender

Skill Level – Moderate to Difficult, depending on the type of touch-up work you’re doing. The more extensive, the more difficult.

One of the areas most affected by your off-road expertise and fun is your fender. Rocks, brush and the occasional scrape from driving too closely to a tree can leave your fenders looking a little worn. Touching up your fender’s paint job is one of the repairs most often done by Jeep owners.

Your first step will be to take some rubbing compound to begin removing the defects. How deep the defects go will determine the type of compound you use. But rest assured; by investing a few dollars and some time, you can take care of most scuffs and blemishes.

Two Cautions:

  1. MOPAR touch-up paint will not work on painted fenders. MOPAR paint is a lacquer. After you realize it won’t work and have to wipe it off, it will take the fender’s actual paint with it and then you will really have problems.
  2. Be very careful mixing paints of different brands. It it is much better to use the same brand paint over your entire fender.

Painting the Top and Lowering Temperature

DIY Cost – $100

Professional Cost – at least $500

Skill Level – Moderate; You will have to do some masking to avoid splatter and overspray

Here’s something we bet you never thought of before you started your off-road adventures. In the middle of the summer it gets hotter than you-know-what when you’re bouncing around the trails and desert. What to do? Think about this: why not paint your hardtop white to cut down on the temperature inside your Jeep? Believe it or not, it actually works.

This paint modification could mean the difference between it feeling “burning hot” and “just warm” on the inside of your Wrangler when it’s 108 degrees outside. It could also prevent your head from sweating while the rest of your body remains cool from the air conditioning. If you’d like to be comfortable all-over, then consider painting your hardtop white.

Pro Tip

Use many “extremely light” coats of paint rather than a couple of “normal light” coats in order to avoid any irregularities.

Painting Grille a Flat Black

DIY Cost – Less than $100

Professional Cost – $300-$400

Skill Level – Moderate; It’s best to take the grille off to spray paint it.

This is probably one of the easiest paint modifications to do, and we think it adds touch of class to the Wrangler. Simply take off your grille and spray away. We recommend adding approximately four coats of paint and then a couple coats of clear to give it a beautiful satin-like finish. If you’re not sure you really want to go black, here’s a wonderful idea to experiment. Why not try it first with Plasti-Dip? Plasti-Dip is a rubberized coating which not only will give you the “look” you’re going for, it will also protect your grille somewhat against rocks and stones. If you decide you want to go back to your old color, you can simply peel it off and you’re back to the way it used to be

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Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Install Bestop Soft Doors

The Bestop soft doors are a great way to simplify yet customize the look of your Jeep Wrangler. Learn how to install them here.By Bassem Girgis – December 1, 2015

This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-present).

The Bestop soft doors are designed to give you the freedom of the outdoors, while maintaining a plan-b, in case of rain. They come in pieces, where you can install half of the door so you can enjoy more of a breeze and experience a greater connection to the outdoors. When you need it, you can install the second half that seals your whole door. They are designed to seal your Jeep Wrangler properly, and if you want to open the window, you can unzip them to get some air. The Bestop doors have been known to seal the outside noise just as much as your original door; however, you may experience some flapping on the freeways. Read on to learn how you can install Bestop soft doors in your Jeep Wrangler.

Figure 1. Bestop soft doors.

Materials Needed

  • Set of torque sockets
  • Razor blade
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Socket set

Step 1 – Remove original doors

To remove the original doors, use your torque socket to remove the lug nut on the bottom of each hinge. Use caution when you’re loosening it (counter-clockwise) so you don’t scratch your door paint. Open your door, roll the window all the way down, then unplug the electrical wiring. The wiring runs through the strap holding the door on the bottom.

Once you unplug the electric harness, pull the strap up from the side hooked to the car and it’ll come off. With everything off, grab the door with one hand underneath it and the other holding it from the side; pull it up off of its hinges and away from the vehicle. Be sure to place it on a towel or something similar so you don’t scratch the paint.

Figure 2. Remove nut on hinges.

Figure 3. Remove electrical harness.

  • Figure 4. Pull strap up to remove.

Step 2 – Install latch assembly

The first thing you need to do before installing the soft doors in place is to install the latch assembly in them. The Bestop soft door comes with a cut-out already made for the latch assembly. Use a razor blade to cut the material on the four holes where the latch assembly bolts will go. Then, flip the soft door and feed the latch assembly through the cut-out. Install the four bolts to hold the assembly in place and use your screwdriver to tighten them. Install the nuts on the back of the screws, then hold the screws in place while tightening the nuts.

Figure 5. Cut bolt slots.

Figure 6. Feed assembly through cut-out.

  • Figure 7. Tighten bolts.

Step 3 – Install door

Hold the door in the open position, away from the vehicle, align the pins on the door with the hinges on your Jeep, go on top of the hinges and drop the door’s pins into them. Close the door slowly and gently while making sure the latch is aligned right with the manufacturer door striker. Open the door and close it a few times to ensure smoothness.

Figure 8. Install door.

Figure 9. Ensure proper alignment.

Pro Tip

To install the top part of the door, just align it and install the top door pins into the bottom door holes.

Featured Video: Installation of Bestop Front Doors

https://youtube.com/watch?v=xsfRWgGEBis

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Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Install Hardtop Wiring Harness

Converting a soft-top into a hardtop is not all that hard to do. Most of the difficulty comes from routing the new wire harness in place, all of which is explained below.By Neftali Medina – November 30, 2015
Contributors: JKowners, Off-Road, GRD Products Co

This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-present).

So you’ve installed the hardtop, but you still lack the power to run the rear wiper? A hardtop not only stiffens up the chassis, it also includes two additional accessories: the rear defroster and wiper. Both of these accessories need to be properly wired and, in some cases, programmed in order for them to be used. The wiring for your hardtop is actually a lot simpler than people think and is readily available to be purchased as a standard aftermarket kit. Each kit contains a new wiper and rear defroster switch, as well as the entire harness required to make them work. Although snaking the harness throughout the chassis is somewhat tedious, the process is fairly straightforward, as explained below.

Materials Needed

  • Trim removal tool
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Pick
  • T-20 Torx driver
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Wire hanger
  • Electrical tape

Step 1 – Remove the driver’s side trim

The harness is snaked from the rear of the jeep, through the driver’s side panels and into the engine bay. Using the trim removal tool, pry off the kick panels and pillar pieces.

Figure 1. Remove the kick panel.

Once the panels are removed, snake the rest of the harness through the chassis, starting from the rear, and place it under the steering column.

Figure 2. Route the harness from the rear to under the steering column.

Step 2 – Snake the wiring through

Cut the wire hanger you have and straighten it out.

  • Remove the firewall cap.
  • Push the wire hanger through the firewall hole.
  • Tape the hanger to the harness.
  • Pull the harness through the firewall hole. If it does not want to pull through, use some dish soap to lubricate it.
  • Continue to pull the harness through until all of the needed connectors are inside the engine bay.
Figure 3. Pull the harness through the firewall.

Step 3 – Wire the harness to the fuse box

  • Lift the fuse box up.
  • Tighten the harness ground into the chassis using a 10mm bolt.
  • Use the pick and flat-head screwdriver to remove the underside of the fuse box.
  • Locate connector E and remove its back cover to access the wiring.
  • Attach the dark brown/white wire to slot 32 and the brown/light green wire to slot 27 on connector E.
  • Reconnect connector E.
  • Locate connector G and remove its back cover to access the wiring.

Figure 4. Connectors E and G on the fuse box.

  • Insert the dark brown/blue wire into slot 31 on connector G.
  • Reconnect connector G.

Figure 5. Remove the back cover to install the new wires on connector E.

Step 4 – Wire the interior

  • Use a 7mm socket to remove the gauge cluster bolts, then remove the assembly.
  • Disconnect the four plugs for the gauge cluster.
  • Use a T20 torx driver to remove the upper and lower steering column panels.
  • Take the clothes hanger and snake the rest of the interior harness into the dashboard.
  • Locate connector C from the disconnected gauge plugs.
  • Use a pick to gently release the front of the connector.
  • Install the harness purple/white wire into the slot 18.
  • Use a Phillips screwdriver to loosen the multi-function switch.
  • Remove the multi-function switch, and install the new one with the rear wiper option.
  • Connect the interior harness to it.
Figure 8. Replace the multi-function switch.

Step 5 – Remove the center console

  • Remove the upper and lower trim pieces to reveal the 7mm mounting bolts.
  • Remove the mounting bolts.
  • Pry off the center console.
  • Lift the tabs and remove the HVAC control panel.
  • Install the new control panel with the rear defroster option.
  • Install the center console, steering column assembly and trim pieces.

Step 6 – Install the washer fluid pump

Make your way back to the engine compartment and swap out the washer fluid pumps and filter. Be careful not to get any of the fluid in your eyes.

Figure 10. Replace the washer fluid pump.

  • Connect the harness to the rear windshield wiper connector.
  • Reconnect the negative battery cable, and you are done!

Now, some JK owners have reported everything working as it should after the install. However, some cases may require the computer be star-scanned and programmed so the new rear defroster will work. So check the system and, if necessary, take your Jeep to be programmed.

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Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Make Your Own Jerry Can Mount

When you’re off-roading in your Jeep, the last thing you want to do is stop. Having a Jerry can on hand will lengthen your mileage and prolong your fun.November 30, 2015

This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-present).

For you off-road junkies wanting a simple, do-it-yourself project that can add both functionality and a cooler look to your Wrangler JK, installing a Jerry or gas can would be the perfect touch. Jerry cans are inexpensive, and you can find them anywhere online or at a scrap yard. Mounted to the spare tire carrier on the rear bumper of your Jeep, an extra 20 liters of gas could add to your time and fun on the open road. Continue reading for the quick and easy steps to making and installing your own Jerry can mount.

Figure 1. Homemade Jerry can mount.

Materials Needed

  • Jerry can (20 liter)
  • Jerry can carrier or holder
  • Scrap metal or mounting bracket
  • Nylon ratchet strap
  • Rotary and drill tool set
  • U-bolts

Step 1 – Measure the mounting bracket

  • Lay a piece of scrap metal over the spare tire carrier mount, near the hinge. This piece of scrap metal will be the Jerry can’s mounting bracket.
  • If there are holes in the scrap metal that line up with the sides of the tire mount, insert a pair of U-bolts and test if they tightly secure the metal to the mount.
  • If there are no holes in the scrap metal, measure and mark four holes on it to snuggly fit the U-bolts.
Figure 2. Jerry can and piece of scrap metal for mounting bracket.

Figure 3. Measure and test the Jerry can mounting bracket.

Do the same with the Jerry can carrier. If there are no holes, measure and mark four holes to fit the U-bolts.

Figure 4. Prep the Jerry can carrier.

Step 2 – Prep the mounting bracket

  • If necessary, drill through the holes you marked on the piece of scrap metal and the Jerry can carrier.
  • Use a rotary tool to smoothly sand down the edges of the mounting bracket.
Figure 5. Sand down edges of the Jerry can mounting bracket.

Figure 6. Fabricated and painted Jerry can mounting bracket.

Pro Tip

If you plan on painting the Jerry can, carrier, or mounting bracket, make sure to sand down the entire surface of each piece before painting.

Step 3 – Install the Jerry can mount

  • Place the Jerry can mounting bracket on the spare tire carrier, and place the Jerry can carrier over the bracket. Make sure the holes line up properly.
  • Install the U-bolts and make sure the mounting bracket, carrier, and spare tire mount are tightly secure.
  • Simply place the Jerry can into the carrier to hold it in place.
  • Then wrap the nylon ratchet straps through the handle of the Jerry can and around the carrier.
  • Tighten the straps and make sure it is secure before your next off-road adventure.

Figure 7. Homemade Jerry can mount installed.

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Jeep Wrangler JK: The Ultimate Fender Guide

Cutting up your fenders to install aftermarket parts can seem like a daunting task. This article not only covers how to properly cut your fenders, but also all the different aftermarket fender options available to you.By Brett Foote – November 25, 2015

This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-Present).

If cutting up fenders sounds like a scary task to you, you’re not alone. Cutting fenders is something that you can’t really afford to mess up, unless you have the cash to go out and buy a new fender when you do. But cutting your fenders is often necessary when you want to install some aftermarket fenders, which will give your Jeep a custom look and, in some cases, allow you to fit a bigger tires underneath. So before you start cutting away, check out your options and continue reading, as we will detail the correct way to cut your fenders.

Table of Contents

Fender Modification Overview

Whether you simply want to cut your fenders for clearance, looks, or you are looking to buy an aftermarket set of fender flares, there are many options available to you when it comes to fender modification.

Cut FendersFender FlaresBolt-On Fenders
Price$5 to $10$100 to $500$100 to $750
DIY LevelModerateModerateModerate
RatingRecommendedRecommendedRecommended

Best Quality: Bolt-On or Fender Flares

Best Value: Cut Fenders

By far the most popular options for upgrading fenders are cutting, flares, and complete bolt-on fenders. All three present their own unique challenges as well as costs, and all three can give you a dramatically different look depending on which option you choose.

Cut Fenders

Price – $5-10

DIY Level – Moderate

Rating – Recommended

Cutting fenders is a popular option for Jeep owners for a number of reasons. One, anybody with a steady hand and a cutting wheel can do it. Two, it costs virtually nothing. If you don’t mind a little DIY and you aren’t afraid of messing up your factory fenders, cutting is a good way to go if you don’t want to spend a lot of cash to get a custom look. Cutting fenders can also give you more clearance for those monster tires you’ve been drooling over. Recommended for the budget-minded Jeeper, as this is an inexpensive and relatively easy way to give your fenders a custom look.

Fender Flares

Price – $100-500

DIY Level – Moderate

Rating – Recommended

If the thought of cutting up your fenders gives you an unsettling feeling in your stomach, a set of aftermarket fender flares might be right for you. You get the same great look and tire clearance, but without the scary DIY stuff. Simply unbolt your factory fenders, bolt on a set of flares and you’re in business. The trade off is cost, of course, as a set of flares can cost you hundreds of dollars instead of tens of dollars. Recommended for those with a bit more to spend on their toy.

Bolt-On Fenders

Price – $100-750

DIY Level – Moderate

Rating – Recommended

If you don’t like the looks of cut fenders or fender flares, or you simply want a little more coverage to prevent water and mud from flying everywhere, a set of complete bolt-on fenders might be right for you. Bolt-on fenders are easy to install and can give you Jeep a seriously tough custom look. The trade off is cost, as you can spend literally as much as you want depending on what option you choose. Recommended for those looking for the ultimate tough look for their Jeep

How to Cut Your Fenders

Custom fenders allow for bigger tires, better visibility of what the wheels are doing when you’re on the trail, and finally (as well as most importantly) they make your Jeep look awesome. However, if you’re a bit antsy about cutting up your pride and joy, here’s the DIY info you need to be at ease.

Materials Needed

  • Masking tape
  • Pry bar
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Cutting wheel, air grinder, or Sawzall

Step 1 – Prepare to cut

It’s best, but not absolutely necessary, to remove the inner fender guard before cutting. To do so, remove the rivets that hold the fender guard in place. You may need a pry bar or air chisel to do so. Next, remove all the plugs that hold the fender guard in place, then remove the assembly and set it to the side.

Figure 1. Remove the inner fender guard.

Step 2 – Cut the fenders

Measure off the area that needs to be cut (will vary based on what aftermarket part you are using) and carefully mask it off with masking tape. Using a cutting tool, use the tape as a guide and carefully cut along the edge of the tape. Take your time while cutting to ensure that your lines are straight and you don’t take off too much material. Set the inner fender guard back in place using the newly cut fender as a measure of where to cut it. Cut the inner fender to match. If necessary, use some 80 grit sandpaper to take care of any rough edges, then clean them with a solvent before reinstalling.

Figure 2. Cut the fenders.

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Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Install Backup Camera

A backup camera can help you navigate through tight spaces, and is especially helpful if you use a trailer. This article will show you how to install an aftermarket backup camera.By Jared Hammond – November 25, 2015

This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-Present).

The backup camera is one of the most useful safety features to come to modern vehicles. Unfortunately, Jeep doesn’t offer it as a feature for the Wrangler. Thankfully, there are plenty of aftermarket options available. Before you purchase a backup camera, make sure that it uses a compatible harness for your head unit. Some head units may need to be reprogrammed before the backup camera can be used.

Materials Needed

  • Backup camera
  • Head unit with backup camera functionality
  • Wiring harness
  • Ratchet with socket set
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Splice connectors
  • Electrical tape
  • Hole saw

This article assumes you already have a compatible head unit installed.

Step 1 – Install backup camera

The most important step is deciding where to install the camera. It needs to be at the center of the Jeep. Some people install it to their spare tire hub, while others install either at the bumper or the trailer hitch. When you decide where to install it, use a hole saw to drill a hole just large enough for the camera.

Figure 1. Backup camera on bumper.

Figure 2. Backup camera on trailer hitch.

  • Figure 3. Backup camera on spare hub.

Step 2 – Connect camera to reverse light wires

Route your camera harness wires to the back corner on the passenger’s side of the trunk. Remove the tail light housing by unscrewing the two Phillips screws and pull the housing out. pull the signal wire and the ground wire of your camera harness through the grommet. The reverse light wire should be white and grey. Use a splice connector to crimp your camera signal wire to the reverse light wire. Then use another splice connector to crimp your camera’s ground wire to the black tail light ground wire.

Figure 4. Tap into the white/grey wire and the black wire.

Pro Tip

If you want to be able to access the backup camera at any time, you will need to find a power source that’s on whenever the car is on to connect to the signal wire.

Step 3 – Connect camera to head unit

Route the rest of the camera wiring harness to the front of the car where your head unit sits. If you haven’t already, take the head unit out so you can see the wires. Connect the A/V wires from the camera harness to the head unit’s wiring harness. Look in your head unit’s manual to identify the correct pins for connecting the wires. Connect the wires and make sure they are properly seated to the harness. Reinsert the head unit. To test the camera, start the Jeep and put it in reverse. If everything was installed correctly, the head unit should display the camera view once the Jeep is in reverse.

Figure 5. Insert wires to correct pins.

Pro Tip

If you get a blank screen that says “please check your surroundings,” double check the pins on the wiring harness. They are probably not properly seated.

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