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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-29-2001, 12:04 PM
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Guys I have an after market air condition kit installed in my CJ7. Although many may laugh but it gets hot as [censored] here in Florida. Anyway after the installation I notice the alternator which now is on top of the ac compressor is way too close to the radiator hose. In factor when hitting ruts in the road or trail it cuts my radiator hose, which isnt good. Anyone had to deal with a kit like this from JC witney? All suggestions appreciated.

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Re: Air Condition

I installed an after market unit from Arizona mobile air and had kind of the same problem. One day all my coolant was spraying all over. The upper coolant hose I had was for a YJ without air. I bought a new for a Yj with air and it was shaped differently to clear the compressor. Actually they brought out about three different hoses all supposedly for the same application but shaped differently. I bought them all and returned the ones I didnt need.

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Re: Air Condition

I have OBA, but experienced the same problems as you are. I have played with different hoses, cutting them different ways, etc, but was never happy with the lack of clearance.
Then I noticed there seem to be 2 sets of mounting holes for the radiator in the grill. I simply removed the radiator, move the nut plates up to the next set of holes, and re-installed the radiator. This relocated the rad about an inch higher in the grill, providing enough clearnce to the hose.
I had a friend who used the same holes in his grill, but drilled new ones in the radiator brackets. Either way, same result.


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You know I had considered lifting the radiator to compensate for the alternator. Then I noticed that the newer jeeps have alternators with no external fans on the alternator. Which would work fine except when you go to buy one without the core. Theres a $60.00 core charge on top of the cost of the alternator which is $109.00. Thanks for responding I think I will look for those two mounting holes if they arent there then I will comense to drilling!!! Thanks a bunch...

By the way how's the weath up there? Got any snow yet? I miss the snow sometimes... :-)

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Here's a cheap fix:

On newer Dodge rams, like mine, with 318s or 360s, the water nec comes off the intake between the alternator and the a/c compressor, then makes a 90* bend and travels about a foot before another 90* bend. It rubs on the plastic fan shroud, and it would have a hole in it, but Chrysler put this....meshlike material over the hose...its a stiff kinda black plastic stuff, like knitted...i cant explain it. you must know someone with a late model dodge, or go to a dealer and look at a 2001 or older to see what i mean. the piece they use is only 6" long and i cant imagine it costing more than a quarter....good luck!

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Re: Air Condition

There are two different hoses available for a a CJ, if you buy the hose for a Jeep with AC, it will be shaped different.

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