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    手前の言葉が俺は聞き捨てよう TheMAN's Avatar


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    this is where your cold air comes from people!
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    and the blower side where the TXV is
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    and now what is mysteriously inside that black box
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    well, it turns out there are 1 more part that I needed that I didn't buy... and 2 parts I already got that I haven't mentioned yet.. those are the foam seals that goes on each end of the evaporator ducting... and then at the bottom of the box, there's supposed to be a foam insert protector that is taped into the box...

    the seals are:
    GA5R-61-J04 and GE4T-61-J05
    as for the foam insert protector:
    GE4T-61-J29

    this is what will get your panties in a knot... these 3 parts are the most rediculously priced parts of all the other parts I've mentioned so far! But don't worry, the total cost of the whole mod is about 110 bucks for all the parts if you got the trick aldehyde filter and about 70 bucks for just the normal pollen filter... those are approximate RETAIL prices

    I was able to carefully remove the foam insert and use double sided tape to tape it to the new box

    EDIT: at time of writing, parts prices were MUCH lower than now... it will now cost approximately $150 US (retail) for the aldehyde setup... about $30-40 less for just the normal pollen filter setup of course.... I've since redid my setup, and installed a NEW "foam insert protector", but using 3M Super 77 adhesive which is basically what the factory uses: http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3...er-77/Super77/
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    and after I throw everything back together and recharge the system to 1lbs 5 oz of R134a (funny enough, what came OUT of the car was 1lbs 1oz).. I installed the filter... I had ZERO clearance installing the filter... I had to get the floor mats out of the way, and have the bottom corner of the filter touching the floor carpet and I basically had to brute force the filter into the box... then the plug went into place....

    and the end result was: AC works perfectly, and damn cold
    the filter makes me feel like I'm breathing mountain air... no nasty odors at all... it doesn't matter anymore whether I have it on fresh air or recirculated air... it all feels the same
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    wow...that is a lot of freaking work! good job!

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    Oh wow this is a great jdm/edm upgrade!

    So I don't have any experience working with AC systems. I only have experience with suspension, brake, and intake/exhaust, and sound systems -- the basic rice recipe. What equipment is needed for the project. You mentioned a machine... I'ld like to research this and then go for it. I really want to do this for my P5 -- I don't have allergies but my lady does and she could really appreciate it if I did this.

    Essentially one needs experience using the specialized equipment right? So where would I start? Would it be possible to rent this equipment? If not I'll need to pay someone to do this which I don't like doin. You know I just don't want pay some person to do a poor job because they are careless.

    I've been fucked with too much to let people touch my car anymore. Just recently I got new tires from tirerack.com and I took them into sears to get mounted and balanced. Some air head put one tire on the rim backwards. Then I realized that every tire except for one was rotating the wrong direction! What can I say I'm jaded -- at least I pay attention to what's going on. I wouldn't be surprised if I had someone do this cabin air filter project and tell me I'm all set only to find all the parts I supplied them with in the dumpster behind their shop. I would like to believe my local mazda dealership would be competent but then the other question is how much friggin' flow is it gonna take!?

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    if your AC already doesn't work (freon leaked out), then you can just install this shit before bringing it to a shop to get it recharged/fixed

    otherwise for the DIYer, the best way to do this responsibly is to bring it to a trustworthy shop... tell them what you will be doing, and offer to pay them 20 or 30 bucks to use their recovery machine to suck out your freon... go home, take the few hours to install the shit... go back to the shop and have them recharge it... if your AC is fully working, then you shouldn't have to pay much for the same amount of freon back

    if your evaporator blew up, there's additional info in the FAQ to order the WHOLE unit that has EVERYTHING preinstalled, including the filter
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    Alternative method without having to remove anything from the car or recycle freon:

    Open the original box using a xacto blade as such:



    Insert filters as per instructions above:



    Voila:


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    ^^I like that!
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    this should go in the "how to" didnt even knew there was a filter lol.,.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom03es View Post
    ^^I like that!
    lol, how the hell did it take someone 4 years to figure this out

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    Probably because not having a cabin air filter is really no big deal so no one really cared enough to actually look into this. Edwin's approach is pretty involved with the freon capturing and probably turned everyone off. Focus, on the other hand, just bought a Familia from Japan that probably came with the filter and after some close inspection of how the filter setup differs from the non-filter setup, he realized an incledibly simple way to fit it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom03es View Post
    Probably because not having a cabin air filter is really no big deal so no one really cared enough to actually look into this. Edwin's approach is pretty involved with the freon capturing and probably turned everyone off. Focus, on the other hand, just bought a Familia from Japan that probably came with the filter and after some close inspection of how the filter setup differs from the non-filter setup, he realized an incledibly simple way to fit it.
    thanks - it wasn't really a literal question though. On the brightside, this brings the part costs down to around $40.

    And I disagree that not having a cabin air filter is no big deal. Where I live, there is a lot of road construction going on right now, and I have to drive through it every day, which fills my car with lots of dust and weird smells. This is just one of myriad examples, but the point is that I think they do make a big difference.

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    So the parts required would be the Cooling Unit Seal, License Plate Holder and the Cooling Unit Filter to do the install if I have read correctly.
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