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Old July 8th, 2005, 04:19 AM
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Removing the AC??

I want to remove my AC. I don`t use it, never will use it, and I could use the leg room more than I could use an AC in a convertible. Anyone ever done this? Am I in for hell or is it decently easy enough to figure out? For anyone who has ever done this, any tips or suggestions? Anything would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old July 8th, 2005, 07:44 AM
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Its super EZ:
1) Get the system discharged at LR or an AC shop
2) Take out the fascia that has the blower vents in it. Screws are behind the vents.
3) Unplug wiring
4) Disconnect hoses under hood - ensure you use a wrench on each side of all fittings.
5) Remove underdash blower/condensor, receiver/drier (the little canister attached to the frame), compressor, and evaporator/fan in whatever order you prefer.
6) Plug all the openings to the various hoses and parts to keep them nice and clean - whoever you sell it to will appreciate it. Also, you'll need to plug them up for long term storage if you just want to keep the system in case you sell the truck.
7) You'll want to get a new fuse box cover (the original is cut down to clear the AC vents and leaves a big ugly gap and nice view of the fuses when removed) and an oval grommet to plug the hole in the firewall where the hard lines from the condensor went through.

Thats about it. Its simple but takes a while since you have to disassemble the grill and fuss with hoses and fittings in tight locations.
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Old July 8th, 2005, 07:48 AM
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I've done it! First you need to have it discharged by someone. Then the rest I would do in steps, first removing the interior parts then move onto other things 1 at a time. It's all nuts and bolts nothing too hard. I think the hardest part was getting out the condensor in front of the radiator, you may have to pull the radiator t get it out. Is the Defender in Mass or CA? I can offer help if you're close.
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Old July 8th, 2005, 03:01 PM
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Unfortunately, it is in Ca. I do appreciate the offer though. And thanks for the tips!
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