Tuesday, December 30, 2008
You've no idea how much wiring, plumbing and other mechanical bits are involved with a car's air conditioning system until you go about removing one.
There is, on my 944, the condensor, evaporator, extra blower, miles of wire. 12 feet of metal and thick rubber hosing, controls, etc. What a mess. There is even a whole passel of stuff behind the passenger side dash that will be staying put.
And every bit of this cold air making machinery is very, very well installed. Heck, I had to jack up the car and cut through the lines with a sawzall to make the pieces manageable.
But, the benefits outweight the sweat equity. Without a condensor, the radiator gets much better air flow. There are the weight savings of course. And most importantly, maybe a free HP or two with the removal of the compressor and its associated drag on the belt.
Porsche has a very nice A/C delete bracket. It is $160. I will be going this route. For a total of $22 including new belt.
And, contrary to what others have mentioned, I needed to undo almost the entire front valance to a point so that I could pry it outwards enough to let the condensor drop.
Bonus removal - Power antennae. You know, this thing weight 2.5lbs. High up on the car no less.