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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-07-2010, 22:52 Thread Starter
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How to Modify your F/TF centre air vent to get air onto your face

Its always annoyed me that its impossible to adjust the centre air vents to get a flow of air onto my face so had a look to see if I could improve this.

The problem is that the vent adjustment will not go far enough to the right (or left for passenger side) when adjusted as shown


First you need to remove the centre vents, easily done with a screwdriver, just be carefull not to mark the dash


Prize of the front vent cover as shown






Next lift out the horizontal vents and note their position for replacement


Using the drivers side as an example you can see that the vertical vent slats do not fully hinge to the right


This is because the plastic bar at the base of the vents protrudes at the right and hits of the side wall of the vent housing



This needs the excess cut off as shown with wire cutters then trimmed with a stanley knife



To achieve this


The vent slats now hinge fully against the vent housing as shown


I tried this mod first on my F and it worked well doing the above. On the TF, possibly because the vents are new and not worn, I needed to mod further by cutting the base of the slats to allow more room to hinge. First separate the front and back halves of the vent housing using the same process for taking off the front cover above, this allows better access to the vertical slats



Remove the vertical slat assembly (it just pulls out of the holes in the housing)


Lift out each slat in turn and cut a small section out to allow more movement


You can see the extra room to allow the slats to hinge when re-assembled as shown


And that is it, re-assemble and now you will have air flow to your face, ideal for rainy warm days when you have the roof up but need cool air.
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woohoo!!! well done there....think I'll be having a go at this one!

Thanks for a great 'how to' !!!
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Really good "how to" i'll be doing this, ive always wondered why the cubby between my seats needed more air than me????
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This needs to be a sticky..............very useful and practical ''how to''..............ohhh wait McGayver is that you??????????
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you could always drop the roof and open the windows
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COOL! literally!

Nice one David.
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A great how to that doesn't cost a penny nice one!
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excellent !!, thanks for sharing
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Rain all day today so I had the roof up, what a difference getting air on my face
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I know it took ages to get round to it, but I've just finished doing this....fantastic!!!

Simple, no-cost fix/mod...thanks very much
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Hehe love when old threads like these get dredged up - always amazing to see some of the innovations this forum generates. I wear contact lenses, so wouldn't like this mod for the drivers side, however Tina might appreciate it

Now if only I could set the blowers to half hands/half feet like the Vectra....
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I have to do this vent surgery, it would be great to have a little more direction from the centre vents. Great how to


Jamie - if you point the blowers at feet but have the vents open at the same time, it just about works as half n half... I just wish I could redirect the feet flow so as both feet were warmed instead of just burning my left foot whilst my right foot stays icicle ridden
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Jamie - if you point the blowers at feet
You can point the blowers??
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Well kind of

Mine always feels like it's gonna bust the cable, but it does move...
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Mine always feels like it's gonna bust the cable, but it does move...
Cool! need to have a look at that. Glad you came out of hibernation
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When I say point the blowers... all I actually mean is change the direction of airflow using the appropriate dial on the heater panel... I'm not sure if you're thinking I meant something different?!
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I know it took ages to get round to it, but I've just finished doing this....fantastic!!!

Simple, no-cost fix/mod...thanks very much
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I've just been out, removed my centre vents, taken them apart, cut the excess off with the kitchen scissors (I took the flippy bits right out out as I can't find my wirecutters) and put them back together in less than 5 minutes. Din't even need a screwdriver - I shook it and it came apart!!

Excellent how to...more rep from me.
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I just wish I could redirect the feet flow so as both feet were warmed instead of just burning my left foot whilst my right foot stays icicle ridden
If anyone works out how to do this...please, please, please let me know !!!
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