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Old 07-28-2003, 01:29 PM   #1
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Hey, has anyone removed their A/C? I have a '00RS that is now "off the street" and I am looking to yank the A/C for weight purposes. What I am looking for is tips and/or tricks... I am guessing that I will need a new belt, anyone know which one? Will there be anything I will need to plug or cover? Thanks to anyone that can help me!

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Old 07-28-2003, 01:50 PM   #2
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You'll need to depressurize the system. You can wrap a towel or rag around either the inlet or exit ports on the compressor, then slowly break the bolt loose. If you do this slowly and take proper precautions, it should be fine. Refrigerant on the skin can cause frostbite.

Once that's done you can remove the compressor, evaporator, a/c lines, condensor in ducting.

The a/c compressor has it's own belt so that's not an issue, and you can probably remove the a/c idler belt tensioner.
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Old 07-28-2003, 01:52 PM   #3
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Thanks much! Looks like it may be easier than first expected.

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Old 07-28-2003, 06:02 PM   #4
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Of course shouldn't the refridgerant be recycled and not releasd into the atmosphere?

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Old 07-28-2003, 06:32 PM   #5
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It is definitely illegal to vent R12 (freon) into the air, may be for 134a as well. As mentioned it's also potentially dangerous.
If the car can be driven at all it should be taken to a local shop that has the proper machine to capture and recycle the refrigerant.
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Old 07-28-2003, 06:34 PM   #6
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Take the car to any of the places that say advertise that they service AC systems. They have the machine required to remove the freon from you car safely.

Once you get that done, you just un bolt everything.

Be aware that even with the AC drained there is some gunk in the AC condensor that will pour out if given the opportunity. I dont know what this stuff is, but is like oil or something. You might tape up all the holes where you remove lines from.

You will also need to fabricate some radiator ducting once you get the condensor out. If you dont, it leaves large holes on the sides of the radiators. You car will run slightly hotter since air is flowing around your radiator and not through it. Really easy to do though.

Thats all I can think of.

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Old 07-28-2003, 07:05 PM   #7
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about how much weight does a full A/C removal save?
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Old 07-28-2003, 08:05 PM   #8
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r134a is not ozone damaging. His 00 Rs most certainly has r134a.

The procedure I gave may not be the "official" method but it does work when done safely. I've done it.
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Old 07-29-2003, 09:46 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone. I will be sure to weigh the removed parts and post it.

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Old 07-30-2003, 02:46 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone. I will be sure to weigh the removed parts and post it.

Christian
Would you mind sending your lonely, abandoned A/C to me? I'd be more than happy to install it and take care of it...

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Old 07-30-2003, 04:55 AM   #11
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I recently removed the ac/ps/emissions equipment from my RX-7, and it equated to a bunch of weight savings, and really cleaned up the engine bay.
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