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Old 06-01-2004, 02:20 AM   #1
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Yeah, that's about right.

Talking I ripped open my baby's hole and cleaned out her pipes today.

I'm talking about the cabin air filter, you guys! Sheez..

On the '98-'01 interior, you have to cut open a hole to slide the filter in. I didn't have any Subaru parts around so this is how I did it...

1. Cut the marked area just before the A/C evaporator next to the blower. Best to take your time and be careful with the knife as quite a bit of force is required to break through the plastic.

2. I took out the blower motor and a bunch of vents, too. Sprayed them down to clean them with water ... boy they were dirty.

3. Looking inside at the heater core, I found:
- 1 whole shrunken insect (a hornet I think)
- 3 severed insect heads
- 2 insect torsos
- 4 flying tree seeds
- and a whole bunch of dead leaves and dandelion seed type stuff

Removed those with some picking with an allen key, and some heat-shirnk tubing mounted to a vacuum cleaner to make a custom anteater-style snorkus.

Yes, I should have just removed the heater core and A/C evaporator but that involves making a mess of coolant everywhere and possibly recharging the refrigerant. I might still do that next time I change out the coolant -- it's still pretty dirty in there...

4. As it turns out, 1-inch furnace filters are precisely the right thickness (what a relief). You can cut a bunch of them out of a piece of 3M Filtrete or whatever. I went with the Ultra Allergen just because it filters *and* flows better than the cheaper stuff. Cost per filter is about $4 this way. The size is: 8-3/8" x 6-1/8"

5. Use duct tape to seal the ends of the cut-out piece of filter. Don't use other kinds of tape and don't use cheap duct tape -- you want the low-VOC kind unless you like to breathe adhesive fumes.

6. You don't actually have to buy the expensive Subaru kit with the self-tapping screws and cover and whatnot. Just duct tape that bastard in there! Nobody will notice and the duct tape is easier to change than screws, plus it will stick to big pieces of debris and you can just throw it away when you change the filter.

7. And the cleaning pipes part. With the vents off I just reached in there with a wet cloth and scrubbed out as much crap as I could! The cloth came out black. Ugh! Did I say it before? I HATE USED CARS!!!

Ahhh ... now clean air!

Now if only I can get the OEM measurements to make it easier to cut out the filters. Hmm... anybody have an OEM filter lying around?
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Old 06-01-2004, 04:22 AM   #2
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i tried this awhile ago but i didn't know what areas to cut, have any pics by any chance?!
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Old 06-01-2004, 12:28 PM   #3
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entrapment i say !
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Old 08-05-2004, 04:58 PM   #4
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Any chance you took pictures of this area ? I got the glove box off, but couldn't figure how to go further.

Know of any sites with pics / diagrams?

'01 2.5 RS
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Old 08-05-2004, 05:31 PM   #5
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Okay okay okay, I gotta change the filter again so I'll have pics up soon...

For now, the important factoid of the day is that the filter size is ... 8-3/8" x 6-1/8"

Thanks to a really nice dude on 2.5RS.com who ripped out his OEM filter and measured it ...

OK give me a few days for the pics...
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Old 09-09-2004, 02:14 PM   #6
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Old 09-09-2004, 03:37 PM   #7
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This thread is useless without pics :lol
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Old 09-09-2004, 07:57 PM   #8
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Old 09-09-2004, 11:26 PM   #9
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Ah, nobody wants to take the risk like Necromancer and cut up their duct box!

Common guys! You don't know who we've got here in Vancouver. Necromancer is the guru who wrote up the trunk-light instructions!!!!!!!!!

Those of you who were around before the i-club.com/nasioc.com split might know about it, and those who were on the STi-Mlist should definetly remember it!

LaterZ!
Darren!!
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Old 05-14-2006, 03:50 PM   #10
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Posting install pics as per Necromancer. I finally got around to do the install a couple of days ago after receiving his homemade cabin filters as a Xmas gift.. lol

It was ok to cut the plastic with a utility knife, but it would've been a lot easier with a Dremel.

Under the glovebox is where its located.


Cut out the entire plastic panel.


Seal it up with duct tape.
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Old 05-14-2006, 06:25 PM   #11
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Yay, finally! Mine was already de-virginized and I forgot to take pics of the process (oops, yeah I know you all wanted to see that). Thanks Mirage. By the way, that's some wack octopus tentacle floor mat you've got there...
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Old 05-14-2006, 06:59 PM   #12
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Ah yes, duct tape. the handy man's secret weapon. thanks for posting up the pics KY.
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Old 05-14-2006, 07:09 PM   #13
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darn, if I knew it was that easy, I would have done my long ago.
guess what I'll be doing this long weekend..
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