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Should I keep the AC or remove it?


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Poll: Should I keep the AC or remove it? (4 member(s) have cast votes)

Keep the AC system?

  1. Yes, heat is from the devil. (3 votes [100.00%])

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  2. No. More air flow to engine, less weight, cleaner looking. Cleanliness is next to Godliness. (0 votes [0.00%])

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#1 Jonathan

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Posted 18 November 2020 - 12:09 PM

So I am in the process of removing items to replace my front clip and have to remove AC lines. The AC did work when I got the car. But appears had a leak since their was no freon in the system when I took the lines off.

I am in SoCal so it gets HOT, but its only for a couple months. The rest of the year is great. I am not to concerned with, if I decide to sell later, someone saying "it has no AC, forget it". You dont buy these cars for AC. lol

Thoughts?
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#2 vbrad511

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Posted 18 November 2020 - 12:54 PM

Do you have a lady that likes to go places with you? She may not want to ride in hot car. I ripped the AC out of my old Nova many years ago, and my girl wanted nothing to do with it on hot days.

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Posted 18 November 2020 - 01:16 PM

I would keep it
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Posted 18 November 2020 - 01:40 PM

I think you need to base your answer on how often you plan or intend to drive the car.  I've owned a total of 4 Starquests, and I've never owned one with AC in it.  That was more circumstance though, not really by choice.  Victims of previous owners removing them, or just lack of maintenance led to failure of the system.  My current car is really just a Sunday driver and show car.  I might drive it to work a few times a year if the weather is really nice.  So, for me, it doesn't really matter than I don't have it.  I did the full AC delete duct modification when I did my restore.  If you plan to drive you car a bunch more, then you might want to consider it.  I think you really need to figure out how much use it's going to get and go from there.
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#5 Jonathan

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Posted 18 November 2020 - 03:13 PM

All but my first Starion had air that worked, my wife wont be in the car much. Its just a weekend car. Hmmm, everything did work a while ago. I could take it out later on, not that hard.
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Posted 18 November 2020 - 03:19 PM

Good to keep the parts on the car if you ever decide to sell it...possible help keep the value up.

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Posted 18 November 2020 - 03:20 PM

I can tell you I still have installed in my 2G Eclipse, but I am unable to use it now with a FMIC.  Ever since installing a FMIC if I try to run the AC the condenser just saturates with heat and won't blow AC.  I almost overheated the car once not paying attention.  I don't know if you plan to run the OEM IC, or go bigger or something like that - but I know these cars historically have overheating issues.  Something else to think about.   The front of these cars definitely seems subject to much more air flow and being more "open" than a DSM is - so that's a plus.
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Posted 18 November 2020 - 07:14 PM

The real question is - how much more HP will you get when you delete AC ?

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Posted 18 November 2020 - 08:18 PM

I have a much larger FMIC and AC on mine.  AC works great and the engine doesn't overheat.  Unless you are building a dedicated track car, keep the AC.  I lived in SoCal.  It's hot there for more than a couple months.
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Posted 18 November 2020 - 11:28 PM

I do plan on running a larger intercooler.

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 12:20 AM

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 09:33 AM

View PostJonathan, on 18 November 2020 - 11:28 PM, said:

I do plan on running a larger intercooler.

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I like that IC.  Who makes that one?  I just upgraded to the CXRacing ... but that one looks bigger.
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Posted 19 November 2020 - 11:54 AM

I deleted my AC years ago and resealed all the HVAC boxes with new foam. Wasn't too bad when you were moving but at a light in SC humidity it was horrible. Add to that having rain and foggy windows you're kinda screwed. If you can keep it I would. You can always make custom lines to tuck the system and still have a clean engine bay.

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 01:19 PM

techboy, its just an off brand on fleabay. Its 23x13x3 with 2 1/2 pipe. I got it since it fits where the factory one is and wont take to much to install.

It was $95.

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 03:19 PM

UCW is that an Isuzu NPR intercooler?

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 07:29 PM

View PostTurbo Cary, on 19 November 2020 - 03:19 PM, said:

UCW is that an Isuzu NPR intercooler?

Yes and it barely fits between the frame rails.
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Posted 20 November 2020 - 01:28 PM

That is a monster!
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Posted 28 November 2020 - 12:30 AM

I've never had an A/C car,...and that is one of the reasons I bought the Starquest I did.  I'm so tired of sweating just driving my car in the summer months.  Having that option is very important to me.

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Posted 28 November 2020 - 02:06 PM

Keep it. It changes nothing inside the car where you actually reside.
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Posted 29 November 2020 - 08:10 PM

KEEP IT !!!!!
once the summer comes you will be happy for sure.

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