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#221 'Buchos'

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 06:14 PM

I thought it's suitable to ask it here but let me know if it's not. Have you all installed it yourselves? I am interested in buying the above heater but I don't have the knowledge to install it myself. Do you know the approximate cost for this installation?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

It depends on how handy you are, I didn't find it particularly difficult as it bolts in as a direct replacement and I had already had everything in that area in bits the year before so it was all in tip top condition.

 

However, as with any jobs on these cars its the things you'll find on the way, such as having to remove seized screws that are spinning their rivnuts and the like so be prepared.



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Posted 19 January 2018 - 01:09 PM

Anyone else had the heater fitted? Feedback?



#223 Madmitch

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:42 AM

Did I read somewhere that someone had done a mod on the cable which meant it was not necessary to remove the dash to replace it?  



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Posted 26 March 2018 - 01:35 PM

Hi Chris,

 

Just to let you know I have now sold my VX so will not need the heater I reserved which means you can release it to another customer,

 

Warm winter to all new users

 

IRobut - No15

 

hey guys, has this one been grabbed ?



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Posted 28 March 2018 - 06:40 AM

Hi Chris,   Just to let you know I have now sold my VX so will not need the heater I reserved which means you can release it to another customer,   Warm winter to all new users   IRobut - No15

  hey guys, has this one been grabbed ?
I think anyone can order directly from their site now: https://www.t7design...heater-kit.html

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 07:01 AM

Yup, have done just that!

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 08:56 PM

For anyone interested, I have taken a good six hours this afternoon to put my T7 heater on. Some observations :

 

- The hole for the M4 or M3 screws in the upper plate of the heater were too tight, and the screws were trying to thread the hole. Had to deburr them a bit and it was fine.

- The threads for the same screws in the brackets were gunked with some of the black paint. Think of running the screws in and out of the threads once or twice to get them good.

- Mine did not come with pre-cut tubing, instead I had two 200x200mm L-shaped tubes. So I had to cut the elbowed section and the straight section out of those.

- From the same L tubes, I replaced one of the original pipes as well, to make it shorter.

- The assembly sequence that worked for me was :

  • Remove the battery
  • Destroy the old heater on the way out (woops)
  • Clean the muck
  • Install brackets
  • Prepare new connection harness and plug it in because the plug is REALLY hard to connect
  • Move loom that is at base of cowl out of the way
  • Tilt and slide the heater in, and rest it on the brackets (don't spare on the swearing)
  • Push the heater all the way against the nearest chassis beam
  • Wiggle the battery in position, protect terminals and move away from heater
  • Put the heater back on its brackets
  • Fasten as many small screws as you can (couldn't get the one furthest under the servo)
  • Measure, cut and fit the valve
  • Remove dashboard
  • Run wire cable for valve through one of the holes I did for my new brake lines... if you don't have it, just punch a tiny hole on the far side of the grey thing
  • Swear some more
  • Fit the cable, reconnect the battery

- General observation is that this fan blows so much more than the OEM one ! 

- Still have to use my cheap eBay trumpet on the dash air intake...

- Haven't fitted the tubing yet, but it should be fine !

 

 

I have taken loads of photo, so if anyone wants some (including of the things not to do...)

 



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Posted 24 June 2018 - 01:55 PM

For those of you enjoying a more refreshing blower experience with your T7 or Fez heater, well done.

 

I've swapped out the original T7 heater for one of the black ones, it probably went in a bit easier than most as it was largely a like for like swap except for the cable and took me about an hour to do and another two hours doing other jobs I found while in there :)

 

Once the pain of removing the original heater and battery is out of the way, the two brackets are fitted as below.

 

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The furthermost rivet on mine was blind and I couldn't clear it all the way through with an m6 tap so I had to shorten the stainless screw to allow it to fit.

 

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The back alloy bracket lines up with three rivnuts, which ones depends on whether the car is LHD or RHD.

 

I did not find the wiring particularly difficult, cut of the cable and fit four spades then plug into the Spal plug. then add the supplied heat string and cable cover (not shown).

 

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Next, after a bit of twisting and turning to get it past everything, the heater 'drops' onto the brackets and slides to the back....

 

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...this lets the battery go in after which you slide it back into place and bolt it down. As someone else mentioned I could only get five of the six screws in because the servo was in the way, but its not going anywhere.

 

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The original heater did not need a longer cable as it sat differently but could only be used in a RHD car. For this one I popped all the panels, switches and radio out, then lifted the dashboard top off. I attached the new cable to the old cable with a cable tie, split the rubber grommet to make the hole bigger, and pulled it through the same hole into the front of the car...

 

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...then refitted the grommet and attached the other end to the heater. I found the screw for holding the cable in place on the valve was a pita to get at so I drilled it out and fitted a stainless nut and bolt instead that I could access from above.

 

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Its not anywhere near this powerful, but a whole lot better than the original even in hot weather.

 

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Posted 30 April 2019 - 08:39 AM

I'm just coming around to installing one of these...

 

Just to confirm, i'm cutting off the red circled plug, installing the plug supplied as per the wiring instructions (photo attached) 

 

Want to get it clear in my head before I go cutting wires..(I Hate wiring  :huh: )

 

Also, could someone please clarify the part about drilling out the threaded cable hole clip...

 

I can imagine what it means, but I don't have the bits infront of me..

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Posted 30 April 2019 - 11:15 PM

I had the car Infront of me this evening..

All made a a lot more sense regarding the wiring...

Haven't done the cable behind the dash or reinstalled the battery yet but so far seemed pretty easy and logical installation..

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Posted 06 May 2019 - 07:28 PM

I fitted mine back in winter and didn't bother replacing the original cable - I just bent the end of the original cable into a loop and it's worked a treat so far  :happy:







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