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Old 11-13-2008, 12:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone Clever??

I am looking to upgrade my 7 button OBC to 18 button.
Also want to change heater blower to climate control unit.
Anyone know if this can be done??
Could really use some advice.
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think either would be a lot of work.
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Old 11-13-2008, 02:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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its been done before, but i dont think its going to be easy
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I don't know what you mean by "Also want to change heater blower to climate control unit," but the OBC change has been done. There is a DIY from Delmarco on this site with plenty of pictures and -- I think -- links to the other writeups he followed.
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What i mean is
I want to take my old standard heater unit above the OBC. Chuck it in the bin, and replace it with a nice digital climate control unit.
Any ideas???
Thanks to all the guys that have helped.
The Delmarco guide is perfect, looks fun but got to be done.
Just buggin with this heater.
HELP HELP HELP HELP
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As far as I understand, the digital climate control cannot be used to replace the standard unit with the knobs. I imagine it is possible, but you would be on your own trying to figure out all the controls and probably even having to design/fabricate interface electronics, etc.
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If it is that difficult i think ill just have to stick to the OBC upgrade
Thanks for all your help drz.
Will post some pics as soon as done.
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Old 11-16-2008, 12:21 PM   #8 (permalink)
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you have to change the entire heater box assembly in order to have the climate control unit, this whole assembly is $2,000+ new, but can be found used for a couple hundred or even cheaper if you pull one out of a car in a junkyard. Problem is changing this involves removing your entire interior pretty much and is not something that is easy by any means. The obc has been done as well but unless you are fairly confident in your wiring skills I wouldn't mess with it. Basically in my opinion both these mods are not worth it by any means for the expense and work you are going to put into it. If you find things cheap and are a skilled mechanic go for it, both have definitely been done by others and are possible. I consider myself fairly competent, but I'd never bother with it.
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Nice one mate
I think im going to steer clear of the whole climate control thing.
But i already have an 18 button OBC.
I managed to upgrade in my last car, but this does look alot more entertaining.
Thank you every one for your advice.
Will show the new OBC when done.
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