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Old 11-13-2008, 23:19   #1 (permalink)
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Explorer Rear A/C (roof vents)

Hello everybody, I have searched all over the Forums and the vast ocean of google pages, but have not found an answer.

I have a 2006 explorer eddie bauer, but it doesn't have the rear A/C option. (the one with the roof vents). this is frustating since i thought eddie bauers had this as a standard option.

It does have some rear vents on the middle console. So what i want to do is convert or add the roof vents and have A/C for my 2nd and 3rd row seats.

Since i am shipping my truck to the caribbean I dont have any need for Heat in the back, but the rear A/C is more than a luxury, is a necesity.

What i found is that the compressor is different, so i can only guess the rear probably uses a seperate condensor.

Has anybody attempted this mod ? what parts will i need to do this?
Or, Can i bring this to the dealer and have them add the option ?

Any ideas will be appreciated..
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Old 11-20-2008, 13:20   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Explorer Rear A/C (roof vents)

The rear vents on the middle console are fed through the front HVAC system and are commonplace among newer vehicles.

What your asking is for a headache. I'll be as straightforward as I can here and say that you'd be better off trading it in for one that has rear air if you need it that badly. Why? Because the A/C line that would run the rear condenser runs through the B pillar, which means complete disassembly of the roof, right side B pillar and the dash to feed the new A/C lines through. To top it off you'd need a higher capacity compressor, a new HVAC panel on the dash, add to that the required electrical connections, not to mention install the rear blower assembly with the controls, condenser and A/C lines. You're looking at a months worth of work M-F plus $2K in parts if you do it yourself, and you'll have to get a certified tech to leak test and fill the A/C system once it's complete. The dealer would probably charge $3-5K depending on where they can get the parts from. If they order everything new, right down to the roof trim add another $1-2K to the price. A new compressor alone can run $400.
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Old 11-21-2008, 21:10   #3 (permalink)
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360Ci:

Thank you for taking the time to reply to my post. I was not aware of what was involved in this mod.
Thanks to you i now understand that this is NOT a doable mod. Case Closed !!
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