Centre console rear vents retrofit
This has been one of my "wants and needs" for the ES for some time. Also, now with the warm temperatures and a child at the back, the AC cooling effect at the back seats was nowhere as effective as the front row seats.
The retrofit process is very much straight forward, with one obstacle - duct that runs from the heater core control box (beneath the dashboard) to the centre console duct. It will not fit in one piece (unless the dashboard is completely removed) and requires some cutting and then re-welding upon installation. I made one too many cuts (shown on the photo - only top and bottom cuts are required). Welded plastic was further reinforced with 2-part epoxy putty. Furthermore, a section from the existing heater core control box must be cut off for the new duct to slide in. Put aside 3-5hrs just for this part (I was not rushing) of retrofit.
84670F2100TRY Cover assy - console rear
97020F2000 Duct assy - rear air ventilator, no. 2
97010F2000 Duct assy - rear ventilator
97103F2000 Cover - Console Duct
1249204123 Screw - tapping 5 pack
8412436000 Clip-dash panel 10 pack (1 required - can be substituted with a nut)
971172D000 Screw - tapping x2
The console removal is very much straight forward process. The split duct just drops in around the gear shifter. The rear console vents need it's duct attached from behind before reassembly. No more than about 45 minutes is required to achieve this.
On the other hand, the control box duct requires complete disassembly of the dashboard to gain access to the heater box.
Overall, the process was mostly fun and very rewarding at the end. The air flow from the centre console rear vent is excellent (both warm and cool air) and the vent itself is activated when the air flow is set to "face" or "legs and face". I very much like how this has turned out.
Last edited by GsiTurbo; 08-08-2019 at 09:01 PM.