How To: make your own Cabin Filter (03+)

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How To: make your own Cabin Filter (03+)

Post by Ragin_SRT » Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:10 pm

Tools needed:

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Instructions:

1. Turn the car off with the wipers in the upright position.
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2. remove passenger's side cowl panel (3 Torx screws)
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3. look towards the firewall inside the drainage
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4. remove a/c vent mesh
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5. cut some slots on the filter where the clips & the whole for wires & install mesh onto filter & then trim the filter for that custom look.
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6. install mesh with filter back to its location
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7. Install back the cowl panel with the rubber trim
8. lower the wipers & you're done.

**Enjoy 90 days of filtration**

**update**
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Post by racer12306 » Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:15 pm

Sweet. I have been wondering how I could make one up for my car. I know you can buy a setup for WJ's but figured no one cared about the neon enough to make one.
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Post by Ragin_SRT » Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:05 pm

**Bump** for added/update pix of after the 90 days
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Post by BlackRoseRacing » Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:09 pm

Great How To: post, not everyone was thinking of doing this and by the looks of the filtration, definitely worth the investment!
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Post by jwcorn01 » Sat Aug 23, 2008 6:18 pm

I just did this mod also. It is definitely worth the $5. Also I wanted to add that I had a smaller vent mesh on the right side that I also put the filter on. You can also add a little air freshener spray to the filter and you have a built in air freshener. I sprayed mine and let it dry over night. Works great, thanks to the OP.
I have a 2000 and the method was the exact same, so I am not sure about the 03+ in the title.
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Post by danman132x » Fri Sep 19, 2008 2:33 am

Great write up. I will be doing this soon. Does it affect flow any?
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Post by iskyfly » Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:03 am

Question-

You know how "normal" house HVAC setup has all its return air vents merging into one main return and then goes through a filter before it hits the coolant "grille"? wouldnt there be something similar in a car- ie all the return air paths merge into one before being heated / conditioned? if so, wouldnt it be ideal to put the filter there?

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Post by occasional demons » Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:06 pm

You would need to locate the inlet in the cabin. It would only apply on recirculate, which basically shuts the outside inlet off, pulling air from inside the car. IDK if it would even be worth it. Unless you use "max A/C" a lot.
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Post by iskyfly » Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:19 pm

Right-o, thanks. I was trying to think of a way of pulling out the dust in the cabin air. Yes I do vacuum my car but it seems that after a few days there is dust on the dash and when I get in the car you can dust flying everywhere...

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Post by Red04SxtLuvr » Tue May 19, 2009 8:53 pm

What a brilliant idea for an in-cabin filter. I'll be putting a filter in this weekend. Living in the desert (Tucson Arizona) I definitely
get dusty inside. I know alot of new cars have" in-cabin" filters and I like clean air and no dust inside the car, but never thought about something like this. Thanks for the brilliant idea and instructions.
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Post by OB » Tue May 19, 2009 8:59 pm

Word. I turned on my A/C for the first time this season last week and got a facefull of crap! :lol: All the pollen from spring time was just collecting there waiting to blast me.
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Post by blueneo03 » Wed Jun 10, 2009 1:09 am

what type of filters are those? i was looking for something to do this. and i couldnt really find anything..
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Post by sxmania » Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:15 am

I have seen them in almost every hardware store iv been in, make sure you dont get the short ones tho.

One thing i did notice tho "90 days of filtration" is what its used for in the house right? houses need them constantly.
Cars would only use them while on and driving right?
So really the "life" of the filter can be pushed for a while i owuld think.

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Post by Sykora » Wed Jun 10, 2009 12:22 pm

what does that do?
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Thanks for the Directions

Post by Red04SxtLuvr » Thu Jun 11, 2009 5:36 pm

Just did this filter on my 04 SXT. OMG that was so easy. Had not had a filter for cabin. I am sure this will help, plus I had not taken that piece off the car since buying it 11/06, and judging from all the dirt in the space in front of that grate I don't think the previous owner ever did either. Didn't put any frangrance on it for now. Just wanted to get the air filtered. Will think about scent next time I change it out. Thanks for the how-to. BTW, cost for filter 12 pack at WalMart - 2.97
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Post by Sykora » Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:59 am

eh- what is it???
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Post by Xclusives_619 » Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:11 pm

This is a great how to just did mine yesterday :thumbup:

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Post by Sykora » Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:46 pm

No one's answering me. what's a Cabin Filter for?
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Post by racer12306 » Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:24 pm

It keeps crap out of the HVAC system.
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Post by Fuzzyneon » Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:19 pm

racer12306 wrote:It keeps crap out of the HVAC system.
pollen ect its actually good if you have bad allergies my moms car has one stock i never am irritated in it. my car i have sneezing fits when i get in it for the first 15m
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Post by Sykora » Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:06 am

ahh thank you :D
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Post by Moparty08 » Fri Jul 17, 2009 7:43 pm

This is the easiest thing to do ever. I did it in 5 minutes for both vents large and small. I can't wait to enjoy the better air. My allergies suck.
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Post by OhNo2.0 » Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:36 am

iskyfly wrote:Right-o, thanks. I was trying to think of a way of pulling out the dust in the cabin air. Yes I do vacuum my car but it seems that after a few days there is dust on the dash and when I get in the car you can dust flying everywhere...
You should see the inside of my car after I do body work lol

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Post by gcretro » Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:49 am

Any other filter choices for this mod?

Something more durable that will last longer than 3 month? (and not block flow too much).

I am going to look at different cabin air filters in auto stores to see if any is close enough to be modded for us.
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Post by occasional demons » Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:25 pm

The filter life will vary greatly, depending on the operating environment. One that filters less will last longer. But only because it will catch less. If you made a different duct, that you could somehow fit a larger surface area filter to, then it would last longer. But that would take some extreme creative effort.
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Post by What Neon? » Sun Apr 10, 2011 4:03 pm

So has anyone tried it on a 2002?

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Post by occasional demons » Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:40 pm

I imagine there is little to no difference in the life span of 2gn neons in this area. A 2000 might be different as they have a uniqueness all to them selves. :lol:
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