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Question Griffiths Center Kuehl Vent?

Does anyone have any experience with the Griffiths Center Kuehl Vent for 1978-1989 911s? Here is part of the product description from the Griffiths website: "This is a fully adjustable vent designed by Griffiths exclusively for your 911 or 930. The center single Kuehl vent replaces the factory "bow tie" floor vent located on the lower bulkhead (fire wall) in front of your AC floor console. The center Kuehl Vent re-directs the colder air from the bulkhead "floor" vent directly to you (rather than on your feet)."

I would like to know if this is worth $139 before purchasing.

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I have one. It's a well designed part, and does a good job of bringing cool air out from under the dash into the cabin. I recommend it!
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I made my own.
I paid about $5 for a Porsche 914 air conditioner vent off ebay and another $2 at my FLAPS for some duct tubing. Made a metal bracket out of some scrap I had laying around. The metal bracket slides underneath the ash tray and into the back of the vent. Removed the bowtie vent and stuck the vent tube over the remaining hole. Pics to follow, they're on a different PC.
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I have one. It is well designed but I didn't feel a major difference with it in so I can't say I'd sping for one again. I guess it can't hurt.
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You don't really need it on an '86. It makes a huge difference on an '85 and earlier with the small dash vents (although just removing the bowtie and leaving it open does the same thing without looking so ugly).
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My car came with homemade version. I use it to direct air to my daughter when she's in the back seat. That way, I can have each vent in the dash directed at me and my wife, and the other vent to my daughter.
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Mark's post reminded me that Don Plumley developed his own version of the center vent. You can find more information here.

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Try this one at a fraction the cost of the Griffiths Center Kuehl Vent. Under Dash Center Vent .

Saw it on this thread by tcar. I just got one and you'd have to convince me the Griffith vent is $130 better
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What's your time worth?

I just installed a Griffiths vent yesterday. It works well. Doesn't make a huge difference except delivers air more directly.

You can spend your time scouring junkyards or cutting up salad bottles, but I have other things to do. The Griffith looks much more finished and congruous with the interior of my car. (That vent on ebay doesn't look just like my vent, btw, and the BMW vent looks wedged in) It was worth it to me, but I can understand all the views expressed here. You could certainly save money DIY, depending on what your time is worth. I spent fifteen minutes including opening the box.

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FWIW I don't mean to disparage anyone here. Lots of guys like to "roll their own" and I admire that ability. Just not my strong suit...
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I spent more time researching different ac vents than it did to install the Griffiths vent. Very happy with the look and lots more air volume. Now if I can just get the volume of air to blow cooler!!!!
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I found the pics I mentioned in my earlier post.

First pic is of the vent off ebay and the vent tube from my FLAPS.


This shows the bracket that I fabbed up from scrap. It slides under the bracket holding the ashtray.


Here it is installed. Doesn't look too fancy, but it was cheap!
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I've had one for 2+ yrs and it helps, but it won't change the world. It looks nice and finished though compared with some others in my opinion and is definitely not junk. I dont regret the purchase but cant say its the best value either.
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Looks like you can buy similar under dash vents from HotRod air or Summit racing.

http://www.hotrodair.com/index.cfm/page/ptype=product/product_id=64/category_id=45/home_id=2/mode=prod/prd64.htm

http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?part=hra-24-1001
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Try this one at a fraction the cost of the Griffiths Center Kuehl Vent. Under Dash Center Vent .

Saw it on this thread by tcar. I just got one and you'd have to convince me the Griffith vent is $130 better
BTW, I used an eraser to take the 'chrome' off of the ebay vent. Actually looks very good.
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MBAtarga,
So that is a 914 vent. I like the looks of it. I think what would really make is look stock is to wrap the housing in black leather. Which vent is it on the 914? It's a shame, a friend of mine just parted on out.
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I also have the Kuehl center vent and have been satisfied with it.

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