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whats up guys... i have been contemplating ripping out my AC.. I really want to do it becasue I never use it and I have heard that it frees up a few horses.. I was wondering if thsi is true... what are the benefits of removing the AC system??

also if anyne has doen it how long does it take and what are dsome tips to make it easier.. thanks in advance..
 
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ive taken the belt off of my compressor but left everything intact (for when i sell the car) I cant tell any difference in power, but have seen a slight increase in gas mileage. used to fill up at about 330 miles. now i fill up about 345-350. I always fill up when I get to 1/4 tank or a little below. I know its not exact but it is a noticable difference.
 

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i took the belt off of my a/c compressor in my old sentra and got a little better gas mileage. Similar to what ^Retardhead ^ got. I didnt notice any power increase though. I just crawled up underneath the car and cut it off. I didnt plan on ever using it and I was going to let whoever bought the car worry about it. It turned out to be my brother, but he could care less about a/c.
 

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Someone should do a few dynos, one with the belt on and one with it off. When the compressor clutch isn't in, the belts just freewheeling a pully, shouldn't be taking much HP at all. Maybe 1 or 2. The weight reduction of not having the hoses, condensor, and compressor alone would have more benefit I would think. You really ought to look at it like this. How long am I going to keep the car and am I concerned about it's future resell value? If you're not going to keep it more than a few years or are concerned about resell, then I'd leave it alone or just take the belt off at most. You have to figure what a running A/C system ads to the value of the car and see what it's going to cost you, having removed it to gain minimal HP increases. Unless a person does a lot of drag racing, I wouldn't remove a single thing from the car, maybe take the belt off at the track if you go ever so often and you feel it gives you an edge. You'd probably be better off putting in one of those nifty electric water pumps. They're not cheap, but selling a car with no A/C is like selling a lemon, at least in my neck of the woods.
 

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Removing all of the A/C components nets about 50 pounds off the front of the car, where it needs it the most. The free-wheeling compressor pulley will absorb very little power.
 
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