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to get the black plastic tray clean & looking decent, wash it in hot soapy water & scrub, then dry & give it a good going over with black boot polish & brush well in, then buff it up.

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so slow but sure progress (one out of two).  Bought a nibbler and that certainly had a good chew. Found it very got at cutting, cornering not so much....

 

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Still bit of edging can hide all the teeth marks. 

 

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This photo explains the strange fit of my vent on this side.  Originally had the centre screw vents and someone swapped to side screws. I can see where it's marked out and then drill somewhere quite different.  Still another hole sorts that.

Other side a more traditional drill and file, that went a lot better. 

 

 

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and onto test fitting 

 

 

 

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Just waiting for John Craddock to get on and get me some grommets and the rest can go back on I think. 

 

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Had to enlarge the hole through the tray as the thread on the connector isn’t that long.

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the rubber hose is a little resistant to be bent so I’ve put an adapter together and hope the super glue will hold it.A6C441C0-BC3F-4E31-A33A-D06E611FF8C0.thumb.jpeg.701ef71422d93f14348d3a1767af78f3.jpeg

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Had to improve the adaptor and do the same for the other side but getting there.

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Put all the dash back on and give it a try.

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OK, so I'm late to this party.

I went round a scrap yard looking for such vent grilles. The only ones I found that were vaguely useful shaped were from a first gen Merc A-class. See corner of this pic.
They are very shallow mouldings and would need glueing in. I've not found the round tuit needed to complete this mod yet.

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Dash vents from a MK4 golf or B5.5 Passat may fit, look to be about 50mm diameter

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Okay mine is all back together and seems to shift a nice amount of air. Haven’t tried it on misty windows yet but I’m pleased with it. I’ll post some more pictures up later.

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There is of course a kit to install vents in the ends of the dash, although at just over £100 it’s expensive for what you get (no worse than LR genuine parts prices though!)

l fitted said kit, it comes with new air trunking (the shaped pieces under the main vents) which are designed to deflect more air to the side vents.

ln use it works OK, obviously the side vents are quite small so they don’t work like Puma ones, but on the low heater fan setting they will keep a large part of the side windows clear once you’ve wiped the initial condensation off.

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kit choices are I think 

Demister kit 1

Demister kit 2

if you want something that works I’d suggest getting the cheaper kit.  If I did mine again I’d use plastic hose not rubber as the rubber is slightly inflexible and really given the time for me i’d recommend the more expensive kit with the adjustable vents.  I did it as a bit of a challenge but the hours it took wasn’t quite worth it. Of course others may view differently that’s just my take on it.

I think parts wise it was about £20 - £25 for do it yourself.

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I have type 2 from Pete's links.  I can't recommend them - they seem to do nothing for my vehicle (apart from look ugly).

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