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skibug
03-30-2010, 08:15 AM
I am getting ready to install a 2 vent hearter in my '09 197 TT. Does anyone know if there is a recommended location for the heater box? Is the factory install behind the kickboard panel in the cockpit (i.e. in front of the drivers seat)? I can see there are 2 screws to remove this panel; are there any tricks or "need to knows" before removing this? Any feedback would be much appreciated.

Sodar
03-30-2010, 10:02 AM
Factory location is under the observer's seat with a hot-tube under the observer's seat and a vent in the driver's kick panel. I relocated my core and fan to the driver's side to gain room under the observer's seat. It is a tight install under the driver's dash, but it is doable. There are also to raceways that run from the engine compartment to the drivers and observers areas, so you can hide the lines under the floor.

skibug
03-30-2010, 11:59 AM
Sodar, thanks for the input. I will look to see what makes the most sense. Did you install the heater box behind the kick panel or in front? Are there access ports from the observer's seat over to the driver's seat for the vent hose?

Sodar
03-30-2010, 12:10 PM
Here is the location I installed it behind the kick panel.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_m3bPnaMHpYM/S6A9zjIL1-I/AAAAAAAAD1I/8NCWCcL4Auw/s800/DSC02783.JPG

Here is the location of the hot tube beneath the observer's seat.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_m3bPnaMHpYM/S6A98QuYvEI/AAAAAAAAD1Q/umDbtZzb-t8/s800/DSC02782.JPG

Here is the location where the vent hose comes through the walk through from the driver's to the observer's side. My guess is that this hole is not in your boat and will need to be cut. My boat came with a heater, so this hole was already there.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_m3bPnaMHpYM/S6A5wEUoTLI/AAAAAAAADxM/v_9qHI4f6O4/s800/DSC03127.JPG

skibug
03-30-2010, 12:42 PM
Sodar, Great pics. Thanks a bunch. I will take a look at this when I get home tonight and try to decise where I am going to install the heater box.

skibug
03-31-2010, 03:56 PM
Sodar, I looked at my situation and I think I am going with the factory install option. I can actually run the heater hose from the engine, through the cooler drain (because as long as I have had an inboard with a built in cooler in the floor I have never used it as a coller) and into the side wall under the observers seat. I can run the vent hose through the same cooler into the side wall of the cockpit. If I ever wanted to get a 3 vent, it would be easier to change out.

Thanks for the feed back and the great pics. I will add my pics when the project is complete.

amcmac
05-27-2010, 07:44 AM
Did you finish your heater install? Looking to do one on mine and would like to see pics of the install.

Thrall
05-27-2010, 11:13 AM
If you have room for the 3 vent heater with the dbl fan, I'd reccomend it.
Had a 2 vent in my 190 that worked fine, but the triple kicks out a ton more air.
You can get pretty creative with vent locations.
Not the same boat, but I just installed one on my X2 and did not use any of the factory locations. I installed the core/fan in the compartment behind the drivers seat (obviously can't do that in a 197. Ran one duct up under the dash, no cutting or fitting, ziptied it in place blowing at the drivers feet, totally hidden. Ran the 2 hot tubes to the gunnels and cut in 2 new locations to match the cupholder layout. Didn't have to cut any exposed 'glass in the tub.

amcmac
05-27-2010, 11:27 AM
Sweet install. I'm not sure if I can fit the 3 vent or not. Kinda tight on the X7. I wonder if it would fit under on of the seats up front, not much room up there for anything else.

macattack
02-03-2011, 11:44 AM
If you have room for the 3 vent heater with the dbl fan, I'd reccomend it.
Had a 2 vent in my 190 that worked fine, but the triple kicks out a ton more air.
You can get pretty creative with vent locations.
Not the same boat, but I just installed one on my X2 and did not use any of the factory locations. I installed the core/fan in the compartment behind the drivers seat (obviously can't do that in a 197. Ran one duct up under the dash, no cutting or fitting, ziptied it in place blowing at the drivers feet, totally hidden. Ran the 2 hot tubes to the gunnels and cut in 2 new locations to match the cupholder layout. Didn't have to cut any exposed 'glass in the tub.


Thrall: I am definitely leaning towards the 3 vent, but actually may buy the 4 vent since the unit is the same size. Ref fan speed, is the dbl an extra option that HeaterCraft provides or is this the normal low, med, high fan speed switch that comes with the standard kit?? tks, mac

Thrall
02-04-2011, 09:55 AM
This is the one I used.
http://www.skidim.com/prodinfo.asp?number=314-HC

I think the main differences between this and the 2 vent is a larger heater core and the blower is a double squirrel cage vs. single.
It came with the std Heatercraft low med hi switch.
Since my boat was pre-wired with a 2 position switch for a heater I just wired the med and hi settings to that switch and didn't use the switch supplied withthe kit.

2RLAKE
02-04-2011, 10:57 AM
another option for a 3 vent is to take off the windshield and install a pull out duct on the dash ... takes a little work but it great to have one there

jkski
02-04-2011, 11:56 AM
I mounted a 3 vent to the floor behind the drivers kick panel. It was a tight fit, but it fit and everything was hidden. The water lines run thru the race to the engine compartment and then we just put 2 vents in the drivers kick panel(1 in the pre-cut factory location, one zip tied up pointing down on the legs) and the 3rd vent went in the factory loaction on the passenger seat base.
The 2 vent in my 08 is mounted under the observer seat from the factory and persoally, I wish it had been placed on the drivers side.
If you are putting this in, you might want to think about heated seats as well. They are great and get used more often than the heater or at least in conjunction wth.

captain planet
02-04-2011, 01:33 PM
I mounted a 3 vent to the floor behind the drivers kick panel. It was a tight fit, but it fit and everything was hidden. The water lines run thru the race to the engine compartment and then we just put 2 vents in the drivers kick panel(1 in the pre-cut factory location, one zip tied up pointing down on the legs) and the 3rd vent went in the factory loaction on the passenger seat base.
The 2 vent in my 08 is mounted under the observer seat from the factory and persoally, I wish it had been placed on the drivers side.
If you are putting this in, you might want to think about heated seats as well. They are great and get used more often than the heater or at least in conjunction wth.

Wow JK, two vents for you and only one for the Mrs.? How is that working out for you?

jkski
02-04-2011, 02:20 PM
Wow JK, two vents for you and only one for the Mrs.? How is that working out for you?

When was the last time you saw me drive! (Does that answer your question.)

Acually, my boat only has the 2 vent heater that came from the factory, I installed a 3 vent in a friends 2003 X7, and have been jealous ever since!

macattack
02-05-2011, 10:58 AM
another option for a 3 vent is to take off the windshield and install a pull out duct on the dash ... takes a little work but it great to have one there

Any pics on the location of the duct on the dash? Do you use this for defogging the windshield, passenger comfort or both? It appears you could remove one of the cupholders in the dash and use that hole/location?

I mounted a 3 vent to the floor behind the drivers kick panel. It was a tight fit, but it fit and everything was hidden. The water lines run thru the race to the engine compartment and then we just put 2 vents in the drivers kick panel(1 in the pre-cut factory location, one zip tied up pointing down on the legs) and the 3rd vent went in the factory loaction on the passenger seat base.
If you are putting this in, you might want to think about heated seats as well. They are great and get used more often than the heater or at least in conjunction wth.

Glad to hear the 3 vent will fit behind the driver's panel even though a tight fit; any tips on this install?

Is the "factory" installed vent location on the far port side of the passenger seat base?

Anybody use the Y-fitting on the MCX to improve the heat at idle; any pics on exactly where this fitting goes?

tks, mac

Thrall
02-06-2011, 09:56 AM
Anybody use the Y-fitting on the MCX to improve the heat at idle; any pics on exactly where this fitting goes?

tks, mac

No, but when I put the heater and shower in my X2, I used the 1-1/4 x 5/8 tee that was meant for the cold water supply to the shower for the heater return line and it makes good heat at idle. Not as hot as when running higher rpms/load, but certainly acceptable.
Not sure how much better the Y works.
Install between the raw water pickup and the trans cooler.