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I see you got plenty of info on the other forum, but I'll go ahead and post something here incase someone else is looking for some info on it.

Following others suggestions- I hooked my heater hoses into the return line from the oil cooler. I just removed the 12" long or so 3/4" hose between engine and oil cooler, and stuck my heater hoses there.

FYI, it took me roughly 12-13 feet of hose to make 2 lines that reached from engine to the heater core



My wirings still a little messy- Its been record low temps here and I wanted to get it working!

 

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My heater is home made, http://hondasxs.com/accessories-and-modifications-f48/assembling-the-heater-t581.html

but yea, its been well worth it.

There are ALOT of air gaps and leaks in the cab (Full Hard top, 4 softdoors, fabric mid-screen, fabric rear panel), so at first it doesnt help much having heat- besides as hand warmers, but after a few days I've managed to seal most of the leaks off.

I was out for more than 40 miles on country roads in -10 or so temps and 30+ mph winds last weekend, and it stayed bearable. I've since found and sealed several more large air leaks, which help alot with the overall heat of the cab. Tonight we took a spin up the road after my last leak fixes, and although it was warmer @ about 30 degrees, the cab was sealed nicely, and stayed comfy. We could feel virtually no cool air in the cab at all- finally.

Overall- a heater is great- IF, you seal off air leaks. It will not power past all the gaps in the cab. That being said, a roll of black duct tape, and some plastic/foam insulation is all thats needed to fill gaps- its fairly easy.
 

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Foam self adhesive weatherstripping. A will and a way ;)
 

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I might suggest something like this. Can slap it on the motor, run the cord some place easy to get to. Honda actually used to offer a block heater as an option.

 

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Is there anything that can be done to make the cabin better sealed?
Yes- its pretty easy. I used Black duct tape, 1"x.250" stickerback foam strips, and some weatherproof plastic "bubblewrap style" insulation.

I didn't like resorting to duct tape at first, but its fast and easy, and is pretty hard to notice really.

The main points I found, were the holes in the "firewall", like the brake pedal, the shifters, and the corners of the dash where the rollbar meets. Those all leak ALOT of air.
 

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+1 on that. Some rubber boots would be a nice addition to the pedals openings in 2015.
 

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I figured everything would be aluminum and a magnet won't stick...
Right, let me more specific than "slap"

I haven't actually installed one, but I have scouted the location. Take your seat off, drivers side below the oil dipstick. You'll see where the motor mount curves in under the side of the motor. It should stick pretty well there. Its also easy acsess to putting the cord for it up out of the back of the drivers seat, then run your extension cord in over the drivers door. That way you never take off with it still plugged in..... I have done that before on my pickup hahaha. If you plan to leave it in place there full time, I'd suggest securing it with something.

They also make a heat blanket, which would be easy enough to plop < --- (bad descriptor)err set on top or beside the motor. You could take that on and off, but I think personally I would permanent mount the magnetic and just leave the cord access behind my seat so I can unplug and go.

I know some people that use a tarp and a 100 watt droplight, but I feel like we can do better.

Also, I just sent you a link to the first one that came up. Please don't just order that one I linked, because I don't know its measurements.
 
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