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My Dash Removal Instructions

I took my dash apart today for fun and to also find some clips that were sliding around inside.

1. Disconnect Battery!

2. Pull Passenger Airbag Cover off.
Pull it directly towards you.
You'll break 4 plastic clips which will need to be replaced.

3. Remove steering column cowling.
Remove 2 screws from the bottom and 4 from the sides.
Pull the bottom part downwards and disconnect the trip reset button cable. A small pick or eyeglasses screwdriver inserted into the clip will release it.


Pull this piece off, it's loose:


Now time to remove the upper cowling. It's held on with 4 metal clips (highlighted in blue, 2 on each side) and some velcro (green).

Lift the back of the cowling up to the sky to loosen the velcro, then pull the whole thing forward towards the back of the car. The metal part of the clips might fall into the dash but you should be able to get those later.

Here's what the metal clips look like, all the remaining parts are held on with them and screws.


4. Remove center vents and radio
If you want, you can use the radio removal tools to take the radio out first. I don't have mine so I took this part off whole.

Remove the 3 or 4 screws (highlighted in red) and then pull the piece directly towards you, it's held on with one clip (blue)


5. Side sills and side vents.
The side sill and side vent is all one piece.

Remove the small screw towards the back of the side sill.

Lift up the rubber mat and remove the 2 screws at each side:


Remove these 2 screws:


Pull out the plastic trim that holds the start button and disconnect it.


The vent area is held on with 2 clips here:


Lift the side sill up from the rear and pull back to release the 2 clips. It might be stuck down so pull it.

Do the same for the other side.

6. Loosen Tachometer
To get the dash top off you'll need to loosen the tachometer and lean it towards the back of the car.


7. Remove Dash Top
It's screwed down with 4 or 5 screws.
Lift up slightly and disconnect the speakers.
Pull towards the back of the car to remove.

Finished:


Overall I wouldn't say this was too hard at all, I was pretty scared to do it but it ended up being a lot of fun.

I hope this is useful for some people.

Luke

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Excellent work, thank you.
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So, you were one of THOSE kids who took everything apart !!!! ( did you ever put it back together ???????? )

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Looks good, just a bit of info if you remove pretty much everything you are going to take out about 47.3 lbs... :

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Thanks, if I knew this would be so much help I would have taken more pics.

I just went for a drive and forgot how this thing rattles over uneven roads. I would highly recommend anyone doing this go get some sticky backed felt from craft store and stick some on the bottom of the dash top before you put it back in.

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Gee, you can drive it with that broken wheel???
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Gee, you can drive it with that broken wheel???
Yea it kinda wobbles from left to right when I hit 85mph!
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Thanks for the informative post.
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Thanks for the post, I have filed this away for the future It's a good time to have the dash covered in leather......

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Nice write-up. I added it to the reference section of uberpost.

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for fun, eh? haha. maybe you have some top secret CF replacement dash project coming along? confess!

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did you find any loose clips/screws/rivets rolling around back there???

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did you find any loose clips/screws/rivets rolling around back there???
Yea I found plenty of broken airbag clips. All my metal clips were accounted for but when I went for a drive last night I heard one sliding about so I'm going to take it apart again to retrieve it and also insulate all plastic contact points with felt. It'll be a good time to hardwire my V1 too.

I've no secret project going on!

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Yea I found plenty of broken airbag clips. All my metal clips were accounted for but when I went for a drive last night I heard one sliding about so I'm going to take it apart again to retrieve it and also insulate all plastic contact points with felt. It'll be a good time to hardwire my V1 too.

I've no secret project going on!

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Perfectly timed for me as well. The dash has minimal impact on chassis stiffness (riveted into car) so I'm thinking that I'll drill a couple of holes to allow the next popped clip to fall out. Haven't done this yet and may not after I see the design without the dash cover on.

I'm pulling mine as soon as I get the replacement airbag clips to install the V1 remote display in the vent panel just over the radio. Looks like I may have to go without the clip in the center.

Is removing the radio a requirement for removing the center panel?

Thanks very much for posting this.

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Is removing the radio a requirement for removing the center panel?
The radio - in its housing - will pop out when you remove the center panel.

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Yea the radio and center piece will come out as one.
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Yea the radio and center piece will come out as one.
Thanks, I have the radio removal tools and plan to pull the head unit out first, thereafter it sounds like the sleeve will come out with the vent panel.

Again, thanks for taking the time to post this.

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Do you have to get the air bag clips from the dealership? How much do they cost?
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