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BADHAB|T

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« on: July 17, 2011, 09:34:33 PM »
My dash has a couple of bubbles which bother me, so I  bought a replacement.
I used to do this sorta thing for a living so I'm confident in pulling a dash out - oddly I see a dash removal and refit as quite fun as far as working on cars go haha. I thought I'd make a bit of a guide for anyone else who doesn't have the experience but wants to give it a go (for whatever reason you want to pull a dash out).
This guide will work on ANY R32, the dash area is the same throughout all models.
Some common sense is required as I haven't shown HOW the parts come off, but with the screws removed it becomes very obvious. I also missed some steps.... I assume you can figure out how to remove basic things like a kick panel. If you can't figure out the basics for yourself, you probably shouldn't be working on cars anyway :funny:
The principle to remove a dash is just the same for most cars, so this guide will (in principle) work on other model Skylines, Laurel, Corolla, Familia etc etc


This is more or less the order it should be done in too

Firstly - check every dash function on the car to confirm it works. Wipers, indicators, heater controls etc.
Secondly - disconnect the battery (remove the Negative terminal)

The beginning - the 2 large bubbles are obvious





Remove sill trims, kick panels and A pillar trims on both sides






Lift shifter boot from the front (this piece stayed put during the removal as it meant removing the gear knob which is fitted with grub screws - more hassle than its worth to remove it)





To remove the stereo fascia remove these 2 screws





.....and then these 2 screws





Stereo, pocket, heater controls etc all out





The centre console is next, it has 2 screws on each side





...and this one (stereo fascia is still present in this pic, I removed the screws in the centre console before dealing with the stereo area)





Centre console removed

« Last Edit: July 18, 2011, 12:09:32 AM by BADHAB|T »

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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2011, 10:03:07 PM »
Next is the glovebox, there are 2 screws holding it in place





Glovebox removed





Next is the metal bracket holding the glovebox up and the trim piece to the left of the glovebox







Now the lower dash screws on the left side





Next is the trim above the drivers knees





...and the bonnet release needs to come off (#3 Phillips OR 10mm socket)





Removed

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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2011, 10:03:42 PM »
On every single car I have removed a dash on, I found its easier to drop the steering column. On the R32 - 2 x 12mm bolts





Dropped





Instrument cluster surround next - it was easier to take a pic of it outside the car to show all of the screw locations





Removed




Instrument cluster next - 4 screws in each corner and pull it horizontally straight back (the speedo cable is connected to the back of it)





Unhook the speedo cable from the dash





Remove the screws from the right side of the lower dash - to get this panel over the handbrake when removing it, pull the handbrake up as high as you can get it. You may need to twist the panel slightly too.





Everything bolted to the dash is now removed

« Last Edit: July 17, 2011, 10:15:13 PM by BADHAB|T »

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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2011, 10:04:19 PM »
Next is the bolts/screws holding the dash in place....

10mm bolt here





Another 10mm bolt here





2 screws here





You will need a long extension and a universal to get the next two bolts
One 10mm bolt here





....and last one here



There are 3 plugs to undo before the dash is free - Sunload sensor (plug is behind the glovebox) and 2 for the glovebox (plugs are above the glovebox)



Dash out


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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2011, 10:13:05 PM »
To Add

When transferring the Air Vents do it from the back, DO NOT TRY AND PRY THEM OUT FROM THE FRONT

from the back you push the little clips inwards and push forwards

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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2011, 10:21:09 PM »
Good point ^^

Prying from the front on an R32 = shattered vent!

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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2011, 10:47:35 PM »
Quote from: Stalk3r;558397
To Add

When transferring the Air Vents do it from the back, DO NOT TRY AND PRY THEM OUT FROM THE FRONT

from the back you push the little clips inwards and push forwards


Speaking of vents what was it you wanted for the passenger one?

Gareth that last pic has just put me off doing this for my bubble..omg what a Spaghetti Monster lol
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« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2011, 10:56:27 PM »
Quote from: Demco;558404

Gareth that last pic has just put me off doing this for my bubble..omg what a Spaghetti Monster lol


I can do it if you want.... its less than a 2 hour job for me to remove and refit a 32 dash :karate:

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« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2011, 11:20:59 PM »
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I can do it if you want.... its less than a 2 hour job for me to remove and refit a 32 dash :karate:


Master :notworthy

Ill keep that in mind when i get to that part of the list.... lol
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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2011, 07:40:35 AM »
Demco, both my vents were gone within 48 hours of listing them last monday, i didnt hear back about it so assumed you/your friend didnt want em :P

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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2011, 08:15:26 AM »
Damn Gareth thats quite a mission. Thanks for posting it up though :)

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« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2011, 09:07:40 AM »
done this a while ago also it was good fun, Had removed the aircon bits and pieces tidied up the wiring  and installed a very mint dash!. Though I wish i had more time with the wiring. Nice tutorial dude.

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« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2011, 11:56:52 AM »
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Demco, both my vents were gone within 48 hours of listing them last monday, i didnt hear back about it so assumed you/your friend didnt want em :P


Aw sh!t... I was under the assumption you knew i was keen on it and were going to hold it... Oh well guess that's why you never assume anything.

Hope you at lest got top dollar for them like all the wreckers
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« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2011, 12:15:17 PM »
sorry mang i just listed everything and hadnt heard back from you re your mate wanting the other one, and yea, got a fair coin

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« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2011, 01:41:28 PM »
looks very similar to how my sw10 avenir dash comes apart/put together.