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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-15-2000, 11:44 AM
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Replacing TJ stereo/Taking dash apart question

I am going to replace the factory stereo in my spankin' new TJ with a Pioneer direct replacement CD player (same size as the original, so I don't need an installation kit.) My question is:
How do I take the middle dash panel off? Does it just pull away from the dash if I yank it, or are there some mystery screws that I can't find. I don't want to pull it so hard that I break it, not knowing that it was still attached with a screw that I couldn't see. Any help is much appreciated!

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 12-15-2000, 03:04 PM
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Re: Replacing TJ stereo/Taking dash apart question

The following are the steps to remove the middle dash:

1. CAREFULLY pull upward on the defroster vent cover that runs along the top of the dash, in front of the windshield. I believe you will find 2 (3?) screws to remove up there.

2. Take out the ashtray and remove the screw behind it.

3. Now pull, CAREFULLY, from the top and sides of the middle dash piece to get the body pins out.

That should do it! Good luck!

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Re: Replacing TJ stereo/Taking dash apart question

The dash is modular. No need to pull on anything. Start at the left side and remove the covers, and they'll expose the next set of screws. I had the whole dash apart to put fog lights in the TJ using the factory switch. Very easy to remove, and almost impossible to screw up putting back together due to the way it's designed.

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