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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-15-2001, 10:16 AM
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Change out a dash?

How hard is it to change out a dash in an 88 samurai? Are there lots of wires or is it simple with just a couple of harnesses?
Any help appreciated!

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Re: Change out a dash?

Why change it? Damage, fire, roll, stolen, ?!

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 05-15-2001, 10:43 AM
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Re: Change out a dash?

Just stole it from the guy down the street! Naw, really just some damage, I'd like to fix up the interior a bit and I can get a dash to replace mine I think. Is it possible to change my VIN numbers to the new dash, or will that screw up the plates? I want everything nice and legal!

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 05-15-2001, 01:03 PM
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Re: Change out a dash?

I'd plan for more work than what you'd think. Quite a few wires, hoses, and dash equipment run behind there. Been awhile since I did one, but I don't think there's any special tool needed beyond a steering wheel puller.

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Re: Change out a dash?

I haven't done a dash swap in a Zuki, but I can't imagine that is anything
that couldn't be done in one day. The Vin # plate can be changed - just
drill out the two rivets that hold it in place.


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post #6 of (permalink) Old 05-15-2001, 09:06 PM
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Re: Change out a dash?

I pulled my '85 dash in 20mins.

1> remove the steering wheel. pull the coer off the horn adn undo the nut. if it doesn't come off easily hit it from behind with your hand working your way around the edge of the steering wheel

2> undo the instrument panel. there should be some sort of panel in front of you speedo and stuff.

3> remove you instrument panel. pull it forward. this can be tricky as mine had the hazard light switch in front of it. but it's amazing how flexible plastic is. behind there you should find you speedo cable and two wire plugs (on on each side). remove them all and the instrument panel should come all the way out.

4> remove the stereo box

5> there are two screws that hold the face of the AC panel in place. they can be reach from under the dash. remove them.

6> there should be 3-4 screws running along the top of the dash. they noramlly hide under little panels. remove them.

7> running the width of the dash you will find more screws on the under side of it. they normally screw into a piece of metal that is attached to the metal support bar down there.

8> on each side (where the door closes) there should be two more screws. remove them.

9> reach up and under the dash to where the plastic AC tubes join the vents in the dash and disconnect them from the vent.

10> the dash should be ready to come out now. when you pull it out (through the passenger door) you will need to disconnect the wiring loom. It's only held in behind there with some bendable metal straps. simply un-bend them and leave the wiring loom sitting on top of you heater unit.

I may have missed a few screws but it's a piece of cake to do. I had never pulled one out before and I did it in 20mins. need more help? email me.

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oh I forgot. you need to remove the bonnet release cable (if it's in your glove box. to do this you will need to remove the bonnet latch in the engine bay (makes it easier to get the cable out) and then remove the cable. It's pretty self explanatory.
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