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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-06-2001, 06:38 PM
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Front Dash Removal How?

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Need remove front dash to install some electronics devices.

Anybody here removed front dash?
Any thing in particular to look out for?

This easy or hard or gee-whiz, never do that again.

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Re: Front Dash Removal How?

Geez-whiz never do that again!!!

That was the first thing i did on my samurai. For the most part it is very simple.


I ran into a slight problem/stress causing agent. On the steering column there is the four way flasher switch. This little bugger sticks staight up and gets in the way of pulling the tach cluster out from the dash.

I would try pulling the whole dash off first.

What electronics are you replacing?
You would be surprised but there isn't much underneath the dash, mostly vent tubing for air. All electronic components can easily be reached without removing the dash.

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Loosening the steering column will allow the 4way flasher switch to clear.....

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 09-06-2001, 07:55 PM
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have about 7 hours spare, and make sure you remove all the screws more that are retaining the dash. also make sure you label all of the pugs you have to pull apart. I did not do this and i was stuck for days trying yo fix it, i had to unwrap all of the wires and retrace them, just bcos i did not label thae plugs.

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I removed the dash and replaced my wiring harness within an hour and a half. It's not bad just make sure you don't stop or be bothered while doing it.

I agree that most stuff can be done without having to remove the dash but it does make things a lot easier,

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CrowHorse wrote:

>>Loosening the steering column will allow the 4way flasher
>>switch to clear.....

Absolutely. There's two M8 bolts right under/behind the steering's column plastic "cowl". U will need Torx (don't remember the #) bit and a ratchet extension. May be's usually Loctite'd.
Once you remove those two buggers, the steering column drops down just enough so u can remove the steering column switch block (four screws and two electr. plugs), and then instrument cluster and then dashboard. Fairly easy I'd say (compare to pulling dashes off other vehicles :-).
Oh yeah, remove the steering wheel prior to all this...[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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post #7 of (permalink) Old 09-07-2001, 07:08 PM
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Thank you all for your input.

This make job much easier.

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