[xj] Notes on dash removal

Having just removed and refinished my dash,a few hints to share
with you.After removing the tach and speedo(not the bathing
suit),you need not unhook the wires from each of the other gauges
individually. There are multi-pin connectors for them:follow the
wires and you will see them-1 one the lhs and two on the rhs as
well as 2 for the warning lites.Pull the dash with gauge wires
connected to them.
Also when reinstalling,securely tape the rubber end ducts to the
side ducts FIRST.Then put the dash in place(bottom side first and
swing the top edge into place bending the ducts down below the
support bar.After bolting the dash into place,hook the other end of
the rubber ducts to the demister assys and tape them.This taping is
done only on the top surface,not all the way around.This is how the
factory did it.(You can tell this if you look at the old tape glue
after you remove the dash/ducts)–
Bruce Kimball
Columbus/NM, United States
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I have a tip to add regarding removal of the speedometer and tach. Despite
following the many and varied suggestions in the archives, I could not seem
to get a good grip on my speedo in order to properly twist and remove it.
Basically, my hands were slipping.

After struggling with this for a while, I thought of using disposable blue
nitrile rubber gloves (usually reserved for messier jobs) to gain a better
grip. The gloves provided a non-slip grip and I got the instruments out
almost immediately thereafter.

Jim

Bruce Kimball wrote:

Having just removed and refinished my dash,a few hints to share
with you.After removing the tach and speedo(not the bathing
suit),you need not unhook the wires from each of the other gauges
individually. SNIP===================================================
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In reply to a message from Bruce Kimball sent Mon 24 Feb 2003:

Is there something to undo by reaching through the tach and speedo
holes?
I have the cap of and have removed every likely looking screw and
have the hard plastic endcaps off, but I can’t see how to get the
soft end pieces off.
Nor can I work out how to remove the black shroud from around the
trip display box and radio without tearing it from the center
console. I know it is screwed together from behind at that junction
point, but I have no idea how to get at em
Phil–
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Having just removed and refinished my dash,a few hints to share
with you.After removing the tach and speedo(not the bathing


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I have the cap of and have removed every likely looking screw and
have the hard plastic endcaps off, but I can’t see how to get the
soft end pieces off < etc

Phil,

You don’t need to get the ‘soft’ bits off to remove the dash. Remove the
two end caps each side and you will see a 1/2in AF nut in the lower corner
which is on a stud welded to the steel dash carrier. Both sides of course.
You need to remove the crash roll (4 screws under its lip) and then it’s
fairly obvious which screws to undo to remove the whole dash. It helps to
lower the steering column by loosening the two brackets - one over your
ankles, the other just behind the dash.

There are one or two earth wires on studs to undo too. The wood part can
only be removed from the metal part once it’s all out of the car.

Trip computer (with its integral panel) is just a push fit into the centre
console. Good fingernails will get it out, unless the metal springs are
displaced behind the dash. Then it’s difficult. You’ll need to remove the
radio fascia and centre (veneered) console (see my previous posting on
centre console). If you want to remove the trip’s black plastic bezel from
the electronics box, apart from the obvious screws you need to drill out a
pop rivet that is holding a power transistor to the case (inside).
Appalling design, but deeply pleasurable once one’s cracked it! Beware the
white legends on the perspex strip (Fuel, Dist, Time etc) - they rub off
very easily…

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