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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I was bored this morning so I

I was bored this morning so I decided to post some pics of the removal process of the dash instrument console.


First, I remove the steering wheel.




Than disconnect the horn. This can be done first, or with the wheel as one unit.




Next, pull out the corner lights to reveal the mounting screws behind. Then, remove the screws.





Then pull the dash out.







total time: 15-20 minutes.



JL
 
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Nice photos. I like to throw

Nice photos. I like to throw a towel over the steering column to protect the instruments from scratchs...otherwise, I do it the same as you...did you notice the Loctite applied to the screws for the steering wheel? That can make it a bear to remove sometimes...on my 308, not problem, but on my 328 I had to use a screw extractor on one of them...as I buggered up the screw slot trying to loosen it. You can get new screws from any MOMO wheel dealer, so it will look real nice when finished. The screws can get marks on them during removal.
 
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All of the screws in my wheel

All of the screws in my wheel hub have been buggered previously (owner) with the incorrect allen wrench. It's going to be an adventure when it comes time to put the spacer on.

Thanks for the pictures. Always nice to see what I am going to be getting into.

DJ
 
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Nice photos and directions. Mu

Nice photos and directions. Much appreciated!
Simple enough that even I would attempt it!

 
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Hi Anthony,

Yes, the horn


Hi Anthony,

Yes, the horn will pop out with a little work. You need to get a finger nail or something flat behind it to pry it off. Or, you can leave it in the wheel. When you take the wheel off you have a little spade connector on the backside that needs to be disconnected. Oh, and do not touch that connector to the hub!!!! I lost a few lives when I made that mistake.
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Dave,
Yes I did notice the loctite. With a little patience and kung-fu tricks that JR has taught me, I managed to get all six out without making any noticable marks on the heads. Good idea on the towel.


Jeremy
 
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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
If the head gets stripped, you

If the head gets stripped, you drill a hole in the center, then gently tap a reverse threaded extractor into the hole. Then put a wrench on it, and start trying to remove it. Cross your fingers the extractor doesn't snap off, then you are really screwed! :) I think if I was doing this again, I would have put a hot soldering gun to the screw for a few minutes first, to soften the Loctite, then quickly put in the extractor and attempted removal. It all worked out for me, but I know a friend had a devil of a time removing his...First he used a Dremel tool and slotted the head to put a screwdriver on it. No go, then soaked in Liquid Wrench, drilled, broke off extractors and all kinds of problems!

The key is to start with a quality 3mm wrench. The crappy dime store ones are not properly hardened and will turn to mush when wrenched hard...and will slip and mess up the screw head, or worse, slip and scratch the wheel! (ask me how I know that one)
 
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Thanks Dave - I followed you r

Thanks Dave - I followed you right up "to then gently tap a reverse threaded extractor into the hole." I have no idea what that is. :)
 
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328, go to a hardware store. O

328, go to a hardware store. Or, just do a "google" search for "screw extractor" and you will probably find hundreds of websites with details on how to use one, where to get them, and what they look like....it is a pretty common tool, I'm surprised you are unfamiliar with them.
 
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nope never seen that before -

nope never seen that before - thanks for the info - I had to go the dremel route on a stripped screw the other day - Worked good (since the screw head was nice & large).
 
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Hi Dave,

I was even unfa


Hi Dave,

I was even unfamiliar with them until I saw JR using one to remove a rusted water pipe off a 348 Spider a few months ago. I guess I knew they existed, but had never needed one. A must have when dealing with old rusty car parts.
 
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