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My dash has a couple of bubbles which bother me, so I bought a replacement.
I used to do this sorta thing for a living so I'm confident in pulling a dash out - oddly I see a dash removal and refit as quite fun as far as working on cars go haha. I thought I'd make a bit of a guide for anyone who doesn't have the experience but wants to give it a go (for whatever reason you want to pull a dash out).
This guide will work on ANY R32, the dash area is the same throughout all models.
Some common sense is required as I haven't shown HOW the parts come off, but with the screws removed it becomes very obvious. I also missed some steps.... I assume you can figure out how to remove basic things like a kick panel etc. If you can't figure out the basics for yourself, you probably shouldn't be working on cars anyway :funny:
The principle to remove a dash is just the same for most cars, so this guide will (in principle) work on other model Skylines, Laurel, Corolla, Familia etc etc


This is more or less the order it should be done in too

Firstly - check every dash function on the car to confirm it works. Wipers, indicators, heater controls etc.
Secondly - disconnect the battery (remove the Negative terminal)

The beginning - the 2 large bubbles are obvious





Remove sill trims, kick panels and A pillar trims on both sides






Lift shifter boot from the front (this piece stayed put during the removal as it meant removing the gear knob which is fitted with grub screws - more hassle than its worth to remove it)





To remove the stereo fascia remove these 2 screws





.....and then these 2 screws





Stereo, pocket, heater controls etc all out





The centre console is next, it has 2 screws on each side





...and this one (stereo fascia is still present in this pic, I removed the screws in the centre console before dealing with the stereo area)





Centre console removed





Next is the glovebox, there are 2 screws holding it in place





Glovebox removed





Next is the metal bracket holding the glovebox up and the trim piece to the left of the glovebox







Now the lower dash screws on the left side





Next is the trim above the drivers knees





...and the bonnet release needs to come off (#3 Phillips OR 10mm socket)





Removed




On every single car I have removed a dash on, I found its easier to drop the steering column. On the R32 - 2 x 12mm bolts





Dropped





Instrument cluster surround next - it was easier to take a pic of it outside the car to show all of the screw locations





Removed




Instrument cluster next - 4 screws in each corner and pull it horizontally straight back (the speedo cable is connected to the back of it)





Unhook the speedo cable from the dash





Remove the screws from the right side of the lower dash - to get this panel over the handbrake when removing it, pull the handbrake up as high as you can get it. You may need to twist the panel slightly too.





Everything bolted to the dash is now removed





Next is the bolts/screws holding the dash in place....

10mm bolt here





Another 10mm bolt here





2 screws here





You will need a long extension and a universal to get the next two bolts
One 10mm bolt here





....and last one here



There are 3 plugs to undo before the dash is free - Sunload sensor (plug is behind the glovebox) and 2 for the glovebox (plugs are above the glovebox)



Dash out

 

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Tools required to do the entire job

#2 Phillips screwdriver
#3 Phillips screwdriver (can use a 10mm socket instead)
10mm and 12mm sockets, long extension and universal
#2 Flat blade screwdriver (useful for undoing stubborn plugs and flicking off the small panels to access the bolts by the windscreen)

Thats it :D
 

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Cheers guys :D


cant believe a Banter has done something usefull :D
General Banter has over 19,000 posts... add mine and there is a total of almost 22,000 posts.
FINALLY, one of them was of some use :dogpile:
(my recipe for making a spud gun was fairly up there in usefulness too I thought lol)
 

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Brilliant guide,,,, seen as I'm doing mine in a few weekends time, thanks a lot bro, you have saved my sanity and the neighbours hearing blue language when i take it on...
 

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Brilliant guide,,,, seen as I'm doing mine in a few weekends time, thanks a lot bro, you have saved my sanity and the neighbours hearing blue language when i take it on...
I'm glad it's going to be of some use :bigthumb: about time one of my posts actually helped someone lol
Let me know how you get on with it... or if you encounter any problems while doing it just flick me a pm :)
 

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No problem at all mate :)
 

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Does the gear gaitor just prize out with a screwdriver? Treated myself to a pair of new gaitors as the first mod for my GTR but didn't want to break whilst fitting :)

Fantastic write up that though, will certainly be using it over and over again :)

Mike
 

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You mean the leather boot/plastic trim part?
You can pull it out by hand, it's not clipped down too hard but a thin flat blade screwdriver or paint scraper will get it out too. Front end up first as there are backward facing locators you'll break if the back comes up first.
Hope that helps :)
 

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That's fantastic :) I haven't had chance to spend much time on mine as of yet, only get a few mins here and there in between other jobs and didn't want to break anything whilst doing it :)

Thanks alot

Mike
 
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