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Help to remove vinyl dash part on vt/vx?

Discussion in 'VT - VX Holden Commodore (1997 - 2002)' started by DmanVT, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. DmanVT

    DmanVT USAWME

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    Hi there just wondering how do you remove the vinyl dash area on a vt/vx.

    I know how to get the plastics off and then the instrument cluster + aircon controls and all that jazz but i want to get the actual vinyl piece that goes across the whole dash off that the instrument cluster ( speedo, tacho, fuel oil etc ) screws into off.

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    ( The piece in red )


    Im just wondering if it is possible to get off is there any danger with the passenger airbag going off?

    I want to take it off to vinyl paint it but if it is too hard to take off/too dangerous or cant be taken off, then i will just have to mask it up good and spray in the car but i think it would be easier to take it out.

    I haven't had the chance to look into detail in my car because for the past 2 weeks my car has been at the panel beaters after i hit a roo so when i get it back im wanting to do all the interior black instead of grey. I have done the doors and all thats left will be the dash and centre console area.


    If anyone knows or could point me in the right direction i would greatly appreciate it. Cheers, Darcy
     
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    free bump for you, am somewhat interested in this myself
     
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    haha thanks and yer actually i just realised i need to remove it coz i gotta mod it and drill a hole down through for some wires.

    and h=after a bit of research found out its called a dash pad. but still no idea how to remove it. if i had a go at it id prob be able to find it but hidden clips are usually easily breakable and i dont wanna learn the hard way or have an airbag go off in my face haha
     
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    I'm loading up my tech cd so ill get the pages for you :p
     
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    a starting point is to always disconnect the battery
     
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    yer i would do that but if i pull it off and somehow do something to the sensor ( i dont know much about airbag sensors or how they work ) then when i connect it back up it goess off, i dunno if that can happen but yer still would like to know rather than break clips :)
     
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    oh yess haha i forget all about you having that haha
     
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    Apparently there are 5 screws holding it in, two on the top at the back on each side around where the tweeters are and 3 underneath. If anyone wants the section for removing it all from the tech cd message me and ill send you a download link.

    edit: heres the link anyway: https://www.dropbox.com/s/j4sqo3n3dkt8klq/sect-1a3.pdf
     
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    link me :p haha
     
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    I have now :)
     
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    uniacidz Harden the Frak Up

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    me too me too
     
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    Mate it's really easy take the center console out as a unit, take the side covers off, take the glove box mounting and the pieces under the windscreen out undo a few bolts and screws and the radio housing and it should pop right out.

    If that photo you posted is of your car I wouldn't worry about your passenger air bag as according to the name plate it doesn't have one.
     
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    hey mate just regards to that site which is awesome, is there a page/do you know of a page that lists every possible bulb in a vt/vx? like the headlight bulbs, parker bulbs etc? i know a few, just want to have a list handy when browsing ebay etc...
    cheers mate.
     
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    Just had a look and yes there is, What model were you after? eg VT, VX, VU, WH etc
     
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    Has anyone removed their dashpad and say redone it with leather or anything like that? I reckon some sort of stitched leather on the dashpad would look awesome and be totally unique (for a Commodore that is).
     
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    You could remove the dash pad with the I info ask whytheface then spray adhesive leather/vinyl down but I reckon it would be hard to get smooth as the material wont have a lot of stretch and its not an easily smooth so single planed surface but anything is possible would just take time
     
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    Yeah would take some time alright, still I think it would look awesome.
     
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    cheers mate you're a legend, and mines a vx series I exec :)
     

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