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Posted by 92GSXman, Aug 15, 2004
Newbie Forum - Beginner/newbie/general DSM modification questions. First mods, how to run 10's when you haven't run 12's yet, any tech question that doesn't fit in another tech forum.
i've had the entire interior of my car in and out all summer long. pulling the dash is time consuming and it can be difficult if you plan on doing it by yourself. i had my brother help me and it wasn't extremely difficult. but be patient and be willing to give it an entire afternoon.
to begin: yes, that is all one big piece. the whole dash is going to have to come out of your car if you want to repair/replace that vinyl part. in my opinion just get a "new" vinyl part, you won't need to replace your entire dash that way. i tried to repair mine with epoxy, for the most part, it worked well. but it didn't work as well as i hoped it would.
if you decide to pull your dash, my first bit of advice, get a steering wheel puller. that thing is such a pain to work around. you can "borrow" one from your local Autozone for a refundable $15. make sure you get the one that looks like a chicken foot...
..| they have two and the other one doesn't work very well.
second, you're going to need to unplug some wires near your fuse box in order to pull the dash out of your car. make sure you remember what plugs into where.
third, make sure you keep track of all your bolts, nuts, washers, and screws. do something so you know what goes where when it's time to put your dash back in. you won't regret doing this.
fourth, to get to the vinyl part you're going to need to remove all your heat/ac plumbing. not a big deal.
fifth, pay close attention to all your wires. look where they fit around your heat/ac ducts and where your gauge and control plugs go.
finally, if you do swap your entire dash board, you'll have a new vin#. this means you might want to put your old vin plate on your new dash.
if you need anymore tips or if you'd like a step my step layout of what you'll need to do, i'd be happy to share my experience. but let me know how you'd like to approach this: full dash replacement or vinyl replacement/repair. you can do this yourself as long as you're patient and you keep track of everything. it's very interesting to see what your car looks like without the dash it. best of luck.
id ignore th vin being different on the dash, smog only checks the door and there is a vin number on lke every part on the car.
i know the dashboard vin is the one most often checked by mechanics, police, insurance, and others who care. i should call my local dmv and see if they know and what should be done. i'll post when and if i find out.
Never. You're up against local and Federal regulations in moving a VIN plate. And those aren't just pop rivets.
just avoid all this trouble and don't replace your entire dash. just find a decent vinyl replacement. it'd probably be cheaper that way. and yes, you'll have to pull your entire dash either way. i still have not found out all the legal stuff about the vin and dash swap. and like i said, you'll have to contact your local authorities to find out what you should do in your situation. i never said it was right one way or the other. i'm just offering some ideas to avoid trouble.
this legal stuff is just a little confusing to me. it seems like no matter what you do, the authorities can stick you on this. the safest thing would be, again, check with your local authorities and do the right thing, whatever that may be.
I just got a thin/short stubby screw and put about 3 along the bottom lip of that part and it sits to where you can't see the screw at all.
You'll probably be cited. You will have to get a new VIN assigned to the car, and it may be impounded in the mean time.
Don't dick with the VIN.