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Old 05-28-2010, 12:05 PM
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e34 Dashboard Removal . . .

Hiya's, I was just wondering . . . .

I love the black custom interior in my old e-34 and would love to put it all in my new e-34, but the new e-34 has the light grey dashboard, not black like the old one, and I was just wondering how much of a complete nightmare would it be to swap the dashboards over ? Obviously if its that much of a nightmare then I will just leave it :-(

Has anyone removed/replaced a dashboard ? How bad of a job is it to do ?

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Old 06-03-2010, 05:01 AM
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Hmmm can I presume no one has tackled this one ? hehe
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Old 06-03-2010, 07:29 AM
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I have seen it done and it is not pretty. There is bolts and screws and glue and matting all under the dash. You basically have to take the whole front of the car apart. Including instruments, glove box, radio, climate control etc. The biggest problem that i saw was that the glue that they used was very stuborn. It was hard to get the dash up without bending it or tweeking it. If you plan on doing this have patience and devote an entire weekend. Good luck.
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Old 06-03-2010, 12:49 PM
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Here you go. It is the fourth thread down. Basically what was said above but a bit more detailed.

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e34...e-hunting.html


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Old 06-03-2010, 04:19 PM
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I did it a few months ago. Not that hard. There are alot of snap-in plastic or metal clips that snap like the A pillar covers. So its just bring careful not to break anything.
The gasket that is between the dash vents and the main AC box will be shot. Its foam and will fall apart when you take the dash off.
So get one from the dealer of you will have a leak that only keeps the back of your radio cold. Or warm..
I had to do it twice because of this gasket.
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:00 AM
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It is all down to how brave you are ;-) I decided to go for it and is actually not too bad a job to do, is more time consuming than anything, taking it all apart is all pretty self evident as you do it, and there was no real difference between an '89 dash and a '94 dash either :-)
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:14 AM
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It is all down to how brave you are ;-) I decided to go for it and is actually not too bad a job to do, is more time consuming than anything, taking it all apart is all pretty self evident as you do it, and there was no real difference between an '89 dash and a '94 dash either :-)
Ya i did it too... Not that bad... Way better than most dashes...


All those stupid cables for the a/c box pissed me off a bit... But straight forward none the less. Took me 2 days to do an entire entire swap...(EVERTHING). Dash alone like 3-5 hours..
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