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 Post subject: Instrument Panel
Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:21 am 
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can anyone tell me do u have to remove the whole dash to get into the instrument panel. I'm looking to put some LED's in and my Dad seems to think that i have to remove the whole dash...

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:21 am 
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its an EL SAPPHIRE... should have included that earlier

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:42 am 
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This is for my EF, but i assume the EL's arent much different...

Just the front of the dash comes off, 1 piece from the steering wheel to the stereo surround.

Open ash tray and take out 1 or 2 screws. Remove stereo surround and undo the screws behind that. Theres a couple of screws beside, under the steering wheel. 4 screws i think above the cluster. Drop the steering wheel by releasing the fastener under it. Front of the dash should pull off and unclip any connections going to the boot release buttons etc. (remember where they go)

Undo 4 screws in the corners of the cluster and pull it out and unclip the 2 connectors. Once you know how to do it, takes about 10 minutes after that. Very easy
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Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 11:59 pm 
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FordFairmont wrote:
This is for my EF, but i assume the EL's arent much different...

Just the front of the dash comes off, 1 piece from the steering wheel to the stereo surround.

Open ash tray and take out 1 or 2 screws. Remove stereo surround and undo the screws behind that. Theres a couple of screws beside, under the steering wheel. 4 screws i think above the cluster. Drop the steering wheel by releasing the fastener under it. Front of the dash should pull off and unclip any connections going to the boot release buttons etc. (remember where they go)

Undo 4 screws in the corners of the cluster and pull it out and unclip the 2 connectors. Once you know how to do it, takes about 10 minutes after that. Very easy


Process for EL is pretty much identical, great decription!

It really is quite easy, and takes 5-10 minutes max.
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Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 12:49 am 
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yup is easy to do, just be cearfull not to loose the clips on the back, as it will creak like hell if you loose one (grumbles)

 

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 Post subject: troubles
Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 6:50 pm 
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having real trouble getting the right hand side of the radio surround off... I have undone the screw in the bottom left hand corner behind the ashtray but the surround doesn't wanna budge on that right side...

 

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Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 7:43 pm 
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There is a press in retainer behind on the RHS of the stereo surround - just needs a little more force - not too much though.

Should pull out and swing upwards.

You'll need to pull the ciggie lighter plug, and remove the lighting as well.

 

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Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 8:35 pm 
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hahaha i removed mine in my el so many times that my little brother challenged me to do it blindfolded, succesful -1 screw
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Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 8:42 pm 
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I removed mine yesterday, then accidentally dropped it on the ground and smashed it lol :(

 

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Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 12:38 pm 
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ouch!! bet that makes u feel like s**t, dropping it when the other guy did it blindfolded :?

 

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Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 12:48 pm 
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Meh, not really lol - it was easy to remove. I actually dropped it when was just about to go put it back in, I set it down on something, but it tipped off the edge.

I put it back in without the glass cover, looks kinda cool without it but rattles a little bit now lol :(

 

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 Post subject: holders
Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 7:26 pm 
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having trouble getting the globes outa the holders (ofall things)... can any one tell me, o the come straight out wit a bit of force or are the turned like a bayonette style

 

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Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 8:47 am 
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pair of long nosed pliers mate.
get ya pliers over the end of the bulb holder and give it a quarter turn (either way) should see you right

 

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