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PostSubject: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Fri Jul 13, 2007 1:32 am

You're all familiar with these instructions -






I found they came up short in a couple places, leading to quite a bit of car repair anger mad Here are a few extra notes that might save up'n'coming Rivi dash removal experts a few minutes of fury -



I need to pull a few more panels off since I'm trying to fix a vent vane that got pushed in. I'll take notes on that too. I know there's at least one other here who has this problem -



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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Fri Jul 13, 2007 11:14 am

Thanks Jack!

EDIT: some additional images of dash cluster removal, while performing work on the column:












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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:19 pm

question: the previous owner of my car simply pulled the entire dash, the big peice off, and it broke off almost all of the plastic clips that hold it down along it except the bigger main ones so it looks stupid now. if i replace the dash, will the new one have the clips or were they part of the main dash that connects the dash to the actual frame underneath?
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:40 pm

You have to do all that just to replace the radio?
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:01 pm

KillaKeninaRiv wrote:
question: the previous owner of my car simply pulled the entire dash, the big peice off, and it broke off almost all of the plastic clips that hold it down along it except the bigger main ones so it looks stupid now.

Surely no one is that stupid and it was a radio thief who tore the dash up.

I think there will be pieces in the dash itself that are busted.

I've got no idea how well this would work but I've been seeing plastic welding kits in either the Eastwood or Harbor Freight catalogs.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:29 pm

I thought Harbor Freight went out of business? All the stores in my area closed up and there were several of them.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:57 pm

Shintsu wrote:
I thought Harbor Freight went out of business? All the stores in my area closed up and there were several of them.

Nope still in business.

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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:31 am

I got some stuff from them a couple days ago. The thing I wanted most is on backorder though :/
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Tue Jun 24, 2008 4:12 am

That sucks, I guess they just went out of business at all the local stores here. They had two or three and they all closed at the same time.
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PostSubject: Quick Question?   Fri Sep 19, 2008 11:47 am

I want to pull out the dash panel that goes around the gauges and then it looks like it flows in to the door to a point i know the das panel comes off but do the lil panels on door come off?
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Fri Sep 19, 2008 12:04 pm

They do come off of the door panel, but with a lot of difficulty! With the door panel removed you can see the tabs from that panel on the inside, they are actually melted or hot glued in or something of that nature. I'm sure they can be removed, I have never done it, but you would have to hot glue them back in or something like that.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Fri Sep 19, 2008 12:05 pm

Dam That sucks
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Fri Sep 19, 2008 2:59 pm

Why do you want the dash panels off?

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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Fri Sep 19, 2008 3:11 pm

Im Gonna sand them down prime them and then go with a high gloss black and then clear coat the shit out of it just to add some caracter to my interior
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Fri Sep 19, 2008 4:21 pm

I added character to my gray interior by repainting the ash tray covers in the rear. smile Went with a charcoal metallic, looks very nice. Ok ok, I was just covering up peeling paint on the lids... but it DOES look good! rotf
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Fri Sep 19, 2008 5:08 pm

Oh.

Some folks get woodgrain appliques. If I remember right they are available in black and colors too - but don't recall who from. Maybe search this editboard for links?

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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Fri Sep 19, 2008 5:32 pm

Yeah I really dont like the wood grian and Im Pretty handy so doining it myself will be fun
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Fri Sep 19, 2008 8:10 pm

Do you have woodgrain on those panels now?
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Fri Sep 19, 2008 8:37 pm

just around the radio and gear shifter
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:02 am

My point was you could get black or whatever to replace/instead of the woodgrain.

The factory wood around shifter and radio is real, although it's an almost paper-thin layer of wood with a with thick layer of polyurethane over the top. When these are repaired sometimes they are replaced with fake wood.

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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:02 am

well everything is getting blacked out
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:22 pm

If I go extra slowly, extra carefully, and use these pictures as a reference to where the plastic things are, do you think I could remove the panels without breaking anything, or is it just inevitable?
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:33 pm

I think you surely could do it without breaking stuff. Study the instructions (and posts in this thread) before you start, then read them one step at a time as you proceed, of if you get stuck. Be very, very gentle. Don't force anything unless you are sure it's free.

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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Sun Nov 22, 2009 1:48 pm

It seems simple enough but once I get to the wiring behind the radio that's where it'll get confusing, fast. I will have harnesses and stuff and can usually figure things out, but if there's something that's completely different then I'm screwed until I find out how it's supposed to work.
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PostSubject: Re: Write-Up: Riv Dash and Door Removal   Sun Nov 22, 2009 5:06 pm

IBx1 wrote:
It seems simple enough but once I get to the wiring behind the radio that's where it'll get confusing, fast. I will have harnesses and stuff and can usually figure things out, but if there's something that's completely different then I'm screwed until I find out how it's supposed to work.
Then, your better off budgeting to pay someone else to do it for you.
Especially if your time to do the job is limited to school breaks and cold weather.
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