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Old 12-11-2006, 01:42 AM   #1
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Angry Help: GC Factory Gauge Pod - pulling the center panel

Just got the gauge pod housing for the factory gauge pack, the instructions only says to unscrew the top 2 screws, and pull the center panel out (they call it the center panel A). For the last 5hr+ I couldn't pull it out without destroying it, and knowing the Japanese, I suspect it will be some very stupid place I need to put leverage on in order to pull it out cleanly. I think I have destroyed some plastic alignment tabs/pins in the back of the center panel as I try to pry it upward and forward to no avail. Anybody know how without destroying the center panel in the process? Tearing almost all the interior bits around it does not help in exposing some key plastic locking tabs and no, pulling the whole dash out just to get to the tabs is not something I intend to do.

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Old 12-11-2006, 06:04 PM   #2
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you most likely just have give it a good yank and it'll pop out
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Old 12-11-2006, 06:12 PM   #3
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I gave it more than a good yank for 5+ hrs and without good leverage, nope it didn't come out at all. Seeing how the part for the factory gauge pod has some locking tabs, I wonder if there is some leverage point to pull it without involving a dremel or saw
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Old 12-11-2006, 06:17 PM   #4
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There isn't a magic point that I am aware of. I pulled mine to put gauges in it. It took a little bit but finally it just popped out. It wasnt the easyest thing but it did finally come. Good luck. If you figure out a trick let me know.
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Old 12-12-2006, 12:18 AM   #5
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if you are talking about the speedo and rpm gauge cover , What I did (about 20 times) was after unscrewing the two screws, I grabbed the plastic part on the bottom most part of the cover and pulled towards myself, It just popped right off. then there are three more screws under that to pull out the actual.
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Old 12-12-2006, 12:35 AM   #6
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Nope, I'm talking about the center panel above the center vents, above the HVAC. Sounds like I'm not using enough force, or I'm not pulling the right place - I found that I can only pull on the hinge for the lock and that's very little leverage. At 130lbs, if only brute force will do, sounds like I need some help
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Old 12-12-2006, 12:43 AM   #7
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On MY02 you remove the two screws behind the cupholder and then pop the the tabs on that side out by pulling. The one on the drivers side bottom corner is a little sticky. I found just pulling and rotating the bezel up towards the windshield as a yanked did the trick
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Old 12-12-2006, 07:57 PM   #8
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Just curious if any of the GC owners find double-sided tape behind the center panel - I suspect during my collision repair they taped it down which is why it's extremely difficult for me to pull it out.
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Old 12-12-2006, 08:11 PM   #9
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I never found any kind of double sided tape when I did mine. And you are talking about the center dash storage pocket right? Mine just popped out with a little force, the a/c vent panel was a lot harder to pop out.
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Old 12-13-2006, 02:38 AM   #10
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Let me clear up my last post. The storage and the a/c vents are one piece unlike the separate gauge pod and a/c vent you just got. If you look on the sides of the a/c panel that came with the pod you'll see a large plastic tab. Those tabs along with the two screws you removed are holding in that factory piece . You have to pull from the a/c vents and around the latch area with some force, Just be sure you dont smack yourself in the face when you pull it out Hope this helped if you have'nt finished by now
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Old 12-13-2006, 03:14 PM   #11
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Haven't tried again as I'm working on different things on the car, just find that there are very little space my hands can grab hold of to pull. I wonder the collision shop also taped down the vent area.
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