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I'll eventually need the space where the 4wd controls would be for something else, so I decided to tear the whole dash apart, (just to see how it all went together,and then I rewired the VDC off button over to the left side of the X, (just so I didn't tear the whole thing apart for nothing). Minor mod, but just having one button in that area was starting to irk me.


 

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I've considered doing the same... so tell us, what all did this entail... just splicing in some longer wires? Give us a how-to!
 

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I also found out that installing tweeters in the A-pillars will be very doable, and I took the gauges apart to see how they're made, and to see how they're lit up. behind the guages the plastic is whilte (not orange) and lit up by two to three very small (as small as a pencil lead) orange LED's per gauge. I'll probably do them in red or white, red won't be hard because I can put red transparent vinyl behind the guages and such, white or blue would be pretty damn hard because you'd have to solder on new LED's and white/blue LED's have a different forward voltage than red/orange do so you'd also have to overcome that. I may be able to mount some LED's in the space behind the guages but then the factory dimmer wouldn't work, I could go with a pulse width modulator but then this is getting more elaborate than I enjoy getting...
 

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How-to is really simple, you need about 4 different colored 18 gauge wires, 3 feet each, then pull off the radio surround and unplug the A/C controls. then you can get at the plug from behind, just lift up on the little tab release thing (you'll know when you see it) and push the button out of the socket. then unplug the button and pull the plug out a bit. cut the wires there (make sure you've disconnected the negative battery terminal before doing ANY of the previous steps) leaving yourself maybe 3 inches of wire with the plug. strip them back, extend them to the left side of the dash, run them under the dash and zip tie them in place, switch the empty button retainer for the new button and vwha-la, you're done!
 

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Nice simple mod that allows you to use that whole area for whatever you want!
 

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I like the relocating idea also. Might do that myself and have all the switch blanks next to the 4X4 knob be ready for lights, etc. I know how to remove the lower parts of the dash on the left and right, but could you photo docucment how you removed the section below the A/C controls to get to the VDC switch?

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yep, mine is a 2wd. buxwheat, you can do the whole thing and you only have to take off the radio surround, the panel under it is a hooker to remove. you can access the back of the switch easily if you take off the radio/ac/vents panel, and then remove the radio (just 4 screws). I tore the whole x apart, but you don't need to. a tiny screwdriver or a pick tool will come in very handy if you do this mod, all you need is a wire stripper, electrical tape, the 4 lengths of wire, a pick, and a #2 phillips head to remove the radio trim panel and radio. probably a 20 minute mod.
 

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Just realized my locker switch is next to VDC, so no point in moving it. But the clutch start bypass switch would be nice to have next to these two. So I might end up swapping some switch positions anyway.

I get you that the lower panel would be a bitch to drop, but one more time: How do you pull the radio surround panel off to get access? Sorry to ask how to do simple stuff, but until I saw pictures, I had now earthly idea how to get the glove boxes off and the lower dash panel off. When you see where to pop off trim panels to access screws, etc., it makes it easy for us guys that have never taken apart a dash before.

ThanX for the help.
 

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Just realized my locker switch is next to VDC, so no point in moving it. But the clutch start bypass switch would be nice to have next to these two. So I might end up swapping some switch positions anyway.

I get you that the lower panel would be a bitch to drop, but one more time: How do you pull the radio surround panel off to get access? Sorry to ask how to do simple stuff, but until I saw pictures, I had now earthly idea how to get the glove boxes off and the lower dash panel off. When you see where to pop off trim panels to access screws, etc., it makes it easy for us guys that have never taken apart a dash before.

ThanX for the help.
no prob bux, it's surprisingly easy. take the little rubber mat out of the tray above the cd player, then using a small flathead screwdriver (preferrably with electrical tape wrapped around the end to avoid scratches) and wedge it in to pop out the tray, then there's a phillips head screw under where the tray used to be, and all you have to do after that is pull the piece towards you, but don't pull on the cd player, it'll stay in place. if you do a search, MC posted a good how-to on it...
 

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I moved my VDC button and now my VDC light stays on. Also my AirBag light is flashing. I've disconnected my battery but no change.

HELP!!!

Also I can't remember, is the VDC button a momemtary switch? When you push it it doesn't stay in, right?
 

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Well I pulled the dash apart again. I ran continunity on my wires, all was good. I ran continunity on the VDC switch, strange thing it has no continunity on the 4 pins untill you push it in. Then you get continunity on only 2 pins. The other 2 pins never have continunity.

We drove the X and shortly the VDC light went out. The newly relocated VDC switch does work.The AirBag light is still blinking. I have to check but I don't think the AirBag light for the front pass seat lights up. This may be the problem. I'm pretty sure that it is pluged in but maybe the bulb fell out or burnt out. I have to do some digging tomorrow.

I moved the VDC Switch so I could mount 2 offroad light switches in the center. (pictures to come)
 

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Just realized my locker switch is next to VDC, so no point in moving it. But the clutch start bypass switch would be nice to have next to these two. So I might end up swapping some switch positions anyway.
Thats what I did. It put all the driving controls together, made the truck startable from the right side, and gave me two adjacent spots for extra lighting switches
 

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wow..that whole cluster has zero function since you moved the VDC switch. In my case, it wouldn't work well-still have the locker switch and since it's a 6 spd, my hand is always nearby.
 
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