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Not a "How To" yet. I was poking around in the X last night and can get the dash piece off that goes around the air and radio, but could not figure out how to get the lower section off that goes around the 4x4 switch and other buttons (VDC, Locker, etc.). Anyone?
 

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Lyrex said:
could not figure out how to get the lower section off that goes around the 4x4 switch and other buttons (VDC, Locker, etc.).
According to the service manual that is "Cluster Lid D".
"Cluster Lid C" is the part above, that 'goes around the air and radio'.

Here's what it says for removal of Cluster Lid D:
1. Remove center console.
2. Remove lower instrument panel LH. Refer to IP-12, "LOWER INSTRUMENT PANEL LH" .
3. Remove lower instrument panel RH. Refer to IP-14, "LOWER INSTRUMENT PANEL RH AND LOWER GLOVE BOX" .
4. Remove cluster lid C. Refer to IP-11, "CLUSTER LID C" .
5. Disconnect the cluster lid C connectors.
6. Remove cluster lid D screws.
7. Disconnect cluster lid D connectors and remove cluster lid D.
 

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Of course! :banghead: "Cluser Lid D"!!!!

Thanks for the assist. I will make this into a how-to with lots of pretty pictures when I get back in there. Surely someone is going to need to take this thing out at some point.
 

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I had to take that piece off when I was mounting my XM Roady. I dropped a screw that holds the radio in down into the dash area behind the 4X4 switch panel. I'm already starting to get little rattles here and there. I'll be damned if I am gonna create my own too. It was a a while ago, but if I remember correctly, the center console around the shifter had to come out. There were two screws holding the bottom edge of the 4X4 knob, VDC, etc panel in place. They were hidden by the front edge of the center console. I ended up removing the armrest and all the trim pieces around the shifter and cup holders to get to it. I'm not sure if all of that was necessary, but it wasn't that difficult. You get started by pulling straight up on the cup holder top piece. There are a few screws in there hold things down. There are also two screws (one on each side) of the bottom rear of the armrest. You have to slide the front seats slightly forward, and then you can access the screw heads from the back seat footwell area. I believe there were also two screws (one on each side) at the front of the center console piece. They were at the bottom of the dash on the sides of the tranny hump. I basically would remove a screw, and then give the whole thing a gentle tug. When it hung up in one place, I would look around there til I found the screw or trim clip. Not very scientific, but it worked.
 

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Funny I dropped a screw that holds the radio down there too. I started to
disassemble things to get that lower panel off. Unless I saw wrong, I
think a whole mess of panels needed to come off to get that lower panel off-
like part of the glove box area and the driver's area. So I figured forget it.
 

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i typically just start unscrewing things until i find the right screws, lol....no, seriously, when i took the lower part of my dash apart a few weeks ago, i had the glove box, center dash, the piece under the steering wheel off before i found all the screws!
 

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I actually removed and replaced that part last weekend. The person who installed my aftermarket stereo at Circuit City scratched the shit out of that piece, so I bought the replacement piece for $70 bucks, and replaced it myself. I could have just left it alone and lived with the scratch, but everytime I looked at the scratch it reminded me of that know it all mutant installer from Circuit City.

Anyhow, to replace it youll need to loosen up/remove the entire center console. Just grap the plastic pieces that surround the shifter, and the cup holder, and pull them apart along the seams, they unsnap and snap together pretty easily. Theres also screws in there youll see holding down the main part of the center console, unscrew them as well, and then youll need to slide the whole piece out over the handbreak. Dont worry it will slide back on afterward no problem. At this point you can see those screws you need to get after to remove the piece. Youll need to unplug everything behind the AC contols, VDC button, the ac adapters are a bit of a bitch, be careful. Then remove that center controls piece, and screw it onto the new surround piece. Before you plug it all in again and screw it all back in place, do yourself a favor and masking tape that replacement piece up so when you install that upper stero surround piece, it wont scratch up your new part.

If I could do it, anyone can do it. Just take your time, it all goes back together alot easier than it came apart. Also, youll need to remove a few screws to the left and right of the part, toward the steering wheel and towards the glove box, its all pretty much common sense.

Hope this helps.
Anyhow, after
 

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Almost forgot, after the install youll need to do the "airbag light turnoff" in the how to section, it worked like a charm.
 

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aldo said:
I actually removed and replaced that part last weekend. The person who installed my aftermarket stereo at Circuit City scratched the shit out of that piece, so I bought the replacement piece for $70 bucks, and replaced it myself. I could have just left it alone and lived with the scratch, but everytime I looked at the scratch it reminded me of that know it all mutant installer from Circuit City.
I'm a Circuit City installer.... :drunken:

did you come back to complain? you could have filed a damaged claim and gotten reimbursed for the new dash piece.

what kind of cd player did you get btw?
 

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The guy who installed the Eclipse CD4000 HU was an idiot. I also had 4 speakers installed there prior to the HU, installed by a different guy, and he did a nice job. I was thinking about going back and complaining, but for $70 it aint worth the aggravation.

Question for you: I have 8 guage amp wire in there, with 4 polk speakers a 10" enclosed JL Audio Sub and the Eclipse CD4000 HU. I currently have a pretty small 4 channel amp, 240 watts total. Whats the biggest 4/5 channel amp I can put in there with the 8 guage amp wire, and any recomendations on a new amp?

Thanks!
 

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The guy who installed the Eclipse CD4000 HU was an idiot. I also had 4 speakers installed there prior to the HU, installed by a different guy, and he did a nice job. I was thinking about going back and complaining, but for $70 it aint worth the aggravation.

Question for you: I have 8 guage amp wire in there, with 4 polk speakers a 10" enclosed JL Audio Sub and the Eclipse CD4000 HU. I currently have a pretty small 4 channel amp, 240 watts total. Whats the biggest 4/5 channel amp I can put in there with the 8 guage amp wire, and any recomendations on a new amp?

Thanks!
yeah, no matter where you go....circuit city, best buy, or a full blown independent car stereo shop, you'll see awesome installers and installers who you'll be amazed that can even dress themselves....

my best suggestion for anyone who wants to take their car to get stereo work done is to ask around and get feedback.

anyways, the biggest amp you can swap while using the 8 gauge wire depends on how long your wires are (longer wires carry more resistance).
here's a chart you should look at.


if your amp is mounted in the back, i'm gonna guess your power wire length would be somewhere around 14'-ish. that would safely put you in the 50-65 ampere range. it's hard to suggest a specific watt rated amp since different manufactures under/over-rate their wattage. it's best to look at the fuse rating of the amps.

as for recommendations, look around the internet for a Phoenix Gold R5.0:4

Phoenix Gold was bought out by another company recently if i remember correctly, so their older stuff is selling for dirt cheap. i've seen that particular amp sell for as low as $100 shipped. i suggest staying away from the new Phoenix Gold amps though.

if you got any other questions, fire away
 

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oh yeah, by the way....if this happened recently, you should at least bring the damage to their attention. i know you said $70 would not be worth the aggravation but depending on the manager, a simple mention of the damage would be enough for them to help you out someway.....it could be a future discount, reimbursement, or whatever.

circuit city as a company isn't doing too great so i'm sure they don't want to lose customers.....but then again, there are a lot of ******* managers out there...
 

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Circut city has a No Guns sign here, we have a policy in Ohio, No guns no money. Ahhhh a place like V Tech has same policy, No Guns = crime zone. Only criminals with guns on premises and parking lot. No thanks Best buy! MC http://www.ohioccw.org/
 

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sorry to bring this thread back to life, but i wanted to know? my X model only has the VDC button there next to the 4x4 circular switch.

so i have 3 other blank buttons next to the VDC button. what buttons are those??

reason i ask is i want to go to the dealer and see if i can take out one of those dummy plugs and plug in whatever other factory button goes there and i plan on wiring (hardwire) my radar detector so i can turn it ON and OFF from one of those buttons??? which one can i use as a single pole action - simple ON/OFF connection? I dont care about it being lighted, since its not really gonna light up and display what truely is written on the switch i use?

does anyone have pics of what those other switches are? maybe i can touch up paint over whatever logo is written on it?

Thanks,
- J
 

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oh, and by the way, reason i want to hardwire my radar with an ON/OFF switch is because when i drive the X - i use the radar! my wife doesnt. she hates the beeping...but she drives slow anyways, so she doesnt need it at all anyway.

THESE BUTTONS! oh, this is not my X...i found this pic online...




-J
 

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just wondering if anybody has ended up making a dummy-proof how-to on this yet with pics. i have a tendency of breaking things when trying to remove panels.
 

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just wondering if anybody has ended up making a dummy-proof how-to on this yet with pics. i have a tendency of breaking things when trying to remove panels.
There isn't a how to yet that I have seen yet, but if you have any questions feel free to PM me and I can walk you through the whole thing very easily with no broken panels in the end as long as you just follow some directions.
 

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Of course! :banghead: "Cluser Lid D"!!!!

Thanks for the assist. I will make this into a how-to with lots of pretty pictures when I get back in there. Surely someone is going to need to take this thing out at some point.
That would be awesome. I soon have to get to my stereo for an amp install and to wire up rocker switches for roof lights.

edit: I see now this is an old thread. I guess this isn't going to happen.
 
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