Upper dash cover removal:

Now we are comming to the tricky part: removing the upper dash cover. I have this feeling I removed way more then I had to. You can probably leave all the wiring, the speakers, the airducts and the lockpin panel of the glove box, under the dash cover if you undo the right connectors. This will save you some time and make it a lot easier putting everything back in it's place. Since I removed it all I will document it that way, but I strongly advice to cut corners where you can while removing stuff.

To remove the leftovers from the passengerside glove box first remove the screw holding the upper cover:

Pull it out and remove the wiring to the light.

The wooden panel is fit to the dash with a 9mm plastic nut. If you lie on your back under the dash you can just see it.

When the nut is undone slide the panel out.

To remove the glovebox panel with the lock pin remove the four screws in the picture below. The ones marked in red are directly for the panel, the one marked in green one is for an extra bracket behind the dash which you might aswell remove now.

Remove the electrical connector for the glovebox light switch.

Now that the left side is almost compleatly stripped we'll move over to the drivers side.

To remove the steering wheel pry out the bmw logo (no airbags here...), undo the 22 nut uncoverd and with the key in the ignition pull off the steering wheel.

Pry the speaker cover off on both the left and right side of the dash...

...and undo the screws and wiring

The instrument cluster can be removed by undoing the two screws in the top and removing all plugs in the back of the cluster. Best put a rag over the steering column otherwise you'll scratch the plastic...trust me I know :(

Push out the two light switches and undo their connectors. The instrument cluster dimmer can stay in the dash cover so hust remove it's connector.

You can now remove the little piece of woodtrim between the steering column and the radio. The best way to get to the #9 plastic nut is through the hole the instrument cluster used to be.

I assume you all know how to remove your radio. To remove the OBC pull the lever on the side of the frame and it will come flying out.

If you have a fader switch push it out from the back.

Now we can take out the OBC/radio frame by undoing the three screws shown and by cutting the tiewrap to the OBC connector.

Now the dash cover is clear. Remove the black inlay panel that covers the upper screws of the dashboard cover,

undo the 3 screws that are connected to the white brackets

and undo the airduct screws to give them a little flexability.

Remove the center air grill. Remove the DWA led connector. And remove the 3 screws on the center airduct.

Now remove the connector to the center vents:

Undo the screws on the underside of the dash cover

Undo the four 10mm bolts under the dash. There are 2 on each side.

After cutting all tiewraps holding the wiring to the cover Get someone to help you remove the cover from the car and keep it in a safe place as you're probably not putting it back today :)

Update - The easy way: I had this idea I did way to much work the last time when I removed the dash cover. As I have no other hobbies I removed the dashboard cover again. This time the upper part was off in some 20 minutes. I removed all the connectors under the driverside glovebox, the steering wheel, the instrument cluster, the IHKA wiring loom, the park ventilation wiring to the IHKA control panel and the speaker wiring to the speakers behind the kick panels. Then I took off the entire center cover (with two people) with the wiringloom, OBC, speakers, air channels, radio and everything still in it. You will have to free the wiring loom to the hazardwarning lights and the auto transmission.

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Story by Johan735

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