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Old March 1st, 2015, 09:10 AM
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Install question: Safari HP aluminium dash cowl

I am looking forward to installing Safari HP's aluminium dash cowl as I'm tired watching my cracked OEM plastic cowl bounce all my instruments around on dirt roads....
To prep for install, is there anything I should know prior, from those who have done this? What, if anything, do I have to disconnect? Any pics? Any hints?
I searched around and found some posts mentioning, but didn't find anything that solid, so I wanted to ask.
Thanks for the help
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Old March 1st, 2015, 09:16 AM
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Here is another pic (borrowed from other posts)
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Old March 1st, 2015, 09:46 AM
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Really easy to fit, I did put some double sided foam tape on the back side before bolting it down. Just thinking it would help do away with any vibrations

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That pic was from my install, years ago. It was super easy and we'll worth it. I found a stubby Phillips helpful. All very straight forward.
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Old March 1st, 2015, 10:43 AM
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Nice. I'm waiting for them to get more of them in stock. I ordered the Raptor one but I may hold out for the aluminum ones to be available
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The Safari HP cowel is the bees knees. Excellent fit.
Pick up some packs of ne self tapping screws, countersunk and the washer type to complement your install.
I had to replace the instrument bezel as the bottom tabs were cracked, Safari also supplied this. This meand that I had to disconnect the speedo. Try as I might I could not get it to come appart by pressing in the little white finger tabs, In the end one brioke and them it came apart. Reinstalled with a few wraps of insulationg tape and a small hose clamp. No problems since.
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I have some pics of mine bolted in on the bulkhead thread. One thing I had to do was go back and drill a hole for the vent screw (they are in red circles on your 2nd picture). I wasn't sure why mine didn't have them drilled already? Mine might have been a 1st gen run of them (it's been sitting on my shelf for years).
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The one I installed a year a go had the holes ready. One thing that is helpful is to get a new rtc3748. That's the plastic nut insert that the side trim/heater control fastens down with. Most likely the old one will break if you remove it.
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Thanks all helpful hints. How far out can I pull the instrument bezel with out disconnecting speedo, etc. I just need a little more room to play with in order to remove old, and install new, cowl and want to avoid disconnecting anything (in fear of breaking old brittle plastic parts).

Thank God the instrument bezel tabs aren't broken... Now that it is accessible, on the bezel tabs, I may epoxy in an aluminium back plate to reinforce it and make the tabs stronger (something I have done to fix John Deere plastic parts and it works well).

corduroy dirt roads can be just brutal on the older brittle plastic parts.
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My memory is a little vague as I helped my old man install one on his 94, years ago. All we did was undo the top dash, steering wheel off. We didnt disconnect any of the electrics or gauges on the panel.
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Just to replace the cowel you do not need to disconnect anything from the instrument bezel or remove the steering wheel. The bezel will pull towards you a couple of inches which is enough to remove the old cowel (after removing the horizontal bar underneath) and insert the new one.
Just free everything off and it will be apparent.
However, if you notice any suprises behind, like ratty wiring or such, access is much easier with the bezel off.
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Just to circle back on this - I took step by step pics of this install for the group because I realised they don't exist (or I couldn't find them). I am thinking I should post them under "smaller projects" or I could post them to this thread or both
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Just to circle back on this - I took step by step pics of this install for the group because I realised they don't exist (or I couldn't find them). I am thinking I should post them under "smaller projects" or I could post them to this thread or both
smaller projects would be best
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I posted the install pics under "smaller projects"

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...-hp-60747.html
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This is awesome. Thanks for posting!!
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