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Old 05-08-2003, 11:01 PM   #1
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Interior trim? Is it a DIY?

Just wondering how difficult it is to swap out the interior trim of a coupe (armrests and all)... I want to put in some CF sometime in the future.
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Old 05-09-2003, 05:30 PM   #2
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Old 05-09-2003, 06:50 PM   #3
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I did it, that should give you an indication that anyone with even the most miniscule DIY skills should be able to do it, b/c I did.
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Old 05-09-2003, 06:52 PM   #4
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Did u edit your post? B/c when I read it...that's not what it said...or is it? I don't know about the coupe, I've never done the coupe...I heard the armrests were a little tricky.
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Old 05-09-2003, 07:07 PM   #5
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oh man, that looks like a pain in the ass...

thanks for the replies! (and no, I did not edit my post)
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Old 05-09-2003, 08:11 PM   #6
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it isn't as bad as it sounds, everything happens pretty easily. If you want help you can come up to NY and I'll help you out, I just did my trim
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Old 05-10-2003, 08:38 AM   #7
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anyone have any suggestions for removing the circular screw cap behind the metal door handle?
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Old 05-12-2003, 11:39 PM   #8
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I just finished doing this today. It's really not that hard, the front is a breeze, and the back is easy except for trying to put the panel back on. To pop out the circular cap, i used one of those eyeglass screwdrivers.
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i did mine myself and saved 300 for the install that the STEALER quoted me
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Old 05-14-2003, 09:15 AM   #10
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I got my new matt aluminum whatever you wanna call it trim today. I'm clear on how to remove my myrtle wood door and dash pieces, it's the center/lightswitch/shift piece that I'm having issues with. The DIY is for stick and advices 'popping out the boot'. I have auto...can't figure out how to get to the screws......ideas?
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Old 05-15-2003, 06:09 AM   #11
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I got my new matt aluminum whatever you wanna call it trim today. I'm clear on how to remove my myrtle wood door and dash pieces, it's the center/lightswitch/shift piece that I'm having issues with. The DIY is for stick and advices 'popping out the boot'. I have auto...can't figure out how to get to the screws......ideas?
klangford, its very simple. the shift knob pulls straight out and as for the trim that goes over the window buttons, you have to get a nice grip on the leather part and pull the the right and the unit with the P R N D will come out. that piece clips in and under that piece you will find the 4 screws the remove that trim. i hope that was understandable in some sense

EDIT: that pic was taken from one of TimeFor's posts and circled part completely comes out. so grab a hold of the leather and pull to the right and up and you should have that part pop out.
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