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Old 04-08-2014, 07:15 AM   #1
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Coupe interior trim disassembly

Hi Guys,

Need to know how to exactly disassemble the door interior trim into 2 parts, i know this is possible i remember seeing a thread years ago. Can't find it using the Search.

I'm talking about taking these 2 parts apart.


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Old 04-09-2014, 11:16 PM   #2
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Major PITA.

After you get the armrest pads off.

First you will see where they are melted together slightly front and rear. The little plastic welds are usually easy to cut.

Now the tabs. There is a vertical piece behind the inside locking clips, it kind of wedges the tabs into place. You can use a long screw driver to bend them back.

I start at the front and separate the open side first.

You will need a lot of force to pull them apart, there is no easy way, they where not designed to be serviced. Sometimes the frame for the top will separate of crack and break, it can be fixed with contact cement or a hot glue gun.

Don't put too much stress on the front, you could break the front.

Lately I found it easier to get a good wrap job by separating the top veneer from its frame, trimming then gluing it back together. It ensures you get a solid wrap around.

Its not easy, but worth it
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