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Old 03-20-2016, 12:27 PM   #1
steveintheburgh
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Glove Box Latch----use a Coupes?

Asssuming I dont care about electronic control of the lock---would the Coupe's Upper and Lower suffice?
Anyone try this?

Vert 5/2004
4 GLOVE BOX LOCK UPPER PART 1 Apr-00 51167020044 $102.53
5 GLOVE BOX LOCK LOWER PART 1 51168262566 $54.73
6 Glove box catch 1 Apr-00 51167061742 $17.90


COUPE 5/2004
4 GLOVE BOX LOCK UPPER PART SCHWARZ 1 51168163017 $14.52
5 GLOVE BOX LOCK LOWER PART SCHWARZ 1 51168163018 $13.87
6 Glove box catch 1 51168200678 $17.25
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Old 03-20-2016, 06:23 PM   #2
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Hey Steve,

Yes you can, I just did it today. I used the coupe version of the latch, you'll have to get the screws with it too, as they don't come with it. I just hung the power cable out the side of the back plate for now, but I'm going to hide it at some time in the future. I can post pics of the install if you want.
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Old 03-20-2016, 06:27 PM   #3
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Great news - and glad someone else shared the thought.
Why not just trim the wires?

Now I just need to get mine open so I can start!

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Old 03-20-2016, 06:28 PM   #4
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I thought about it, but in case I ever felt the need to go back and install the electronic lock I left them. I'll probably just wrap it electrical tape and tuck it behind the back plate.
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Old 03-20-2016, 06:30 PM   #5
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Oh...yeah. Smart move. I was thinking wires from the latch not the dash. (since mine is currently closed and locked I have no idea what I'm going to be looking at)

Well played!

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Old 03-20-2016, 07:12 PM   #6
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My suggestion (And I did this) is to *if you can* open the glovebox with the key. Remove the 2 screws for the latch and fix the wiring (solder them *if you need to*) make a tiny little hole on the white piece and put a screw in it so that when you want to open the latch the screw head basically replaces the gap of the worn plastic piece. It worked for me.

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