Acura mini-itx project reborn

Published by Andrew Hreschak in Acura ITX Car Computer, general information, installation overview
Published on 11/18/05 @ 10:36:00 am using 3279 words, and has 58711 views

Removing the knee panels/kick panels

Removing the knee panelsRemoving the knee panels: Passenger's side - easy. Driver's side - not so much. (photo #12)

The next stage covers removing the plastic knee panels that sit to the inside of either seat, running from just behind the shifter and up to the dashboard. The passenger side is pretty easy, as we'll see in a moment. The driver's side, however, requires the convoluted approach, as we'll also see in a moment. Start with the two screws as shown in the photo above (photo #12). And, oh yeah, store them in a safe place, preferably labelled accurately so that you don't end up with spare parts once you're done.

Removing the knee panelsRemoving the knee panels: Passenger's side - easy. Driver's side - not so much. (photo #13)

Next, remove the two screws that sit along the bottom corners of the stock headunit. These screws are different than the others we've seen up to this point. Once you've removed the two screws as shown in the photo above, (photo #13), you're almost ready to remove the passenger's side knee panel. I'm not going to mention that you should keep accurate track of them because you should know by this point.

Removing the knee panelsRemoving the knee panels: Passenger's side - easy. Driver's side - not so much. (photo #14)

There are two remaining screws on the side that still need to be removed before we can pull away the knee panel on that side. Those two screws are illustrated here (photo #14). Once they are removed, the knee panel can be separated from the console area and pulled away. I started toward the rear and first separated the pressure clip that sits approximately where 5th gear is on the shifter. It separated with a good solid popping sound.

Removing the knee panelsRemoving the knee panels: Passenger's side - easy. Driver's side - not so much. (photo #16)

After that, the knee panel can be pulled to the side, and firmly tugged away from the dashboard. There are 2 remaining pressure clips that secure it to the dashboard in the front (photo #16). They don't give up their hold very easily, but they will release. Just be careful that you're not pulling back so hard that they suddenly give way and you end up cutting into the seat from the sudden backwards motion.

Removing the knee panelsRemoving the knee panels: First view of the dashboard's guts. (photo #17)

With that we have our first good view of the inside of the dashboard area from the passenger's side (photo #17). Some points of interest here are the power block connector for the passenger's side seat heater, and the wiring that powers the flip-down power port. We also have our first good view of the side of the stock headunit. A quick tape measurement confirms that it is indeed a 2-DIN format, being approx 100mm in height (2x50mm). The tape player unit is a separate entity from the CD changer. Additionally, the width from the front is approx 8" at the narrowest. This confirms that a retractable screen can in fact be mounted inside, along with an aftermarket headunit, making this exploration well worth the time. We now know a good deal about the room with which we have to work.

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