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  • #46
    Thanks darkroom. Very helpful videos/info.
    GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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    • #47
      Finished. Those interior panels were SOBs to get off. Two surprises. One was when I turned the car on to check the rearview camera before pushing the housing back on, and buttoning up the interior panels. The car turned it self off after some time, and the seat went into its' default mode, which for me is all the way back. Luckily I caught it, and it didn't do any damage to the not reinstalled yet interior panels. The other is with the side trim panel off don't close the door. It will mar the panel. At least that's where I think the marring came from on mine. I massaged it out so it's only visible to me, because I know it's there.

      Big thanks to Ugolino for all his help!

      Was it worth it? It was, but it was more work than I was expecting, mostly because of the difficulty in pulling off the old harness retaining clips (the one on the inside panel just before the connectors was a real bear) and the two interior panels. But, now that I know that I can just abuse them until they come off with no consequences (that I can see) it would likely be easier a second time. Not that I plan on doing this a second time mind you.

      Next, lighted sill plates...

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      • #48
        Originally posted by darkroom View Post
        Finished. Those interior panels were SOBs to get off. Two surprises. One was when I turned the car on to check the rearview camera before pushing the housing back on, and buttoning up the interior panels. The car turned it self off after some time, and the seat went into its' default mode, which for me is all the way back. Luckily I caught it, and it didn't do any damage to the not reinstalled yet interior panels. The other is with the side trim panel off don't close the door. It will mar the panel. At least that's where I think the marring came from on mine. I massaged it out so it's only visible to me, because I know it's there.

        Big thanks to Ugolino for all his help!

        Was it worth it? It was, but it was more work than I was expecting, mostly because of the difficulty in pulling off the old harness retaining clips (the one on the inside panel just before the connectors was a real bear) and the two interior panels. But, now that I know that I can just abuse them until they come off with no consequences (that I can see) it would likely be easier a second time. Not that I plan on doing this a second time mind you.

        Next, lighted sill plates...

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        Looks great Darkroom, I like it!

        I have saved this thread for future use.

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        • #49
          Originally posted by darkroom View Post
          Finished. Those interior panels were SOBs to get off. Two surprises. One was when I turned the car on to check the rearview camera before pushing the housing back on, and buttoning up the interior panels. The car turned it self off after some time, and the seat went into its' default mode, which for me is all the way back. Luckily I caught it, and it didn't do any damage to the not reinstalled yet interior panels. The other is with the side trim panel off don't close the door. It will mar the panel. At least that's where I think the marring came from on mine. I massaged it out so it's only visible to me, because I know it's there.

          Big thanks to Ugolino for all his help!

          Was it worth it? It was, but it was more work than I was expecting, mostly because of the difficulty in pulling off the old harness retaining clips (the one on the inside panel just before the connectors was a real bear) and the two interior panels. But, now that I know that I can just abuse them until they come off with no consequences (that I can see) it would likely be easier a second time. Not that I plan on doing this a second time mind you.

          Next, lighted sill plates...

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          Good job, looks great. I think I broke my finger removing one of those interior panels, they are extremely robust. Hard to remove, even harder to get back into place, but the end result IMHO is worth it.

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          • #50
            Great to see some additional install experiences. After hearing about your struggles with those interior panels I think I'm going to get an install quote from my local service department.

            Is 2-3 hours a good estimate for labor?

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            • #51
              Hi jackfrostpdx,

              I have no idea how many hours they may charge you to do this. My dealer charged me for 3+ hours to install the front radiator protector grills before I drove the car off the lot. I thought it was at best a one hour job. This dealer charged me MSRP for the car, and there were no surprises (no extra fees or anything), so I wasn't going to argue.

              Now that I have done it, I believe I could do this lighting update in around 2 hours.

              I was more nervous about damaging a brand new car, so I was overly cautious. It's the first mark that is the hardest. If it was one of our other cars, I would have just dove right in. I hear that adding the two extra quarts of fluid to the DCT is a bigger project than it should be. I've had quite a few mid-engined cars before, though they were older variants, which weren't as electronic. And most everything was more difficult than on a front engine car. Especially cam belts and water pumps! I guess I am glad the clips are really strong, unlike my old Alfa, where the door panels just fall off when you close the door. And you just push them back on...and carry on with your day.

              Check out the two videos I posted links for. Both of those guys just have at it, and it seems to work out fine for them. I just have never encountered clips that difficult, but the panels seem to be able to take the "abuse", providing you pull at the right places. I haven't really checked that everything is back in place %100 as original yet, since there is still a foot of snow on the ground here, and the car is in the garage. Supposed to hit 40 something later in the week. I may back it out just to give the engine a run and to check out how I did, plus install the illuminated door sill plates. Then put it back to sleep for at least another month...

              Austin

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              • #52
                Here are some pictures of those two interior panels after I got them released, and of the side trim panel showing the location of the connectors behind that panel where you plug the new cable into. I left them high resolution so they can be zoomed in if needed. Plus a picture that isn't as detailed, and is a bit fuzzy, of the whole area.


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