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Does anyone know how to remove the dash? I want to install an after market radio, but I have no idea where to begin. Pics would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. I have a 2007 commander, w/factory radio.
 

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Originally posted by A49erFootballFan:

There are 16 bolts in the dash, you only need to remove the ones marked as an X

OX XO OX XO
XO XX XX OX

You will see how the four sections of bolts are when you look at the dash.
 

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In this picture you can see which screws do not need to be removed.

 

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Thanks! I finally got my new radio in.

pics...you can't tease us all and tell us you put your new radio in and not post pics....:bash:
 

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Know its an old thread, but how do you pull off all the bezel around your heat controls to access the cigarette lighter.
 

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Know its an old thread, but how do you pull off all the bezel around your heat controls to access the cigarette lighter.
You have to take the dash off, then take out the rubber cupholders, then take the surrounding trim off from around the shifter assembly. This might be the hardest part cause it feels really fragile. You really need to get a big screwdriver or something wide and flat and strong and pry up from the cupholder side first. Then simply pull the top of bezel away then the bottom part which is a tad harder. Kind of a pain in the butt but once you've done it once it's not too bad.
 

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You have to take the dash off, then take out the rubber cupholders, then take the surrounding trim off from around the shifter assembly. This might be the hardest part cause it feels really fragile. You really need to get a big screwdriver or something wide and flat and strong and pry up from the cupholder side first. Then simply pull the top of bezel away then the bottom part which is a tad harder. Kind of a pain in the butt but once you've done it once it's not too bad.
I'm not sure on 08+ models, but for 06/07 models it's fairly easy. The rubber cupholder can actually stay put. The chrome trim ring around the shifter comes off first. Its held in by 4 vertical tabs, one on each side; gently pry up each edge a little at a time using just your fingers/fingernails. Then the shifter bezel (diamond plate or wood) will easily pop up. Use a small flathead or similar (I can do it with a quarter, library card, etc) to lever either the driver or passenger edge up first, then the opposite side. Once the dash and shifter bezel have been removed the climate control bezel can be pulled straight out.
 

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I like video's ( some say I can't read ?). So here is a link that shows how to easily remove the middle dash cover and controls by itself. Helps when not needing to remove the entire dash. Its for installation of an aftermarket electronic device some members have, but the video may help with many other projects in this area of the vehicle.
Center dash removal

 

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Hey, USMC, I like the link for the video. Did you by chance shoot it?
Are there any other vids out there?

Maybe we could get them grouped somehow, even if they are link to
other websites.
 

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Hey, USMC, I like the link for the video. Did you by chance shoot it?
I wish, I'm not near that talented !! Its from Coastal Electronic Technologies website, to help show how to install one of their products.

A common "How to Video" link might be a good idea, even to other sites like this or YouTube as you mention.
 

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I have a question. I how like to install a jensen vm9314 in my 07 commander. Just the basic radio in it. The website says it won't because it flips open. Is this true?
 

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As long as it come forward it should work.
 

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I like video's ( some say I can't read ?). So here is a link that shows how to easily remove the middle dash cover and controls by itself. Helps when not needing to remove the entire dash. Its for installation of an aftermarket electronic device some members have, but the video may help with many other projects in this area of the vehicle.
Center dash removal



This video saved me a lot of time and effort today!

Thanks for posting it.
 

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