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Has anyone successfully removed the Centre console panel?

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The fourth picture of Matt was for me a "wow" moment. I already tried to remove the "climate control panel" in the past by removing the visible screws of the panel, to no avail. Because I wanted to use the "empty button" position (I don't have seat warming) to place a wired USB charging point for my phone.

Therefore I went immediately to my car to see if I could remove it now. I didn't remove it completely because I only had access to two upper screws of the four screws, but anyway here my findings.

"First remove the upper console decorative strip" it says. To remove this strip, you should first unclip the two small decorative strip pieces left and right of the dashboard. In my Left Hand Drive car, the left part is longer than the right part.
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Then remove the two screws of the "upper console decorative strip", one left, one right, with a TX20 screwdriver:
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Next unclip the "upper console decorative strip":
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Then, two of the four TX20 screws of the "climate control board" become visible, and I removed them (see the red dots on the Ineos screenshot of Matt).
I did not continue, but is is clear that this is the way to remove the panel: When I also remove the lower screws, the board will flip out I guess.
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So, when you unscrewed the vertical control panel, were you able to pull it forward? I'm thinking not, since no pics of that. I need confirmation that there is a big PCB back there, making those two corner areas unavailable to custom installs.
 

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So, when you unscrewed the vertical control panel, were you able to pull it forward? I'm thinking not, since no pics of that. I need confirmation that there is a big PCB back there, making those two corner areas unavailable to custom installs.
No, because I should have dismounted some lower trims, and unscrew two other bolts in the bottom. Didn't do it yet. Some day ... not urgent.
 

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Yes Jean ( same make use of empty panels) was intending to place my UHF microphone mount there with a round rj45 socket mounted next to volume control. Looks like it's not as they say easy to work on.

Like mounting the UHF antenna through flat fender panel (20mm hole) then cable through firewall. However first need to cut out high density form in thar space from inside engine bay.). Then to drill a 24mm hole next vol control to insert rj45 socket round mount. ( can then insert microphone curly chord end - rj45 plug into socket). Be a next job. Remove mike when not required. Geoff
 

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Yes Jean ( same make use of empty panels) was intending to place my UHF microphone mount there with a round rj45 socket mounted next to volume control. Looks like it's not as they say easy to work on.

Like mounting the UHF antenna through flat fender panel (20mm hole) then cable through firewall. However first need to cut out high density form in thar space from inside engine bay.). Then to drill a 24mm hole next vol control to insert rj45 socket round mount. ( can then insert microphone curly chord end - rj45 plug into socket). Be a next job. Remove mike when not required. Geoff
FWIW: Depending where through the fender panel you wish to drill, closer to the front there's space for said hole, well clear of the high density foam..see photo20240208_130813.jpg
 

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No, because I should have dismounted some lower trims, and unscrew two other bolts in the bottom. Didn't do it yet. Some day ... not urgent.
Jean. May I kindly ask you for some advise. Do you know how to dismantle the grey dashboard section underneath the steering wheel (not the black steering column). I’ve dismantled the lower section (2 screws). Don’t know how to dismantle the mid section and the grey dashboard end caps. I have an annoying loose screw rolling around. My dealer surprisingly can’t find anything without dismantling so I thought I would give it a try. Many thanks.
 

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Jean. May I kindly ask you for some advise. Do you know how to dismantle the grey dashboard section underneath the steering wheel (not the black steering column). I’ve dismantled the lower section (2 screws). Don’t know how to dismantle the mid section and the grey dashboard end caps. I have an annoying loose screw rolling around. My dealer surprisingly can’t find anything without dismantling so I thought I would give it a try. Many thanks.
This piece? That pops out and there is an additional screen for the lower section. How did you take the lower section off without taking the side off?


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Jean. May I kindly ask you for some advise. Do you know how to dismantle the grey dashboard section underneath the steering wheel (not the black steering column). I’ve dismantled the lower section (2 screws). Don’t know how to dismantle the mid section and the grey dashboard end caps. I have an annoying loose screw rolling around. My dealer surprisingly can’t find anything without dismantling so I thought I would give it a try. Many thanks.
If you mean the panel from the first picture in this thread:
then there are at least two screws, and the rest are clips.

I don't remember if you need to remove another one before this one to be able to take it out.

[EDITED] See also the picture of @FlyersFan76, this makes it clear that you indeed have to remove that side panel too!
The higher up panel was already dismounted by other people, and documented. I didn't till now.
 
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So, when you unscrewed the vertical control panel, were you able to pull it forward? I'm thinking not, since no pics of that. I need confirmation that there is a big PCB back there, making those two corner areas unavailable to custom installs.
The photos I posted on Jan 5 show details of the large PCB that occupies the entire space behind the centre climate/control panel. Sure, you can drill a hole in the fascia of that panel, but there is no way to drill a hole through the PCB (that I could see) in any of the unused spaces on the control panel that wouldn’t damage or potentially destroy the PCB in doing so.
 

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The photos I posted on Jan 5 show details of the large PCB that occupies the entire space behind the centre climate/control panel. Sure, you can drill a hole in the fascia of that panel, but there is no way to drill a hole through the PCB (that I could see) in any of the unused spaces on the control panel that wouldn’t damage or potentially destroy the PCB in doing so.
Well, that is a quite interesting picture and will save me time, by avoiding to dismount it myself.
Thanks a lot for that!

[EDITED] I didn't notice these pictures on January 5!
 
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If you mean the panel from the first picture in this thread:
then there are at least two screws, and the rest are clips.

I don't remember if you need to remove another one before this one to be able to take it out.

[EDITED] See also the picture of @FlyersFan76, this makes it clear that you indeed have to remove that side panel too!
The higher up panel was already dismounted by other people, and documented. I didn't till now.
Thank you. Great information as usual.
 

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So, because I wanted to mount my TowPro elite controller knob in the empty top right-hand space of the centre console panel, (and my GME UHF microphone port in the top left), I finally managed to remove the centre console panel today (after I received some very helpful information from my local dealership). The dealership sent me several pages from their workshop manual which gave me step-by-step instructions on how to remove and reinstall it. It was quite a big job. Alas, the behind the plastic facade of the centre console, there is a large printed circuit board occupying the entire space, with no ability to insert any accessory without damaging (destroying) the PCB. Hence, I have now located the TowPro controller knob in between the two gear levers. This required a little bit of dremel-action to create a small cavity for the controller to fit into. It’s not my preferred position, but it is very easy to get to and looks fairly neat too.
@MattG - Did you decide where to mount the RJ45 (microphone port)? I too wanted to stick it in the dash but the pcb has ruled that out. Thank you for the photos and saving me all that time.
It's unlikely I'll ever tow anything so where you located the TwoPro controller knob looks like a good place for the RJ45 connector. I'm just left wondering if the microphone cable might get in the way.
Has anyone else installed a RJ45 socket? If so, where?
 

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@MattG - Did you decide where to mount the RJ45 (microphone port)? I too wanted to stick it in the dash but the pcb has ruled that out. Thank you for the photos and saving me all that time.
It's unlikely I'll ever tow anything so where you located the TwoPro controller knob looks like a good place for the RJ45 connector. I'm just left wondering if the microphone cable might get in the way.
Has anyone else installed a RJ45 socket? If so, where?

@MattG - Did you decide where to mount the RJ45 (microphone port)? I too wanted to stick it in the dash but the pcb has ruled that out. Thank you for the photos and saving me all that time.
It's unlikely I'll ever tow anything so where you located the TwoPro controller knob looks like a good place for the RJ45 connector. I'm just left wondering if the microphone cable might get in the way.
Has anyone else installed a RJ45 socket? If so, where?
The post is on here somewhere. Ninetubes has a short YouTube video on how to pull apart the passenger side dash area. You'll have to zoom in the photo but the rj45 plug is tucked away beside the jesus handle pointed at the floor. Nice and out of the way. I still haven't mounted the microphone hanging point. It's mostly disconnected and left in glove box. I want to put a usb c/a on the other side closer to the door in similar position.
This is where I got the idea

Post in thread 'Relocate usb c from storage box' https://www.theineosforum.com/threads/relocate-usb-c-from-storage-box.12413988/post-1333241901
 

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@MattG - Did you decide where to mount the RJ45 (microphone port)? I too wanted to stick it in the dash but the pcb has ruled that out. Thank you for the photos and saving me all that time.
It's unlikely I'll ever tow anything so where you located the TwoPro controller knob looks like a good place for the RJ45 connector. I'm just left wondering if the microphone cable might get in the way.
Has anyone else installed a RJ45 socket? If so, where?
I mounted an RJ45 microphone socket in the front part of the centre tray (between the two front seats), next to the USB charging points. I also removed the 12V Cigarette-lighter socket in favour of an additional USB Charging (to the left of the UHF Socket in the attached photo). This way, the UHF socket is completely out of the way when not in use.
 

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I mounted an RJ45 microphone socket in the front part of the centre tray (between the two front seats), next to the USB charging points. I also removed the 12V Cigarette-lighter socket in favour of an additional USB Charging (to the left of the UHF Socket in the attached photo). This way, the UHF socket is completely out of the way when not in use.
That is an excellent idea! I wasn't too keen on having the RJ45 socket visible. It gives the game away that you have a UHF radio and probably have it stored somewhere inside. I'll be following your example and putting the RJ45 socket in exactly the same place and I'll replace the cigarette-lighter socket with USB as well. Thank you for the tip.
 

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I’ve pulled away the drivers side lower dash to investigate a loose screw rolling around. Also whilst I’m there, I nipped up the screws. I found the headunit and interesting to find it’s made in China.

To access this part, first remove the rubber doorseal slightly surrounding the dash area. Then pull off the dash end caps towards you. They’re are clipped on. Once this is removed, all the screws are accessible.
 

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