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dash compartment damper fix

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 06aztaco, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. Mar 28, 2010 at 10:54 PM
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    06aztaco

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    Hi guys I was just wondering if any of you think I should post my dash comp. damper fix/mod up here or not. I bought my taco a few years used and noticed the damper would not stay mounted due to normal wear and tear. I wasn't sure if this was a common problem or not, if it is I can easily make a short how-to. Materials are one small zip-tie and drill/bit. Fix time is about 2 minutes and results are as good as factory condition. Now my dash compartment doesn't just drop down to rest, it slowly eases down just like new. Should I make a how-to?
     
  2. Mar 28, 2010 at 11:04 PM
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    stenyeart

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    Go for it, it wouldn't hurt.
     
  3. Mar 29, 2010 at 1:28 AM
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    I was just messing with mine today and it doesn't stay put. Please post up.
     
  4. Mar 29, 2010 at 1:39 AM
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  5. Mar 29, 2010 at 1:47 AM
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  6. Mar 29, 2010 at 1:56 AM
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    I put a screw in mine.....(spreads the plastic nub apart)

    Post it up. :D
     
  7. Mar 29, 2010 at 3:47 AM
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  8. Mar 29, 2010 at 3:50 AM
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  9. Mar 29, 2010 at 5:00 AM
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    rb11701

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    Same here. I used a piece of cardboard folded up a few times. Once I put the damper on, I used the cardboard to spread the tabs out. Has never come off since.

    However, feel free to post up your fix complete with pics. DIY's are always good and we love pics!
     
  10. Mar 29, 2010 at 5:47 AM
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    I did this too


    and post it up
     
  11. Mar 29, 2010 at 9:26 AM
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    Wear and tear...my a$$. Mine failed within the first couple of months! Quit your complaining and put a screw in it!:D
     
  12. Mar 29, 2010 at 12:06 PM
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    Alright will take pics and write a short how-to tonight. stay tuned
     
  13. Mar 29, 2010 at 3:37 PM
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    Me too. Works great and takes 5 minutes if you take your time. :D
     
  15. Mar 29, 2010 at 7:18 PM
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    when mine wears out, ill go to the dealer and buy one for like 3 dollars. they sell them.

    :confused:
     
  16. Mar 29, 2010 at 7:29 PM
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    Three dollars? At my dealer it would probably be more like 30 dollars! :annoyed:
     
  17. Mar 29, 2010 at 7:45 PM
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  18. Mar 29, 2010 at 7:46 PM
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    yeh my bad, they are 14.XX. i still would just go this route, myself.
     
  19. Mar 29, 2010 at 9:35 PM
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    06aztaco

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    Well I lost my bag of zip-ties so I don't want to take this one off but here is the final product.
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    up close. line up your hole with the slot. then attach the damper, thread in the zip-tie, get it snug, and cut it. there was nothing behind that panel for me but check before drilling anyways.
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    I can't get my hand in to pull the damn thing down to attach it to the glove box, so I use my handy dandy screwdriver thingy to pull it down.
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    and all done! enjoy! :D
     
  20. Mar 30, 2010 at 6:24 AM
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    Sorry guys, but it's not the damper that's the problem. It's the dash. And a dash will cost you more than $3 (or even $14). The problem is that the part that's supposed to stay spread on the dash that slides into the hole on the damper doesn't stay spread apart. Thus the damper just slides right off.

    To the OP, I'm sorry but that just looks tacky IMO (plus zip ties wear out and do break). Should have either gone the screw route or the double-sided 3M tape as shown in the link I provided. I can say the screw method has held up for over 5 years now since it was winter 2005 when I installed mine.
     
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