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Installing MeSoJDM's Custom Lower Switch Panel

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by destin_meeks, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. Apr 21, 2020 at 12:44 PM
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    fatboyfirebass

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    From there, you can remove the plastic cover along the driver side, and wire tie everything up and out of the way, and then cover it all when you replace the cover.
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  2. Dec 22, 2020 at 6:49 AM
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    I was wondering about that too...no way I will disassemble so many things...
     
  3. Dec 22, 2020 at 6:51 AM
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    There isn't a need. No matter how slow and careful you are trimming out the stock panel, it will be time and frustration saved from tearing apart the whole shebang.
     
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  4. Mar 3, 2021 at 9:47 AM
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    Thanks for the write up and I do have a question. First off, I am not replacing the entire switch panel, but I just want to pop out the iQ charger button and replace with the Front/Rear Camera Mod switch button. I don't like the iQ thing anyway, so losing that button for something more works for me. My question is, if I just remove the center console components, will that provide enough access to pop out that button, cover the the old wires, jam them back into the electrical abyss, and pop in my replacement button with it's wiring?
     
  5. Mar 3, 2021 at 10:09 AM
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    destin_meeks

    destin_meeks [OP] I used to fix people's crappy stereos

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    Yes, if you pop off the radio surround and the AC control panel, you can access the switches very easy.
     
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  6. Mar 3, 2021 at 12:09 PM
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    Thanks, much appreciated.
     
  7. Mar 9, 2021 at 3:43 AM
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  8. Apr 15, 2021 at 1:26 AM
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    So i did the lower panel switch install and it turned out great! I added a usb charger and love it. I do have a few pointers

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  9. Apr 15, 2021 at 1:28 AM
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    Procomp 4" coilover (w/4 shocks)lift kit w/cv drop diff drop. Extended travel UCA, Sway bar kit, AAL and 1" block and shim. Fuel 18" wheels with 275/75/R18 aka 33.2" tires. Full steel bumper gaurd with LED bar and winch. 6" LED over 3rd brake light for trailer Kicker tweeters and kicker amp w/ JL w3 8"b sub on OEM entunes head unit. K&N filter with TRD piping. Any time backup and front camera. Anytime GPS mod w/ switch.
    Used black hot glue (easy to use and clean up/remove if needed & hides gaps)

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  10. Apr 15, 2021 at 1:35 AM
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    Procomp 4" coilover (w/4 shocks)lift kit w/cv drop diff drop. Extended travel UCA, Sway bar kit, AAL and 1" block and shim. Fuel 18" wheels with 275/75/R18 aka 33.2" tires. Full steel bumper gaurd with LED bar and winch. 6" LED over 3rd brake light for trailer Kicker tweeters and kicker amp w/ JL w3 8"b sub on OEM entunes head unit. K&N filter with TRD piping. Any time backup and front camera. Anytime GPS mod w/ switch.
    When cutting i recommended not starting in the outline groove spot. What I did was start about 1/4"-1/2" or so from the edge with a dremmel router bit and cut off wheel. Then I went back with a roller sander attachment to clean up and get close to the grooved area.
    NOTE: you dont need to remove all of the old switch plate plastic to fit in the new one. Once you get to the sanding part, keep checking for good fitment to minimize gap

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  11. Apr 15, 2021 at 1:38 AM
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    Procomp 4" coilover (w/4 shocks)lift kit w/cv drop diff drop. Extended travel UCA, Sway bar kit, AAL and 1" block and shim. Fuel 18" wheels with 275/75/R18 aka 33.2" tires. Full steel bumper gaurd with LED bar and winch. 6" LED over 3rd brake light for trailer Kicker tweeters and kicker amp w/ JL w3 8"b sub on OEM entunes head unit. K&N filter with TRD piping. Any time backup and front camera. Anytime GPS mod w/ switch.
    Those pictures show how much i ended up removing. Note that the groove is still visible (the.new.panel will fit fine) Doing this will virtually cover any gap along with the black hot glue or epoxy

    Lay new panel from right to left as shown (only if you left groove) this ensures an even fit

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  12. Apr 15, 2021 at 1:41 AM
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    Remember start slow and remove a little bit at a time. The sander is your friend but if you slip your dash aint gonna look Purdy

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  13. Apr 15, 2021 at 1:44 AM
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    Procomp 4" coilover (w/4 shocks)lift kit w/cv drop diff drop. Extended travel UCA, Sway bar kit, AAL and 1" block and shim. Fuel 18" wheels with 275/75/R18 aka 33.2" tires. Full steel bumper gaurd with LED bar and winch. 6" LED over 3rd brake light for trailer Kicker tweeters and kicker amp w/ JL w3 8"b sub on OEM entunes head unit. K&N filter with TRD piping. Any time backup and front camera. Anytime GPS mod w/ switch.
    One last thing. You may have to use a little hot glue around the oem cigarette socket. It seemed loose and wiggled in the meso panel. USE hotglue and not epoxy here in case you need to remove or replace in the future
     
  14. May 1, 2021 at 11:07 AM
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    I was hoping to get to this project before my summer trip starting in June, but other delays on parts delayed other installs, that kept pushing back my time to do it clean and right.

    Curious why you cut out the factory area that the 12V socket goes. I was thinking of just leaving that material in place to support the printed part, as well as maintain a good fit for the socket itself.
     
  15. May 1, 2021 at 11:14 AM
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    I’ve had this installed for a little over 2 years and never had any issues with support or the socket feeling flimsy or loose. I’m sure you could leave the material there if you wanted, but you’d have to cut out the spots where the tabs on the 12v socket go. They won’t fit on 2 layers of material.
     

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