OMG GREAT TIMING! I'm going to wire in my Valentine 1 this weekend.
were the panels hard to take off? did you use a DIY guide from somewhere or did you just wing it?
any helpful tips would be much appreciated!!!
I just basically winged it but my mechanic gave me some pointers on how to take them off.
Where the end of the console panel behind the shifter is a separation between that part of the console and the next part along the console. It lifts there. You may have to pry a bit with your fingers. Read below before doing this. There is a chance to break the panel if you pry too hard.
There are little plastic clips molded into the panel and they just snap on and off. be cautious and use even pressure (side to side) and slide yer fingers along the edges of the underneath of the panel to make sure and not put too much force on it and bend it too much. It snaps off (unclips) fairly easily so it shouldn't be a problem.
DO NOT use a screwdriver or prying object that will leave marks in the plastic.
To make the electrical connection, I used a couple of those electrical connectors (taps) that just pinch onto the wires and make a connection.
If you run the detector wire up thru the underside of the dash and come out over at the panel end of the dash THAT just snaps off as well. (Door has to be open to seee that panel.
The tough part is running it thru the window column (if that is the way you are going. I used some very fine baling wire and ran it down the column upholstery panel and it worked just fine. I found out later that the panel will just snap off (but I HAVE NOT TRIED THAT). I think part of the side curtain airbag may be inside that but I am not sure so I was very careful about that part.
Footnote: I used the accessory plugs cause they are key on connections. It doesn't shut off until you open the driver door, of course, but it's good if you need to finish yer doobie and want to have the detector on JIC
Patience was the key for me.
drop me a note if you want and I can pop off the panel again and send you some pics.