DIY: 850 Dashboard Repair


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94+ 850s should have the same dashboard structure and mounting points. The condition of a dash depends on a number of factors, such as the roads on which the car was driven, the condition and maintenance of suspension components, the climate/temperature where the car lived, whether the car was garaged, etc.

These dashboards are actually quite easy to remove. There are four 10mm bolts on the firewall under the wiper cowl, and four t25 torx screws in the cabin. You'll also have to remove the steering wheel + airbag (two t30 torx, one 18mm bolt), steering wheel cover (four torx screws), and turn signal and wiper levers.

If you want to remove it in pieces (which I recommend if you are removing for purposes of repair/reinforcement), then it takes a bit longer since you have to take off the dash pad.

There are tons of write ups online showing how its done. For first timers, I would estimate 3-4 hours to remove everything. I can do it in much less time since I've had the "pleasure" of repairing so many of these. I think I pulled an entire dash from the junkyard in ~30 minutes. If you want to save the dash you are removing, I would suggest taking your time. You are working with plastic that's 20+ years old. It can be VERY brittle.

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6 minutes ago, apeacock said:

Solid write up. I don't think i saw where you got the fiberglass materials though. Any suggestions? 

Any basic fiberglass repair kit will work. Your local auto parts store should have them. Here's what I used:

http://www.amazon.com/3M-Fiberglass-Resin-Repair-Quart/dp/B000BO7CVK?tag=viglink22560-20

I went through nearly two of the 7.2oz kits, so I would suggest buying the 28.8oz kit pictured below.

You can also use carbon fiber cloth instead of the fiberglass mat if you want to be extra cool :tongue:

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1 minute ago, Oreo931 said:

Any basic fiberglass repair kit will work. Your local auto parts store should have them. Here's what I used:

https://jet.com/product/detail/8d1fa15a247e4d329b16cda4efdd952f

I went through nearly two of the 7.2oz kits, so I would suggest buying the 28.8oz kit pictured below.

You can also use carbon fiber cloth instead of the fiberglass mat if you want to be extra cool :tongue:

 

Carbon fiber would be cool!

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1 hour ago, apeacock said:

Carbon fiber would be cool!

Hmm maybe I just found a use for the spare 2k carbon fiber fabric I've had kicking around for a few years :laugh: so overkill but why not?

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