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jafo9
12-04-2012, 09:01 AM
I need to pull this panel off so i can fix the 2 broken circuit breakers (the ones where the protective rubber cap has broken off). the little allen head bolts are connected to wing nuts on the back side. the access panel on the under side of the dash is tiny and i can't get to the wing nuts to hold them while i loosen the bolts. even if i could get them off, i'd never be able to get them back on. boat is an 02 X30.

any advice is appreciated.

CantRepeat
12-04-2012, 09:15 AM
Unscrew those 4 screws and it will come off.

02ProstarSammyD
12-04-2012, 09:21 AM
you have to hold the wing nuts somehow. Mine are pretty easy to hold in an x9 but a long pair of needle nose could help if access is slim.

jafo9
12-04-2012, 09:27 AM
seems like a bad design. i can see getting them off with a pair of needle nose pliers. putting them back seems like it would be a lot harder. is there a downside to cutting into the fiberglass on the inside for better access?

ncsone
12-04-2012, 09:44 AM
You might try getting something like a nut driver (screwdriver type) and grind a slot in it to fit the wing nuts. Then, put the new 'tool' over the wing nuts on the back and loosen the allen bolts from the front.

Just throwing out ideas...

02ProstarSammyD
12-04-2012, 10:15 AM
seems like a bad design. i can see getting them off with a pair of needle nose pliers. putting them back seems like it would be a lot harder. is there a downside to cutting into the fiberglass on the inside for better access?

For me I've never had a problem getting them back on. Its tight but was just able to prop the wingnut until it took a thread or two. Then just hold the wingnut with the needle nose again. You want a real pita try to get your side panel off haha