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Old 10-20-2015, 10:18 AM
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X5 Drivers side trim panel removal

Couple tasks that needed to be worked on:

The remote for the radio was not working so I got a replacement.

The 12V plug in adapter not working.

The carpet was falling down behind the trim panel.

So I needed to remove the panel to access behind it!
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Old 10-20-2015, 10:27 AM
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Step 1: Go ahead and remove the seat! I tried it and you can't move the panel enough without removing the seat, bite the bullet and do it! Note: you do not need to remove the 2 screws for the stereo remote or the 3 screws for the throttle trim piece, they do nothing to help with this job!

Step 2: Remove the 5 washers/nuts behind the panel. I used a "stubby" 7/16" ratcheting wrench. If you don't have a set of these, get one. They help in all sorts of tight spots! Pictures 1 & 2 show location of all 5 nylon nuts. There is also a screw below the throttle that needs to be removed. Mine was stripped out a little so it just pulled out.

Step 3: Move panel gently out to access the plugs for the safety switch and the 12v adapter plug. See picture 3 - this is a view from above. I did not need to remove the throttle cables.

Step 4: With seat removed, slide the panel over and rest against the dog house.
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Old 10-20-2015, 10:38 AM
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You can see the carpet has become unglued from the fiberglass in picture 2 above.

I used the Roberts 6700 Indoor/Outdoor Carpet and Artificial Turf Adhesive that is sold at the big orange store: Link

1 Quart was all I needed to do this side only. Had a tiny bit left over but I did not try to pry the carpet all the way down on this side. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! I used a 4" Drywall Joint Knife to spread on the fiberglass.

I let it sit for about an hour per the instructions while I did other repairs.
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Old 10-20-2015, 10:43 AM
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The stereo remote and 12V plug were very easy and self explanatory with the panel off.

Reassembly in reverse order!
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Boat won't be back on the water till spring so will update on the hold power of the carpet adhesive next year.
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Old 10-21-2015, 11:20 AM
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I had some carpet coming down and used contact cement from a spray can (3M I think). So far so good. Hope it comes off when I replace the carpet.
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