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post #1 of 7 Old 05-26-2013, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Drilling into dash question

I want to put some AA mini mag lite mounts in the dash between the radio and the 4x4 switch. I am a little concerned about drilling into that area though, and really don't want to take the dash all apart.

I considered using some type of adhesive, but I'm not sure it would be strong enough. The mounts I have for my D cell mag lite hold the flashlight very snug and it takes a little effort to pull it off.

So I guess I have two questions for anyone that may have done this before....are self tapping screws strong enough? That way I don't have to take the dash apart to put nuts and washers.

And is there any wiring back there that would be in danger of getting hit if I were to screw in there?
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the dash cover pulls off in just a few seconds? put the gear selector in first gear and pull outwards is held in with clips

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This will take the whole piece off around the radio and everything? I'll try it I guess. Just seems like that was a huge section that would probably tough to get off. Thanks
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Aside from the headlight switch the whole thing pulls off easy. I also like the D cell mag lights and keep one in each truck in the door pocket or between driver seat and console. However I would find some place better than the dash to mount the holder clips. They force needed to pull off the light would likely dislodge the snap-on dash panel even if you did mount the clips with bolts and nuts. Self drilling screws are gonna pull outta plastic.

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On re-read I realize you ask about AA mini mag not D cell. Mini would likely be ok with sheet metal screws as opposed to self drillers. They will remove less material and screw will fit tighter and hold better. #10x1/2" is what I'd use. Good luck.

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Pull the dash, use washers to better distribute the pressure. No reason to go quick and easy just to have it rip a huge hole in your dash a year from now. I've pulled my dash off a few times, and it's an easy enough process.

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Pull the dash, use washers to better distribute the pressure. No reason to go quick and easy just to have it rip a huge hole in your dash a year from now. I've pulled my dash off a few times, and it's an easy enough process.
Agreed, the dash panel comes off easily. Pull it off and you dont have to worry about hitting anything and you can see exactly what is behind the spot you are wanting to drill into.
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