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I'm trying to remove the cubby in the dash, and I'm not having any luck. I found a thread that discussed removal, by releasing two tabs inside with a screw driver and then rocking the cubby out. Well that ain't working. With the two tabs released only the right side seems to want to come out, it feels like something is holding the left side in place.<br>I was wondering if the removal is any different on an '06? Has anyone does this, or is this usually done by the dealer when you are installing a cupholder?<br>BTW, I'm not installing a cupholder, I'm attempting to install a bracket that would attach to the top of the cubby. It would be an easier install if I could remove the cubby. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> Thanks for any help.
 

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Re: Cubby in Dash Removal Issues (Case)

Yeah, it's COMPLETELY different for the 05's and on up. Older cars you could just release the two tabs and it would pull right out. Not so with the newer vehicles. Here's what you've got to do:<p>1. Remove the trim around the gear selector to access screws below A/C control unit.<br>2. Remove necessary screws to remove A/C controls and head unit assembly.<br>3. Unplug all connections.<br>4. Once fully removed, there are several screws that attach the aluminum trim to the A/C and head unit cluster. Remove these screws. There are also some tiny tabs that you'll have to work with in order to remove the aluminum trim.<br>5. Once trim is removed, you can then remove the cubby hole from the back side.<p>This is simplified, but should give you a good enough idea on how to do it yourself. Best of luck!
 

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Re: Cubby in Dash Removal Issues (R Salesman)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>R Salesman</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Yeah, it's COMPLETELY different for the 05's and on up. Older cars you could just release the two tabs and it would pull right out. Not so with the newer vehicles. Here's what you've got to do:<p>1. Remove the trim around the gear selector to access screws below A/C control unit.<br>2. Remove necessary screws to remove A/C controls and head unit assembly.<br>3. Unplug all connections.<br>4. Once fully removed, there are several screws that attach the aluminum trim to the A/C and head unit cluster. Remove these screws. There are also some tiny tabs that you'll have to work with in order to remove the aluminum trim.<br>5. Once trim is removed, you can then remove the cubby hole from the back side.<p>This is simplified, but should give you a good enough idea on how to do it yourself. Best of luck!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>If you are gonna "Unplug all connections" please be sure to disconnect your battery before you begin. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Man that's quite involved. I'm a wimp when it comes to tearing my car apart. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> Thanks for the info, I should of asked before starting myself. That little peice of rubber doesn't want to fit back in properly.
 

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Re: Cubby in Dash Removal Issues (Case)

You CAN feed the rubber piece back in with a little patience and wiggling ... pull it out and start over.<p>My dealer was only going to charge me 3 tenths of an hour labor to install my cup holder in that spot ... which actually turned out to be free when they realized my head unit was bad.
 

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Re: Cubby in Dash Removal Issues (Case)

It's not as bad as it sounds. Everything is completely plug and play so it's just a matter of unscrewing some bits, prying them off and unplugging the big pieces in the console. My only advice? Make sure you have enough light, torx wrenches and something like a bone tool. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>It took me a while to get it apart since I was a little intimidated about pulling the center stack to pieces, it was late at night, it was dark and I hadn't slept the night before. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> Even so, it took me all of 5 minutes to re-assemble once I'd removed the cubby. If I had to do it again, I could probably remove everything in 5-7 minutes and reinstall it in about the same.<p>-Eric
 

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Re: Cubby in Dash Removal Issues (Case)

It's not as bad as it sounds. It's pretty straightfoward . Remember to place a towel around the gears for the unit to rest on, that thing is pretty heavy. Also, you don't have to disconnect all the cables but I recommend disconnecting the cigarette lighter, that cable was so short in mine.
 
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