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I was wondering if anyone has any experience with replacing the "wood" trim in their 850s with something like the carbon fiber kit that EA sells. Do they replace or just cover up the existing trim? How did removal of the existing trim go, esp. the gear shift? Does anyone else sell these things?<P>Sorry for a post that doesn't discuss wastegates, tires, or race launches. I just don't think the T-5R looks quite right the way it is, and I promise to ask about those in the future. <P>Thanks<P>
 

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If it is factory wood it is part of the dash and is not just stuck on, very expensive to replace, as in entire dash replacement. Stick on kits sometimes look tacky and get in the way of component removal, for example climate control, switches and radio. Some kits use adhesive others small screws. I have only seen one metal job and it looked ok.
 

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Bill,<P>Welcome to Swedespeed! It is cool that you have the original 850 T5-R. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"> Is your car T-Gul Yellow? As far as I remember, there were two wood trims you could get, "Blond" and "Dark Burled", which one does your car have?<P>Since the wood trim in your car is actually part of the dash, it is going to be very hard to remove. Most of the aftermarket wood trim kits will just lay on top of the factory wood. I am not sure how good it will look since they stick on to the dash using 3M adhesive.<P>-Drew
 

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I've seen some kits installed. Terrence's old 850 had Carbon Fiber I think, and I sat in a T-5 that had carbon fiber as well. It looked good if you like Carbon Fiber.<P>I like aluminum, but just a little bit of aluminum, and not with wood. I looked into trying to replace the wood trim with black plastic and doing an aluminum center console like the newer V70 Rs, but alas I found also htat replacement of the trim is replacing much of the dash, expensive or time consuming or both....not to mention opening up a big can of rattle potential.<P>I think Terrence had painted the corners around where the CF may not have covered, but his install looked good. I'm not sure which kit I've seen, but I know I haven't seen a good Aluminum kit yet.
 
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