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DIY: Chrome Shift Console Bezel Removal : Vinyl Carbon Fiber Wrap

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by Koke, Jul 28, 2017.

  1. Jul 28, 2017 at 1:37 PM
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    Koke

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    First DIY, well actually second. I did the steering wheel chrome accents & shot the whole removal on video. I just haven't gotten around to cutting it yet. This one is a fairly easy job. I wasn't able to locate any resources that explained how to take the chrome bezel piece off the center shift console. After an hour and given around I decided to just go for it and try what I thought was how it was connected. After the semi heart attack I got from this wicked plastic snapping sound, it only took about 45 minutes. I always hate when people don't show what the final looks like until the bottom, so all those are first.
    Bezel After 1.jpg Bezel Console After 2.jpg Bezel Solo After 1.jpg


    So the center console pops off just using a plastic pry tool. Unscrew your shifter & then you can probably use a plastic spatula, just nothing that will tweak the finish. Pull that up & take a peek at all the filth you probably have accumulated. I went off cleaning mine b4 the pics, I saw a thread where this dude with a pretty good helping of OCD was going into vapor lock over the dirt in the pics.
    To make this:
    Bezel Removal Before 1.jpg
    Do this:
    Bezel Removal After 1.jpg
    Theres a few slotted tabs which are obvious how to remove,
    Bezel Removal Side Tabs On 1.jpg
    but the top & bottom are plastic welded where these little stamp patterns are. I used an old discount card cut into strips to wedge in there to get a bit of a gap. Take a THIN flat head, get it close to the weld & pry it up. You're gonna hear a pretty nasty snap.
    Bezel Removal Before Tabs 1.jpg Bezel Removal After Tabs 1 copy.jpg
    They "should" just break at the weak point & leave a little hole.
    Bezel Removal After 1.jpg
    In my opinion, this is the best stuff to wrap with.
    Bezel Carbon Vinyl Backing 1.jpg
    It is really forgiving. You need to use some heat to get the vinyl to relax. Believe it or not, for things this small i'll use a candle. Like I said, this piece is really pretty easy to do. Only thing you don't want to do is stretch the vinyl too far as it will be very evident in the carbon look pattern.

    It will be a tight fit reinstalling. Probably will have to trim any bunched up corners. I just super glued the plastic broken tabs... they aren't going anywhere.
     
  2. Jul 28, 2017 at 1:41 PM
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    T-Rex266

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    Added to the DIY list :thumbsup:
     
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  3. Jul 28, 2017 at 7:23 PM
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    csuviper

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    Some Mods :) See build thread for details
    At first I thought you were removing the vinyl wrap
     
  4. Jul 28, 2017 at 7:55 PM
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    MotoTundra

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    Looks great!
     
  5. Mar 3, 2018 at 9:24 AM
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    Nice looks awesome
     
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    Where’d you find that shift knob?


     

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