Originally Posted by robs609
Ive heard of other people not taking the dash out as well.But I did not want to be fighting with getting the hvac unit out and have to take it all the way out anyways. once the steering column is lowered its only a pinch bolt holding it to the shaft so you might as well get it out of the way
. I bought the heater core from jwjeep I got a used oem because I heard that the aftermarket have quality issues.It took me about 14 hours total over 3 days. If I had to do it again I would say it would take 8 hours max. www.jwjeep.com .
Everything is disconnected anyway, so why not get it out of the way?
Suspending the dash with straps looked to be a bigger mission than taking it out IMO.
I've heard of guys taking 3 hours
to do this job - took me 5 days
What really slowed me down was all the aftermarket wiring I had installed.
If I had to do it again, it would be much faster.
Amazingly, putting it all back together was a lot faster than tearing it down.
Every time I removed a fastener (bolt, screw, clip, whatever) it went in a little plastic bag (with a note saying where it was from).
I kept these in order and when it came time to re-assemble just used them in reverse order.
As mentioned in the video, deep 13mm socket will be your best friend when it's time to remove the steering column - do yourself a favor and get one BEFORE you start.