Dash Trim Kit
Installing a Carbon Fiber Dash Kit
[DNG] Just finished installing my carbon fiber dash kit I got from Rebel Motorsport. The pieces fit VERY NICE! It was harder than I thought. Took me 1.5 hours. The pieces are shipped flat, but as you know, the NSX dashes are curved. Here's the trick:
- Use plenty of heat! I used a 1600 Watt hair dryer. This works great!
- DO NOT peel off all the stickers at once. Start from one corner, put in position, and slowly peel back the sticker. Press and smooth out as you go.
- Keep heating the carbon fiber panel. With the heat, the pieces become very flexible. Don't worry about cracking the coating. It WONT crack! I messed up one of the pieces and had to heat the back side to peel it off. When I did, the coating still remained plyable.
- Install the pieces in the following order:
- Clock Cover: This is small as to get a feel of what is to be expected. The piece is small enough that you can peel off all the sticker, but try method 2 above. This will give you practice for the mother of all panels: Main Dash
- Passenger Side Cover: heat up the carbon fiber plate. It will 'seat' into the curved cover right before your eyes. Make sure the piece fit into position before you remove the sticker. Get a feel of where it will seat. Start peeling off the sticker from the top and pull downwards. REMEMBER, HEAT OFTEN. This will cause the cover to 'sit' in place.
- Driver Side Cover
- Tach Cover
- Main Dash Cover: Mother of all pieces. Not really difficult, but take your time. Heat often. Pre-fit the pieces and get a feel of where to position things.
- Ashtray Cover: Notice that the ashtray cover it curved. Believe it or not, the piece fits perfectly over it once it's been heated up and formed into place.
- Top Dash Cover: I choose this piece last because you need to know where it will seat relative to the main dash cover. If I did this piece before the main dash cover, things will be misaligned. Also, this piece is a lot smaller than the main cover; hence, you have more leeway on misalignment. The main dash cover has to be exact or else things won't be aligned at the bottom.
[MCA] We did mine in Chicago ~40 degree weather, and used a shop heat gun (thetype used to install heat-shrunk molding). Randi Marchetti of RM Racing tells me he just parks them on roofs in the (100+) Arizona desert sun. A few more tips...
- Another thing we did was heat and pre-mold on before we peeled off the adhesive. That helped make final positioning a snap
- Goes without saying that a thorough cleaning of the exposed (metal over plastic) dash pieces was required. Denatured alcohol or some fluid to remove all oil, etc.