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Unread 07-27-2008, 09:18 PM   #1
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Help installing KC hilites switch

I have just installed KC Hilites on my bumper and am stuck on installing the switch. I'm tyring to use the knock out panels that are under the temperature controls in the middle portion of the dash board to mount the switch. My problem is that i cannot access it from under the steering column.

What i really need to know is how to remove the entire black portion that surrounds the stereo/ temp controls/ knockout panels so i can run the wiring . I am trying to keep this installation as clean and professional looking as possible so the more detailed the advice the better.

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Unread 07-27-2008, 09:24 PM   #2
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Start with the long piece the defroster blows through on top of the dash. It just pops out. Then two screws under that piece in the middle and another behind the ashtray and the center piece should pop out pulling the the top 1st. Excessive force always breaks something.
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Unread 07-27-2008, 09:30 PM   #3
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yea just did this the other day pop the top defrost vent off then unscrew the two screws at the top then pop the ashtray out and unscrew the screw there, pull the plate off from the top first then unscrew the 4 screws around the panel with the cigarette lighter and the three button panels, then pop the fake switch out and put the good switch in then wire it up and screw everything back in its very easy
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Unread 07-27-2008, 09:41 PM   #4
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X2 on the removal. i just did mine too. only difference was that i wasnt able to just "pop" out the false switch thing and put the kc one in; i had to pop it out, drill a hole in it and dremel the sides down and put the switch in there. it looks pretty good and if or when i want to do something different, i just need to get another switch blank and put it back in.
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Unread 07-27-2008, 09:48 PM   #5
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X2 on the removal. i just did mine too. only difference was that i wasnt able to just "pop" out the false switch thing and put the kc one in; i had to pop it out, drill a hole in it and dremel the sides down and put the switch in there. it looks pretty good and if or when i want to do something different, i just need to get another switch blank and put it back in.
Got a finished pic?
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Unread 07-27-2008, 10:25 PM   #6
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Did you replace the original lights on the bumper? If so why not use the original switch, just have it power the relay that came with the new lights.
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Unread 07-27-2008, 10:45 PM   #7
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Fogs on the newer TJs are on the column with the headlight switch. A tad harder to get to.

Also on newer TJs (his 05). He doesnt have an Ash tray. Im not sure how to get that last screw out on those. Maybe they dont have a screw down there.

be careful when drilling a hole in the blank plastic piece that you are going for. They can catch on the drill bit and snap pretty easily
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Unread 07-28-2008, 05:51 AM   #8
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Fogs on the newer TJs are on the column with the headlight switch. A tad harder to get to.

Also on newer TJs (his 05). He doesnt have an Ash tray. Im not sure how to get that last screw out on those. Maybe they dont have a screw down there.

be careful when drilling a hole in the blank plastic piece that you are going for. They can catch on the drill bit and snap pretty easily
Yep, no ashtray here. I am going to try tonight on this.
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Unread 07-28-2008, 06:21 AM   #9
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Do they make switches to go where the fake ones are instead or drilling and using a dremel?
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Unread 07-28-2008, 08:50 AM   #10
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yup...contura style switches.

www.otrattw.com
Great product, great customer service.
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Unread 07-28-2008, 04:00 PM   #11
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yup...contura style switches.

www.otrattw.com
Great product, great customer service.
I agree that is the route I went. I bought the Kc Hilites also. First thing to go was their switch and bought a contura II from otrattw. Fits great in the switch bezel.
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