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post #1 of 8 Old 08-17-2019, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Opening Dash Panel

I'm going to pull the instrument cluster panel shortly on my 2014Vee. I need to change the power port and install a switch in the dash for my lighting. I understand there are the two screws at the bottom, the two plastic rivets at the top and some concealed clips within. Do I need to unplug or disconnect a bunch of stuff as well in order to gain access? Any tips?

Thanks. Tinkering with this thing is a lot of fun, but I just don't want to screw anything up.
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-17-2019, 02:26 PM
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2 plugs in the back to undo.
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I've taken off the dash few times when I had 2014. After removing clips (I guess you know the way they work) and screws, just pull firmly. Insert your fingers in the holes of windscreen brackets and start pulling. Begin on one side and keep working your way arround. Then, there are two plugs behind. One is for ODO and other for 12V power port. The ODO plug is simple. Just pull off the rubber boot first and then you'll see the clip on the side of the plug. Press it and hold and pull the plug off. For power port connector, you have to insert small screwdriver to press the clip that holds the connector. One important thing on reassembly, make sure you put the ODO rubber boot well into place before closing the dash.
On 2014 model I found out that the ODO is wobbly. So on the first removal of the dash I used the oportunity and put 2 rubber washers behind the ODO. You can see on the rear of the ODO, there is big pin that goes into the rubber grommet when dash is closed. The problem is that ODO still stays few mm's away from the grommet after everything is assembled. That is why it wobbles. So, two rubber washers (used for plumming) solve it completely.
On my 2017 DL1000 the ODO has screws all arround so no more wobbling.

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Do a goggle search for images, you will see behind the dash:

https://www.google.com/search?client...4dUDCAY&uact=5

https://www.webbikeworld.com/suzuki-...b-replacement/

https://www.motorcyclenews.com/news/...-v-strom-1000/

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In the web bike world photos you will a small penis shaped protrusion on the back of the dash, then above the headlight globe cover you will see a rubber grommet.

That protrusion pushes into the grommet to hold things in place.

When removing the dash you need to pull hard enough to get the protrusion out of the grommet, it will pop out.

After that there are 2 sets of wires plugged into the dash, there is not a lot of length on those wire so you don't get a lot of room to move, once you unplug those wires the dash can be removed completely.

There is very little room behind the dash once you take into account the springs used for adjusting the windscreen so finding a spot for a switch could be hard.

One of Adventure Tech's shelves may work out better ???

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Thanks so much for your help, guys. I gathered my courage and went at it. I now have the volt meter/USB socket in the middle and an in-dash switch for my LED driving lights, courtesy of Rick. I only blew one fuse, too, the one for the turn signals. I didn't notice till I got back with an assortment of fuses that there are replacements cleverly stashed in the fuse box cover. Learn something new every job I do. Very happy with the afternoon's efforts.
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"When removing the dash you need to pull hard enough to get the (penis) protrusion out of the grommet, it will pop out."
That's what she said...
Sorry, couldn't resist

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