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Old 12-06-2017, 10:23 PM   #1
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Post Mk2 golf dash doesn't fit

Evenin all, I'm this will have a very simple and rapid answer, are there different types of mk2 dash panels?

I have an 89 Syncro and am trying to fit a dash from a GTI, all the bolts and securing bit line up proper but there is a big gap from the heater controls and the panel, it looks like they should fit together due to locating lugs but the gap is mpore than an inch (over 25mm to you youngster)!

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Old 13-06-2017, 01:29 AM   #2
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The heater controls should just be 'floating' they're not attached to anything at this point. If the dash is fitted properly but there's no movement on the controls you may have snagged one of the control cables or something. You should be able to pull the controls forward into position and line up on the holes. There's no difference on the main dash across all models and years. There are minute differences on some of the accessories bits between early vs late but everything is interchangeable and uses the same fixings. E.g. The speaker grill on a later car have more rounded air vents than an early car and the fuse box cover and lower dash part is everso slightly different
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Thanks fir your input eddypeck, I have had a good rummage in there and the heater is fitted to the bulkhead. It hard to describe but it's slot together affair, if I slide the controls up it comes away so fitting is the reverse - put the controls back against the bulkheadjust above the slot and push down.

But then it's a long way from the dash as in the pics and it definitely fitted with the old dash -may just unclip it and use the dash screws as you said!
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I had the dash in and out of my last mk2 more times than I can count and if memory serves correctly then eddypeck is spot on, the controls at that point shouldnt be clipped into anything and you should be able to pull them towards the locating holes ready for the dash screws.
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ALSO!

Whilst your dash is apart, i would highly reccomend changing your heater matrix (if you havnt already done so)

Mine blew up doing 80+ on the motorway and just about managed not to slam into the central reservation, closest ive come to dying haha.
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Yes all correct info, I've just had my lower dash apart to do the matrix on mine.

Controls should be flopping about all over the place.
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Thanks fir your input eddypeck, I have had a good rummage in there and the heater is fitted to the bulkhead. It hard to describe but it's slot together affair, if I slide the controls up it comes away so fitting is the reverse - put the controls back against the bulkheadjust above the slot and push down.

But then it's a long way from the dash as in the pics and it definitely fitted with the old dash -may just unclip it and use the dash screws as you said!
Just wondering how you're getting on with this? have you released the controls from whatever clips you put it into?
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Evenin chaps and thank you all for your interest - and you're all wrong!

Get outta here, no way, I can here you all shouting from my comfy sofa...

So it turns out there is a difference between this dash and my old one, I spent most of the hottest weekend in years sweatin inside the car mucking about with these dash, I just had to know.

Took out the replacement and put me old split dash back and it fits, the heater control is hooked on the bulkhad and the dash lines up with the screw holes at the front - take it out, put the replacement in and no, it does not touch!

So enough of this shenanigans, I've unhooked the conrols and screwed them to the dash panel, they seem tight and non-wobbly so that's it, job done.

I have also changed the matrix, cheers for the prompting.

Thank again y'all
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Interesting! I guess the difference is because it's a synchro. I was aware the centre console was different/shallower to accommodate the raised tunnel. I wasn't previously aware of the dash being different in any way.

Thanks for sharing, I'll store that info to my memory banks for future reference :-)
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Never be fucked! I had no idea they were different but thats a good bit of knowledge to keep stored away somewhere haha.
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